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Cafe Balaena

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7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
07 4125 4799
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 200
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  • 166
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 46
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  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food disappointing service

We walked into the restaurant and several staff walked past and couldn't be bothered to greet us or even say 'just take a seat we will be with you soon' we picked up some menus and sat at a table and waited....finally my husband called a staff member over she was very friendly & took our order... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
shirleeann f
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Maryborough, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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498 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We had a delicious meal, one of the best that we have had in Australia. The service was good and the decor is very attractive, especially at night. The Owner is very friendly and personable. Nothing was too much trouble. It was a lovely evening. Julie M.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The restaurant has a great location overlooking the marina. My partner and I wandered in for dinner, the place was very busy but we were seated and brought menus straight away. The menu offers a wonderful selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Our food was brought out quickly and was cooked beautifully. We had the kangaroo steak and lamb... More 

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Maryborough, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We walked into the restaurant and several staff walked past and couldn't be bothered to greet us or even say 'just take a seat we will be with you soon' we picked up some menus and sat at a table and waited....finally my husband called a staff member over she was very friendly & took our order, there was a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We were holidaying next door and had breakfast here on our last morning! I had the Sunshine Start (with both pineapple & banana coz I'm on holiday;), it was out of this world, delicious! I so wish we had have visited sooner as I would have eaten there every day! The menus are amazing, (would need a week to try... More 

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Took 1 hr on Saturday night to receive food as it was so busy. Breakfast was great and a lot quicker. The male server/ greeter was very friendly and helpful. Good coffee.

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Firstly, dont be mistaken by the word "cafe" I come from melbourne where there is international food everywhere you go due to our diverse culture. Congratulations! Dean & your team of very professional attentive staff, & of course the back of house creative chef's with thie creativity & culinary skills to deliver delicious! diverse dishes. I had a starter of... More 

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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

At a glance, the place doesn't look like anything special, perched on the edge of a sleepy harbour. Once sat down though (on both occasions) we were met by friendly staff. The menu is large and should cater for many with a nice range of meat, fish, pasta and pizzas. The kangaroo steak was a highlight for dinner, being extremely... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great location on the marina, lots of boats to look at. Even though it was a cool evening and the restaurant is outdoors, we were nice and warm. Great menu, with lots of choices to suit everyone. Everybody enjoyed their meals.

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We love this restaurant for so many reasons. On our last visit there was a problem with our order, it got lost. But the owner went out of his way to get it sorted, even giving us his own plate of beautiful oysters to share while he then gave us two more appetizers for free, and hurried our order from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were served by a passionate man with a beard who was lovely and attentive, full of compliments which is always nice. Kudos to him. The scallops were amazing. The salmon tower sandwich wasn't special and was poorly presented. The seafood chowder was good. Good value for money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Fraser Coast  >  Hervey Bay  >  Urangan
  • Phone Number: 07 4125 4799

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?