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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: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 66
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  • 51
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  • 32
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice food. Long wait for meal

We went with a group of about a dozen friends some of whom had kids. It was a very busy night and they were fully booked and very busy. They organised the kids meals which was great but our meals took two hours to arrive and only after someone went and made enquiries. We had to ask to order... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
GeoffandLea
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Caloundra, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When we arrived at our accommodation we checked out the cafes and chose Cafe Balaena as it looked and sounded good. We arrived in time and were seated fairly quickly by a very over zealous maitre de. So far so good. We ordered drinks and entree and they arrived in good time along with the very effervescent maitre de who... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Arrived late in the afternoon and after unpacking no time to go to the shops as arrived on a Sunday. Headed to Marina and had dinner at Café Balaena. Had been here several times before and was still the same excellent service. Both of us ordered steak but for me who likes well cooked meat (not burned) it was amazing!... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We went with a group of about a dozen friends some of whom had kids. It was a very busy night and they were fully booked and very busy. They organised the kids meals which was great but our meals took two hours to arrive and only after someone went and made enquiries. We had to ask to order more... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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244 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Dined here in the evening and the meal was great, chicken surf and turf is well worth it and it is a big meal. It has great views and is a warm and inviting place to dine. The only suggestion is that the owners need to keep an eye on the staff as they failed to clean the tables quickly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Another visit to this beautiful restaurant and we weren't disappointed. The meal sizes are great and I struggled to finish my main course. Service is outstanding and staff are knowledgable and attentive. I'm sad to be heading back to the UK, but we'll be back.

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Overpriced. Ordinary service. Very busy. This restaurant is way overpriced for what you get. The food and service were ordinary. The Scallops were dry and rubbery. Too expensive.

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Toowoomba
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Most staff were friendly. One said 2 maybe 3 words to us when handing us a menu, and taking our order. One was way too keen to take our plates away on the second visit. One lady was the best, she remembered us from the day before and was very friendly and professional. Great food, good price and definitely taste... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Fabulous menu great food best coffee. Loved it i had Reef Ranger. Felt a little clise to the table next to me but they were filling up fast. Recommend you book ahead

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Wentworth Falls, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Pretty ordinary food and wine list. It is what it is - nothing special. Also very busy with what seemed to be lots of tour groups.

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very busy restaurant and service tended to be a bit slow the night we visited but worth the wait. The food was enjoyable and nice atmosphere. When handing out menus guests should be told which dishes are not available - slightly annoying after you've already made your choice.

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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business, Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?