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24 N Water St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6333
508-990-0061
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Ranked #60 of 233 Restaurants in New Bedford
Hours:
Tue - Sat 4:30 am - 9:30 am
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

I went on a date, our first date and it was so amazing! The food was unbelievable!!! The atmosphere was beautiful! And the service was beyond friendly and attentive!!! I had a wonderful time! After the restaurant closed the chef/owner sat with us and had some wine and great conversations!!! Must go again soon! I'm thinking Friday!!!!

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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Unfortunately I can't rate the food or drinks here as I didn't get that far into my visit. See--when I go out solo I don't like to sit at a table. I figured a seat at the small bar, a glass of wine and some good Italian food sounded great---but, the bar was cluttered with menus, coats, glassware and other... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place is seriously the worst....ever. My boyfriend and I decided to give it a try one night because our favorite downtown restaurant was beyond packed. Cafe Belena was next to empty with only one other couple who appeared to only order wine. We didn't even get past our appetizers before we decided we couldn't stand the place. The chef... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lovely ambiance,excellent service, very good food. A bit pricey. Chef uncooperative to make substitutions. Need reservations.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Restaurant is closed. When it was open, it was a lovely, iconic restaurant where you could linger over a meal.

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Westport, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Cafe Balena is an authentic Italian restaurant with exceptional cuisine...this is not a meatball and spaghetti joint; features some fine Italian wines; has a friendly and helpful staff.

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was weary reading the other reviews, and frankly it seems like I went to a different restaurant.I was delightfully surprised with Cafe Balena. So quaint romantic with Ella Fitzgerald crooning and candlelight flickering. My meal consisted of the carpaccio, seafood risotto, and the mascarpone cheesecake. The service was friendly and on point, and the food was INCREDIBLE. The carpaccio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Really excellent service. That's enough in its self I would invite anyone and anybody to this nice little restraunt the food here is amazing. Friendly waiters and waitresses I can't wait to visit cafe balena!

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Taunton, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I took my girlfriend to what I was told to be a hidden gem of New Bedford. It was more like finding a dead mouse in your garage. In all seriousness, my first impression of the decor was stunning. It looked like everything I thought it would be and more! This impression did not last long. There were three dirty... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

i loved it here! the food was great and the waiter was very atentive. a great place for a date or a special ocassion, very romantic. i recommend this to anyone who loves italian food and a great time!

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Additional Information about Cafe Balena

Address: 24 N Water St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6333
Phone Number: 508-990-0061
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  New Bedford
Open Hours:
Tuesday 4:30 am - 9:30 am
Wednesday 4:30 am - 9:30 am
Thursday 4:30 am - 9:30 am
Friday 4:30 am - 9:30 am
Saturday 4:30 am - 9:30 am

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