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“Good View and Food, great staff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Baleen Naples

Baleen Naples
9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, FL 34108
+1 239-598-5707
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Ranked #28 of 753 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $70
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: BALEENnaples - famously known for exquisite fine dining, is the signature restaurant of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Baleen. The numerous accolades and awards for the South Florida dining at Baleen of LaPlaya have come from such well know publications as the coveted Conde Nast Traveler Gold List and the Great Hotels ranking of Travel + Leisure. Most recently, Baleen was awarded Wine Spectators Award of Excellence - Pleasing to the palate and the eye alike, Baleen Naples mixes Old Florida charm with elegant candlelit elegance. Beautiful chandeliers and soft mahogany furnishings set the tone for an elegant dining experience. Baleen spills out through the grand doors to our breathtaking terrace with tables overlooking the sweeping beach and ends with a collection of tables for cocktails in the sand next to the fire pit. Whether seated in an indoor epicurean enclave or a barefoot beach table, visitors can indulge in three daily seating's at Baleen Naples with options including a breakfast menu with a Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites. With exceptional entrees and an extensive selection of wines the dinner menu is filled with local ingredients and beautifully composed dishes. For the guest looking for light fare enjoy our bar menu in the cocktail section with an array of seafood selections as well as sandwiches and appetizers. The intimate beach fire pit and Baleen Bar feature a fantastic wine-by-the-glass program, as well as extensive list of martinis and classic cocktails.If Florida seafood restaurants with beautiful waterfront dining views appeal to you, Baleen, Naples will more than fill the bill. The Baleen menu selections may also be enjoyed from the comfort of your guestroom, served to you by our excellent LaPlaya Room Service staff.For the ultimate dining experience please inquire about our over the top private dinners on the beach. BALEENnaples Restaurant Hours Breakfast: Daily, 7:00 am - 11:30 am Lunch: Mon thru Sat, 11:30 am - 2:30pmd Sun Lunch/ Brunch, 11:30 pm - 2:30 pm Late Lunch Daily: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Dinner: Daily, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Toronto, Ontario
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“Good View and Food, great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch here and found it very reasonably priced. The food was good - quesadilla and club very good; French fries were sub-par. We had to wait about 10 minutes which was fine, but we were a bit surprised that no one came to offer us a drink while we waited. The wait staff was very polite, friendly and attentive.

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Jason M, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for rating your lunch experience @ Baleen Naples!

We appreciate your feedback, and glad that overall you enjoyed your experience. I apologize that your order took longer than anticipated, I will share your review with our team to make sure we are properly gauging how our guests would like their meal timed. We typically receive high marks on our fries, but understand we can always do better.

Thank you for your review, and we hope you will return to Baleen Naples again!

Jason K. Moll
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best place for food and service in Naples.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We are staying in the hotel and have been eating out every night at all sorts of places around Naples. We have come to the conclusion that Baleen and La playa offer service that is way way ahead of any place we have been in Naples. The bar menu is also good. The hotel and restaurant put on the most amazing Christmas lunch - we all thought we had died and gone to heaven - real feast!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Superb Views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Situated in the La Playa hotel, this restaurant has a superb menu and wine list. Quite expensive but if you're trying to impress a lady, this is the place! Sunset views are spectacular and you can dine al fresco or indoors with superb surroundings. There's even a log fire near the beach where you can sit and relax with a drink.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Better ways to spend you money in Naples”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This was our second visit to Naples in 3 months staying at the Ritz both times. Baleen had been recommended by two different friends. We were really excited to get a reservation here. We ordered drinks and I had a martini straight up with the ice on the side . We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir from an extensive wine list where 80% of all of the wines were over $100. The mark up was 3x the price you would find at whole foods. We are from NYC and we are accustomed to high price wine lists but this was comical in Naples Fla. The service was mediocre at best. Our meal took over 2 hours which even by NY standards was Sloooooow. My. Skirt steak was tough and not good especially for $30. My wife's fish was good but overall the food was just ok. The piece de resistance was when our $ 244 check arrived for 2 I questioned my bar bill and was charged a $ 5 surcharge for ordering my martini straight up. In all of my 40 years of legal
Drinking and my travels around the Globe I have been never ever heard of a surcharge for ordering a drink "straight up". When I questioned the manager he was rude and condescending .You will do better to eat at Trulucks or the Grill at the Ritz. Save yourself a waste of money

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Jason M, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you for you critique of your dining experience at Baleen Naples. I apologize that you did not have a dining experience that so many of our guests have come to enjoy.

I apologize that clearly there was a price point issue with your visit to our restaurant. We conduct quarterly audits on our price point with our competitive set to ensure we are not only competitive, but showing our guests a value as they enjoy our pristine beachfront dining location.

I apologize the timing of your meal was not to your satisfaction. I have passed your comments on to our Restaurant GM for additional research. I have also shared your comments with our executive Chef regarding your steak. Our food quality is consistently ranked at a high level, but we understand there is always room for improvement.

I spoke with our restaurant management team, and they do recall the interaction regarding the martini. The martini that was ordered was a double with premium liquor, which resulted in the higher price. I apologize for the miscommunication, and that the interaction with our team was not favorable.

At LaPlaya (and Baleen Naples) we take great pride in what our guests have to say and review comments closely. While we typically are rated at a high level, there are occasions such as yours that we did not exceed expectations and I apologize.

We hope you will consider LaPlaya again in the future.

Jason K. Moll
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“Outstanding Fish of all types.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Went for Christmas Eve. The black grouper, tile fish, and yellow tail snapper were all fabulous. Excellent service and the setting is great, overlooking the gulf. Highly recommend. We will be going back to try the seafood paella.

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