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“Great ambiance inside and out” 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 #34 of 831 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $70
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Grand Rapids, MI
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“Great ambiance inside and out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

The food and atmosphere are delightful, and there is an extensive wine list, featuring many expensive bottles. We shared an arugula salad and paella (which is advertised for two), and both were superb. This place is expensive, but definitely worth the special occasion visit.

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Jason M, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you for reviewing your experience of Baleen Naples on Trip Advisor!

I have shared your review with our team! Our Food & Beverage Director puts a great deal of effort into our extensive wine list, thanks for noticing!

We hope to see you again soon,

Jason K. Moll
Director of Rooms
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“Fabulous Setting and Food. Okay Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Baleen is gorgeous! From the moment you enter you feel as if you are on the beach at a world-class location. People are happy, tanned, drinking and eating some very fine food. The dinner we had was outstanding and for me featured one of the finest risotto's I have ever had. It was a Risotto with Lobster. This entree was on the expensive side ($42) but had two lobster tails and the richest, creamiest and most flavorful risotto one could ask for. Others in our group had excellent fish, salads and pasta. We were treated to an outstanding sunset in a beautiful setting with excellent food. My only comment would be the somewhat off-service we received. I am sure that this was just an anomaly for that evening. Save this for a special occasion and try to be there for sunset!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jason M, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you for your review of Baleen Naples @ LaPlaya! Our dining team puts a lot of effort into creating that world class experience you speak of, and it's always a plus when it's noticed!

I have shared your wonderful comments on the quality of our food with our Chef, he was most pleased!

Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you again soon.

Jason K. Moll
Director of Rooms
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New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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“Bad Night Out @ Baleen”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We have been comming here for the past six years or so. After tonight's ordeal we are taking this one off our favorite list. It started out with us waiting over a half hour for our table. Thats with
having reservations! The drinks were poorly made, we left the two martini's half empty after paying $35.00/w-tip. The dinners were fair at best. Our waiter was scarice all night (Jesse C.)
Very disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A SPECIAL PLACE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We've been here a few times and have always had a good experience. We recently came on a Sunday in February (high season, you know) and the place was quite busy.

I had the Lobster Cobb Salad and it was excellent with quite a few chunks of lobster. My wife had the Short Ribs Tacos and loved them, while the others each had the Crispy Grouper Sandwich and were very happy with their meals.

Quite a nice restaurant for a special meal.

Any negatives? Well, they have removed their outstanding Lobster Roll from the menu and replaced it with a dumbed-down Seafood Roll; bad idea. Also the service was painfully slow. But we still like the place a lot.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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“One of the best in Naples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Fancy, upscale with excellent food and service. Good for special occasions. Perfect for sunsets. Will definitely return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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