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Cafe Balaena

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free, Cafe
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7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Macksville, Australia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If getting coffee before a whale watch tour make sure you get there early to order as they get busy and it can be slow. The customer service is good, the coffee, hot chocolate, etc is fantastic and the location is beautiful. Thank you for the great service.

Thank AnitaW922
Dysart, Australia
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed breakfast with friends on the deck overlooking the harbor. The food was great and the service was good and the staff friendly. We have been here a few times and have enjoyed our food each time at either lunch or dinner. A great place to while away a few hours.

Thank Carolyn S
Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We go to balaena a lot and is always good but menu has not been changed for a long time and am now bored with it. Will continue to go but not often. Great location and good staff. Food is ok but dated.

Thank PSharpy
Redcliffe, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Arriving late @ Mantra on a rainy night was perfect place to grab dinner at. Absolutely loved my dinner as did husband. Great set up with great heating and blinds to keep out wind etc. really enjoyed atmosphere , food and location. Even breaky next day was spot on.

Thank Jaz2907
Hervey Bay, Australia
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85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be a lovely place to have a meal and watch the boats in the marina. Every year we have our traditional eggs benedict breakfast for my dad's birthday. I don't know if the ownership has changed but the service was terrible. An older man who obviously has had no training in serving tables brought our coffees spilling... More 

Thank 20FOR7
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband stated that it was the best breakfast he had had for many years...... And that's a very big call! Wonderful owners, papers to read and positioned right on the marina. Could but get in for dinner as fully booked. Highly recommend. Perfect!

Thank vanessa-sydney
Hervey Bay, Australia
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have dined at Cafe Balaena on several occasions now, and have NEVER been disappointed. The meals are consistently of a high standard, the staff are friendly, the atmosphere very "laid-back" and the prices are reasonable (try the Tai Calamari Salad!!!). This restaurant is located right on the boardwalk of the Great Sandy Straits Marina Tourist Terminal, overlooking the boat... More 

Thank Bar-Gird
Beerwah, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I had breakfast here and the food was great as was the service from the staff. Beautiful views over the boat harbor.

2 Thank X2943JCmarkw
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was appalling, three staff came to our table and not one said "hello" or uttered a word until we called someone over to order. Food was horrible, almost a stale taste to it. Pancakes were burnt and very over cooked. Eggs are proper poached ones, sort of like a egg cup poached. Two pieces of American style toast with... More 

Thank Beau Ash D
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and friendly staff however waited over 45 minutes for takeaway! Way too long to wait for takeaway.

Thank Lisa C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Delivery
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Fraser Coast  >  Hervey Bay  >  Urangan
  • Phone Number: 61741254799
What other Hervey Bay cafe can offer you the stunning views over the Marina to Fraser Island? At night you can enjoy the beauty as the moon rise over the water or see the raw power of nature as storms light up the sky over Fraser Island. Whether you choose to come for breakfast, lunch or dinner you will be able to choose from an extensive menu that showcases the freshest and finest ingredients that Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast has to offer. We cater for all tastes and all dietary requirements. No matter what time you choose to visit Cafe Balaena you will always find the atmosphere to be relaxed and easy going. Soft music in the background ... warm sun and gentle breezes in summer ... cozy warmth on our cool winter nights ... and the very best that Hervey Bay has to offer ... you simply won't find a cafe with a better atmosphere in Hervey Bay.

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