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La Balena

Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
+1 831-250-6295
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Two of us were looking for dinner in Carmel-By-The-Sea and decided to try Balena. Beautiful restaurant with tables inside and out. We ordered 3 dishes and shared them all. Burrata and meatballs were our favorites!

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carmel has no shortage of Italian restaurants, so it's taken me a while to try La Balena. First, I love the atmosphere! Plenty of outside seating and cozy inside seating, and the staff was very welcoming and attentive. We were a little disappointed by the...More

Thank deborah e
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking forward to a nice dinner in Carmel but were disappointed by the food choices and the amount of the servings. We also think for the price, the use of paper napkins and no cloths on the tables left something to be desired....More

Thank Jet578452
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the pleasure of dining with some friends at La Balena. Food is exquisite, service is 5 stars and if you're an Italian Wine aficionado, the wine list has to be one of the best in the country. I'd highly recommend a visit if you're...More

Thank Ken V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is tucked away and cozy. Reservations are a must as its quite small. I highly recommend sitting outside in back. They do have heat lamps if needed. Service was very good and the food outstanding. They do not rush you so you have...More

Thank Sebastian3962
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a local to this area there are definitely restaurants we want to return to often and this is one of them. The owners, Emanuele and Anna offer gracious hospitality and when you combine that with the fabulous food it can't be beat! Be sure...More

Thank mkraftzeck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

....we were original regulars shortly after it opened but one lousy experience after a series of terrific experiences distracted us for awhile. That's been corrected. We dined on the front patio...heaters worked fine. Seated promptly. Well informed and friendly wait staff. We shared the cauliflower...More

Thank CaPalm
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Like all of Carmel-by-the-Sea this restaurant is charming, warm and inviting. Staff if friendly and welcoming. Above all else the food and wine were excellent. The pasta was home made, light with a wild boar ragu. Perfect. Eat inside or out you cannot go wrong....More

Thank Ron J
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

The food was good, but the staff seemed like they are in the weeds. Our waiter was very frenzied which did not make us feel very relaxed. I seem to remember that the same thing happened last year when we visited. We both had a...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We have been eating at La Balena sence it opened. last week my granddaughters were visiting from New England. We took tham to La Balena and had the time of our lives. The girls loved the place as we do too. So coast to coast...More

Thank Jon S
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October 11, 2015|
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Response from ron m | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. There is a patio area in the back, but you have to walk through the restaurant to get there. There's nothing noted on their website regarding pets. Suggest calling them.
Mary Ann P
June 11, 2015|
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Response from snj97 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was a quiet little neighborhood restaurant.
February 25, 2015|
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Response from richard s | Reviewed this property |
do your research...this a restaurant...not a hotel, inn or B & B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-250-6295
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