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La Balena

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Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
+1 831-250-6295
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

A must is La Balena in Carmel. Small place . Great food - fresh and healthy. Great service . Great wine. I wish we had this in Dallas. GO!!!!

Thank Karen1949622
San Jose, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

One of the small restaurants in Carmel with an intimate atmosphere. We are vegetarians and ordered the Minestrone soup and some of the Paninis. The food and service were excellent. The price is quite high, so not suitable for the budget minded.

Thank r108j
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

We came here because it was so highly recommended by a local. Upon arrival, we sat at the front door for well over 5 minutes before someone acknowledged us. We sat out back, which is very pretty. Overall, the service was just really bad. The waiter brought me a glass of wine that was clearly not what I had ordered,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

Love these smaller restaurants. I heard about this from friends in Dallas who said I should try it when they heard I was going to Monterrey. It is actually in Carmel. So glad I followed their advice. We had the bone marrow and a tripe dish for appetizers and the wild boar pasta and a spaghetti for our main dish.... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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145 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

enjoyed their strip steak and a boloneis taglioli pasta, both extremely tasty. Steak was local beef from around big sur, such a great flavor. a fantastic experience and will definitely want to come back. Superb

Thank Edan M
Kansas City, Missouri
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282 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

My daughter had been wanting to try this restaurant after reading the reviews. We had the Polio Fritto the Ricotta Gnocchi and the Pasta Special. I had the fried chicken. It looks very impressive when it comes to the table. The fried coating I was not impressed with, but the chicken was moist hot and very tasty. My companions also... More 

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170 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

Our dinner at La Balena was simply a delicious dining adventure. The dishes were flavorful and we should have stopped eating before we did but chose not to because of all the goodness. Table service was slow due to a busy night. There is inside and outside seating. Observations. The seating spacing is tight; I could nearly touch the person... More 

1 Thank shewoo
Santa Cruz, California
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

We visited La Balena last week . I had the pasta Bolognese and my wife had the ricotta gnocchi. Our food was well prepared and the service was good. We started by sharing the cauliflower appitizer that was excellent! My Bolognese was good although the portion was a bit small. My wife's ricotta gnocchi was average. Wife's benchmark is Mario... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

I've owned more than one restaurant and prided myself in training my staff to give excellent customer service, hence my annoyance when treated otherwise. La Balena was a few blocks from our hotel and said it was dog friendly, so we decided to give it a go. It was about 5:45 and the place was nearly empty. We waited at... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

After reading other reviews, I had high hopes for my dinner at La Balena. As I walked in from the street, I was struck by the lovely flowers on the patio. Since it was raining, dining in the patio wasn't an option so we chose to dine inside. Inside, the restaurant decor was seriously lacking. It seems that all of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?