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La Balena

Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
+1 831-250-6295
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

La Balena just became my favorite restaurant in Carmel! Our food was perfect - hand made pasta, carefully curated cheese plate, perfectly matched bottle of wine. Friendly, down to earth staff. We had a great time and enjoyed our meals tremendously. It can get a...More

Thank mizchelley
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at La Balena. We sat outside on the patio and although it was chilly, the heaters were very warm. The service was great, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful bottle of wine. I can't...More

1  Thank Alexandra L
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

We had a great experience. As a tourist many of the reviews had me worked, but the service was better than I expected. The ambiance was ok. Our server even offered me a glass of Chardonnay to pair with the fish that was "not available...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed March 31, 2017

We ate dinner here to celebrate my birthday. We read lots of tripadvisor reviews to aid our dining selections. Unfortunately, while they were spot-on for the quality of the food, the reviews failed to mention the complete lack of atmosphere in the dining room. We...More

Thank LLCJ54
Reviewed March 23, 2017

This is a really authentic place for Italian wine, cheese, pasta, entrees and desserts. We had a smattering of all of these and found good examples of all, with excellent service as well. The atmosphere was very charming with outdoor, garden-like seating, and the meal...More

Thank Noah F
Reviewed March 18, 2017

There are many good food options in Carmel and we always want to try something new when we are there. We booked a table at La Balena, primarily because there were no reservations available at Grasings. We decided to walk by as they opened for...More

Thank Maya002
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

Small quiet intimate and away from the touristy area of Carmel. Four of us had an excellent meal there with delicious Italian food and an accessible wine list. Try it

Thank George R
Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

La Balena is an excellent restaurant on the middle of Carmel. All of the good is great as is the service. A very pleasant atmosphere and a nice place for a leisurely enjoyable meal. Fully stocked bar and great bartender.

Thank BirdmanSiSenor
Reviewed January 31, 2017

On our frequent visits to Carmel we have wanted to eat at La Balena. We finally had the opportunity to eat there and we are very sorry we did. We arrived on a Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and no patrons were in the restaurant ....More

1  Thank TRIPSTER077
Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Small cozy with wonderful food. Had to wait maybe 5 min for our table and we're treated to complimentary glass of wine. The owner is from Italy and knows great Italian food. The cauliflower appetizers is a must try. The wines are all top notch...More

Thank kim s
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Questions & Answers
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
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
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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