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Cafe Balena - CLOSED

24 N Water St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6333
+1 508-990-0061
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible22%
Mar 24, 2014
Nov 27, 2013
“Didn't stay”
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
24 N Water St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6333
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

I went on a date, our first date and it was so amazing! The food was unbelievable!!! The atmosphere was beautiful! And the service was beyond friendly and attentive!!! I had a wonderful time! After the restaurant closed the chef/owner sat with us and had...More

1  Thank StephanieLeighRose
Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately I can't rate the food or drinks here as I didn't get that far into my visit. See--when I go out solo I don't like to sit at a table. I figured a seat at the small bar, a glass of wine and some...More

Thank Whitechuck
Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place is seriously the worst....ever. My boyfriend and I decided to give it a try one night because our favorite downtown restaurant was beyond packed. Cafe Belena was next to empty with only one other couple who appeared to only order wine. We didn't...More

2  Thank jayne b
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Lovely ambiance,excellent service, very good food. A bit pricey. Chef uncooperative to make substitutions. Need reservations.

Thank Fhvnpt
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Restaurant is closed. When it was open, it was a lovely, iconic restaurant where you could linger over a meal.

1  Thank MA3222
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Cafe Balena is an authentic Italian restaurant with exceptional cuisine...this is not a meatball and spaghetti joint; features some fine Italian wines; has a friendly and helpful staff.

1  Thank hkoro
Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was weary reading the other reviews, and frankly it seems like I went to a different restaurant.I was delightfully surprised with Cafe Balena. So quaint romantic with Ella Fitzgerald crooning and candlelight flickering. My meal consisted of the carpaccio, seafood risotto, and the mascarpone...More

1  Thank ReganMartins
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Really excellent service. That's enough in its self I would invite anyone and anybody to this nice little restraunt the food here is amazing. Friendly waiters and waitresses I can't wait to visit cafe balena!

1  Thank Alexbettencourt95
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I took my girlfriend to what I was told to be a hidden gem of New Bedford. It was more like finding a dead mouse in your garage. In all seriousness, my first impression of the decor was stunning. It looked like everything I thought...More

Thank Ray L
Reviewed August 25, 2012

i loved it here! the food was great and the waiter was very atentive. a great place for a date or a special ocassion, very romantic. i recommend this to anyone who loves italian food and a great time!

1  Thank Jenna N
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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
4:30 am - 9:30 am
4:30 am - 9:30 am
4:30 am - 9:30 am
4:30 am - 9:30 am
4:30 am - 9:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 N Water St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6333
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  New Bedford
  • Phone Number: +1 508-990-0061
  • E-mail