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Review of La Balandra

La Balandra
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Tue, 2/25
8:00 PM
Ranked #65 of 153 Restaurants in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Designed in the style of an antique Spanish ship with a dining deck located on a jetty extending over the water, La Balandra Restaurant and Bar will make you feel like you're sailing on the Caribbean. Overlooking our resort's private white-sand beach, La Balandra's breathtaking location, creative specialties and nautical décor have made it a favorite for years, promising an unforgettable dining experience.
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Description: Designed in the style of an antique Spanish ship with a dining deck located on a jetty extending over the water, La Balandra Restaurant and Bar will make you feel like you're sailing on the Caribbean. Overlooking our resort's private white-sand beach, La Balandra's breathtaking location, creative specialties and nautical décor have made it a favorite for years, promising an unforgettable dining experience.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were a large group and the restaurant was understaffed. It took hours to eat. Having said that, staff tried hard to please against challenging odds. The food was certainly OK, nothing special, just OK. The hotel has always been nice but it isn’t really a diving place (although they have a dive facility) and the atmosphere is a bit cold and empty among very nice buildings. The restaurant has a lovely setting on the water. If you’re staying at the hotel, I guess it’s an OK place to eat. But, if you’re not, there are lots better places on the island.

Date of visit: January 2020
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HarbourVillage1, Owner at La Balandra, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We appreciate your feedback and regret that your orders were not received in a timely fashion. We are a small, boutique resort and cater mostly to our internal guests. We are not always staffed to handle large walk-in groups.

Our onsite dive operation, a PADI 5 Star resort facility, offers luxury concierge dive service. Our staff handles individual guest equipment from check-in to check-out by loading on/off the dive boats, rinsing and storing it. Dive instruction from beginner to advanced is available along with PADI specialty courses, private dive and fishing charters, sunset cruises, night dives and more. We hope you will consider returning to take advantage of all that we have to offer.

Warm regards,

The Management

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Reviewed January 11, 2020

We've been there multiple times to enjoy the food en stunning sunset as we live in Bonaire. Last Friday we were stunned by the fact that during this month (high season) they do not accept non-staying guests and our reservation was denied. This (locals unfriendly) policy should be reconsidered in our view.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Wietse-Willemstad
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HarbourVillage1, Owner at La Balandra, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

We welcome all locals to dine at La Balandra, but when the hotel is at full occupancy we accept reservations sparingly and do not accept walk-ins. This is to insure a high level of service for all of our guests. We were fully committed last week in the hotel and therefore did not take walk-in guests, but if you had a reservation it should have been honored. We checked the log books and did not find a record of the reservation. In the future, please make your reservation directly with the front desk to insure that it is registered and you are welcomed by guest services. If you did have a reservation, it is a shame you did not call the front desk at the time you entered the hotel to clear up the situation. We hope you will join us again soon.

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Reviewed December 9, 2019

We usually avoid the hotel restaurants as they often fail to deliver but not the case at La Balandra. We had such delicious food and loved the outdoor relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views so much that we ate most of our meals here. The service was friendly and well done. The food was delicious and we even had a torch lit beach dinner which was wonderful and offered at no additional fee. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2019
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HarbourVillage1, Owner at La Balandra, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2019

Thank you for sharing your comments on La Balandra. It is nice to hear that your dining experience was so enjoyable.

We hope to serve you again during a future stay.

Happy Holidays,

The Management

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Reviewed November 12, 2019

Loved the Tapas night and Beach BBQ! Breakfasts were delicious also! Would love to mention Kiki, Omar, Floris, Juliet and Wishal! They all provided great service!

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Troy B
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HarbourVillage1, Owner at La Balandra, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2019

We are so pleased you enjoyed La Balandra and experienced great service.

We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

Warm regards,

The Management

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Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

On one of our two non-dive days, we decided to try La Balandra for lunch. After the guard walked us to the restaurant, we took in the fantastic water views and spied a few mega-yachts at the adjacent marina. Resident bird Charlie greeted us from afar, and we had several additional birds and some reptiles stop by to say hello.

I’d woken up with a touch of a sore throat and was hoping to find a bowl of soup. And I did! They had a delicious potato leek soup featured that day which I paired with an overstuffed fish taco (three overstuffed tacos came in an order, but would have done me in!). My husband opted for the fish sandwich special.

In all, it was a very nice meal, although nothing to write home about. We’re glad we tried it. It’s a solid lunch establishment where most palates can be satisfied.

In typical island fashion, getting our check once we’d finished proved to be challenging. I guess us Americans aren’t used to lounging around restaurants once we’ve finished dining.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Sometimessara
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HarbourVillage1, Owner at La Balandra, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2019

Thank you for joining us at La Balandra during your visit to Bonaire.

While sometimes things do run on "island time", we prefer to provide efficient service and appreciate your feedback. Luckily, the breathtaking beachside setting at La Balandra makes the extra wait less painful.

We hope you will dine with us on a future visit.

Warm regards,

The Management

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