Second experience at La Balena. I am a foodie who brings his own wine. Their food is very good, Oso Buco, $35 excellent.
Accepted invitation for 5:50, but informed I had to leave by 7:00. I said that was unacceptable, either accept my reservation or say they can't seat me. They eventually accepted my reservation. Their most expensive octopus appetizer's portion was noticeably reduced from previous meal two months prior; potion reduced, price the same ($21)Pass. Family with children came into restaurant and turned inside table area into McDonalds with the noise of one extra animated child. Management did change our seats, but could care less that this high end Carmel restaurant was turned into Chuck-E-Cheese. and a sound nightmare. Owner dressed as if he had been moving furniture all day I guess the world has gone to heck for those who still enjoy fine dinning and are willing to pay. $200 bill for two and we brought the wine. I believe you could come here in a tank top, directly from the beach with screaming children and you would be fine. They allow dogs in the outside area. Waiter and serving staff very attentive and responsive. Management: Out to lunch!
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