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“Beach fire pit for the rich and famous!”
Review of Baleen Naples

Baleen Naples
Ranked #33 of 996 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $75
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: BALEENnaples - famously known for exquisite fine dining, is the signature restaurant of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Baleen. The numerous accolades and awards for the South Florida dining at Baleen of LaPlaya have come from such well know publications as the coveted Conde Nast Traveler Gold List and the Great Hotels ranking of Travel + Leisure. Most recently, Baleen was awarded Wine Spectators Award of Excellence - Pleasing to the palate and the eye alike, Baleen Naples mixes Old Florida charm with elegant candlelit elegance. Beautiful chandeliers and soft mahogany furnishings set the tone for an elegant dining experience. Baleen spills out through the grand doors to our breathtaking terrace with tables overlooking the sweeping beach and ends with a collection of tables for cocktails in the sand next to the fire pit. Whether seated in an indoor epicurean enclave or a barefoot beach table, visitors can indulge in three daily seating's at Baleen Naples with options including a breakfast menu with a Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites. With exceptional entrees and an extensive selection of wines the dinner menu is filled with local ingredients and beautifully composed dishes. For the guest looking for light fare enjoy our bar menu in the cocktail section with an array of seafood selections as well as sandwiches and appetizers. The intimate beach fire pit and Baleen Bar feature a fantastic wine-by-the-glass program, as well as extensive list of martinis and classic cocktails. If Florida seafood restaurants with beautiful waterfront dining views appeal to you, Baleen, Naples will more than fill the bill. The Baleen menu selections may also be enjoyed from the comfort of your guestroom, served to you by our excellent LaPlaya Room Service staff. For the ultimate dining experience please inquire about our over the top private dinners on the beach.
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Valet park (free, just tell them you are dining, and tip well on your way out), walk through Baleen Restaurant, order a coconut martini at the bar, and head out the french doors to the beach fire pit area for a wonderful sunset. Drinks were expensive, but the view and ambiance are priceless!

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Joe B, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2014

Good afternoon,

We're very pleased that you enjoyed yourself while you were here, but wish you'd have found more value during your visit. We do offer $5 mojitos & margaritas every day between 5pm-8pm. Our light fair menu also offers a bit more value while still providing an exceptional variety of foods to choose from. We now have four community style fire pits and offer private beach side fire pits for between $250-$350. If you need any more info, please feel free to reach out to me so we may better assist you during your next visit.

Thank you!

Joe Britz | Baleen Restaurant Manager
Jbritz@laplayaresort.com

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We have been to Baleen several times, both for lunch and dinner, and it has always been a delightful experience. What is not to like about the setting and ambience? This is one of the few places in Naples where you can savor the Gulf while dining, and the crowd is sophisticated and fun, so the people-watching is entertaining, too. Excellent service seems the standard, but the food just misses the mark. For example, I ordered snapper on our visit there last week, and it was overcooked. My husband had the same complaint about his fish. Everything else was good, but...not great, and this is especially disappointing, given the hefty prices.
Still, given the plethora of Naples restaurants with overrated food and prices, we would head back to this delightful spot time and time again. It is definitely a "must do" when you are in Naples.

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Joe B, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2014

Hi Elena,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It's completely understandable that you set the bar high with respect to your expectations. We care a great deal about each and every guest, and had you brought your issues to a managers attention, we would have worked diligently to right the situation as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, we want to make sure that our guests have a memorable dining experience, but also percieve value based on our exceptional food, passionate level of service and our beautiful beach setting. Please accept our apologies regarding your comments on the food. We'll certainly share your review with Chef Carlos and take immediate steps to ensure a greater level of consistency in our product.

Take care,

Joe Britz | Baleen Restaurant Manager
Jbritz@laplayaresort.com

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Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Had a very nice dinner with several couples. Atmosphere was perfect nicely thought out outside seating arrangement with standing heat lamps Tiki torches and small table lamps. Fire pits with adirondack chairs. Gourmet food was fresh and tasty. Ceviche was tasty and fresh. Snapper was just ok. Desserts were small and lacking any real flavor. Really not worth it. Drinks were tasty. But Waitress was stretched too thin!!! Taking care of too many tables. All side orders were not put in in time to arrive with main entree Side vegetable portions were small and no serving spoons for our appetizers or sides were brought out. We forgot twice to ask for them. Then when late sides were brought out again with no serving spoons we used our knives. Will return.

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Joe B, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2014

Good afternoon!

Wow, thank you so much for the detailed review! We sincerely appreciate your feedback and will look into all the above mentioned critiques. We'll do our best to use you review as a tool with which to better service our guests.

Thank you

Joe Britz | Baleen Restaurant Manager
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We love having breakfast on the veranda, watching for dolphins, but we almost always comment on the irritating and repetitious music that is played.

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Joe B, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2014

Good afternoon Marla,

We're very happy that you enjoyed dining with us, and although your comment regarding our music isn't common, we'll certainly look into it. We sincerely appreciate your business and hope you'll join us again soon.

Thank you!

Joe Britz | Baleen Restaurant Manager
Jbritz@laplayaresort.com

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were referred here by friends who are very particular about their dining choices. Needless to say, we expected the best and we were not disappointed. The food, service and ambiance was exceptional and one of the best dining experiences ever. The setting is amazing and we were lucky enough to get a 7:00 pm reservation on the terrace. Unfortunately it was a very cloudy day and we didn't get to view a sunset, but we plan to return on our next trip to Naples. Highly recommend this restaurant and suggest making a reservation a couple of weeks in advance for a sunset viewing.

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Joe B, Manager at Baleen Naples, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

Hi Deb!

Thank you so much for setting aside a little time to write a review for us! We're extremely pleased that we exceeded your expectations and we're looking forward to our opportunity to serve you and your guests again! Until then... stay warm my friends!

Sincerely,

Joe Britz | Baleen Restaurant Manager
Jbritz@laplayaresort.com

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