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36-38 Hillfoot Street, Dunoon PA23 7DT, Scotland
+44 1369 703849
12:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Nice clean sit doon chippy. Bread n butter on the table so you can make your own chip piece. Fish pretty good n fresh. Shame about the portion control sauces, spoils the experience. Waitress a bit snowed under by the fact that all tables are cover at the same time the moment they open.

Thank trampintransit
Eva F, Owner at La Balena, responded to this review

Dear Trampintransit Thank you for your kind review and we appreciate your comment about the sachet sauces. Hope to see you again soon (we are happy to dish out more sauce!) Eva More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

This wee restaurant is part of the longstanding Anselmo's chippie next door, and although small, the food is excellent. Had a lovely meal of fish and chips with plenty of bread and butter. They have specials depending on the catch and their homemade puddings are excellent. Service is friendly and efficient. It's advisable to book as only about 4 tables.

Thank Misstinkerbell123
Eva F, Owner at La Balena, responded to this review

Thank you Misstinkerbell, sounds like you enjoyed your meal with us. Great to hear and thank you very much for your review. Eva More 

Colintraive, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great sit-in chippy. Freshly prepared fish'n'chips with tea and bread and butter. Specials sometimes available

1 Thank ArgyllBeagle
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Great wee restaurant beside the chippie. Not a lot of room, but cosy. The food is standard chippy fare but cooked beautifully and served with bread and butter and tea or coffee. Eaten here loads and it's great-staff are very nice and friendly too.

1 Thank Bethaud
Eva F, Manager at La Balena, responded to this review

Thank you for your mind review. More 

Dunoon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Sat in as it was another wet showery day. Small friendly sit in area of Anselmo's which offers great value for money and the same excellent fish and chips, served with bread and tea and coffee. Highly recommended.

2 Thank CowalApe
Eva F, Owner at La Balena, responded to this review

Dear Cowalape, thank you for such a kind review! More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

We ate in this little, well presented and clean chippy! We were served by a very pretty and helpful young lady. Both the cod and the chips were excellent. It's great to know that they look after my aunt (who lives in Dunoon), she eats in there every Friday, and they really take care of her! Thank you, I'll be... More 

2 Thank Steve S
Dunoon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014

If you like perfectly cooked fish with thin, crisp batter and real chips that taste wonderful then this is the place to eat. La Balena is only open for short periods at lunchtime and early evening and has only a few tables, but the adjoining fish and chip shop, Anselmo's, is open normal chip shop hours. Friendly service with a... More 

Thank Linda P
Dunoon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Lovely fresh food with a nice atmosphere and friendly polite waiting staff. The lasagne is very tasty.

Thank Tracy G
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Best fish and chips in Dunoon. The restaurant is small and cafe like but service is good and friendly --definitely worth a visit for a no frills meal

Thank Monika T
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2013 via mobile

Went up to try this place,food was ok,however portions were small. It has a nice community atmosphere,would go back if portions were bigger

Thank robbo201

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Fast food, Italian, Seafood, British
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Cash Only
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-38 Hillfoot Street, Dunoon PA23 7DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Cowal Peninsula  >  Dunoon
  • Phone Number: +44 1369 703849
Traditional fish teas, homemade lasagne, haggis and the like served in a simple and friendly environment. We are happy to offer smaller portions for those with a smaller appetite. Check out our specials board for the fish of the day and for our homemade pudding.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?