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La Balena

Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
+1 831-250-6295
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“octopus” (32 reviews)
“pappardelle” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is another go to restaurant in Carmel. My go to dish is the half deep fried chicken that is only available Sunday and Tuesday

Thank cshoem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened upon this restaurant on our first night in Carmel and boy were we delighted. It's a gorgeous little spot. We sat in the lovely patio on the back. The service is friendly and highly efficient. And the food was just like Italy. It...More

Thank Raison-in-Demand
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an overdue review. First time I ate here was Valentine's Day 2017. We were seated outside. Place is small but decent. Can hardly remembered everything that we ordered but my husband loved the octopus that we had for appetizer and I can't ever...More

Thank MrsShyneT
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I could give this restaurant 10 stars I would. This is our 3rd meal at Las Balena and the best so far. There were 4 of us, we ordered a Sicilian white wine that they were out of so the owner came out to...More

Thank Annie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charming outdoor area, attentive service and super fresh ingredients set the stage for two or three incredibly tasty plates. The must-eat-again plate was the grilled octopus & white beans, chili oil & lemon. Spectacular texture and smoky flavor abounds. The off-menu albacore carpaccio w/greens was...More

Thank Erik R
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at La Balena several times in recent years and have been very pleased. We noted that Trip Advisor has dropped the restaurant down in their rankings considerably, but we paid no attention. Maybe we should have. My Gigli pasta with Bolognese sauce...More

Thank Donbob48
Reviewed 5 July 2017

La Balena was outstanding in every aspect. The food was great and we loved the cozy setting. Many choices in Carmel but this is one we will repeat.

Thank Amherstparis
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We had a very good meal here. The ambiance is very European. The pastas and salad was very good. We had two very nice desserts.

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

One of the best in Carmel! If you like boar, truffles and great service ... Fantastic value wines as well.

Thank Dave G
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This modern French/Italian restaurant is located aat one end of ocean Avenue (well, one block off Ocean), and it has an East-West layout. There are a number of outdoor tables, and most are indoor. Inside, it was warm and cozy. Our server really knew the...More

Thank Gabriel H
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Questions & Answers
11 October 2015|
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Response from ron m | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. There is a patio area in the back, but you have to walk through the restaurant to get there. There's nothing noted on their website regarding pets. Suggest calling them.
Mary Ann P
11 June 2015|
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Response from snj97 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was a quiet little neighborhood restaurant.
25 February 2015|
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Response from richard s | Reviewed this property |
do your research...this a restaurant...not a hotel, inn or B & B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-250-6295
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