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La Balena - Osteria di Mare

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Via Nazionale Adriatica SNC | C.da Vallevò 133 - pers. 348 3840677, 66020, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy
+39 0872 609201
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Castel Frentano, Italy
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

La Balena is one of my favourite restaurants in the area. It's one of our special places my wife and I go to every so often to cheer ourselves up. Eating outside on a warm Summer's evening overlooking a traboccho sitting in the Adriatic is just magical. It's not cheap by Abruzzese standards ( we paid just over €50 each... More 

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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Hi ! many thanks for Your review !! We are very pleased that You enjoyed Your Balena dinner, thanks to the moon of course... ! You are very nice friends and we hope that You go on and on feeling well in our small joint. Sorry for the inconveniences... See next time !! La Balena More 

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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260 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

La Balena never fails to deliver very good food, always totally appropriate to it's beautiful, light, seashore setting. The local high quality Rocca San Giovanni wine also matches perfectly.

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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Dear Emyr1, many thanks for Your nice words ! We hope to see You very soon. Bye !! La Balena More 

Rome, Italy
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80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

What you don't expect from outside. First of all the menù with only 2 pages and limited choices as should be for serving fresh food and express cooking A mix of traditional cuisine like famous 'Brodetto' ( local fish and shellfish soup )modern food like carpaccio and raw squid in sea water. The list of local wines is limited but... More 

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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Dear Callimaco, many thanks for Your review ! We are happy that You enjoyed our Brodetto... Sorry for the cellar: we do our best with the small room that the restaurant has, but we are sure that You could find a good bottle ... We hope to see You soon !! Bye !! La Balena More 

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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260 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

This was our fourth visit here and it was a great experience again, overlooking the sea and the rickety traditional wooden fishing piers. The food and very local wine's of the highest standard - the five course fixed menu with prosecco is outstandingly good.

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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Dear Emyr1, many thanks for Your rewiew and for being our valued customer. We hope to see You very soon for the fifth time... Bye ! La Balena More 

UK
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

This restaurant was a great find as we were driving along the Adriatica. Lovely view and setting, some off road parking, proper "restaurant", nice decoration and tables, good fish menu, simply cooked but excellant. Good portions and extensive wine list. Prices are on the medium / high side. Allowed us to bring our small dog into restaurant and great bonus,... More 

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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Dear Peter & Ruth, thank You for Your kind words. We will be happy to see You again at La Balena. Best regards La Balena More 

Macerata, Italy
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104 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2014

Called in here while en-route along the coast. The premises are on the main coast road but this is not an issue once inside. The restaurant and terrace are set above the beach with lovely views which include a nearby Trabucco. The menu had a nice selection of both seafood and fish. We had a simple lunch of two primi... More 

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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Many thanks for Your nice words. We really hope to see You soon ! Bye !! LB More 

heidelberg
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Great view. Okay service. Food was so so but expensive. "Scampi with avocado and salsa" was a watery avocado paste. Ext to five over cooked shrimp. Tuna on the grill was huge but really had no taste. Service was fine. Wine was good.

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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

We are very sorry that You didn't appreciate our food. Just we would like to explain that our menù has shrimps with avocado sauce, not with avocado and sauce... Best wishes ! LB More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

The theme for our Italian holiday was choosing another restaurant when our original choice was closed/being refurbished/full. This usually worked in our favour and did in this case too. La Balena is a small clifftop restaurant with al fresco eating available. The view inside and out is amazing with panoramic Adriatic views. We wanted a light lunch so ordered a... More 

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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this review

Hi! Many thanks for Your visit and for the good words You wrote about La Balena! We hope to see You soon...! Best wishes !! LB More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

This restaurant has a lovely view over the Adriatic and provides al fresco dining. The food was good without being great but the service was amateurish to say the least. After the tiny table had been strewn with a bewildering array of glasses, carafes, candles and goodness knows what else, the waitress arrived with our shared antipasti platter. As there... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

Worthwhile experience!! It was a really enjoyable lunch, perfect weather... Try the risotto.....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 27 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Nazionale Adriatica SNC | C.da Vallevò 133 - pers. 348 3840677, 66020, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Abruzzo  >  Province of Chieti  >  Rocca San Giovanni
  • Phone Number: +39 0872 609201
Description
"In quel punto della costa dove un giorno approdò una balena, sorse un chiosco dove i pescatori di frodo presero ad arrostire "lu pesce a la vrace". Oggi La Balena è un ristorante che guarda il mare in tutta la sua bellezza fino all'orizzonte. I pensieri scorrono via, lasciando il posto alle emozioni dell'anima, in un ondeggiare di romanticismo e di poesia." Tratto da "L'Eremo" di Lina Sala La Guardia, Carabba Editore.

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