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US$ 30 - US$ 46
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

We used to come here but not for a while, trying the other very good restaurants nearby. We’re very glad we went back last week during the local festival of the sea when there was a special menu. It was truly wonderful: highly recommended at...anytime even if that menu (till June 9 2019) isn’t there. My wife chose from the a la carte menu which was excellent too.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

Amazing location overlooking the sea and nearby trabocco. Fantastic food but arrive early for parking! Pre-booking essential.

Date of visit: August 2018
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mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Dear Martin, many thanks for Your review ! All the best !!

Reviewed 23 December 2017

5 full stars for this classy, still informal and authentic seafood restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Costa dei Trabocchi. I live in Rome and look forward everytime I’m in Abruzzo to dine at La Balena. It's the best place I know in the...area if you want to taste a genuine and traditional Abruzzese cuisine. They surprise me everytime I go there as they update the menu often and with fine knowledge. The chef is always passionate about traditional food, combined with some subtle creativity and a tasteful presentation of the dishes, which you'll find satisfying just by looking at them. The waiters are always kind and caring. If you want to spend a pleasing lunch or dinner, also enjoying a beautiful view, while you have some of the finest culinary specialties of the Coast, I sincerely recommend looking no further. Dine at La Balena and then thank me for the advice.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Great Gianluca, God bless U!! Happy Xmas !!!!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Good local fish, well prepared. Service was attentive. Local white wines such as Pecorino were offered. Good value.

Date of visit: September 2017
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mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Dear Richard, many thanks for Your review! We hope to see You again asap ... Ciao !! La Balena

Reviewed 1 August 2017

Exceptional plates, amazing, top level fish food creations..a place that all fish food lovers should visit..very professional management and staff..

Date of visit: July 2017
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mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Dear Friend, many thanks for You visit and for the great review ! We hope to see You soon at La Balena !! Ciao !!

Reviewed 5 May 2017

We had lunch outside, overlooking a traboccho and the sea, great! Nice white house wine, pasta nero e vongole just perfect!

Date of visit: April 2017
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mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Dear Karin, many thanks for Your visit & review ...! Yours sincerely ! La Balena

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 last time including wine, water and coffee ) but it is worth it. Everybody always seems welcoming and the service throughout the evening was pleasantly friendly, alway efficient and never obtrusive. The food however, is great. My wife started with an insalata di mare which seemed plentiful and attractively presented, whilst I tried the carpaccio di tonno con tartuffo. This was a combination I would never have thought of but it was one of the best dishes I have ever tried. For the primi I had the seafood pasta triangles which was pleasant because the sauce was subtle enough to compliment the fish and enhance the flavour and I felt the quantity was just about perfect. Enough so that felt you had eaten a pasta course but not so much that you would struggle to finish your secondo. For our secondi Linda chose the fish spiedoni whilst I had the rombo. I have had the rombo before and was absolutely blown away by it. Firstly, because it was huge and it was cooked to perfection. This time I felt that it was just a little bit overdone. Linda felt the same about her spiedoni. Mine was still good, I would have just preferred it to be a fraction less cooked. By this time Linda's resolve was weakening and she gave to temptation when a waitress suggested a dolci. I'm not sure exactly what it was although I would guess it involved chocolate. I know she enjoyed it because she closed her eyes every time she took a spoonful, made a little appreciative noise and refused to let me try any of it. We finished off a lovely relaxing evening with coffee whilst still staring over a moonlit sea and headed for home feeling full without feeling we had eaten too much. It seemed to me a pretty well balanced meal. I would recommend you try this restaurant. I am sure you will have as pleasant an evening as we always doMore

Date of visit: September 2016
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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

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....More

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.

Date of visit: August 2016
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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

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

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 very adequate to any need. The service is extremely kind with the typical low profile and quiet approach of Abbruzzo people. Price very honest about 40 euro for appetizer , main course and a couple of bottles of wine. If the weather allow best to seat outside in the balcony. Definitely we will come back.More

Date of visit: August 2016
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labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

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...More

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.

Date of visit: August 2015
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labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

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

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  • La Balena - Osteria di Mare is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5