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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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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
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Reviews (253)
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

La Balena just became my favorite restaurant in Carmel! Our food was perfect - hand made pasta, carefully curated cheese plate, perfectly matched bottle of wine. Friendly, down to earth staff. We had a great time and enjoyed our meals tremendously. It can get a...More

Thank mizchelley
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at La Balena. We sat outside on the patio and although it was chilly, the heaters were very warm. The service was great, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful bottle of wine. I can't...More

Thank Alexandra L
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great experience. As a tourist many of the reviews had me worked, but the service was better than I expected. The ambiance was ok. Our server even offered me a glass of Chardonnay to pair with the fish that was "not available...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We ate dinner here to celebrate my birthday. We read lots of tripadvisor reviews to aid our dining selections. Unfortunately, while they were spot-on for the quality of the food, the reviews failed to mention the complete lack of atmosphere in the dining room. We...More

Thank LLCJ54
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This is a really authentic place for Italian wine, cheese, pasta, entrees and desserts. We had a smattering of all of these and found good examples of all, with excellent service as well. The atmosphere was very charming with outdoor, garden-like seating, and the meal...More

Thank Noah F
Reviewed 18 March 2017

There are many good food options in Carmel and we always want to try something new when we are there. We booked a table at La Balena, primarily because there were no reservations available at Grasings. We decided to walk by as they opened for...More

Thank Maya002
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Small quiet intimate and away from the touristy area of Carmel. Four of us had an excellent meal there with delicious Italian food and an accessible wine list. Try it

Thank George R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it dog friendly
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
Is this restaurant quiet?
12 June 2015|
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Response from snj97 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was a quiet little neighborhood restaurant.
Hi, are there hair dryers in the rooms? Thank you.
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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, 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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