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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” (34 reviews)
“pappardelle” (15 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Junipero between 5th and 6th, West Side, Carmel, CA
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1 - 10 of 243 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must try the fried chicken on Sunday's and Tuesdays - it is amazing. It is also available on Tuesdays. The pasta with veal ragu was outstanding.

Thank WillWorkForDessert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tasting Italian food while travelling in California. I appreciated the great quality of vino and the original taste of of food. suggested. The price is in the range of the area

Thank FruggieroFabio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional location near Ocean Avenue in Carmel. Our first meal there in nearly 10 years and worth the wait! Great Food, beautifully prepared and presented. Servers were well trained and attentive, excellent wine choices. Definitely a winner! It will be on my list for our...More

Thank Leslie A
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This restaurant was recommended by locals and were they ever correct. The food was delicious and the service was great, A small cozy restaurant with a charming patio. I had fresh pasta with roasted rabbit; my husband had the steak which was cooked to perfection....More

Thank Sheryl J
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I haven't been to a restaurant with such a great atmosphere in a long time. The food was beyond excellent. We ordered a selection of homemade pastas and shared, it was impossible to pick a favorite. The fried cauliflower is also a standout. The Italian...More

Thank creynold02
Reviewed 13 August 2017

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 11 August 2017 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 7 August 2017

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 6 August 2017

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 4 August 2017

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
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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
12 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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