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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 18 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 23 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
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 1 April 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
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Questions & Answers
12 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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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