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“Food and service very good”
Review of La Baleine Bleue

La Baleine Bleue
Ranked #269 of 363 Restaurants in Biarritz
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 November 2013

La Baleine Bleu – Biarritz, Place Ste Eugenie 64 200 – 8 people ate and drank very well for 174 Euros (about $30 US per person). The mussels with garlic are highly recommended. Mussels come in various sauces to taste. There is also Basque specialities. We were there in late October 2013 so well off the tourist season. Perhaps that is the difference between our experience of having a good meal and service and the other reviews. We are native English speakers but also speak Spanish and Portuguese (no French though). One of the servers was from Spain, married to a Frenchman and so we could communicate easily and enjoyed our afternoon meal. They were accommodating of all our food questions as this was only our second day of the trip and we were still quite new to Basque cuisine.

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Thank Maria2008Usa
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Three of us decided to go out for a last minute meal in Biarritz on Saturday evening in July. Had a list of 5 restaurants around the Port des Pecheurs and Place Saint Eugenie that were well reviewed on Trip Advisor. As expected all were busy and had a waiting time of over 30 minutes.

On Place Saint Eugenie this was the only restaurant with several tables available and we should have known there was probably a reason for this. However, hunger won us over and we sat down here.

The waiters/owners (it is hard to tell) were worryingly quick with our food order so it had clearly been sat on the hot plate in the kitchen. Dry, bland and my chicken dish emerged on a plate shaped like a fish (not a big deal but adds to the general feeling).

We didn't ask for bread or olives but they were brought to the table anyway - annoyingly we were charged for these on the bill. The carafe of house white was appalling.

At one point I went to the toilet and a member of staff behind the bar demanded to know in quite serious tones whether I was eating in the restaurant. They obviously get problems with people walking in and using the toilet but the way I was approached was quite rude. No toilet paper or soap in the bathrooms.

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Thank BiarritzTaxi
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Had Moule for lunch that did not taste good at all. Not very friendly staff and the atmosphere was really bad. Not many guests compared to the orher places around and now I understand why......

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Thank Marie H
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Biarritz is always busy in evenings but this was the only pace with a free table.... After waiting for a long time, our food evetually arrived and it was not of the quality you'd expect from a French seaside establishment. The waiter took extreme offence to our request to return the dish which consisted of overcooked, rubber-like duck. The owner then came and asked us to leave, we are a young couple with 10 mth old baby. Other guests were disgusted, this was like a scene from Fawlty towers except there was no funny side to it.... I hope he's since gone out of business. Quel fou!

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2  Thank DutchcatBreda
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

No need to say more. This place is no good! Terrible service, terrible food, and I had to [--] all day the next day. I hope they will GO out of business soon. It's a disgrace for Biaritz.

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Thank Pullman1075
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