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Review of La Balena

La Balena
Ranked #32 of 161 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Highly recommended by Randy at the Cypress Inn so you know it's gonna be great. We stopped by for a light late lunch of grilled octopus with grilled watermelon. I never would have come up with that on my own but it was amazing! That, a green salad and a bottle of sauvignon blanc made for the perfect lunch.

Only deducting a star because the patio is so sloped, it was hard to keep things from sliding down the table and falling off. I ended up with a wet lap from the condensation off our water glasses. It would be nice if level pads or pallets could be installed.

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Reservations a must. Food is as good as it gets and overcomes tight quarters. Should the waiter note there is one left take it!!

Thank arthur s
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Had a great dinner at La Balena in Carmel. Their salumi and octopus as a starter was perfect and the Branzino was to die for. We had some Italian wines that were not on the menu, feel free to ask them when you visit. Overall great ambiance and great service.

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Thank Rafael C
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Dined here as part of a Carmel trip with a fellow foodie. He found La Balena and made reservations. Although I'd been to Carmel frequently over the years, I had not heard of it. However, why it's not on the "most recommended" lists, I have no idea! The food was excellent and the portions generous. We thought it was very reasonably priced, especially for Carmel.
We sat outdoors, and the setting was very pretty. Would be a great choice for a romantic dinner. The outdoor seating was also dog-friendly, which was fun.
Highly recommend reservations - it's a small place, and obviously quite popular with the locals.

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Thank Snert3
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

We had dinner here and food was fantastic- we did the pollo fritto and gnocchi with a side of the polenta with truffle oil- yum-service was attentive and prices reasonable for the quality. Great experience-

Thank sarall0517
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