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Balena

Balena has been executing honest, Italian cooking in Lincoln Park since 2012. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel, the restaurant is the first collaboration between Boka Restaurant Group and B Hospitality. Balena's many accolades include Best New Restaurants in America by Gayot and Bon Appetit, 3 stars by the Chicago Tribune, and a James Beard semi-finalist nomination for Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards. In addition to its 150 seats, Balena contains a chef's table right across form the hearth of its brick oven. as well as a gorgeous 18 seat leather topped bar, and a section dedicated to walk-ins.
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1220 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(1,220 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 1,220 reviews
5 stars
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4 stars
(401)
3 stars
(127)
2 stars
(43)
1 star
(14)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(634)
  • special occasion(383)
  • neighborhood gem(380)
  • good for groups(347)
  • romantic(340)
  • notable wine list(298)
Balena Reviews List
Review 1 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
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Review 2 for Balena
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
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Review 3 for Balena
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
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Review 4 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
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Review 5 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 2/02/2016
 2011
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Review 6 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2012
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Review 7 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
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 2005
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Review 8 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Poorly met expectations.

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Dined on 2/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"First of all, update your online restaurant week menu. The menu all of my friends looked at was for "2016." Nothing that was offered when we went was online. Second, requiring all of the patrons to either participate in restaurant week or not is silly. What if someone is meeting the rest of the table for a drink only? that makes it a lot harder to enjoy the experience."
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2015
Special Features: notable wine list
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Review 9 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
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Review 10 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
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Review 11 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/22/2016
 2007
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Review 12 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Restaurant Week

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Balena was on Choose Chicago as having a special restaurant week menu. However, when we arrived on Sunday, Jan 31, the menu was not available. Waitress said there was a mistake and the items on the restaurant week menu were not available. We had to order off the regular menu and there were asterisks on the menu ( and the dessert menu) that eliminated some items for restaurant week. Secondly, in the pasta section, if you ordered the restaurant week menu price, you received the appetizer portion not the meal portion. So, for $33, it was no bargain. In fact, if one looks at the regular menu, all my choices ended up being $31 but I was charged the $33 restaurant week price. Portions were small and definitely will not go back as I believe we were overcharged."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
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Review 14 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

I will be back to Balena, for sure!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"First-time visit last Sunday and it was fabulous. Great 'za, great brunch items, fabulous cocktails, excellent service in an airy environment. Yum. Perfect way to munch and drink in a leisurely fashion before going to a Steppenwolf play."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2001
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Great place. A little pricey for the experience"
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2011
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Review 16 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
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Review 18 for Balena
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Competition tough in Chicago

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The menu is limited, the service was really slow and some of the food was good some unrecognizable. It's too bad I do like the ambiance and bar."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
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Review 19 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
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Review 21 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Four of us had dinner here before a play. We have been to Balena before and have always enjoyed the food, service and ambiance.
We did the Restaurant Week menu and that was maybe a bit of a mistake. The Ravette and Rigatoni pastas were too mild without enough taste and the marinated skirt steak was tough (I know skirt steak is a lesser cut but it did say marinated).
The Orecchiette pasta and sea bass, though, were excellent, as were the Kale and Arugula salads.
Service and wine list were, as usual, outstanding."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 22 for Balena
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
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Review 23 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
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Review 27 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2001
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2001
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2001
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Review 28 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

EXCELLENT TWIST ON ITALIAN

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Untraditional Italian, extensive wine list, unusual flavor combinations, and the POLENTA...to die for!"
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Order the Pate Bruschetta ! DELISH

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Great place to have a nice dinner before the theatre. If attending the steppenwolf this restaurant is directly across the street so park, have dinner, go back for an after theatre drink. The menu has a wide range of choices and the wine list was decent. Definitely would go back"
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2000
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Review 32 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Perfect Pre-Theater

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"There couldn't be a better location for a Steppenwolf pre-theater dinner. But we didn't expect the food to be so good, the service to be so warm and the ambiance to be so lovely. I had a vegan pizza, that's right, no cheese, that was SUPERB! Who knew. We'll be back for sure."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 35 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
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Review 36 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for Balena
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Bland Pre-Theater Food

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"It's the quintessential restaurant that knows its in a high-demand location and doesn't feel compelled to elevate its food (or anything else) based on that comfort. In other words: theater (Steppenwolf) food. Because it's literally across the street from Steppenwolf, it gets away with being mediocre.
Portions were small; service was half-hearted; flavors weren't present; dish composition was off the mark; and it was pretty expensive to boot (4 people with a couple rounds of courses -- all of which were needed since the portions were so minuscule -- was close to $300 with tip; not Alinea, but not cheap either). The one thing it does have going for it is the ambiance -- it's an interesting space that's well decorated. Perhaps they could spend some of that decorating budget on the kitchen staff and ingredients in the next go round.
Will we be back? Probably. Because we'll have another play at Steppenwolf to attend. And we'll need a nearby reservation. And hence the conundrum and cosmic gastronomic tragedy of pre-theater restaurants: they exist in spite of themselves, because people go to them for reasons beyond food and service. And so the cycle continues."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
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Review 38 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

So so

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"This is the first place I've gone where everyone in your party has to do the restaurant week menu. My husband can't have gluten and they had a separate menu that was nice but not very many choices so we ended up with the plain menu."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 39 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great place for Italian food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We came for my wife's 30th birthday and were not disappointed. The place was beautiful and food was amazing. Pasta's were really good."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
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Review 42 for Balena
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2013
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Review 43 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Restaurant Week

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We went for restaurant week so I can't speak for the normal everyday value, but for restaurant week it was a fantastic deal. The service was impeccable and they actually had dishes you would want to order and the portions were perfect. We both started out with salads. They were basically naked salads and were so very simple and still managed to have great flavor with the dressing. The pasta course was my favorite and I had the pork ragu - fantastic flavor, pork was very small and abundant so had a piece with every bite. My husband ordered the skirt steak for entree and loved it, I had the striped bass and enjoyed it but wasn't wowed. The dessert though, oh was it amazing. I don't think you can go wrong. We obviously wouldn't have ordered as much food if it wasn't restaurant week. It definitely has the feeling of a restaurant you could go to time and again. We will be back."
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 44 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went on a Thursday night during restaurant week and Balena was packed. Our server was great and very patient with the seniors in my party. Excellent meal and ambiance is wonderful. Will definitely add to my list of regular spots!"
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
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Review 45 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Balena
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 49 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2010
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Review 50 for Balena
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
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