Welcome to Barfena, foulest food on the planet at this price point. The four of us went to this lovely place at the site of the former Landmark restaurant, known for great atmosphere and so-so food. Well, the same owners felt they…
May 3, 2012
Balena knows its ABCs: Amari (based cocktails), Bread (salumi, and cheese plate), and Chicken (thighs). Great atmosphere, ambitious eats.
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful experience at Balena a few Saturdays ago. We grabbed a seat at the bar to wait for the rest of our party, and the two bartenders were attentive despite the Saturday crowd, and took the time to recommend a drink based on my usual tastes (the Nedda no5) which was del...
Mar 13, 2015
Came in for dinner on a Monday evening, and it was pretty dead, which surprised me because it was Restaurant Week. There are pretzel sticks waiting on the table for you when you’re seated, which is unique and appreciated as a different take than the usual bread other restaurants serve. We had the mu...
Jan 17, 2015
Be ready to open your wallets when going here. You won't feel hosed. You just won't be able to stop the food and wine from flowing. Recommend the spicy pep pizza.
Aug 25, 2014
Food was amazing.....our waiter not so much.
Had dinner there last Friday, we were a group of 3. Sat down at 8:15, and were greeted by our waitress right away. She asked if we needed to leave by a certain time, we told 10:00. She also asked if anyone at the table had any intolerance, we said yes (o...
May 23, 2014
I took my mom here during restaurant week, but we ended up ordering off the regular menu. First off, I love the decor of this place. We sat upstairs tucked in a back corner and the energy in the place was vibrant! Everyone was having a great time, and I love to be surrounded by that when I dine. I c...
Thurs evening was the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at Balena in Chicago. Big thanks to hosts @johnthebristol + @philthebristol, participants @offalchris @chefjwaxman @andrecarmellini @cpandel @jFrillman, & all guests who came out to support this amazing event! *photo via @joh...
Jennifer Hill Neu
Feb 7, 2014
Wow! Thank you for an outstanding evening! Huge thanks to all the chefs who made the James Beard dinner outstanding! Huge shout out to Erin and Will! Awesome as always!
Jan 22, 2014
Your restaurant week menu hasn't been posted, do you know what the menu is yet? Just curious since I have a reservation there on Sunday?