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.
This is a great place for groups of four or, even better, six or more since they encourage the sharing of delicious appetizers and entrees. The gnocchi was a particular favorite, but our group liked all the starters including Bruchetta, as well as the fish entrees. Ambiance, in what was once a cand...
Apr 4, 2015
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...
May 24, 2015
Great ambience. Very attentive staff. Appetizers were memorable, main course was not. Great place for a date.
Apr 26, 2015
Was worth the wait extra 30 minutes! Make sure to order pizza. We had mortadella pistachio pizza and it was delicious!
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?