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Balena received 463 reviews on Yelp with average ratings of 4.0 Stars.
Balena received 2 reviews on CitySearch with average ratings of 4 Stars.
Ranked # 254 out of 324 Italian Restaurant in Chicago

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4423 times people checked to Balena and wrote 48 Tips for the place.
Balena received 2780 likes on Facebook, 13367 checkins, and 10 mentions.
Balena tweeted 231 times, has 3056 twitter followers, and 158 friends.
Balena received 5 reviews on Google+ with average ratings of 4.6.

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Balena Yelp Reviews

Mark C.

Balena Yelp Ratings
A quick weeknight meal at Balena was a pretty solid and memorable one. We ordered pretty simply, and the menu at Balena definitely has numerous more... Read more

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Mary T.

Balena Yelp Ratings
When four busy people get together, minor details like where we're going to eat, sometimes slip through the cracks. Fortunately, a few days before our... Read more

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Kevin Y.

Balena Yelp Ratings
I went to Balena on a Tuesday night and made a reservation for two at 8:30PM. We arrived on time and it took them literally 20 mins to seat us. It... Read more

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Balena CitySearch Review
alw68333889
Balena CitySearch Ratings
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… Read more

Balena CitySearch Review
rogerk739433276
Balena CitySearch Ratings
Balena knows its ABCs: Amari (based cocktails), Bread (salumi, and cheese plate), and Chicken (thighs). Great atmosphere, ambitious eats. Read more
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Balena Google Plus Review
Teresa McMasters
Balena Google+ Ratings
I went to Balena with a group, so we were able to try a few different dishes. I would recommend that approach so you can try several dishes. We all really liked it. They also have some great cocktails and a good wine list. I will definitely be back! Read more

Balena Google Plus Review
Claire Farrell
Balena Google+ Ratings
One of the most beautiful and delicious Italian restaurants in Chicago. The interior looks like a modernized French barn with twinkling lights. Very romantic. Start with a handcrafted cocktail from the bar and then try the Tuscan Kale caesar salad, the Cacio e Pepe, and finish with the Tiramisu. You will not be disappointed. Read more

Balena Google Plus Review
Colleen Maxwell
Balena Google+ Ratings
Went here with a foodie friend and it was a lovely place for dinner. Luckily I was with someone who pushed me outside my comfort zone in terms of dining choices, so we ended up with some delicious and different options. The menu changes often so our choices are no longer available, but we got a pizza, salad and pasta and it was the perfect amount to split (with a bit of leftover pizza to take home). Some of the combinations may sound weird or funky — but give it a whirl and try something new. Read more

Balena Google Plus Review
Elizabeth B
Balena Google+ Ratings
I am always impressed by the consistent service and food here. There is something for everyone. Wonderful cocktail menu with a nice selection of non-alcoholic drinks but you have to ask for them. Well run operation and on my favorites list! Read more

Balena Google Plus Review
Max Blekhter
Balena Google+ Ratings
Well made pastas and pizzas. Their mixed drinks are rated on a bitterness scale from 1 - 10. Cool concept and well executed. Best tiramusu I've had in Chicago. Service could be improved as all of our entrees came out right after we got our first drink and before we were able to order a bottle of wine (which we had asked our server about). Read more
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Balena Facebook Comments
Niche Restaurant
Balena Facebook Ratings
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 @johnthebristol. http://nichestlgroup.com/post/76265316042/thurs-evening-was-the-beardfoundation-celebrity Read more

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Jennifer Hill Neu
Balena Facebook Ratings
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! Read more

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Charlie Baase
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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? Read more

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Aasi Tahir Siddique
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Love Italian. Read more

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Jennifer Hill Neu
Balena Facebook Ratings
Thank you for an amazing meal and a wonderful evening! Wish we had been back sooner! We will see you soon! Read more
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