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Balena received 407 reviews on Yelp with average ratings of 4.0 Stars.
Balena received 2 reviews on CitySearch with average ratings of 4 Stars.
Ranked # 45 out of 320 Italian Restaurant in Chicago

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3997 times people checked to Balena and wrote 38 Tips for the place.
Balena received 2437 likes on Facebook, 12303 checkins, and 10 mentions.
Balena tweeted 173 times, has 2753 twitter followers, and 152 friends.
Balena received 5 reviews on Google+ with average ratings of 4.5.

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Balena Yelp Reviews

Rawlins R.

Balena Yelp Ratings
This is a very highfalutin place. I made my reservations for Balena on OpenTable and did so a few weeks in advanced to be sure to get a spot on a Saturday... Read more

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Corey N.

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Came here last night for an early birthday celebration. We weren't terribly hungry so we concentrated on the mains. I had the branzino, which was... Read more

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Aaron S.

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Quite possibly one of Chicago's top restaurants! This place is certainly happening on a friday night, we had a 9pm reservation which got pushed back to... Read more

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Balena CitySearch Review
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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
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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
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

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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
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

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

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Nick Hork
Balena Google+ Ratings
I've been here a couple time for different occasions, and each time this place worked great for our group. Whether it's grabbing an off the beaten path cocktail after work, or meeting up with a larger group for dinner, all the pieces fit. The huge space is the perfect backdrop to a unique Italian inspired night. Read more
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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
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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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