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.
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...
May 15, 2014
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!
Mar 19, 2014
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. Y...
Oct 1, 2013
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 pizz...
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?