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Balena received 527 reviews on Yelp with average ratings of 4.0 Stars.
Balena received 2 reviews on CitySearch with average ratings of 4 Stars.

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4795 times people checked to Balena and wrote 53 Tips for the place.
Balena received 3309 likes on Facebook, 15726 checkins, and 10 mentions.
Balena tweeted 425 times, has 3435 twitter followers, and 229 friends.
Balena received 5 reviews on Google+ with average ratings of 4.6.

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Balena Yelp Reviews

Ashley B.

Balena Yelp Ratings
A fantastic birthday dinner. Perfect for sharing plates, drinks and company. This place goes above and beyond to make their customers feel special. We... Read more

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Anne S.

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Went last night for the second time and I have to admit that everything was near perfect. The service is almost outstanding...the way service should be at... Read more

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Diego C.

Balena Yelp Ratings
Balena has become a hotspot in Chicago and chef Chris Pandel has prepared an inventive and fabulous menu. Located in Lincoln Park, Balena offers a gourmet... 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

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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
Alek Toumert
Balena Google+ Ratings
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. Read more

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Morgane Renoir
Balena Google+ Ratings
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... Read more

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Erin Thor
Balena Google+ Ratings
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... Read more

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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

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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. Y... Read more
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Niche Restaurant
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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 @joh... 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
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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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