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BALEENkitchen
BALEENkitchen
  • Address:
    260 Portofino Way
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Neighborhood:
    Redondo Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

BALEENkitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotelportofino.com
  • Email: dining@hotelportofino.com
  • Phone: (310) 372-1202
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast
    Monday-Friday
    6:30am-11:00am

    A La Carte Brunch
    Saturday-Sunday
    7:00am-2:30pm

    All Day Dining
    Daily
    11:00am-11:00pm

    Dinner
    Daily
    6:00pm-10:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Daily
    4:00pm-6:30pm

    Baleen Lounge
    Daily
    4:00pm-11:00pm

    Lobby Lounge
    Tuesday-Saturday
    5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Richard Crespin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music- Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Please call ahead for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Let us be your planning partner. The Event Staff stands ready to work side-by-side with you to make your next event the one they'll always remember.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Harbor Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet parking.
A word from BALEENkitchen
BALEENkitchen, the Oceanfront restaurant at The Portofino Hotel & Marina, was recently awarded a Zagat rating as among the “Top10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in Los Angeles,” for the second consecutive year.

BALEENkitchen features SoCal cuisine and an approachable menu with new additions is ideal for sharing. Offering marina views with both indoor and outdoor dining, BALEENkitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also featuring a lavish Saturday & Sunday Brunch as well as Live Music on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights.

The Lounge features small –plates fare with bold flavors and a little Latin spice along with Classic Reinvented Cocktails. Happy Hour is available 7 days a week with items for $3, $4, $5 & $6.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "not a formal dining experience. Dress code is casual, boat wear. Food was very good, no complaints there. View of the boat docks was very nice. They could expand on their menu a bit more is my only suggestion."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was the second year in a row we had our anniversary dinner here. We have made a habit of ordering 5 - 8 different tapas and salads and have a wonderful experience doing so. This year, the lobster slider was my favorite!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Usually I'm not a fan of hotel dining, but more and more hotels are leasing their prime property to good chefs, This is the case at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach with BALEENkitchen: a lovely spot in the Redondo Marina. We took relatives from Napa, who work in the wine industry, to brunch. Coffee came in a carafe for the table, so we didn't have to wait for refills. Service was prompt and professionally friendly. We all tried the Pulled Pork Benedicts, a traditional Eggs Benedict, and the asparagus omelette. Our plates were clean at the end of the meal. Enhancing our morning were the bottomless Bloody Mary's from the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. A fun treat and we took advantage! Parking easy. We would return to BALEENkitchen."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The service and food were outstanding, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the entree choices and preparation. We had 3 different menu entree choices and all were great. I definitely will return and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Went here for brunch with a couple of girlfriends to catch up and loved it......Live band was a great touch for a Sunday brunch....."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Well run restaurant with a fabulous manager. We had a wonderful time. We did not expect a hotel based restaurant to be so good. Fantastic view was an added bonus."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "There are plenty of items on the menu to choose from. I am a foodie and I was hoping for a little more gourmet for the price."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Good food, good service, but noisy. It was difficult to conduct a conversation, even with the person seated next to me."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall Very Good. Excellent scenic view. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "considering its a "hotel" restaurant. We came here right before a Halloween party so we were in costume. When we walked in it was like the proverbial scratch on the record player, but the staff were good sports. Not sure I would go out of my way to eat here again. But the location is beautiful and overall the food was very good."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Excellent selection of Tapas plates and appetizers such as lobster sliders, smoked trout. Entrees were equally well prepared and presented. Pork chop was done perfectly with an exquisite balance of flavors."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This is a great location and the menu is varied. The food execution is not always consistent, but we like the place and go back. The bar scene is busy depending on sports schedule."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Baleen seemed to have good reviews, so we tried it on a recent trip. Our food was mediocre at best. The salad wasn't very fresh, the meats had been over-marinated and over-seasoned. Being by the sea doesn't mean you have to add salt to everything. The view of the marina is scenic, but two out of four chairs we sat in were broken and saggy. Our server and the staff were polite and attentive without getting in the way. They need to improve their food quality."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Baleens for a nice Valentines prixe fixe dinner. They were offering a 6 course Prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing. The plan looked good and we ordered the dinner with the wine pairing, but the execution was terrible. We sat down a little after 7 and did not receive our dessert (the 6th course) until after 10. We waited a minimum of 20 minutes between courses and the waiter kept apologizing for the delays saying the kitchen could up keep up with the orders. Some of the courses were excellent: the ravioli, amuse bouche, the duck and the dessert. The sea bass was very bland and the beef tenderloins were lacking any significant flavor. I doubt I would eat here again even if they offered it for free."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and service were good. It is too loud to be considered romantic. As far as price goes, you can certainly find better for the price."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Access requires driving through guard kiosk, as the restaurant is adjacent to a hotel. As such, hadn't realized it was there. Glad we found it."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We decided to dine here for the last night of DineLA. We've eaten here three times before this, and it never disappoints. Our server was fantastic. The food amazing. Wonderful experience."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "TOOK ADVANTAGE OF FIXED PRICED MENU AND WINE PAIRING . SIX DIFFERENT COURSES BETWEEN THE TWO OF US ALL PERFECTLY PAIRED ONLY MINOR COMPLAINT WAS SCANT POUR FOR 2 OF REDS"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The restaurant was freezing. We ended up eating in the bar by the fireplace. The table was small so we only had appetizers. The bar was not that busy and our service was glacially slow. Food was okay, but nothing good enough to put up with terrble service and frostbite."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner during Dine LA Restaurant Week. The food and wine were both excellent, and it was one of the few menus we found that did wine pairings to go along with the menu."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "My friends and I wanted to check this place out for DineLA. Wasn't disappointed at all. Great atmosphere and good food. Would recommend for dating couples or even for a rehearsal dinner for a wedding."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Went for dinner. Food was good but not excellent --- was a bit on the salty side. Had the clam chowder, salmon and sorbet. Ambience was beautiful. Sat by the fireplace. Overlooked the marina. Would recommend for drinks and appetizers."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great for date night and the live music was the cherry on top."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've been here a couple of times both for lunch and dinner and have had exceptional service. The "all you can drink" Bloody Mary bar is fun to try on Sundays. Most tables provide a great view of the boats in the harbor, which is nice both day and night and I like how the whole place is elevated above the harbor. The last time I went was on a Thursday night and they had a live band in the bar area."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "They got rid of the buffet, the dinner was not worth $65, and the service was tardy but polite. This was far better when Baleen had the buffet for Christmas. We will make other arrangements next year."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our family went for Xmas dinner; after being seated, waited 10 min. before server noticed us, even tho we were right in front. He did not bother explaining the menu. It was a set menu incl. choice of soup, salad, entree, and dessert for one price. (We had to ask how it worked) Soup was bland, salad was tasty. Filet steak & lobster were good, but lobster was hard to remove from shell; it came out mangled. The sticky toffee pudding w/ caramel was awesome. Basically, a good meal w/ average server (he gave us the impression he had better things to do than wait on us). Very noisy and hard to hear in there."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We were looking for nice atmosphere on Christmas for our group of 8. We found it here. The location was beautiful, great weather helped. We felt the service was a bit rushed and not everyone was thrilled with the menu choices especially the kids. Our reservation was at 330p so we were looking forward to the Bloody Mary bar as advertised but were told there was not one that day. I then ordered one, it never came but I was still charged $10.00. My brother paid the bill so I didn't see it beforehand but kids were advertised as $22.50 and my kids 8&10 were charged the full $65. They were kind to provide a second serving of steak when my kids didn't like the corn on their ravioli and they did take back my cousins steak that was overdone."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Nice place , ok food . Prefix menu for Xmas day . Too expensive for the meal per person . Several people walked out after seeing the price ."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The smoked fish appetizer was delicious. As was the arugula and pear salad. An abundance of flavor but not overpowering for either dish. The grilled pork chop was tender and flavorful, but had the texture of almost being a processed piece of meat, probably a result of some kind of marinating. All in all the dinner was very good. The service was attentive, and they nicely split the salad and entree onto two plates in the kitchen. Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We recently had a holiday meal, mid-afternoon, at Baleen. Hostesses seemed glad to see us, smiled and welcomed us, but server did not. He was business-like but never did smile. Food was ok, not great--especially for the price--and very salty. We thought it strange that when my guest ordered a blended drink, the server said "We don't have a blender." I asked, "No blender today? Or any time?" He said, "Any time. We don't have a blender." He offered no explanation and gave us the impression that we were ignorant to ask. They have a full bar so it seems odd not to offer blended drinks along with any others."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We booked Thanksgiving lunch and had an excellent experience. The service was friendly and professional, the food and wine pairing was vey enjoyable and the staff were quick to serve. We will definitely be going back sometime soon."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We stay at the Portifino whenever we come to Redondo Beach CA and very much enjoy eating at Balleens. FOOD IS AMAZING. This year we enjoyed having Thanksgiving dinner there. Great food and AMBIENCE! Wait staff is excellent."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We've been to Baleen several times. I always enjoy the food and the wonderful harbor view. Usually the service is quite good -- this time, not so much. It's also always too cold in the restaurant for us..."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Tried this one on Saturday. Food is just ok, not very impressive. But the location and the view are unbeatable. Great for outdoor dining. Right by the dock. And after a meal, you can have a good walk there or try kayaking down the beach."
    Dined on 7/27/2013