BALEENkitchen
BALEENkitchen

BALEENkitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotelportofino.com/
  • Phone: 3103721202x
  • 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: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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: 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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
BALEENkitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (44)romantic (29)special occasion (25)great for brunch (22)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (17)great for lunch (16)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Really amazing spot and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I loved this place!!! We had reservations for the dining room, but opted to sit on one of the couches in the bar. Very romantic. Great drinks and one of the best burgers I have ever had! Highly recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always surprising
    booboo
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Both dinners were outstanding-my out of town guest commented this was the best meal he had in 10 yrs! He had the hangar steak. So Baleen hit it out of the park. I always forget about this place, but it's a hidden away gem with free valet to boot. I had the short ribs and they were outstanding. The mushroom sauce over the mashed potatos was one of the best I've ever had. Would be nicer if the had booths all along the window, would be much more comfy than tables & chairs and so you can see the yacht/water view better (closer), but that's a minor complaint. Service was outstanding and the drinks were really good. We asked for Moscow Mules, which they didn't have, but their substitute was almost as good, if a little bit too sweeet as a drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eating there since 1967
    ourdateplace1
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wife and I had first date there in 1967... again in 1987 and just recently for our 47th wedding anniversary... treated like celebrities... we stayed with seafood and were very pleased...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, a bit loud
    Pablo
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The place is a gem, and the simple chicken with ratatouille is so expertly done it blows you away. The noise is a bit high for that kind of experience, with live music Thur-Fri.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had never been
    Chefschuetz
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Honestly I am a chef and new to the area and had recently applied for a position there. I was impressed. I ordered pork chop which I most likely wouldn't have if I would have been on a "recon" mission. I ordered it because most restaurants brutalize pork chops but not Baleen, it was moist and full of flavor. I was pleased. The ambiance was great there was a singer or band in the lounge area I could hear from the dining room and they where very good. The view was amazing. The service was good except for my forgotten iced tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find.....
    TheatergoerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to this restaurant not knowing what to expect....What we got was a beautiful restaurant, excellent food, fantastic service and a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Trisha
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I wouldn't have known about this restaurant if not for Open Table, because I found it while hunting for a place to make brunch reservations. So glad I did, though! Lovely view of the water and pretty ambiance. Nothin to complain about for the food, and can't beat the bottomless mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trasksdad
    Trasksdad
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had our Thanksgiving meal here last year and decided to have our 53rd Wedding Anniversay dinner here this year because we enjoyed that one so much. The service was great as well as the food and wine. The flowers I ordered were waiying for us on the table and started the evening off excellently. We'll probably have this year's Thanksgiving meal here as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    timmyb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food, atmosphere, and service were awesome. The view we had of the marina and boats made it all the better. After dinner we spent the rest of the night in the bar with live music and friendly bartenders. Highly recommend BALEENKITCHEN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant
    tussin
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went here for a nice dinner on the marina and was not disappointed. The food was very good and the service was prompt.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    aaronmc
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I played a couple of times there but never been as a customer till the other day and I must say... great service!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    RonFVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food and service was excellent. If you want a romantic dinner overlooking the yacht club then this is the spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review..
    flyaway12345
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    food, service and view are very good, i will go there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DineLA 2014 at Baleen Kitchen
    GroupNightOut
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    First time dinner at Baleen Kitchen. Ate from the DineLA menu (really good deal). Salmon, short ribs and the steak filet. Very good food, the setting was very nice and the service was like the yelp reviews...... could be much improved. As for a return visit - it would be very expensive to eat from the regular menu. So will probably wait
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went for Dine LA, there was live music in the bar which was lovely. Great table with a harbor view by the large open windows. Food was good, I would say slightly overpriced if we weren't taking advantage of the Dine LA deal. Half price bottles of wine which was an unexpected treat. Pass on desserts, neither of which were worth the calorie splurge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    spandian
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was great. I was there for dineLA and got the clam chowder, short rib and chocolate cake. The short rib was excellent! Service could have been much better. The restaurant was not very full yet the waitress was very slow to bring our wine pairings out with our food and she was not very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous Marina Views
    JenniferinSaMoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and service are always nice but the marina view is the real draw.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • was ok
    ravenhouse
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service was friendly but extremely slow. Seating and view were wonderful. Drink menu was good if that's what your going there for. Dinner, however, not so much.....Ordered: Chicken lettuce wraps with ginger sauce - literally tasted like nothing but cold lettuce. Even ginger sauce was very bland. Looked appetizing but no taste at all. Mixed Veg Salad with added Grilled Shrimp - mixed veg salad was nothing more than iceberg lettuce, some chopped cukes and a few tomatoes. Grilled shrimp were decent size and fine. Would not go again even though staying at hotel right there in same lot - would rather walk down block to Joes crab house.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never fails to please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Walking distance, great food, terrific ambience, and a fun bar to relocate to afterwards makes Baleen a perfect choice every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Alright
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lovely table, generally the food is pretty good and our last meal here was quite good. This time not so much. Overdone steak.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We went for a late breakfast with some business associates from Canada. We sat on the patio overlooking the harbor. The service was good and the food also good. It was a little pricey for quality, but overall we were pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • soso
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were booked at portofino hotel. The service was not good. We requested for room cleaning which was not done. The airconditioning was not working well. Baleen was not as expected that you see online. It looked so classy but it was quite disappointing when we were there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jadahlew
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great food recommendations from our server! Lunch was great and I've gone for Breakfast and it was outstanding :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch at Baleen's
    Randy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We brought our granddaughter to Baleen's to celebrate her 12th birthday. Everything was perfect. We were given a choice table at the windows overlooking the marina. The server was lovely, attentive (especially to our granddaughter)and brought a complimentary desert at the end of our meal. The food was great. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Views
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice menu with great apps and small plates. Lobster slider was great. Wish I had ordered several. Beautiful setting and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special spot
    OntheGoVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We love Baleen, and chose it for a special spot to take visitors to the Redondo area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but not great
    Nick
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    It was a good brunch but not the best. Great view of the Marina. Would've liked a few more choices, recommendations or specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 379 reviews are from the BALEENkitchen reviews archive.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Loved the Happy hour here!!! Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a real brunch!
    SOS1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    They say it's brunch on Sundays but it's just a regular breakfast meal! We could have gone to a real brunch place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolute Gem!
    Maleficent50
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We loved the view of the harbor from the beautifully-appointed dining room. The massive fireplace was lit providing a warm atmosphere; service was impeccable. The coffee, though strong, was delicious. We ordered pork sliders, lobster mac & cheese, burgers and a cheese appetizer plate. All were very good. We were not hurried so the experience was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was excellent with a nice view of the marina. I've been wanting to try it but with so many other choices I never got to. I had several other places in mind for this evening but they didn't have a table available for the time I wanted so I decided to try this place. I'm glad I did. The food is flavorful and there's a variety of choices to fit everyone. I would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a great Easter Brunch dining experience. The only thing that baffled us was that they wanted to seat us away from the scenic windows when there were tables available. According to our hostess, there were no tables available when the restaurant was half empty. We had to insist to be seated by the windows to get it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice casual dining
    Russ
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calijen
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It is a very pretty space. Food was very good, but perhaps a bit on the pricey side. Drinks were very good. Entrees came out a bit quicker than expected, but perhaps we should have requested it to be paced a little slower. It is a nice restaurant, but it does seem that you are paying for location, as it sits on the marina. We were there for dinner, but it would be nice to try for brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 Years in a Row for my Anniversary
    Dtox
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bright, fun spot for brunch, lunch
    HouStories
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience
    Prim
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hersoma Beach Scenic Location
    KitKat
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service!
    MaryCathVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a view!
    Janie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.