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BALEENnaples Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laplayaresort.com
  • Phone: (239) 598-5707
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner:
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Champagne Brunch 11:00am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Torres
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from BALEENnaples
Pleasing to the palate and the eye alike, Baleen Naples mixes Old Florida charm with elegant candlelit elegance. Beautiful chandeliers and soft mahogany furnishings set the tone for an elegant dining experience…. Toes-in-the-sand dining takes place as Baleen spills out through the grand doors to the terrace with tables overlooking the sweeping beach and ends with a collection of tables for cocktails in the sand next to the fire pit. Whether seated in an indoor epicurean enclave or a barefoot beach table, visitors can indulge in three daily seating’s at Baleen Naples with options including a breakfast menu with a Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites. With exceptional entrees and an extensive selection of wines the dinner menu is filled with local ingredients and beautifully composed dishes. For the guest looking for light fare enjoy our bar menu in the cocktail section with an array of seafood selections as well as sandwiches and appetizers.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful meal and experience on a weekend getaway that my husband planned as a surprise! Highly recommend Baleen!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Dinner at Baleen for my girlfriends 40th birthday was amazing. Service, food, scenic view, the way they made her feel special on her birthday was Amazing. We will definitely be back & we will recommend Baleen to all of our friends & relatives. It was definitely a night we will always remember. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is a don't miss location for dining in Naples. Food and location can't be beat. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at Baleen. We had a very nice table next to the window where we could see the surf rolling in. It was too windy to sit outside. The outdoor area is beautiful, next time.... The service and our food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have been to Baleen many times, and the food is always hot, very tastly and always have great service. Great view of the beach when you sit outside."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is now a must when ever we visit Naples. As well as being a great spot for a romantic meal, it is also kid friendly and offers a kids menu. Because of location directly on the beach, many parents were given some time alone whilst the children played on the soft, white sands, under the safety of their gaze. Great food and wine list, is just an added bonus. We will be back next year!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a very lovely dinner with great food and nice service for our anniversary. The beach ambience was unbeatable with a casual yet upscale vibe. The prices were comparable to any nice fish restaurant and you don't get the view of the Gulf very often. Go for sunset!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This was a wonderful experience outdoors with my family! Will be back really soon, grazi. ~Dr. Raj"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I've been to Baleen before and had great food an experience. However, this visit, there was construction going on out on the patio at lunchtime!! We sat inside instead and the AC was turned way down. Thank goodness I brought a sweater. We all ended up drinking coffee just to warm up."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Great place for ambiance: watch the setting sun while dining in coastal atmosphere overlooking the Gulf - what could be better?! Nice choice of unusual accompaniments to the entrees. Unique deserts. Wonderful to experience"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "It's a great spot for outdoor dining. The food was very good but a limited menu for lunch. Our service was fantastic. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Wow, can't go wrong with the ambience, food and service. Outstanding outside seating overlooking gulf. Firepits by beach if you want to relax and have cocktails. I had a special Birthday dinner and sat outside. Stunning. Wonderful non-rushed service, food super and of course as already mentioned view incredible. If you sit inside, it is fine dining and tropical feel. Recommend!!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We've spent our anniversary celebrating at Baleen's for ten years, and this year in particular we were delighted! Not only did the wait staff acknowledge our celebration, but so to did the manager who made a point to come to our table; our waiter was excellent, and surprised us with a rose and a special dessert in honor of our anniversary. We've always had a wonderful time at Baleens, but this year was especially memorable and we will continue to celebrate there as long as we can! A must do for anyone who loves great food, a beautiful sunset and remarkable service."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a beautiful dinner at Baleen's and sat outside on the first level covered porch area. It was absolutely beautiful for the sunset as we watched a couple get engaged over dinner down on the beach. A really great meal and my husband loved his dessert. Service was very attentive! I would definitely go back next time we were in Naples. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "BALEENnaples is without a doubt one of the top two or three best restaurants in all of Naples Florida!!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Always excellent food and first class service. Sunsets at La Playa are spectacular!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Baleen was great! The only thing missing was a perfect sunset. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Thought we had an outside seat reserved, but when we showed up we were told it would be 1 hour to sit outside! This is just not acceptable scheduling."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Fantastic location for a meal with a view of the gulf."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Baleen definitely has one of Naples best views and atmosphere. Even if you are not on vacation it makes you feel like you are. The food holds its own and they have a notable wine list (although a little pricey). Gary our server was great and helped make it a memorable evening. If you are looking for a special place this is it!! 2Snobs"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "THe weather was beuatiful, the sun was shining, the staff was friendly & attentive and our food was very good. We shared a cheese platter & cured meats good for 4 people, Myself - a burger with cheddar- juicy & so nice! My wife lump crab salad she enjoyed it! . I am slightly partial to LaPlaya as I married my wife there four months ago and it was a fantastic wedding weekend."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Beautiful setting with exceptional service. Food was great and displayed fabulously."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I always love going to Baleen. It is romantic , the sunsets are beautiful and the food is always delicious. I had the simply snapper and it was wonderful. My husband had grouper and he said it wad the best. We always look forward to going to Baleen because it is always a special night for the both of us."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Having been to restaurant many times before and had a great dining experience, I expected nothing less. We ate on the patio. Such a fabulous view. the service was very good but food just OK. Lobster salad had to be returned to kitchen. the server was very accommodating. We will return but with higher expectations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pricey but worth it for the view, good food, wine list. Parents please don't bring your kids here. Adult place for romantic and quiet dinners."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Although we have lived in Naples for 10 years, we had never been to Baleen. We have heard recent favorable reviews, so my husband asked to go there for his birthday dinner. What a lovely evening! We were seated on the veranda with gentle breezes and a panoramic Gulf view. Our waiter appeared promptly and had an excellent command of the menu. The pace of service was just right, not hurried but not too slow. Our entrees were perfectly prepared. Upon learning that my husband was celebrating his birthday, our waiter returned with a lovely complimentary decorated crème brulee. And to top it all, the sunset was gorgeous! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner. The sunset could not have been more beautiful. Service, atmosphere, and food were all outstanding. I had not been here in years."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had dinner at Baleen and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The setting cannot be matched anywhere in Naples. The service was attentive and thoughtful. The seafood was fresh and exquisitely prepared. As a hotel guest, we needed to bring our 8 month old daughter and the staff made sure that we had an outside table with a view without compromising the other guest 's dining experiences. The waiter took our dessert to the beachside fire pit so that we could enjoy watching other hotel guests roast marshmallows on the beach. Baleen is a unique blend of sophistication in a welcoming and relaxed setting. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I have made it a tradition to dine at Baleen for our respective birthdays. Each time we enjoy it, but lately we feel rushed and the activity of servers back and forth, you feel like you are being served and then rushed out. We always enjoy the food though and the desserts."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had a large group - 8 people at a sunset dinner outside. The view was just breathtaking and our meal was delicious along with some wonderful wine."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there this weekend. Really could not have asked for better. The view is awesome, only wish I had been smarter about making the reservation timed right with the sunset, we came a little to late to see it all. Service was great and food was memorable. The grouper entree was delicious. We both had it at the waiters suggestion and it lived up to his praise. They made a special anniversary dessert for us which looked and tasted great. I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A delightful evening and the foid wasall delicious"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have dined widely in the area's fine restaurants. Baleen takes the top rate in our books. Vladimir did a great job waiting on us, discreet, attentive, efficient. The food was excellent, beautiful presentation and timing. Wines reasonable. It's hot on the lower patio but once the sun drops it is perfect. LaPlaya itself is a gem, old Florida, a bit shabby but has ++ character. People are enjoying the view, the beach, the dining and the bar. The hostess treated us without is having to announce ourselves. It deserves all of the positive reviews. The valet service was efficient and courteous too. It's just the kind of place that drips 'Florida'. It will be our special place to dine as new residents to Naples."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love bar grazing in Naples and Baleen is my new favorite place. It's a toes in the sand, champagne in hand experience. Menu is fabulous for small plates or full meal."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went on a warm Saturday evening and sat outside near the beach / Baleen was very busy as expected in season... Excellent service, excellent food and wine list. Our party of six enjoyed a perfect sunset as dessert arrived - our guests from Nebraska were 100% impressed with the experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Have dined here previously and found food to be very god. Not this time....my friend ordered the seafood entree and was very disappointed in the taste and texture of the lobster in it. I had chicken taco salad. Which I enjoyed. Our server was very nice, and did not charge us for the unbeaten food. Overall, I would recommend Baleen for lunch."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Baleens to celebrate my birthday. It was amazing from the time we drove in front of the hotels valet parking through until we left 2 1/2 hours later. Our server Christopher was incredible, he gave us plenty of time to enjoy our cocktail. We never felt rushed in any way. Enjoyed the beautiful sunset while eating our delicious dinner. We would highly recommend this place to all of our friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Baleen is one of the few good restaurants which take reservations for lunch. The fact that the weather was perfect only added to the first class view of the gulf. Looking out at the blue and white umbrellas reminded me of the French Riviera!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to Baleen for lunch. The location is perfect-outside right on the beach. The blackened grouper tacos with spicy slaw were delicious, and the Caesar salad with shrimp was also good. Our service was excellent. Overall, great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The ambience is amazing. Situated on the beach overlooking the Gulf. Drinking wine and watching the sun set is awesome. The service is excellent. We all chose the prix fixe dinner which offered good selections. The presentation of the mahi mahi left much to be desired. Very small serving of mahi presented with a squirt of puréed black bean and a square shaped serving of, I think, sweet potato. I think choosing the prixe fixe may have been a mistake. Their full menu looks much more appealing."
    Dined on 3/31/2014