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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "As always, our experiences are very special. Great food and service. Outside lanai dining with spectacular view of sunset. "Out of season" is even more special!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was a great breakfast spot! Gorgeous views and fantastic breakfast buffet. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary in June at Baleen. We sat outside and were thrilled with the beautiful sunset view! Our waiter, Christopher, did a magnificent job of seeing to our every need! He was attentive without being intrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed the crab cake and tomato and burrata appetizers. Our entrees were equally good: the lobster risotto and ahi tuna. The restaurant served us complimentary dessert for our anniversary. We selected the key lime bread pudding. It was a wonderful way to cap off a special evening. We will certainly return!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had been to BALEEN before for lunch and ate outside. This time I took my husband, my brother and my sister-in-law for the first time and we ate inside. The sunset view was lovely. The food and service were excellent. Everyone was attentive to our needs. It was a memorable evening."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've dined at Baleen several times and always take out of town guests to experience the lovely ocean views and sunsets. The menu is always interesting and the food lives up to its descriptions. Truly a wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. It is a beach resort so you should expect children and noise in the dining room. Booths along back wall are quiet and private."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Being a cook myself I was blown away with the dinner start to finish. The flavors they create were outstanding!! The outdoor dinning (night) with the torches lit all around was very nice. Beautiful ocean/sunset view. The only negative was my wife's blueberry dessert had no taste. Salmon was crazy good."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Reservations on time. We sat on the patio with a great view of the ocean and sunset. There was a wedding there also that night and we all applauded when the Minister said "I now pronounce you man & wife" I had the short rib with fries which was very good and my wife had the Ahi Tuna with fries. We both enjoyed our dinner very much. There was some Ahi Tuna left over and I took it home for lunch the next day. Nice lunch. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went for fathers day with family. Waitress was not attentive. She was very pregnant, so maybe she gets a pass. Husband had fish tacos. They were fried and yet still extremely fishy. I had the salmon which was good. The view is amazing and the ambience great. We have been before and had amazing meals with unbelievable service, so it may have just been a bad day!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fabulous meal and terrific service. The whole staff was so pleasant and willing to accommodate. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "There's no question, Baleen's in a beautiful establishment. The ambience and setting on the beach almost made this dinner worth it. We were unlucky enough to get a very disinterested and unhelpful server. Please note that I felt our server was poor, the table next to us (after we'd ordered) heard a whole lot more about the menu, chef's special selections. For the prices, our bill was almost $200. including tip) I expect better service, more care taken with a simple mixed cocktail and pedestrian grouper presentation. We'll go back again and if it was just bad luck that night."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Took friends here for a very special birthday occasion. We had a terrific quiet table, with a view of the beach. The menu is incredible, and the wine list is amazing. The food was delicious, and was served in glorious presentation. ....especially the desserts. This is a terrific place to spend a very special occasion, but we will be frequent diners- because the food is so good."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great food, view, and service. We read many reviews and we were not disappointed. Our waiter was friendly and helpful with the menu. My husband had a peach and strawberry bruschetta that was amazing. My salmon was the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "A fabulous evening for my wife's birthday .The food and service was of an outstanding level."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went here for our 5 year anniversary dinner and it was amazing! The views were breathtaking, the staff went above and beyond from a service standpoint, and the food was some of the best we'd ever had. Will definitely be back next time we're in Naples!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Erin was an excellent server and made our anniversary dinner special. The food was delicious and the view outstanding. Thanks to the young man that tied the doors shut near our table!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have been here twice now for a romantic dinner. Sit outside, your almost on the beach and watch amazing sunsets over the golf, all while enjoying an amazing dinner and drinks. Service is great, food is even better!!!! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food at Baleen was very good, but a bit overpriced (mainly due to portion size). Dine there for the ambiance and sunset viewing."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is such a great restaurant with price-fix choices in addition to regular menu items. Food is exceptional and so is the service. Great to take a stroll on the beach after dinner and especially to experience a Naples sunset. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 8:15 putting in the request box that I would like to be seated outside. My date and I arrive at 7:00 for a cocktail and advise the hotstess we are here and would like to sit outside. Please come find us if you have anything available prior to 8:15. At 8:15 we go up to the hostess stand and the hostess advises us that it is a 30 minute wait for sitting outside. I was shocked considering how early we arrived and how she didn't put us in higher priority than the walk ins. After we sat inside, everything was "ok" from there on out. With the very high prices, you need an outside ambience to make it well worth it. I had the black grouper and my date had snapper and nothing knocked our socks off."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Staying at la playa so it was an easy choice after reading such high reviews. Great atmosphere inside and out on a Sat night. Wine list was extensive although they didn't have our first choice in stock. Food was good. Service was excellent. Cappuccino with rock candy was one of the best. Under $200 for meal, bottle of wine desert and cappuccino. Going back tonight. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were seated promptly after cocktails and watching sunset out doors. Staff attentive and always someone one passing by to get attention of our specific waiter. It is "off season" now so service level should be high. My wife had Tuna that she stated was very good. My steak was OK . The main attraction here is the gulf and sunset. We have been here a few times in the past and will return in the future for lunch,brunch and sunset dinners. You will be paying for the view. There is no bargain here!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Once again a great experience at Baleen. Food was delicious and the ocean view with the sunset was beautiful. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated a special anniversary that night, and Baleen's staff made sure that our night was magical. Our server and her supporting team were genuinely sincere, professional, and committed to making our experience memorable. The food was outstanding, prepared just right and presented well. We were seated at the best table. This place is one of Naples finest!!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Unbeatable setting with toes in the sand dining on Vanderbilt beach. Menu had great variety and each of the items our party of 4 ordered were excellent. Caprese with buffalo mozzarella and black grouper were particularly good. Two minor detractors: local law requires tiki torches and other lighting to be turned off at 9:00pm for the sake of the sea turtles, which dampens the atmosphere for late night beach dining. And per their reservation confirmation, requests for a beach side table couldn't be confirmed--we had to wait 30+ minutes for a beach side table to open up. But the fire pit seating area in the sand was a great place to have a drink while we waited and we still got to see the sunset! We will go back for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "For three years running, this is our favorite restaurant in the Naples area. If you like outdoor dining overlooking the gulf, this place can't be beat. The service is outstanding. We were promptly seated at a table for two on the outdoor terrace (as requested on OT reservation). Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made good recommendations. We also applaud that they encouraged a leisurely dinner pace - we were there for over 2 hours on a busy Saturday night, capturing the sunset at the conclusion of dinner. I had the blackened ahi tuna and lobster bisque - both excellent. My husband had the mahi mahi from the fixed price menu. It was okay, nothing great. Overall, this is an exceptional restaurant. Keep it up, Baleens!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food and service is always great. If you sit outside a great view of the beach & ocean. Highly recommend Baleen who wants a great meal."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I used to salivate at the thought of their tuna tartare. Tonight it was inedible. The tuna was very fresh but those exotic bursts of flavours were over shadowed by a ridiculous amount of chili. They graciously offered something else. I had the carpaccio which was tasteless. My husband had cerviche which also was tasteless.Then came the scallops. Not the size on the menu. Polenta had a nice flavour. My husband enjoyed his grouper. The waiter asked if I enjoyed the scallops-I couldn't help but comment on the size of these 4 little scallops which were hardly larger than plump escargots. He said it depends on the season! We left. We will stick to The Turtle Club and USS Nemo. I hate to give poor review but tonight that's what they deserved."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Dinner at Baleen is a genuine treat. The ambiance and setting are magical. The service is terrific. The mahi mahi tasted delicious and the vegetable options were perfectly prepared. Try Baleen and enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner and experience at Baleen. We ordered their Key West Yellow Snapper and it could not have been better. Our server, Gary was excellent. The ocean view was spectacular! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "While we had a wonderful view of the beach, the food and service at their Sunday brunch was very sub-par. 3 of our party had the buffet while the 4th ordered from the menu. Unless you wanted to wait to have an omelet made (which were very good, btw), the food on the normal buffet line was below average. The eggs benedict were overdone (you would have needed a hacksaw to slice through the English muffin) and items were not refilled unless brought to the attention of the staff. Service was very poor; the buffet users were through their second plates before the item ordered from the menu was delivered. Will not go back for brunch -- the value was just not there."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I took my wife to Baleen on the last night we were in Naples for our 10 year wedding anniversary. The service was outstanding! Upon arriving we were promptly seated on the outside patio and wished a Happy Anniversary by both the hostess and our waiter, Gary. We order some outstanding wine and got our picture taken as a momento of the night. I order the Florida Keys Yellow Tail Snapper, which was fantastic, and my wife ordered the Braised Lamb Shank, which was absolutely out of this world. The meat was so tender and flavourful. We capped off dinner with a complementary dessert and some coffee drinks while we enjoyed relaxing the beautiful sunset over the gulf. I can't say enough about Baleen, it was a perfect ending for our anniversay trip!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were there on a night that they were extremely busy- we didn't really notice that we had been waiting, as the view of the beach was spectacular- the management bought us drinks as they thought the service was a little slow- that was great, but we didn't even notice the wait! I had scallops, they were perfect- my husband had the filet and crab legs. The filet melted in his mouth, but the crab legs were a little dry, again they made it perfect by not charging us- I'm sure it was very unusual for them to have something come out that isn't perfect. We highly recommend, and will definitely go back our next trip to Naples. The restaurant is in La Playa, which is lovely as well! "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience At Baleen. We loved the crab cakes and lobster risotto An amazing place for sunset too"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and the beautiful view. Service was excellent. We were very pleased with the variety of choices offered on the lunch menu. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I try to visit my mom every mother's day, and the Baleen brunch has become a tradition. It is pricey, but the food is good, and being able to sit out by the beach is wonderful. There aren't enough nice places in Naples where you can dine like that. Overall, Baleen is a great choice even if it is a bit expensive. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the food to service and the views, nothing is better than Baleen in the Naples area."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is our 3rd trip to Baleen and each one gets better and better. Amazing sunsets. fantastic atmosphere, classy net not pompous. Low kepy glamour."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Fantastic, Awesome, great job as usual. The best in Naples is at Baleen!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our favorite place to eat, drink and watch the beautiful sunsets"
    Dined on 3/6/2014