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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
  • "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
  • "Our trips to Naples, FL are never complete without a sunset dinner at Baleen's. Everything is always top of the line and the sunsets are so amazing they are unbelievable unless you go."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We look forward everytime we come back to Naples and going to Baleen. I think the word is out about this place, because everyone is talking about it. We've tried a lot of the items on their menu from appetizers to dessert, I can't say enough about this place, it's amazing!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I chose Baleen for a birthday dinner for my wife. We were given a great table overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and she was presented with a red rose as soon as we were seated. Service was great --- we were immediately greeted by our server, Mike, and and an associate quickly brought bread and water. Nice wine list. Fantastic hearts of palm salad. Great seafood entrees. They brought her a complimentary creme brulee with a candle for dessert. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Enjoyed 48th wedding anniversary dinner with friends, overlooking the Gulf in beautiful SW Florida. The ambiance, food and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "From just about any table on the porch you will have a nice view of the Gulf. The food was delicious for all four of us. We will definitely be going back for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We found Baleen to be a quality restaurant with an excellent location, well-prepared food and very good service. Our only problem was that we there on a very windy evening which made many tables in the outer area uncomfortable to use, even with the screens down. We chose to move inside, though even there in a seat near a door it was less than ideal. On a more typical, calmer evening it must be one of the very best places to eat outside. Not surprisingly, the prices reflect the scarcity value of both the view and the culinary standards - but worth paying."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Very good food. Service was a little slow and server disappeared at times. Food was very good."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Had a phenomenal dinner at Baleen. They do it all right from the service ( shout out to our server Glenn), the cocktails, the dinner to dessert. I wouldn't go anywhere else. My friend liked it so much that she made reservation for her and her husband for another evening."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Sunset dining cannot be beat. Our party of 4 enjoyed our meals in every aspect--except that we had to wait 20 minutes for our table, despite the fact that we had booked the table for 8pm several weeks prior."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We ate here on a busy Sunday night. We had made a reservation on Open Table but did not know you had to request an outside table so we waited about 30 minutes to be seated outside. It was worth the wait and we enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while waiting. The food was great but we didn't see any wait staff after our entrees were brought to the table. We did not stay for dessert but based on our first 2 courses it would probably have been great!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I surprised my wife and we went to Naples for the weekend to celebrate our One Year Wedding Anniversary. After doing my research I made reservations so we could see a great sunset and enjoy some good food. We were WOW'd by the service and food. They brought my wife a long stem red rose once they seated us a table for two over looking the beach. My wife had the two lobster tails and I had the New York Strip. Both of them were outstanding and I would recommend highly. They did not rush us and in fact had a slow 3 1/2 hour romantic dinner. we will plan to go back when we come to Naples again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Whether you live here or are vacationing in Naples, make sure this restaurant is one of your stops. The food is amazing and so are the views. If you dine in the evening make sure you coordinate your reservation time with the sunset so you can experience the beauty of the sun going down. The food is $$$ but worth every penny of it. The fire pit and adirondack chairs are available after dinner if you want to continue with a cocktail or just drink in the atmosphere. We will always come back every time we visit Naples."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "First time here...very pleased by all of it. Price fix meal was perfect"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As is so often the case for us, the more expensive restaurants rarely seem to live up to the price they charge. Unfortunately, Baleen was no exception!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Baleen is my favorite spot in the area, and anyone that has been to Naples and the surrounding area knows we have great dining! This place has it all! If you must take children, go for lunch and let them enjoy the beach."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Place was great but I felt like our waiter was trying to rush us out because we weren't ordering hoards of wine or expensive drinks and my date and I were sharing everything.. (because we watch our weight).. So the pressure was uncomfortable..but the ambiance and view was gorgeous.."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Excellent service. Would love to go again"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We can't say enough about Baleen this year.; we've always loved the setting, but the food seems even better this year. There are good choices on the three course prix fixe $39 menu, and many more choices on the a la carte menu. Service is very attentive if you want it to be, but they also gave us time to linger one beautiful night. If possible I would try to go on a night other than Sat because they are so busy, as many places are on the weekend. If weather permits try to eat outside-- that' s what makes it so special."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Four ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch,on the beach at this location. We all ordered the lobster Cobb salad, which was excellent. Sitting,on the sand under an umbrella on a beautiful afternoon was a lovely experience. Service was good, though we were advised that it might be a little slow at the beach. It was fine."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The LaPlaya Hotel is beautiful and the Restuarant location in the building is in the back and on the patio adjacent to the beach. I was there for pre sundown and sundown. The patrons applauded as the sun set. Gorgeous view and experience. The food is delicious. The Sevice is timely, I did not feel rushed. The cost is high but the experience is a five star."
    Dined on 3/18/2014