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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
  • "Extensive wine list, good food--the black grouper was excellent--the U10 scallops were just ok, friendly server, slow kitchen. My wife's martini was warm not cold. Wonderful outdoor setting to watch the sun set over the gulf."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We always visit when we're in town. They had changed the menu from our last visit, but made our favorites even though they weren't on menu. From the hostess to the busboy's...friendly, knowledgeable , & accommodating. Food as always..Great. & can't miss the beach! Finally..they bought my wife a single beautiful red rose."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent in every way Spectacular setting exceptional food, service and quality"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Fantastic food combined with an amazing view of the beach and ocean."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Lunched here many times, always outside either on the patio or the sand. Maybe our favorite lunch place, certainly with guests. First time indoors on a hot August evening. Fixed price menu items for appetizers and entrees were fine. The desserts were worth the entire price. Service was prompt and efficient. Very quiet early on an August, non-season night. We'll return for dinners."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great view, great location… substandard food and mediocre service. Too bad because the location is fantastic. Not worth the trip."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My wife and I are Naples residents. We try to go to Baleen's at least once a month usually an hour or so before sunset but sometimes just for a relaxing weekend lunch on the covered lanai. Service is always terrific; last weekend by Lauren - very attentive, but not overbearing. Extensive wine list but good "by glass" selections too (Lauren very knowledgable). A great place for special occasions but we like it for the ambiance, service and fine dining anytime."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We celebrated our 40th Anniversary, just the two of us, with a quiet dinner at Baleen. The hostess greeted us with a "Happy Anniversary" and escorted us to a great table with a view of the sand and gulf. The manager came by to welcome us. Our waiter, Rob, could not be more professional and attentive. He delivered to us several "surprises" which our family had pre-arranged with the restaurant, and he gave us great suggestions for dinner. We had crab cake for appetizer, and main dishes of snapper and grouper which were delicious. Dinner was topped off with a special cake. During dinner a staff member took a complementary picture of us which they emailed. All in all, we couldn't be more happy with our dining experience at Baleen!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "One of my favorites in Naples which never disappoints me. Prettiest view in Naples."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "They made us feel special throughout our wedding anniversary dinner !! The immediate anniversary greetings and rose for my wife was a very nice touch !!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised to be treated so well at this upscale resort restaurant. We are used to being ignored or tolerated-- as two old ladies-- while staff focuses on younger patrons and families. Here at Baleen, we felt included and as though staff cared that we had an enjoyable dining experience. The food was excellent and the service extraordinary. Our waitress (Julie) took good care of us during breakfasts and the wait staff at dinner was quite good as well. We enjoyed all of the food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a delightful restaurant. I highly recommend the diver scallops with chorizo polenta. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Interesting and exceptional food & service. Will be back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The dining on the beach is absolutely beautiful. The kitchen is still extremely poor, and we keep giving them another chance due to the setting. Food is totally tasteless, and expensive. We heard there was a new Exec Chef, but the food is still very poor. Romaine was soaking wet in the Caesar, and the dressing had no flavor. Rest of our meals were similar - no flavor and sub-par ingredients. Service is acceptable. This lovely resort just can't get their restaurant together! Too bad, as the setting is incredible, but it will not justify a return visit."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived until we left, no detail was left out.. from every staff member, the drinks, the food, the view.. the entire evening was memorable! The views from anywhere inside are incredible.. looking out over the beach and the Gulf! The wine list covered any desire. The pork belly appetizer very good. The yellow tail snapper the BEST I have ever eaten. The mahi mahi was pan seared.. and good .. lime bread pudding was our indulgence.. and well worth it! Highly recommend this dining experience! We will return to try more dishes!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Charming & elegant atmosphere meets the eye as soon as you enter this south Florida gem. The staff was most attentive. We had a fine selection of entrees perfectly prepared along with sides with a lovely view of the beach."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " My husband and I had an amazing anniversary experience. The food was amazing , the service was superb, and the view was breath taking. I highly recommend it for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Anywhere in dining room, you have a great view of the gulf. Our booth was extremely comfortable and offered a great view. There were 4 of us having lunch, and all of us enjoyed our choices (seafood salad and grouper ). There were only 2 disappointments: I ordered Chardonnay and received a cheap tasting wine for $10. I had to add ice n order to tolerate it. I did not complain because I used to work at LaPlaya. The other disappointment was the coffee. It was too strong for my mother. She did complain, and the waitress suggested to add water. My mother said she did not want to do that. There was a full cup. The waitress did not take it off the bill ($4.00!)."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Always a treat eating at Baleen. The delicious food, breathtaking view and friendly staff always make you feel special. It is a weekly must on my schedule."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wonderful menu with a great variety. Pricey but quality food with great presentation."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "We happened to choose a night when they were wrapping up a wedding on the beach. Our seating inside left something to be desired, not great for sunset view. A little noisy but not overbearing. Wine list is great - chose the Shafer Relentless and filet. Cooked perfectly. My wife had grouper which was excellent too. We were glad the section we were seated in never seated a 14 person table reserved. Service was excellent and attentive. If you go, try for a view table."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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