About BALEEN - Naples

BALEEN Naples Restaurant overlooks the beach with a few of our tables directly on the sand. Palate pleasing options include a varied breakfast menu with a Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites, such as the Crab Oscar Benedict or the Braised Brisket and Eggs with scallion potato cake and tomato hollandaise. The lunch menu features gourmet sandwiches and salads including a Lobster Cobb Salad, as well as their ever popular Gulf Grouper Tacos. With exceptional entrees such as the Seared Tuna with furikake, crispy sushi rice and vegetable escabeche and the Chef's Signature Black Grouper with king crab & charred corn truffle risotto cake, neonata relish and champagne citrus butter sauce, the dinner menu is truly novel. To brighten up the experience, the intimate beach fire pit and BALEEN Bar feature a fantastic wine-by-the-glass program, as well as an extensive list of martinis and classic cocktails.

9891 Gulf Shore Drive
Naples, FL 34108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast / Daily 7:00 - 11:00am
Lunch / Daily 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner / Daily 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Champagne Brunch 11:00am-2:30pm

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 598-5707

Website:
http://www.laplayaresort.com/naples-baleen-restaurant.aspx

Executive Chef:
John Sexton

Private Party Facilities:
A private dining room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying the cuisine of Baleen.

Private Party Contact:
Concierge Team: (239) 449-1225

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

BALEEN - Naples Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

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Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (24)
Waterfront (22)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Baleen has been one of our favorite restaurants in the past - a beautiful place to eat while watching the sunset over the beach. But they did a "renovation" this summer and the room is now cold - it looks like the breakfast room at a Marriott hotel. The food was truly mediocre as well. So despite the charming staff, three stars is generous. We will try it one more time when we can sit outside by the beach, but if it hasn't improved it will be off the list.

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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT FROM THE MOMENT WE WALKED IN THE RESTAURANT AND OUR WAITER DWAYNE IS THE BEST. HE IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASON WE GO EAT AT THIS RESTAURANT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Just reopened
New decor
Food and service top shelf!
Great

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·Dined 5 days ago

We asked for a special table when we booked our reservation and we got there they had no idea of our request and they put us in the middle of a Christmas’ party when we explained in our booking that the occasion was our wedding anniversary! We asked to be moved (obviously) and at that point I saw they didn’t care to read our request for our reservation. The food is okay not spectacular and our waiter was fine. After the renovation, the restaurant lost the coziness they had. Now, it’s very bright not romantic and you feel you’re in the middle of a living room with a bunch of people sticking together. The many restaurants I’ve been to they supposedly at that level, they always validade your parking ticket, well not at this one. According to its new management they don’t do it anymore. Well, it’s not for the value of the parking ticket but for me they don’t value their customers. Definitely, they won’t see us their anymore.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic as always at Baleen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The reviews and the Restaurant did not match... We order the crab cake it was cold and tasteless. Will not recommend to my friends

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Sadly we were not apprised or warned of construction abound and fire alarms! Ambience of the gulf always is lovely but the alarm noise was unacceptable. Perhaps hostess or dining mgr. should have offered the table a round of drinks or even a dessert to share would have helped!
I frequent the Baleen often but would have skipped this day had I known they were under construction! More than happy to return when all is calm like the gulf!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I took a friend to lunch at Baleens for a birthday celebration. We were seated outside on the porch with a view of the gulf. We both ordered salads: the quinoa with salmon and the caesar with shrimp. Both salads were delicious. The meal was topped off with a lovely rich chocolate dessert that we shared. The food is excellent and the service is superb, and of course the view is outstanding. They are currently undergoing repairs and renovations as a result of Hurricane Irma. They expect to complete the work soon so don't hesitate to make dining plans there. We always enjoy our visits to Baleen.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful food in a beautifully redecorated setting. The service is also great.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This restaurant will always do well because of the beautiful location and the food is usually good to very good. I would highly recommend eating outside if the weather allows. We were not fans of the newly decorated dining area and lobby. This place used to be unique, special, with an old Caribbean charm to it. I'm assuming the renovations were necessary because of the hurricane but the interior lacks warmth - almost felt like we were eating in a cafeteria.

Everyone seemed happy with their meals, Prime Rib, New York Strip steak and Swordfish. However, for the past few visits, the service has been somewhat lacking. We're not trying to become best friends, but a little enthusiasm goes a long way.

Would we go back? Yes, we would go back and eat on the beach. The dining room is probably more appealing in the daylight since you can see the water. But there is definitely room for improvement.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful view, delicious food, friendly gracious service. Always a treat to eat at Baleen.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love the remodeled atmosphere. Great food and service. Never had a bad experience here. Very accommodating.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice spot that was Beach Chic.

Request seating outside and preferably out from hotel.

Great Spot, Great Service. Food was average for the Price.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always enjoy our evenings at Baleen. The ambiance is unprecedented, the food remarkable and our server, Rob, was exemplary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Das Essen ist immer hervorragend. Der Service klasse und das Ambiente unübertroffen

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Baleen's is one of our favorite restaurants in Naples. Beyond the beautiful view near the beach, the food is outstanding.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Work in progress with construction but look forward to being complete.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have always loved Baleen. Outside is the only option bc it's romantic and beautiful. Pricing doubles other popular places like the new Bevy in d/t naples. It's pricey for what it is . Our tab was $150 before tip for one glass of wine, a diet coke, fries, one appetizer, grouper entrée, and small filet entree. $180 is steep for that type of dinner. The renovation on the interior looks like a daytime coastal breakfast spot. The lights inside were very bright for the evening. We saw only two tables being utilized inside (we think because of that). It looks like they replaced everything in the renovation other than the commodes in the ladies room. They looked old.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The place Is a construction site. We ate behind thick plastic curtains so we could not even see the beach.....Very difficult even to get into the place.They really shouldn’t be open.Dust and noise everyplace

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This used to be one of the best restaurants in Naples. It was recently renovated and the new look is not good. Menu has been changed and selections are fewer. Food quality is suffering. Hoping management will correct course soon!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This place was a total miss all around. For starters, they are undergoing construction so we were looking directly at scaffolding during dinner. Things did not improve with the food; incredibly overpriced for the quality. The filet came served in a pool of very sweet mushroom sauce, topped with spicy grass leaves. The quality was what you could expect from a middle tier wedding. The Caesar salad comes served as one giant wedge of lettuce, which takes about 5 minutes to chop (why go out to dinner if you have to do the hard part?). The asparagus was yellowish white and clearly not fresh, and also covered in a sour hollindaise sauce. The mashed potatoes were fine but that was about it. The grouper was fair, nothing exciting but not horrible. Our server, Adriano was the only exception to this horrible dining experience. He was fabulous! We were staying at the hotel so we decided to take some friends out to dinner here and it was really embarrassing. We ended up checking out of the hotel a day early and went to the Ritz because the entire hotel is under construction and really an eye sore. I would not go back here again, especially when there are quality steakhouses and seafood restaurants 2 miles away.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lower tier outside dining was very nice but was put off a bit by the brightness of the mezzanine level.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Steak was excellent
Scallops poor quality
Appetizers were good

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Disappointing experience this time around. Staff seemed uncaring and not their usual.

Never felt like a valued customer. Past experiences have all been at dinner time and this was lunch. Not sure I would ever go for lunch for the $$ they charge and the lackluster service.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything is always FANTASTIC at Baleen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Prices have gotten too high for a return! Menu choices aren't as good as before.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

we were there for the Thanksgiving dinner. it felt cold and not luxury at all. it would have been ok had they changed the pricing but they kept it the same which I thought was not the same value in ambiance.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our first time here did not leave us wanting to come back. While the waiter was charming and the food was good, the prices certainly were high given the lack of ambiance. A table on the beach was requested or close to it but not supplied. It appears this restaurant is also where breafast and lunch for the resort is served. Not really all that it was promoted to be.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

$350 for a party of three, no after dinner drinks or dessert.
We were seated on the terrace facing the Gulf. The overhead lighting is glaring and needs improvement even though they have gone through a big renovation.
I must say, the service was slow with an entree mistake that took twenty minutes to correct.
The de rigeur valet service was a mad house and $5 fee plus tip.
It didn’t have an elegant feel at all and the mob around the valet felt like a trip to Disney World.
I am taking BALEEN off my dining list even considering the great view....

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We have always saved Baleen for special occasions. The ambience, furnishing, linens, superior wait staff and attention to detail was what made it superior. We had guests in town and invited them to what we believed was one of the best restaurants in town. Upon hearing of the new renovation, we were convinced this was the place to go. Unfortunately, there was nothing to be impressed with as the renovation was not complete and we were seated in front of a scaffolding. It took 20 minutes to have wait staff approach us and another 20 minutes to get bread and water. The food was acceptable but nothing special and the price was high for the venue. Walking into what was once a beautiful and romantic restaurant was now a place without linens - only placemats and reminded me of a hotel chain restaurant interior that serves free breakfast. Gone is all the beauty, replaced with a very ordinary looking décor which screams "no frills" Certainly not an improvement after multi-million dollar renovation. We will not be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The "new" Baleen has some kinks to get out. We loved it before so will give it another chance but the 2nd day of the re-opening was rocky. My husband's chair got hit with a door several times and his dinner was not edible. Mine was very good and my son's was fine. There are so many great restaurants in Naples...they will have to do better to keep us coming back.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server name was Chris! Amazing from the host stand greeting to the end of our evening! Celebrating my wife's 30th birthday. This is the place for your special occasion! Wonderful red rose for the lady plus unique ambient on the front outside porch. Food was amazing. Both had steaks filet and NY sirloin. Wine selection is amazing if you are wine snob like myself. Inside Bar with plenty of great cocktails. Vess the bartender will take great care of you! In the end i would recommend this place any time!!
Thank you making our special evening feel like one!!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Antiseptic, austere and cold. The antithesis of a sunset on gulf experience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 3, 2017

51st wedding anniversary. Problem with 1st entree, taken care of quickly and timely.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great view and food in a comfortable atmosphere.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We ate in the 2nd floor Club dining room for dinner (Baleen downstairs is being renovated until Oct 1st).
I was meeting with a dear friend I hadn't seen in almost 7 years to catch up. It was the perfect place! Wonderful ambience, gorgeous view with sunset, attentive service by Adriano (from Roma), and the exceptional food....delicious and beautifully presented. Cocktails and wine were perfect. What can I say....it's my favorite restaurant for any occassion which is special to you.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everything was AWESOME as usual!!!!! Our server, Adriano was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Unfortunately we picked a time to go when the place was under construction so we were moved to the 2nd floor instead of enjoying outdoor dining. The food was very good and the service was excellent so we will be back when construction is over to get the experience we originally intended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 21, 2017

But We didn't have a view because of the renovation that We won't aware when We reserve 👎

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very hard to give them a good rating right now. I have been to this restaurant before and loved it. Currently they are under construction and everything is disappointing and horrendous. What really upset me was we went for my husband's birthday for brunch expecting the beautiful views and no one told us when we made the reservation that there would be no view. They sat us next to this god awful contraption blowing air. The restaurant was crowded with unruly children and cranky service. Oh...and they charge $5 for valet parking. Pass on this place until November. You won't be happy.

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