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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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (78)
Scenic View (76)
Waterfront (72)
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Romantic (51)
Special Occasion (48)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Good for a Date (30)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Business Meals (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (8)
Authentic (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved it ! In fact, we made reservations for dinner for the following week. Excellent service, great food and very friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Waterfront
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 2 days ago

Another wonderful visit to Baleen today for lunch! Food and service outstanding!!!! View ... always phenomenal!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was fine. The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. The prices were steep. The only problem was not the restaurant's fault but why do customers have to bring babies that cry to restaurants like these so the rest of the customers have to listen to them cry and scream and not enjoy themselves. Hire a baby sitter or stay home!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely lunch at Baleen. You can't beat the beautiful beach view. The food was delicious and the service attentive. La Playa is one of our favorites.

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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Dau

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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

Atmosphere is just beautiful,the servers were great. I had the special and it was way too dry. All other food was good.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Offiuse, the sunset view is outstanding, but we enjoyed everything: excellent server and tremendous food!

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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome! Outstanding service, ambiance, and good! Our Favorite place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

A 7:00 reservation had to wait at least 45 minutes for outdoor seating. Immediate seating was offered indoors. We have dined at Baleen many times and have always been seated outdoors with 7:00 reservations. Once seated, we were able to order cocktails, then waited 35-45 minutes for our drink order. We noticed a new menu, but did not care for the entrees being offered compared to the old menu. The food was not very good, once we found something to order. We observed our waiter waiting on tables inside and outside. He had tables all over the restaurant! Perhaps they were understaffed for the night? Coincidentally we had a reservation for four people the following night, but cancelled that reservation after our negative experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We’ve always enjoyed our dinners at Baleen and Cosimo made sure this topped them all. Perfect evening, meal, service & companion.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Just a quiet, tranquil place to catch up with good friends.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was AMAZING!!! We went at night so we weren't able to see the beach. The ambiance was nice but not quite as I thought it would be based on the images online. The service was pretty good. Our waiter was super busy and sweating profusely, but he managed to take care of us although a little slow. He made up for it by comping our desserts without us even needing to express any dissatisfaction which was nice. They have gluten-free options which was the main reason we chose this place. The food was excellent, and we were happy with the number of gluten-free choices. It was pricey - $223 for a family of 4 (one ordering off the kid's menu) + tip.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

Has been completely redone after the hurricane and is a contemporary resturant food was good as was the service. Dine outside!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

A lovely table on the beach for sunset with friends.

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great time here. Valet is a reasonable $5. Outdoor seating is where this place excels. It is right on the beach so you get plenty of breeze and plenty of good views. We were lucky enough that the day was hot but the breeze made it very nice. We went for brunch and elected to eat from the brunch menu. You have options worth taking and the price is much less than expected including prosecco or mimosas. I think we would repeat but eat off of the lunch menu so not to overlap.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

Dining outside was excellent!

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 (Naples)·Dined 7 days ago

Martin was a terrific waiter, we had excellent service, and our appetizers and entrées delicious. We would’ve preferred a different table, booked a month in advance and requested to be close to the beach and we were back by service a service area which was OK, but a little busy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is underseasoned. Perhaps it is aimed at customers with no taste buds. In addition my grouper was undercooked. But the view and vibe are excellent. Great place to go and enjoy visually

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love Baleen’s and it was a beautiful day so we sat outside. The wait staff was friendly. The only issue was that some of our table ordered the buffet and several ordered from the menu. The kitchen orders took a very long time and the other guests were finished eating before the others were delivered. All the food was very good but it was awkward. If the waiter had explained that to us, we may have ordered differently.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wife’s birthday dinner. Late to be seated despite reservations far in advance. Drink prices (waiting to be seated) very high dollars. Waiter was excellent, food very good. Staff must do better at handling flow of customers...

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

So beautiful!! Second time loved it again

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 9, 2018

One of our favorite Naples restaurants. Great place for watching sunset & for moonlight outdoor dining. Food is delicious, and there are several vegetarian options on the menu. Wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. A great experience!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I have been here many many times over the last 5 years. The last 2 years or so they now charge for parking which I find annoying and insulting when you have no choice but to valet. When you spend hundreds of dollars and eat there you should have parking validated.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food and service outstanding .. beautiful ocean front setting. One of our Favorites.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This used to be a favorite restaurant but the last few times going it just lost it's pizzaz. None of our meals came out as we ordered them. The fish was hard to chew it was so tough. And typically the service is good but it was SERIOUSLY horrible. He only came to our table to take our order and when we finally tracked him down to ask for our check. We wanted to get dessert but after waiting so long to find the server, we were too annoyed to stay.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had a reservation and requested an outside table (through open table). Unfortunately they did not have an outside table available and offer us a table inside. We opted to wait for a table outside. Yet what was most frustrating (and made it worse) was the fact that a walk-in couple (without a reservation, that I happened to know) got seated before us outside.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Baleen remains one of our favorite places for a special occasion dinner. The food is always perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The service is usually excellent and attentive as well. And you can't beat the fabulous gulf view. It's one of those places that is worth the cost.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Fabulous on all points-atmosphere, cuisine, service...simply one of the best dining experiences in Naples!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The service on Sunday was less than acceptable. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and our girls (who were not present) thought it would be nice to surprise us by asking staff to surprise my husband with a chocolate “happy birthday dad” dessert and pick up the check.
The waitress just told us we could go when we were finished our main course and said the check was taken care of. That’s it!!!
Our girls later called and asked if a chocolate dessert came after brunch - they were so disappointed as staff told them they would be glad to provide this treat

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food and beautiful beach setting. Great for breakfast Or dinner. My favorite.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We’ve dined here several times. Always great food and great service. Perfect beach view. John Z

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The redo of the restaurant leaves me very cold. It is a step above a Denny’s - seriously utilitarian looking. If you are not outside, forget it! Service was subpar at best. All of that said, the food was very good. Swordfish was the best!!! Not sure we will be back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I love the setting and the food is great but the prix fixe dinner is deceiving as the portions are small compared to the regular menu. For over $40 for 3 courses I expected regular porrtions.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We’ve eaten at the Baleen several times and have always enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the gorgeous sunset view, but were disappointed with the new decor. Missing the large chandeliers in the entrance way :(

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

GREAT venue for sunset view. Service was slow which is OK and wine list is great. Food was mediocre but I'm sure other options are better?? Opted to take desert home but waiter brought the wrong choice. Recommend you go for the view, enjoy a glass of wine and dine somewhere else.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always a wonderful and delicious dining experience , be sure to ask for outside seating to secure a view of the beautiful sunset .

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Amazing food, services and gorgeous view of the sunset

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We had a great lunch outside by the beach. Great food, service and ambiance!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The restaurant offers a wonderful view of the Gulf of Mexico. The staff were very attentive (thanks Dwayne!), and the menu offers a great variety of dishes. Request an outdoor seating if you want to enjoy the sunset view!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. I was disappointed that we were not able to enjoy the outside seating and the view due to weather. One negative comment: when you pay upscale pricing you would not expect to be distracted by an unstable table. I felt like I was at ‘Joe’s Diner’ continually trying to adjust the setting of the table...it was unsettling.

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