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About BALEENkitchen

Nationally renowned for its light mood and serious food, the all-new BALEENkitchen in Redondo Beach brings an eclectic, eccentric fine dining experience to The Portofino Hotel & Marina. Enjoy dining outside on the patio overlooking the marina with dramatic drapery and fire pits. The upstairs bar offers a cosmopolitan-lounge vibe, with fireside sofas and chairs, and a cocktail list using fresh juices, hand selected herbs and premium liquors to create food-friendly drinks that perfectly complement the acclaimed menu.

260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
N. Harbor Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(310) 372-1202

Website:
http://www.hotelportofino.com/redondo-beach-baleen-restaurant.aspx

Entertainment:
Live Music- Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Please call ahead for details.

Parking Details:
Valet parking.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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BALEENkitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for a Date (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Waterfront (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Vegan (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Great service and great food. I didn’t enjoy the taste of my vanilla latte and they took it back, only asking if it wasn’t good. I responded that it simply wasn’t to my liking. Something about the flavor. However, the bottomless mimosas were great as was the food. Beautiful atmosphere and view.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here for brunch after my wedding at the Portofino. A bit irritated because they combined my mom and my reservation without our permission. This forced a 20% gratuity on everyone’s bill (her party only had 4 people), cheated her out of Open Table points, and is just all around irritating to cancel someone reservation without permission the evening before. Just a poor business practice. For reference we did still have 3 separate bills with 3 different tables. But two of the reservations made under the same last name were combined.

The food was delicious. We tried everything from the eggs breakfast, to the corn meal pancakes, several of the different eggs Benedict’s, it was all delicious. If you want a slow casual brunch with marina view this is a great spot!

The service was fine. The servers are nice, but not exactly high end quality servers. They are a little slow and miss/forget a lot of little things along the way, but nothing that’s bad enough to greatly impact your experience. Just enough to know you aren’t at a high end restaurant. I knew this when I made the reservation because I tried out the restaurant with my finance ahead of time. I just warned everyone upfront and apologized a few times on behalf of their mistakes and everyone was fine. The convenience of the location made the less than superior service okay.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was under seasoned and over cooked which was bizarre given it came to the table very quickly. The wait staff were pleasant and eager to please yet very inexperienced. They kept taking away plates while we were still eating until eventually one member of our party was still eating while the rest of the table was cleared and they offered the check. It was so rude. I was scared to go to the restroom for fear they might clear my unfinished drink. Had we taken a long time to eat or if the place was full I might understand this behavior but the place was practically empty (on a Friday night)

Super disappointed

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Brunch was a major treat. The cuisine was delicious and our competent, friendly server took such good care of us.

Loved the charming marina views . Can't wait to return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Organic, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love Baleen for it's ambiance - a great place in our neighborhood for upscale food and cozy atmosphere. We have had some great meals there - we celebrated my husband's 50th birthday 3 years ago with a brunch for 20 people and the food, service, and overall experience was perfect! For Christmas Eve we came for an early dinner before going to a gathering. It was a fixed menu that looked fairly enticing. We felt that for the price, it left a little to be desired. The portions were small even for a bistro style place, and the desserts were not as special as we had expected for the price (we thought the lava cake would be gooey and warm, it was really just a little cup like the shortcake cups you buy in the store, only chocolate). With that said, the entrees were pretty good and the ambiance was perfect for a lovely, cozy dinner, and that was the main thing we were looking for. We were very appreciative of the employees who spent their Christmas Eve working to make it special for others.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Hidden gem tucked away in the Harbor. Great for sunset dinners, staycations, and tapas. We always do tapas with a stiff drink.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The service was a little slow and the bar was even slower. Limited in Vodka's and the martini was the tiniest on record with a nice price attached. Think this restaurant needs a few more months to work the kinks out of the kitchen and bar.
The ambiance was nice and quiet and the bar music was appropriate for the setting.
Did not appreciate having to pay for parking at the kiosk before entering the parking area as they have a good valet at the hotel which is right next to the restaurant.
We are local and have enjoyed many celebrations here in the past and hope to do so in the future.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a great vibe with great food!!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food, great location, great service. Enjoy the harbor during any time of the day.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We are tenants in the Marina, so we go to Baleen regularly for drinks, but not to eat. This was the night of the King Harbor Boat Parade, so there was chaos. Drinks took WAY too long to get, but with the crowd it was understandable. We kept the meal simple: a BLT wedge salad, simply shrimp for Nancy and me, and simply salmon for our friends. At the end of the meal all four of us were remarking about how great the food tasted.
The server brought us a complimentary lava cake to make up for the slow cocktails.
All in all, good food and great fun.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant and staff were totally unprepared for the crowd following the boat parade. We had reservations and were offered the worst seat in the restaurant, even when many tables were open. We waited long periods for drinks and food. Our server was apologetic, but there is no excuse for waiting a half hour for drinks. We will not return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nicely refreshed space with great harbor views. Attentive service and good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Been here many times and the food and service never disappoints!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Beautiful view of the marina from every table. Service was excellent.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I went to Baleen with my girlfriend because we were on a staycation and wanted to eat a nice dinner on the water. There was barely anyone here, but the food was delicious, the service was very nice and attentive and the view was spectacular. I highly recommend coming here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The meal was delicious but we had no way of knowing that the restaurant is closed for renovations. They are temporarily set up in the lobby of the Portofino Inn. Good effort, but it was a little weird. Would rather wait until the reno is complete.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I love this setting. The harbor is beautiful, the food is good enough but the ambiance and views are incredible. Good breakfast venue.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Friends were visiting and I wanted a nice ambiance, good prices and a mellow environment. It was all those things. It was a beautiful sunny day and we got a window seat. We could talk without having to shout which is a plus. The service was adequate but the food wasn't hot and we didn't get coffee and condiments in a timely fashion.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Waterfront, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The restaurant has great ambience with waterfront dining. The food is very good and the service is excellent. The dining room is quiet so it's a great place to get together with friends and actually be able to hear each other talk.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was not great, restaurant under renovation so they put us in the bar. Hopefully the bar is next for renovation because it is extremely dated. I was really surprised that they let all the servers wear jeans, in my opinion that's not the type of restaurant servers should wear jeans

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 20, 2017

The actual restaurant is under construction. So they have a make shift restaurant in the hotel lobby bar across the street which you don't know about until you get there. They are bringing the food you order from across the street. Some food was cold. The menu choices were also limited which was a shame as I picked the restaurant on its full menu. Open table should contact these people are post on the site that the restaurant under remodeling and another fabulist is being used. Not great and I won't go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Wasn't aware that they are remodeling Baleens and temporarily "moved" into the hotel Portofino lobby bar area. The lobby is pretty and they had a musician adding to the ambiance but they had a limited menu and although the food and service was fine, it was uninspired and disappointing. We're going to wait until the renovations are completed to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The food at Baleen is always good. We had the Manhattan Chowder. Perfect for the cold and rainy night.

My complaint would be that right now when you show up for your reservation they have closed the restaurant for upgrades- and don't tell you when you book that you'll be eating in the hotel lobby. It's a lovely space but loud. There was a band playing and children dancing and screaming. Normally I wouldn't mind but had just wanted to relax with a glass of wine, a bowl of warm soup and enjoy some conversation while looking at the boats in the harbor.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Disappointed that no one informed us of the renovation and how it was moved just right inside the hotel We were looking forward to the view of the boats.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We went to Baleen 2 years ago and had a fabulous time in the restaurant and very good, gourmet food. Service was great. This last visit, we arrived at the hotel and were told the restaurant was closed, even though I had made a reservation thru the website, and that the restaurant was temporarily moved into the hotel lounge. Was super noisy, not the ambiance I had remembered and looked forward to. Also, this meant that the lobby and fireplace was not available to us as hotel guests, as it was now a restaurant. Not cool.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Situated on the docks, this hidden gem of Redondo Beach makes a fifteen dollar breakfast feel like a fifty dollar experience. The main establishment is currently under renovation so you will have to part ways with the eastward facing restaurant for a lobby breakfast patio turned restaurant. Though this seems like reason enough to search for another restaurant, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its grand westward windows which frame the sea break just yards away. It feels like the waiters all know that you expected to be in the original advertised location because they are extra attentive, helpful with the menu, and don't falter on quality service. What was built to be a stop for business gatherings between the hotel lobby and rooms upstairs have been tactfully converted to "BALEEN #2". I'm sure it doesn't hold a candle to the original location, but it isn't a bad spot if you're looking to start the morning with a seaside view. I had the Huevos Rancheros and it was surprisingly amazing. Portion sizes are for people who are hungry but not starving and flavors mixed well on the place. For a dish which can only be perfected in a taqueria, this upscaled version wasn't bad. I would order it again. All in all, its a fun spot to visit, especially if you have a day of tacking, jibbing, and cruising the open water ahead.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Second time there and really disappointing. The service was very slow and the food was ok but not great.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Our waiter was less than helpful in response to our inquiries and missed several opportunities to sell us on Baleen's specialties. The food was average and not the quality you would expect from a pricy establishment. The acoustics were terrible and walking upstairs into the restaurant was awkward dodging all of the bus people who didn't make room for the diners.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Christmas Day 2016. Horrible menu, should have asked first. You don't know how to cook a filet steak. It was a bad experience and spent way too much for what this was. Used to love Baleen's, will never return.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

This has always been my go-to restaurant for brunch, so I was more than disappointed with my last experience. The elevator was broken and we had to carry my mother up and down the stairs. We got a brief apology, but no offer of a free drink or any break for the inconvenience. The food was bad. We ordered bottomless mimosas and never got one refill after the first drink. We had to ask 2 people for the bill. I won't be returning.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Honestly, the service was so bad last time we were there not sure why we went back. I guess I thought it was just a bad night but this time was just the same. It’s mostly that we were kept waiting for a really long time to get our wine. We sat there drinkless during the appetizer and the wine finally came as our food was being served. We ordered a second bottle and again sat there without wine for a good amount of time only to be told they were out of what we had ordered. It than took another 15-20 minutes to get that bottle. It made everyone a bit cranky. On a positive note, the food is pretty good. The lobster mac n cheese and truffle fries were a hit. Doubt we’ll be back though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Location, Food, Service were all top notch!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The place is always empty when we eat here. But the service was still slow and bad. The food was fair. Place was nice with view (Marina) but I don't think I will come back again or recommend the place. Sorry.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We waited too long for everything and the food was okay. Smaller portions which is fine but not for what the food and price was. Not sure about short rib hash with filet.. wasn't the best.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Excellent overall experience for brunch with family.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The Thanks Giving Dinner food was excellent, as was the paired wine. Most of the service was very good, however we had not finished our second course when a different waiter brought out our third course. He wanted to clear our salad plates despite the fact that my wife had not finished. He also had not brought over the paired wine. This rushing of that course spoiled the whole evening and my wife left before finishing her desert as the rushing of the third course made her feel unwell.

I believe that a four course meal with wine should be savoured, not rushed in under one hour!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We celebrated my daughter's 16 birthday with family. Our family of 8 was perfect for the setting. The service was excellent! We had dinner on Monday just to make sure we liked the food. We got the duck carnitas, lobos yet Mac and cheese, hanger steak, and salmon with regular mashed potatoes instead of the sweet potatoes it comes with. We loved it all!!! After dinner we were able to sit and enjoy the band that played that night. We will definitely be back for our date night.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Great Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas, sangrias or bloody Mary's for $20. Food was tasty! Will definitely return when we're back in the area.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great place we go to often for dinner and/or drinks but poor service this time, staff need more training. Manager was very helpful and attentive to the issues.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Very good lobster roll and rustic dinner rolls. Great location and service.

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