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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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Let us be your planning partner. The Event Staff stands ready to work side-by-side with you to make your next event the one they'll always remember.

BALEENkitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (421)
Neighborhood Gem (357)
Great for Brunch (233)
Good for Groups (232)
Vibrant Bar Scene (204)
Great for Outdoor Dining (185)
Great for Lunch (177)
Notable Wine List (167)
Hot Spot (111)
Late-night Find (93)
Kid-friendly (41)
Waterfront (17)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Live Music (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Tapas (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2016

My husband and I were wrapping up a business trip and wanted to stop for one last view of the Pacific before the flight back to New York. I looked for a place on the water and Baleen seemed like a good bet. I am glad we chose it. The views overlooking the marina in Redondo Beach are spectacular; if you are a boat person, you will feel at home. We had brunch. The food and service were excellent. I had the wild mushrooms and goat cheese omelette; my husband had the salmon and avocado omelette. Both were served with an arugula salad and potatoes. The espresso was perfect. It was laid back meal and nice way to end our stay in California. Parking is available at no cost.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Service was extremely poor.

We were going to complain, but didn't due to time. We left very unsatisfied.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Ambiance is fabulous and our server was superb! We had planned dining for 9. Our table was set up in the fireplace room with a gorgeous view of the marina as requested.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We loved how the chef was so willing to create an entre without onion and garlic without missing a beat. A most delicious white sauce was created for us and it was perfect with the snapper!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We were there for a special celebration and our date night wrapped in 1. Our server, Alex was a really great host. He made sure we're comfortable, our drinks are always full and our food was to our liking. The recommendations made were top notch. We'll come back for more!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Scenic View, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Was there for a date. Bar area is great, but music was way too loud. Moved to dining room and had a very good dinner and wine. Kai was our server and did an outstanding job with all aspects of the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We love this restaurant and have been going there for many years. They are now charging a $5 parking fee and then it is usually necessary to valet your car which increases the cost. We will probably not go back as we feel this is ridiculous!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Nice view of the Redondo marina on a sunny day. Food is always good, but never the fastest kitchen service. Go when you're fine with relaxing and enjoy the food and the view.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2016

It was okay, not great. The appetizer were warm, not hot. Service was slow. Main meals were very good. Lighting was to low.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2016

The service and the beautiful view were both spectacular!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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