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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.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
N. Harbor Drive
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music- Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Please call ahead for details.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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