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BALEENkitchen

4.3
661 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Nationally renowned for its light mood and serious food, the all-new BALEEN kitchen in Redondo Beach brings an eclectic, eccentric fine casual 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. live entertainment every Thursday 7 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 11 pm in the Lounge.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
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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 2:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Live entertainment
Thursday 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(310) 372-1202
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Vasili Tavernakis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Harbor Drive
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Parking details
Valet parking.Make a reservation 24 hours in advance and park for free! Just tell the parking attendant your name, he will have a list!
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Entertainment
Live Music- Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Please call ahead for details.
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Special events & promotions
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.
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, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 661 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

always like this restaurant. miss the bloody mary make your own bar of years or months ago. great time with my nephew.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Love this place. It’s one of my favorite spots for brunch!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

got there and they did not have a reservation for us (even thought, we had a conformation from Open table) gave us a crappy table in the sun, requested a new table without the west sun, moved us to a table right next to the front door( which was OK, but not my first choice) Food was good service was good ambiance was good, just up set that the connection from Open table to the restaurant was not made. I have been coming to this restaurant for over 40 years( under a few names, so I am not a newbie here)

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Seafood was fresh...really good mussels. The lobster mac n cheese was rich and yummy.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Reservation was for 630. Showed up at 635. Waited 15 min to be seated when on arrival there were several 6 top open tables in the restaruant including the one we were seated at. Hostest explains they need to stagger the seatings because they only have 2 servers working. Hmmm... an evening before mother's day.... perhaps it would have been a good idea to staff more then 2 servers for the whole restaurant. It seat is, get us a round of drinks and explain the situation. Even then the service was horrible. Took 20 minutes for us to even get our drinks. A simple grey goose, soda and Sprite came out as goose and soda. I had to flag the server down to even take out order. She never checked on the quality of the food. Food also took a long time to come out. For a 630 seating we didnt eat until 745 pm. Thank god there was bread on the 7 year old kid and grandparents. Waitress was not personable likely because she had no time to be. Food was severely mediocre. All they have going for them is the view. Was not impressed and definitely will not be back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great place to take out of towners. Good food. Good service. Great view. We keep going back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Food was wonderful. Ambiance nice. Service was lacking - waitresses seemed very inexperienced.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food and service, very good.The view of the water and boats was great.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Beautiful view and very relaxing atmosphere. Food and service were great!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Nice atmosphere - beautiful decor, decent food- short staffed, thus, service, even though with a smile, was lagging!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Although I don't live far, I hadn't been to the Baleen Kitchen since it was remodeled. It was beautiful and of course, the view of the marina is charming and lovely! Our waitress was absolutely adorable and super attentive. The pre-dinner cocktail was to die for (Little Miss Sunshine) and both of our dinners were very good.
My only complaint is that as the restaurant filled up, the noise was at a literal fever pitch by the time we left...My friend and I literally had to stop talking by the end, as we couldn't hear or even hold a conversation due to the noise. It appears that the windows on the patio could be opened and I think would have helped a lot. Next time, I will go for lunch and hope for a more sane experience!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Enjoyed the food was a little to noisey for us we could barely here each other bit orther than that I would go back again

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with a fireplace and a view of the marina. Food was good. The food options are straight forward and uncomplicated. Good and simple. Service was great. Our server, Casandra was attentive and helpful. Great value for the price. We were staying at the Hotel Portofino next door and had a lovely anniversary dinner at Baleen Kitchen.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nicely cooked food & very courteous & obliging staff. Disappointed with very little choice - eg if you want potato it’s mash - no roast or sautéed or jacket. Customers like choice - certainly more than only one choice.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had difficulty getting service as our table was in the bar area. We had a large party - 8 and they placed us in the bar. The food was good when we finally received it. And the table was good for our party but I wouldn’t rush back there with such spotty service.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

“Service and good were excellent. So was the view. Cannot wait to come back with friends.”

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We sat upstairs at nighttime and had a view of the marina. So pretty! Please note, this isn't oceanfront, it's just marina view, but a great view nonetheless. Super cozy inside with a fireplace. Great for a date night! They have a bar on the opposite side that seemed to have a little more of an upbeat vibe. So if you go with your girls, I'd check it out after dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had an excellent wedding anniversary dinner. We found the service to be excellent, the food was very good, the wine list was good. We had a table overlooking the Harbor near the fireplace. Even with a nearly full restaurant the noise level was very manageable for me. That is critical for me because of hearing loss and background noise issues. there is a nice lounge and bar and the specialty cocktails are both creative and very very good. All and all we would definitely return and would easily recommend it. A very enjoyable 45th wedding anniversary dinner for us...

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was amazing. We can't wait to go back. The service was great and we will spread the word about this place.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Order the duck carnitas. We had a smattering of the small plates and that was our favorite!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was the perfect place. Our meals were delicious and the service was great’

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food and ambiance were wonderful. The staff are friendly and attentive. Love the views!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Appetizers good, entrees expensive for what you get, ambiance nice, view nice. Perhaps best for happy hour/ drinks and apps but not dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The entertainment both Thursday and Friday were outstanding! Appetizer, grilled salmon and apple tart were all fantastic as were the unique cocktails. We ate here two nights in a row!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Like dining on a best friend’s back deck... but with better cocktails and no work!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was very good. I only wish the menu was larger..
Prime Rib, Sea Food Salad, Lobster Tail, Burger etc...

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great spot for creative cocktails, good food and good wine. The space is relatively small, but comfortable. It would be best for a small group or couples, although they do have space for groups. It is perfect if you are staying right next door at Portofino Hotel.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was awesome.
Our waitress was awesome too.
However, some of the servers were young and uncaring. One filled our glasses with water and spilled water all over the table - did not ask for pardon and didn’t return to wipe the table. The two servers who served our entrees just placed them on the table, not where we were seated. Suggest to train these young servers even if they only do this as part time work.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

not fond of the new chef and fixed menu for Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My Wife and I, Come here once or trice a year. This has been her favorite place to eat ever since our second date here in 2014. We rate this location on a scale from 1-10 as a "10" Excellent service, Ambiance is Excellent, From the greeting at the front door to the time we leave the Waitress to the Manager's have made our time here a memory we will always cherish! Thank you Baleen's for what you do. Because we love this place so much we feel like it's our best keep secret. Eating by Fireplace, View of the harbor, open air windows, Fireplace in the lounge with the band on the weekends, nice comfortable seating. There's not enough time to say more but we had an experience on Valentine Day with every dish we taste. October 2016 I propose to my wife with the help of management they made it the best ever. The next year 2017 we married and now Valentines Day the special times keep rolling. Dreams do come true! If your want to experience the magic when you make reservations tell them The Morrison's referred you.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We decided to eat in the bar because it was quiet and comfortable. We shared the duck carnitas tacos which were very tasty. Then we shared Caesar salads and the sautéed red snapper. Everything was very good!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

A wonderful surprise for a hotel restaurant. We had two delicious meals; Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch. Fresh ingredients. Fast service. Excellent food

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great place to take a date. Luxurious and quiet so you can have a great conversation with your date.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday. Excellent service and beautiful view!Some of our food choices were better than other. The glazed salmon was excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on January 5, 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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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on December 24, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 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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