Monab
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  • Review Count
    1
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    February 5, 2015
  • Last Review
    February 5, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
Monab's Reviews
 
Balena is first collobaration between Boka Restaurant Group and The Bristol Group. Led by Execeutive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel, the restaurant serves what he calls "Honest, Italian cooking." Balena's many accolades include Best New Restaurants in America by Gayot and Bon Appetit, 3 stars by the Chicago Tribune, and a James Beard semi-fnailist position for Best New Rstaurant at the James Beard Awards.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fab space, service & food (except lukewarm pasta)
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/04/2015
 2007
Dined on 2/04/2015
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Really enjoyed the menu--quality ingredients, healthier Italian and a red wine from a tiny, off-the-beaten track village in Italy where I stayed. Great server. The creamy onion side dish was actually our favorite. The pastas were very good but BOTH arrived at barely room temp. I had the chicken thigh entrée with pickled veggies and delicious and light. We didn't get to try the pizzas or salads but this will be a favorite for me in my neighborhood (Old Town). Highly recommend."
Dined on 2/04/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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