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  • Review Count
    2
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    January 2, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 10, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.5
 
 
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Rustic Parisian bar serving classic french food and hand crafted cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A winner!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/08/2014
 2013
Dined on 03/08/2014
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our first time here was a very positive experience in all respects. We sampled several of the craft cocktails which were all delicious with the standout being the St. Germain Fizz. Started with the french onion fondue which was excellent. My girlfriend and I then split the ribeye steak and brussels sprouts which were equally delicious. Creme brulee and coffee for dessert was a great way to cap the dinner. Service was friendly and informative without a hint of any hidden agenda. We will definitely keep this on our short list for a return visit soon."
Dined on 03/08/2014
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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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
NYE Prix Fixe
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2013
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our first visit was, admittedly, the NYE special menu, but it appeared to be representative of the restaurant's typical fare. We were pleasantly surprised by the beef tartare served as an appetizer. It was very fresh and delicious, but not something we would typically order. Additionally, the arancini appetizer was very good. The ravioli pasta dish was melt in your mouth buttery and delicious. White truffles were an excellent embellishment. We both chose the short rib as a main course and were very satisfied with the very tender beef accented by creamy polenta and crisp shaved brussels sprouts. Wine pairings for all courses were all very good. Service was timely while remaining unobtrusive. We will be back soon."
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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