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Balena Blu Seafood Italian Bistro

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Italian Mediterranean Seafood
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  • Romantic

Indulge your senses in authentic Italian cuisine at Balena Blu. Start off with a refreshing, locally hand-made burrata. Follow it with our signature bronze-drawn fresh pasta specialities paired with a selection of local wines curated by our in-house connoisseur.

Feast on a range of Mediterranean flavours in the heart of Cape Town.

Reviews (15)

3.9 out of 5.0
Food 3.7
Value 3.7
Service 4.3
Ambience 3.9
  • Monique R. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 13 Nov 22
    We had a great dinner. The food was excellent and price quality even better. Very friendly staff. Only thing was that the restaurant was quite empty for a saturday evening. Don’t understand why because the food is great, so is the price food value for money. And the ambience looks good. Definitely come back!

  • Michelene B. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    2.3
    Food 1.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 09 Nov 22
    The Service from Max and the Manager was good. Caprese Mozarella - Good dish Guazetto - served with old stale bread and hardly contained any calamari heads. Tortigliono with porcini, creamed with Parmesan and Truffle infused butter (added crispy pork salsiccia) - There was almost zero to no parmesan and truffle taste, the sauce was watery, contained no porcini so one has to assume it was in the broth. The pork was anything but crispy. 3 ways gnocchi- the gnocchi was not home made and tasted like it came from a packet. most of the gnocchi was raw and inedible. Only the cheese sauce tasted okay. The Napolitana sauce was not cooked well and tasted like it was made in a rush.

  • Massimo B. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 05 Nov 22
    Great experience like always, food excellent to try the special Risotto with Aragosta and Bisque to die for. if I must find a complain just service little bit slow but repaid with great food quality.

  • Gavin A. Dined: 1 month ago
    1.5
    Food 2.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 01 Oct 22
    Starter of Miso Fritos was quite good. The prawn starter was OK. The balance of the meals were all unsatisfactory and not enjoyed by all 4 diners. The basic issue was that the food lacked flavour. I had a seafood pasta which tasted only of tomato and totally devoid of a seafood flavour. The pasta was also too al dente and rubbery. All in all a very disappointing experience particularly when one considers the prices which do not represent decent value. We will not go back.

    Balena Blu Seafood Italian Bistro responded on Sat 01 Oct 22:
    I'm really sorry you didn't enjoy part of your meal (strange because you didn't sent back absolutely nothing all the dish were completely empty thus I thought that actually enjoyed it), I would have been very happy to replace your meal if it was not what you expected. At Balena Blu we aim at serving a more traditional Italian meal, with al dente pasta ( we use fresh pasta made by us using only Durum Wheat and Bronze Dye which makes it difficult to believe that it could have been undercooked) and where flavours are more close to the Italian tradition and slightly different to what the locals might be used to. I prepared your dish myself and as explained to you at the table, in your dish were 4 mussles, 8 White clams, 1 giant prawn, 8 baby calamari head and 3 small piece of sword fish all tossed with white wine and gently cooked in only cherry tomatoes, as per traditional recipe, I really don't know what else could be added to assure more flavour. Spaghetti allo Scoglio is our best selling dish, only in September we sold 177 of them and no one complained. I'm ready to invite you to have a retake and talk about food, taking in consideration you point of view, whenever you feel.

    Edited the review on: Sun 02 Oct 22
    Thanks for your response, however it is very defensive. We do not like sending food back..it was not inedible....just tasteless. My wife's ravioli was cold and she asked to have it heated....we seldom complain and I was merely giving constructive criticism as we do eat out ofen.

  • Mjikisile V. Dined: 2 months ago
    4
    Food 3.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 31 Aug 22
    the butternut soup was out of this world, really enjoyed it. i ordered fresh mixed salad which was not fresh at all. All the dishes were not hot which was disappointing for me as i love my food hot.

  • Allan B. Dined: 3 months ago
    2
    Food 1.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 1.0
  • Daniel Dined: 3 months ago
    2
    Food 1.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 15 Aug 22
    I'm sorry to leave such a poor review, but our experience of the cocktails and food were not good. The cocktails tasted like virgin cocktails. The food was just horrible. I got the prawns and only ate 4 of the 8 because they were just unpalatable. Side note - why on earth would you deep fry prawns STILL IN THE SHELL? You end up peeling off all the fried batter to get through the shell to the actual meat, thereby negating the whole frying process. My husband got the squid ink linguini with squid ink and octopus sauce. I've NEVER seen my husband eat so little of something he ordered at the restaurant - a very strong indicator of just how bad the food was. We both left still hungry and couldn't get out of there fast enough.

    Balena Blu Seafood Italian Bistro responded on Tue 16 Aug 22:
    I'm sorry if the experience you had at Balena Blu was not remarkable, We strive to always the client satisfaction, it would have been nice if you approached us while in the restaurant. I am sure we could have still sorted it out in that moment but it doesn't matter now, I'm sorry if our food didn't meet your expectation we are ready, if you allow us, to prove you wrong on our food. I'm sure that the problem is only a cultural clash, we are an Authentic Italian Seafood Restaurant and in Italy all the shellfish are served whole (with shell), same with the black ink linguini it is a dish with particular UMAMI and if you don't like it this doesn't mean that the "food is so bad" it just means you did not like it. If you had approached us we could have explained to you and suggest some other dishes that could have been more likeable for you.

  • Lasely Dined: 3 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 07 Aug 22
    Amazing everything. The music was confusing at the beginning but we managed to change it. Amazing hosts! We are definitely going to go more often. Competes very well with the food on Bree Street.

    2
  • Alan F. Dined: 3 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
    1
  • Kenton S. Dined: 3 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 05 Aug 22
    First visit to this amazing restaurant, but will return soon, great evening all round

    3
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  • Monday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Tuesday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Wednesday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Thursday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Friday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Saturday 11h00 - 00h00
  • Sunday CLOSED