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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 (9)

4.2 out of 5.0
Food 4.0
Value 4.0
Service 4.5
Ambience 4.3
  • Allan B. Dined: 3 days ago
    2
    Food 1.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 1.0
  • Daniel Dined: 1 week 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: 2 weeks 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.

  • Alan F. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Kenton S. Dined: 2 weeks 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

  • Kristen Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 05 Aug 22
    One of the best Italian restaurant experiences we have ever had. The food taste and quality was out of this world. Would recommend this restaurant one hundred percent.

  • Casey W. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Brent Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 01 Aug 22
    As a local, for me one of the most unique dining experiences in Cape Town. Freshly made pasta and cheese, owner / chef Antonio’s crab linguine and squid ink pasta dishes are next level delicious. Saturday night is Salsa night, I had one funnest evenings out in very long time. Highly recommend.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 11h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 11h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 11h00 - 23h00
  • Thursday 11h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 11h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 11h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday CLOSED
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Salsa Saturdays

Join us for our 19h00 Salsa Beginners Class every Saturday at Balena Blu - 2000 - 2400 dance to to the music. Fee at the door for lessons. Book for early and join us for dinner & dance! The class is R 50 P/P. The after class party is R 70 P/P.

  • 23 Jul - 24 Sep
  • Saturday only: 19:00 - 20:00
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 20 Jul 2022