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La Balena - Osteria di Mare

Via Nazionale Adriatica SNC | C.da Vallevò 133 - pers. 348 3840677, 66020, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy
+39 0872 609201
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Via Nazionale Adriatica SNC | C.da Vallevò 133 - pers. 348 3840677, 66020, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy
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1 - 10 of 12 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exceptional plates, amazing, top level fish food creations..a place that all fish food lovers should visit..very professional management and staff..

Thank CAMEX
mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Friend, many thanks for You visit and for the great review ! We hope to see You soon at La Balena !! Ciao !!

Reviewed 6 May 2017

We had lunch outside, overlooking a traboccho and the sea, great! Nice white house wine, pasta nero e vongole just perfect!

Thank karin022
mmdf, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Dear Karin, many thanks for Your visit & review ...! Yours sincerely ! La Balena

Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

La Balena is one of my favourite restaurants in the area. It's one of our special places my wife and I go to every so often to cheer ourselves up. Eating outside on a warm Summer's evening overlooking a traboccho sitting in the Adriatic is...More

Thank Ed1304
labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Hi ! many thanks for Your review !! We are very pleased that You enjoyed Your Balena dinner, thanks to the moon of course... ! You are very nice friends and we hope that You go on and on feeling well in our small joint....More

Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

La Balena never fails to deliver very good food, always totally appropriate to it's beautiful, light, seashore setting. The local high quality Rocca San Giovanni wine also matches perfectly.

Thank Emyr1
labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Dear Emyr1, many thanks for Your nice words ! We hope to see You very soon. Bye !! La Balena

Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

What you don't expect from outside. First of all the menù with only 2 pages and limited choices as should be for serving fresh food and express cooking A mix of traditional cuisine like famous 'Brodetto' ( local fish and shellfish soup )modern food like...More

Thank Callimaco55
labalena, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Dear Callimaco, many thanks for Your review ! We are happy that You enjoyed our Brodetto... Sorry for the cellar: we do our best with the small room that the restaurant has, but we are sure that You could find a good bottle ... We...More

Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

This was our fourth visit here and it was a great experience again, overlooking the sea and the rickety traditional wooden fishing piers. The food and very local wine's of the highest standard - the five course fixed menu with prosecco is outstandingly good.

Thank Emyr1
labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Dear Emyr1, many thanks for Your rewiew and for being our valued customer. We hope to see You very soon for the fifth time... Bye ! La Balena

Reviewed 17 May 2015

This restaurant was a great find as we were driving along the Adriatica. Lovely view and setting, some off road parking, proper "restaurant", nice decoration and tables, good fish menu, simply cooked but excellant. Good portions and extensive wine list. Prices are on the medium...More

Thank PeterRuth-KentUK
labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2015

Dear Peter & Ruth, thank You for Your kind words. We will be happy to see You again at La Balena. Best regards La Balena

Reviewed 27 September 2014

Called in here while en-route along the coast. The premises are on the main coast road but this is not an issue once inside. The restaurant and terrace are set above the beach with lovely views which include a nearby Trabucco. The menu had a...More

Thank sessoriana
labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2014

Many thanks for Your nice words. We really hope to see You soon ! Bye !! LB

Reviewed 19 August 2014

Great view. Okay service. Food was so so but expensive. "Scampi with avocado and salsa" was a watery avocado paste. Ext to five over cooked shrimp. Tuna on the grill was huge but really had no taste. Service was fine. Wine was good.

Thank fegusoc
labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

We are very sorry that You didn't appreciate our food. Just we would like to explain that our menù has shrimps with avocado sauce, not with avocado and sauce... Best wishes ! LB

Reviewed 16 July 2014

The theme for our Italian holiday was choosing another restaurant when our original choice was closed/being refurbished/full. This usually worked in our favour and did in this case too. La Balena is a small clifftop restaurant with al fresco eating available. The view inside and...More

Thank bigsteffyboy
labalena, Proprietario at La Balena - Osteria di Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2014

Hi! Many thanks for Your visit and for the good words You wrote about La Balena! We hope to see You soon...! Best wishes !! LB

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 29 - USD 45
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Nazionale Adriatica SNC | C.da Vallevò 133 - pers. 348 3840677, 66020, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Abruzzo  >  Province of Chieti  >  Rocca San Giovanni
  • Phone Number: +39 0872 609201
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Description
"In quel punto della costa dove un giorno approdò una balena, sorse un chiosco dove i pescatori di frodo presero ad arrostire "lu pesce a la vrace". Oggi La Balena è un ristorante che guarda il mare in tutta la sua bellezza fino all'orizzonte. I pensieri scorrono via, lasciando il posto alle emozioni dell'anima, in un ondeggiare di romanticismo e di poesia." Tratto da "L'Eremo" di Lina Sala La Guardia, Carabba Editore.
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