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36-38 Hillfoot Street, Dunoon PA23 7DT, Scotland
+44 1369 703849
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12:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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Scotland
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This wee restaurant is part of the longstanding Anselmo's chippie next door, and although small, the food is excellent. Had a lovely meal of fish and chips with plenty of bread and butter. They have specials depending on the catch and their homemade puddings are excellent. Service is friendly and efficient. It's advisable to book as only about 4 tables.

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Thank Misstinkerbell123
Eva F, Owner at La Balena, responded to this review

Thank you Misstinkerbell, sounds like you enjoyed your meal with us. Great to hear and thank you very much for your review. Eva More 

Colintraive, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Great sit-in chippy. Freshly prepared fish'n'chips with tea and bread and butter. Specials sometimes available

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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Great wee restaurant beside the chippie. Not a lot of room, but cosy. The food is standard chippy fare but cooked beautifully and served with bread and butter and tea or coffee. Eaten here loads and it's great-staff are very nice and friendly too.

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1 Thank Bethaud
Eva F, Manager at La Balena, responded to this review

Thank you for your mind review. More 

Dunoon, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Sat in as it was another wet showery day. Small friendly sit in area of Anselmo's which offers great value for money and the same excellent fish and chips, served with bread and tea and coffee. Highly recommended.

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2 Thank CowalApe
Eva F, Owner at La Balena, responded to this review

Dear Cowalape, thank you for such a kind review! More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

We ate in this little, well presented and clean chippy! We were served by a very pretty and helpful young lady. Both the cod and the chips were excellent. It's great to know that they look after my aunt (who lives in Dunoon), she eats in there every Friday, and they really take care of her! Thank you, I'll be... More 

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Dunoon, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

If you like perfectly cooked fish with thin, crisp batter and real chips that taste wonderful then this is the place to eat. La Balena is only open for short periods at lunchtime and early evening and has only a few tables, but the adjoining fish and chip shop, Anselmo's, is open normal chip shop hours. Friendly service with a... More 

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Thank Linda P
Dunoon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Lovely fresh food with a nice atmosphere and friendly polite waiting staff. The lasagne is very tasty.

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Thank Tracy G
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

Best fish and chips in Dunoon. The restaurant is small and cafe like but service is good and friendly --definitely worth a visit for a no frills meal

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Thank Monika T
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013 via mobile

Went up to try this place,food was ok,however portions were small. It has a nice community atmosphere,would go back if portions were bigger

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Thank robbo201
Dunoon, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

cosy little place for high tea and lunch lovely fish and chips and home made lasagne lovely staff in chippy along side too

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Thank marjory a B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 13
Cuisine
Fast food, Italian, Seafood, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Cash Only
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 20:00
Thursday
12:00 - 20:00
Friday
12:00 - 20:00
Saturday
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-38 Hillfoot Street, Dunoon PA23 7DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Cowal Peninsula  >  Dunoon
  • Phone Number: +44 1369 703849
Description
Traditional fish teas, homemade lasagne, haggis and the like served in a simple and friendly environment. We are happy to offer smaller portions for those with a smaller appetite. Check out our specials board for the fish of the day and for our homemade pudding.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?