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Travellers' Choice2023
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Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
About
Balboa Italian Restaurant strives to source the finest local and imported ingredients. We believe that the better the quality of the raw ingredients, the finer the end result on the plate. The best ingredients require less intervention and handling to create a delicious and simple dish. Our culinary approach is rooted in respect for the ingredients we use to prepare our menu. Each member of the Balboa Italian Restaurant team constantly continues to refine their skills while fuelling their passion for excellence. Our cuisine is an eclectic ensemble with our chefs using classic Italian techniques with fresh interpretations of modern and traditional dishes. The results prove comfortingly familiar
PRICE RANGE
AU$8 - AU$53
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was top class, the service and attentiveness from the staff was excellent. We did not try the pizza. The whole experience exceeded expectation. If I had to choose something I wasn’t impressed by it would be the price of soft drinks. $5 for...glass of lemonade (and we had 4 as well as cocktails and a $10 bottle of still water) is excessive.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the world-class Italian cuisine at our restaurant and that our squad provided excellent service and attentiveness that exceeded your expectations. We take pride in providing exceptional experiences for all of our guests at Balboa Italian. Your feedback...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Balboa for New Year's Eve (Early 7pm session). What makes the restaurant great is the number of staff. It allows for attentive, proactive service. Always a reliable restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at Balboa Italian! We're thrilled to hear that you appreciated our well-staffed team and enjoyed the attentive, proactive service during your New Year's Eve celebration. It's fantastic to be recognised as a...More

Reviewed 31 December 2023

A great night out with my family. It is enlightening going to a restaurant that knows their menu and serves a multitude of options for gluten free people. From starters to dessert dinner was delicious. Gluten free breads, pasta, and soufles were all cooked to...perfection.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2023

Thank you for choosing Balboa for your family dinner treat! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience, especially our gluten-free options. It's important to us that all our guests can savour a delightful meal, and we're delighted that our gluten-free offerings, from...More

Reviewed 30 December 2023

Absolutely amazing once again. I have been coming here since 2016 when it opened and every time it is a standout in every way. All my friends love it too so I know it's always a guaranteed winner for everyone - and perfect for this...time of year when I have friends and family visiting.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2023

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty! We're delighted to be your favourite Italian restaurant on the Gold Coast and appreciate you choosing Balboa since 2016. It's heartwarming to hear that we consistently stand out for you. We look forward to welcoming you, your...More

Reviewed 30 October 2023

Busy & buzzing! We were late booking so our table was tucked away a bit but we still got great service.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent dining experience at Balboa Italian. We are delighted that you rate our service as 5 stars, as we strive to provide just that for all our guests. We hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 28 October 2023

From the greeting at the entrance we knew we had chosen well. Great atmosphere, attentive staff (lots of them), and food to die for. The wine selection was expensive but matched our meal choices perfectly. This is a high end restaurant for special occasions. Most...impressed.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2023

Thank you so much for your fantastic review of Balboa Italian. We're thrilled that your experience with us was top-notch from the very beginning. Our squad takes great pride in creating a welcoming atmosphere and providing attentive service to make your visit special. It's wonderful...More

Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Staff were very helpful. Food and wine was delicious. Got the beef cheek gnocchi. Devine. My wife got the futtucine. Delicious as well. Beautiful building.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2023

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed both the food and service during your dining experience at Balboa Italian. The beef cheek gnocchi and Fettuccine al Gamberi are indeed crowd favourites, and we're thrilled to know you found them divine. Our squad takes great pride...More

Reviewed 26 October 2023

Fabulous dinner as usual. Great attentive service. Food, cocktails and wine were all excellent. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2023

We're delighted to hear that you had another fabulous experience at Balboa Italian. Thank you for your kind words and the high recommendation. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed 26 October 2023 via mobile

Everything was amazing. Service 5/5, ambience 5/5 and the food was absolutely delicious. Loved the experience and will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2023

Thank you so much for your fantastic review of Balboa Italian. We're thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing experience. It's always our goal to provide top-notch service, a delightful ambience, and, of course, delicious food to our guests, and we're delighted to...More

Reviewed 26 October 2023

We were a party of 10 for dinner on a Wednesday night. Everyone agreed the food was incredible and the service by all of the staff was fantastic.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2023

We're delighted to hear that you and your party had such a wonderful experience at Balboa Italian. It's fantastic to know that you found the food incredible and that our squad provided you with fantastic service. We truly appreciate your feedback and look forward to...More

Reviewed 25 October 2023

As usual, 10/10 ,service and food. Each time I eat here I always try a new dish, never disappointed.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

Thank you for your incredible review! We're thrilled to hear that you consider Balboa Italian to be "Italian Excellence Plus" and "the Best Ever." It's wonderful to know that our service and food consistently earn a 10/10 in your book. Exploring new dishes with each...More

Reviewed 22 October 2023

Beautiful setting surprisingly little highway noise. Excellent service. Fun to sit at high tables with kids as we could watch pizza making. Great wine list. Tasty food.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2023

Thank you for your kind feedback. We're delighted to hear you had an enjoyable experience at Balboa Italian. We take pride in our beautiful setting, attentive service, and the excitement of watching our pizza-making process. We're glad you appreciated our wine selection and found the...More

Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

We've been coming here since this restaurant opened in Palm Beach 7? years ago. Always such a great atmosphere with a great buzz from everyone enjoying themselves. It's strength lies in the staff who provide beautiful food and excellent service. Drinks service is top notch...with a great range of classic and exotic cocktails, Italian and craft beers. Their wine list is also excellent. Wood fired pizzas are the best! Last night we had scallops, stuffed zucchini flowers, pasta gamberi and carbonara, the pasta was perfectly al dente. Every dish was delicious. 👏👏More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2023

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you've been a loyal guest at Balboa Italian since we opened in 2016. It's always a pleasure to welcome back valued patrons like yourself who appreciate the atmosphere and service we strive...More

Reviewed 20 October 2023

We both had the veal, it was tender and the sauce was, to quote my other half, 'Divine. We then shared a 70% Dark Chocolate Souffle. Service and attention to detail was evident throughout the evening A & AMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2023

Thank you for your glowing review. We're delighted to hear that you and your other half enjoyed the saltimbocca and found the sauce divine. It's wonderful to know that our service and attention to detail at Balboa Italian added to your dining experience. We hope...More

Reviewed 15 October 2023

Great food cool cocktails and a cracking wine list, will be back yet again. My date loved the experience

Date of visit: October 2023
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Balboa Italian, Other at Balboa Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2023

Thank you for the great review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food, cocktails, and wine list. We look forward to welcoming you back to Balboa Italian soon. Ciao!

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Padraig D
19 August 2022|
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Response from kategleeso | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late answer, it’s a beautiful restaurant and I always dress up however, it’s the Gold Coast and people will turn up in tracksuits!
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Response from Hambleton21 | Reviewed this property |
At the time when I visited, they did ask for confirmation. Many restaurants are the same
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Response from BalboaIitalian | Property representative |
HI, we do have specials available every day, however we don't have a reduced cost night if that's what you meant.
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Balboa Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5