Extensive wine list; ask for recommendations. Food was delicious, served quickly and accommodated special diets with no hassle. Friendly waiter never rushed us even as we were the night's last diners.
Delicious cocktails. Spaghetti Western and Strawberry.
Try the sardine.. Awesome... And any pizza, I tried the sausage/mozzarella one and was outstanding,, great balance between flavors...
Brussel Sprout Pizza is the best
Delicious pizza and pasta. I recommend the pistachio pesto pizza and the rigatoni with pork ragu! The strawberry No1 cocktail is also delicious.
Absolutely delicious and the ambience is great. Skip the pizza and choose pasta (squid ink) and meaty mains (chicken breast was recently added back to the menu!) The tiramisu is to die for!!
Everything is delicious and the staff are fantastic.
Tagliolini with sea urchin. Solid drinks. Pizza is good but rest of menu is great.
Trout is amazing-tripe bruschetta-not so much! Great wine list with lots of French and Italian wines.
Just a wonderful, in-depth wine list served in big, beautiful stemmed wine glasses. Perfect for friends or a date especially before or after a Steppenwolf Theater show. The trout was delicious.
Orechiette pasta 😍😍 lemony, creamy goodness topped with bread crumbs
I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu.
Butter sage pasta!!
The pork ragu rigatoni is delicious.
Best Salted Caramel Gelato ever! 4 Stars!!!!!
OVER RATED *CLAP* *CLAP* *CLAPCLAPCLAP*
The rigatoni with pork ragu and porcini mushrooms is amazing, as is the affogato. Easy to find free parking on Clybourn (near its intersection with Halsted) anytime outside of 4-6pm M-F.
A meal here is not complete without at least one pizza and pasta for the table
Don't get the arugula salad. Incredibly salty. #springbreak4eva
Cool Industrial space and ambiance.
I was just across the street picking up a Wolf going to Kolmar
It's hard to go wrong at this mega Italian joint in Lincoln Park. Both the pizza and pasta are top notch.
Everything is awesome
Ask for Linus....best waiter in the City!
Bad service. Cattivo servizio. Serviço ruim.
Start the night off with one of their amazing vermouths and order one of their outstanding pizzas
If they still have it, the balena charcuterie board is a perfect mix for drinks and socializing.
Amazing!!! Tasty and inviting!
Lovely restaurant. Don't miss the tagliolini nero and the tiramisu. It is to die for!
Mushroom pizza was delicious! Excellent service great date night place! Small plates meant to be shared pastas were excellent specifically the pork shoulder pasta
In my opinion the best dish is the nero spaguetti and for dessert ask for tiramissu. Very good an italian restaurant.
Orichette, Hanger Steak, Canoli Sundae, & Mozzarella + Basil pizza with Chili sauce :-) :-)
mmmmust haves: 1) smoked mackerel with soft egg starter. 2) pork ragu rigatoni. 3) tagliolini with crab and sea urchin.
Mortadella pizza with the pistachio pesto was amazing! And the pork ragu was surprisingly out of the box. Enjoy with a glass of barbera
Before I even sat down to my strawberry drinky drank, my eyes glazed over the somewhat rustic yet elegant decor. I enjoyed the large displays of dazzling tumbleweed hanging from the ceiling rafters.
The brown butter and sage pasta is one of the most flavorful and simple pastas I've ever tasted. Delicious.
Upstairs is quieter spot to dine. Great wine list (bottle and by the glass). Mushroom pizza was amazing and make sure to save room for dessert.
Between the rustic Italian fare, heavenly desserts, and fantastic cocktail list, the partnership between the Bristol and Boka groups doesn't show any signs of slowing down. [Eater 38 Member]
Bread that will convert even the most devout Atkin's dieter.
Belly up to the bar and treat yourself to an unforgettable dinner! Every dish better then last.
Gorgeous restaurant and delicious food...order the bread!
Don't leave without getting the bread plate.
There are many reasons why Balena was named one of Bon Appetit's Top 50 Best New Restaurants, and their Farm Egg Tajarin is one of them. Topped with sage and brown butter, this pasta dish is perfect.