La Balena, Carmel
After being open for just one month, La Balena was voted the best new restaurant in the Monterey County Weekly paper. The restaurant is known for Italian cuisine created from fresh, local, and mostly organic food that is lovingly prepared by chef Brad Briske for diners as if they were guests in the home of owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini. La Balena is located on the west side of Junipero between 5th and 6th, tucked back in the courtyard. Reservations are recommended as this small restaurant is a local and visitor favorite.
Location: West side of Junipero between 5th and 6th
Hours: Lunch is served Saturday through Sunday from 11:30am – 3:30pm
Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm – 10pm