Show your Steppenwolf Theatre tickets for a pizza & carafe of red or white house wine for $20.

Not valid on daily specials or with other discounts. Limit 1 per table. Tickets must be for same day of performance. Menu price does not include tax or gratuity.

Zagat National: Are These America’s Next Restaurant Moguls?

Founders John Ross, Phillip Walters, David Johnston and Chris Pandel maintain the difficult balance of trendy and timeless with a growing collection of restaurants under B. Hospitality Co. Read More at Zagat

Thrillest: The 21 Best Italian Restaurants in America

In just a few short years, Balena has become a fixture on the Chicago dining scene, and not just because of its neon light installations that manage to blend seamlessly with the elegance of the soaring, exposed beam ceilings and leather-topped bar… Read more at Thrillest

Chris Pandel vs. Rick Bayless on The Feed: Cauliflower Challenge

Chicago Restaurant Week 1/24 – 2/5

Throughout Restaurant Week, Balena will be offering a 3-course menu for $33 until 6:30pm, and a 4-course menu for $44 after 6:30pm. (Beverages and gratuity not included.)

Balena Truffle Pizza

Balena Named One of the 2013 Top 10 New Restaurants in the US


Best New Restaurant Nominee!

Balena has been nominated for Best New Restaurant in Time Out Chicago‘s 2013 Eat Out Awards!  VOTE TODAY!!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Balena

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2012 Eater Awards: Chris Pandel Named Chef of the Year

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CS Reviews Balena: Go Team!

“Balena is one of the better restaurants I’ve eaten at in the last few years, on par with some of my recent favorites like Acadia and the now defunct Kith and Kin. Indeed, as its name translates, it’s a whale of a restaurant.”

Michelin Awards Balena with 2013-2016 Bib Gourmand

Balena Named One of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012 by Bon Appétit

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Chris Pandel Named Chef of the Year in the 2012 Eater Awards

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Chicago Tribune: “A Whale of a Restaurant…Three Stars”

“Great pizzas…I could eat the spicy-sausage version, or the mortadella-pistachio-onion combo, every day.”

“But the pastas are sensational too. And the desserts — dear Lord, the desserts.”

“…these guys (Bristol and BOKA) haven’t missed yet.”

Read Phil Vettel’s review

We Are Closed on Memorial Day

Re-opening on Tuesday at 5pm for dinner.

Balena Gets Four Stars from TimeOut Chicago

“I can’t remember the last restaurant I’ve so looked forward to returning to.” Read the review

Balena Gets Four Stars from TimeOut Chicago

“Chris Pandel’s follow-up to the Bristol brims with talent.”

“…the tiramisu is a dessert so unlike the wet, rum-soaked original that it feels almost insulting to call it by its name. Can we all just agree to call it genius?”

“…the scope and versatility of the drink program is such that I wouldn’t go back to Balena without ordering a cocktail”

Read Julia Kramer’s review

Balena Desserts with Amanda Rockman

Pandel on Pasta: Chitarra

Pandel on Pasta: Tajarin

Pandel on Pasta: Duck Tortellini

Balena Restaurant Chicago. We Deliver!

Balena Announcement

Balena is Now Open!

The doors are open & the fires are burning. We look forward to serving you.