• The first joint partnership by The Bristol and Boka Restaurant Group, Balena features Italian-inspired cuisine, sourced from Midwest farms by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel. From the seasonal menu to the elegantly worn-in décor designed by 555 International (Girl & The Goat, GT Fish & Oyster), Balena offers artisanal brick-oven pizzas, hand-made pastas and spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables prepared in a wood-fired oven and grill on the savory menu; while twists on Italian classics are the crux of the dessert program. Opened in February 2012, in Chicago's Lincoln Park at 1633 N. Halsted, the 165-seat eatery is open seven days a week, from 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, with seating until 10:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hours are subject to change. For more information, please visit
    Certifications / Ratings
    • Michelin Rated:
    Facility Amenities
    • Avg Meal Price/Person (appetizer, entrée, dessert): $$$ = $25 - $34
    • Max Restaurant Capacity: 206
    • Private Dining Available:
    General Facility Details
    • Bar/Lounge:
    • Hours of Operation: Hours: Sunday 2pm -10pm, Monday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 4:30-11pm
    • Reservations Accepted:
    • Valet Parking Available:
    Meal(s) Served
    • Dinner:
  • Facility Meeting Space Details
    • Complete Buy-out Available:
    • Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s):
    • In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s):
    • Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated): 206
    • Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing): 206
    • Off-Site Catering Allowed:
    • On-site Audio/Visual Equipment:
    • Private Meeting Space Available:
    Largest Meeting Room Details
    • Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated): 35
    • Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing): 60