BALEENkitchen Awarded Top Waterside Dining by Zagat

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BALEENkitchen, the Oceanfront restaurant at The Portofino Hotel & Marina, was recently awarded a Zagat rating as among the “Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in Los Angeles” for the second consecutive year. Zagat, the world’s leading provider of consumer survey for restaurants, ranked the restaurant ‘extraordinary to perfect’ in all categories; food, décor, service and cost.

BALEENkitchen, the Oceanfront restaurant at The Portofino Hotel & Marina, was recently awarded a Zagat rating as among the “Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in Los Angeles” for the second consecutive year. Zagat, the world’s leading provider of consumer survey for restaurants, ranked the restaurant ‘extraordinary to perfect’ in all categories; food, décor, service and cost. Zagat described BALEENkitchen as, “A ‘lovely’, ‘soft’-lit dining room overlooking ‘beautiful’ King Harbor” and that “the marina sets a ‘cozy’ scene for ‘well-prepared,’ seafood- centric dishes."

It features regional-influenced gastropub cuisine, blending local product and character into a refined menu —all with a strong sense of local identity.

‘The Lounge’ features small-plates fare with bold flavors and a little Latin spice, accompanied by a serious mixology program of ‘Classic Reinvented Cocktails’.

‘BALEENkitchen’ is paying homage to the local foodways, devoting itself to the fine combination of great mixology, good times and superior regional cooking.

Executive Chef Richard Crespin utilizes quality local ingredients to create authentically Southern Californian cuisine served in a chic, welcoming atmosphere. Weekend guests and local diners alike may spice-up their experience with the new ‘Make Your Own – Bloody Mary Bar,’ featuring 40 different satisfying ingredients to make each concoction tailored to specific tastes.

One of South California’s prevalent style bloggers, Jo Abiog from StyleAt30, raves about BALEENkitchen, saying, “BALEENkitchen is a fabulous and luxurious spot where everything you taste is guaranteed to be homemade… truly servicing the best of both worlds while keeping true to the casual, yet elegant, atmosphere.”

Set against the colorful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and a picturesque marina, the lively upstairs bar offers a hip lounge vibe with lush furnishing where a resident mixologist handcrafts tantalizing cocktails and guests dine fireside. Things stay fresh in the stylish parlor with live music and local bands playing Thursday through Saturday evenings.

The Portofino Hotel & Marina – part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts – offers guests an authentic SoCal lifestyle experience in a casual, nautical-chic environment, inviting them to relax and let loose, embracing their "endless summer," endlessly. As Los Angeles’ only true waterfront hotel, the 161 guest rooms feature private balconies perfect for viewing awe-inspiring sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, complete with a 181-slip sun-drenched marina and premier dining at signature free-standing BALEENkitchen restaurant.

To experience BALEENkitchen in Redondo Beach, call (310) 372-1202 or visit http://www.hotelportofino.com.

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