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La Balandra Bar & Restaurant

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4.1
23 Reviews
$31 to $50
International

Located seaside at Harbour Village Beach Club, La Balandra Bar & Restaurant is designed after a Spanish ship, giving guests the feeling of sailing on the Caribbean Sea. The breezy, covered dining deck is located on a jetty extending out over the turquoise water.

La Balandra delights guests with fresh, imaginative cuisine, breathtaking views and charming nautical decor. Executive Chef Britt Thomassen brings La Balandra's menu to life with in-season ingredients delivered right to the restaurant's dock.

Dinner guests have the opportunity to experience over-the-water "aquarium seats" towards the bow of the ship, where LCD lights penetrate through the water to reveal sea creatures swimming by. A private, torch-lit table on the beach may be reserved in advance at no additional charge.

For guests staying outside of the resort, please plan to arrive no more that 10 minutes prior to your reservation. Thank you.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International, Asian, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Daily 6:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    717 7500

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Resort Casual

  • Neighbourhood

    Kralendijk

  • Parking Details

    Available, free in the resort parking lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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menu

Appetizers & Salads

  • Lobster Bisque

    • $US$14.00
  • Steak Tartare

    Hand Cut Tenderloin Tartare, Onion, Capers, Truffle Mayonnaise

    • $US$18.00
  • Beef Carpaccio

    Thinly Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan and Nuts

    • $US$18.00
  • Smoked Salmon Avocado

    Tartare Salmon, Avocado Salad, Horseradish Mayonnaise

    • $US$19.00
  • Seared Tuna & Watermelon

    Seared Tuna Midly Spiced with Cold Watermelon Jus and Cucumber

    • $US$20.00
  • Veggie Sushi

    Let's Surprise You

    • $US$18.00
  • Duo Ceviche

    Catch of the Day, Classic Peruvian & Venezuelan Ceviche

    • $US$21.00

Entrées

  • Catch of the Day

    Local Catch Pan Seared, Served with White Wine Sauce and Fresh Vegetables

    • $US$29.00
  • Braised Oyster Blade Beef

    4 Hours Slow Cooked Beef with Hearty Mushrooms Sauce and daily Fresh Vegetables

    • $US$28.00
  • Filet Mignon

    8 oz Filet Mignon, Roasted Vegetables, Hasselback Potato and a Tasty Red Wine Sauce

    • $US$39.00
  • Surf & Turf

    Beef Tenderloin and Whole Black Tiger Shrimp, Garden Salad and Creamy Cognac Sauce

    • $US$45.00
  • Lobster Risotto

    Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Creamy Arborio Rice with a Variety of Vegetables, Cream and Parmesan

    • $US$35.00
  • Pasta Vongole

    Linguini with Clams, Capers, Onions and White Wine Sauce

    • $US$30.00
  • Goat Cheese Ravioli

    Homemade Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Truffle Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

    • $US$28.00
  • Gourmet Burger

    8 oz. Ground Sirloin, Cheese, Bacon, Mushroom, on a Brioche Roll served with French Fries

    • $US$20.00
  • Tiger Prawns

    Grilled Whole Shrimp from the Plancha, Garlic Mayonnaise and Salad

    • $US$39.00

Desserts

  • Warm Chocolate Lava Cake

    • $US$12.00
  • Home Made Cheesecake

    • $US$10.00
  • Chocolate Twister

    • $US$10.00
  • Assorted Ice Creams

    • $US$5.00

Last updated: September 15, 2021

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JB

    JeannetteB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! Beautiful location wonderful service and excellent food!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Such beauty the server was amazing the food was great we will return

  3. D

    Danylle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Menu was not as advertised. Food quality was poor.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We had breakfast here daily and it was always excellent. Please get the fruit plate, it was so fresh and delish every day. We had dinner one time and that was very good too. The fish tacos at lunch were very good. Fun to watch the fish around the dock and lizards in the sun.

  5. MS

    MaryS

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    When we arrived with our confirmed reservation, we were told that the restaurant was full and we couldn't get in. I guess the communication broke down between Balandra and Open Table. Better rectify that.

  6. JG

    JGMB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Beautiful setting, lousy food. Nice seaside restaurant, but food is unbecoming on the setting. Prices are easily the highest in Bonaire, wit little or no imagination. In the menu. Ordered Rack of Lamb: 4 minimal chops, undercooked, had to return them. Wine offerings limited, at more than triple their retail value at the local supermarket. Beware, go for the views, not for the food

  7. DT

    DeniseTournoy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Heard great stories. Orders where taken wrong twice. They want to give us discount but a lady said no to that in front of us.

  8. L

    Lala1dines

    New York Area

    251 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    251 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We had been to La Balandra before on a”regular” menu night. This time it was a barbecue night, all one can eat. There were multiple choices of dishes: from green salads to pasta with salmon, to paella with seafood, , to chicken, beef, pork and shrimps grilled on skewers and, all of them tasing good and cooked right. Nice food was complemented by live music and a beautiful view of the harbor and the sea. And the bonus: if one comes before the sunset, he might be even lucky to see the “green flash” around the setting sun as it disappears into the sea on the horizon... We will come back to La Balandra with pleasure!

  9. WT

    WladomiroT

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well located ! Fantastic view ! Good food ! Good service ! I strongly recommend!

  10. J

    Janet

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Perfect view to watch the sunset! A pelican perched nearby, a night heron hunted from a rock below, and various fish preyed and were preyed upon in the gently lit waters surrounding the restaurant. A gentleman with a trumpet (and mute) played lovely music! It was BBQ night, and we wasn't sure that's what we were in the mood for eating, so the server took us over to look at the possibilities...and they looked wonderful! There was a soup, three types of green salad, local rice, four types of kabobs, a chili con carne (actually very tasty!), good cocktails and wine. We sampled a bit of everything. Would definitely recommend, and will return!

  11. AB

    ArtBW

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    They didn't tell us when we made the reservation that we could not order off the menu since it was pizza night. So we left and at At Sea, which was outstanding

  12. L

    Lala1dines

    New York Area

    251 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    251 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Beautifully located right on a seashore, in the heart of an elegant resort “Harbor Village “on Bonaire, La Balandra has its own “personality “ different from any other on the Island. One can dine on a beach like we did, at an elegantly set table, watching sun going down and after that, the sky and clouds filled with dozens of bright colors!! Our waiter was attentive but not overwhelming and, food was exceptionally good! Octopus for an appetizer followed by a grilled seafood dish was delicious and, lobster risotto outstanding! Nice French Rose complemented our meal! It was truly a very enjoyable dinner and we would return to La Balandra at any time with pleasure!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Booked this place on a Wednesday. Looked at the menu before we went and liked what we saw. When we arrived we were told that on Wednesday’s it was a BBQ buffet only. Got up and left. A little warning would have been nice, no mention of it on their web site.

  14. TK

    TomK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere on a pier extending into a bay. Service was excellent. Food was ok, not great. Quite expensive given the quality

  15. EB

    EricB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant by the water with an incredible view of sunsets. Plan to be present just before the sunset. At night, don't miss the view of the fish in the ocean at the end of the restaurant.

  16. NW

    NancyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a delicious meal at the Harbor Village Restaurant. Our reservation was at 6;15 so we could watch the beautiful sunset. We were the first dinners to arrive so the service was the best. Our meal was a set meal because of the Bonaire blond week. The salad was huge and so delightful. We had the catch of the day and then the dessert was very delicious. Only wish they would have given us more pasta with the fish and not cooked the fish quite as much. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. What a beautiful property to go and visit on the walk into the venue to dine..

  17. C

    Cmears

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The lights in the water provide an excellent show. The food is delicious and the sunset view is incredible.

  18. t

    ttlusty

    Raleigh

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Located in Harbor village marina the scenery is beautiful. Ocean front dining at its finest. We dined on the beach by candlelight. The theme that night was BBQ night, so no choice from the menu. Food was still great as was the service. It's island time so relax and unwind. Would go back if the opportunity arose.

  19. MR

    MRie

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Plus: Delicious food in a great ambiance. The service was friendly and personal. Minus: The restrooms are hard to find.

  20. LA

    LAMARFEB2019

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a very romantic torchlit buffet dinner on the beach (only offered on Wednesdays) with a fantastic trumpet player and a gorgeous sunset. Our waitress was delightful. Buffet dinner was simple, but tasty. A special evening - a surprise find online!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Harbour Village's website provided a link to make on line restaurant reservations using OpenTable. I made a reservation for noon on Saturday, January 20, and received a confirming email in return. At 11:45 am on the appointed day my husband and I presented ourselves to a bellman at the circular check-in drive, and informed him of our reservation. I should note, we were nicely dressed, ready for our flight back to the US later that day. Long telephone calls ensued, everything in another language so I could not understand what was said. Another person came along, “Can I help you?” We explained we had a lunch reservation, and showed the confirming email. The first bellman then came back and showed us an internal memo stating that “no outside diners” are allowed during a specified date range in Jan. (Including the date of our reservation). They offered to let us us wait a while and see if something could be worked out. After some back and forth, we gave up and decided to eat elsewhere. We had stayed at a private villa during our stay, and wanted to try out the restaurant at Harbour Village to see if resort is a place where we might be interested in staying in the future. After this experience, forget it. We now jokingly refer to it as “La Snooty”. We will not return. Perhaps it's just as well. We don't like places where the service staff have attitude, and locals tell us the restaurant is very inconsistent. On the rare occasions our friends eat there, they too are put off by the Gestapo-like check points necessary just to eat. Not honoring an Open Table reservation is inexcusable.

  22. MD

    MaryannD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is within the resort & is one of the finest restaurants on Bonaire. From the menu of cocktails to choose from to the little indulgences for dessert. The fresh catch was snapper & was one of the best I’ve ever had.

  23. WL

    WarrenL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant was located within a private club. It was not easily accessible by the general public. We had to be escorted to the restaurant. Understandable, given it was January 2, and the hotel was 100% full, and therefore not open to outsiders. We were worried the restaurant wouldn’t honor our OpenTable reservation. Happily, the restaurant did. Once we were seated, we really enjoyed the private and exclusive ambience, which didn’t feel at all stuffy or snobby. The service was friendly, the seafood very fresh. I had the wahoo filet, a local fish, which was firm and meaty. Very satisfying. I also had the rack of lamb. Very tender and not at all gamey. My dinner partner enjoyed his seared scallops appetizer and the shrimp pasta (which was nicely al dente). The desserts were wonderful too. Our table was right alongside the edge of the restaurant, which was shaped like a boat. We enjoyed the sea breezes, the marina view, the school of fish frolicking in the water below us, and the sunset.

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La Balandra Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 23 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for La Balandra Bar & Restaurant

Kaya Gobernador N.Debrot 71 Kralendijk, Bonaire 00000

  • Neighbourhood

    Kralendijk

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Daily 6:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Asian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking Details

    Available, free in the resort parking lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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