Dine & Drink:
Baleen Lounge
the living room
Happy Hour
In Room Dining
Calendar of Events


Culinary art and theater, with front row seats to the Pacific. That's the BALEENkitchen experience.

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Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday

A La Carte Brunch
Saturday – Sunday

All Day Dining


Happy Hour



6:30am – 11:00am

7:00am – 2:30pm

11:00am – 11:00pm

5:30pm – 10:00pm

3:00pm – 7:00pm

3:00pm – 12:00am

Menus & Reservations


Reservations: 877-225-3365

Christmas at BALEENkitchen

Come spend Christmas Day with us at BALEENkitchen and enjoy Chef Richard’s amazing three-course Christmas menu for your family. With choices of fresh Roasted Cod, Coq au Vin and Veal Tenderloin.

Live Music from 2:00pm-5:00pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm in the main lounge.

For reservation please call 310-372-1202

New Year’s Eve at BALEENkitchen

Join Chef Richard Crespin as he prepare a lavish five-course dinner. Featuring Maguro Sashimi, Crab Salad & Tomato Sake Gelee, Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Lobster.

Thursday, December 31st

  • 5-course Dinner 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Adults $105 (wine pairing $125)
  • All Reservation waive $25 cover fee
  • Outdoor Lounge with satellite bar with fire pits
  • Complimentary Midnight Toast for all guests
  • $25 cover in the restaurant & lounge after 7:00pm without a dining or bottle service reservation
  • Live Music from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and 10:30pm-1:30am in the main lounge
  • View our New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe
  • View our e-Brochure menu

Bottle service reservation in main lounge
  • Maximum 6ppl - $565 includes cover charge waived for 6ppl, Reserved Booth, 2 bottles and mixers
  • Maximum 4ppl - $365 includes cover charge waived for 4ppl, Reserved Table, 1 bottles and mixers

Monthly Feature

Join us on the last Wednesday of each month for a special dinner. Experience wine pairings, meeting local brewers, pop up dinners and other unique dinners. There’s always something happening at BALEENkitchen.

Monthly Feature Menu

Call 310.372.1202 for reservations

Calendar of Events

See who's performing at the Baleen Lounge

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Executive Chef Richard Crespin

Born in Spain surrounded by the fresh foods indigenous to the area and with an uncle who owned the local tapas bar, BALEENkitchen’s Executive Chef Richard Crespin could be said to have tapas in his genes. He brings an intimate knowledge of Spanish cuisine, varied experience in small bites ranging from Asian fusion to raw cuisine, and a background of formal French training to BALEENkitchen. Chef Crespin moved back to San Sebastian and interned at Arzak (3 star Michelin), and later worked at Casa Nicolasa. From there, filled with a rich passion for good food he left to study at the French Culinary Institute in New York. Crespin has worked in many top kitchens around the globe including Jean Georges in Manhattan, as Sous Chef at Chez Akumi in Kyoto Japan, at Toshi Sushi in Mission Viejo, CA where he was Chef de Cuisine working under Master Chef Toshiro Wada (of Matsuhisa), as Executive Chef at Ozumo in San Francisco, California, as Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay at The London Hotel. He was Chef de Cuisine of Baleen LA before his promotion to Executive Chef in the summer of 2012.

Blue Zones Project- New Year, New You!

BALEENkitchen Becomes the Latest Blue Zones Designated ‘Healthy Options’ Restaurant!

In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better. They found five Blue Zones, places where people reach age 100 at rates up to 10 times greater than in the United States. With this research, Blue Zones Inc. partnered with Healthways and expanded the community initiative to California. The Blue Zones Project™ was created by Healthways Inc., in partnership with Beach Cities Health District. Out of 55 competing cities in California, only three were chosen: Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.

Blue Zones is a community-wide approach to creating healthier, happier and more productive individuals. Blue Zones focuses on making the healthy choice the easy choice. Its mission is to lead and ignite community-by-community well-being transformation, where people live and work together in Blue Zones Communities™ for a better life.

Executive Chef, Richard Crespin, has worked tirelessly to modify the ingredients to emphasize overall taste. In doing so, he had to remove a number of items and adjust the ingredients of other dishes to achieve that goal. Chef Crespin has toiled with his famous formulas to create new dishes that promote health, without sacrificing flavor!

For more information on the Blue Zones Project, visit www.bluezonesproject.com

BALEENKitchen - In the News

• ZAGAT: One of the Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in LA!

• LA Eats: BALEENkitchen, hidden gem in South Bay!

• Eating Around SoCal: BK is on point!

• Cook & Be Merry: The Beautiful Food of BALEENkitchen

Private Events

Let us be your planning partner.
The BALEENkitchen Event Staff stands ready to work side-by-side with you to make your next private event the one they'll always remember. Whether you’re planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering, engagement party, bridal shower or a simple dinner with friends, BALEENkitchen has a menu to 'wow' your guests.

For more information, please email catering@hotelportofino.com or call 310-798-5874.