© copyright Ryan Chard Smith Photography

©copyright Ryan Chard Smith Photography

Rustic Italian Menu featuring local produce,

hand-crafted pasta

& slow-cooked meats

◆◆◆ Menu Changes Daily ◆◆◆

Brad Briske executive chef at La Balena & il Grillo. As chef he is responsible for locating the freshest, most local and nearly always organic ingredients that is then transformed into hand made cuisine. Bradford, La Balena and his recipes have been mentioned recently in the Edible Monterey, Monterey County Weekly and with Route 1 Farm. Before connecting with Anna and Emanuele Bartolini, Bradford was introduced to the local food community through Gabriella Café in Santa Cruz, after which he contributed to the opening of Main Street Garden in Soquel. After only being open for one month La Balena was voted the best new restaurant in Monterey County Weekly. Learning through experience since 2005 after graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan, Bradford continues to make honest, wholesome loving hand prepared food as if you were family and sitting at his table. 



Edible Monterey Bay readers winner 2014, 2nd place 2015 - Local Heroes - Best Chef/Restaurant