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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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Contemporary, Californian, Pacific Rim
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2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463 (Alamo Pintado)
805-688-7770
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great meal in a small town

Santa Ynez for those who have not been there is a small town (less than 5000 population) but in a center of the California Central Coast wine country. As a result there are some very nice restaurants. The Ballard Inn Restaurant is one of the best. It's a little pricey especially for a small town... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
gmaso
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CA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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CA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Santa Ynez for those who have not been there is a small town (less than 5000 population) but in a center of the California Central Coast wine country. As a result there are some very nice restaurants. The Ballard Inn Restaurant is one of the best. It's a little pricey especially for a small town but with great service and... More 

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Oceanside, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

I think that I was expecting more because of the newly released AAA Diamond Awards. Our meals were nice but we were seated next to the kitchen swinging doors and it was very disturbing during the whole meal. Our waitress was fine except a bit forgetful over a few things. The server was unable to answer a question about an... More 

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Orange, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband and I were going to celebrate which entailed drinking wine and we didn't want to drive. We decided to have dinner at the Inn we were staying at and i am glad we did. Our food was deliciously prepared and the service was good. My husband had the duck and it was cooked, seasoned to perfection. I had... More 

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seal beach,ca
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103 reviews 103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We come to this area every year between Christmas & New Years to sample the wines and to enjoy good food. This was our first visit to the Ballard Inn and we had a great meal. I had the duck that was perfect and my wife had the black cod (sablefish) which I helped her finish. We brought our own... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Love Ballard Inn. Always celebrate special occasions there and the occasional special night out. Have never been disappointed. Staff is warm, friendly, and knowledgable... and show great care and finesse with their work. We love it here. Delish!

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Carlsbad, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you're looking for a restaurant with excellent French-Continental inspired food (with a touch of Japanese influence) with a diverse wine list and top notch service, you'll love The Ballard Inn Restaurant. We do. Been eating here for several years. Our experience during the weekend of 11/21-11/22/14 was no exception.

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Santa Maria, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Wonderful setting in an old portion of Northern Santa Barbara county, close to the old town of Los Olivos. This is the center of the Wine industry of Santa Barbara Couny, and as you would suspect they have some great wines to offer - but this review is about their food. I had to ask what certain things were on... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
252 reviews 252 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

To be honest I was expecting more after hearing all the raves from my friends. The restaurant is very pretty. They have seating in the dining room and on the porch which looked like fun. I thought the food was good and nice but not great. I may have ordered the wrong items however. The menu and chef seem highly... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

For my husband's birthday we decided to eat here as we love watching the Inn Crowd with chef Budi on tv. The show always makes us hungry! The dining room is small and inviting. The staff is friendly and attentive as well as knowledgeable about the wines and menu. We each had a different appetizer and different main so we... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I came here for a birthday dinner. It is housed in a quaint and cozy inn. The ambiance is relaxing and comfortable. Our server was vivacious and always available. The food was truly exceptional. For starters we had the corn shiitake mushroom soup and the heirloom tomato cucumber salad. Both were uniquely flavored and delicious. For an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463
    (Alamo Pintado)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ballard
  • Phone Number: 805-688-7770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Californian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?