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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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American, Contemporary, 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

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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
OMG Enough Said!

Cozy, intimate white linen restaurant. The menu looked so interesting, my husband and I decided to just have appetizers so that we could try a lot of different dishes which included roasted corn bisque, shisimi tuna, foie gras, pork bellies and dessert. Each dish was gorgeous and pleased our eyes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
ReneeBittner
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Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Cozy, intimate white linen restaurant. The menu looked so interesting, my husband and I decided to just have appetizers so that we could try a lot of different dishes which included roasted corn bisque, shisimi tuna, foie gras, pork bellies and dessert. Each dish was gorgeous and pleased our eyes before our taste buds. Our server recommended wines and beers... More 

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Spring
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Chef came out to talk with us about the menu and wineries to visit in the area. I'm celiac (gluten free) and other person in party had egg allergy. He was warm, friendly, and very accommodating. Food was delicious.

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a top notch restaurant. The chef is both creative and beyond competent. His food was well seasoned. We had foie gras, curried duck breast, filet mignon, and shrimp salad. It was awesome! I loved every bite. The wine list is vast, so it's easy to find something yummy to drink with your incredible meal. I 100% recommend this... More 

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paradise
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Definitely best restaurant in the Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olives area. Open 5 days a week. Megan is an excellent, friendly waitress. Now, excellent rack of lamb and Hudson Valley foie gras. Unusual delicious caesar salad. Reasonable $15 corkage fee. We always return.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you are touring the California Central Coast wineries (Santa Ynez valley), stop by the Ballard Inn in Ballard. Housed in a Victorian structure in the middle of this small town, the Inn is beautifully restored. The restaurant inside the Inn (open to all comers) is small and intimate and very comfortable. If the weather permits it, take your meal... More 

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CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 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
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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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Additional Information about Ballard Inn Restaurant

Address: 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463
Phone Number: 805-688-7770
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ballard
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

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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: American, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
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?