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Ballard Inn Restaurant

2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463
805-688-7770
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Ballard
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary, Californian, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Alamo Pintado
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English first
Buellton, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First I must admit this is my favorite restaurant to go to with my husband. We are locals so have the opportunity to eat at all the options as time is no object. Admission # 2, I am one of those folks that like to cook and am fair decent at it so getting The Him to go out to... More

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Windsor, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Food is exquisite here. Budi does a fantastic job in taste and presentation. I love his Hamachi appetizer. I always end up getting the duck dish.

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Belmar, NJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Located just 3 miles from Solvang, this is the place to eat. Outstanding service by our lovely, personable waitresses. Especially good food done in a unique "foodie" style with superior ingredients. Chef Budi Kazali visited our table to chat with us after the meal. It was our anniversary and we were treated as royalty. I had seared Hamachi appetizer and... More

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Long Beach, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Ballard Inn restaurant is the place to go in Santa Ynez for a wonderful dinner using all fresh local ingredients. Service is wonderful. Many different things on the menu, all prepared superbly.

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Buellton, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you like charming and great food this is the place to go. The food is fresh, inspired, beautifully presented. The wait staff is attentive without being intrusive. The Inn is charming and romantic. We are going back this week for dinner. Can't wait!

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Pasadena, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to the Ballard Inn. I had oysters tempura foran appetizer and duck breast entree. Oysters were perfectly prepared and accented with greens and herbs to make it absolutely delicious. Duck breast was tender and tasty. Service is perfect and atmosphere is comfortably antique but perfect here. Highly recommend for any occasion. Dining room is small,... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This was our first visit to the Ballard Inn Restaurant. We have lived just 10 minutes away for over 10 years and finally went to the restaurant during the Santa Ynez valley Restaurant week event. What a beautiful property and a very quaint dining room. The food and service were fantastic and we are so thankful for restaurant week to... More

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FLORIDA,OHIO
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Had an excellent dinner here. We all agree the food, service and ambience was excellent. The dining room is small, probably seats no more than 30, and the evening we were there they were quite busy and it was a Wednesday night. While there were really only two gals serving the room there was no issue, and the food was... More

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Ojai
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

I set up the reservation online for my anniversary and expecting a new child. A table was available upon arrival. Wait staff was very nice and knowledgeable. My wine discussion was great and very informative. My wife ordered beef tenderloin and had a conversation about needing it cooked well since she was pregnant. She declined the duck because the server... More

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paradise
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Every time we eat at the Ballard Inn restaurant we marvel at the outstanding food, service, and ambience. We plan our trips to stopover in Solvang/Ballard area in order to have dinner there. This week the Black Cod entree was one of the best seafood dishes we have ever had--with the asian complex flavors it was simply delicious. The hamachi... More

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