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42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently...
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.
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  • 78
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  • 59
    Very good
  • 17
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  • 7
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot for lunch or dinner

We had both lunch and dinner here during our stay. Food was very good and we loved sitting outside on the patio. Drinks were awesome as well. Both nights had live entertainment that was fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
NancyandJim1985
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Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Meriden, Connecticut
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

while staying at ballards we enjoyed seafood, deliscious drinks and exceptional service. cant wait for 2016

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had both lunch and dinner here during our stay. Food was very good and we loved sitting outside on the patio. Drinks were awesome as well. Both nights had live entertainment that was fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We sat around back, table, chairs and feet in the sand around sundown. The food was very good, and the waitstaff very freindly and helpful, eager to please. Certainly enjoyed the view out to the ocean as I enjoyed my little neck clams and garlic aoili pasta.

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Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My son and I had lunch at Ballard's this was my second time at Ballard's and the food and drink was excellent, my son had the lobster taco and I has the smoked scallop lobster bisque (I love a good bisque) and an Island dream martini yes it was 11am but it's happy hour somewhere. We sat at the bar... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the bisque while your son enjoyed the lobster tacos. And of course, at 11am, it is most definitely Happy Hour somewhere, so we are glad you tried our Island Dream martini! We hope... More 

Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Went with friends for afternoon drinks. Turns out the patio seating is for dining only, not drinks. So into the bar. Service was okay; tough job in such a busy place. Large and spacious and plenty of people indoors and out. Party on the beach. Pipe running above the bar dripping water at a good annoying rate due to condensation... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. While it is true that the patio along the beach is only for dining service, we do also have the patio by the outside bar where you are able to sit for drinks. You might want to check that out the... More 

Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Helpful staff, good service, even on the beach! Beautiful views and delicious food. Best crab cake sandwich ever!

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed the crab cake sandwich! We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island! Sharon C. Manager More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

You can spend the day on the beach here and also enjoy meals and drinks. The umbrellas are wonderful, beach has a gentle flow, also music. Try the naked lobster roll, delicious and brimming with lobster. We are going to return for dinner. Lots of outdoor space. Enjoy!

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad that you like the big umbrellas, they are a new feature this year, and we are finding a great positive response to them. It is also wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the Naked Lobster Roll. We... More 

Marshfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous location on the beach. Great live music. Funky bar . Fun servers. Don't miss checking this place out .

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's. Thank you for recommending that people stop by. We are glad that you had fun while you were here. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

Shelton, Connecticut
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My boyfriend and I visited for a weekend day trip. When we got off the ferry Ballards was our first stop. The facility itself was beautiful, updated and clean. The bathroom was new and very clean. We were seated quickly and food came quickly. The atmosphere was excellent, party mode. The food was delicious the pitcher of margarita we ordered... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. I am sorry that it took a while to get your check at the end of your visit. We hope to see you the next time you are on the island! Sharon C.... More 

Austin, Texas
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a quite large place, open aired inside tables as well as outdoor patio and bar. I had oysters and a lobster roll. Quite expensive to eat in Block Island, but I was impressed by the food and didn't mind the premium at all! Very nice atmosphere, breezy and open-aired. Not a good place to grab a quick bite,... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad that you enjoyed the open atmosphere of the building. We like the fact that we have so many doors that we can have open to give it a more inviting feel. I am glad that you got a... More 

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Additional Information about Ballard's

Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
Phone Number: 401-466-2231
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
  • Phone Number: 401-466-2231

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?