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42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, 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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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Lunch on the Beach

This hot spot on the beach offers food and drinks on the beach. If you don't need to eat fast it is great. The food comes well wrapped. My chicken caesar bit too much chicken and not enough caesar. But the service was great. My recommendation: if you are going to BI and plan to plant yourself... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
JDumont821984
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EAST HAMPTON, CT
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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NYC
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92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Not the place to get away from it all. Everyone is at Ballard's, and it's great. I had the broiled cod. Fabulous, and not overpriced. You can come just for the beach, and if you want to, they rent the upholstered beach lounges and umbrellas. The restaurant/bar is full service. People are coming and going in bikinis. Men are shirtless.... More 

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EAST HAMPTON, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This hot spot on the beach offers food and drinks on the beach. If you don't need to eat fast it is great. The food comes well wrapped. My chicken caesar bit too much chicken and not enough caesar. But the service was great. My recommendation: if you are going to BI and plan to plant yourself on the beach... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Ate lunch inside to get out of the sun! We had clam cakes, whole belly clam sandwich, fish tacos. Each meal was delicious. It was very busy that day but our waitress was on her toes and had a wonderful personality. She was from Transylvania. I will always stop into Ballards for at least one meal while on the Block.

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Hampton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A Block Island landmark! Great fresh seafood, delish drink choices, live music and right on the beach! It's location to the ferry makes it a great place to begin or end a day on the island.

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I go here mainly to sit on the beach and have drinks, and go swimming of course. You can either go up to one of the 4 bars that they have (3 outside, 2 of them directly on the beach), or you can wait for a beachside server to come right up to where you are on the beach. There... 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 hear that you enjoyed your visit to the beach and enjoyed the service. We love the novelty of our Pineapple Drinks and are happy to hear that others do too. We look forward to seeing you the... More 

Newport, RI
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a management outing for 25 people at Ballard's and had an amazing experience. It all started with Abdul the GM. He fully understood our needs and was meticulous with the menu planning and details of the event. When we arrived we were greeted with smiles and lead to our private area on the beach. The buffet set up,... 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 the time our Guests take to write their reviews. We are so happy that you and your group enjoyed your outing. We are constantly striving for outstanding events for our groups and are excited to hear when we meet and exceed our goals. We will... More 

Medford, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This place is fun and right on the beach. The drinks are pricey but the mudslides and the pineapple drinks are tasty. I would recommend Ballard's to anyone who wants to drink, listen to music, and have fun on the beach. I do not think that the food is quality or worth the money but who can turn down french... 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 like the mudslides and pineapple drinks. We agree that fries are a great snack to have while enjoying a beverage or two. We hope to see you again soon. Sharon C. Manager More 

Scranton, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I thought it was me until my daughter and the guy (I did not know sitting next to me) both commented on the Male Bartender and his standoffish, miserable attitude. We all have bad days, but it was lunch time so how bad could it have been already? Sat at the bar, got draft Beer in plastic cups, bartender was... 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 about our Guest's experiences, good and bad. First I would like to apologize for the service that you received, that is not the experience we want our Guests to have. Based on the date of your review we are looking over the bar schedule... More 

rhode island
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

spent the majority of our days at ballards for the beach drinks and food as well as the musical entertainment

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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 food and drinks and music during your visit. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

East Quogue, New York
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We have been to the beach, been there for lunch & FINALLY went for dinner.. We had a wonderful meal, great drinks & our server Terry Ann was absolutely fabulous! We are kicking ourselves for not going there for dinner sooner! We will be back!

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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 hare happy that you have enjoyed so many visits, and that you have now had a chance to enjoy dinner as well. We will make sure to pass your praise along to your server. We hope to see you again... More 

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Restaurant Details

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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