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42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
14014662231
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Private beach, great drinks. Loved the night time entertainment. Fast service.

I have been to Ballard's several times. The food is consistently good, great bar and awesome entertainment on the weekends. I love the party atmosphere at night and the convenience of the beach and good eats by day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Brenda N
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New Hampshire Lakes Region, New Hampshire
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing represents Block Island more than a trip to Ballards. We go every year and each year it's get better. We enjoy then burger, lobster and the best calamari. Right off the ferry and on the beach. So much fun!

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East Haven, Connecticut
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Come for the food; stay for the music, let your grandchildren wander on the sand just over the wall. The lobster is always a draw and the wait staff are friendly and professional. It is a comfortable venue at which to sit and watch the sunset and count the stars as you sip your sauvignon blanc.

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Thank Joel F
BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad to hear how much you enjoy our lobsters. We enjoy the opportunity to server fresh seafood. It is wonderful that we are able to have dining right on the beach so that adults and sit and relax while the children run around and... More 

Hampton Bays, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Went there with my fiance in the off season, will definitely return. This place looks like fun all over it. We were served by Gino who is a bartender who actually cares about his job. Food was great with good value

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Thank Mikeclean365
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 the hospitality provided by our bartender as well as all the delicious food and drink that we have to offer. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the... More 

New Hampshire Lakes Region, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I have been to Ballard's several times. The food is consistently good, great bar and awesome entertainment on the weekends. I love the party atmosphere at night and the convenience of the beach and good eats by day.

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1 Thank Brenda N
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 enjoy all of your visits to Ballard's. We are happy to be able to offer our Guests something exciting day and night. We hope to see you again soon. Sharon C. Manager More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It was our first trip to Block Island, so of course we had to hit Ballard's after reading so much about it. It was a Monday after Labor Day and the place was nearly empty and we had to hunt around for a server. Once that was solved, everything went great, and we enjoyed a tasty lunch and drinks at... More 

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Thank Tom S
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 sorry that you felt that you had to hunt for a server to start your dining experience, that is not something we like our Guests to have to do. We are happy that you enjoyed everything else after. The... More 

Vestal, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Just can't say enough about the Lobster Alfredo! So delicious and I swear there was an entire lobster..if not more in it. Our waitress there in a travel work program from South Africa was fantastic too!

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Thank Jessica T
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. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed the Lobster Alfredo. We have found that it is one of the more popular dishes on our menu this summer and are glad that so many people enjoy it. We hope to... More 

Langhorne, PA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Maybe it was because they close for the season this Sunday, but we were disappointed with our meals at Ballard's. My wife's fire-roasted whole lobster and my "naked" lobster roll were both tasteless.

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Thank dge74
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. Even though we close on Sunday we are still getting fresh seafood in daily. I am sorry that you and your wife found the lobster to be tasteless. I did just go into the kitchen and checked with our Chef, all... More 

New York, New York
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

First trip to Block Island and just went here on a whim. Lot of fun sitting beachside on a beautiful day and having drinks and lobster rolls--one salad and one "naked" which is no mayo and served hot with drawn butter. Both were very good--lot of meat and large rolls. Drinks were delicious. Not cheap but you're on an island... 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. It is great to hear that the salad and the "naked" roll were enjoyed. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

Yonkers, New York
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The was good but the atmosphere was better. Lovely place right on the beach. Often has live music and lots of TVs for sports lovers.

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Thank robinsue2015
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 live entertainment and the bar tv's while you were here. It is also great to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere. We hope to see you the next time you are on the island.... More 

Connecticut
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Food was ok, service was ok but the location is unbeatable! I had the lobster and my husband had the tacos. Nothing to write home about but again perfect dinner setting

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Thank stiney23
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 sorry that you found the food to only be ok. We definitely strive to do better than just ok. We hope that the next time you are on the island you give us another chance. Hope to see you... 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: 14014662231

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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