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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Vegetarian, Fondue
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51 Whitfield St, Ste 1, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
+1 203-453-0319
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Ballou's is a casual and relaxed wine bar located adjacent to the historic...
Ballou's is a casual and relaxed wine bar located adjacent to the historic Guilford Green. &. Ballou's is perfect for the night out with the girls or romantic get away. We have an out door patio that is dog FRIENDLY. Ballou's has an award winning WINE LIST with more than 80 wines by the glass and bottle beers. We are known for our "Wine Flights" three (3) pours of any of our wines by the glass! Sunday & Tuesday we have our Three Course Dinner $35 for (2). We offer a full menu including Cheese & Chocolate Fondue, Panini, Lobster Mac & Cheese and lots more.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice atmosphere

Small but cozy wine bar. Great selection of food and wine, nice place to visit with friends or family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
SarahR1949
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New Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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English first
East Haddam, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Our daughter requested to eat at Ballou's for her birthday as she had been here before and loved it. We made reservations for 5 people. It happened to be a cold rainy Saturday night and it was relatively slow at the restaurant. Our server was excellent and very knowledgeable regarding all the wines. We ordered 4 flights of wine and... More 

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Guilford, CT
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Been to Ballou's several times, always enjoy the atmosphere, but epically the wine and food. Yes the portions are small, this is a wine bar, with great paninis salads and fondues. Don't expect a big dinner, your here to enjoy the wine and your company. Nice romantic place for a drink with your friends at a reasonable price. Will be... More 

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136 reviews 136 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The staff was overwhelmed by the patrons on a busy night. We unfortunately drew the waiter that seemed to be in training and managed to stretch out our experience over two hours. The food was adequate but the delays in getting out drinks and the food were completely unacceptable..they did comp a meal in an effort to be fair but... More 

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Small but cozy wine bar. Great selection of food and wine, nice place to visit with friends or family.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Took our friends here as always had good luck with the apps and fondue but had never ordered full meal. 4 different meals, all lack luster. Menu reads more like a Greek Diner (panini to prime rib) than the bistro it could be. Waiter just seemed bored and offered no help on menu selections. Great wine as always. It was... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Nice place, cute patio, service was fine. Do not go here if you're hungry though, because you will still be hungry when you leave. Ordered the brisket pannini and I honestly thought there had been a mistake made and they had forgotten the meat. I was wrong, the meat was there but there was so little of it I should... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The lobster chowder is rated by me to be the best anywhere. I've been there often and never had a bad meal.

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Essex, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Our birthday celebration went terribly wrong when we the waitress at Ballou's was extremely rude, did not get the order correct (what? No cheese Fondue!) and then she thought we didn't really need it anyhow when we said we would wait. She really ruined our good time there with her bad attitude. I only tipped her 10% but really wanted... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I have to say first... I would like to be supportive and positive to a local restaurant, BUT?? Not only was this the worst service I have ever had in our beautiful town, but the food was heated up by microwave. Confirmed by a waiter that could not have been more clueless. When we asked what the delay was with... More 

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Delmar, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved the cold shrimp and lobster salad paired with a local wine. I enjoyed my lunch on the patio. The waitress pointed out some local attractions and informed me where I could purchase the wine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Whitfield St, Ste 1, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Guilford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-453-0319

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 19
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Vegetarian, Fondue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Ballou's is a casual and relaxed wine bar located adjacent to the historic Guilford Green. &. Ballou's is perfect for the night out with the girls or romantic get away. We have an out door patio that is dog FRIENDLY. Ballou's has an award winning WINE LIST with more than 80 wines by the glass and bottle beers. We are known for our "Wine Flights" three (3) pours of any of our wines by the glass! Sunday & Tuesday we have our Three Course Dinner $35 for (2). We offer a full menu including Cheese & Chocolate Fondue, Panini, Lobster Mac & Cheese and lots more.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?