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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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51 Whitfield St, Behind Fluterby Shops on the Green, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
+1 203-453-0319
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11:30 am - 10:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 19
    Average
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great menu and service

We went to Ballou's for lunch and were so impressed with the menu...so many interesting selections. I ordered the shrimp and Gruyere panini with a field green salad, and my daughter ordered the pulled pork panini. We both enjoyed our entrees and our waiter was very attentive. Would definitely go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2015
Marlene K
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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at this lovely wine bar/bistro on a whim via TripAdvisor. It was a joyfully impulsive find! Cozy and they had live acoustic music the night we stopped by. Don't miss the fondue, for appetizer and for dessert. The wine flight was a great deal, three 3oz glasses with so many options to choose from for only $14.... More 

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1 Thank Sonja T
Bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We went to Ballou's for lunch and were so impressed with the menu...so many interesting selections. I ordered the shrimp and Gruyere panini with a field green salad, and my daughter ordered the pulled pork panini. We both enjoyed our entrees and our waiter was very attentive. Would definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.

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1 Thank Marlene K
Floral Park, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

stopped in for lunch, sort of hard to find, since it's a wine bar decided to try a flight of rieslings that was only $14 for 3 [not small ones either] also had a turkey wrap w cranberries, greens & lightly dressed=very good; a good beet salad w goat cheese and nuts also a sampling of olives [they should have... More 

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Thank LTRx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Happy dance with Simi Sauvignon Blanc and Lobster Mac n Cheese! Ate outside and was treated like royalty by Mother Nature and Ballou's!

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Thank K C B
madison ct
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

The wide selection on the menu and the good presentation of the food got me excited for our dinner but it was downhill from there. The beet salad was a massive pile of canned beets that was so big it was a turnoff, the pasta sauce was ragu, the antipasti meat was from a packet and the salad was rotten.... More 

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Thank antonia j
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Riesling selection was wonderful and the fondue was very good. I got the mac n cheese (bc who doesn't need more cheese after fondue?) and it was excellent. Creamy and delicious. The dessert fondue (we got nutella) is also great, but I suggest only getting a cheese or a dessert fondue (we were so full after!) Excellent date night... More 

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1 Thank Gina G
Guilford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Food, wine, and service are fine but Steve(owner) should be playing wine bar music (jazz, classic, world) instead of the insipid annoying stuff they play. If you are sitting in the way back the view of the storage/exit area is trashy. I would also suggest that the wine flights should come with more than the wine number as who remembers... More 

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2 Thank JACKTHETRAVELBUG
Madison, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I have waited over two months to write this due to the fact that I didn't want to recount our experience while I was still shocked and angry over the treatment my husband and I received from the waitress at Ballou's. We had a groupon or living social voucher for a wine flight and fondue that we had to use.... More 

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6 Thank lms275
ballous, Owner at Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this review

First let me apologize for the service you received from the server that day! This is certainly not the expectation or culture of Ballou's. This server has not been employed by us since July. I will not and do not accept that type of attitude or behavior from our Staff. Again I apologize and hope at some point you return... More 

Guilford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My family really likes this place. They like the thin crust pizza. Great for wine lovers, sometimes have live music, outdoor seating in summer.

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2 Thank passionpure39
Branford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

The food was ok. The wine was fantastic as was our waiter. He made great recommendations and was funny and pleasant. The wine was so good I ran to my liquor store and ordered a case. Never tried the fondue but looking forwArd to giving it another try.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Whitfield St, Behind Fluterby Shops on the Green, 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, European, Vegetarian, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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