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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

51 Whitfield St, Ste 1, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
203-453-0319
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Ranked #20 of 71 restaurants in Guilford
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Price range: $6 - $19
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
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Ballou's is a casual and relaxed wine bar located adjacent to the historic Guilford Green & the scenic RT 146 next to Bud's Fish market. Ballou's is perfect for the night out with the girls or romantic get away. We have an out door patio at both locationsBallou's has more than 90 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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English first
Chicago Suburbs
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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We met friends for dinner. The patio was very attractive but we hadn't expected to be in the parking lot, and did not realize there would be dogs. We essentially enjoyed our meal and the menu was innovative, but it seemed there could have been a bit more to the dishes. For example, I got the Brie with lemon curd.... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The selection of wine is huge, and the wait staff are great, but the food is mediocre at best. So, if your looking for a nice quiet place to go for a glass of wine, add a star (or two), but I'd recommend eating somewhere else.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were at Guilford for an event on a sunday and decided to stay in the area for lunch. We saw Ballou's patio as we were driving by and decided to check it out. The location is just perfect. We were there around 2 pm on a hot sunny day. We sat outside and it was all shaded by a... More

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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124 reviews 124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Ordered a 1/2 Panini - always love it when a restaurant offers a 1/2 portion. But what a disappointment. Could easily find the bread - with grill marks and dry. Filling could just about be found. One thin (and I do mean thin; hardly could find or taste it) piece of prosciutto, a tomato slice and the biggest contributor to... More

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Guilford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

and we were told as we walked in the door at 8:30 ---- "our kitchen is closed and we're closing in 30 minutes". We apologized, asked if we could just order a glass of wine. As another couple walked out, they said we weren't missing much from the food, that it was nuked in the back and prepared elsewhere. I've... More

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Rockaway Park, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great little place with the most amazing food selection. Small modest priced dishes and fondue to die for. Owner came over to introduce himself and comment on the bottle of wine we chose for our table. That was a nice touch. Will definitely be back here again when we are visiting Guilford.

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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Attended this restaurant for some wine and fondue. Wine was ok, but the bread served with cheese fondue was stale and tasted like it was cut a few days before. On a second note, this restaurant allowed people to bring their dogs into it and let them sit at the tables. This was not the experience we expected at a... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Greatly surprised, had been there before shortly after they opened, then there was a limited tapa/salad type of menu. This time we sat in a quite area (nice for older clients, basically old people), They now have a full menu, I ordered loin of pork dinner, it was exceptional. Only wish they had a senior discount/AARP, only kiding. New place... More

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I finally had a night off with my husband, and we had a sitter-the stars seemed to align. We chose this restaurant because we had a gift certificate to there and I was really in the mood for some chocolate truffles. The people were very friendly and our food was average. We ordered wine flights-which was difficult to chose. They... More

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Clinton, CT
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We visited this restaurant as a result of a Groupon discount. We sat in the bar area which was a pleasant venue. We each ordered our wine flight and a fondue offered on the Groupon. The waitress offered a small test of one of my wife's choices to be sure she would be OK with the choice. The wine and... More

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