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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
  • 23
    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
Wine flights, fondue and family friendly

We stopped in for an early dinner and were pleased to be seated at our cozy pillowed bench in the back room. Well mannered family next door were treated sweetly by the waitress who let the little one (5-ish) wander with her to find a trash can. We love the stacked wine glasses in a wire holder... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Happy2boutofsnowvile
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Durham, Connecticut
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  • Outdoor seating
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Durham, Connecticut
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped in for an early dinner and were pleased to be seated at our cozy pillowed bench in the back room. Well mannered family next door were treated sweetly by the waitress who let the little one (5-ish) wander with her to find a trash can. We love the stacked wine glasses in a wire holder (flights) and numerically... More 

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Timbuktu, Mali
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Wine bar with extensive appetizers (try crab cakes, pork sliders, tuna, and fondue, but not all at once, all are filling) and full menu just off of Guilford green (nicest green in all of New England). Great wine selection by glass and bottle. Try Rutherford Cabernet, any of the Pinot Noirs, and for something robust Tait's Ball Buster from Barossa... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

First I must say our waitress Kate,the food and the service was remarkable. We were a party of 10 and a 3 month old baby who slept through the entire event. From the moment we walked in we got dirty looks from an older waitress with short reddish brown hair, Our group started in Branford and looked forward to Guilford... More 

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

Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I will most certainly have a conversation with the people involved to make sure this does not happen again. I appreciate that you came to Guilford and enjoyed the food and service by Kate. I will let her know.We hope to see you soon. Cheers, Steve More 

East Haddam, Connecticut
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
Contributor
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?