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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian, Pasta, Wine Bar, 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 - 11:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, 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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  • 18
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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 service

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Branford, Connecticut
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Branford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

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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Cheshire, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The sauce was watery and tasteless. The fondue tasted like it was from a can. And the food delivery was slow and inconsistent, one of out party had to 20 minutes after the rest of us for a bad meal.

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Have been there several times but it keeps getting better. Creating a wine flight with so many selections to choose from. I always find something new to have at home. Have a Fondu or something else from their menus it has all been great. Nice atmosphere also with a great staff

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We've been to Ballous a few times and enjoy getting the wine flights ( you can create your own or chose pre-arranged) and small plate appetizers. It's quite loud as the restaurant is small and service can be slow. The last time we were there we had to wait for our flights because they ran out of wine glasses -... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We're generally very happy with the knowledgeable staff, who are willing to make suggestions. We hate to bother restaurants with off-piste requests, but are aware from watching others that it's not a problem at Ballou’s. That adds value, without doubt. On the other hand, we tend to have to splice the menu together to gather up enough to eat; at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Ummmm... Yum. Do you need more info than that? If so, try the goat cheese and fig pizza. Still more? Ask for the daily special. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed!

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Guilford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Ya gotta like it 'cuz that's pretty much what you're gonna get. Their seafood casserole just plain isn't ..... no sea food at all .... just flavored stuffing. Same with the backed shrimp , but at least the shrimp are there.

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

Hello I'm sorry you did not enjoy your meal at Ballou's. Our Seafood casserole is made with crab meat and a Ritz cracker base. For our casserole we add Jumbo Shrimp and Knuckle and claw pulled lobster meat. This is made to order and finished in the convection oven. Our BAKED stuffed Shrimp has never said its made with Seafood... More 

Durham, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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
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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
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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 

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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, European, Vegetarian, Pasta, Wine Bar, Fondue

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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