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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 #29 of 72 Restaurants in Guilford
Price range: $6 - $19
Hours:
Sun - 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
New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

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
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Chicago Suburbs
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93 reviews 93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Additional Information about Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: 51 Whitfield St, Ste 1, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
Phone Number: 203-453-0319
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Guilford
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 19
Cuisine: American

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