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42 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently...
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.
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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrific food family style

We attended a large group dinner here and it was wonderful! Very efficient and friendly service . Terrific clam chowder lobster rolls and calamari. Looks like a happening bar scene as well

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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baltimore, maryland
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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baltimore, maryland
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We attended a large group dinner here and it was wonderful! Very efficient and friendly service . Terrific clam chowder lobster rolls and calamari. Looks like a happening bar scene as well

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Meriden, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Nikita is a great waitress the view the was excellent and so was the food. Me and my family will start coming there every year as a tradition. Great place

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. It is wonderful hearing about your great service from Nikita. We will make sure that she gets the recognition she deserves. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are on the island! Sharon C. Manager More 

New Fairfield, Connecticut
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Ballard's is a must-visit place whenever we visit Block Island. They have bands in the daytime, lots of beach bar service in the seasonal summer months. If you don't bring in alcohol, you can pack a cooler of food and they'll provide you with beach access without a cover (I do believe).

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests! I am glad to hear that you come to Ballard's every year and enjoy all of our services, including the live music and drinks on the beach. You are correct that you can bring coolers with food in them, just no alcohol. As you said... More 

Plymouth, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I enjoyed the location and the staff was very friendly. The cocktails and food were average - nothing special at all.

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am glad that you enjoyed the view while you ate, and that the staff were friendly and the service was good. I am sorry that you felt that the food and drinks where not spectacular. We are in the process... More 

Buffalo, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you sit outside on the patio, you are basically on the beach and ocean. Can't beat that view! Food is good as well. Baby friendly. Lots of tables and space so even in prime season, didn't have a wait. This is a family favorite we visit every time at BI. Especially perfect for the day trips because it's so... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am happy to hear that you enjoy your visits to Ballard's, and that you visit as often as you can. We like hearing that people appreciate our efforts at being family friendly. We feel it is a great treat to be able to eat... More 

Torrington, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My husband and I always hang out on the beach here! Their cocktails are on the expensive side (average for the island though), but always good! Food is good too! Last time we were there, they had beachside service!! It was nice having cocktails and lunch delivered!! :)

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's Inn. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. It is great hearing that you enjoy our food and cocktails. We are the only place on the island that provides chair/towel side service on the Island, so we always like hearing that our Guests enjoy this service that we... More 

Westport, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Drinks expensive, food inconsistent, not real clean. Maybe would love the other aspects if I were under 25....

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's Inn. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. As you posted this when we are closed for the season, I am not sure when you might have visited, so I will address your concerns in a general context. We do a full clean on all of our restaurant... More 

Philadelphia, PA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I chose block island as a destination for our honeymoon. We took the ferry from Connecticut and made a day trip of it as we were staying in Mystic. It was the weekend after Labor Day and the place was empty. They were getting ready to close for the season. We sat at the beach bar and... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am glad that you and your wife enjoyed some of our fresh lobster while sitting at the outside bar. It is a great place to sit and admire the view while enjoying some fresh food and delicious drinks. We hope... More 

Franklin, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Good food with a nice view. Good place for beers and apps with friends on a hot summer day rather than fine dining. Can walk to it from the ferry. Nice outdoor bar usually very windy.

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our guests. It is great to hear that you enjoyed apps and drinks with your friends. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We have been going to Ballard's for 30 years. It's the place to get a lobster dinner. Dine on the pattio or use the beach and sip a cold beer. Great international staff.

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's, we always appreciate hearing from our guests. I am happy to hear that you enjoy our lobster dishes. It is also nice to know that you are able to take the time to enjoy cocktails on the beach. We hope to see you again the next time you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island
  • Phone Number: 401-466-2231

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children

Description

Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.

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