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42 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 69
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Friendly Service

As my husband and I arrived to BI, we walked to Ballard's to start our 4th of July weekend and have our first drink, the staff was really friendly, our waitress Elaine was super nice. My husband wanted a drink that was not on the menu but we just gave her the list of ingredients and she made it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Katherine S
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

As my husband and I arrived to BI, we walked to Ballard's to start our 4th of July weekend and have our first drink, the staff was really friendly, our waitress Elaine was super nice. My husband wanted a drink that was not on the menu but we just gave her the list of ingredients and she made it fantastic!... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Quality food, great drinks, beach service, just don't expect to see your waitstaff much. It's very busy!

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Hancock, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great sandwiches and friendly service right next to a beach with a beautiful view. It's a little pricy compared with other B.I. eateries, but it's way better too.

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Gill, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Ballards was an after long day on the island let's go have a drink place of choice. You walk into a nice opened lay out bar, where greeted right away by a service member. They are all friendly, for the most part. I thought it was interesting to see most of the workers were on work collage visas from all... 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. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the friendliness of our staff, we feel that we have a great team of people that work here. I am sorry that you were not pleased with the prices that you encountered. Actually... More 

Billerica, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We were here from noon till 4pm and disliked the price for some of the items we got by with drinking water and my own towel for a total cost of zero dollars!

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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. We are happy that you enjoyed the beach. It is true that you are able to bring your own towels and your own non-alcoholic beverages and still be able to enjoy the amenities and live music. We hope to see you... More 

Jamestown, Rhode Island
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Ballards has been a mainstay on Block Island forever. I hope to get there later this week. For those who arrive by ferry, ballards and its beach are steps from the ferry dock. Lots of lobster and other seafood. Great outside ares to eat or drink overlooking the ocean. Live music outside weekends and other times.

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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. We are glad to hear that you enjoy your visits to Ballard's. We are very lucky to have a location with such great views, and we pride ourselves on being able to serve fresh seafood. We look forward to seeing you... More 

Wolcott
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

As you walk around block everything is old with great charm which is great then you cross over to ballards the great I say ..... Updated to 21 st century with soft sand beaches outside entertainment,bar& dining overlooking beautiful ocean,also you will be greeted by staff that is from all over the world that make you feel like you don't... 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 the time people take to write the reviews. I am happy to hear that you enjoy your visits to Ballard's, and that the renovations and upgrades make the restaurant feel more up to date. It is great to hear that the staff make you feel... More 

baltimore, maryland
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 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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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about your recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. It is good to know that our crew did a good job with your group, and that the food served was the quality we try to always... More 

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
30 helpful votes 30 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 

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Additional Information about Ballard's

Address: 42 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
Phone Number: 401-466-2231
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island
Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
Cuisine: American

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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

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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