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Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar

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42 Water St, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 11
    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
Most recent review
Pure Block Island beach life!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
USAGirl33
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Buffalo, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Buffalo, New York
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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
11 helpful votes 11 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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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 

Reviewer
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 Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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 

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I used to come here with my husband who is now deceased. He would always order two lobsters and was in lobster heaven here. Food was good but there r many changes at this restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the drinks. We had a pitcher of a combination mango vodka, coconut rum,dark rum n pineapple. It was delicious! Fish... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about your visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our guests. I am glad to hear that you have great memories from when you and your husband used to come here. As you stated, there have been many changes to the restaurant, and we feel that they have all... More 

Framingham
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

great place to have lunch and/or dinner. Great location with views of the beach and harbor. Great drinks. Great service. What more can you ask? I had Fish and chips and my husband had the lobster roll. Both excellent, nicely prepared and definitely recommended

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar, 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 and your husband enjoyed the fish and chips and the lobster roll. We are glad to know that the service was also good while you were here. We hope to see you again the... More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were greeted at the door by a very friendly hostess, very welcoming! Asked us how our bike ride was, because she had seen us out on our bikes earlier & remembered us. Our waitress, Ashleigh, was also very nice & helpful. Their New England clam chowder was excellent & a great deal. I asked for a cup ($6) &... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guest. I am happy to hear that you really enjoyed the soup. Thank you for the suggestion on the lobster pieces in the bisque, I will make sure to mention that to the chef. I am sorry that the po-boy and the... More 

Setauket, New York
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Hit this place for lunch. It's perfect for the marina crowd and town folk and beach goers. Location is everything. Totally redone inside with new tile. Large bar area and plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the ocean. Food was good but a tad pricy. $15 for fish tacos. But it was fresh. They were out of anything white in the... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about your visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the fish tacos, and I agree, the view can not be beat. I do apologize that we were out of our white wines, and thank you fro understanding that it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Water St, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?