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Ballard's Beach Club Restaurant Bar

42 Water St, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2231
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Ranked #9 of 53 Restaurants in Block Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Stratford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were here for a post-wedding bunch and it was great. Excellent buffet, and Ballards has a really beautiful beach. There are not a lot of beach facilities on the island, so this would be the place to go for lunch and a day on the sand. They accommodate walk-in's and provide lockers as well as beach chairs and beachside... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We came here for dinner at the beginning of September. Tourist season was almost over so the island itself was quiet. We checked out Ballard's after reading good reviews on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. The place is HUGE. I had no idea walking up to it, but the bar is massive. The hostess lead us to the other... 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. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner outside. We enjoy being able to provide our guests with some spectacular views while they dine. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your food. I am sorry that you... More

Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Wonderful fresh cod sandwich. Best I ever had. Was given a table overlooking the beach. Great food with a great view.

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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 on your recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our guests. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the fresh cod sandwich while sitting on the beach. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More

Valencia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was skeptical of this place because its close to the ferry and it looks like a resort (meaning overpriced chicken fingers and watered down drinks) but the BF and I were starving and it was blazing hot so we wanted to be near the water (why else are you on an island?) Boy were we surprised!! They have lots... 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 recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our guests. I am glad to hear that we exceeded your initial expectations. It is great to hear that the swordfish and lobster were so well enjoyed. Then to hear that you were able to enjoy our other amenities... More

Attleboro, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great beach with lots going on. Live bands, food and drink service on the beach, chair and umbrella rentals and LOTS of good people watching. Will definitely return!

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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 your day and where able to take advantage of the many amenities we are able to offer. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon... More

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

if you are in block island this is a must place to visit . its all in one . restaurant beach bar . lot of activities on the beach . food is excellent ... people just having fun there simply amazing . is end of the summer now so you might have to wait till next summer . rest of... 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 recent visit to Ballard's. The summer is drawing to a close, but as you stated, there is still time to come and hang out in September, and we will continue to have live music on the weekends. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself while you... More

East Lyme, CT
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stopped here on a day trip to Block Island. We sat on the patio and had drinks. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing. he was very good. Everyone but myself took a quick dip in the ocean. Drinks were good and prices not too bad for Block island in the summer.

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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 recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate the time our guests take to let us and others know about their experiences. It is great to hear that you enjoyed a relaxing time while having cocktails and listening to our wonderful guitarist. We hope to see you again the... More

Warwick, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you remember the "old" Ballard's it was not much more than a gin mill with flop house rooms that happened to have a nice beach...Those days are gone...The new owners have spent a fortune on upgrading the place from menu to amenities. Now an enjoyable, clean place with a very nice beach.

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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 recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our guests. We are very proud of our upgrades that have been made in the past couple of years and always love hearing how our guests notice and appreciate them. We hope to see you here again soon. Sharon... More

New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This place looked a bit too "happening" for us so we avoided it for the 1st 2 years we visited. It's actually sad because we might have eaten the best chowder on Block Island sooner! Creamy, clammy without anything else to interfere... Just great. Their stuffed Quahogs are light with a nice hit of chorizo (some quahogs EARN the name... 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 about your recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your chowder while you where here. We did win an award for it again this summer which we are very excited about. I thank you for the comment on the lights... More

East Quogue, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We decided to sit down here & have a drink & wait until our room was ready at our hotel. Then we decided to have lunch, what a breathtaking view! the food was great & we decided to sit out on the patio & listen to some live music.. life is good! we will always visit Ballards when we go... 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, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch and drinks and the live music while you waited for your hotel. Next time you are here you should check out our hotel too, we have 6 rooms, and then you wouldn't have... More

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