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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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American, Contemporary
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2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711 (Alamo Pintado)
+1 805-688-7770
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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No. California
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183 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of our best meals on a trip to "sideways" country. The Hamachi is terrific as was the duck and steak. The only downside was that as the evening progressed a very large group came in and it was very noisy. However, when we mentioned this to our waitress she suggested we take the rest of our wine... More 

Thank 100db
Santa Ynez, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not big....but great. Chef is well know and respected for consistent food w/ a little Pan-Pacific flair. Quiet dinning in a rustic atmosphere with proper table service & settings

Thank Greg S
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overrated and expensive for what you are served. This is a share/small plate restaurant so you spend a lot for not much food. Some of the items were excellent while other were mediocre. The worst were the lingcod special (a tiny overdone piece of fish that wasn't big enough to share w/ any adult) and short ribs( too fat and... More 

Thank MissFlamingoGirl
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unusual food but not in a good way. Strange sauces used. Noodles over cooked and too much butter and garlic. Brussels sprouts tasted like vinegar. Filet mignon was small. And there's a charge for the bread!

Thank psld
Claremont, California
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128 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

After a long drive up from LA county, was ready to rest and retire. But the dinner was worth staying up for! Lovely sauces, wonderful spicing, tender meats. Extraordinary.

Thank haohuangpianist
Perth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

First time I've written a bad restaurant review. I eat fish but not meat. As no veg entree I asked if I could have Arctic char and risotto with veg stock Told chef didn't have any veg stock! Surely he could make in 5 mins?! Got fish which was fine but potatoes were raw. Couldn't spear with fork or knife.... More 

Thank Fiona L
Manhattan Beach, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

One of the best meals I've had in the Valley for a long, long time. The chef has it down - service was friendly and efficient. The room was quiet on this particular evening and that makes a nice change from some restaurants that specialize in assaulting the ears! Excellent list if local wines as well...

Thank Fulham9
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Had the ahi tuna. Melted in my mouth. Outstanding and unique sauce. Cooked perfectly. Ceasar salad was wonderful. Cozy atmosphere and good service. Chief Budi Kazali came out to greet us.

Thank mercene c
Bakersfield, California
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327 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at the Ballard Inn (separately reviewed) three times and love it. On our prior visits we took advantage of the many excellent dining choices in Los Olivos, Solvang and Buellton. This trip we wanted to eat at the Inn—we are very glad we did and we regret not doing so on prior trips. We opened with butternut... More 

Thank Jon R
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

We have been coming to Ballard and enjoying it for over ten years. We discounted several reviews of late that noted inexperienced service and uneven food quality. Unfortunately we are sorry to say those reviews were spot on. We ordered yellow tail and halibut which we have had and enjoyed in the past. Halibut was very overdone and yellow tail... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711
    (Alamo Pintado)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-7770

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?