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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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American, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711 (Alamo Pintado)
805-688-7770
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chicago area
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237 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been to the area in the past and wanted to eat here, but neglected to reserve in advance. This time I fortunately planned ahead. Had a wonderful dinner, excellent service. Overall the place is a bit stuffy for a wine country destination but the food and service made up for it.

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California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

A very special evenig at the Ballard Inn Restaurant for our last night in the Santa Ynez area. Great service, excellant dinner just wonderful! The Chef is really talented and we enjoyed everything we tried. I especially loved the Special Summer Salad. My friends enjoyed their steaks and fish and we all took advantage of the chefs delicious desserts! Very... More 

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santa barbara california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The presentation was so beautiful that I was hesitant to eat it. Every bite was luscious. We were all gaga over the room, the food and the service, 5 stars from top to bottom, it was a classy evening!

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

A getaway weekend, celebrating my husband's birthday, couldn't have been more perfect! The Ballard Inn Restaurant Owner and Chef, Budi Kazali, prepares "award-winning French-Asian cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh local flavors". My husband ordered Duck Breast and I ordered the Halibut. In all honesty, our meals were so delicious we couldn't stop smiling! Absolutely cooked to perfection! The service... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We enjoyed dinner at the Ballard Inn Restaurant while staying at the Inn. It was excellent. The wait staff was very accommodating and friendly. The menu very smartly concentrates on freshness and creativity and does not try to do too much with too many options. Like the Inn, the atmosphere is charming and makes for a very romantic and enjoyable... More 

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

While staying in Solvang, I wanted to celebrate my birthday in the best place with my husband. After a short drive, we arrived and parked in front of the inn. Originally, we reserved a table by the window but we chose the corner table by the fireplace for the most private and entertaining place. The staff were friendly and very... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Would have given 5 stars, but the waiter didn't seem to be well versed with the wine list. If I remember correctly, this wasn't an extremely long wine list, and we were ordering wines from the area. Other than that, everything was excellent and the Inn has a very romantic, quaint feel to it. You feel like you're eating at... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

I got to take my beloved to a romantic Dinner here in the Santa Ynez valley. Our reservations were at 730 and we were promptly seated at a little two top right in front of the cozy fireplace. The room is small and intimate, your next table over is practically part of your own table, but I didn't mind as... More 

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Pismo Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Chef Budi Kazali, winner of several local awards as a top chef, provides an extraordinary meal. It's exactly what you would expect in Santa Barbara wine country by a highly respected chef who made the region his home. Located among the vineyard-covered, rolling hills of Santa Ynez Valley, it's a favorite of local winemakers, wine country residents, visitors, and food... More 

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Irvine CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The Ballard Inn is a fine dining restaurant in the middle the Santa Ynez Valley. The evening we enjoyed dinner the food was very good but short of oustanding. The ambiance of the restaurant is that of a dining room in a large residential mansion. The presentation of the entrees was very good. This fine dining experience comes at a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Cuisine
American, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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: 805-688-7770

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?