We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Ballard's

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
14014662231
Website
Today
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

263 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 262: English reviews
Watertown, Connecticut
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my "go to" place when I'm in Block Island. Love the atmosphere and the live music. Place is spacious! The food and drinks are excellent. Bartenders are friendly. The view of the dock especially at sunset is spectacular!

Helpful?
Thank Jackie D
Brookline, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was at the old Ballards many years ago. I returned this summer to find a new and enormous restaurant instead of the older smaller Ballards of years past. The new place is huge and totally lost its island feel. It reminds me of a Hotel ballroom that serves a buffet. Anyway it was so crowed and short of wait... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Randy B
Boston, MA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not only did I have an excellent salmon dish at Ballard's - it was cooked to perfection and served with asparagus and potatoes - I also had a ringside seat to the full moon rising over the beach. The service was great, and the view was spectacular!

Helpful?
Thank BostonGirl4Ever
Springfield, MA
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were a party of 12 getting off the ferry at 11:39am, hungry and anxious to start planning a day of sight seeing. We were seated very quickly and served quickly with no fuss!

Helpful?
Thank ce11ie
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun place to go and hang out at the beach. Restaurant staff is very accommodating. I ordered the iceberg wedge salad and then tailored the meal to include steamed lobster on top. Absolutely awesome!!!!! Accidentally left cell phone at restaurant and hostess, Sophia, tracked me down and is mailing cell phone back to me. Thank you Sophia! Will return again... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lynn J
Mystic, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife, son, and I had a wonderful dining experience. Our server, Terri An was fantastic. Everything was cooked perfectly, tasted delicious, and the water view was icing on the cake. Highly recommended!

Helpful?
Thank jamesjilljake
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ballard's is the best restaurant on the island besides the food being amazing so is the staff and the entertainment and of course the private beach

Helpful?
Thank Rachel W
Niantic, Connecticut, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We go to Ballard's every time we're on Block Island. They never disappoint.They have the best view, great service, great food, and the best beach bar on the island. It's where the cool people hang out! A trip to Block Island isn't complete without a stop at Ballard's.

Helpful?
Thank Karen S
vermont
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing meal. Crowded with slow service. The lobster roll did not taste fresh. The drinks were great but very pricey. I would go for the view but not the food.

Helpful?
Thank john10Vermont
Thompson, Connecticut
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great party scene but very overpriced. You are really paying for "the Ballard's experience." Staff was very friendly!

Helpful?
1 Thank cmcgovern497

Travelers who viewed Ballard's also viewed

New Shoreham, Block Island
New Shoreham, Block Island
 
New Shoreham, Block Island
New Shoreham, Block Island
 

Been to Ballard's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
  • Phone Number: 14014662231
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ballard's and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Ballard's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?