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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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51 Whitfield St, Behind Fluterby Shops on the Green, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
+1 203-453-0319
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friends and I visited Ballou's on our boating vacation. We loved this wine bar and restaurant. They have 90 different wines you can taste by the glass. In addition they have flights of 3 glasses of wine at 3 ounces each where you may pick from this great selection. And at a fabulous price! Ballou's is a very quaint... More 

Thank Joan M
Boston, Massachusetts
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230 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I came here after a wedding to meet up with a friend of mine after she suggested it. Cute little wine restaurant that has an amazing selection to choose from as well as delicious food to match. I had the Chocolate Shop wine and our server brought it over right away and was very helpful. If the... More 

Thank Dave D
Danielson, Connecticut
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109 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered Ballous a couple years ago. We love stopping here after a beach day. Beautiful patio with flowers and herbs to keep the bugs away, great staff who are friendly and knowledgeable. Extensive wine lists. Big menu with something for everyone. We enjoyed the almonds appetizer and cherry stuff peppers. Good and spicy! Lobster bisque is ammmmaaaazing. Had the... More 

Thank Christine D
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful select of wines from across the country and the world. Beautiful setting just off the Guilford Green. Indoor and outdoor dining. Very good staff. Great food!

Thank Steve N
Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious wines and a great outdoor seating area for a nice conversation over a light meal with friends. The wine flights were fun to try out. I've been twice and will return. The shrimp panini with gruyere cheese was divine!

Thank SmilingBreeze
Oxford, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

We had a superb experience this past Friday late afternoon. My daughter and I dined outside on the patio. Jessica, our server, was very helpful in assisting us with our choices from the Pomegranite Sangria, to the Crabmeat/cheese fondue, the outstanding butternut squash ravioli with sausage and apples to the ending dessert, chocolate with cayenne pepper fondue served with rice... More 

Thank sandic0672
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

OK, this is a place that initially looked OK. But the lunch menu we were shown had items priced around $15 for a plate of pasta (eg, ravioli and a sauce), and you could add something on it for another $4-8. Really? "Ah, you'd like windows with your house? Excellent choice sir- very popular today!" Can't speak to the quality... More 

Thank batterybri79
ballous, Owner at Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Very sorry that you did not see the full menu since it's six pages of food. Our prices range from $8 to $22 the menu is right here on Trip Advisor please take a look. We have Flat Bread Pizza $12, Panini $11 and much more including New England Lobster rolls for $16 and our Award winning Lobsta Bisque. More 

Westerly, Rhode Island
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Went for lunch. A large selection of wines and the lunch menu offers a wide variety of soups, salads, wraps, panini. Great attentive service in nice atmosphere.

Thank kapaugers
Milan, Italy
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere great. Great wine tasting idea. Good food for the most part. The only draw back was the hummus too salty. Pleasant staff as well. Will return.

Thank asilipo3
Maureen Phillips
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

I know. They win the chowder competition. But I have eaten here three times as it is convenient and it is always a bit lack luster. Soggy salads and why serve white tomatoes? Wait till summer. The people are really nice and the prices are good but it just feels like with all the attention they give to the wine... More 

Thank tojopop
ballous, Owner at Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this review

I'm sorry you feel this way. Our food is made fresh, we buy greens frequently and sell quite a lot of salads. Tomatoes are bought across the US depending on seasons. I wish I could control the crops but I can not. I will certainly check with my Chef on the Greens and appreciate your feedback. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $19
American, Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Whitfield St, Behind Fluterby Shops on the Green, Guilford, CT 06437-2670
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Guilford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-453-0319
Ballou's is a casual and relaxed wine bar located adjacent to the historic Guilford Green. &. Ballou's is perfect for the night out with the girls or romantic get away. We have an out door patio that is dog FRIENDLY. Ballou's has an award winning WINE LIST with more than 80 wines by the glass and bottle beers. We are known for our "Wine Flights" three (3) pours of any of our wines by the glass! Sunday & Tuesday we have our Three Course Dinner $35 for (2). We offer a full menu including Cheese & Chocolate Fondue, Panini, Lobster Mac & Cheese and lots more.

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