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“Beautiful place. Nice staff. Food not cooked as desired. Bummer!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ballard Inn Restaurant

Ballard Inn Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Ballard
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Alamo Pintado
Ojai
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful place. Nice staff. Food not cooked as desired. Bummer!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

I set up the reservation online for my anniversary and expecting a new child. A table was available upon arrival. Wait staff was very nice and knowledgeable. My wine discussion was great and very informative.

My wife ordered beef tenderloin and had a conversation about needing it cooked well since she was pregnant. She declined the duck because the server suggested it be cooked med rare. Good save. I got the duck.

The duck came cooked medium and half of my wife's meat was pink rare. Not being a complainer she ate the other half.

I didn't expect anything for mentioning my anniversary but apparently they didn't either. Not a word. Maybe it was a dessert surprise but by then we opted for dessert somewhere else. Someone apologized for the plate, oh well. Things happen but if your relying on a Zagat rating of "fabulous" you better BE fabulous. Not this time...

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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202 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Ballard Inn restaurant is outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Every time we eat at the Ballard Inn restaurant we marvel at the outstanding food, service, and ambience. We plan our trips to stopover in Solvang/Ballard area in order to have dinner there. This week the Black Cod entree was one of the best seafood dishes we have ever had--with the asian complex flavors it was simply delicious. The hamachi and pork belly appetizers were excellent again. This restaurant is a gem---not to missed if you are in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank daggertravel
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Los Olivos, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pretty Good.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Service could use some improvement, but I guess that's probably the challenge around here. The food is pretty good. I would certainly come here instead of The Brother's nonsense Restaurant. The flavors are bold, fairly confident. I would consider it one of this valley's best spots.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Paul M
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orange,ca
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Superb dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Dining room a bit noisy and could use some decorating style although the building has loads of charm but the food, wine and service were excellent...on a par with any fine restaurant.

Visited August 2013
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Thank cindybtraveler
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
“Never mind reading the menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Just order the Kurobuta Pork Belly appetizer, the Pan Seared Local Black Cod for dinner, and the cheese course for dessert.

Even if you're the type who thinks these particular dishes wouldn't be to your liking, because I didn't. And oh was I wrong. Fabuleux.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank SantaYnezfoodie
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