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“nice place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Ranked #11 of 82 Restaurants in Guilford
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar, Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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.
New England
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The menu has been updated and the food is good. The wines and pairings are good. They have live music, tables outside and the owner is very nice.

Visited August 2012
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English first
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good salads,great wine walk away hungry”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch with friends last weekend. I was disappointed to say the least. The salad entree was good but very meager. When I asked for more bread, the waitress gave me such a look that I felt like Oliver Twist asking for more food.she bought me one small slice of bread . A good place for wine, but not for food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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145 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“wish we had a Ballou's in out town!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We have come here before with friends, usually for just a glass for wine or three. This time we had eaten at a fun little place ( outside grill) and came here for some after dinner wine and cheese plate for dessert.

We really do like the vibe, the attentive staff, the wine selection and tonight we added the cheese plate to our favorite! There are actually two options. We chose the one with figs and cranberry covered cream cheese and more. We asked if we could have a side of the lemon curd, on the other plate offering - and yes! They could do. It the little things that bring you back or pack up and go away. We will be back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Annandale, Virginia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A for Ambiance; Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Restful, relaxing, attractive, quiet. Ballou's Restaurant is all these things and sometimes when you're frazzled with travelling that's all you need. Ballou's looks lovely; all natural woodgrain and subdued natural light. It's an inviting place that makes you want to linger.

My cousin and I had salads, the #2 field greens with apples and turkey ($12.50) and the #6 smoked salmon salad ($12). Both were pleasant but unremarkable -- pretty much what you'd find in any fern bar. The staff was nice; the coffee was good. 'Nuff said.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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United States
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A great find!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were fortunate enough to learn of Ballou's from folks on the street who had just had a delicious meal there, they also alerted us that the restaurant is dog friendly. We were in Guilford for the art show, our pet with us, so this was for sure a place to try. We had wonderful patio seating, a doggy water bowl, delicious food, wine and beer. Our server, Terry, was super, attentive, friendly and courteous. There is something on the menu for everyone. The pasta was wonderful, no left overs, and the house version of the Greek salad was very good. Definitely worth stopping to dine at when you're in Guilford.
Bruen provecho!

Visited July 2013
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