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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463 (Alamo Pintado)
+1 805-688-7770
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Today
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time I've written a bad restaurant review. I eat fish but not meat. As no veg entree I asked if I could have Arctic char and risotto with veg stock Told chef didn't have any veg stock! Surely he could make in 5 mins?! Got fish which was fine but potatoes were raw. Couldn't spear with fork or knife.... More 

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Thank Fiona L
Manhattan Beach, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best meals I've had in the Valley for a long, long time. The chef has it down - service was friendly and efficient. The room was quiet on this particular evening and that makes a nice change from some restaurants that specialize in assaulting the ears! Excellent list if local wines as well...

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Thank Fulham9
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the ahi tuna. Melted in my mouth. Outstanding and unique sauce. Cooked perfectly. Ceasar salad was wonderful. Cozy atmosphere and good service. Chief Budi Kazali came out to greet us.

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Thank mercene c
Bakersfield, California
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303 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have stayed at the Ballard Inn (separately reviewed) three times and love it. On our prior visits we took advantage of the many excellent dining choices in Los Olivos, Solvang and Buellton. This trip we wanted to eat at the Inn—we are very glad we did and we regret not doing so on prior trips. We opened with butternut... More 

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Thank Jon R
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We have been coming to Ballard and enjoying it for over ten years. We discounted several reviews of late that noted inexperienced service and uneven food quality. Unfortunately we are sorry to say those reviews were spot on. We ordered yellow tail and halibut which we have had and enjoyed in the past. Halibut was very overdone and yellow tail... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Had dinner after wine tasting and sat on great veranda waiting to be seated. An old Victorian type wood building with nice interior detail and charm. Unfortunately out of 4 dinners 2 were not cooked properly. Steak was almost raw when medium rare requested and server said there would be no red. The fish dinner special also was raw in... More 

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Thank john B
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Whether you are staying at the Ballard Inn or not (we were), the Restaurant is fantastic. The food is mouth watering, the staff is great!

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Thank Jack_Minter
Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We have wanted to eat here for years and finally made it over last night for the last dinner of our week long vacation. I will admit to having had high hopes, but our visit fell far short of expectations. Service was initially *very* slow and remained uneven all night. Our server was also apparently not aware of the rule... More 

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Thank kmfesq
Chicago area
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265 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

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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Thank TravelerChicagoarea
California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463
    (Alamo Pintado)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-7770

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?