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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463 (Alamo Pintado)
+1 805-688-7770
Tuesday
Closed
Hours:
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
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Solvang, CA
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Creative and expertly prepared, dinners in the intimate almost dining-club style restaurant are consistently delicious. The tab reflects the high quality, but for that special occasion, it's worth it.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

First, full disclosure - my wife and I have been coming to the Ballard Inn for 10 years though we live on LA. I truly have never been disappointed in a meal I've gotten here and neither has my vegetarian wife. Our most recent meal was no exception. One amazing thing Chef Budi does is take care of vegetarian diners... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The Ballard Inn is ideally located to visit the Santa Ynez wine region. The Windmill room we stayed in had a gas and log fireplace, a sitting area, was well cared for and quiet. The Inn itself has received many 5 Star diamond awards from AAA. The devil is in the details and this place gets the details right. Great... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We were staying at the Ballard Inn and read about their wonderful chef before we visited so we made a reservation for dinner. We were at first hesitant to try it because they don't list any vegetarian options on their menu, but after talking with the hostess who said they make vegetarian food every night - upon request - we... More 

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Los Angeles
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Great food in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country.

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Thank Marathondude
Santa Ynez, California
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170 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

A perfect spot in Santa Ynez for an excellent meal.

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california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

In an out of the way spot. Very scenic area. Food very good. Haven't been there for years and will go back when in that area.

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Thank DCorey
Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

Friends treated us to dinner at The Ballard Inn, and we were terribly grateful. It is a formal restaurant, but the service is far from stuffy. The food was impeccable and the wine list seemed extensive (but I'm no oenophile). Make a reservation, as the Inn fills up, especially on weekends.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

Visually, the Ballard Inn's restaurant bids welcome with the promise of an exceptional dining experience: the country feel of a cozy dining room by a large fireplace and the subdued lighting from brass fixtures that makes the walls and linens glow. The imaginative menu promises gourmet cuisine worthy of the gourmet prices. The service is friendly and efficient, too. But... More 

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Encinitas, CA
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

The Ballard Inn Restaurant has received many awards and accolades over the years and I would only be “gilding the lily” in describing our two pricey but delicious dinners here. I will say that the Asian influence on some of the dishes provides an interesting twist to each dish. The only improvements I would suggest are the addition of a... 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
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?