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42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
+1 401-466-2231
09:00 - 23:00
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Uncasville, Connecticut
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our experience there was very fulfilling . The waiters name was Milan and made us feel right at home.Being my wife was born in Poland and he knew some Polish phrases they had a grand old time talking about different things. He took our meal back twice as it was getting cold due to my wife taking a walk on... More 

1 Thank Margaret_D_Fenn
Duck, North Carolina
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165 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Ballads is located right on the water on Block Island, a short walk from the ferry dock. It is a unique place: you can eat inside, under umbrellas on their seaside patio, or have food service beachside. They have loads of great seafood, lobsters, clams, fresh fish, steamers, raw bar, steaks, clam cakes, sandwiches, etc etc. The place has very... More 

Thank misterajs
Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

With an incredible view of the ocean, tasty burgers and chowders, plenty of seating and live music, Ballard's Inn hits the target as "must visit" on Block Island. Right off the ferry hook a left and you walk right into Ballard's. Over a holiday weekend we had no problem getting a table on the expansive outdoor patio, admittedly it was... More 

Thank Bellasarius
Grafton, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

First, Wife and I came for a romantic dinner 4 years ago and sat beachside and had great lobster and steak dinner. Fast forward to 2016 and we just had average food at best, the clamcakes were too lemony, the drinks were flavorless (berry mudslide), and the stuffies were like eating flour. Lunch was a waste of money, too bad.... More 

1 Thank Josh G
Bristol, Connecticut
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I ate dinner at Ballard's and it was amazing! I had Lobster Bisque and Lobster Ravioli was excellent. I mean everything on the menu looked so good. I was looking at every plate that passed me and I wanted it . I also love that mostly everyone in the resturant are from everyone else int he world. Our waitress was... More 

Thank Bran T
New York City, New York
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1,125 reviews
723 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Ballards is a fun beachside restaurant with outdoor bar and live music. It's a wild and fun place for outdoor fun. The restaurant is good for fried seafood and lobster rolls. Not a culinary Delight but a casual Friday's type of seafood restaurant.

Thank lollygal
Stafford Springs, CT
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We stayed in Block Island for four days and every single one of those days we made our way over to Ballard's. Every day they have live music and a full bar but also a great beach. The water is perfect there and it's great for the kids and it is a perfect location. The food at the restaurant is... More 

Thank empressamber9
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We've been going there for years, and it's always a great time, staff is friendly and responsive, even when they get slammed with orders.

1 Thank Brian A
Manchester, Connecticut
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

I went to Ballard's for my 1st dinner on BI shortly after I arrived by ferry - a Sunday evening. I don't remember what I ordered (seafood) but I do know I enjoyed it and the dining experience on the outside deck, watching the ocean waves. As it was sunny and warm, there was a lot of music and partying... More 

Thank Barbara R
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Located right on the beach, you can breakfast, lunch, and dinner right by the water, really good food, doesn't get any better than that. They also have 3 bars right on the beach!

1 Thank Sammy R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 20
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
  • Phone Number: +1 401-466-2231
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?