The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. Its off by itself but I liked that.
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Quaint country setting. Iron chef quality. Unbelievable sashimi, tender duck breast, unobtrusive wait staff. Well worth the cost.
We came up to the central coast to celebrate my birthday, and made plans to eat here because I saw a lot of great reviews here and on other sites (Yelp). We were not disappointed. The caesar salad was good, but the Thai prawn salad was great. The black cod was perfectly cooked and sat on a wonderful sauce with... More
This was a truly wonderful meal. On the recommendation of the server, we tried the crispy skin salmon, which was exquisite, and the duck, which is their specialty and was also wonderful. We started with the pork-belly appetizer with a cabbage "fondue" which was more like a slaw and absolutely delicious. We also tried the sweetbreads, which were so unbelievably... More
We planned a trip with a two day stay at the Ballard Inn. The highlight to be our dinner on day two. The restaurant is hyped as AAA 4 diamond and we expected the food to match the reputation and price. The Laetitia Brut sparkling wine was great. However, the lamb chops were average and the salmon had to go... More
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.
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
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
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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