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Ballard Inn Restaurant

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$$$$
American, Contemporary
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2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711 (Alamo Pintado)
+1 805-688-7770
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17:30 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. Its off by itself but I liked that.

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Thank KenIz
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012

Quaint country setting. Iron chef quality. Unbelievable sashimi, tender duck breast, unobtrusive wait staff. Well worth the cost.

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Thank Dawn308
Lakewood, California, United States
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

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 

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Thank Brad D
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

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 

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Laguna Hills, California
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

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 

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Thank CNYKD
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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Thank GWilsonSteele
Manhattan Beach, California
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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Thank Chris C
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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Thank Polly M
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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Thank Polly M
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

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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
Business meetings, Romantic, 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 93463-9711
    (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?