Ballantine
Ballantine

Ballantine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ballantinewilloughby.com/
  • Phone: 4409425151
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bar until midnight Sunday thru Thursday, 2:30 Friday and Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Seminatore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small back room that can be utilized for parties up to 25.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Heath 4409425151
  • Entertainment: DJs, live music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glenn Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet on the weekends, several public parking lots in the surrounding area.
A word from Ballantine
Our goal is to present you with an experience unlike any other restaurant or bar in Cleveland. We'll strive to bring you the highest quality ingredients, the greatest beers available to the market, & great service that you can come to expect every single visit.



Whether you're looking to sit down and enjoy a great meal or just a few drinks with friends and family, Ballantine is the place you've been looking for. We'll make your time with us worth every minute.



We represent New American cuisine and American & Belgian craft beer brought to you in a non-traditional surrounding. We are not just a restaurant or simply a bar with food, we are a fusion of a steakhouse, stone-oven pizza place, beer bar, & eccentric cocktail lounge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Ballantine reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (15)special occasion (8)hot spot (8)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Its just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was OK. I crazy mix of asian food and bar food...but neither was done very well. For the price and prime location, I really expected more.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits all the bases!
    Habsfan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Bar/restaurant serving up inventive twists on American classics. Extensive beer list, full cocktail bar and food options galore-from shareable apps, to sushi(better than I thought), flats aka pizzas, burgers and full on entrees of steak, fish, seafood etc. Lively bar scene surrounded by tables for dining. Efficient, friendly service. Everyone will be happy at Ballantines in Downtown Willoughby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    shellbell
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great variety of food and very tasty. Service was a bit slow....waitress seemed overwhelmed. Will definitely return to try other meals on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork Chop Special
    Lubcek
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The server was very friendly and was made some good recommendation for both martini's and dinner menu. They made a peach Martini that was outstanding. Definitely not on the menu but the bar tender did a fantastic job with "something with peach in it. The beer options are quite extensive what we thought was more of a Martini Bar. We ordered the Pork chop special and it was Fantastic. The presentation was very well done. The Pear chutney was a very pleasant surprise and complimented the pork wonderfully. The Pork chop was excellently prepared and very juicy and tender. Noise level was very moderate and it was very easy to carry a conversation between two people. Definitely a repeat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another try!
    RayandJVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Tried Ballantine a number of years ago and didn't like it. After reading a number of positive reviews reviews I thought to give it another try. Everything was good - the food, the service, and the ambiance. I will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give the new menu a chance!
    JeanPierreVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was a little worried when I saw how much the menu had changed, but it's fantastic!! Possibly even better than before. The pizzas are still amazing as ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ballantine's menu was very diverse and unique with many healthy choices. The kid's menu has different and healthier kids choices than most (grilled chicken tenders, chicken stir fry, brown rice). The service was friendly and welcoming. Our server was new, but made every attempt to answer our questions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    great
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a greta tiem for early afternoon dinner. the food was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went to ballantines for sushi slash night because I had heard that the chef working had worked at youngs before. Youngs is probably the absolute best sushi place that I've ever been to- I have yet to find a better place. My friend and I ordered sushi and it was absolutely terrible. The ingredients tasted retched and the chefs take on the sushi was so far from the traditional rolls I wouldn't even use the same name. I'm sticking to youngs. Our waitress was very nice she was just quite slow. Didn't check on how our meal was until 20 min in and took forever to bring a beer.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Willoughby Gem!
    peter
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Ballantine is situated right in the thick of the scene. Be sure to really read through the menu - it has everything from sushi to steaks to thai, burgers and even wood fired pizza. The beer menu apparently is truly legendary - we would recommend reservations for sure. Man-oh-man was the food really good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey
    foodieinLake
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I'd been to Ballentine's a couple of times in the past ~ nice place to grab a beverage and an appetizer; nice atmosphere. We decided to go there for dinner as a friend of mine said the menu had changed and was supposed to be excellent. The menu is not very extensive; the focus is on "healthful" ingredients/items- which is not a bad thing, just different- with Sushi being the big draw (Monday is Sushi night with more specials than what is on the menu). I'm not a sushi fan & had a hard time making a selection. The entrée selection had the chicken priced @ $18.00 with additional cost for toppings. From there the prices jumped to $26.00. I thought the prices high for the area & atmosphere. Our waitress was very nice but appeared very stressed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    snipsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten here on numerous occasions over the past couple of years. The food was very disappointing - mostly the side dishes of garlic mashed potatoes and the blackened green beans. Thankfully they did a better job with the fillets. Not sure when we will visit again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • specialnight
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was great. Thought the restaurant was a more upscale restaurant before we went their. But not so much, pretty much bar/restaurant. We went there for an anniversary dinner. The service was good. Would recommend for just a night out not for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining inside with a feel of out
    FoodrocsVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food here is always delicious and this visit was no different. They added sushi to the menu and it was very good. I also had the filet which was prepared perfect and is one of the best in the area. If that wasn't enough they also have half off bottles of wine on Tuesdays and windows that slide out of the way so that some tables are open to the street of downtown Willoughby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Naedms
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    great beer selection and beer specials. dry run wings are a standard with us
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a night to remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had been going to Ballantines for years as a local hang out/place to unwind. My girlfriend and i were looking for somewhere to eat so we decided why not somewhere cool and special. We both agreed that Ballantines was the place we were going to check out. It blew our minds to say the very least. We ordered the Mango Roll off the sushi menu. It was fresh, savory, yet was a killer way to start out a meal since it was a lighter dish. Our entree's were Lamb Chops for the lady and for me i got the THE PAT LAFRIEDA burger. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection and were served with glazed brussel sprouts that would make anyone love them. And the burger was by far one of the finest i have had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi slash
    Girlsnight
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    All the girls I was with ordered sushi and a salad each roll was delicious and a good variety of choices , we will be back soon !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Identity Crisis-it totally works!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What's nice about Ballantines is that everyone will find something to enjoy. The menu is eclectic - ranging from pizzas to sushi, burgers to sea bass, ribs to scallops! We all ordered different things are everyone seemed happy with their choices. Nice craft beer list, some fun specialty cocktails and good ambience. Wasn't too crowded or noisy. Service by Nicole was perfect! I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 102 reviews are from the Ballantine reviews archive.
  • Bun37
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The sushi was very good and fresh. The main entree was minimal and cold.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jenx
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Overpriced. Mixes drinks were terrible. Server disappeared after dropping the food off. We will not be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Balantine's is good
    notsuperioranymore
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I had a good steak the other night. That's kind of sad. Balantines used to have superior steaks. They used to have a bone in ribeye that was one of the best in the country. So to have a good steak there is disappointing. I can go to Longhorn and get a good ribeye for half the price. The time before that I was disappointed by the good burger I had. I used to tell people that there was no better place to get a burger in North East Ohio. The Fungi burger with the Boursin cheese was the bomb. I think they used to make their own hamburger patties. The last burger I got there was just a burger, the patty looked like it came out of the freezer from a grocery store and the fungi burger was not on the menu. They are now good not great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New menu
    Lw90VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love the new menu. I'm gluten free and I had a cupcake with mouse filling!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner then young hang out
    JfromMentor
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had dinner on a sat night and as we were finishing 2 seater tables/chairs were removed.Windows were opened and a DJ started playing music loudly with strobe lights. Our waitress came back wearing barely any clothes. The atmosphere changed from an expensive casual dinning obiance to a young dance club. We were surprised the clientele changed so signicantly and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Yumyum
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Ballantine's food is delicious! Sushi is awesome. All the Burgers are absolutely awesome when made to order as requested. We ordered medium but got medium well. However, the Filet was perfectly made. Apps and salads were great. They were out of several bar ingredients so they couldn't make certain drinks off the menu. The drinks we ordered were good but very inconsistent. If you order a mixed drink, the first was never made the same as the last. Ballantine has the potential for being a 5 out of 5!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had been to Ballantine several times. The new menu was quite disappointing. None of us could find anything we wanted to eat, so 2 chose pizza, another a hamburger. I think you are trying too hard to be "hip" on your new menu, with strange ingredients. Moinaries did this too and we stopped going there. Back to Noosa for us.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    snipsVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had not been to Ballantines for a few months so we went for our weekly date night. All and all it was a disappointment and I guess they will fall off my list of Willoughby restaurants to frequent. The service was poor and the food was only mediocre. The Lobster nachos were really pathetic in terms of Lobster and flavor and definitely not worth the menu price. Our salads were good, but our entrees of salmon and scallops and shrimp were just fair. Our waitress was very slow and would disappear for long periods of time. For the price points on their menu I expect more and have received more at Ballantines in the past - unfortunately that was not the case on our last visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was served quickly and
    Cook4me
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Food was served quickly and steaks were cooked perfectly. Beer list was amazing. We sat at a table for two but the other tables seemed cozier and set up for conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a Monday
    EricVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I tried 3 of my main restaurants first, which all turned out to be closed on Monday - So Ballentine was my 4th choice. Staff was annoyed that my girl and I came in a 9:30 (with a reservation) even though they serve until 10. Waiter had attitude at first, but warmed up by the end of the night. Sushi was top notch, dirty martini was made well too. Overall a good experience, especially for Monday night where a lot of other places are closed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    They made accommodations for my dietary restrictions enthusiastically. The food here is so amazing and the service is just fantastic. This place rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was good until it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Service was good until it got busy. There were two of us, so when our server got a party of 10-12, we were more or less forgot about. Our server didn't even take our bill, another server needed to do so because we waited about 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    Catnip
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Always enjoy taking out of town visitors here. Never disappointed. Excellent entries and pizza. Great beer list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent local grub
    Regular
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food is always consistent / never misses a beat. My wife and I have had just about everything on the menu, all good. Accommodating staff and relatively easy to get into. Nice add for Dwtn Willoughby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer World
    BillieEats
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    If you love beer, this place is for you. If you love mixed drinks with top shelf liquor, go some where else. The staff is really nice, but they don't know what is in the drinks. I was given a shot of well gin for a mojito. The food was decent, hot and we didn't wait long.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ballantine is a great neighborhood
    runtonotfrom
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Ballantine is a great neighborhood restaurant with an excellent rotating list of beer taps. The menu is somewhat limited but with some solid standbys (steaks, burgers, wood fired pizzas, etc). They usually have a list of off-menu specials, last Saturday this included Rack of Lamb, Pork Tenderloin, and Salmon among others. Friday and Saturday nights are crowded with a good mix of folks, but it does turn noticeably younger around 10:30 or so, as it seems to turn into a late night hang out at that point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, but a little noisy
    Robert
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our server was fun to talk to and knew a lot about the beer list. A little louder than we expected but still a fun time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    thumper
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a very nice place we went on a a busy night and were able to make last minute reservations. Food was good but portions small. Drink and wine list had a good variety.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    DWeav33
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First time there it was a lot different from the pictures online but it was really nice I like the fact you can see the chef's prepare the food for us and that they have a sushi bar as well is nice not being a sushi or seafood fan it makes neat to see them make it the lamb that I had was amazing now that I had the best lamb I'll probably never eat lamb anywhere else again expect there haha the atmosphere there was good wasn't to dark but it also wasn't to bright and there was no smell of smoke in the air which is most definitely a plus now for the negative side I was sadden that table was small and seemed in the way of traffic and not to mention I should have asked for a window seat that's all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines day
    CPGJP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Special VD menu was excellent. It was a little cold and drafty near our table and could have been warmer. We were seated near the front windows that open during the summer. The waiter could have been a bit more attentive but overall was a great way to spend valentines day. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for valentines day. When
    Ballantine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for valentines day. When I made the reservation I went on the website to look at the menu. The site never said anything about a special valentines menu or that the full menu would be unavailable. Disappointed in that. What was available was well prepared and very very good. Service was good also. It's definitely worth another trip to see what the entire menu has to offer
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for 2
    PBandCofferPorter
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We had made the reservations in hopes of doing the Bell's dinner but didn't realize that it wasn't until 7. No matter, the menu offered a lot of other choices. If you loved buttered buns for your sandwich, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.