The Village Inn Restaurant - Balboa Island

4.2
39 reviews
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A favorite among both locals and tourists, The Village Inn Restaurant on Balboa Island provides fine dining in a cozy, comfortable environment. It is open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner and offers a diverse menu including a collection of soups, salads and sandwiches and an array of specialty dishes. This includes the restaurant's signature French clay pot roast and beef short ribs plates. A children's menu is also available upon request.

Some guests visiting The Village Inn Restaurant on Balboa Island choose to have a drink or two in the designated lounge or bar area. Along with a variety of drinks, pub snacks like beer-battered shrimp and jalapeno poppers can also be ordered at The Village Inn.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am – 12:00am: Saturday - Sunay: 8:30am – 12:00am
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Phone number
(949) 675-8300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Victor Sandoval
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Entertainment
The Village Inn is happy to offer live entertainment 7 nights a week.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. While not a huge brunch menu, still were good choices. Had the eggs Florentine. Very good Hollandaise and egg was poached correctly. Wife hade the waffles with fruit and they were as to be expected. Could’ve used a little more fruit. Also had the avocado toast which was good. And to top it off, the bottomless Mimosas.

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HE
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

NO ONE WAS THERE. ITWAS ALMOST SPOOKY. MAYBE BECAUSE THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS NOT VERY GOOD.
WE ISED TO LIKE THIS PLACE. HOPE THEY GO BACK TO BOOKING GOOD BANDS!

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L
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pretty mediocre meal. Was surprised by the club music in a restaurant. Service was really slow but shouldn’t have been surprised since when we walked in there was a table that never got bussed and still hadn’t been bussed as we were leaving.

The food was ok. Nothing exciting. Nothing worth even commenting on.

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C
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Village Inn has great food selections. They also have good draft beer , cocktails and a decent wine list. It's a fun place to go to hear some live music and play trivia on Tuesdays.

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EA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night Trivia with Morgan is the best! We always order nachos, wine and salads. There are 7 to 12 of us every week and we all look forward to Trivia.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eight of us hit the VI every Tuesday for Trivia Night. Morgan is a great trivia host. The servers are all wonderful. I wish there were less expensive red wines however; we order two or three bottles every Tuesday. The nachos are delicious; we order them every time.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our team plays trivia every tuesday night. It's a blast! We usually order nachos, salads and an entree or two. Trivia night at the VI is better than other trivia venues. Morgan is a delight.

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DS
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server was great! It was a bit slow, but understandable as it was a busy night. Thankful that she was able to separate our check appropriately (4 groups). Thank you!!!

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l
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. But the service was not good. Had to wait forever to get our order and waited a long time to get our check

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our server was so inattentive, forgot almost everything we asked for. Our drinks came after our food. We had to ask for extra plates 3 times and the dressing for salad we ordered it with twice. Everything was waited for much longer than should have been. Won’t be coming back anytime soon.

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BB
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Searched various menus around the area and found VI to have the best prices. Went there before trivia night so the vibe was a little off, but had a good dinner and an Orange Crush (the pour seemed a little light but drink was at least refreshing and tasty)

For menu selections

Fresco Chicken Sandwich. Very tasty and fresh. Roasted jalapeño on top was a nice touch. I would definitely order that again.

Caesar Salad with Steak. Wife enjoyed it a lot. Nice portions of vegetables and meat. Tomatoes looked good and fresh and it gets 2 thumbs up

Fish and chip. Nice presentation and portion. Fish didn’t seem too heavily battered and my son ate it all. At $12 was happy with the meal.

If we get back to Balboa would definitely stop in again but would maybe go for a beer instead of the cocktail

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AA
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Met some friends with the family and we all enjoyed the food and the service. Great menu location and very fast service. A good place for family and kids for lunch.

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N
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice place, nice food... service a bit slow! Maybe - just maybe - the chef can reconsider a setting for the poached salmon - each ingredient separately was great, but the presentation in the soup bowl with tons of tasteless green was actually very... disappointing, but otherwise - amazing place, my fiance had a great mean, it looked and tasted great, I will be back for sure! Oh... parking is a problem, but this is Balboa Island - what do you expect!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a pleasant surprise. The appetizers: poke, ceviche, and bruschetta were excellent. Family all loved the entrees: scampi, french dip, short ribs, and fillet. Definitely worth a return visit.

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j
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress was great.. food good, loved the band!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites on the island!

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GA
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. We went at 1130 and there was plenty of seating. It was busier later. The breakfast was great. Bloody Mary was excellent.

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E
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We returned to the Village Inn after an unfortunate experience in December when the restaurant had locked its doors in the middle of the day because they were under-staffed. Upon reading my very unhappy Yelp review, the manager replied by apologizing and offering to mail us a gift card and an invitation to try again. Our return visit this past weekend was on a summer evening, so we did have to deal with the challenge of finding a place to park. However, once we found our way to the restaurant, it was all good, and the food was delicious (shrimp scampi, mahi mahi, blackened salmon, and braised short ribs). The noise level is definitely energetic, so this isn't a place for subdued conversation or marriage proposals! Very glad we had a chance to return and give the restaurant a second try. Thank you, Village Inn!

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KH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was a cute local place. I feel like Paul Revere could have eaten here. Something from Carmel or Maine. Loved the ambience.

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M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to enjoy a meal with friends and family. Excellent and friendly staff. We love to come in when Melissa is working. Always enjoy coming in on Wednesday for wine Wednesday and Fridays to complete my crazy week.

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K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing brunch on Mothers Day!
I would recommend it to anyone.

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DO
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service ,
Excellent Fare -Calamari could be cooked a tad bit longer . Other then that , excellent drinks, service , food . Unexpected surprise for Lunch -

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice location. We had really good service and the food was decent for the money.

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L
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I am happy with my experience. Food was excellent and the live music wasn't too loud to where you have to yell to have a conversation. Not a place I would drive to, but Uber or Lyft is a great option.

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JQ
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We have been going to the VI for years and watched it change from a warm and friendly restaurant and pub to a loud and raucous bar that is now populated with foul mouthed drunks who absolutely ruin any chance of having a civilized dinner out. The locals continue to complain to the owners that they are ruining this Island treasure and I fear it is just a matter of time before some ugly incident forces the place to close....

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A great little intimate restaurant where both locals and off-island visitors feel comfortable and welcome. The service was fabulous and the food very good.

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E
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were visiting from out of town for the Christmas holiday and had made reservations for 1:00 lunch using Open Table months in advance, even including "visiting from out of town!" as our personal message on Open Table. After having found parking on the peninsula, taken the ferry, and walked quite a few blocks, we arrived right on time, but when we tried to enter the restaurant, the doors were locked even though there were people dining inside. I called the restaurant from the sidewalk outside and said we had 1:00 reservations and were here but couldn't figure out how to enter the restaurant. I was told that they were short staffed (there was only one cook on a holiday weekend), which is why they had locked the doors, and that there would be a 30 minute wait. Needless to say, we were stunned. Who locks customers out? If they were understaffed, the least they could do was try to notify us, or put a sign on the door, or something. But to lock the doors? This was the most bizarre restaurant experience I've ever had, and I simply cannot recommend this place. Shame on them for ruining a holiday family gathering that we had been planning on for months.

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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is really a typical bar food restaurant. Service and food is what you expect for that type of environment. Noise level high. Not a date note place. Okay for a needed meal . Not anything special.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly, efficient and attentive. The food was excellent, the Bloody Mary was tasty, and my companions thoroughly enjoyed the bottomless mimosas.

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OT
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was a nice evening to relax, have a drink and listen to the band

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DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Felt the place was not particularly welcoming, somewhat cold and stark - ambience was lacking. While the waitress was fine, even though she was told that it was my birthday, thus was not recognized in any way. Condidering this place looks so inviting from outside, and has a prime position, the interior is disappointing. It could do with an overhaul, bringing in more of the village feel, possibly ....

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d
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The noise level was ridiculously loud. The food was not good. Most of us didn't finish our meals Service was just OK.

If you want to go party, it might be ok but not to eat. I'm sure they won't miss me (and my six other friends) in the future.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, one of my favorite places in Orane County. The breakfast menu was delicious, easily the best Bloody Marys in town. Highly recommended!

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Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

It's a bar primarily. Loud, somewhat gritty, not at all as promised. Food wasn't bad, sort of mediocre.

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PT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was empty for lunch midweek in June so very quiet and lots of attention. the food was good and it brought back memories for all of us.

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j
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and band!

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M
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

way too noisy. couldn't even hear the person next to me

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HE
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Expected entertainment to be in the vein of a combo or band. It was nice guy on acoustic guitar, which ws fine, just not what would keep us there for the evening.

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n
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped by Village in for a quick bite and we had an outstanding dining experience. Large salads, tender shortribs, and fresh halibut sandwich really made our evening. Can't wait to go back.

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