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About The Ballard Inn
Chef Budi Kazali's award winning French Asian cuisine is sure to please, with signature dishes such as Hamachi Sashimi with Soy-Yuzu Vinaigrette and Grilled Kurobuta Pork Belly . Our knowledgeable servers will help navigate our extensive wine list, replete with local and international offerings, to select the perfect wine to compliment your meal.
Ballard, CA 93463
Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Alamo Pintado Rd.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We can prepare private dinners in your home or for events. Please call for details.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Ballard Inn Ratings and Reviews
The service by our waitress was very courteous. The sparkling wine she recommended was enjoyed by one and all. We ordered four of the "Valentine's Day" plates from the fixed menu. The food was delicious but was served out of sequence. We received our soup "after" the main course. I don't know if the kitchen was out of sync with the proper order but in spite of that hitch, it was delicious. The noise level was a tad loud and made it hard to hear everyone around the table so I had to limit my conversation to 3 of the 6 people at the table. The 2nd beer that was served to us was not the same one we received the first time around. We survived! The dessert was ok although the bread pudding could have been more flavorful. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
Horrible experience!!!!!!! This place USED to be a quiet, romantic restaurant with excellent food, but no more! I booked the Ballard Inn for Valentine's Day and found that they've changed their seating into a communal table situation. They have a long table with chairs and sort of jam you in to sit shoulder to shoulder with complete strangers. I mean, you are quite literally banging elbows with strangers and if they seated you any closer you'd be sharing spit. God help you if the person two inches away from you is wearing too much perfume or is talking about their latest surgery or crazy political views. There are a few booths around the fringe that were stuffed full of people. Not sure what was going on with that. I'll never find out because I'll never go back.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary at the restaurant on VALENTINE'S DAY and had a delicious meal beautifully presented. The people who were also dining there were in a festive mood and we ended up talking with the young people at the next table who are locals and work in the wine industry. Will go back to reserve the round table for a group of friends.
The restaurant just received a "face-lift" and looks amazing. The new tapas menu is wonderful, although anything made by Chef Budi will be amazing! Our server Megan was attentive, helpful with choosing items, and delightful to deal with. So happy for the Ballard Inn and looking forward to returning.
We went for New Years Eve. Absolutely nothing other than a drink was served for 35 minutes, then the 5 course started to be presented. The food was excellent but the service was very lackadaisical and unenthusiastic. It took a full 3 hours to serve 5 courses, with long delays between each small course.
Our 1st time at the Ballard Inn did not disappoint. We tried the lingcod (never heard of it) and the fish was done to perfection. The entire meal was delicious.
There is so much ambience in the dining room and we sat right by the fireplace.
The service gets an A++.
We will definitely be back.
This was my second visit to the Ballard Inn. I chose the lamb entree. The lamb was tasty and the sauces were creative. I knew some of the wait staff from my previous wine country visits so the sight of friendly and familiar faces mad the experience noteworthy. I visited during the second weekend of Solvang's Julefest and was quite impressed with the decor of the restaurant. The noise level was a little high but with a full restaurant that is to be expected. Overall, the experience was very nice.
Chef Budi never disappoints, never. Our foie gras and sashimi hors d-oeuvres were beautifully prepared and presented. Our duck and rack of lamb cooked rare to perfection and were so delicious with the garnishes and side dishes. We have never been disappointed in anything Chef Budi prepares in the more than dozen times we have been to his restaurant. A shining star in the Santa Ynez valley for sure.
Just had dinner last Saturday night at the Ballard Inn with my wife.. We spit all of our courses and the kitchen accommodated them all. Ceasar salad was spot on, not too much dressing by very tasty. The leek soup was superb. The duck breast was the best duck I ever have had. The service could not have been better. All in all, it was a memorable dining night.
Undercooked veg. Sent back and reappeared unchanged and told by chef it was meant to be hard! Potatoes were almost raw and I spat them on side of plate. No veggie main course options to took the fish. Chef couldn't make the accompanying risotto as ' he doesn't have veg stock' - even I can make that! When a meal is poor the team can fix things but all we could hear was them complaining about me in the kitchen for daring to say food was substandard. Will not be back!!
The dinner was wonderful, and our server and the chef were extremely accommodating to some very specific dietary restrictions. Even with those, they suggested substitutions and alternate methods of preparation which resulted in a relaxing and incredibly delicious meal.
We were disappointed. We have been going to Ballard for many years it's always been our go-to place. Service was great as always, but my food was almost too salty to eat. I had the yellow tail tuna. My husband had the lamb he thought it was ok, but nothing special.
From the first bite of salad to the last bite of dessert everything just blended perfectly in your mouth. I look forward to the day I am able to return there. My only critique: my fish tasted amazing but I would have loved some potatoes or rice to accompany it, the crunchy noodles didn't fit the bill for me.
The six of us all graduated from the SYV High School and we try a new dining location one a month and this time it was the Ballard Inn. We arrived early and could hear, you know what age does to ones hearing, but most importantly the dinner was outstanding. We all decided
we would have a return visit.
Food was excellent but unfortunately the service was not. We were somehow forgotten about and waited a long time for someone to come by and ask if we wanted more wine, dessert, etc. and it was my birthday so I was disappointed. I am submitting a private note to the Ballard Inn.
My wife went to celebrate our anniversary. We got there earlier and had to wait about 10 minutes for someone to appear to seat us. Both the appetizer and our main courses were excellent. My wife had the duck breast and I had the beef. By the time we had our main entrees, the restaurant got busy and service slowed down. We ordered ice cream to share and we had to wait 20 minutes for it. Way too long to scoop some ice cream into a dish. We would go back because of the quality of the food but service should be addressed by the management.
We have absolutely loved the Ballard Inn and the restaurant for years. Sadly, It has been a few years since we've managed to get there, however, and I have to say that even more sadly, my wife and I were very disappointed with our recent visit. We had actually canceled a reservation at Petros that night to revisit the Ballard Inn and I'm sad to say that I regret that decision. From the very start of our late Saturday night reservation, we were mostly ignored by the staff and felt like we were an afterthought. The restaurant wasn’t that busy so it just didn’t make sense. It took about 20 minutes of sitting there in their small but quaint dining room before we were able to put in our order (including wine). Whoever was finally sent over to take our order honestly confessed very little knowledge of the menu. Still, my wife ordered the corn soup and I ordered the pork belly to start. These dishes were fine. Our main courses were the steak and one of the two fish dishes offered. I recalled on a prior stay at the Inn that they had one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had and so I was hoping that this one would hold up to my expectations. The steak was way too undercooked for my wife’s tastes and because it was so late and the restaurant was almost closed not to mention the poor service, she decided that she didn’t want to send it back. My fish was presented well and the sauce and vegetables were fine but the fish itself was overcooked, dry and tasteless. Needless to say, we didn’t order dessert, finally got the bill and asked to see the manager because the experience was so surprisingly sub-par. The manager explained that she had just returned from the Wine & Fire event (which is probably the reason they had an off night), gave us her card and told us to let her know the next time we planned to visit. On a $150 tab for 2, I was pretty shocked she didn’t offer more than her card.
WE have dined here several times in the last three years and find it to be consistently excellent. The service is a bit slow which seems to be related to the kitchen more than the servers. The wine list is excellent. A great place to end a day of winery visits or just enjoying the lovely Santa Ynez valley.
Came here for my Husband's birthday. We live in Santa Ynez, dine out daily and are very particular. There are few restaurants here that meet our standards and Ballard has been one my Husband has wanted to try for some time. I will say that the service was excellent. The food was good but not quite as good as we were expecting based on reviews. I had the snapper which was on the edge of being overcooked but still ok. I like the fresh flavors but could not get past that it was just ok, better than most but not great. My Husband had the duck and liked it. We had the special appetizer of shrimp lettuce cups, sashimi which we both thought too salty and a corn soup. Husband mentioned that everything we ordered had croutons, the same ones. Hmmm...I just thought it was salt but maybe croutons. I really wanted to love this restaurant but did not. I know that it is not a formal restaurant but I wished I would not have seem flip flops and sloppy attire of some of the patrons. I guess some people just don't care. It is a charming place to dine and I hope we make it back maybe with a change in season and menu.
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