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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.

2436 Baseline Ave.
Ballard, CA 93463
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Alamo Pintado Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(800) 638-2466

Website:
http://www.ballardinn.com/

Catering:
We can prepare private dinners in your home or for events. Please call for details.

Executive Chef:
Budi Kazali

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Ballard Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (452)
Neighborhood Gem (364)
Great for Outdoor Dining (146)
Good for Groups (52)
Scenic View (31)
Hot Spot (23)
Local Ingredients (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Late-night Find (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Seasonal (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (5)
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Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Outstanding Value (3)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Still the best food in the Valley. Problem is, while the remodeling of the restaurant and Inn are nice, the large "community table" in the center of the room ruins the once-intimate atmosphere, and makes the restaurant far louder.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience3
service4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Chef Bodie as always creates wonderful meals!
Cynthia our server was truly fantastic!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Fantastic food, fantastic service, and really not expensive considering the quality.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Incredible renovation of space and menu! Ya gotta go'

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This was the best New Year's meal ever. Our guests are still talking about it!
Superb food, service and ambiance. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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service2
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2016

What an outstanding meal, We can't wait to go back. Creative, appealing, well prepared and presented and delicious food. Superb service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2016

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.

Harry

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2016

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!!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Worth the trip.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Little bit an off night but still a great experience and of course great food. Been here 6 times from Kansas and keep coming back.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Amazing place for date night!❤️❤️❤️ The ambience and unique menu items together with a wonderful wine list and great service made for a beautiful evening... Thank you

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Always a favorite. Service and food is always a cut above other restaurants in the area

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Ballard Inn Restaurant is one of the great places in the Santa Ynez wine country. Food, service, etc are all exceptional.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2016

One of the best meals I've had in a long time! I wish I lived in the area. I'd return often! It is pricey but you can see and taste where your money goes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Organic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 5, 2016

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Very nice dinner in a classy environment. Food (Duck and Lamb) were both excellent as was the service. Would recommend this place if you're in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2016

A very quiet dining experience, but then we were there on a Sunday night! Good food and service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Food was great as was the service. Enjoying a glass of wine on the front porch after dinner made the evening even more enjoyable.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Our favorite restaurant in the area hands down. We ate in the porch this time and it's a bit like stepping back to a simpler time.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 11, 2016

A true dining experience. Excellent food, excellent service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Upon a recommendation, I gave the restaurant a try for dinner and was not disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

The Ballard Inn appears to be very conscientious about using local and fresh ingredients, and the dishes we had were quite innovative. It's best to eat at the Inn and then leave, because the hotel's rooms are extremely overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Succulent meal, extensive wine list, and amazing service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Small menu but delicious choices. Food served hot! Service was great and well-paced.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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