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The Ballard Inn

4.5
458 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies (625)
  • Romantic (571)

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About

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(800) 638-2466
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Budi Kazali
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Catering
We can prepare private dinners in your home or for events. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alamo Pintado Rd.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 458 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.5
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4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteve66 (Los Angeles)
5.0
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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PJEnri (Central Coast)
4.0
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0
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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LoisandDennis (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on February 4, 2017

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

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Pelly (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on January 29, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on January 25, 2017

Incredible renovation of space and menu! Ya gotta go'

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LuvItalian1 (Los Angeles)
5.0
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.

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viplewgen (Los Angeles)
5.0
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.

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vipHVfoodie (New York Area)
4.0
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.

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