Unusual food but not in a good way. Strange sauces used. Noodles over cooked and too much butter and garlic. Brussels sprouts tasted like vinegar. Filet mignon was small. And there's a charge for the bread!
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After a long drive up from LA county, was ready to rest and retire. But the dinner was worth staying up for! Lovely sauces, wonderful spicing, tender meats. Extraordinary.
First time I've written a bad restaurant review. I eat fish but not meat. As no veg entree I asked if I could have Arctic char and risotto with veg stock Told chef didn't have any veg stock! Surely he could make in 5 mins?! Got fish which was fine but potatoes were raw. Couldn't spear with fork or knife.... More
One of the best meals I've had in the Valley for a long, long time. The chef has it down - service was friendly and efficient. The room was quiet on this particular evening and that makes a nice change from some restaurants that specialize in assaulting the ears! Excellent list if local wines as well...
Had the ahi tuna. Melted in my mouth. Outstanding and unique sauce. Cooked perfectly. Ceasar salad was wonderful. Cozy atmosphere and good service. Chief Budi Kazali came out to greet us.
We have stayed at the Ballard Inn (separately reviewed) three times and love it. On our prior visits we took advantage of the many excellent dining choices in Los Olivos, Solvang and Buellton. This trip we wanted to eat at the Inn—we are very glad we did and we regret not doing so on prior trips. We opened with butternut... More
We have been coming to Ballard and enjoying it for over ten years. We discounted several reviews of late that noted inexperienced service and uneven food quality. Unfortunately we are sorry to say those reviews were spot on. We ordered yellow tail and halibut which we have had and enjoyed in the past. Halibut was very overdone and yellow tail... More
Had dinner after wine tasting and sat on great veranda waiting to be seated. An old Victorian type wood building with nice interior detail and charm. Unfortunately out of 4 dinners 2 were not cooked properly. Steak was almost raw when medium rare requested and server said there would be no red. The fish dinner special also was raw in... More
We have wanted to eat here for years and finally made it over last night for the last dinner of our week long vacation. I will admit to having had high hopes, but our visit fell far short of expectations. Service was initially *very* slow and remained uneven all night. Our server was also apparently not aware of the rule... More
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