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42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
+1 401-466-2231
09:00 - 23:00
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Standard beach bar -- there's the guy playing Dave Matthews covers on acoustic guitar, mediocre cocktails, mediocre food...but a nice ocean view and beach vibe. Probably more fun late-night when this is the go-to bar. There are better options for food.

Thank spin84
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Stopped on a Saturday night for drinks. Wedding inside, we sat outside at the tiki hut right on the beach. Great drinks, bartenders-(Daniel and Jenny)-were so friendly and fun. Came back on Sunday evening for dinner. Baked stuffed lobster was awesome! Our waiter was great.

Thank Brian O
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Brookfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

we have eaten here many times.You can't beat the oceanside al fresco dinihg!As always the service was friendly and efficient.The food was very good although my husband received a clam which had not opened after steaming.The kitchen should have noticed this and never served it.He brought this matter to the attention of the waiter who apologized and promptly brought him... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Ballard's reminds one of a Fort Lauderdale gathering place. It is very large, and quite the party place. The old Ballard's had more character and charm of Block Island. You go for the location and not the food. A drink to see the water and that's it.

Thank Lynne G
Spotswood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Ballard's sister property Hotel Mannisses but played & ate at Ballard's. The beach isn't as crowded after Labor Day, the water is warm, the drinks are cold and the international staff is super friendly. The location on the harbor allows some great photo ops of the comings & goings of the ferries & other craft and offers... More 

Thank jonkacz
Bethany, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

You go here for the setting and atmosphere. Had cold lobster roll which was OK, but nothing special. Side of sweet Potato fries limp and warm.

Thank Charles N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Service was lousy except for the South African man at the patio bar. He went the extra mile. No wait staff on the beach in September

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We brought friends here for dinner. My new favorite drink is the Tropical Fusion. I had Cod Nantucket for dinner. I started with a cup of clam chowder. The clam chowder is outstanding. The cod Nantucket is a perfect blend of a sweet white fish on top of a mix of vegetables. My husband had fish and chips. Always his... More 

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Commack, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Our family enjoyed a delicious and relaxing lunch here in August. Our two sons were able to play in the sand as we watched and ate. Service was great. I highly recommend the naked lobster roll!

Thank lillian771
Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Just steps from the ferry. You can relax on the beach and have a few drinks or a bite to eat (beach side or inside restaurant). Food is very good. Alcoholic drinks are a bit pricey but worth it. Water is beautiful. Adults do need to keep an eye on small children as the water and waves can be strong.

Thank notredamegoirish

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
  • Phone Number: +1 401-466-2231
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL.

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