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“Food was good”

The Gathering Table Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Ballard
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Alamo Pintado
Description: Among the most exceptional and sophisticated Ballard, California restaurants is The Gathering Table. With its captivating and comfortable atmosphere, The Gathering Table is the perfect place for friends and family to come together for a warm, social dining experience celebrating the bounty of the Santa Barbara wine country – wonderful wine and delicious food! Chef Budi Kazali artistically melds Asian and French cuisine to deliver a truly delectable and extensive menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats. Whether you’re reconnecting with family and friends at our communal gathering table, or with that special someone at one of our more intimate tables, you’re in for a truly remarkable dining experience. There's something on the menu for everyone, and all the dishes are small plates and meant to be shared, so come hungry!
Reviewed 20 August 2014

The food was good, the wine was served too cold even for a white wine. The service was a little confused at dinner but great when we ate the two breakfasts we had the two mornings we were there.

Thank Caroline A
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

First I must admit this is my favorite restaurant to go to with my husband. We are locals so have the opportunity to eat at all the options as time is no object. Admission # 2, I am one of those folks that like to cook and am fair decent at it so getting The Him to go out to eat can be a challenge....he loves this place. Fresh, imaginative food in a place that feels like a romantic date. Since it is cozy it can be a challenge for a large group of the bachelorette variety but hey why not just rent the whole restaurant and treat yourselves to a meal to remember.

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Thank EZGoing50
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Food is exquisite here. Budi does a fantastic job in taste and presentation. I love his Hamachi appetizer. I always end up getting the duck dish.

Thank Diane H
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Located just 3 miles from Solvang, this is the place to eat. Outstanding service by our lovely, personable waitresses. Especially good food done in a unique "foodie" style with superior ingredients. Chef Budi Kazali visited our table to chat with us after the meal. It was our anniversary and we were treated as royalty. I had seared Hamachi appetizer and Scottish salmon fillet with crispy skin, fresh pea risotto and fresh baby carrots while Karen had boned quail as an appetizer and fresh wild boar with cherry sauce and polenta. We would say this was one of the best dinners of our lives and would highly recommend the lovely Ballard Inn Restaurant to everyone. It is small and quaint so plan ahead accordingly. Weather permitting, I recommend eating on the romantic porch overlooking the garden. It's quiet and they have radiant heating for cool evenings.

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Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Ballard Inn restaurant is the place to go in Santa Ynez for a wonderful dinner using all fresh local ingredients. Service is wonderful. Many different things on the menu, all prepared superbly.

Thank Fred M
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