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“Best intimate restaurant in SY valley”

The Gathering Table Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Ballard
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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!
Santa Ynez, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best intimate restaurant in SY valley”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

The restaurant is just charming. Cute country hotel, very cozy and yet elegant dining room with fireplace. Several tables on the terrace. Great atmosphere inside, very pleasant to dine outside.

Service is very good as well. Food is beautiful mix of Asian elements and local cuisine. And one sees the chef purchasing the produce at Solvang Farmers Market weekly without fail.

Ballard inn restaurant has been my favorite restaurant for ages. But it has been a while since I have eaten there as there is one major issue with the menu. It has been pretty much the same for many years. And as wonderful as the restaurant is, the menu is frustratingly old. And tiresome. Of course , that is issue for locals only.

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English first
SoCal
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quality ingredients, nice menu choices, great wines!”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Dining on the front porch was our favorite, watching the locals walking, cycling or driving by. The wine and charcuterie hour was a nice relaxing start to the evening.

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Food was good”
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.

Visited August 2014
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Buellton, California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Better than candlelight at home...”
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.

  • Visited June 2014
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Windsor, California
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food”
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.

Visited May 2014
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