Ballou's Wine Bar

53.58 miles
3.25 out of 5
4 votes
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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51 Whitfield St.
Guilford, CT 06437 (203) 453-0319



With more than 100 wines available by the glass, Ballou's is a wine-lover's dream. Theirs is one of the largest wine lists in the tri-state area by the glass, jam-packed with worldwide and local favorites. "The biggest part of our business is our wine flights," says Steven Kaye, who owns Ballou's along with his wife Debbie. "It's any three wines white or red by the glass for $14, anything we sell by the glass." Ballou's serves about 50 reds and 28 whites, and features special summer and winter menus and 19 craft beers. There's also a popular wine card program; if you sample 10 glasses of wine, the 11th is on the house. What if you need help deciding? "My wife and I are very knowledgeable and we do training with our team," says Steven. "We are basically trying to teach people about wine," Debbie chimes in. "We try to take the intimidation out of the process."

Winner of Best Wine List in a Restaurant and Restaurant with Best Desserts in the New Haven Advocate Best of Reader's Poll 2012.


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Recent Reviews

Posted by Pete Klick on 02/19/2017 at 10:36
Wait staff was good ,. Fondue was good,..
But,.my friend and I ordered the lobster and shrimp Fra Diavolo and it was not good at all.. it tasted like plain old pasta and sauce with no spice or flavor ,. Very very bland.. maybe the cook forgot the seasoning??
No consistency with how much lobster was in each dish as well. My girlfriend and my friends wife ordered the lobster mac and cheese which did taste good but my girlfriend hardly had any lobster in her dish as well as mine.. very disappointed at $20-22 for our meals...
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