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Balloons Restaurant & Catering

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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65 Washington St, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Jordan, New York
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend had a horrible day at work. My daughter always raved about Balloons so I thought I would take her there and give it a try. It is located in a working class neighborhood, directly across from the Auburn Prison. It is a classic, "don't judge a book by its cover," look." Initially, my friend did not want to... More 

Thank RoseZ1963
berniex77, Owner at Balloons Restaurant & Catering, responded to this review

I am very sorry your experience wasn't to your liking. Let me clearify a few things first. The salad you received with dinner is the traditional iceberg lettuce salad that has been served at balloons for 82 years exactly the same way with same dressing recipe. The scallops we use are the best you can buy they do not get... More 

upstate NY
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've reviewed this Auburn establishment before, but not recently. It's time to do so again, since we visit at least monthly.... Balloon's is our absolute favorite! Service, provided by pleasant, well-groomed, professional waiters, is always outstanding, and is rivaled only by the high quality, superb meals. Personal favorites include the "Drunken Ribeye" and the"Rattlesnake Pasta," but absolutely none of the... More 

Thank thatgdguy
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

this place is very small a lot of people go to it not because the food is great but because it's the in place to go don't go

Thank 33chilly
berniex77, Owner at Balloons Restaurant & Catering, responded to this review

I am not sure what happened on your visit to balloons. Please let me know More 

Auburn, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

If you're looking for a "hidden" treasure of a fantastic restaurant, Balloons the find in Auburn, New York to go too. We first "found" Balloons in the 1970s when we arrived in Auburn and having been going back ever since. Ownership has changed, now under the Simmons family, but the meals are great, especially the 6 oz steaks. The menu... More 

Thank Anthony G
Hamilton, New York
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135 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

I went here with a couple friends and we had a wonderful dinner and dessert. It was quite pleasant and a nice place to visit. Staff checked on us frequestly to make sure we were happy and well fed. Will definately go back!

Thank Christine B
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

This restaurant finds itself on an inconspicuous street in Auburn, vis-à-vis the high walls of the famous Auburn penitentiary facility. I would characterize it as a something in-between a family and a gourmet restaurant. Most impressive is the selection of seafood pasta dishes, in addition to steaks, chicken, salmon and vegetarian fare. Quite a few interesting appetizers, including two kinds... More 

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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

I ordered steak with a side of pasta. It came with a salad which was basically iceberg lettuce. The steak was very good, with lots of flavor. I went on a Wednesday evening; perhaps the day of the week is the difference between the crappy steak that other reviewers are talking about? The red sauce on my pasta was DIVINE!... More 

Thank Aleia M
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We have been going to Balloons for many years and have enjoyed it and recommended it to many others. Unfortunately there's a new cook in town! Last night both of our dinners were severely disappointing. The presentation, which was less than appealing , was a prelude to the entrées that were very disappointing. We had ordered the same items there... More 

Thank Arlean K
Clinton, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Have eaten here several times when visiting relatives in Auburn and always looked forward to it. Went there last Friday and was very disappointed. Something has happened here since my last visit as the food is now average, at best. I had the strip steak and baked potato . Steak had no taste at all and the baked potato could... More 

Thank John R
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

If you want the most perfectly seared NY Strip, you are at Balloons eating it. Just like being in the heart of downtown NYC

Thank Mike K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Washington St, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Auburn
  • Phone Number: 315-252-9761

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?