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Balloons Restaurant & Catering

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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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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

1 Thank janek777
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Cheshire, Connecticut
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They served us ordinary, broiled steaks this past Saturday night. Nothing like the char-grilled masterpieces they've been consistently serving over the many years before. I pass through Auburn periodically and have always looked forward to a meal at Balloons. But this time we were served the kind of steaks someone might cook after discovering their real grill ran out of... More 

Thank Wm_Helene
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Set in a working class neighborhood next to the prison, you should visit this place for the interesting menu and good food. We were in search of steak and were not disappointed with the bone-in cowboy ribeye. Fresh oysters were delicious as was the shrimp cocktail. Good, friendly service.

Thank Ken_LAF
Syracuse, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner while my son was on leave and it was awesome! Love the new portion size choice on some of the entrees, especially the Rattlesnake Pasta! It was great as usual! The fish/steak special was delicious and the calimari perfectly cooked. We hadn't been there for dinner inna while and the waiter remembered us and what we like... More 

Thank OBXluvr
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Extremely dissapointed...the veal you could bounce it off a wall, the pasta bologna se was served in a dry shredded beaf sauce then over cooked in the oven...terrible, used to like this place but the last visits very bad...will not return

1 Thank John D
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places to go!! We had a large group of friends who ordered a variety of foods and everything came out cooked to perfection and delicious!! I'm a fan of the prime rib, portion and flavor was perfect. It's a small, dated spot but, well worth the visit!! We had seven of us and sat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, American
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?