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Balloons Restaurant & Catering

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65 Washington St, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great food & service

Balloons has been a favorite of ours for as long as I can remember . The atmosphere is very comfortable , the food is delicious, & the service is on point . Definitely a favorite place .

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Balloons has been a favorite of ours for as long as I can remember . The atmosphere is very comfortable , the food is delicious, & the service is on point . Definitely a favorite place .

1 Thank 783410a
Beaufort, South Carolina
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balloon's was my Dad's favorite Italian / Ameican restaurant and therefore became special to me. Balloon's has been around for generations and is famous for their steak. As a kid I always got manicotti. There are numerous Italian dishes. This evening I got New England Clam Chowder to start. It was superb! I was in heaven! The bread was nice... More 

1 Thank ButtercuplovesWesley
Syracuse, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is always fantastic, no matter what the dish! Much of the staff have been there for years which makes for great service. The younger staff are great too! Just make certain to have reservations on prime nights (weekends for sure) and still be prepared to wait a little while. On the flip side, the bar is right inside... More 

1 Thank Mark A
Skaneateles, New York
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129 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Balloons is a friendly neighborhood place where a large percentage of the patrons are regulars. Staff members, including several Simmons family members, have worked there a long time. Make a reservation for weekends or be prepared to wait at the bar. Last time we ate there, my husband and I shared the Utica greens, which have just the right amount... More 

1 Thank SkanLaker
Auburn, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We LOVE Balloons and have for thirty years. Its a great neighborhood place with old school atmosphere and the best steaks around. Bernie the owner, makes the place click. A great chef who demands high quality service from his loyal staff. The Italian dishes make you come back for more!

Thank John M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a shame when a good restaurant neglects maintenance. It detracts from the enjoyment of your meal when someone in the booth behind you moves and you move with them. It would seem to be an easy fix to secure the booths. The acoustics in the dining room are horrible! You can't carry on a conversation with someone across... More 

Thank Arlean K
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

LOVE this place. Friendly neighborhood bar meet top-notch steak house. Best steaks around, amazing desserts (the coconut cream pie is to die for) plus gracious, knowledgeable waiters with white shirts and balloon ties. Good for any occasion.

Thank debrarose497
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Great service. Nice Italian Restaurant, and the Drunken rib eye is great! It has a nice family atmosphere. They make you feel at home, only they won't make you wash the dishes.

Thank William Z
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

When we drove up to restaurant and parked right next to the prison wall and got out of car and saw place was a bar, we were not sure if we would go in. However, we did and to our surprise the back dining room had the best service, and was our best meal all week. Will go back again!!

Thank David W
Leland, North Carolina
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Steaks can't be beat. Have di ed at ballon's for over 35 years and quality has always been exceptjonally good. Highly recommend this reataurant $

Thank Elaine C

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Restaurant Details

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
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

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