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Balloons Restaurant & Catering

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67 Washington Street, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
+1 315-252-9761
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We love every part of this place. The food is excellent, the staff polite and the atmosphere is charming.

Thank Sarah P
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hadn't been to Balloons in well over two decades. It was fantastic then. We live in Central PA. This visit was astounding. From being greeted when we arrived to our very professional, and wonderful waiter, John. The food could not have been better. The selections of food and wine were jaw dropping. Our party of seven loved everything. I... More 

Thank Amy W
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jay, Steaks were cooked perfectly as were the scallops, lobster tails and desserts were excellent! The service could not be better!!! Thank-You!!!

Thank Heather K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love everything about Balloons - the friendly conversation at the bar, the personalized, over-the-top service, the drinks to start the evening, the great menu with innovative nightly specials, the food itself and of course, the desserts. Balloons has it all! When we lived in Auburn Balloons was our weekly date night, now even though we live hundreds of miles... More 

Thank Carolyn H
Finger Lakes NY
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to eat.....menu has a large selection and if you want something prepared a bit different they are always willing.....many specials each day......price is very fair and the service is excellent. John is our pick for a waiter however, everyone is very friendly and very attentive to all your needs. The best place in Auburn to eat!!

Thank beargram
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have not been in years not sure why we have not been back sooner. The salad reminds me of Angelo cornapopia!! So awesome. Had lobster pasta delicious. John our waiter so good. We'll be back again and again!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
upstate NY
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated 25 years of ownership by Bernie & Terry on a Thursday night at our favorite Auburn establishment.... Balloon's. As usual, the folks were friendly, service (from Jay) excellent and the food spectacular! A bottle of anniversary Cabernet-Sauvignon started the evening off, followed shortly thereafter by two shrimp cocktails. I decided to forgo my usual.... the "Drunken Ribeye".... for one... More 

Thank thatgdguy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful service , great food . Bernie takes pride in his restaurant. Is always there when I go . Try the Drunken Ribeye-yum

Thank Stephen Y
waterloo ny
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at balloons the wednesday before last, nov. 2, and both of us were very disappointed with our meals. I had the eggplant parmesan which was very dry and had very little sauce or cheese. It was a large serving and was hard and unable to chew the bottom portion. My wife ordered the veal parmesan... More 

Thank mrjohnWaterlooNy
Jordan, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 67 Washington Street, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Auburn
  • Phone Number: +1 315-252-9761
Balloons is an Iconic post depression era restaurant that has been known as THE PLACE FOR STEAKS in Auburn for ever. We hand cut all of our steaks from USDA CHOICE beef or better all sourced from the midwest. We offer the best Wine list in Auburn at very reasonable prices. Don't judge the neighborhood please come in and ENJOY the best service and a great meal. Established 1934

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