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Stone Balloon Ale House

115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312
+1 302-266-8111
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“fries” (11 reviews)
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Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We chose the Stone Balloon after our first choice on Main Street had a 45 min wait list Food was good but by no means outstanding My son in law and daughter enjoyed it but me and my spouse found it much to loud and...More

Thank jwhow
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and myself went their for a Thursday $1.00 oysters....and of course a glass of beer... We also went on "Cheap date night" which is Wed's - check it out: dinner for two - a bottle of wine (regular size) - and one dessert....for...More

Thank DotM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to have some good beer with dinner. This is an excellent choice. The food options are solid, with lots of choices. It's not fine dining, but an excellent mid-range restaurant.

Thank ClarkstonTerry
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went on a Saturday night. I ordered a Glutenburg beer but didn't realize it was an IPA, which I don't like. I told the waitress it was my fault, but I can't drink it, and ordered a Stella. I was expecting...More

1  Thank Jwaverczak
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This restaurant is great and don't worry about the nitpickers who are overly concerned about the lighting. They just had a bad day and wanted some fru fru place. I have been at Stone Balloon a half a dozen times and it has been great...More

1  Thank Beartravel44
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Dined on a Thursday night, seated promptly. The good: Food was very good-had short rib pot roast, southern shrimp and salads. All were prepared with fresh ingredients, served piping hot. The room for improvement: nice atmosphere, but very loud! Music needs to be turned down...More

Thank Marta A
Reviewed 13 January 2017

The food was excellent. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the different dishes and helped us with making our choice. Great atmosphere

Thank tracy9333
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We just dined st Stone Balloon Ale House for the first time with two other couples. All of our food was good with the highlight being the Keg Fries and Cornbread Doughnut appetizers. The wine and beer were reasonably priced. We will be back.

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Have been to The Stone Balloon several times when visiting my son at UD. Always a nice atmosphere, friendly service and good food.

Thank AuditionTravels
Reviewed 24 October 2016

First, I have to say that we wanted to like this place. We eat on Main Street at least once per week. After all of the Bobby Flay hype, we figured let's go back and see what all of the fuss is about. Frankly, there...More

Thank Tedeee
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312
    (Center St, Near Academy)
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 302-266-8111
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The Stone Balloon Tavern and Concert Hall opened its doors in 1972 and rapidly became, as Playboy magazine once noted, “One of the 100 Top College Bars in America”. Delaware's premier live music venue, “The Balloon” hosted such iconic American bands as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Allman Brothers, The Dave Matthews Band, and Metallica, as well as local favorite George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.

Fast Forward 42 years to the NEW Stone Balloon Ale House. Built on the sight of the iconic rock hall, the Stone Balloon Ale House features a unique blend of crafted food, exceptional beer, classic cocktails redefined, and an array of spirits – all flavored with a dash of nostalgia. Our culinary mantra is "Comfort Food Playfully Reimagined" and we prepare seasonal favorites that strive to please the palette and resurface a memory. Through local partnerships and genuine hospitality we offer an experience that honors both community and time.

Stop by to see us on Throwback Thursdays, an homage to the old legendary Stone Balloon MUG NIGHTS. We may be new, but we haven’t forgotten our roots!

Comfort Food…Playfully Re-imagined