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Balaton Restaurant

13133 Shaker Sq, Cleveland, OH 44120-2312
+1 216-921-9691
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cabbage rolls” (10 reviews)
“goulash” (10 reviews)
“paprikash” (12 reviews)
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European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
$$ - $$$
13133 Shaker Sq, Cleveland, OH 44120-2312
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They warned us the portions were large, we should have listened. We had wonderful food and so much of it. Everything we ordered was beyond the pale. I should have quit after devouring their fried flat bread served with sour cream and fresh garlic oil....More

Thank Mammie2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family brought my Hungarian grandfather - in- law to Balaton. He says everything tastes great, just like his mother used to make. As a non - Hungarian, I've enjoyed many different dishes during my visits to Balaton. The weiner schnitzel is crisp and tender....More

Thank meg177348
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

There aren't many of these home style restaurants around anymore serving typical Hungarian food such as chicken & veal paprikash; stuffed cabbage and wiener schnitzel so try to dine there soon. The desserts are wonderful too and worth the exercise that you'll have to do...More

Thank Traviata5013
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I have been going to the Balaton since I was a child. That was back in the day when it was on good old Buckeye Rd. My dad took us-Nicholas-the cop & funeral driver. Everyone knew you & what you were.You see, it wasn't just...More

1  Thank Jan C
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This charming and comfortable family-owned restaurant on Shaker Square offers some of the best publicly available Hungarian culinary treats in the whole U.S. Invited by local family, we had our favorite meal in Cleveland here. Sample the delicious meats and experience a tap dance on...More

Thank MacArthur_42
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My partner is of Hungarian descent, her grandmother having emigrated to the U.S. After Googling Hungarian restaurants within a two-hour drive, we decided on Balaton and we are very glad that we did. Lisa's annual birthday dinner request growing up (and still) is chicken paprikash....More

Thank Charlene K
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Food for one is food for three, but amazing nonetheless! Happy to have found a great eastern european restaurant on the east side! Will be returning.

Thank Efeldka1
Reviewed 1 October 2016

It can't get more authentic that this, perfectly-prepared genuine Hungarian cuisine, Hungarian staff, cute ethnic decorations. We were in heaven, ate and drank well and were transported to another part of the world. This place is a gem.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 6 September 2016

When to Balaton for dad's 80th with my family. Great service, Hungarian food is best outside of Budapest. Ordered the woodsman platter for 6 of us, and we couldn't finish all of it. Highly recommend this place for authentic Magyar cuisine.

Thank ndnnfan
Reviewed 28 August 2016

After a day in the city, we checked reviews and found this restaurant and it did not disappoint. Excellent Hungarian food and huge portions allowing for leftovers for another day. We took our son and family with grandchildren here. No problem seating. Clean dining area...More

Thank Knox10SC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
13:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13133 Shaker Sq, Cleveland, OH 44120-2312
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-921-9691
  • E-mail