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Balloons Restaurant & Catering

67 Washington Street, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
+1 315-252-9761
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good13%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (53 reviews)
“garlic mashed” (3 reviews)
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Italian, American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
67 Washington Street, Auburn, NY 13021-2402
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Reviewed yesterday

We were greeted at the door by a smiling bartender, and it just got better from there. The waiter was both helpful and patient. My husband and I had the 7 oz. tenderloin and the scallops. Our friend had the tenderloin and shrimp, her husband...More

Thank justinevera
Reviewed 5 days ago

You won't get fancy décor or nice bathrooms, but what you will get is impeccable service and great food. I've lived in central NY for over 60 years and this is my choice for a great meal, perfect wait staff and a wonderful evening. Don't...More

Thank wisia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most people in Auburn love this place! Balloons has been around for decades and has a great reputation. The building reminds me of a place my grandparents might go - dated decor and old comfy banquet seating and dark wood bar. It has that homey...More

Thank Seneca1201
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Balloons has been a local favorite since 1934. The exterior and interior has not changed much in all those years. The outside of the restaurant could scare many people off. It faces the outside wall of Auburn State Prison. Don't let that stop you from...More

Thank katherine f
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Took my daughter to dine and enjoy Balloons, an Auburn institution, before she is off to college. I love the salad with the house dressing and beets! Ordered eggplant and was overwhelmed by the size of the serving - it fed us for 2 more...More

Thank Susan1013021
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We found this wonderful spot on Trip Advisor. It's a vintage family owned Italian steak house. Exceptional service and great food. If you're ever close by you have to try it.

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise at this local restaurant. We waited a few minutes, but were warmly greeted by the hostess. We ordered drinks at the bar which was well stocked. We were seated and our waiter, Jocko, immediately approached our table to take our order....More

Thank elllen1301
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We go to Merry-Go-Round Playhouse during the summer in Auburn and we quite often go to Balloons restaurant. We have never had a bad meal there. Steaks cooked to perfection and when you order pasta they give you so much plan on taking some with...More

1  Thank ConnieM_1966
Reviewed 14 July 2017

love this place!! this is probably the only place within 50 miles of auburn where you can get a great piece of cow! drunken rib with garlic mashed is the perfect meal!! waiters are a group of older experienced hands who all seem to be...More

Thank giacoguy
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Not much more to add other than the garlic mashed potato & Zucchini were nice and hot,and the salad was nice and cold as it should be... but the simple things were also true... they served us water without a special request and kept our...More

Thank Stephen L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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