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Balloons Restaurant & Catering


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings

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$30 per guest
Menu includes following:
Hoffman Hot Dogs
Sausage W/Onions & Peppers
Clam Chowder
Roasted Chicken Quarters
Steamed Little Neck Clams
All plastic & paper supplies. Cost per guest $30
All plastic & paper supplies. Cost per guest $30
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Chilled Pasta
Red Skin Potato
Tossed Garden
Torn Romaine
Fresh Fruit
Creamy Cole Slaw
Choose 3
Salt Potatoes
Fresh Corn
Penne Pasta W/Sauce
Baked Beans
Macaroni & Cheese
Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
Shaved Steak Sandwiches
Marinated & Grilled Chicken Breasts
Steamed Shell on Shrimp
Keg Beer
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Italian, American, Steakhouse
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had one of the best dinners... from appetizers to desserts. Shrimp appetizer, beet salad, surf & turf and banana cream dessert... add the wines... just perfect with the homey atmosphere! Best evening in a long time.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Patti C
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

First time here. My wife and I stopped for dinner prior to John Waite show. I ordered rib eye which was loaded with fat and tasteless. No seasoning or sauce. My wife ordered 7 oz tenderloin ( no seasoning or sauce ). Dessert was not...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

All of the simple pleasures of being in Auburn for a visit to see family. Simple, elevated, casual, abundant dishes. For the most part all well executed, with only a few minor misses... chicken & pork well cooked & moist, but the chicken lacking in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank GG-CHS
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Wow they never disappoint. Super Italian food, great steaks. Don’t let the outside fool you, this is old School Italian with great steaks. The inside has not changed ever but that is homey to me. Waiters are wonderful. Salads served on cold plates. Specials are...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank I5474RLmaryo
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We got there at 5pm and we sat at the bar because they said they were booked with reservations. We didn’t mind sitting at the bar. Bartender was nice. Good mixed drinks. I ordered a filet that arrived in 3 pieces and was over cooked....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Kathleen O
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Even though I came here to get seafood they had a steak special I couldn’t pass up. The char on the steak was perfect. Salad with all meals and even had some French onion gratinee. Always have a handful of desserts to choose from. Food...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank h69316stuff
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We just enjoyed the best steak dinners at Balloons! I had the tenderloin with shrimp and it was the the most tender, melt in your mouth steak I've ever had! The shrimp was also very nicely done. Hubby had the pepper steak which was also...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank hunterdenise
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Was a guest at a birthday party at Balloons for about 25 people. The service was terrific and the food just as good. The staff made the guest of honor feel very special. Do not live local but if in the area again, would be...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank tripsgalore992018
Reviewed May 7, 2018

Large menu that pretends to be Italian! Had Octopus as special appetizer, and it was good. Needed more flavor! The home made Eggplant looked like a huge portion of lasagna - stacked over breaded eggplant without any sauce or cheese to help it out! Side...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank dknoye
berniex77, Owner at Balloons Restaurant & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2018

I am sorry you were disappointed with your dinner. We layer our eggplant with cheese and homemade marinara then add more marinara before serving. We sell a good amount of eggplant with no issues. Did you tell your server you were disappointed?

Reviewed March 17, 2018

The menu is somewhat upscale and a bit higher priced, but good selection. That being said, the food is excellent! it was nice that some items had smaller servings. Service is excellent. The location isn't the best-next to the state prison and just street parking....More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Mary M
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