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Balaton Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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13133 Shaker Sq, Cleveland, OH 44120-2312
+1 216-921-9691
13:00 - 21:30
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Sun 13:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 13:00 - 21:30
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 to get rid of the extra weight! The staff is charming and dress in traditional... More 

Thank Traviata5013
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 the Best Hungarian Food-it was the neighborhood-friends-family. We are losing that-in todays world. But, to... More 

1 Thank Jan C
Atlanta, Georgia
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96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 your taste buds with the spicy stew of peppers, onions, and more. Don't forget to... More 

Thank MacArthur_42
Erie, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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. She was very pleased with her entree, as well as her appetizer of cabbage rolls... More 

Thank Charlene K
Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
Oakland, California
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1,113 reviews
409 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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
Knoxville, Tennessee
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857 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
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 and restrooms. Real hometown ethnic flavors. We later asked locals in Cleveland and they said... More 

Thank Knox10SC
North Olmsted, Ohio
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A friend had highly recommended the schnitzel at Balaton. While it was a very far drive, we figured why not. Be sure to take quarters for the parking meters--2hour max. We were so excited. We talked of schnitzel the entire way. We were about to be disappointed. While the website says that they would be open at 1130 am, they... More 

Thank dthopson
Toledo, Ohio
1 review
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I have been worked in a 4 star restaurant, and the prices wasnt as crazy as this restaurants. $25 for a half duck? Everything should be half price what it is now. what a scam

Thank jd10952016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?