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Stone Balloon Ale House

Certificate of Excellence
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Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, American, Gluten Free Options
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115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312 (Center St, Near Academy)
+1 302-266-8111
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Newark, Delaware
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 every time. Wednesday date night is a treat, two people for $35, with wine. Even... More 

Thank Beartravel44
Lancaster, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 a notch. My $9 cosmopolitan had very little vodka in it, and it would be... More 

Thank Marta A
Shirley, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
West Grove
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Howell, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 was little that I like about the place. I hate the lighting in the first... More 

Thank Tedeee
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We had a great brunch here during Parents Weekend at UDel. This is a charming little restaurant right on Main Street. Food was delicious and reasonable priced. We are definitely going to go back on our next visit and try the lunch and/or dinner menu.

Thank Nancy H
Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Stopped in on Sunday for a quick bite. Was surprised by the quality of the food. I had a short rib cheesesteak without the mustard (hate it) and fries, it was enough to split and the fries were sooooo good. Cold beer too

Thank KathyW123456
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We came to Stone Balloon for late night appetizers and drinks. Late night pomegranate martini had much more juice than vodka but for $4. we didn't complain. Lots of choices for beer and liquor drinkers. Will try hibiscus vodka next time. Calamari app was tasty with an unusual kick. Ahi tuna and avocado app could use a more appealing presentation... More 

Thank Mary Ellen C
Alexandria, Virginia
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Was visiting a nephew at the University and he recommended this for dinner. Fabulous food, very attentive staff and incredibly reasonable prices. While on Main - in the middle of a college town - the staff made everyone feel comfortable.

Thank Susan F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
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

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