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Stone Balloon Ale House

€€ - €€€, ,
115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312
+1 302-266-8111
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, American, Gluten Free Options
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115 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711-7312
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A secret lil place on Main Street in Newark and the BEST!! The food and service is better then excellent it's AWESOME! Been there 3 times already and just keeps getting better. Service fast, attentive, friendly and spot-on. The food can't say enough great things...More

Thank Wayne F
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We ate here with two sets of grandparents, one set of parents and two small children. We thought the food was very average: we were charged for bread, crab cakes barely tasted of crab, shrimp tacos were uninviting, calamari appetizer was rubbery, bison ragout was...More

Thank A2M456
Reviewed 23 November 2017

I've lived in Newark a long time. I remember the real Stone Balloon, but that's long gone. This is just another Main Street restaurant. Prices are high and the food, service and ambiance is just average. Noisy too. For me to think its worth it...More

Thank turquoiseblue2017
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Decided to try the glass of bacon along with some starters and what a joke. Nine dollars for four rashers of honey bacon slices. Seriously expensive. I had the shrimp pasta and that was alright. Nothing special. I’d rather go somewhere else next time round

Thank Monkey168
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Small menu (which I really like), nice selections of food and beverage. Good atmosphere, prompt service and friendly staff with a smile.

Thank StevieGinNJ
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Located in a building that was once an iconic rock hall that hosted rock and roll legends. Now a beautiful restaurant that serves really great comfort food and large selection of beers and cocktails. Highly recommend.

Thank VisitWilmingtonDE
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great place to eat, reasonable price, great brewed beers, good service. Live in newark de and visit frequently.

Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We have been to the SB several times and the menu seems to change quite a bit. Several of the entrees are on the heavier side so we usually order several and share. The venison burger was amazing but not on the menu last time....More

2  Thank Unfun
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Had a late lunch at the Stone Balloon yesterday and it was delicious. We ordered the Cornbread Donuts appetizer that came with a bacon-bourbon-maple syrup spread. Great flavor combination. Also ordered the ham and cheese spring rolls that came with a rich tomato bisque for...More

2  Thank Larry B
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We were a party of 14 celebrating my daughters college graduation. I had made a reservation in advance. They were ready for us abbot early which was nice. There was a special, limited menu which suited is fine. Service was good, food was good and...More

1  Thank momlili
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
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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