Balance Restaurant

4.6
283 Reviews
$30 and under
American
At Balance Restaurant during the day, we focus on the traditional side of dining. We offer healthy alternatives for lunch in a traditional setting. During the evening, we focus on a creative dining experience.
We offer a variety of fresh delicious dishes and exciting cocktails. The goal of Balance Restaurant is to bring people together through food. We have created a space that is beautiful, welcoming and exciting.

If you want to kick start your day with a delicious lunch or enjoy a crafted cocktail or beer after work or have a fabulous evening out, we hope Balance Restaurant will be your choice.

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What 283 people are saying
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vipJames
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service and food.
However, too bright, too loud (needs noise damping materials) and some nice music, if you could cut down on the chatter noise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garlic parm steak bowl was absolutely delicious. The service was friendly and fast. The Empress of Hawaii was fantastic. The presentation of the food and drink and cleanliness of the restaurant was top notch.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately there were flies/fruit flies joining us for dinner. Became very annoying when we were constantly swatting them away. Hard to have good conversation.

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AaronL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It was 97 degrees out and they had no air conditioning. We asked about the air and they said it was broken...well how about call someone to come and fix it???

Food was greasy and have had better food at local bars in Johnstown. The drinks were mediocre at best. $9 mojito was mostly sweet and sour mix.

For all the hype about this place I was disappointed.....stick to your Johnstown staples.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding in every way. The food was simply delicious and plated beautifully. The service was so attentive and friendly. It was just delightful. A true gem. If you are a foodie, you must go here and try those brussel sprouts! We are coming back on our next roadtrip!

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LeslieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

pleasantly surprised with the eclectic menu and variety of fresh flavors! every dish had an excellent balance of flavors- we would highly recommend! such a nice find for the Johnstown area. A lot of fresh ingredients. Will definitely come back!

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NancyF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - loved the Balance bowl. The flavors blend very well

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vipSusanM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our 92 year old aunt for lunch. It was fantastic.

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Pluto504
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside which we love but being out on the sidewalk is not ideal

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vipLungo
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our first visit to Balance was amazing and we are already planning to go again. The food and drinks were all prepared to prefect perfection. I had the Sweet Thai Salmon which was so so good. The portion size was almost to much to eat. But I finished it. My wife had a burger with fresh cut fries. We also enjoyed a few appetizers, my favorite one being the Three Way Bacon. The wait staff was very pleasant and informative. We had cheese cake and ice cream for desert which topped off the amazing dinner experience.

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TammyS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Not only is the food amazing, the wait staff and bartender are all top notch!!
Please do yourself a favor and go to Balance. You will not regret it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks!

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Shelly
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a relaxing atmosphere. Our waiter was helpful and friendly.

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vipJojo
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Food, service & atmosphere was wonderful. Unfortunately I am not from Johnstown

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WilliamD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome restaurant! The food is the best I have eaten in this area. Excellent choices! The wait staff is fantastic and very helpful. We will return as often as possible.

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vipDBDJR64
Pittsburgh
120 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our "go-to" place. Love the people, food, and options.

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vipKellyB
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always the best. Our only complaint this time was the pork chop special was a bit salty. Not sure if it was in the corn that it sat on top of or the mashed potatoes. But otherwise all was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant offers terrific ambience and is a beautiful
Space. The food is delicious and they offer an eclectic menu. The grilled pineapple margarita is my favorite !!!

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Pluto504
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I know future outdoor dining will be better but it is far from ideal but we love being able to dine outside

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StevenF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The first table we were seated at had an air conditioning vent directly over it, blowing cold air right down on us. The restaurant was very busy but another table was located for us immediately. The care that was extended towards us and our experience there was obvious and appreciated.

The servers were both cheerful and knowledgeable about the food that was being offered as specials for the night as well as the menu items. Again the caring service there was obvious.

We ordered drinks, appetizers, main courses, coffee and dessert. All of the food served was fresh, hot, and absolutely delicious. Even the cheesecake for dessert was served at the perfect temperature. And the portions were more than ample. We definitely were not hungry when we left. We were never rushed between courses which gave us plenty of time to enjoy each course and relax a bit before the next one arrived.

Lastly when the bill arrived we were very pleased at the overall value for our meals. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly enjoys good food and appreciated excellent service. You will not be sorry.

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michelel
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff! Excellent food!! And the drinks are delicious!! A must go! We definitely be returning!

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JohnO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Grace was just super. All the different waiters and waitresses have been great.
Food is the best in Johnstown. I’m hooked on your Thai Salmon. I’ve cleaned my plate the last two times i’ve been to Balance.
Keep the great food coming!😎

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JamesW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Glad to hear they are expanding. They are a great addition to downtown Johnstown.

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vipDBDJR64
Pittsburgh
120 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place

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vipViper
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I you were all evening was very good. The food was very good as well as the ambulance. The only complaint we had was that we ordered extra bread and we were charged two dollars for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!

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DebbieB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I felt that were rushed. Our entrees were brought out before we were done with our appetizer. The food was very good.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Took 2 hours for our food. Over 30 minutes for drink refills. Tables that came in after us were served before us. If they couldn’t of handled our table of 9 I wish we would have been turned us away. We were celebrating a birthday and it certainly ruined the night. I’ve been to balance many times and I have to say this was the worst experience.

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Usmc2017
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Johnstown for the weekend and saw the menu here. Very fresh and creative for a small town. Everyone was so friendly and helpful- that mushroom risotto 😍 nice job!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Food was fantastic.

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SuzetteC
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service, delish and creative cocktails and entrees, fabulous atmosphere

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JARM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful waitstaff. Fantastic food. I always have high expectations at Balance and I am never disappointed. Their brussel sprouts are the best ever.

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LeannaM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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RichardR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The evening was disappointing...especially since it was my wife’s birthday. We were put into the ‘ new’ section . The room needs something to muffle the sound...unfinished concrete floors, brick walls, open ceilings amplify every foot step or conversation. The room was not crowded but I cannot imagine what it would be like with more people.
The waitress was friendly but had only one menu. She left to get another.. it never happened and the water glasses she left on the table remained empty until we mentioned it when our appetizer arrived.
The pita and hummus was fine but the steak special my wife ordered was largely inedible...fat and gristle. My dry aged strip sirloin was good but the portion was tiny.
Fortunately I ordered the hand cut fries or I would have left hungry.
The entre orders took nearly an hour to be delivered.
The final blow was that I ordered coffee to complete my meal...it was weak, Luke warm and I had to go to the bar to secure a spoon to stir it.
We had my wife’s birthday dinner at Balance a year ago and she was impressed enough to want to return. On that occasion the owner came to to the table to discuss the meal and plans for the future. The server was alert and the food delicious .
The vaunted reviews from your site do not reflect the food, service or ambiance of the facility we visited on June 11, 2021.
I hope that this was a fluke and that the planned expansion does well. I will not risk using the establishment for another special occasion

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VictorK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal... Topped off with complimentary dessert for the birthday girl.

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mike
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, customer service is top notch

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vipSusanM
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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vipDBDJR64
Pittsburgh
120 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our "Go To" Place...

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KarliceM
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very varied menu. Food cooked perfectly and presented attractively. Service was very good. Very appreciative of staff wearing masks until situation improves more. Enjoyable evening because of all of the above.

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JennW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Balance is a favorite restaurant whether in Johnstown for the night or just passing through. Great beer selection, fun craft cocktails, and tasty eats! We were pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant expanded into a second space. A little drafty but the amazing staff and friendly customers warm the space right up! Can't wait until our next visit to Balance and the Tomahawks!

FAQs

Balance Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (814) 254-4838.

Balance Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.