Balance Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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.
What 146 People Are Saying
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D
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable lunch - high quality food with excellent service from the owner in a beautifully renovated space in downtown Johnstown.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balance never disappoints! Their food and drinks are amazing! Their staff is always friendly and goes above and beyond to make your experience with them one that will have you coming back again and again!

DF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY nice place to eat! Great service! Amazing food quality! Awesome value! We will return!

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I, our son, and my 93 year old Mom had dinner at Balance Restaurant a few night's ago. We all have very different likes and dislikes where food is concerned. I hate fish, my Mom loves it. My husband and son love spicy food, and Mom and I don't. My husband can't stand the concept of mixing fruit and vegetables together and I love it. You get the point.

Balance has built their menu around the concept of small plates where you have the opportunity to share your entrees with all in your party. All told, we had five separate entrees that we shared and even though some were not foods that some of us would ordinarily select, we found that each one was filled with flavor, expertly pulled together, and absolutely delicious. Their chef is definitely to be commended for their creativity and thoughtfulness. This meal also allowed some of us to set aside preconceived notions about what we will and won't eat which was an added bonus allowing us to expand our culinary horizons.

We all loved the Diver Scallops, and the Chicken Pasta was also sensational, but I think the biggest surprise, was the Harvest Bowl. It was absolutely fabulous and we all left the restaurant raving about it. We found that the shared small plates concept, opened up a line of communication between us that wouldn't be there if we weren't all experiencing the same food at the same time. It's a really nice way to share a meal and we highly recommend it.

The only negative involves the chairs. They aren't the most comfortable, but they won't stop us from returning. Overall, an exceptional experience and my Mom wants to come back for her birthday in a few weeks. She won't have to twist our arm to agree to that. Thank you Balance Restaurant for a lovely experience.

JP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine in at Balance our experience is wonderful! The servers are attentive and knowledgeable and really add a lot to the whole dinner.

OT
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One diner ordered a martini which was offered as a special drink of the evening. This is a diner who loves martinis and always orders them. He said it was absolutely delicious. We started by sharing the Brussels sprouts- crunchy, perfect seasoning. They were delicious. We followed with 2 orders of Diver scallops and 1 order of the Asian Shrimp. The scallops were served over kale that had quite a kick. One diner absolutely loved it and one found it to be too spicy. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious. The Asian shrimp was served with Chinese slaw and rice. It was very good and the slaw was crunchy and tasty. One diner ordered the honey cheesecake and the other 2 diners shared the powdered sugar taco dessert. Yummy! Our overall assessment was that we will be back- the young lady who served us was attentive (one diner was physically impaired and she offered suggestions and helped make his experience special), and the bartender who made the special martini stopped by the table to ask the diner’s opinion of the martini. It was all very pleasant. We had heard before we went that the portions were skimpy but that could not have been further from our experience. We all agreed we could not have eaten a larger portion. We all highly recommend!

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always makes our dining experience wonderful. Never, ever disappointing. A go-to place that never fails.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Another wonderful dinner. Always changing, fresh menu with wonderful cocktails. Also catering and special event services with attention to detail like no other.

TW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a sea of bar-food, Balance is a tropical island of deliciousness. The food is prepared by what must be a top-shelf chef, the food itself is unique and delicious, the ambiance is just right-I can't say enough good things about this place. If you have not been here, you should go. If you've been here, you should go back!

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried a new and "newer" fall Menu item. The new 'fruitcuterie' plate was even better than when first served at the preview, and the scallops were perfectly prepared. All this on a very busy night!

DF
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Exceptional food for this area. Creative and generally well-executed.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here 4 or 5 times now and each time has been great. Great flavors and top-notch ingredients, and a great atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

SD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Balance! The food, staff and atmosphere are all fantastic!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual

s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My mother and I enjoyed an excellent meal at Balance last weekend. I was impressed with the quality of food and the general atmosphere of the restaurant. We had the 5 course tasting meal which was a good value. My mom ended up taking about a third of the food home with her as it was more than the 2 of us could finish. Everything was delicious. Most noteworthy were the lemon parm sprouts and the rib eye fry. The steak was cooked perfectly. All dishes were interesting in preparation and presentation. The wine list was good and the value of the by-the-glass options was excellent. (I recommend the McMurray Pinot Noir.) I live in Chicago, and this restaurant would likely be successful even in that competitive "foodie" market. The ambience is modern and despite lots of hard surfaces that tend to make rooms noisy, it was easy to carry on a conversation even though neither of us hears as well as we used to! It is so nice to have a place of this quality in downtown Johnstown. I will definitely return on subsequent trips to the area.

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great news about expansion into the building next door! Testament to both the quality and popularity of this restaurant. As usual, the meal tonight was right on the mark!

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was to preview the release of the Fall Menu. What an event. All menu items were a hit, especially with the ingenious cocktail pairings. Loved them all and can't wait to order once again the salmon curry as well as the fall vegetable dish. Both scrumptious!

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food and service was marvelous. The fresh cut fries were amazing! as were the steak and cast iron pork. Really like the decor and the atmosphere.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great.

KC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

First time at Balance. Seating is very uncomfortable. Hard metal chairs or wood benches.
When restaurant is full, noice level is excessive plus loud music.
Food was mediocre and overpriced. Service was ok for main course but had to wait for over 1/2 hour for dessert. Waitress comped us to apologize but still that’s unacceptable no matter how busy kitchen may be.

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everybody needs just one place that you can always count on to do it right....every single time. Balance is that place in our lives.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, a wonderful dining experience.

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife had the new menu item of shrimp over wonderfully flavored fettuccine. Outstanding light sauce. Inventive! Keep 'em coming!!

DF
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Creative cooking and broad choice

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This review is for August 30 around 1:30 PM... Our first visit to Balance for lunch..prompted by a request from our 15 yr old grandson who loves the salt and pepper fries. We had fried green tomato salad special, two cheese burgers, additional order of fries and a quesadilla ( he is a growing boy you know). Terrific food (according to the grandson), and fine service, all at reasonable prices. Great place to visit. You can see why folks were continuing to linger at their tables long after lunch was finished.

OT
Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed to post a review after another fabulous meal at Balance. Amanda and her staff do a wonderful job every time we dine. Tonight was no exception. While it is still on the menu you have to stop in and try the pork and peaches, it’s one of my favorites. We are very lucky to have a place like this in Johnstown.

MN
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Girls’ Night Out planned and it was great! From the delicious drinks to our outstanding food, and service with a smile. We all left very pleased. Will definitely be back!

P
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was great. The service was great. They need to work more on their non alcoholic beverages. My coke was flat and my wife’s tea was soured. It was pretty warm in the restaurant bc they had the big door to outdoor seating open and it was a 90 degree day.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious pork chop with grilled peaches and golden raisins..yum.....

AM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A variety of different menu choices to try. Unique and different to the area.

j
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Basic. What a delicious meal!! The "tapas" were large portions and the food was creative and flavorful. The servers were knowledgeable, efficient, polite, and smiling! We highly recommend Basic!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love balance - didn't care to well for the service time being that it wasn't that busy. Took us 20+ mins to even be asked what we would like to drink. Food was delicious as always!

LM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on your meal to be delicious, unique and packed with flavor! We love coming to Balance to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, there’s no other place like it in town!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

One of the best places to visit in downtown Johnstown. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was fantastic. My only complaint is the lack of service when they get busy so be prepared to wait a bit at the door or for the first cocktail.

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our go to place!!!

DB
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the pork chop!

DF
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. The brussels sprouts with parmesan were absolutely delicious. All of the food was good and enjoyed the evening there.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good! The fries with truffle oil and the bacon are always amazing!