Balos

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182 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
Balos Estiatorio is West Hartford's premier Greek restaurant, incorporating whole fish dishes with unique Greek wines that will give your pallet a one-way ticket to Greece. Warm service and stunning atmosphere will delight your senses.

Look to us for your New Year's Eve Celebration! Join us in ringing in the new year as though you're on a Greek Isle! Enjoy a unique prix fixe dinner with 2 seatings at 6:00 and 9:00pm. Please call with any questions 860-231-0028

Open for lunch 11:30am to 3:30pm and dinner 4:00pm to 10:00pm every day. Join us for Happy Hour every weekday!

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What 182 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chaz, our server, was exceptional! He made the meal and our time there beyond expectations! The food was fresh, delicious and exquisite!

Balos
Responded 5 days ago

Hi MiaY, Fresh, delicious food paired with exceptional service is a recipe for success :) We appreciate you and your 5-star review. We will be sure to pass along the compliments to Chaz and we hope to see you back here soon!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a super swanky space. I felt like I was on a Greek island!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was fair, but for the price we were not impressed. Noise level was fine, but only because we were one of three tables in the restaurant with people.

Balos
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Mish, Thank you for stopping in! We appreciate your feedback as we we are always looking for ways to improve. If you have any additional comments, please do not hesitate to message us directly. We hope that you come in and join us for happy hour where we offer beer, wine, cocktails, and small plates at a discounted price.

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R
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner - octopus appetizer was excellent as was the moussaka. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. She recommended a Greek Cabernet Sauvignon which was really good. Ambience was pleasant- very light and airy inside. Bench seating with pillows along the wall may bother some folks but we were very comfortable. We will definitely return.

Balos
Responded 5 days ago

Hi ChristineR, We love to read when our servers enhance the experience! Thanks for stopping in and we look forward to your return :)

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R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price. We stuck with appetizers with some happy hour additions. The chicken souvlaki was excellent, as were the hummus, eggplant and tzatziki spreads. We also enjoyed the lamb meatballs. The waiter helped me select a dry white Greek wine that was delicious. The restaurant is lovely and reminded me of Kellari Tavern, a great Greek NYC restaurant. It was a very quiet Tuesday night but I expect it would be quite busy on the weekends. There are both outdoor and indoor seating options with bar (very classy looking) and dining room choices. Our bill was $61 for two Greek beers, a glass of wine and multiple generous appetizers, which we considered very reasonable. We will be back.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall. Both of us had the Prix Fix meal, I had the Horiatiki (village) salad, Pastitsio and Butter Cake. We also ordered a bottle of wine and Saganaki as a starter. There was also some live Greek music that night which just added to the ambiance.

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p
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great service. The location and atmosphere is nice. We attended some of the live music which added to the ambiance.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Beautiful room and the service could not have been better. We loved the bread, what it was served with, the spanakopita . My Ping Grigio was great. The entrees were very mediocre and very expensive. I was shocked to see my green beans were brown, the fish portion very small. I was told a whole fish “would take an hour”. Lemon potato’s were yummy. My partners orzo dish was not even close to worth what we were charged, hardly any vegetables in it at all. We noticed the diner next to us did not eat his pasta dish.
We would not return unless for appetizers only.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived for Happy Hour on the patio. Nice to sit outside with drinks and apps. HH is a bargain. Entrees mostly high priced, but good, fresh seafood. Good service. I would try again.

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f
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience dining at Balos. Food was good, service was excellent. Nice atmosphere.

Balos
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi Frequentdiner, Thank you for the 5 stars! Good food, excellent service, and a nice atmosphere are just a few of our favorite things to serve up at Balos :) We hope to see you again soon!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience! Always fun and good is delicious!

Balos
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We look forward to serving you up another lovely experience on your next visit in.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Lovely venue and delicious food..... the service was slow: which seemed strange bc it was not crowded and there were a LOT of servers. Several times one server delivered our appetizers to the wrong table. Hopefully it was just a weird night bc we loved the food and plan to return!

Balos
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for dining with us and enjoying our venue as well as our delicious food. We appreciate your feedback as efficient service is an area in which we strive for excellence. If you have any further comments that you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to message us directly. Thank you again and we look forward to serving you on your next visit in,

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IF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening tonight in West Hartford Center Wonderful to enjoy great food in the open air dining room ! Welcoming and efficient service Great experience

Balos
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi IrishFoodie, Thank you for stopping in and enjoying our great food and open air dining room. We are thrilled to read that your experience was an enjoyable one. We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was absolutely beautiful. The Maitre'D could not have been nicer. He was constantly circulating to determine if everything was okay. The food was beautiful and tasty. It felt like we were back in the Greek islands. We can't wait to go back.

Balos
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Greenthumb, We can't wait to have you back! Thank you for the compliments to the Maitre' D and to our food. See you soon :)

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor and cool vibe:) feels like you are on vacation

Balos
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi AniaL, Thank you for coming in and digging our vibe! We look forward to seeing you again!

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Decour is so bright and refreshing it feels like you’re sitting on the Mediterranean and the staff was delightful and the food was delicious

Balos
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi JenSparkle, Thank you for the 5-stars and enjoying our delightful staff and delicious food. We look forward to hosting you on your next trip in :)

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BA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

1 hour and 20 minutes to get mediocre food on the table is a recipe for going out of business soon.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service is way too slow and that ruins the dining experience

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l
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the food was good, but could have certainly used a "kick up" regarding spicing. The decor was a bit odd, given that a Greek restaurant would not be expected to have so much bamboo.

However, if you share dishes or have a coupon, a very nice meal. It is a bit pricey

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was above our expectations and the service was attentive and non-invasive.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Balos was a huge disappointment. Server was very scattered and didn’t seem to know much about menu. Ordered a bottle of wine from menu to find out 15 minutes later they don’t carry it anymore. Very rushed into ordering. 30 mins after ordering entree he tells us 2 of the items are out. At that point we said forget it and took the check. Biggest complaint was the noise. Live music at 8pm. Would be great if you could still have a conversation with your table. When I tell you we were screaming at each other and leaning so far into the table to hear one another. Manager never even acknowledged us. Took our girls dinner over to Bricco, which never disappoints. Save yourself the time and money- do not go.

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EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a group of friends for lunch. Sadly, the place was practically empty at 12:30. We go the the prixe fixe lunch for $20. Great value - our three courses were well prepared and tasty. Can not wait to go back again.

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LG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fresh and delicious! The bread is served with a cheese/olive/olive oil dish which was a great start. Next we shared an assortment of appetizers from the happy hour menu including lamb meatballs and calamari and then each ordered a meal, we were all extremely happy with everything. We loved the Greek-themed atmosphere, very open and tastefully decorated. Will definitely be back!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We ate here once on a Saturday night with 6 people in our party and restaurant packed. Food and service were amazing. We didn't mind spending the money. Went again based on previous experience. This time it was a Wednesday with only about 30 people in the place. Service was average. Apps were good. No complaints. We both ordered fish (branzino and dorado). It took nearly an hour to arrive. Was wicked over cooked and dry and there were so many bones in it that we both decided to just not eat it. They did adjust our bill accordingly, but there really is no excuse for such poor quality in food, especially at over $30 a pound!

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious . The bus boy was super on top of things . He really took care of us. Pretty sure his name is Hunter . The waiter was great too.

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Overall a good experience.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place but way way too pricey

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Z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent we chose the fresh fish which was recommended by our server it was cooked to perfection . She gave a great wine suggestion also . We will definitely return .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent upscale greek food. Very nice decor and prompt service.

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B
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and help with the many choices of Greek wine. Two top of the menu fish dishes are excellent.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server and experience was amazing. Balos came highly recommended as a place for celebrations. Loved the birthday dessert selection!

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to try classic Greek dishes: Tzatziki spread with fresh bread, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Orzotto, Dorado Tsipoura & Patates Tiganites. All were delightfully done and enjoyed by our group.

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Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was the second time we tried the restaurant. It’s a very nice space and the waiter was extremely accommodating and pleasant. We really wanted to like this place. But three overall criticisms: 1) the prices are too high. $38 for Branzino? Most of the entrees were between $30-50! It’s simply impossible to get dinner for 2 with a glass of wine for each and pay less than $60 a person. If it were a great meal, that would be ok. But the food itself is just good, certainly not great. 2) two of our dishes were cold/lukewarm - including the Branzino and the Greek potatoes. Food simply has to be served hot. 3) the menu is too limited. Very few options for vegetarians. And even for meat and fish eaters, there isn’t much variety.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Music too loud but atmosphere was lively. Good food, beautiful ambience!

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WC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Place was empty. Much of the fish served was farm raised. The waiter did not know how the fish was presented. They did not have shrimp (when the waiter said they did) because it had spoiled. It was expensive so not a good experience all in all.

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FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balos was very easy to find, great location and beautifully done decor. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and service was prompt. Our dinner was very enjoyable: the salmon was exceptional, they offer great wine and very accommodating service. One suggestion: they may have to Choose between a great value with good food that packs people in ( ala Bar Taco) or an upscale place you go for a special date. The prices were high for the food both quality, quantity and presentation. I had roast chicken and It was a bit overpriced. The potatoes were flavorful and green beans had a delicious sauce.
A great pre theater dinner.

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KD
New England
125 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Way to loud with club music. Our waitress was lovely, but the food took over 45 minutes to arrive and there was no one in the restaurant. It’s OK not great. Not worth the money. Although the ribeye is outstanding

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Seats were hard and uncomfortable. Food was disappointing; I had a chicken dish, which was tough and overcooked. Prices were excessive for the quality of food on offer. I will no dine at Balos again.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Way over priced!!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was overpriced and mediocre.

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