Balans Bistro

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Zivnostenska 2, Bratislava, Slovakia

Vegan food bistro est. 2016 serving some versions of Slovakian traditional meals as well as burgers and quesadilla with variety of dressings plus pancakes, desserts, and a daily menu. Beverages include lemonade and coffee. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sat 1:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Western, Beer/Wine, Mexican, European, Fusion, Slovakian

76 Reviews

First Review by AndreaJW

Wondrous food & atmosphere - Edit

It was a cold and rainy day in late March, we were desperately hungry and we had been walking in the streets of Bratislava for a couple of hours trying to find proper, meat-free food in this city where, for some suspicious reason, most places were closed on Saturday evening. And the HappyCow map then guided us to a dark alley (it was late, and rainy) where we found this oasis of bright lights and delicious smells.

Luckily there was one free table just waiting for us, and otherwise the place was packed full and right after us more people came in and had to wait for a table. We ordered vegan burgers and boy! were they tasty! We had tasted several vegan burgers in different European cities before, but none compared to the burgers ate got at Balans Bistro.

The next day we came back to eat here once more before we left the city and once again the food was spot-on and the customer service was just perfect. The atmosphere is a little like a cozy living room, quite small but very comfy. Loved it.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Might have to wait for a table (if no reservation)

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Best gluten free & vegan burger ever - Edit

A super cute and cozy small restaurant. Great staff and atmosphere. Ate the same burger on both days I was in Bratislava, it was the best burger I have ever had (and it was gluten free and vegan). Great quality for your money! Small place, so might be full, would recommend reserving seats atlest for bigger groups. I might visit Bratislava again only to have a burger again in this place!

Pros: Awesome burgers, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Well Priced Delicious Food - Edit

I have tried both the quesadilla and 'no-cheese' sandwich. Both options were amazing in flavour! Very rich and very flavourful. A lot more filling than it looks. It's well priced and you go away full!
Only issue is it's so small you don't always find a seat. Best to visit outside the busiest meal times.
They also have a daily menu, it's written in Slovak on the board but it includes a soup + main and worth asking about!

Pros: Hearty Portions, Reasonable Prices, Daily Menu

Cons: Too small

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superb - Edit

Conveniently situated just around the corner from my hotel.
Had a burger and a dog on consecutive nights and was completely satisfied with the quantity and quality.
Highly recommend

Pros: Vegan

Cons: limited seating

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horrible place - Edit

We really liked the place in the beginning but in the third time we went there we have a problem with places and the restaurant didn’t help us. We felt really bad and ashamed in the restaurant. The food is tasty but the staff are awful. Don’t go there!!

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amazing Burger and Quesadillas - Edit

I ate the Balans Burger with chips and got the mushroom quesadillas for take away. Both were amazing! Lots of sauce on the burger and a big pattie :).

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Small but Very good - Edit

Very good meal. We had Burger And veggie Wiener schnitzel.
Dont accept Credit cards

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soooo delicious - Edit

Two of my friends recommended this place so me and my (carnivore) cousin decided to go there for dinner. And oh my god! This place exceeded my expectations. I went for balans burger with fries. The burger was yummy and their homemade fries were so delicious. My cousin had the sandwich and it was so good. The sides of mayo and coleslaw were so tasty. Everything was good! I got a bounty cake to takeaway as we had to leave and it didn’t disappoint, I only wish I bought a slice of the other walnut cake as well haha. 100% recommend this place

Pros: nice atmosphere, amazing food, delicious desserts

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Great food! - Edit

I like Balans and I go there quite often because I think they have best food in Bratislava. I love their french fries, burgers and daily offers as well. The place is very cozy and I always feel very comfortable there.

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Amazing place! - Edit

Everything was so delicious, we tried the champignon quesadilla and the Mexico burger and it was really good. We also had the fries and some strawberry cake. Besides everyone was really nice, brought the food quickly, and the food was really cheap.

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great food and atmosphere - Edit

The food was amazing, it's cheap and the place is really nice.
They have the menu in english.

Pros: all the food is vegan

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A must-visit place - Edit

Definitely currently the best vegan option in Bratislava. Food is original and delicious and the prices aren't high considering it's in the town centre. Loved by vegans & non-vegans alike.

Pros: Cozy space, A wide selection of delicious food and drinks and

Cons: A pretty small place, sometimes during lunch you h

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not bad!:) - Edit

A little crowded, would recommend making a reservation. Good food, nicely served. Lots of comfort dishes! Will visit again:)

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Food to die for - Edit

Honestly, Balans bistro does some of the nicest vegan food in Bratislava. Whether you choose a dish from the daily menu or perhaps a burger, hot dog or wrap, you can be sure you'll be getting a meal prepared with care and love. The Balans burger is one of the best vegan burgers I've ever tried and the mayo is to die for - I believe it's made with red lentils and it tastes scarily similar to the real stuff. I can't recommend Balans enough!

Pros: amazing food , prices, staff is super kind and lovely

Cons: a bit crowded during lunch time

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Awesome - Edit

I have visited this place only once but I'm definitely planning to go back. Loved their soup and vegan version of shepherd's pie. The place is really nice as well. My non veg friend also loved it and wants to go back.

update: this is probably my favorite vegan restaurant in town at the moment!







Updated from previous review on 2018-01-28

Pros: Tasty food for a fair price, Friendly staff, Cozy place

Cons: usually crowded around lunch hours, cash only

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No GF option? - Edit

The place is cute & cozy and the food smelled so good!
I messaged them first asking if they have anything gluten free. They replied saying they do. When I got there I was told they have nothing GF. And so I left hungry and disappointed.


Updated from previous review on 2018-01-07

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pleasant surprise on the road - Edit

We were starving and decided to take a break for lunch in Bratislava on our way to Italy and we took HappyCow recommendations seriously and it was a good choice ! We had the soup of the day which was Mexican lentil soup with avocado and tortilla chips, seitan wrap and a Mexican burger. The soup was delicious, slightly spicy and filling. By the time we got our main course we were already full. My burger was very good, slightly falling apart so I ate it with utensils:) home fries very tasty. The wrap was also flavorful . Overall we were so full we skipped the desert :) friendly staff speaking English. The downside -cash only. Luckily we had some cash on us (unlike in Berlin where we had to go on an atm quest :))

Pros: tasty, friendly staff, good value for money

Cons: cash only, few tables

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Best vegan junk in Bratislava - Edit

If you have not vegan friends take them here. This bistro fights all stereotypes about tasteless boring vegan food. Honestly it's not healthy fitness choice especially in the evening without daily menu but you will enjoy every bite. And also your not (yet) vegan friends will be very surprised in the best possible way.

Pros: fair price , very tasty , visually appealing

Cons: no salad options

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Cozy - Edit

I heard amazing things about this place from friends who aren't even veg.
This gave me no other choice than to try it out. The expectations were reached and the food was great, the only thing that I didn't fully enjoy was the music. It was really loud and I could barely hear the people I was talking to.

Pros: Cozy

Cons: Loud music, maybe choice of music

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Best Vegan restaurant in Bratislava - Edit

Without a doubt, this is the best vegan restaurant in the city. Daily menu is always good. All of the burgers are delicious. They even offer great desserts. My favorites are the veg-dogs, they're such an amazingly balanced comfort food ❤ and the double sandwich, just lovely flavours. This place never disappointes.

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Definitelly coming again! - Edit

Ive been there for the first time, I had one of the burger (dont remember the name) and my mom had something from the daily menu. Both were amazingly delicious! plus nice staff

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Great restaurant - Edit

I recommended this place. We have tried a burger, sandwich, coco curry soup, salad, burrito. Everything have looked profesional.
Fresh, tasty, original food.
Small place but nice interior.

Pros: interior, excellent offer

Cons: small space

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very good food and fair price! - Edit

Good location. Very nice service. Great place to spend the evening!!!

Pros: 100% vegan , Good prices

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nice and cosy - Edit

Nice and cosy little all vegan restaurant in the city center of Bratislava. They have a daily lunch menu and you can order a la carte. if you like tea, you should try their green tea

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very tasty burgers - Edit

I was there a few times and I’m sure that I’ll visit that place more times with my friends. Green burger was amazing!!! I liked it most of all))

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Wonderful - Edit

With my phone service not working properly (on a phone that was nearly dead), stomach growling, nose running and legs protesting, I was absolutely delighted to step into this place. As I tend to when entering a vegan restaurant in a foreign city/country, I immediately felt at 'home'. The décor is great, the staff are helpful, the food is delicious (and, compared to Vienna prices, shockingly affordable), the interesting drink options are plentiful, the location is good and the WiFi is fast. The staff don't speak fluent English, but hey, this isn't an English-speaking country! They do do their best, though, which is nice. I also like that they offer several veganised Slovak dishes, even if they're not quite up my alley (the one I had was fried). Highly recommended. I'd gladly pay the 5€ train fare from Vienna just to eat there again...in fact, I might just do so tomorrow!

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-21

December 2017 update: Sadly I was unaware that they were just about to celebrate their 365th day of being open the following day (d'oh!), but I once again had a delighful experience whilst in town during my 'birthday weekend', enjoying their daily specials of Thai coconut soup and seitan souvlaki, both of which seemed so lovingly and expertly seasoned and prepared. It warmed my heart to see how busy the place was on a Saturday afternoon (which is a good job, as it also meant I had to make a few rounds about the vicinity in the bitter cold!), and I can't wait for what gastronomic pleasures my next visit brings. One thing is certainly: it won't be too far off from now! 😊

(P.S. - If this place alone isn't enough to visit Bratislava, they've got the most well-stocked vegan shop I've ever visited; I love my dear Maran Vegan, but it seriously puts Vienna to shame.)

Pros: English menu (staff do their best to speak it too), Plenty of veganised traditional dishes, The prices are incredible

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Mñam - Edit

Everything taste delicious. Best vegdogs ever.

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