Vegan food bistro est. 2016 serving burgers and quesadilla with variety of dressings plus pancakes, desserts, and a daily menu. Beverages include lemonade, coffee, local beers and kombucha. Relocated from Zivnostenska 2. Open Mon-Fri 11:00-21:00, Sat 12:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-19:00.

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298 Reviews

First Review by AndreaJW


Points +30

28 Oct 2023


I always have a good time here and I leave satisfied... cozy, tasty, safe place for everyone, milujem



Points +1286

05 Oct 2023

Cozy and yumm

We had lunch at the Balans Bistro and were pleasantly surprised by the little backyard sitting area.
The staff was really friendly and gave us great tips regarding food choices and other café recommendations.
We ordered the Balans Burger which was delicious and the fries were perfect, too! We will come back when we're in Bratislava ☺️

Pros: All vegan, Delicious , Kind staff


Points +106

29 Sep 2023

Great burger!!

One of best burgers in Bratislava.


Points +68

12 Sep 2023

Best of Bratislava

In a city where not much was of inspiration, worth the long-ish walk from the centre, Balans emerged as a highlight; I had the Cuban sandwich while my friend had the hot dog - both solid plant based, meat substitute alternatives- our 3rd friend had the Pirohy, traditional dumplings served with an outrageously tasty creamy / cheesy sauce, which we immediately, greedily dipped our food into. The atmosphere was nice and the staff friendly - highly recommend.


Points +572

29 Aug 2023

Small vegan restaurant in the city

Small restaurant on the outskirts of the city center with a good selection of food. We had a gyro plate and Mac'n'Cheese, both were delicious and we definitely recommend them. The service was very friendly and the restaurant was nicely decorated.


Points +42

29 Aug 2023

Gutes veganes Essen inmitten von Bratislava

Wir hatten eine slowakische Spezialität (ähnlich Käsespätzle) und einen Gyrosteller.

Pros: Leckeres Essen, Schnelle Bedienung


Points +1650

22 Aug 2023

Nice place

Was my first time visit to Balans. I was surprised how small ot looks from front and how big and surprisingly full it was inside.
I was bit struggling with choosing from the menu as I had to eat but wasn't so hungry. Went for the quesadilla and was slightly disappointed. The presentation was extremely basic and the taste wasn't somehow outstanding too. I'm afraid i just made wrong choice and will definitely come back to try some more next time.
Had an ice tea and that was really nice.

Staff was nice and prices were good too.


Points +93

19 Aug 2023

Lovely little gem in Bratislava... and worth the wait!

It's almost useless adding yet another review stating this place is just so great, but I'm going to do it anyways ;)

We had to wait 10 minutes or so to get a table for three and were told we might have to wait 30 minutes or so for our order to be ready due to the crowdedness of the place. The food came a lot faster than that, and after our first few bites we understood why everyone loves this place so much.

The Protein Bowl was lovely - finally a place serving enough (and both) tofu and chickpeas in a bowl! It was not too heavy, fresh ingredients, and super flavourful. Portion size was just right for us. The katsu curry was also delicious and again, so flavourful (and that's something I often miss in restaurant food). We all wished we could try the entire menu. A lot was already sold out when we arrived (vegan gyros, California burrito, drinks, etc.).

Lots of respect for the very hard-working staff that really put effort into making us feel welcome and comfortable. They were patient and polite all the way through, even at the busiest, most demanding hours of the evening. Even our dogs' water bowl was refilled before we had even asked for it.

Unfortunately we didn't get to try out any of their awesome-looking homemade lemonades, ice teas, coffees, or Tibi (kombucha's cousin?) because it was closing time almost right after we finished eating, but that's only another reason to come back again!

Pros: Superb service, Fresh ingredients and portion size, Ambience

Cons: Lots sold out (but that = less food waste!)


Points +96

12 Aug 2023

Great local food

This is the place to go if you want to try vegan local food!
The staff was really friendly and helpful. They explained the local dishes and gave us a personal perspective to it - we loved it!
The food is great and prices are really fair

Pros: Local food, Very tasty, Friendly staff


Points +2498

10 Aug 2023

Highly Disappointing

Having opted for here over my first choice due to the raves reviews it had received I was excited to try the fayre on offering.
Having arrived I was taken through to my seat and given a menu. Having perused the dishes, my anticipation for the meal I was about to consume was at fever pitch, then the waiting started. I was was sat for a good five minutes with no communication with the staff. Finally, I was approached only to be informed that due to the kitchen being busy I would have to wait an hour if I wanted any food. To say I was I perturbed would be an understatement. The restaurant wasn’t even at capacity and I couldn’t understand why I had been seated and presented with a menu of this was the case. There was even the offer of any smaller bites to tide me over in the meantime, the option was leave and come back or just leave. I did the latter.


Points +68

09 Aug 2023

Delicious food

Very friendly service and very good food. When you are in Bratislava you have to visit this restaurant 😁


Points +11

Mostly Veg
08 Aug 2023

Best Burger

This was the best vegan Burger 🍔


Points +422

07 Aug 2023

Great vibe, amazing food!

Lovely, fully vegan restaurant. The ambiance is super cozy and the staff is very friendly.

Pros: Lgbtq friendly, Tasty food, Affordable


Points +197

30 Jul 2023

I wish I could go again!

I was visiting Bratislava for a day and I wish this place was at my town. The food was unbelievably good and the service was incredible. If you have the chance, go try the green burger with some lemonade.

Pros: service, fully vegan, nice atmosphere and place


Points +16965

23 Jul 2023

Great intro to Bratislava

This was the first meal I had after arriving and loved it. Menu has a great mix of options.


23 Jul 2023

Too bad I didn’t manage to go there when in Bratislava! Was on my list!
You should definitely try Smak! 😊


Points +417

20 Jul 2023

Good taste - be carwful with "specials"

I went there because of a recommendation from another restaurant - they said "this is the best". The options are amazing but do not expect a healthy meal there (which is totally fine!). I actually wanted to try the traditional Slovakiam dumings - be aware that the specials (right-hand side of the menu) are only served after 2pm. This was a bit disappointing as this was the side with the most interesting options in my opinion. Had the Cubam Sandwich instead which was very satisfying as well.

Pros: Nice meat and cheese alternatives, Comfy interior, Attentiv and fast staff

Cons: Specials not availablle at all times


Points +73

17 Jul 2023

Really good

Ate some fried bread which was amazing, and almost as amazing cheese-covered pirohy


Points +6483

12 Jul 2023

Interesting menu and tasty meals!

We went for an early lunch and ordered the special of the day: a Slovak dish of mini gnocchi in a creamy sauce topped with smoked tofu, and a Cuban sandwich with seitan, cheese, and pickles. Both were very tasty. The menu has a little influence from around the world. Other than some traditional Slovak dishes, there are American, Mexican, Korean, and Thai influences too. I really appreciate that.

The passion fruit gluten-free cheesecake was perfect: a yummy biscuit crust and a cream that wasn't overly sweet and like a baked cheesecake. Note that after 2pm the full menu is available, although the half menu still has plenty of options.

It was very busy when we arrived but we didn't have to wait long. The service was very friendly and quick too. I like the ambience of the restaurant. Looking forward to returning for dinner!


Points +495

29 Jun 2023

Nice place, good food

They have a really nice and relaxed space outside between the buildings.
I had a veganized traditional dish of dumplings, which was really nice.

Pros: Veganized traditional dish, Nice outside space


Points +211

28 Jun 2023

Not bad, not great - Comfort food.

Good service and friendly staff, food was a little underwhelming but still enjoyable.

Pros: Cheap, Friendly staff , Nice indoor and outdoor setting


Points +26

16 Jun 2023

Best food I've ever had

Absolutely perfect and delicious food. We had the dumplings, the Cuban sandwich and their cinnamon bun dessert, and it was probably the best food I've ever eaten. I live in Sweden so I've eaten my fair share of amazing cinnamon buns, but these were something else. Delicious and homemade. The staff speaks English and they have an English menu. They are super nice, too.

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-16


Points +18

11 Jun 2023

Literally one of the best vegan restaurants I have been to so far 😍

The pirohy were without words, so good! Very nice and courteous service, on the terrace you sit also very nice. Thank you 🌱


Points +258

05 Jun 2023

Super super super

Really cute restaurant, with a lot of choices ! It’s cheap

Pros: The staff , The garden, The food


Points +28

Mostly Veg
02 Jun 2023


Gluten free options available (very nice gluten free burger bun👌)
Staff was very friendly, good price


Points +58

29 May 2023

Absolute must visit in Bratislava

I go here whenever I am in Bratislava!! Staff is super friendly, the place is nice and THE FOOD IS AMAZING ❤️


Points +81

20 May 2023

really good!

we had the burger, the fries were amazing and the burger as well and the service was great! love it

Pros: not so expensive, really nice there!


Points +60

12 May 2023

WOW, amazing vegan Food.

We had a chai latte, mango lassi, slovak dumplings, pizza quesadilla, tom yum soup, cinnamon rolls and a nut cake. Everything was really special and so delicious. Absolutely recommendable!!!!

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