About Balaban's - Chesterfield
Balaban's continues the tradition of the Cental West End location with a new concept in Chesterfield. Balaban's operates full service restaurant and retail wine shop with the same classic dishes such as the Beef Wellington, Cucumber Bisque and Trout Pancake. All of the bottles on the Wine Spectator's award winning wine list are sold at a retail cost with a small $8 corkage fee.
American, French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, Visa
Full service on and off premise with delivery avaliable
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Balaban's Proudly Presents:
Cakebread Wine Dinner
Sunday, July 31st @ 6:30pm
Come join us for our monthly Sunday Wine Dinner
5 Course Dinner with an Appetizer Reception
Guests will be greeted with a Glass of Sparkling Wine
$110.00 per person (plus Tax and Gratuity)
Please call 636.449.6700 for Reservations
Beautiful Tuscan inspired room presenting the perfect setting for your special occasion. Accommodating up to 90 individuals for lunch and dinner, 100 for more casual buffets and cocktails. The room may be modified for smaller groups. AV equipment is preset in the space.
Balaban's - Chesterfield Ratings and Reviews
What a treat. Andrea was a perfect hoste ...
What a treat. Andrea was a perfect hostess and service specialist. Really great thing is if you want a full bottle of wine all you do is peruse their nice size retail area (complete with wine enthusiast to assist) and they charge you the retail price plus corking fee which is a lot less than paying for a bottle at other restaurants. Careful though, with it being less expensive you may just drink a wee bit more. Food was delicious from appetizers, small plates to full entrees.
We really liked the idea of Prix Fixe di ...
We really liked the idea of Prix Fixe dinner and no corkage with a wine purchased from the store. The wine selection is very good and the food was very good. The service was fair to poor and it was not very crowded. The wait staff seemed to be more interested talking amongst themselves than paying attention to the clients. We had to battle to continually ask for things that should have been there, and it was slow as well. Dinner took well over 2 1/2 hours on a Monday night.
Always a Great Experience
As usual, Balaban's delivers on all aspects of dining - quality food, super wine list, excellent service. This is our neighborhood "go-to" spot, but it is also the kind of place you would find in Southern California - laid back atmosphere, friendly people, and a distinct farm-to-table inspiration in the menu. The portions are the size that encourage you to try several plates without fear of food over-load. They run a proper bar where you can get a proper mixed drink - no tonic, soda, or other mixers out of a gun - always out of a small bottle.
We both had different fish specials, an ...
We both had different fish specials, and each one was phenomenal. Wine pairing was excellent We took the waitress's suggestion and had the small salads (the regular size salad is huge) garnished with pear, figs, and sliced Parmesan cheese. Excellent meal overall
Balabans used to be one of my faves now not so
I have been going to Balabans since their opening. One of my very favorites, great food, vibe, and most of all, great ownership/management/service. However now that at least 2 of the owner/managers have left, I fear Balabans is destined to fail. The service was sub-par and the attitude which was once "we will try accommodate to your needs and say yes", became one big "no" after the other. Even a couple of the "old" service folks stated that many of them were upset and thinking about leaving too. What a shame, there is still time to fix this, so do it, before it's too late.
Food Can Make the Difference
We expected a somewhat more elegant restaurant judging from the online menu. This is basically a wine store with wooden tables and chairs for dining. You can choose wine from the menu, or pick any bottle from the racks and have it served for $8 corkage. Our server was very good but had to work too many tables. The sea bass with crab, served over rice and asparagus was perfectly cooked. The beef wellington was prepared with a marvelous herb sauce.
We headed over on Saturday as we had a gift card. Previously I had never really thought about Balaban's. We went with another couple and we all commented about how to good it was. The service was excellent. The place isn't huge but that only makes it that much better.
We had appetizers calamari and their special. Both were above average. The real surprise was our entree. Sole wrapped around crab. It was not smothered in some sauce but rather simple and the flavor was perfect. Another got the pork chop. It was lighted flowered but cooked perfect. Not over grilled or seasoned.
Price was less than Cafe Napoli, more comparable to Mia Sorella with a better wine list.
We brought a small group for dinner. They sat us in the wine room. The atmosphere was terrific. We were able to have great spirited conversation without worrying about disturbing any others. The food as usual was great. The service terrific as well. Great evening!
I think every time we go to Balaban's th ...
I think every time we go to Balaban's the food is better! My wife had the Salmon special while I had the pan seared Grouper special. In both cases the fish was cooked perfectly. My Grouper came with a tomato chutney and was on a bed of rice and vegetables. The flavors were just remarkable. We shared a wine flight then ordered a bottle of what we liked best. Wine prices are reasonable and Tiffany was a great server. We also liked the new arrangements. The dining area has been expanded by raising a wine rack to free up floor space. Only reason I did not give all top ratings is that is a bit noisy. We could still talk just fine but overall noise is just a notch higher than we would like, but that never stops us in leaving Balaban's at the top of our list! Also always a great place to bring friends as the food is unique, wine excellent and service very attentive. Balaban's never disappoints!
Great concept-- tired menu
The selection of reasonably priced wines in the retail section that can be brought to the table adds interest to the meal and allows for experimentation. The menu however is tired and some dishes like candied shrimp have no place on it. I recommend Balaban's for a first visit and hope to see a fresher more innovative menu soon.
This was our second time here and we had ...
This was our second time here and we had a great experience each time. The first time we ordered the Artisanal cheese plate, which we thoroughly enjoyed, as well as one of the yummy flatbreads. This time, we ordered the seasonal bruschetta which was wonderful and clam chowder which my husband enjoyed. I had the stuffed chicken which was had a crispy skin, and was stuffed with bacon and mushrooms and seasoned perfectly. The mashed potatoes and pan roasted vegetables were a perfect accompaniment. The portion size was just right. My husband thought his pork chop was quite tasty. We will definitely be back!
My party and I had a wonderful time at B ...
My party and I had a wonderful time at Balabans! Our waitress, Adrienne, makes the best cosmos and Manhattans! The stuffed mushrooms and lobster stuffed ravioli are a must when you visit. We went on a Monday, which is their Balabargins night, you get a 3 course mean for $25, which is a pretty good deal! I'd definitely recommend it if you want an exquisite meal without spending a ton of money.
Decent, but overpriced
Made reservations for my husband, daughter and I... Friday night dinner. We'd not been before, but reviews were good and I love trying different places. Was surprised how small the seating area was... Over 1/2 of the space consumed by wine storage. Service was very good. Ordered stuffed chicken for me; husband ordered lamb chops and flatbread for the daughter. Food was good, but nothing special... Overpriced certainly. I wouldn't go back for dinner. Atmosphere much more appropriate for a lunch crowd.
I found Balaban's to be just "OK", with mismatched chairs and tables, a lot of noise, and an eclectic clientele from a dress code perspective. We hadn't been out in the evening for a while and didn't see the value in what they were charging. The ambiance was missing, and that is worth a lot. The food was OK, but only OK, with the ribeye being way too fatty. It wasn't worth what we paid. I would go back to this restaurant if they make some basic improvements to soundproofing, chairs and tables, and the like.
Wow-Outstanding New Years Dinner!
Could not have asked for a more-wonderful meal-outstanding food, wonderful service, and 5 minutes from home. Limited menu because of the holiday but the selections were all exceptional and we tried three of them. I had the Hearts of Palm salad which is on the regular menu and as always was delicious. But what put the meal over the top was the sweet potato gnocchi and Elk loin entrée-melted in your month. The meal was topped off with three dessert choices-my selection was the carrot cake-yum yum! Balaban's always has great food and drink-but the chef really made the evening one to remember!
My husband and I went for the Balabash on New Years Eve. The food was very good. The Bone-in Pork chop was very tender and had a delicious maple bacon glaze. The chocolate mousse cake was a wonderful way to finish the evening. We would definitely come back.
Group Lunch Score!
I needed a place for my group of 12 to have a holiday luncheon, and Balaban's turned out to be a great selection. Most of us had not been there before, but now plan to go back, as there were several menu selections we're anxious to try! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their lunch, from the chicken pot pie special to the beet salad and cheese plate. The waitress was accommodating, and the casual setting was perfect, with (unexpected) racks of wine on display nearby for purchase.
This was our second dining experience at Balaban's. Unfortunately, it did not measure up to the first. There was one server for approximately 12 tables. Even though, we had decent service. We each ordered a glass of wine which was good. I liked the Evermore Poit Noir from Washington state. I ordered a pear and fig salad. The salad greens were fresh and crisp. However, there was very little dressing on the salad. I could taste it on only one bite. My husband ordered the scallops. His entree consisted of 6 small scallops, a few vegetables and a small serving of rice. I ordered the lamb chops. My entree consisted of two correctly cooked lamb chops, two green beans, a mushroom slice, a few slices of a white vegetable and a serving of mashed potatoes. I asked for my wine to be served with my meal. I received it as I was finishing. The server/table ratio may have impacted this aspect. Both of us thought the meal was not a good value. We spent $93.00 for two glasses of wine, one salad, and two entrees. Overall, the entrees were average in flavor and the portion size was small.
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