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, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
i will start by saying that a friend who ...
i will start by saying that a friend who i've know for many years is a waitress there and i'm sorry to write this. that was without a doubt the worst dining experience i've had. we arrived @ 6:45p and all started well, very little business. but then the floodgates opened and you hear the chant of i'm so sorry we are understaffed. food was glacial pace. tables sitting near us got no service. the cherry on the top of this mess was the manager who sat in his office, windows fully exposing him playing fantasy football on computer. i mentioned the halibut had consistency of mashed potatoes, with out getting up he said he would mention that to kitchen. someone has spent a good bit of money investing in dining, they have thrown it down the drain.
Food was delicious. We liked browsing t ...
Food was delicious. We liked browsing the wine racks to pick out our wine for dinner. We were a bit surprised at the corkage fee of $8 as other places that provide the same concept do not charge a corkage fee. But the food was outstanding and we will return.
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!
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