About Balaban's - Chesterfield
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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
They've stepped up their game on unique preparations & now deliver some real yumminess!!
If you're into wine they do have a very nice selection of bottles & can purchase a bottle to go along with dinner (although they charge corkage except on Monday nights, which is very odd when you're purchasing their bottle at retail!) There are not nearly enough wine choices by the glass especially since they consider themselves a wine bistro...that said everything we have tried food wise for any course has been extremely tasty & with good quality ingredients. If you were a regular at the original Balabans some choices might be somewhat different but still good...like the cucumber bisque & smoked trout pancake. It's tempting to keep repeating your favorites but even the nightly specials are terrific!
Disappointed. Previous visits had been very rewarding. This past Saturday, the team was not on their "A" game.
The restaurant was not crowded. It took a long time for the food to arrive, and when it arrived, some of the plates were cold. Never had experienced this before.
Love the food, it is always great. Service is normally very good. On this occasion it was horrible. Not sure what Waitress was focused on but it was not us. Forgot our salads, brought entrees (35 minutes into evening) then realized she had forgotten salads, generally terrible service. Will try again due to quality of food. Will not stay if same waitress gets our table
We took our kids for Sunday brunch in celebration of Valentine's Day. For $120, (which we expected & were completely fine with, had it lived up to expectations,) my husband had a plate of average beef stew. I found that a couple of my choices, WERE delicious, but, overall, the variety & quality was lacking... It would've been incredibly mediocre if we'd spent $50. Personal suggestion, skip it & hit Bristol.
Black bean soup was delicious, my wife liked her flatbread, but thought it was a small serving. Things really turned south when I started on my carpaccio and it was still frozen, as in solid with ice crystals. Our server, Alyssa, was wonderful, and the item was removed from the bill. How the kitchen staff allowed this to be served is baffling, but we were equally amazed that a manager and/or owner did not bother to speak with us about it. We've dined at Balaban's for many years and the overall experience has noticeably deteriorated over the last several years. Sadly, we will not return.
This was our first visit. We recently moved to Town & Country from the CWE. We are in search for someplace to satisfy our seafood cravings without having to drive into the city or Clayton every time. We read some past reviews of great seafood and wanted to try. Sad to say our visit didn't measure up to the other reviews.
Our waitress was pleasant and informed. We started by ordering 2 cocktails. About 5 minutes later we ordered calamari. The appitizer was delivered in about 5 minutes (still no drinks). We ordered the main course and soup/salad at that time. We finished the appetizer and received the 2nd course still without the drinks. She said they would be right out. When they took the soup bowl and salad plate we finally received the Manhattans. The main course was delivered at about the same time. (Note: There weren't more than 10 people in the whole place so I expected much faster bar service.)
My wife had a fresh fish dish and I had the cioppino. My dish was average. My wife's was overlooked.
The waitress was standing in the bar for about 10 minutes talking with the bartender and she didn't check on us during our meal. Another waitress filled our waters a couple times.
I finally walked over and asked her if we could get the bill.
The cost was about $20 less than I would spend at Blood & Sand, Oceana or 801 Fish and the quality, service and ambiance just wasn't there. Guess we need to continue to drive.
Went in for a quick lunch. I just wanted to try there cucumber soup and it was very very good it was very creamy it was really cool even though it was a very cold day it really hit the spot. There was very few people in the restaurant at the time. And I was surprised that they took such a long time to get the soup out. So we had the soup and had a sandwich and it was very good.
The appetizers were very good.the service was not so good, we are the mean meal and came very late and very cold, my wife did not eat her dish , and my dish of scallop which was cold but they were stones in the rice , I asked fro the manager and I was told he went home.
Later after several complaints one of the waitress came and offer us vegetable and deserts as complement .
The waitress was on her 2nd day in the Restsurant.
The deserts were good
My meal was fine but our guests had the bacon wrapped scallops and the bacon was nowhere close to being done- they both just ate around it. I ordered a glass of Malbec which was a featured wine of the evening and no one could find a bottle of it. I sat drinkless until I asked (for a second time) about it and finally ordered something else
We hadn't been to Balaban's in years. The menu is no longer tapas and the four of us enjoyed our entrees and apps. Everything was well presented and tasty. Our waitress was well-informed and made good suggestions when asked. The wine selection is great -- you walk through the wine aisles and pick what you want at any price point. The $8. corkage fee seemed fair since the wine markup wasn't terrible. We will go back for wine tastings and for dinner. Very fun.
Food was good, with appealing presentation. I had the squash ravioli which was tasty, but very rich. The cucumber soup was delicious, but the portion (cup) small. Would prefer to be served or offered bread rather than to have to ask for it. Interesting menu, overall good and pleasant environment, and service, but on the pricey side for what you get. Price limits our visits.
This restaurant carries the name of an iconic Central West End restaurant, but is similar in name only. Location/architecture/decor aside, the ambiance (open, concrete floor, cafeteria/diner grade furniture) does not fit the price range of the menu. However, the most troubling aspect was the service. While the hostess was pleasant and quick to seat us, we waited approximately 5 minutes before a waiter across the restaurant directed a bus-boy/junior server to bring us water. After another 10 minutes of waiting for a waiter, we informed the hostess that we had yet to see anyone except the water server and that we were leaving the restaurant. She apologized, but offered nothing further. We found nothing to recommend.
Usually a great experience, and this night did not disappoint. Very noisy (not just "energetic") because of a centrally-placed birthday party---we moved from our table to the bar and were very happy we did. Great bartender on all fronts---she took our orders, provided wine recommendations and tasting, took care of our food orders and helped us select a bottle to take home for another day.
While the fish was a bit overcooked, the other dishes were perfect. Will definitely keep coming.
Creative menu, great server, excellent food equals a superb meal. Largest and finest BLT I have ever had in my many years of searching out BLTs. Disappointed that the dining room was not very busy as this is a restaurant/wine store that I will visit often so I hope it stays active and profitable.
Slow start. Didn't know specials, bartender covering dining room by herself.
Waitress that took our table over was GREAT!!!
Charcuterie was fabulous.
Wait between apps and entree was long, not timed well.
Presentation on all was gorgeous.
Husband's dish was piping hot, mine cold. Obviously it waited for his. Owner/manager disagreed- stated it was warm.
Offered to replace, just done with a poor experience at that point.
Ok but nothing special, they really seem to be more of a wine store than a restaurant. The simple items on the menu are probably the better choice, I tried the shrimp with pasta, and it was disappointing, wine list looked interesting but I was there for lunch, with a very small crowd, only 2 other tables were occupied.
Popped in on short notice, but got a table. Started with the heart of palm salad, which was very nice. Ordered the strip pasta and roasted chicken enters which were excellently prepared. Reasonable sized portions and delicious. Dessert was carrot cake, which is some of the best I have had! It was a nice evening and we will definitely be back.
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.
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