Balaban's - Chesterfield

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437 reviews
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Balaban's continues the tradition of the Cental West End location with a new concept in Chesterfield. Balaban's operates a full service restaurant and retail wine shop with 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.
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M
St. Louis
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a standout.
Don't miss daily evening specials and Sunday brunch.

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GT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the brunch is simply amazing. The selection is great. Best French toast in St.louis hands down.

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Responded 5 days ago

Good news, we serve the same french toast every Sunday! I am glad to hear you had a great experience with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

the web site stated 29.99 and they charged 40 for mother day brunch I would not have gone. The price included a drink, but 2 in the party did not drink. overpriced.

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DH
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. I had the mushroom pasta. Yum yum.

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LA
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Although a frequent patron of Balaban’s, this is the first time dining while a wine tasting was simultaneously being conducted in the back room. Resulting in a staffing issue causing several service issues.

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BR
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was delicious and the service outstanding. Could not have asked for more

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Beth! We hope to see you again soon!

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DW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service (Amanda) made the gathering of old friends all the better.

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Responded 5 days ago

We agree, Amanda is fantastic! I am thrilled to here you had a great experience here and we hope to see you again soon!

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Easter dinner. Expensive for the quality.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for Easter brunch and while the food was generally fine (expect for the stale bagels and runny eggs) , it was extremely overpriced! For forty dollars a person, I expected much more.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food at a good price. Tables were a little too close and made it difficult to get in and out. Also, furniture is somewhat banged up, and bathrooms could use a renovation.

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ML
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been to Balaban's several times. We live around the corner. We had reservations for Easter Brunch and was greeted by a grumpy old man who didn't respond to our initial greeting. The restaurant was not slammed so we were confused with is indifferent response. Even though I had reservations, we were seated at the worst table in the restaurant and when we asked to be moved to a window seat our waitress that we were handed over to said the grumpy old man says no. The table that is by the window is reserved. I mentioned several times that we indeed had reservations and would like a different table. Then the waitress says again, that for people with reservations and the circle of non service continued. We walked out in disgust and won't be back. Frustrating, because we love the food, we had our daughters rehearsal dinner there etc. Management needs a friendlier front of house. It could have been so different.

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M
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for Easter Sunday brunch. The selection of items were fine and the food very good but I personally felt it was a bit overpriced. We'd never been there before so we'll have to try it on a regular Sunday.

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KB
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a good restaurant but not great. Seems as though they could re-capture the greatness of the old Balabans in CWE if they hired a person to re-merchandise the look, hired a new chef and amped up their game a bit.

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KB
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere, food was good but not outstanding. Service staff very pleasant but a bit spacey and disorganized. Really appreciate their option to buy retail wine and use the $8 corkage fee. We usually don’t have good wine when out for dinner and the table shared two great bottles here due to their reasonable policy.

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner, service great as well. Grill special is a nice weekday special.

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C
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and Morel mushrooms

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b
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jasmin took great care of us as usual and the Morel pasta was perfect. one of my favorite dishes!

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group of eight had the wine cellar. Great food and ambiance. Wonderful place and we go there quite frequently.

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G
St. Louis
49 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The special with the morel mushrooms was outstanding, maybe the best entree I’ve had there (and I’ve had a lot of great ones).

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LI
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Still one of my favorite restaurants. Though no longer in the CWE, the quality remains consistent. I had the morel mushroom pasta and is as delicious as I remember from years ago! Next trip will be the Beef Wellington again.

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f
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was perfect. She choose the perfect red Cab for me, was war, & nice. The salads were fresh and the fish flavourful but the strip steak was terrible. Instead of cooked M it was grey & well done. It dId not have a good flavor either. I will go back just not for a steak.

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LO
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The paella was very good but the trout pancake and shrimp appetizers were amazing

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j
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having dinner in the wine room was a treat. Food was excellent. well priced great service.

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j
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday balabargains is a great way to have really good food and wine with no corkeragefee

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b
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended a wine tasting French and Italian. Appetizers were unusual and perfect. The wines selected were outstanding The two experts were the best in STL John Gazzoli excelled as expected. Wonderful evening

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JE
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good value for three courses and no corkage fee.

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J
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was excellent, the server was outstanding, contentious was didn't hover, the casual ambience was what we wanted. Ourall, we had a superb anniversary meal.

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b
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for the Morel Pasta and it did not disappoint. Jasmin was the perfect waiter. We'll be back soon!

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R
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We always look forward to the morel mushroom pasta dish that Balaban’s offers during the spring. We we’re not disappointed this year, the dish was excellent !! However we think the $30.00 price tag is high. We had guest from Kansas City in and my buddy ordered the steal special. The steak was not that good and certainly was not worth $40.00. Everything else was excellent, we had real good service and good wine. We will continue to go to Balaban’s it just a classy place & a fun place to have wine.

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H
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Balaban's. It was delicious! We will definitely go back.

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YK
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jasmine is excellent as always.

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KG
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small and intimate. Food was very good. Very good wine list and retail wine store.

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SS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Minimal service staff. Food was okay, but not spectacular. Took 15 minutes or more to get our drink order in......ordered food at the same time because of the delay and movie time pending. Wasn’t that busy when we arrived, but became busier quickly. Clearly need another server on a Friday evening.

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FW
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious. We loved the wine. I like the idea of small plates to share.

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MA
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Happy Hour is a great value for meeting a couple of colleagues and making it affordable.

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DK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food is AMAZING. We have eaten here twice now and can't wait to go back.

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HC
St. Louis
47 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Much enjoyed the Orin Swift wine dinner. The menu was quite good, food was well prepared and nicely presented. Always a pleasure to dine and add something to my knowledge of wines. Kudos to Jasmine.

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m
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love this restaurant. The wine selection is great and very reasonable, the food is always great, especially the seafood specials and fresh veggies, and their servers are very attentive and thorough, especially Jasmine. This is not a place to just drive by!!! xoxo

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KD
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Table was too small for 3 and in a high traffic area. This place is good on a week night but they can’t seem to handle a heavy crowd.

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