Our beautiful Tuscan-inspired room is 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 also be modified for smaller groups. AV equipment is available at no extra charge.View Private Dining Details
Fabulous Mother's Day Brunch , Sunday, May 13th, 10 - 3. Featuring complimentary glass of sparkling wine, Bloody Mary or Mimosa; Fritattas and Eggs Benedict to order; Hand Carved Prime Rib Roast; Hot Breakfast and Lunch Buffet; French Toast and much more.. $39 for adults; $15 for children under 12.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Fantastic morel mushroom pasta dish - best I’ve had!
Great retail wine selection with only an $8 corkage fee. You can take any leftover wine home with you. Good menu selections.
We went there for the morel mushroom pasta which was outstanding. The hearts of palm salad was also excellent. We had poor service which was a downer. I would still go back. We always like Balaban’s.
While the food was delicious, the slow service was a surprise. When we arrived, there was no one to seat us as we stood for 5 minutes. There were only four other tables being served and it seems the wait staff (2 waitresses) was also doubling as bartenders. We had reservations for 6:15 and did not get out of the restaurant until 7:45 or so.
Food was very good but service was very slow on a not that busy Saturday night
Food was outstanding. Many choices!
Our waiter was awesome and attentive.
We love the food at Balaban’s. But as everyone knows you can have great food but the wait staff can ruin your meal. We love the wait staff at Balabans! Particularly Jazmine!! She is so personable and knowledgeable about the food and the wine! She always makes our experience enjoyable! It’s because of her and the delicious food that we became regulars at Balabans!!
We use to go to Balaban's in Clayton, but this one is not the same. We ordered their specialty and everything was just okay. For the price of our meal, it was okay.
Great place for dinner but the brunch was way overpriced and very disappointing for the money.
Always a great experience! Their specials always add to an already excellent menu. Having a large retail wine selection with the $8 corkage makes for much nicer wine for a good price.
Food is always great - have not had a bad dinner there / everything fresh and different seafoods!
Always an enjoyable experience at Balaban's - hard to beat the excellent food and outstanding wine selection. Particularly, the wine is retail plus $8 corkage - so you get great wine for the price you typically pay for average wine at other restaurants.
We went on Valentine's, so it was a fixed menu, fixed price - so probably a little less value than a regular meal. While everything was still good, we have been there on a non-holiday and enjoyed it a little more. The waiter made a mistake on our order (they were of course very busy), but then he gave us a pour of an excellent, expensive wine to make up for it. We will definitely go back
This was Valentines Day 2018. We had reservations for 4 for at least two weeks. We arrived and were seated promptly except another chair had to be procured which took a few minutes. The table was not set for dinner—no wine glasses or plates on the table. Three sets of utensils were in evidence. Water was offered Ann poured. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally after 20 minutes we flagged down a waiter and asked who our server was. He said he did not know as he was a temp, just working that night. He did ask other waiters on our behalf and finally, after much whispered confusion, a waiter was finally assigned. But we faced long waits for our courses to be delivered. And this was a prix fixed menu!! No fault of our waiter—she was obviously overwhelmed and overworked. To top it all off, the food was cold and very mediocre—not up to Balaban’s usual high standards. Not good for a special occasion meal that was $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Let’s hope this instance was an anomaly.
We love their Eggplant Ratoule = it is awesome!! We have gone here for many years and love the place!!
SO noisy, the food is great but it really detracts from the experience when two people dining have to shout at each other to be heard above all the noise from other tables.
Appointment for lunch at 1:30. Place is very industrial in my opinion and bears no resemblance to old Balaban's which I favored for over 30 years. No ambiance unless you like to eat in a wine store. Drinks (Bloody Mary) were good. Food was fair. "Nothing to write home about.". A very ordinary experience. My first and probably last visit.
It was so cold in the restaurant, even after we moved from the windows. We almost took it to go. The food was ok. The Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup had no flavor, got it to warm up, luke warm. We used to go to Balaban’s I’m the West End. Loved it...this left a lot to be desired.
Dinner here with family the Saturday before Christmas. Ambience wise - casual - you are eating in the front half of a retail wine store. It’s an interesting concept - very un-Chesterfield which was nice. Our server was knowledgeable and very good.
Food wise - high marks for the flatbreads and salads. Excellent! The “Christmas Soup” was very good and the cucumber bisque was ok (our mistake for ordering a cold soup in cold weather)
Main courses - this is where There was some unevenness: crab cakes (from the appetizer menu - these were served basically raw in the middle - they appear to be rolled in panko bread crumbs and deep fried - so at least this batch was a wet gummy center of crab cake batter.
Grilled scallops were ok; a bit over spiced with a spice mixture for our taste. Chicken parmigiana was good.
Overall I would return; a bit pricey but other than the crab cakes everything was reasonably well done - those they need to work on though.
We enjoyed our server! She has helped us before, and the service is consistently good. We had lunch combos, which were delicious!
We were blown away by the Balabargain Monday. Great fish great pork great wine. No corkgage on retail wine from their shop. Just a great way to spend Monday. Not a bad way to spend Saturday at 1-3 PM for their wholsaler curated wine tasiting and lunch. Yummy.
Birthday brunch was good
Great restaurant. It’s been quite a while since last visit, but despite the 50-mile trip it was well worth it. We had the Cajun Shrimp Pasta special and the Pork Medallions. Both were excellent as were the appetizer, salad, and dessert. Every item on the plate: entree and sides were wonderfully seasoned and perfectly cooked. Combined with picking a reasonably priced wine off the in-restaurant store shelf, it was a perfect dinner experience. Signed up for the Phelps Wine Dinner on Jan 28th-can’t wait!
Balaban’s is always top notch. Great food and service and, of course, fabulous wine.
Saturday night at 5:30pm. One other couple in the place so it was super quiet. When we left around 6:45pm it was picking up and by then almost full. We were going to the symphony. Nice wine list. Food was above average. Our waitress, Jasmine, was a gem. Love her. She gave us great recommendations. Nice big salads. Entrees were not outstanding but tasty and nice sized portions. Not too big and not too small, just right. Really extensive menu which will have us coming back for more. The wine, the extensive menu, the service and the quiet atmosphere will have us coming back.
Everything was delicious and in point! Consistently great food!
I haven’t been to Balaban’s in many years. I was pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the oysters, eggplant roulade, smoked trout, and a flatbread. The oysters were well chilled with good quality sauces. The eggplant roulade was excellent.
The Monday small plates and wine were excellent. We enjoyed the evening. Strongly recommend
Balaban's is a combination wine store and restaurant. The wine selection in the main store is excellent, but their back room stock is special. The wine prices are competitive with wine stores rather than other restaurants and the corkage fee is only $8. The food is always well prepared, innovative, and delicious. There are typically specials available in addition to the regular menu. When the restaurant is busy, it can get noisy. The food is worth it though. The service is always friendly and competent. I have been there many times and expect to continue to be a regular.
Nice little place....food & service good. Yummy kale salad.
Mostly good. I was just a bit surprised at the slow service, considering that there were not many tables during our stay. The servers were very nice though.
Excellent cocktail,wine and beer lists. The menu was creative and had a good range of choices. Many appetizers were big enough for the entree. Would city me back again.
Went with a buddy in town for business. Overall we were very pleased and would be back. As odd as it may sound, the cucumber bisque was extremely refreshing and I would get it again for sure. Beef Wellington was also wonderful.
I love the blue plate specials and I really love the trout pancake!
The quiche and tenderloin was outstanding! Everything was fresh and delicious. Nice variety.
Food was ok, some things were great others not so much. For the prices, it should be a lot more impressive. There were only 3-4 tables filled on a Friday night. Didn't really need a reservation, place was not busy, maybe that should have been a warning sign for us. My son loved the beef wellington and the candied pecan shrimp was good. Everything else was just so-so.
Salads were excellent, entrees average. Really noisy, hard to have a conversation with one other couple. Go early if you don't want to shout all through dinner.
Love the option to get a bottle of wine off the rack and pay a small corkage fee. Great food. Will definitely try one if their winemaker dinners in the future.
Food is always spot on! Had a great time sharing played of many choices. Love this place! What a great to have in West County!
This was our first time at this restaurant. The food was overall very good. Service was slow as it was a week night and they only had a bartender and one wait staff, but there were only 6 tables of patrons. Portions were generous. Go for the food not for the ambience.