Balaban’s is conveniently located at 1772 CLARKSON ROAD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 in the Dierberg’s Market Place at the corner of Clarkson and Baxter Roads – one mile south of Highway 40 / Interstate 64. Look for the purple awning!
Phone: (636) 449-6700
Directions From Highway 40 / Interstate 64: take the Clarkson Road Exit south to the Dierberg’s Market Place on the east (left) side of Clarkson. Balaban’s operates from the separate building complex with the purple awning in the Market Place.
From the intersection of Clayton and Clarkson Roads: drive two and a half miles north to Baxter Road. Balaban’s sits on the east (right) side of Clarkson at the northeast corner of the Clarkson and Baxter intersection.
Opening its doors in 1972, the original Balaban’s featured outstanding bistro fare including crepes, roast duckling a l’orange, coq au vin and beef Wellington in an inspired interpretation of a classic Paris bistro.
Original French art posters covered the exposed brick walls, and an 18th Century bar from a Left Bank bistro set the atmosphere of a relaxed cafe life along the Seine. Oysters from Nova Scotia and Puget Sound, soft shell crabs from the Chesapeake Bay, morel mushrooms from Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and Maine lobsters served to create meals unrivaled in taste and execution.
An instant dining and social landmark on the St. Louis scene, Balaban’s attracted an array of visiting celebrities from Paul Newman, Richard Gere, Jerry Seinfeld and the Rolling Stones to the Dalai Lama—all drawn by the sublime cuisine and world class wine list.
After 37 years in St. Louis’ Central West End, Balaban’s renewed and refined its French bistro style and flair and moved west to Chesterfield.
A winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award for 13 consecutive years, Balaban’s has always meticulously sourced the finest wines and the freshest food ingredients, pairing them as perfect complements. In 2012 and 2013, Balaban’s received Wine Spectator’s prestigious Best of Award of Excellence – one of only four awarded in St. Louis.
In the spirit and tradition of the original legendary cafe, Balaban’s today lives as a wine cellar stocked with signature vintages, stock from the original cellar (library wines) and an accessible selection of wines – coupled with its Bistro, offering creations infused with the tastes and aromas of Balaban’s original classic dishes as well as innovative additions. All of this under the Balaban’s name brings back good times of yesterday and fosters new ones.
Steve McIntyre, former executive chef and owner of Café Balaban for more than 20 years, and current co-owner Brian Underwood revived the recipes that made the original restaurant an instant favorite among gourmands, including beef Wellington, cucumber bisque and the famous trout pancakes. Customers enjoy the flavors of France and Spain, created from the freshest, exclusively sourced ingredients and paired with a classic collection of wines from the original Balaban’s cellar. With a tasting menu pairing specially selected wines to each food course, Balaban’s private wine dinners create the atmosphere of Paris and Provence to entertain family, friends and clients.
Featuring more than 700 fine wines, the retail store offers wine tasting, wine and food classes and regular wine-focused events. There are over 200 bottles priced for less than $20, as we strive to offer an accessible quality wine selection. In fact, our restaurant patrons can enjoy any of our wines at the retail cost – with a meager $8 corkage fee – escaping the typical restaurant mark-ups associated with wine. We simply believe in letting the vino flow! Finally, we at Balaban’s believes in making wine accessible which is why those who dine at the Bistro do not pay “restaurant mark-up” prices – rather, bottles of wine are offered at same price as one would find in a wine store, with a meager $8 corkage fee. It’s no surprise that the RFT awarded us the “best value in wine list” given this unique pricing structure. Over 20 fine wines are offered at less than $20. You won’t find this kind of pricing anywhere else in St. Louis.
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