Awards

Balabans holds numerous wine and food awards from both local and international sources.  The original Cafe, located in the Central West End of St. Louis,  received the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" consistently from 1998-2001.  Since opening in the Chesterfield, Missouri location, the restaurant has continued this tradition with the Wine Spectator,  earning the 2011 "Award of Excellence".  In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Balaban's has won the coveted "Best of Award of Excellence", which is the second highest award. 

According to Wine Spectator: "Our second-tier award, created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions." 

Read more at the Wine Spectator Website.

Balaban's is one of only two restaurants in Missouri to have been awarded both the Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence and the World of Fine Wines 3 Star Award for "World's Best Wine Lists".


fine wine award
fine wine award

Below is a listing of other awards and designations earned by Balabans since opening in the Chesterfield, Missouri location:



2016
Riverfront Times
Best Wine List



2014
Riverfront Times
Top St Louis Wine Bar



2013
Riverfront Times
Best Wine List



Open Table
Diner's Choice



2016
Open Table
Diner's Choice



2015
Open table
Diner's Choice



2016
St. Louis Magazine
A List
Editor's Choice


2012
St. Louis Magazine
Best Restaurants
50 Favorite Places


2014
Sauce Magazine
Readers Choice
Your Favorite Place
Best Wine and Tapas

2014
STL Business Journal
Top Caterers
St Louis Area


2010
St. Louis Magazine
A List
Best Flatbreads


2015
Best of Chesterfield
All Time Favorite, Upscale Eclectic
Tapas, Happy Hour, Brunch


Out & About
Best of Chesterfield People's Choice Award
All Time Favorite, Eclectic Upscale
Tapas, Deli

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
West Magazine
Best of the West
Best Wine List


2012
Out & About
Best of Chesterfield People's Choice Awards
All Time Favorite, Eclectic Upscale
Tapas, Seafood, Deli

2011
Out & About
Best of Chesterfield People's Choice Awards
All Time Favorite, Eclectic Upscale


2010
Out & About
Best of Chesterfield People's Choice Awards
Best New Restaurant
Eclectic Upscale