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, 2015,2016, and 2017, 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."
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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".
Below is a listing of other awards and designations earned by Balabans since opening in the Chesterfield, Missouri location: