* 5 minutes walk from the Bell Center *
Even if the kitchen closes at 11pm, it doesn't mean the night is over!
Inspired by 1940's brewery, Balsam Inn offers Italian flavour cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
1ère fois au Balsam, très belle découverte nous étions 5 et tout le monde a apprécié le service et les plats étaient tous très bons. À recommandé
Mon tartare de saumon était moins bon que d'habitude et je l'ai souvent pris. 2 personnes avaient pris le vivaneau et il était dur...donc pas un aussi bonne expérience qu'à l'habitude.
Reliably excellent. Fantastic cocktails, good menu, outstanding desserts.
Drinks were very good. One appetizer was fantastic (chorizo cake with œuf mollet) but the rest was so so. The fried chicken was ok, the dipping sauce was tastlesss caramelized but almost still crunchy. The said appetizer was not generous, barely 1 squid with overwhelming orange the idea is good but poorly executed. One person had the tagliatelle and that was good but arguably not something you would go out of your way to eat.
I really liked the place but there was a delay between appetizers and main of an hour......we were required to discuss this with our server because we had already told her that we were going to a show.
Sabrina our waitress was wonderful. The food, the service, ambiance, professionalism was above fantastic. Thank you!!!
Had a great dinner here on a Saturday night. We had a 730 reservation and were seated promptly. The food was absolutely amazing! I had a the Ossobuco which is a must try. Service was great, would highly recommend :)
Great food with quick service and great value that is walking distance from the Bell Centre. Perfect for a pre-game dinner!
Food was delicious! Very friendly. Well situated: Near the Bell Centre and south of Ste-Catherine on Mecalf. Reasonable $ parking next door evenings and weekends. Would definitely recommend.
Food was so good! Especially the pappardelle with wild mushrooms & crispy chicken skin and the shared antipasto with delicious cured meats and house made ricotta. Yummy. Would definetely go back again. Great service and loved the ambiance. Felt like i was in a new york restaurant from the 40s and 50s. Loved it!
Squid appetizer was delicious. Homemade tagliatelle with Alfredo was divine. Great service. Kids loved it too.
Amazing bistro style food with great wine selection and good atmosphere.
Comme toujours, on a bien mangé, les cocktails sont bons et authentics et l’ambiance est parfaite pour un souper entre amis.
Super bon restaurant! Les débuts de soirées sont un peu bruyants, mais la bouffe compense!
Best italian food ever! Tasty, simple and refined at a very reasonable price!
Very welcoming overall / Had a wonderfull evening / hope to be back soon
My girlfriend and I were looking for a cute spot to get drinks and great food, and this definitely was the perfect spot! Awesome pasta with plenty of vegetarian options! Drinks were fun and playful, but they also have the classics! We sat up front by the window, and it was great for people watching! Further back in looked very cozy :) wait staff was very nice and polite-would definitely recommend!
Very nice place, good food and good service. Nice cozy ambiance.
The Osso Bucco is delicious. We had the daily soup too which was impressive
The authentic "old French" bathrooms are worth visiting! The decor is very cozy and relaxing, old style.
Food was ok, nothing special. Service was not the best either, the waitress didn’t smile much, she didn’t bother to explain the menu or suggest anything. Very average in general.
Bistro food mainly and relatively short menu list which for me I like especially if you have people that get mesmerized by too many options. Welcoming atmosphere. Not too uptight and cozy for friends lunch or business lunch on the casual side. Very good beef and salmon tartare. Not most original menu but at least I know what I’m getting. Wine list is accomplished without being overbearing and prices are reasonable.
Service is good but I didn’t rank higher because I hate when other waiters come to bring food then interrupt table asking for who has what with plates in their hand.
Je suis allé chez Balsam Inn pour goûter le poulet frit et je n'ai pas été déçu ! La portion est généreuse et la sauce très bonne. Les cocktails sont également très bons.
Je n'ai pas eu la chance de goûter les autres plats malheureusement.
Le restaurant est cependant un peu bruyant.
Staff was lovely, we had a great time! I used to work at Le Germain nearby and me and my colleague would always recommend Balsam to our guests, without me really been there before. Now I understand why they would always come back overly satisfied and greatful. Will absolutely go back! Side note, quality-price ratio is incomparable. Good restaurant all around 👌
Service attentionné et bonnes recommandations! Bonnes portions d'entrées.
The background music was terrible and much too loud, otherwise a very good experience.
The salmon tartar is the very best I had in my life.
Loved our meal and the warm environment. We will be back.
Delighted to have found a delicious Italian restaurant downtown. The service was good, friendly and knowledgeable. The ambiance was warm and inviting. Cosy decor. The cocktail I had was delicious.
I will be going back without a doubt.
L’ambiance est sympathique le décor est bien et le service professionnel. Les entrées dont particulièrement le calmar grillé est une portion minime et de même pour la tomate mozzarella di buffala. Le tartare de bœuf est bon et portion ok
We spend wonderful time.
Food was extremely tasty.
Staffs were friendly and polite.
Accommodated the special seating request. Wait staff attentive and respectful of requests. Food was great and presented well. Would definitely recommend.
Wonderful restaurant with a fantastic ambiance, will definitely go back!
This was a family get together. The service was excellent but the food was terrible. We started with garlic bread that tasted as if powered garlic was scattered on the bread topped with packaged cheese. The Caesar salad was ok but 2 ordered the arugula salad and couldn’t eat it. One of us ordered the special and found it too terrible to eat. I also had a pasta dish that was terrible. Suffice to say, none of us finished our dinners. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.
This is one of my favourite spots for lunch or dinner. Excellent food, service, ambiance - and a really interesting cocktail and wine list!
Great place to have lunch or cocktail in dowtown Montreal.
The daily featured lunch menu offered a very good quality/price ratio, even if that day the special menu was pasta.
Excellent food, beautiful setting, great service! Really enjoyed our experience.
Excellent service and a very cool speak easy vibe. Cocktails are amazing.
C'etais magnifique, le jaret d'agneau etait delicieux et les Gnocchi delicieux. bel endroit avec bonne bouffe et tres bon service
It's very expensive. an arugula salad puts you back $12. tartare is $25.
a glass of chardonnay is $14. It adds up so that 3 people with a starter and a main and 2 glasses of wine is over $200 for the table. I think there are better deals to be found in Montreal.