Restaurant Balsam

4.5
224 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR MEALS ONLY. Please advise us if you are running late otherwise your reservation will be cancelled after 15 minutes.

* 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday : 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(514) 507-9207
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Éric Dupuis
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Ste-Catherine
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Parking Details
Indoor parking available next door at an affordable rate.
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Public Transit
Peel or Bonaventure metro station.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
224 reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
37%
Good
5%
Fair
0%
Poor
1%
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service and a very cool speak easy vibe. Cocktails are amazing.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

C'etais magnifique, le jaret d'agneau etait delicieux et les Gnocchi delicieux. bel endroit avec bonne bouffe et tres bon service

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Valeur sûre!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awesome food, excellent music, very attentive waiter and one of the best Tiramisu I had in a lonnnngg time. Even beats some I had in the boot country. 10/10 would go again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We arrived at 7pm, were warmly greeted, and seated at a nice table for two. The restaurant seemed a little empty. The atmosphere is that of a comfortable neighborhood Italian trattoria. Our waiter promptly took our drink order, and in a few minutes returned with two perfectly crafted drinks. While we were enjoying our drinks, a number of groups of people attempted to secure a table at the restaurant, and were turned away. That seemed strange at the time. Our waiter checked that we were happy with our drinks, and then took our dinner order. Wine arrived as we finished our drinks. A nice Chianti Reserva. By 8pm the restaurant was fully occupied. We started with boulettes (meat balls) and ravioli. Both were delicious. Main courses were osso busso and pappardelle. They were perfectly prepared. Our waiter checked on us throughout the evening. We finished the evening with a couple of after dinner drinks. One thing that stood out was how well run this restaurant is. All the staff were working together to deliver a very enjoyable dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Good Italian restaurant. Value for money. Service excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food is always great, awesome service, good drinks. Portions are a bit small though so I recommend a starter.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food and amazing service. The special of the day was delicious and they even catered to a special request (hold the mushrooms). The waitress, and all the staff, were friendly, helpful, and well informed.
It was very loud, so I would not return for a business meeting, but for social or after - work, it's a gem!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Service impeccable, nourriture irréprochable, décor vintage très beau. Une perle du centre-ville

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Mauvaise cuisine. Entrėe de calmars grillés: les clamars ėtaient durs et farineux, pas même grillés. La serveuse a été charmante et a remplacé mon plat par des boulettes de viandes qui ne goûtaient rien et dont la sauce tomate était acide.. La plat de pâtes de mon conjoint manquait de viande et baignait dans l’huile. Nos assiettes sont arrivées tellement rapidement que je soupçonne que rien n’a été préparé à la minute. Habituée du Dominion Tavern, très déçu de ce commerce qui appartient aux mêmes propriétaires.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great vibe in this downtown woodsy eatery, will patronize again when in Montreal.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent business lunch with a client but I looked stupid at the end when I tried to pay with my AMEX card and they would not accept it. Come on, this is 2018, there's a price for doing business.... 90% of restaurants downtown Montreal accept AMEX.

It's unfortunate but I'll take my business lunch meetings elsewhere next time.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent. Loved it.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Went for lunch during work week, service was prompt and efficient , server informed us quickly of daily specials and advised us there would be a 20 minutes wait since a member of our party ordered the osso bucco , this was much appreciated. All plates were well presented and extremely tasty. Even with the wait, due to the osso bucco, we were in and out in less than an hour. Will definitely go back and recommend

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Overall a great experience. Loved my Pasta dish, and the atmosphere was upbeat yet cozy. Only real downfall was the error made on all the bills at my table for those who ordered the table d'hôte-an extra charge of 2$. New bills were quickly made, and one colleague was reimbursed without any complication, however I think more could have been offered since it was the clients who noticed the mistake. Free drinks, perhaps? Moreover, leaves one to wonder how many people have been overcharged...

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Overall great place to get some decent Italian food in an upper-scale casual setting. A bit on the pricier side, but the food quality is there. The menu offers classics, they feel home-cooked and cozy. Safe place for business diners, dates, or a casual dinner with a friend. It can a get a bit noisy, but managed to converse through it. I had the tagliatelle "Alfredo" and the pasta was quite good, the noodles were a bit clumped up, but they weren't overcooked. We enjoyed an orange wine and it was amazing. A dinner with two with appetizers and a bottle of wine came up to around 145$ before taxes and tips. If you want to keep the bill low, avoid the wine, although they had cheaper options than the one we selected. I would finish off by saying the service was nice and the decor is lovely. Tables are set close to each other, bistro style.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Merci! Ambiance agréable et excellent service. Très bon rapport qualité prix.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

I got there a little earlier than the reservation and our table was ready and waiting, which was great. The waitress was very helpful throughout the evening, although at times I did feel that she was getting a little annoyed with me. We order a bottle of wine, but I had to send it back because I genuinely didn’t like the taste, we did order an other one slightly more expensive, but I did feel her eyes roll and I noticed that 3 waiters tried the wine that I had returned, I did find that a little odd, which is why I’m giving the restaurant a 4 star instead of 5. My friend and I had a lovely time over our meal and the food and ambiance were excellent. Great time overall.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Best value and food for a downtown restaurant. Not as interesting atmosphere as sibling resto next door but still cozy and charming. Excellent service.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

SO LOUD!!!!!!!!! Impossible to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic food and service and all at a reasonable price. Want to try everything on the menu!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

This is a beautiful cozy spot with fantastic food! The soup was especially great, so was the seafood risotto.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Place was ok. Food was good but not exceptional. Waiter was nice but didn’t speak English so non- francophones may be a little challenged. Over a good place to grab a bite

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious cocktails, tasty food and great service!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent as usual!

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Everyone ordered the salmon tartar and enjoyed it. The service was very friendly at the beginning of the evening. We were three people seated in a corner near the entrance with not much space. Nobody proposed to change when there was other tables available.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The food was great and the service was good. I found it very noisy but some people like that. I have been there a few times and I continue going. Overall it seems a little pricey for what it offers.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

This was my third time here. It is casual laid back kind of place. Sit at the long bar or at a table. Both are great. Fridays are the best for the chefs pasta special. They are unique and delicious. Friday was tagliatelle with duck confit and a light cream sauce. Delicious. We then shared their massive steak and it was one of the best steaks I have had a long time.
Coming from Calgary that is a compliment. Great staff, great food, seriously the best starter salad you will ever have. We ordered a bottle of wine and did not care for it. Without any hesitation they took it back and served us something else. The price is more than fair for the great service and food. Try It you will not be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Nourriture très bonne. Service impersonnel et désintéressé. On nous avait recommandé le restaurant comme étant un lieu où on s’entend parler... pas vraiment. Dans l’ensemble, nous avons passé une bonne soirée, sans plus.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent rapport qualité prix, ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Belle ambiance, beau decor, bonne bouffe pas compliquée. Nous y retournerons.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

un peu serre comme table mais super bouffe , tres bon service !

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

C'est ma 2ième visite et j'ai autant apprécié que la 1ière fois. Le service est professionnel, discret et efficace. Le menu restreint mais les produits frais et de bonne qualité. J'aime beaucoup le décor. On se sent bien. J'y retournerai sûrement.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Philip was knowledgeable and helpful in making the meal and wine choices.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome meal at this outpost relatively close to the Centre Bell. The atmosphere was a bit retro, while the food was inventive and delicious. I would highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on November 9, 2017

From the moment I stepped into the restaurant, I was met with a hostile attitude from a "manager" (someone who really should not be dealing with the public). I had made a reservation for my birthday at the bar. She told me that because there was a game (hockey) this was not allowed, but would allow it "this one time".

Oh, thank you.

As some friends were leaving, we got a tongue-lashing from a bartender. I can honestly say I have never been spoken to like that in my life, much less from someone who was in the service industry. I was honestly stunned.

Birthdays come once a year, and this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

The fried chicken had a delicious breading. The hunter pappardella was hearty. The orange cake was delicious and the vanilla cream fruit crisp was the best.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent service, personnel accueillant, bonne table et bonne ambiance. Un incontournable!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Tout est top. En plein centre ville. Abordable. Ambiance super. Staff pro. Je viens de vous le dire: tout est Top !

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