Restaurant Balsam

4.5
261 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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.
What 261 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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LL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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.

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AB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reliably excellent. Fantastic cocktails, good menu, outstanding desserts.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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KA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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.

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IS
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sabrina our waitress was wonderful. The food, the service, ambiance, professionalism was above fantastic. Thank you!!!

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AP
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 :)

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PM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with quick service and great value that is walking distance from the Bell Centre. Perfect for a pre-game dinner!

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LL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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JP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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!

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Squid appetizer was delicious. Homemade tagliatelle with Alfredo was divine. Great service. Kids loved it too.

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing bistro style food with great wine selection and good atmosphere.

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EM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Comme toujours, on a bien mangé, les cocktails sont bons et authentics et l’ambiance est parfaite pour un souper entre amis.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Super bon restaurant! Les débuts de soirées sont un peu bruyants, mais la bouffe compense!

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NV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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DT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice place, good food and good service. Nice cozy ambiance.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Osso Bucco is delicious. We had the daily soup too which was impressive

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FR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The authentic "old French" bathrooms are worth visiting! The decor is very cozy and relaxing, old style.

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EM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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DA
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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J
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 👌

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Service attentionné et bonnes recommandations! Bonnes portions d'entrées.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The background music was terrible and much too loud, otherwise a very good experience.

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LL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The salmon tartar is the very best I had in my life.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our meal and the warm environment. We will be back.

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E
Montreal
85 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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MA
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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

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YY
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We spend wonderful time.
Food was extremely tasty.
Staffs were friendly and polite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Accommodated the special seating request. Wait staff attentive and respectful of requests. Food was great and presented well. Would definitely recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with a fantastic ambiance, will definitely go back!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

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.

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VS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my favourite spots for lunch or dinner. Excellent food, service, ambiance - and a really interesting cocktail and wine list!

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R
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful setting, great service! Really enjoyed our experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KB
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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H
Montreal
38 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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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C
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Valeur sûre!

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