Restaurant Balsam

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353 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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.
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4.4
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4.4
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P
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Bonjour,
Désappointé de mon saumon tartare qui est un standard dans l'industrie , le goût était fade et la serveuse ne nous a pas offert l'option relevé etc.. Ne nous a pas offert de sauce tabasco. Même si le restaurant était très peu occupé, l'hôte nous a installé dans la section avant du restaurant ou c'était inconfortable (porte ouvre constamment, froid , bruit élevé)

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Parfait avant le hockey. Service rapide et ils demandent si on va voir le match avant

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AD
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderfully hip, yet cozy atmosphere. Food was incredible and service was friendly and attentive. We went there before a Habs game and had plenty of time to spare. Would also happily go here on a night when there's nothing else on the go, as there is an excellent cocktail menu. Highly recommend!

O
Montreal
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service et excellent plats et cocktails.

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ML
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On adore aller manger a ce restaurant, nous y allons avant les parties du canadiens. Si nous serions de Montréal, on y retournerai plus souvent.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Nourriture bonne, mais petite/moyenne quantité pour le prix. Choix de vins très bons. Excellent service et plats arrivent rapidement. Bien joué.

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HL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the quaint ambiance of the Inn, food was delicious and service was on point.

J
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Les serveurs venaient souvent à notre table ce qui coupait la conversation. Sinon tout était parfait.

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A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nous étions 4 et nous avons adoré l'ambiance, la nourriture, le vin et le service. Que demandez de plus? Environ 150$ pour 2 après taxes et service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service with great wine selection!!!

JT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belle équipe et excellent je vais y retourner et recommander votre restaurant

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L
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience- wonderful bartender, friendly staff and warm atmosphere- and don’t forget great food. I try to visit whenever I’m in Montréal.

g
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Très bon! Excellent spot pas trop cher au centre-ville chic et propre. bonne nourriture.

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HJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is fantastic, the food quality is excellent and the staff is friendly and attentive. It's very intimate and the ambience is very warm. I wish it was slightly less loud, but it's a great place nonetheless.

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, vibe and service. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good Italian food.

JA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un service vraiment parfait ! Un bel intérieur style bistrot français chic, sans trop de bruit !

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B
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

J’adore ce resto, ma table favorite dans ce secteur du Centre Ville.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent! Will for sure come again and recommend

e
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food and good service. The tables are a bit close to one another, IMHO, but still had a very good time there. I will definitely go back.

EL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service!
Une entrée d'Antipasto savoureuse et un des meilleurs tartares de boeuf de Montréal!

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H
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sympa et cozy pour un tête à tête au bar en amoureux ! Parfait pour prendre un verre et casser la croûte avant un spectacle!

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Potage excellent, les pâtes manquaient un peu de goût.

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CN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent! Le tartare de boeuf manquait un peu d'assainissement selon mes amis.
On a tous adoré le poulet frit!

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P
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Le repas du jour était délicieux - la serveuse aimait visiblement son travail - le service a été rapide

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ND
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

the food was great - but we went on a quiet night (but it was a Friday?) so there was a lack of ambiance. Would need to go back and try it again.

S
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hopping spot on a Thursday night! Glad I made a reservation and got an excellent table as a result. Great food as always and fantastic wine selection. Highly recommended for that upscale yet sufficiently casual vibe.

M
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Un très beau décor.Idéal pour une personne seule qui peut manger au comptoir.Aussi correct pour lunch à 2 car le niveau de bruit très correct.Le spécial du midi vaut la peine.La limonade est délicieuse.

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Oui je le recommencerai pour la nourriture qui est excellente mais c'est extrêmement bruyant et difficile d'avoir une conversation.

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JG
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a business meal. I made this reservation last minute. The restaurant was within walking distance to our hotel. We were seated promptly, the service was excellent. We were not rushed to turn the table. There were 6 of us, we tried many of the apps which were very good in portion size to share. Out of the 6 different meals ordered the fried chicken was amazing! We stayed for after dinner drinks and desert. I’d put this on my list for Montréal. Prices were reasonable and it’s a nice spot outside the old town touristy restaurants.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Very basic restaurant. Food is below average. Fried chicken was cold and the beef tenderloin dish was tasteless. The vegetables were so greasy, they wrote not edible. French fries were very good thankfully. We would never eat here again.

M
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience food, service and ambiance. Good bubbles if you like that. They ran out of a few things on a Saturday evening 7:30 pm was kind of odd, all else was good.

KS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and very attentive service. We had business dinner and everyone was very pleased with the overall look, ambiance and very delicious food, with very reasonable price. Antipasti were tasty and bread delicious, followed by great choice of beef or salmon tartare with fries - what a nice combination. Overall great experience, wonderful decor and look forward to visiting again soon.

a
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pasta special was perfectly cooked. Desserts were exceptional

DA
Ottawa
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner great Caesar salad and wonderful fresh pasta. Superb service from Tristan. Would definitely recommend and dine here again

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Lunch not served after being seated 1 hour.
Unfortunately had to leave, which is embarrassing in front of a client.

G
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stumbled onto Balsam while looking for a restaurant near our hotel. It was incredible! The service, the food--everything was outstanding.

LC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Plein centre de Montréal, une carte bien composée pour les carnivores comme pour les vegetariens. Les côtés levées sont un régal, un plat signature. Decor, niveau du son tout à fait acceptable mettent l'ambiance pour un excellent moment. Service très pro. Bravo!

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LM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Je recommande mais.... accueil a beaucoup changé... hôtesse en charge arrogante et sans courtoisie pour ses client et ses employés... resto à moitié vide et on nous demande de bouger parce que ça fait 90 minutes qu’on y est .... avons pourtant consommé bouffe/ vin/ café.... pour la première fois déçue de ce Resto qui était mon préféré....

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G
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only thing I could say is that food could have been more warm and it would have been better. Otherwise a+

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The Busser/Runner was the hardest working employee there. While our waiter was pretty leisurely in checking on us, the busser never stopped going. Food was excellent. Ambiance was great. Glad we went earlier as it was getting busy/louder as we left.