* 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.
Lovely dinner great Caesar salad and wonderful fresh pasta. Superb service from Tristan. Would definitely recommend and dine here again
Lunch not served after being seated 1 hour.
Unfortunately had to leave, which is embarrassing in front of a client.
We stumbled onto Balsam while looking for a restaurant near our hotel. It was incredible! The service, the food--everything was outstanding.
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!
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....
Only thing I could say is that food could have been more warm and it would have been better. Otherwise a+
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.
Balsam is a great place to meet for lunch or after work drinks and a meal. I had the Fried chicken. It’s a must try. Large cocktail list and great bartenders/mixologists. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about all Balsam Inn had to offer. Parking I doors available next door.
Très agréable. Délicieux. Merci à votre personnel attentionné.
Overall visit was okay. Had date night with my spouse and we had a generally good experience. We were greeted promptly and we were able to get a glass of wine and a cocktail pretty quickly. We did choose one of daily appetizer which was terrific. For our entrees we choose the Hunter Pappardelle and the Tuna Tartar entre and both were terrific; with great flavors and taste. Unfortunately during our meal, our original server was replaced by another service and the overall service level dropped considerably. We were planning on having desert and coffee but due to significant delays we decided to leave. It took 15 minutes to get our check so we could pay and leave.
One of my favorite spot for good business lunch. Food is great and the table d'hote menu is renewed every week. Great service, great place and nice terrace.
Great bistro, for any occasion. Food and service were impeccable as usual. We were seated on the patio which is on the sidewalk, so traffic noise is to be expected.
Tristan was very informative and made the experience even better by suggesting the different dishes. Helpful and would come again if he was our server. The salad was delicious and the main course to share was just falling off the bone. I don’t think other places can top this experience.
The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious!
Très bon restaurant
La nourriture était excellente
Très beau cadre
We had a late dinner so the restaurant was very quiet, we even had the patio to ourselves. We had excellent service and the food was unique and delicious
I was inviting my boss to dinner. Although the food presentation is good the taste was very average. The meat was awful. The shrimp platter was average. The wine was good. The decor of the place is very nice, cozy, wooden interior design. Might return for drinks but definitely not food.
There was a mix-up with my reservation which I had changed from 2 to 4. They acknowledged there was an issue with the system, as my table reserved was for 2 when I arrived. They profited me with an alternative solution and notified me when my table for 4 was ready, on the terrasse. I was seated at the bar, while they fixed the seatings. I appreciated their honesty and they way the handled the issue. As a recurring client, the food and service was excellent, as always!
trop petite portion de plat principal (tartare de saumon), mais super serveur!
Tristan était un serveur hors pair, il conseille vraiment bien, on voit rarement cela. Il est attentionné et il connaissait ces plats et vins. Le restaurant est magnifique, nourriture exquise, seule chose de négatif, la banquette est très inconfortable. Je fais 5pieds2 et mon copain 5pieds7 et on avait les pieds engourdis vu qu’on touchait pas à terre et l’angle qu’on avait.
Repas et service excellent. Belle ambiance.
food is very good but restaurant is very loud and packed
disappointed in service. Arrived a 12 for a reservation and got served at 13h20. Brings the overall experience to and low appreciation of Balsam.
Service courtois et aimable. Très bonne cuisine , de bon goût et belle présentation.
Lovely food with nice ambiance. Would definitely eat here again.
The waitress asked if I wanted the soup or salad with my meal. Imagine my surprise when i got the bill and was charged an additional $7.00!
She should have made it clear it was not included.
Food: Presentation, taste and portion size excellent. Service: Excellent. Great cocktails. Chairs: not so good. Very nice looking chair that fits the decor and ambiance but sometimes comfort should be the priority.
Amazing service, food, and ambiance! Our waiter could not have been more helpful and attentive, and the food was incredible. I highly recommend the antipasto board to start.
Service au-dessus de la moyenne, notre serveuse était attentionnée, sympathique, à l'écoute. Elle nous a bien conseillé, notamment au niveau du vin. Livraison rapide des plats. Ceux-ci étaient exquis. Bien apprêtés. J'ai pris les cavatelis pesto et mozarella di Buffala... incroyable. Pas trop de pesto, ce n'était pas lourd. Portion généreuse de mozzarella. Vraiment un incontournable au centre-ville. J'amène souvent mes clients manger là et c'est unanime, tout le monde adore.
Food was excellent, as was the cocktail program. Let's be clear on that! Sadly, however, we were there when the restaurant was half empty, and only became emptier as the night went on. Accordingly, staff were sent home. We had a great start but by the time our meal came, we were ignored. Nobody checked in on our dinner, which was frustrating, as we wanted to order more wine. After having finished dinner with empty plates for 15 minutes, we flagged someone down to clear the table. Another ten minutes later, and nobody had come by to inquire about dessert or coffee. Lots of lost revenue that night. One of us finally went and found someone to get our bill so we could pay. In the meantime, the music was at full volume this whole time, which was quite loud with so few people there. I'd like to think this was an exception and that when they're fully staffed and bustling with a full restaurant that the totality of the experience equals the excellence of the food and drinks.
Really good food, a bit pricey but you always have to pay for quality. Great service also!
Food was okay. I should have ordered something other than the pasta that was on special. It is always disappointing when I feel like I could make a dish better myself. Soup and dessert were good though.
the only downside of Balsam is the relatively bad accoustic....
The food is elegant in a low key way. Classics served in a setting that takes you back 70 years to another era. Great!
My first time with a friend from Toronto. We both loved our experience. Great food and service. Will definitely go back.
Great service. Our waitress was always present but never intrusive.
Parpadelle was delicious and the tartar was flavoured perfectly
Toujours un plaisir!!! Goût ambiance et service extra!!
Great ambiance, decor, food and service. Also, A+ on restrooms cleanliness.
Good downtown restaurant. Home made tonic for the gin.