* 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.
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.
Le service était impeccable, chaleureux, parfait. Nous avons très bien mangé. Les gens sont très courtois. Une très belle soirée
Good food but extremely slow service! We had fun though.
Great food , service is quick before the hockey game and good vibe in the restaurant!
L’assiette de poulet frit est très décevante. Nous n’avons pas beaucoup aimé ce plat principal. Peut-être que les autres plats sont meilleurs et que nous avons simplement fait un mauvais choix.
Bon resto , près du centre Bell
Bon qualité - prix
Just sad the waiter disappeared at some point without saying anything and we had to get up and ask someone else to receive our bill.
So disappointing. Restaurant has a very poor wine by the glass list. Food was truly mediocre for the price. Ordered the pasta of the day and was barely edible with heavy oily taste. Wood burning oven for bread was not in service so a lot of ambience was lost. Seems to be a more touristy place being so close to St Catherine strip. Locals can find many more great casual restaurants. Save your money and go somewhere else!
While restaurant Balsam is an ok place with no complaints about it, it is nothing to write home about there are much more fun better quality versus value available around. the soup was cold meal was ok I personally think it needs to be more focused on what is their style .
Le serveur que nous avions manquait de connaissances de façon flagrante pour les vins
Pour le reste c était bien !
Nous avions réservé pour un souper d’anniversaire, au début tout c’est bien passé, jusqu’à ce que l’on demande des conseils sur les vin, la serveuse n’ecou Pas du tout ce que l’on lui disais nous voulions un vin fruité mais pas trop amer, après avoir goûté pas moins de 5 vin notre choix c’est porté sur le proseco, la serveuse de nous dire que l’on devrias aller avec un reisling mais que il n’en avais pas ! Service lors du repas bien, rendu au dessert je demande à changer la crème glacer étant donner que je n’aime pas la crème sur ! Pas possible cela va trop debalancer le plat ! Lors de la demande de la facture cela avais l’ai super
Soufrant pour la serveuse de nous faire chanq’un une addition et nous n’avons reçu aucun bonne soirée à la fin, après que l’on ai payer nous somme rester un peu à la table à discuter et nous n’avons jamais revu la serveuse jusqu’à notre départ! Au départ elle est au bar et nous lui disons merci bonne soirée! Elle nous fait une face de dégoût et nous somme partie ! Je retournerais au resto mais certainement pas pour le service et surtout pas pour le dessert qui était inmengeable