Restaurant Balsam

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375 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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What 375 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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N
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

All in all a good experience. The Burrata and grilled carrots were outstanding.
Service could be improved

MB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Toujours aussi bon!
Service amical, pas de stress
Bon choix de repas et bonne selection de vins

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very pleasantly surpeised with thé Balsam inn. We will definitely return. The food was delicious especially the fried chicken.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superbe endroit en couple ou en amis !
On y passe de très belle soirée !!

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c
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Habituellement très satisfaits du service, notre groupe à été surpris du service désagréable de la part de notre serveuse. Très froide et tellement stressée que le plus petit détail était une montagne. Ayant une allergie dans le groupe, nous avons simplement demandé soit de remplacer ou omettre les pommes de terres dans l'assiette. Elle nous a répondu que c'était impossible et qu'aucune substitution ne pouvait se faire. POUR UNE ALLERGIE. C'est complètement ridicule.

Sinon, cocktails délicieux et nourriture impeccable comme toujours. Le poulet frit était délicieux et les pâtes alfredo riche mais pas trop lourde.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service exceptionnel par une personne très souriante et attentionnée 👌
Nourriture excellente !
Par contre bruyant !

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere! Went here to celebrate and they have a few group tables. This would be a great date spot too!

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nourriture remarquable. Le service impeccable et chaleureux. Une excellente adresse!

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belle ambiance, barman passionné et repas impeccable!!!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, all restaurant staff seemed to know enough English to communicate with people that don’t know French. Cocktails were awesome. Food was well worth the price. Absolutely delicious. I would definitely go there again if I find myself in Montréal in the future. Only thing that could possibly be seen as a negative is that it’s very loud in there when it’s busy. It’s almost too loud to talk to the people in your group. Overall still 5/5 stars though.

AH
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our night out at Balsam. We were celebrating a birthday and Valentines. Our waiter was so friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was great!

M
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Plats bien exécutés, service sympathique mais professionnel, bons vins.

Le décor à l’ancienne est très réussi jusque dans les petits détails et on a l’impression que la même attention est apportée à toute l’expérience.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nous sommes allés un soir de St-Valentin, donc ce n'est peut-être pas représentatif du service habituel.

Nous avons été d'abord étonnés d'entendre notre serveuse proposer des choix qui ne nous avaient pas été proposés à la table d'a côté, à trois reprises. Nous avons eu un service correct, mais sans enthousiasme ni empressement.

Au niveau de la nourriture, mon tartare était bien réussi, mais les frites étaient tièdes. Les crevettes de mon conjoint étaient bien trop salées et l'accompagnement était, de notre avis, fade et inintéressant. Il y a des options plus intéressantes à ce prix.

Nous avons beaucoup aimé l'ambiance de l'endroit. La déco est intime et sobre sans être plate.

En somme, c'était correct, mais pas une adresse à retenir pour y retourner absolument.

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YP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Bonne nourriture dans un cadre agréable sans être excessif. Parfait pour les lunchs en senaine

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Très bon, mais un peut cher pour ce que nous avons mangé.

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AP
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Italian resto in the downtown core. Nice original pasta dishes.

YC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Pasta dishes are delicious especially the pappardelle Wich I always have however I asked if I could have it with a different pasta" from another dish" and was told no

MB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for a business lunch. I would recommend going there.

c
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

The decor and ambiance is fantastic. Cocktails are interesting and delicious. The service was quite good, although not outstanding. The one disappointment is a most important one I think, we did not enjoy the food. We were four people who all ordered completely different items. We each had appetizer and main, one person had a dessert. Apart from the dessert the unanimous remark was that every dish was over-salted. This made tasting the dishes difficult with the dominant taste of salt in all the dishes.

MK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance and welcome already starts it off at 2.5 stars.... then the rest of the evening brings it (almost) all the way up to the top.

The food is equal to the ambiance as a reason to go. I'm not a fried-chicken person, but I selected theirs, and it was delectable. Exquisite. Full of flavour and far from any preconceived notion you may have of "fried chicken".

If it missed out on 5 stars, it is because I would like the drink prices to be a good 20% lower across the board, from liquor to wine to beer. Partly because we would have liked to spend the rest of the evening there (ambiance!) and have a few more drinks, but it would have made for an unnecessarily elevated total bill. [Note: this can apply to many other restaurants of similar caliber. But they're in the wrong as well.]

As it was, we moved to another place to finish our evening.

I won't leave this on a down note, however, because the experience, food, decor and service were outstanding.

GB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Service bon mais trop fréquent. Espresso: le pire que j'ai bu. Osso Bucco excellent. Entrée de légumes marinés: trop vinaigré à mon goût. Ramenez le Syrah sur votre menu au verre! :-)

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JT
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place. Great friendly service and the food is just amazing! A must un Montreal...

P
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
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
5 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