Restaurant Balsam

4.5
289 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food, a bit pricey but you always have to pay for quality. Great service also!

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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JS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

the only downside of Balsam is the relatively bad accoustic....

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B
Toronto
79 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food is elegant in a low key way. Classics served in a setting that takes you back 70 years to another era. Great!

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My first time with a friend from Toronto. We both loved our experience. Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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MA
Montreal
48 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Our waitress was always present but never intrusive.
Parpadelle was delicious and the tartar was flavoured perfectly

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Toujours un plaisir!!! Goût ambiance et service extra!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, decor, food and service. Also, A+ on restrooms cleanliness.

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G
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good downtown restaurant. Home made tonic for the gin.

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m
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le service était impeccable, chaleureux, parfait. Nous avons très bien mangé. Les gens sont très courtois. Une très belle soirée

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YZ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Good food but extremely slow service! We had fun though.

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SB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , service is quick before the hockey game and good vibe in the restaurant!

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P
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bon resto , près du centre Bell
Bon qualité - prix

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

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!

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IM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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 .

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NG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Le serveur que nous avions manquait de connaissances de façon flagrante pour les vins
Pour le reste c était bien !

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

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

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B
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellente nourriture de l'entrée au dessert et belle variété dans le menu.

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HB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent service, decent food but amazing cocktails

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a family of four with older teens, and everyone loved the meal - the service was great, the food was delicious, and overall we had a wonderful time. We will definitely go again anytime we get to Montreal.

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JG
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at the Balsam Inn. We would go back any time.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Chicken 5 stars. Nice deco. Nice intacte restrooms

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IS
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service from our waiter. Great food. Don’t like tables so close together, would rather the privilege of a more discreet conversation. Will certainly frequent again.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We went to the restaurant for dinner to celebrate my husbands 31st birthday and our first valentines together since getting married a few months ago. I had mentioned both of these things when I made the reservation but nothing was done and there was zero acknowledgment of this occasion. The service was very poor and slow although it was not that busy. We were seated in the middle of two other tables so the noise levels were pretty extreme. I asked the waiter for a drink recommendation and got the one he suggested which I didn’t enjoy but he never came back to ask if I was happy with the drink. We ordered appetizers and then the appetizers arrived and we finished them but our waiter never returned to take our order for mains. We paid for the appetizers with a different waitress and left the restaurant to go have dinner somewhere else. Our waiter was still in the building walking around in front of us the entire time he just wasn’t coming back to our table. We ordered Caesar salad and garlic bread as our app. So I don’t think it’s safe to assume that’s all we came to eat. The garlic bread was extremely greasy and burnt around the edges and the Caesar salad had horse radish dressing rather than the regular dressing which wasn’t mentioned on the menu. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. It was our first night in Montreal and we had to wander around in the cold trying to find an alternative place to eat.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great place to go have drinks or get a bite to eat. It was a little pricey but the the food was delicious and the service was top notch. Not a good place if you want to have a conversation as it was rather loud.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. We came for lunch, it was busy but very good. Highly recommend.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
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
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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C
Kansas City
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
5 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 12, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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