Restaurant Balsam

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317 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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

GM
Montreal
42 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

j
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Très agréable. Délicieux. Merci à votre personnel attentionné.

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L
Tampa
113 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

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.

LG
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

AD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious!

C
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Très bon restaurant
La nourriture était excellente
Très beau cadre

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.

QW
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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!

DT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

trop petite portion de plat principal (tartare de saumon), mais super serveur!

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Repas et service excellent. Belle ambiance.
Atmosphère chaleureuse.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

food is very good but restaurant is very loud and packed

JS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

disappointed in service. Arrived a 12 for a reservation and got served at 13h20. Brings the overall experience to and low appreciation of Balsam.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service courtois et aimable. Très bonne cuisine , de bon goût et belle présentation.

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DG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food with nice ambiance. Would definitely eat here again.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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DB
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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EB
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

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.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

RR
Ottawa
2 reviews
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.

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

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

B
Frankfurt Area
85 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!

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.

MA
Montreal
51 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

LM
Montreal
2 reviews
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.

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.

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.

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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