Restaurant Balsam

4.5
231 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday : 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(514) 507-9207
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Éric Dupuis
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Cross Street
Ste-Catherine
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Parking Details
Indoor parking available next door at an affordable rate.
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Public Transit
Peel or Bonaventure metro station.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 231 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Accommodated the special seating request. Wait staff attentive and respectful of requests. Food was great and presented well. Would definitely recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with a fantastic ambiance, will definitely go back!

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

This was a family get together. The service was excellent but the food was terrible. We started with garlic bread that tasted as if powered garlic was scattered on the bread topped with packaged cheese. The Caesar salad was ok but 2 ordered the arugula salad and couldn’t eat it. One of us ordered the special and found it too terrible to eat. I also had a pasta dish that was terrible. Suffice to say, none of us finished our dinners. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

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VS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my favourite spots for lunch or dinner. Excellent food, service, ambiance - and a really interesting cocktail and wine list!

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R
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to have lunch or cocktail in dowtown Montreal.
The daily featured lunch menu offered a very good quality/price ratio, even if that day the special menu was pasta.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful setting, great service! Really enjoyed our experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and a very cool speak easy vibe. Cocktails are amazing.

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KB
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

C'etais magnifique, le jaret d'agneau etait delicieux et les Gnocchi delicieux. bel endroit avec bonne bouffe et tres bon service

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H
Montreal
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It's very expensive. an arugula salad puts you back $12. tartare is $25.
a glass of chardonnay is $14. It adds up so that 3 people with a starter and a main and 2 glasses of wine is over $200 for the table. I think there are better deals to be found in Montreal.

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C
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Valeur sûre!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome food, excellent music, very attentive waiter and one of the best Tiramisu I had in a lonnnngg time. Even beats some I had in the boot country. 10/10 would go again.

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KB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We arrived at 7pm, were warmly greeted, and seated at a nice table for two. The restaurant seemed a little empty. The atmosphere is that of a comfortable neighborhood Italian trattoria. Our waiter promptly took our drink order, and in a few minutes returned with two perfectly crafted drinks. While we were enjoying our drinks, a number of groups of people attempted to secure a table at the restaurant, and were turned away. That seemed strange at the time. Our waiter checked that we were happy with our drinks, and then took our dinner order. Wine arrived as we finished our drinks. A nice Chianti Reserva. By 8pm the restaurant was fully occupied. We started with boulettes (meat balls) and ravioli. Both were delicious. Main courses were osso busso and pappardelle. They were perfectly prepared. Our waiter checked on us throughout the evening. We finished the evening with a couple of after dinner drinks. One thing that stood out was how well run this restaurant is. All the staff were working together to deliver a very enjoyable dining experience.

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SE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good Italian restaurant. Value for money. Service excellent.

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always great, awesome service, good drinks. Portions are a bit small though so I recommend a starter.

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AT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and amazing service. The special of the day was delicious and they even catered to a special request (hold the mushrooms). The waitress, and all the staff, were friendly, helpful, and well informed.
It was very loud, so I would not return for a business meeting, but for social or after - work, it's a gem!

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DB
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service impeccable, nourriture irréprochable, décor vintage très beau. Une perle du centre-ville

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B
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Mauvaise cuisine. Entrėe de calmars grillés: les clamars ėtaient durs et farineux, pas même grillés. La serveuse a été charmante et a remplacé mon plat par des boulettes de viandes qui ne goûtaient rien et dont la sauce tomate était acide.. La plat de pâtes de mon conjoint manquait de viande et baignait dans l’huile. Nos assiettes sont arrivées tellement rapidement que je soupçonne que rien n’a été préparé à la minute. Habituée du Dominion Tavern, très déçu de ce commerce qui appartient aux mêmes propriétaires.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe in this downtown woodsy eatery, will patronize again when in Montreal.

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PL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent business lunch with a client but I looked stupid at the end when I tried to pay with my AMEX card and they would not accept it. Come on, this is 2018, there's a price for doing business.... 90% of restaurants downtown Montreal accept AMEX.

It's unfortunate but I'll take my business lunch meetings elsewhere next time.

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ML
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent. Loved it.

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CL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for lunch during work week, service was prompt and efficient , server informed us quickly of daily specials and advised us there would be a 20 minutes wait since a member of our party ordered the osso bucco , this was much appreciated. All plates were well presented and extremely tasty. Even with the wait, due to the osso bucco, we were in and out in less than an hour. Will definitely go back and recommend

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AM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a great experience. Loved my Pasta dish, and the atmosphere was upbeat yet cozy. Only real downfall was the error made on all the bills at my table for those who ordered the table d'hôte-an extra charge of 2$. New bills were quickly made, and one colleague was reimbursed without any complication, however I think more could have been offered since it was the clients who noticed the mistake. Free drinks, perhaps? Moreover, leaves one to wonder how many people have been overcharged...

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R
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall great place to get some decent Italian food in an upper-scale casual setting. A bit on the pricier side, but the food quality is there. The menu offers classics, they feel home-cooked and cozy. Safe place for business diners, dates, or a casual dinner with a friend. It can a get a bit noisy, but managed to converse through it. I had the tagliatelle "Alfredo" and the pasta was quite good, the noodles were a bit clumped up, but they weren't overcooked. We enjoyed an orange wine and it was amazing. A dinner with two with appetizers and a bottle of wine came up to around 145$ before taxes and tips. If you want to keep the bill low, avoid the wine, although they had cheaper options than the one we selected. I would finish off by saying the service was nice and the decor is lovely. Tables are set close to each other, bistro style.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Merci! Ambiance agréable et excellent service. Très bon rapport qualité prix.

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Balsam is beautiful and the food is incredible. The only problem is the noise level which is very high, making it really hard to hear.

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Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I got there a little earlier than the reservation and our table was ready and waiting, which was great. The waitress was very helpful throughout the evening, although at times I did feel that she was getting a little annoyed with me. We order a bottle of wine, but I had to send it back because I genuinely didn’t like the taste, we did order an other one slightly more expensive, but I did feel her eyes roll and I noticed that 3 waiters tried the wine that I had returned, I did find that a little odd, which is why I’m giving the restaurant a 4 star instead of 5. My friend and I had a lovely time over our meal and the food and ambiance were excellent. Great time overall.

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y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best value and food for a downtown restaurant. Not as interesting atmosphere as sibling resto next door but still cozy and charming. Excellent service.

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

SO LOUD!!!!!!!!! Impossible to have a conversation.

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Toronto
59 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service and all at a reasonable price. Want to try everything on the menu!

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a beautiful cozy spot with fantastic food! The soup was especially great, so was the seafood risotto.

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RS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Place was ok. Food was good but not exceptional. Waiter was nice but didn’t speak English so non- francophones may be a little challenged. Over a good place to grab a bite

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious cocktails, tasty food and great service!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Everyone ordered the salmon tartar and enjoyed it. The service was very friendly at the beginning of the evening. We were three people seated in a corner near the entrance with not much space. Nobody proposed to change when there was other tables available.

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great and the service was good. I found it very noisy but some people like that. I have been there a few times and I continue going. Overall it seems a little pricey for what it offers.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was my third time here. It is casual laid back kind of place. Sit at the long bar or at a table. Both are great. Fridays are the best for the chefs pasta special. They are unique and delicious. Friday was tagliatelle with duck confit and a light cream sauce. Delicious. We then shared their massive steak and it was one of the best steaks I have had a long time.
Coming from Calgary that is a compliment. Great staff, great food, seriously the best starter salad you will ever have. We ordered a bottle of wine and did not care for it. Without any hesitation they took it back and served us something else. The price is more than fair for the great service and food. Try It you will not be disappointed.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Nourriture très bonne. Service impersonnel et désintéressé. On nous avait recommandé le restaurant comme étant un lieu où on s’entend parler... pas vraiment. Dans l’ensemble, nous avons passé une bonne soirée, sans plus.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent rapport qualité prix, ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Belle ambiance, beau decor, bonne bouffe pas compliquée. Nous y retournerons.

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

un peu serre comme table mais super bouffe , tres bon service !

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