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About Restaurant Balsam

RESERVATIONS ARE FOR MEALS ONLY. Please advise us if you are running late otherwise your reservation will be cancelled after 20 minutes. 18 and over.

* 5 minutes walk from the Bell Center *
After the kitchen closes at 11pm, it doesn't mean the night is over!

Inspired by 1940s brewery, Balsam Inn offers Italian flavour cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday : 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Ste-Catherine

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(514) 507-9207

Website:
http://lebalsaminn.com/

Parking Details:
Indoor parking available next door at an affordable rate.

Public Transport:
Peel or Bonaventure metro station.

Executive Chef:
Éric Dupuis

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Restaurant Balsam Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (11)
Cozy (10)
Romance (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Casual (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Group Bookings (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten-Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent rapport qualité prix, ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 14, 2017

C'est ma 2ième visite et j'ai autant apprécié que la 1ière fois. Le service est professionnel, discret et efficace. Le menu restreint mais les produits frais et de bonne qualité. J'aime beaucoup le décor. On se sent bien. J'y retournerai sûrement.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Philip was knowledgeable and helpful in making the meal and wine choices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome meal at this outpost relatively close to the Centre Bell. The atmosphere was a bit retro, while the food was inventive and delicious. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience2
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on November 9, 2017

From the moment I stepped into the restaurant, I was met with a hostile attitude from a "manager" (someone who really should not be dealing with the public). I had made a reservation for my birthday at the bar. She told me that because there was a game (hockey) this was not allowed, but would allow it "this one time".

Oh, thank you.

As some friends were leaving, we got a tongue-lashing from a bartender. I can honestly say I have never been spoken to like that in my life, much less from someone who was in the service industry. I was honestly stunned.

Birthdays come once a year, and this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The fried chicken had a delicious breading. The hunter pappardella was hearty. The orange cake was delicious and the vanilla cream fruit crisp was the best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent service, personnel accueillant, bonne table et bonne ambiance. Un incontournable!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Tout est top. En plein centre ville. Abordable. Ambiance super. Staff pro. Je viens de vous le dire: tout est Top !

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Before a Habs game. They finally won!!! Very good meal. Best fried chicken ever. Sad that the bread oven is not working anymore. Prettiest bathroom ever!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on October 19, 2017

We found it VERY noisy, food started arriving before our drinks and portions were ok but the squid starter was too small - the green salad was amazing.
It was OK - better for lunch!

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We love this restaurant and make a point to visit it every time we are in Montreal. The atmosphere, food and music are so unique and on point. Going here is like going on an adventure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Cozy
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great for lunch with friends, too noisy for a business meeting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Good, a bit Noisy but many, as we, were going to the hockey game. A bit slow getting food and the bill, once the meal was finished,

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Tres bien et bon service

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent downtown spot to grab lunch or dinner. Our food was delicious and the service impeccable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ce n'est surement pas la faute de notre serveuse, mais ns sommes arrivés à l'heure, soit midi .
Notre nourriture est arrivé à 13:00. Beaucoup trop long.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The fried chicken was so good, I came back the next night!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

A great place to celebrate a special occasion. The food and the wait staff were superb and although everything was upscale it was not a stuffy place.

Tags: Fun
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great ambiance, great patio, great location, great service but limited menu and mediocre food

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Bar Seating
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Friendly, noisy, good food. A neighborhood gem.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 5, 2017

Excellent before-Bell Centre event. Food is excellent. Drink menu is interesting and wine list is chosen with care. Friendly and attentive staff. Will return for sure (even if not attending a show at the Bell Centre!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 29, 2017

Nous étions pressés puisque nous devions assister à un spectacle au centre bell. Nous avons découvert ce restaurant par hasard. Nos attentes ont été plus que comblées. La serveuse a été totalement compréhensive quant à notre court délais, et nous avons été servit rapidement et avec courtoisie. Nous y retournerons certainement pour déguster un bon repas, et nous prendrons le temps de déguster un des bons repas du menu. Nous recommandons fortement!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always great food, great scenery, and the staff is absolutely exquisite. Always welcoming, very friendly, and it's just always a treat for us.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great date night place! Great cocktails with awesome italian food with a twist! Can't wait to go back!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 2, 2017

great pub-like vibe, without the loud music. Can actually carry on a conversation without yelling across the table yet can still sing along to the music when your friends aren't talking to you :-)

Food5
Ambience2
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Mother daughter weekend away dinner. When entering,due to the ambience, we were ready to have an appetizer and a drink and leave but looked at the menu and chose to stay. INCREDIBLE FOOD!!!! Service was great. So glad we stayed.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on July 20, 2017

Birthday Lunch

Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Pas notre première fois dans ce restaurant à proximité des cinémas et de Ste-Catherine. Le service était confus cette fois... de tous les intervenants: erreurs, assiettes enlevées avant d'avoir terminé et un peu d'impatience malgré que le restaurant n'était pas plein.

La bouffe était bonne. Le tartare de boeuf moins bon qu'à l'habitude. Les pâtes: très bonne ainsi que le poulet frit.

La carte des vins a toujours besoin de plus de choix.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
Food2
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Cancún)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Went there for a lunch with a work colleague. Unfourtunately disappointed, overrated and over priced. Tartare de saumon very average and french fries less than average.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent cocktails. The presentation and the flavour for the pork osso bucco was out of this world!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Delicious and dependable. Polished and friendly service while efficient at lunch time. Small menu but all great choices. Great atmosphere. The osso bucco is a favorite.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Good service. Attentive and helpful. Interesting menu choices. We were all delighted by our choices. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Nice surprise! Great drinks and the food was great. I would definately recommend it

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Super menu midi! Excellent service. C'est une belle trouvaille...merci à mon ami Fred de me l'avoir recommandé

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great comfortable dining. Terrific service and excellent food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The Basalm is managed by the same team that also run the next door Dominion Square Tavern and it shows. The staff is super and so is the food. Clearly a go to place in Montreal. Don't miss this!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive

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