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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.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday : 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Indoor parking available next door at an affordable rate.
Peel or Bonaventure metro station.
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Restaurant Balsam Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
Excellent rapport qualité prix, ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse.
Belle ambiance, beau decor, bonne bouffe pas compliquée. Nous y retournerons.
un peu serre comme table mais super bouffe , tres bon service !
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.
Philip was knowledgeable and helpful in making the meal and wine choices.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service, personnel accueillant, bonne table et bonne ambiance. Un incontournable!
Tout est top. En plein centre ville. Abordable. Ambiance super. Staff pro. Je viens de vous le dire: tout est Top !
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!!!!
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!
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.
Great for lunch with friends, too noisy for a business meeting.
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,
Tres bien et bon service
Excellent downtown spot to grab lunch or dinner. Our food was delicious and the service impeccable.
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.
The fried chicken was so good, I came back the next night!
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.
Great ambiance, great patio, great location, great service but limited menu and mediocre food
Friendly, noisy, good food. A neighborhood gem.
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!
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!
Always great food, great scenery, and the staff is absolutely exquisite. Always welcoming, very friendly, and it's just always a treat for us.
Great date night place! Great cocktails with awesome italian food with a twist! Can't wait to go back!
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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
Excellent cocktails. The presentation and the flavour for the pork osso bucco was out of this world!
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.
Good service. Attentive and helpful. Interesting menu choices. We were all delighted by our choices. Highly recommended.
Nice surprise! Great drinks and the food was great. I would definately recommend it
Super menu midi! Excellent service. C'est une belle trouvaille...merci à mon ami Fred de me l'avoir recommandé
Great comfortable dining. Terrific service and excellent food.
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!
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