Restaurant Balsam

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340 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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HJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is fantastic, the food quality is excellent and the staff is friendly and attentive. It's very intimate and the ambience is very warm. I wish it was slightly less loud, but it's a great place nonetheless.

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, vibe and service. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good Italian food.

JA
Montreal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un service vraiment parfait ! Un bel intérieur style bistrot français chic, sans trop de bruit !

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B
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

J’adore ce resto, ma table favorite dans ce secteur du Centre Ville.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent! Will for sure come again and recommend

e
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food and good service. The tables are a bit close to one another, IMHO, but still had a very good time there. I will definitely go back.

EL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service!
Une entrée d'Antipasto savoureuse et un des meilleurs tartares de boeuf de Montréal!

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H
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sympa et cozy pour un tête à tête au bar en amoureux ! Parfait pour prendre un verre et casser la croûte avant un spectacle!

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Potage excellent, les pâtes manquaient un peu de goût.

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CN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent! Le tartare de boeuf manquait un peu d'assainissement selon mes amis.
On a tous adoré le poulet frit!

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P
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Le repas du jour était délicieux - la serveuse aimait visiblement son travail - le service a été rapide

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ND
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

the food was great - but we went on a quiet night (but it was a Friday?) so there was a lack of ambiance. Would need to go back and try it again.

S
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hopping spot on a Thursday night! Glad I made a reservation and got an excellent table as a result. Great food as always and fantastic wine selection. Highly recommended for that upscale yet sufficiently casual vibe.

M
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Un très beau décor.Idéal pour une personne seule qui peut manger au comptoir.Aussi correct pour lunch à 2 car le niveau de bruit très correct.Le spécial du midi vaut la peine.La limonade est délicieuse.

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Oui je le recommencerai pour la nourriture qui est excellente mais c'est extrêmement bruyant et difficile d'avoir une conversation.

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JG
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a business meal. I made this reservation last minute. The restaurant was within walking distance to our hotel. We were seated promptly, the service was excellent. We were not rushed to turn the table. There were 6 of us, we tried many of the apps which were very good in portion size to share. Out of the 6 different meals ordered the fried chicken was amazing! We stayed for after dinner drinks and desert. I’d put this on my list for Montréal. Prices were reasonable and it’s a nice spot outside the old town touristy restaurants.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Very basic restaurant. Food is below average. Fried chicken was cold and the beef tenderloin dish was tasteless. The vegetables were so greasy, they wrote not edible. French fries were very good thankfully. We would never eat here again.

M
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience food, service and ambiance. Good bubbles if you like that. They ran out of a few things on a Saturday evening 7:30 pm was kind of odd, all else was good.

KS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and very attentive service. We had business dinner and everyone was very pleased with the overall look, ambiance and very delicious food, with very reasonable price. Antipasti were tasty and bread delicious, followed by great choice of beef or salmon tartare with fries - what a nice combination. Overall great experience, wonderful decor and look forward to visiting again soon.

a
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pasta special was perfectly cooked. Desserts were exceptional

DA
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner great Caesar salad and wonderful fresh pasta. Superb service from Tristan. Would definitely recommend and dine here again

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Lunch not served after being seated 1 hour.
Unfortunately had to leave, which is embarrassing in front of a client.

G
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stumbled onto Balsam while looking for a restaurant near our hotel. It was incredible! The service, the food--everything was outstanding.

LC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 11 September 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

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 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 30 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Très agréable. Délicieux. Merci à votre personnel attentionné.

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L
Tampa
117 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

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 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

C
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Très bon restaurant
La nourriture était excellente
Très beau cadre

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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 3 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

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
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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 2 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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

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SS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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