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Casse-Croute La Banquise

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
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994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J3, Canada
+ 1 514 525 2415
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 320
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  • 79
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  • 26
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Poutine is something special, particular to the area and a must-have no matter if you like the idea of it or not, and this place is probably best for the experience. A piece of advice: do not order a portion per person, their servings are big enough to feed two. They have poutine in multiple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Being a true Poutine lover, I had quite high expectations for this spot renowned to be the "Meccah" of Poutine in Montréal. They are open 24 hours a day so I got there quite late (around 1am). I ordered a poutine with 3 meats (merguez, smoked meat and ground beef). I was very disappointed with the final result. That thing... More 

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27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Poutine is something special, particular to the area and a must-have no matter if you like the idea of it or not, and this place is probably best for the experience. A piece of advice: do not order a portion per person, their servings are big enough to feed two. They have poutine in multiple variations for every taste and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Went there a couple of times with friends, poutine variety is great, the best poutine you can have. Order the small one as they are pretty filling and generous. Line up outside can get long on certain days but worth the wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

A must stop in montreal Either get fueled for the day or after hangong out a great anytime stop With dozens of poutine

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

When a Trip Advisor rating is good, I look forward to my visit. Went mid afternoon last Thursday--no line and able to sit outside. Lots of variety but just wanted classic poutine. The fries and gravy were just barely warm. Very surprised given the reviews for this place and we went out of our way to get here. Very disappointing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Address is correct (994 Rue Rachel est), but it's called La Banquise. During normal hours, the line is usually out the door, but it moves fast! It is open 24/7 though. Great poutine, menus in both French and English. A most eat-at if you are in Montreal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Showed up on a Friday night, and waiting in line for a good 30 minutes. Had a poutine with bacon and hotdogs in it, which is something I have never had before. I went for the regular size, and I am glad I did, as while the poutine was good, I didn't feel like eating the entire dish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you are going to try the local delicacy 'Poutin", then skip the tourist spots downtown and head to La Banquise. This place is always packed. They have over 30 varieties of Poutin. BTW, do not order the large plate unless you plan to share it with 4 or more people. You may want to shy away from the regular... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Went on a Sunday evening and there was still quite the lineup. For a group of 10 (6 adults and 4 kids), we still managed to get seated. Turnover was quick. The selection of local beers was nice. Without having any other poutine comparison, our table enjoyed the poutine, although the wife found it lacking in Gravy and wished there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We were only in Montreal for an hour, and most of that was at La Banquise. When we got there, the line was out the door, so we started to go elsewhere, until we saw two groups being seated. It took about ten minutes for us to get a table, and the experience was perfect. Most of the diners were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: + 1 514 525 2415

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 8

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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Staying in Le Plateau Mont-Royal

Neighborhood Profile
Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colorful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.