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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, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Typical Poutine

Here you can choose from different types of poutines. Come with an empty stomach though. I had a poutine consisting of french fries, minced meat, cheese, avocado, tomatoes and the typical gravy on the side and managed 1/3 of it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Nice, France
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We waited about 10-15 minutes for a table. Ordered classic poutine and la reggae with beef, guacamole and hot peppers. They were both huge and delicious. Couldn't believe the price. I think we paid more for a bagel breakfast. Definitely nothing fancy, but hearty and filling. Yum!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I don't know how they achieved it but la Banquise benefits from such a good word of mouth amongst French locals and tourists. Is it really the city's best poutine? Absolutely not. Unless you enjoy soggy fries and poor cheese to potato ratio, try another spot. It's not like they're hard to find on the Plateau

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Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to La Banquise, even though we have lived in Montreal for so many years. We always tell ourselves that we would try it out, but were never in the area. Finally when our sister and her husband came for a visit, we HAD to see what all the hype was about. We were not disappointed.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Here you can choose from different types of poutines. Come with an empty stomach though. I had a poutine consisting of french fries, minced meat, cheese, avocado, tomatoes and the typical gravy on the side and managed 1/3 of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I was in the neighbourhood and had heard good things about La Banquise and felt like a poutine so I decided to give them a try. It was a sunny day and when I entered, I was asked whether I wanted to eat inside or outside. I didn't really have a preference but the waitress told me that if I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

There seems to be a line outside on a regular basis. If you want "to go", skip to the front of the line, enter thru the door and get in the left line that takes you straight to the cash register. Standing there, you see the poutine ready to be picked up by the waitresses. I had 2nd, 3rd, maybe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Worth a visit for sure! We were there on a Saturday afternoon. There was a line the entire time we were there. We had a cheeseburger and 2 regular size poutines (they were both very large so I can't imagine how big the

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I had four days in Montreal and, as such, I had to make the most of my time. Meaning, I had to go to most genuine places in town, and not the "copycats", if I may call them so. La Banquise was suggested by every single person I asked "where do I find the best poutine in Montreal?" However, people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I highly recommend this place for a sit down or to go. I have sat inside, on the patio, and taken my poutine to go and eat in the park right next door, and every time I was highly satisfied. Being open 24/7 was definitely a plus but the restaurant is always busy so expect to wait in line for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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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: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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.