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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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

Poutine is the quintessential French-Canadian dish and I would definitely recommend this place to try it. I went with the smoked meat which is another Montreal tradition - very similar to NY deli - but there are lots of different options (maybe too many?). The only negative I would offer is that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dominic L
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Allen, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we went there a couple of times with my husband, family, and friends.. it is supposedly the best poutine in montreal. now, you cannot compare it of course to a kfc poutine... it is after all their speciality and everything is made fresh and it is all warm and nice so the cheese is melting and doesnt come in blocks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we were in Quebec City last summer we heard from several Montrealers that La Banquise had the best poutine in Quebec, so when we were there in January for a Habs game with our two sons, we put it on our list of things to do. Even on this trip, a server at another restaurant recommended that we make... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a French Canadian myself, I know what Poutine is all about. I had heard of this place before, decided to check it out before heading to the airport and not coming back to Poutine-Land for a good while. Gosh was I disappointed :( Service is vey average, poutines are massive (yay!) but taste pretty blend... I'm more of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know who came up with what they put in their poutines but that person is a genius! I've been frequenting this awesome restaurant for years now and it has never failed to fill my appetite or satisfy my taste buds. They have everything to make a flawless poutine, delicious fries, fresh squeaky cheese and rich thick sauce. I'm... More 

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Allen, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Poutine is the quintessential French-Canadian dish and I would definitely recommend this place to try it. I went with the smoked meat which is another Montreal tradition - very similar to NY deli - but there are lots of different options (maybe too many?). The only negative I would offer is that it isn't necessarily a great dinner place as... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

La Banquise is my boyfriend and my favorite spot for poutine, this was our second time there and the poutine was fantastic although the service wasn't great. After we paid our server actually came to our table and confronted us about our tip and told us we should be tipping more. I was utterly shocked and upset by her actions,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to eat if you're craving some poutine and you have a big appetite. Service was great. The server brought us water before we had a chance to order which was nice. The poutine was delicious and the best I had while in Quebec.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first poutine I ever had was at Au Pied de Cochon... complete with shaved foie gras. The second was at Bell Centre watching a Habs game. Pretty hard to beat those for a Montreal experience of fries, gravy and cheese curds... Le Banquise was recommended by a particularly grumpy but funny cab driver. We lined up for 15 minutes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hey all you tourists that flock to Montreal. This IS the PLACE for Poutine in Montreal. Open 24 hours, depending on the scene you want come late for the club scene filled with people who have not hooked up or at lunch time for families wanting a treat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here on January 1 in early afternoon. There was a line for tables, but it moved quickly and there are heat lamps as you get closer to the restaurant. We shared a small classic poutine and a small meaty one. Both were good, but very heavy. I'd say this place is a must for visitors to Montreal. CASH... 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 - 7
  • Cuisine: Canadian

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.
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