La Banquise

Fast Food Restaurant, Diner, and Poutine Place$$$$
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal
369 Tips and reviews
  • poutine
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • casual
  • authentic
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  • Germaine W.
    Vegan option: la Rachel with vegan sauce. Watch out for big groups. Portions on the poutine are huge. Don't recommend getting anything larger than the regular size
  • Jess K.
    Jess Kelly3 weeks ago
    Coming from northern England, chips and gravy is a diet staple. Poutine kicks that shits arse. I had the La Rachel with vegan sauce, all I remember is thinking 'please don't end' with every bite.
  • Tyler S.
    Get the l'obelix poutine. Smoked meat is the perfect addition. The burger was great too!
  • Faisal F.
    Faisal FMay 20
    Plenty of options! Pontine is killer here. Their regular is way more than enough for one person. I'll give the burgers a try next time I'm here. Only bummer is that they don't accept credit cards.
  • Phil
    PhilMay 8
    The poutine is great! There is many choices of poutine and you can put extras in it so there is a lot of combinations! Go on the terrace!
  • Jaiyi H.
    Jaiyi HuApril 30
    Good for any time you're awake, amazing poutine, crazy lineups for dine in, a little more pricy than expected
  • Alexander T.
    Alexander TsuiFebruary 19
    Pretty much a Montréal visitor's must go-to… since it's even open late at night, you haven't a reason not to. Don't say it's because of the temperatures - even I waited in frigid -16°F temperatures!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonNovember 28, 2015
    The regular size poutine is a full meal. I fully recommend 🍺 to cut through the density
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsSeptember 10, 2015
    The poutine of dreams, all kinds of crazy combos to suit your fancy, open 24/7!
  • Emmanuel M.
    Emmanuel MarshallAugust 10, 2015
    It's not the best Poutine in #Montréal there is many good place such as Poutineville to go! But they have different kind of style which is cool
  • Mahdi Y.
    Mahdi YusufJuly 27, 2015
    Either I was super hungry or I had the greatest burger there! I hear the poutine is legit too!
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkJuly 7, 2015
    ordered la taquise per rec: the guacamole, sour creme and tomatos were a surprisingly perfect complement to the classic poutine. the cheese curds were especially amazing & chewy.
  • Marek S.
    Marek StępniowskiApril 11, 2015
    If it's Friday night, prepare yourself to wait in line for 30+ minutes. Or just go to Ma Poule Mouillée on the other side of the road for your poutine fix.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JungApril 1, 2015
    Not the most 'authentic' poutine because this is not where the locals go for their poutine fix. But definitely a place worth trying- open 24 hours, prepare yourself for a long wait
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJanuary 2, 2015
    No credit cards, unlimited options of pouting and huge portions. Essential Montréal pouting a go-go.
  • urbanbuddha
    urbanbuddhaDecember 29, 2014
    Try the T-Rex. They only take cash or interac. Be prepared to wait to sit especially in the winter
  • Ramy
    RamyNovember 30, 2014
    Arguably the best poutine in the world. Definitely the best in Montréal! Get the Classique after a late night out.
  • Cindee L.
    Cindee LouOctober 22, 2014
    Friend that lived here recommended La Elvis and it delivered! Enough curds and gravy to last the whole plate! Fries were delicious! Great service and atmosphere. Offers salads and sandwiches too!
  • Massimo
    MassimoSeptember 28, 2014
    Don't be overwhelmed with the amount of poutine selections. Choose one and enjoy it, they are all good.
  • Dallas K.
    Dallas KwokSeptember 12, 2014
    The wait can get be off putting, but it is definitely worth it. Try to arrive at 6ish to beat the dinner rush.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanySeptember 3, 2014
    I know its the quintessential pountine place, but was just ok. Fine if you are in the neighborhood, but I would not go out of my way again.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 27, 2014
    Great vegetarian and vegan poutine options. Highly recommend La Rachel (pepper, mushroom, onion) with vegan gravy.
  • H S.
    H SAugust 17, 2014
    A benchmark for poutine in Montreal. You can customize your poutine. The menu really joined any type of cuisine. A must: it's opened late.
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KimAugust 12, 2014
    Busy line for sit down but takeout line was a bit shorter. Vegan cheese and gravy available.
  • Marcelo G.
    Marcelo GontijoAugust 8, 2014
    Possibly not the best poutine, but certainly one of the most famous in Montreal, and the ambience deserves the visit!
  • Charles G.
    Charles GedeonAugust 7, 2014
    Try the one with guacamole and sour cream. There are some really interesting and filling things to add onto the poutine.
  • Benaline B.
    Benaline BaluyotApril 26, 2014
    Cash only. Best poutine, second to Au Pied de Cochon's foie gras poutine. Loved the classic and la kamikaze
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YehJanuary 7, 2014
    La T-rex poutine. Line up out the door, but worth the wait. Get a regular sized poutine, its more than enough.
  • Rental Homes C.
    Rental Homes CanadaDecember 17, 2013
    Any list that doesn’t include La Banquise shouldn’t be taken seriously. This classic greasy spoon is open 24/7 and boasts a menu with over 30 varieties of stuff to choose from, including La Taquise...
  • Benoit S.
    Benoit St-AmandNovember 29, 2013
    Try the Taquise!!! Best poutine with sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes on cheese curds, fries and gravy, yummmmm
  • Vladimir P.
    Vladimir PashkovNovember 22, 2013
    Classique Poutine was a bit blend but still good. Not enough gravy for my taste. Have a regular portion! It's huge. Service just about ok but not great. Will come back to try different Poutine.
  • Luke
    LukeAugust 13, 2013
    One of the best Poutines in town. Lots of selection to chose from. Wait time can be long but it's worth it.
  • Erik
    ErikJuly 23, 2013
    If you're looking for a late night snack in Montreal, this is the place to go. It's open 24 hours and the T-Rex Poutine is greasy enough to subdue part of the hangover you'll probably have in the AM.
  • Louis-Felix B.
    THE go-to spot for poutine in montréal. i personally don't think it's the best poutine in town, but they have very creative variations & electric ambiance after bars close, like a greasy after hours.
  • Cindy H.
    Cindy HaMarch 19, 2013
    The selection of poutine is crazy!! Its a must in montreal. Original poutine restaurantm sometimes the line up long but usualy its around after bar closing time!!
  • Serge N.
    Serge NguyenJanuary 31, 2013
    Definitely not the best poutine in town. But their 5$ costaud burger is worth the trip. For a good poutine, go to Frite Alors!
  • David T.
    David ThiDecember 7, 2012
    This place is always full when I go there, so I need to take out. One time, my stomach doesn't fell good after eating la banquise, but I still love their poutine.
  • Marie-Julie G.
    Marie-Julie GagnonAugust 25, 2012
    If you're visiting Montreal for the first time and have time for only one poutine stop, it has to be here. And it's opened 24h. ;-)
  • Louis D.
    Louis D.-L.August 22, 2012
    A great place to eat poutine for the first time, preferably late at night when it's packed with people looking for their poutine fix at closing time.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LemoineJuly 27, 2012
    The fries and sauce are great, but the cheese is just average (small pieces and they are cold). La Banquise is a solid place to get a poutine, and one of the best, but not the best.
  • nima T.
    nima TayebiMay 25, 2012
    Best poutine place I've been so far. I recommend "Elvis" if you like beef. If you just want a classic simple one I'd suggest Maxi poutine in "Les 3 Brasseurs" rather than the classic poutine here.
  • Conor K.
    Conor KellyApril 15, 2012
    By far the best meal I've had, and the vegetarian options are quite expansive. I went here two nights in a row. Only complain is that the service is a bit abrasive.
  • Roop G.
    Roop GillMarch 4, 2012
    Try the classics if it's your first time here. don't fool yourself into thinking you can finish the large. Get a regular.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JohnsonJanuary 22, 2012
    Vegetarian alert! Don't expect any veggies on top but do expect a longer wait then any other poutine on the menu... not sure why! (See image)
  • Pete P.
    Pete PAugust 25, 2011
    Popular place for students. The place for poutine, the local heart attack special of French Fries covered with gravy, meat, and "stuff".
  • Mark C.
    Mark ChuramanMay 1, 2011
    Hands down the BEST poutine I have ever had! The cheese curds are large and squeaky, the fries are extra crispy, and the gravy is delicious. Plenty of variety to choose from.
  • Cosmonite Media
    Cosmonite MediaOctober 15, 2010
    They took an infamous dish and made it quite the celebrity. If you're stopping in Montreal, this is fast becoming the "must-do" amongst all adventurous foodies along with Schwartz's, St-Viateur Bagel
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ConroyAugust 27, 2010
    Bring cash - no credit cards accepted. Fantastic poutine, but a regular portion should be plenty for any human. No alcohol served on terrace.
  • Sára J. M.
    Sára J. MolčanJuly 13, 2010
    Best poutine I've had in awhile, I can't wait to go back. I find the portions really big though - next time I would split a regular size with a friend!
  • georgiana
    georgianaJune 4, 2010
    Apparently its pay before as of 9pm, odd considering you must also tip before you're served. Speaking of service, meh. Poutine hot dog was pretty good though.
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