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lester's deli

#310 of 4,660 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Canadian, Delicatessen
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1057 Bernard o, Montreal, Quebec H2V 1V1, Canada
+1 514-213-1313
Mon - Wed 08:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Growing up in Montreal, I had heard about Lesters Deli, most specifically they had won locatl contests saying they were the best French Fries in Montreal and yet it took me till long after I had moved out of Montreal to finally try it. I really enjoyed my meal. I had an excellent smoked meat sandwich, very lean no fat... More 

Thank CanadianTraveller883
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cozy little deli with great character. Tons of memorabilia on the walls. Seemed to be a popular spot for local residents, quite busy for a Monday lunch on a chilly winter day. Waitress was chatty and friendly, service fast....and the best part, the smoked meat sandwich was absolutely delicious!! They offer various sandwich sizes which can be bundled with home... More 

Thank Linda C
New Jersey
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302 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I'm jaded because we have amazing delis in the NYC area, but this deli was overpriced, our waitress was not friendly (maybe that's the shtick?!) and I wasn't impressed with anything. Don't waste your time or money.

Thank Jhn
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

If you don't mind spending $35.00 per person for a smoked meat sandwich, fries, and a coke then Lesters is your place

Thank d2peters
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Lester's is a Montreal institution, close second to Schwartz for the best smoked meat in town. If you never tasted this delicacy, you have to try it. I personally guarantee that it will be a great experience. Ask for a Medium Smoked Meat sandwich, French fries, dill pickle and a Cherry Coke to go with it. I am originally from... More 

Thank Christian T
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I use to live around the corner from Lesters in Outremont on Bernard street so was a regular. If you want to try authentic Montreal smoked meat without the massive lineups found at schwartz' deli and arguably better tasting grub, you have to visit Lesters. It's run by the same family who started the business decades ago and still has... More 

Thank nomitjp
Beaconsfield, Canada
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77 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Always busy is a good sign and it is so for a reason! It's delicious! Service was friendly the smoked meat was heavenly and the portions were huge. Don't complain that it is expensive because if you try others you will know you're getting a good bang for your buck.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Best smoked meat in town ! Lester's Deli on Bernard Street I'm talking about ! We first ordered 2 Karnatzels, one dry and the other fresh and they came with a slice of the freshest rye bread with a dollop of mustard as an appetizer. WOW were they good ! Then the mile-high smoked meat came along with an order... More 

Thank mariegilchrist
Berlin, Germany
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

After reading the hype on here I was truly disappointed!! Kitschy diner that plays on its vintage roots mid-century, but the Smoked Meat fails to deliver :((( The smoked meat sandwich is almost $12 with tax!! For a Tiny sandwich :( Meat is cut very thin style like cold cuts. Flavor was OK but nothing special - worth a third... More 

Thank Schlampah
Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Okay we wanted Schwartz's but no one will convince me to stand in a line for hours especially on a rainy day. So, we called Lesters and they had free tables. A quick Uber ride and we were there. Well, we will be back. The service was great and the place is fun. It was basically a blast from the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Canadian, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1057 Bernard o, Montreal, Quebec H2V 1V1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Outremont
  • Neighbourhood: Outremont
  • Phone Number: +1 514-213-1313

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Outremont

Neighbourhood Profile
Outremont, a quaint residential district just north of Downtown, is a peaceful, low-key setting known for its mod cafes and bistros, and some of the best walking territory Montreal has to offer. Visitors can explore the flowering parks and manor estates of Maplewood Street, then window-shop the popular bakeries and coffeehouses on main arteries of Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Rue Van Horne. The modern granola feel is complemented by contemporary art exhibitions, rotating theatre productions, and a welcoming public library. Also a nexus for the city's Hasidic Jewish culture, Outremont's diversity resounds in its cuisine and in its architecture. Visit the colorful neighbourhood to take advantage of boutique shopping on Avenue Laurier, or to test the artisanal flavors of Avenue Bernard, braving a salmon burger on a squid-ink bun or accommodating your sweet tooth with a provincial chômeur pudding. A visit to Outremont is a relaxing day.
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