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The Main Deli Steak House

, , Delicatessen
3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
+1 514-843-8126
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“coleslaw” (27 reviews)
“latkes” (12 reviews)
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Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here with my mom as part of a plan to complete a smoked meat trio and try meat at Snowdon's, Schwartz's, and The Main. I liked the vibe here a lot, but the food was just average for me. I ordered the poutine...More

Thank ellenoftroy728
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very good smoked meat sandwich without the hours long wait that you’ll find across the street at Schwartz’s!

Thank algxcskier
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We went to The Main on our Leonard Cohen tour of Montreal as we had read that it was his favourite deli. I can understand why. The smoked meat sandwiches are so tender and flavourful - it pretty much melts in your mouth. The poutine...More

Thank 2012brendar
Reviewed 9 November 2017

An alternative to Schwartz's on the opposite side of the street, the smoked meat was just as good with the same the rundown ambiance of an old deli. But the attitude of the staff was disappointing - unfriendly, verging on rude. And as an experienced...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This place is literally across the street from Schwartz's. We smiled at their long line up and went straight in to Main and ordered. Amazing matzo ball soup and the coleslaw and latkes are to die for. The sandwiches are so fresh and tasty. Well...More

Thank Tsawtravel
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Have being going there for years. The waitress is pleasant and efficient. She remembers your order and what you drink. A colleague and I had not been for a long while and when we sat down, she greeted us, as if we had been there...More

Thank Cynthia G
Reviewed 23 October 2017

If you want to go where the tourists go, then you want Schwartz's. But if you want a down to earth, local experience you need to go to The Main. And its right across the street. Don't be put off by its hole in the...More

Thank 1960trishm
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Went here after the wiggle room, Schwartz was closed, but not a big fan of Schwartz anyway. The smoked meat was so good, get it medium, a little fat is good, fries were good and their homemade coleslaw a hit. Will go back again for...More

Thank eileen p
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My husband loved his smoked meat sandwich ("as good as Schwartz's"). I am not a big fan of smoked meat and had a matzo ball soup and chopped liver sandwich, both delicious. The Main is still going strong!

Thank natajax
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Skip the queues at Swartz's. Main Deli is just across the road,has no wait and deserves the same reputation. Super meat and great coleslaw. 👍👍👍👍👍

Thank EmuPlainsDan
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-843-8126
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