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Dunn's Famous

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827 Seymour Street | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
+1 604-682-8938
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Dunn’s Famous BC recently hosted a grand re-opening on Friday October 9, to...
Dunn’s Famous BC recently hosted a grand re-opening on Friday October 9, to offer Vancouverites a true deli experience for both quick lunches and also with the option for sit-down dining.

Dunn’s offers a quick and convenient option to buy quality, authentic Montreal smoked meat.

Dunn’s is perfect for the urban professional: the helpful servers understand that city workers often have limited time but still want a delicious, hearty lunch, so offer the highest quality meat and deli lunches in the shortest turnaround time.


Brand heritage
Dunn’s Famous restaurant was founded by Myer Dunn in Montreal in 1927 after he noticed that local clothing factory workers needed a restaurant that could provide quickly prepared, fresh and sustaining food.

Due to the unique recipes and high quality standards, Dunn’s Famous quickly became a favourite among Montreal residents and visitors, who flocked to taste the authentic smoked meat.

Today, Dunn’s continues its founder’s tradition of excellence by offering a delicious variety of poutines, soups, salads, wraps and a host of other items to delight the taste buds, as well as the signature smoked meat sandwiches.

Throughout the years, the one thing that has remained is the commitment to offering authentic recipes made from the finest ingredients – “real food for real people”.

There are six Dunn’s Famous restaurants in Canada, including five in Quebec. The newly re-launched Dunn’s Famous in Vancouver is the only franchise in British Columbia and indeed outside of Quebec.

Dunn’s Famous BC brings an authentic taste of Montreal and an East Coast staple to the West Coast, allowing visitors and residents alike to experience the best of Canadian food and culture.

Food
Dunn’s Famous specializes in authentic Montreal smoked meat, an artisan meat product produced from beef brisket that is cured and spiced using old-world techniques before a slow cooking process. It is then steamed again and hand-sliced to order, before being used to create the iconic Canadian Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

Dunn’s offers the only hand-sliced Montreal smoked meat in Vancouver; hand-slicing is an art that takes years to perfect and, in many cases, is passed down through generations.

Hand-slicing is superior to machine slicing as the latter results in a tougher, more chewy product for two reasons: the meat is cooked for a shorter period of time to ensure it can hold up against the slicer, and it creates uniform slices that are not always against the grain.

The smoked meat sandwich is the restaurant’s signature menu item, which is traditionally built with rye bread and piled high with hand-sliced smoked meat with yellow prepared mustard.

Dunn’s staff make the sandwiches according to guest specifications, allowing them to choose sandwich size (quarter of a pound, half a pound and one in between for those who just can’t decide), cut of meat (lean, containing very little fat; medium, the most popular choice of cut; medium-fat, a more juicy sandwich; and fat, which contains as much fat as meat) and type of mustard (yellow, grainy, Dijon or hot mustard).

Dunn’s commitment to quality means its meat always has a high protein percentage – it’s therefore purer and filled with fewer additives that are so commonly found in other deli-style meats and smoked meats.

The extensive menu also includes Canadian and delicatessen favourites, such as a variety of poutines, latkes, Matzoh ball soup, fried pickles and cheesecake.

The newly opened delicatessen offers retail items for guests to enjoy at home including pickles, sauerkraut, fresh deli salads and a variety of meats, all made in house.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A small piece of Montreal deli food

Dunns Delicatessen is an institution in Montreal, where I grew up. It's main dish is smoked meat and for those in the know it is rare to find this dish outside Montreal. Dunn's in Vancouver is effectively a branch of the Montreal franchise. If you've never had smoked meat it is hard to describe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love meet, you have to try it on! You could love it, or think its just one more sandwich house. I didn't love it, but i think it you should try!

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Thank Giorgio S
Sooke, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been enjoying lunch at Dunn's during our visits to Vancouver for several years. The smoked meat has always been (and still is) excellent. Recently, last summer I think, the format of the restaurant was changed. The kitchen is now out front, some booths have been removed, and there is a long central table where, I assume, you rub... More 

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Thank GarthGil
Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I've tried the other 4+ places downtown and they do not compare to Dunn's. This is a mid-ranged restaurant, not a cheap sandwich shop. It is worth it. Dunn's also does a great job in preparing and packing meat to takeout. They steamed and split up a whole brisket for the me. I left the untouched portion on the counter... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We have been here a number of times and the Montreal smoked meat sandwiches are very authentic. I would recommend the medium cooked version.

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Thank Oncofighter
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I must confess I've not been to Montreal or had smoked meat before - so I wasn't sure what to expect. However, after looking at various reviews off of a google search this place on Seymour Street was recommended. The smoked meat is what they're known for and it didnt disappoint. You get a choice of how you want the... More 

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Thank Mack J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Dunns Delicatessen is an institution in Montreal, where I grew up. It's main dish is smoked meat and for those in the know it is rare to find this dish outside Montreal. Dunn's in Vancouver is effectively a branch of the Montreal franchise. If you've never had smoked meat it is hard to describe this delicacy - it is a... More 

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Thank robbie_in_melbourne
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

They don't carry pastrami for their Rueben's. They prepare their beef very similar to pastrami, but technically it is different. Some might not know the difference. But is delicious good and milder than pastrami. The sandwich served to me was smaller than what I thought was in the picture that enticed me to check out Dunn's. But it filled me... More 

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Thank MazatlanMarkcom
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I was here for dinner before a show. My companion ordered the smoked meat sandwich and I had the poutine, we each ordered a side dish, namely split pea soup and coleslaw. Everything was great. My companion appreciated that you could order three different types of smoked meat (lean, medium, fatty) and three different sizes of sandwich. The pickle with... More 

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Thank Sandra H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Ordered the beef sandwich. You can choose between 3 levels of "juiciness" as well as how much meat you want in your sandwich. The sandwich was very good and juicy as advertised. The pickle had a wonderful snap. As it was cool and rainy, a bowl of matzo ball soup paved the way for the deli delight. Recommended.

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Thank RichardMello
Campbell River, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at Dunn's a number of times and enjoyed it so were very disappointed yesterday. The service was extremely slow and other patrons were equally frustrated. We ordered 6oz med cut sandwiches which were dry. My husband ordered the smoked meat poutine which was good. I ordered a caesar to drink and they had no vodka. So on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 827 Seymour Street | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Granville Street
  • Neighborhood: Granville Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-682-8938

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 12
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Dunn’s Famous BC recently hosted a grand re-opening on Friday October 9, to offer Vancouverites a true deli experience for both quick lunches and also with the option for sit-down dining.

Dunn’s offers a quick and convenient option to buy quality, authentic Montreal smoked meat.

Dunn’s is perfect for the urban professional: the helpful servers understand that city workers often have limited time but still want a delicious, hearty lunch, so offer the highest quality meat and deli lunches in the shortest turnaround time.


Brand heritage
Dunn’s Famous restaurant was founded by Myer Dunn in Montreal in 1927 after he noticed that local clothing factory workers needed a restaurant that could provide quickly prepared, fresh and sustaining food.

Due to the unique recipes and high quality standards, Dunn’s Famous quickly became a favourite among Montreal residents and visitors, who flocked to taste the authentic smoked meat.

Today, Dunn’s continues its founder’s tradition of excellence by offering a delicious variety of poutines, soups, salads, wraps and a host of other items to delight the taste buds, as well as the signature smoked meat sandwiches.

Throughout the years, the one thing that has remained is the commitment to offering authentic recipes made from the finest ingredients – “real food for real people”.

There are six Dunn’s Famous restaurants in Canada, including five in Quebec. The newly re-launched Dunn’s Famous in Vancouver is the only franchise in British Columbia and indeed outside of Quebec.

Dunn’s Famous BC brings an authentic taste of Montreal and an East Coast staple to the West Coast, allowing visitors and residents alike to experience the best of Canadian food and culture.

Food
Dunn’s Famous specializes in authentic Montreal smoked meat, an artisan meat product produced from beef brisket that is cured and spiced using old-world techniques before a slow cooking process. It is then steamed again and hand-sliced to order, before being used to create the iconic Canadian Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

Dunn’s offers the only hand-sliced Montreal smoked meat in Vancouver; hand-slicing is an art that takes years to perfect and, in many cases, is passed down through generations.

Hand-slicing is superior to machine slicing as the latter results in a tougher, more chewy product for two reasons: the meat is cooked for a shorter period of time to ensure it can hold up against the slicer, and it creates uniform slices that are not always against the grain.

The smoked meat sandwich is the restaurant’s signature menu item, which is traditionally built with rye bread and piled high with hand-sliced smoked meat with yellow prepared mustard.

Dunn’s staff make the sandwiches according to guest specifications, allowing them to choose sandwich size (quarter of a pound, half a pound and one in between for those who just can’t decide), cut of meat (lean, containing very little fat; medium, the most popular choice of cut; medium-fat, a more juicy sandwich; and fat, which contains as much fat as meat) and type of mustard (yellow, grainy, Dijon or hot mustard).

Dunn’s commitment to quality means its meat always has a high protein percentage – it’s therefore purer and filled with fewer additives that are so commonly found in other deli-style meats and smoked meats.

The extensive menu also includes Canadian and delicatessen favourites, such as a variety of poutines, latkes, Matzoh ball soup, fried pickles and cheesecake.

The newly opened delicatessen offers retail items for guests to enjoy at home including pickles, sauerkraut, fresh deli salads and a variety of meats, all made in house.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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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 Granville Street

Neighborhood Profile
Granville Street
Granville Street spans many, multiple city blocks and has become so fastidiously known for its nightclubs and watering holes that it's fondly nicknamed the city's 'Entertainment District.' Friday and Saturday nights are the most popular and lively, with young revelers taking to the streets in droves and keeping the party going until late. Granville Street, being mostly open to pedestrian-only traffic, has a healthy social life along its main thoroughfares, even outside of its cafes and pubs, spilling onto the sidewalks. The locals are chatty, the shops at its expansive Pacific Centre Mall are trendy, and the whole area seems to be on a sugar rush: in a good way. Exuberance and camaraderie classify this neighbourhood.