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Canter's Deli

419 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323-651-2030
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Ranked #136 of 8,551 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Kosher, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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St. Louis MO
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I have been trying to hit "famous" delis when I travel and decided to try Canter's on a recent trip to LA. Totally awesome. Ok, the decor is leftover from the 60s but that didn't really mean too much. The food is totally excellent. I had the traditional corned beef and excellent potato salad and the others in my group... More

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Anaheim, CA
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256 reviews 256 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

My review was really leaning toward a 4 star, but I gave it 3 stars because of the subpar service. Perhaps Canter's has surly service because its an LA institution? Or, perhaps they brought the NYC attitude so you can "feel" you're eating in a NYC style deli? Or, perhaps this place is located in such a touristy area, that... More

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Malibu, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Met old friends at Canters and we were greeted warmly by staff. Flooded with good memories of the neighborhood and Canter's and was not disappointed. The service was good,both friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my poached egg on rye with a good cup of coffee. As we left, stopped at the counter for sliced pastrami and corned beef to take... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Canter's Deli has a lot of history and great people watching place. It is lively. The food isn't necessarily the greatest, but the experience is flavorful. Parking can be a big pain.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I used to LOVE Canter's. I still do love Canters for late night bites and music. The bar bands are always fun. I stopped loving Canter's food when I got a plate of pickles with a worm in a pickle. I know they can't control that bc it probably happened at the farm or packaging place, but it is still... More

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Conifer, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

As New York natives who live in Colorado, we crave good deli. Canter's hit the spot. The pastrami was the best. I loved the chopped liver, corned beef and sour pickles. And the rainbow cookies brought back wonderful childhood memories.

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Orlando, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My group wanted to try Canter's because of its rich history and we enjoyed the experience. We were able to find space in the parking lot next door and liked viewing the mural of Los Angeles Jewish History on the side of the building. Okay, so the chicken soup was bland and I could do better myself, but my son... More

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El Paso, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Pastrami and Corned Beef Sandwiches! Large portions very filling and great rye bread! Will go back next time in LA!

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Pastrami Rueben with onion rings and beer, delicious. Friendly service. Atmosphere straight out of the 1960's. What's not to love?

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The Woodlands, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My Dad and I went for breakfast on Easter Sunday. One advantage of our bodies still being on central time is it was no problem to get there early. I am not sure how the crowds are on a regular day, but 6 AM was a perfect time to visit. I walked around and marveled at all of the pictures... More

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