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Canter's Deli

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$$
Central L.A
American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Kosher
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419 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-651-2030
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 160
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    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 20
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  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An LA must-do

Great deli - huge menu, with everything you'd expect to see and from our experience all of this was done very well. Reasonable and excellent service too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
EricWhiteside7
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London
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We went for lunch here and the food was really good. I had the 'Mac attack' which was very, very tasty and not too big a portion so it was just right. We shared some sweet potato fries which were also delicious. A great experience and a must-do if you're visiting LA.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is not what it was in previous generations. The cooking is poor. The place is sort of dirty. Skip the washrooms. The service is attentive, but none of our dishes met standards.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great deli - huge menu, with everything you'd expect to see and from our experience all of this was done very well. Reasonable and excellent service too.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I had heard of Canter's Deli and was eager to go to a historic restaurant. First off, the food is really good. I had a Monte Cristo sandwich and it was delicious. My friend ordered the pastrami sandwich and soup. She said both were delicious. The restaurant is dated but I wouldn't say it was run down. The booths were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was in a great location in walking distance between our motel and the farmers markets. Area is a bit rough and from the outside it didn't seem much. There is nothing false or pretentious about the space but is was clean and comfortable. The menu choice was huge as were the servings when they arrived. Nothing fancy but good,... More 

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Silver Lake, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was visiting LA on my birthday, and my cousin took me to Canter's. I had the stuffed cabbage, and it was wonderful. My husband said the corned beef/pastrami sandwich was delicious. The side dishes were good, too. I highly recommend the potato salad. The server was so nice. I ordered a cupcake, and when she found out that it... More 

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Leeds
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My son and I were doing the West Coast tour. Some of his friends were going the other way and said you must get a breakfast at Canter's on Fairfax. We duly did and were really impressed. This is a definite old world diner. Apparently stars come in here but I bet the don't get any preference. The guide book... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a landmark in Los Angeles! Newcomers might be put off by the dated furniture and decor, but it's still one of the best deli's in town. I have been coming here since the eighties and it seems that nothing ever changes. And thats good. The food is great, the staff friendly and it all has an honesty about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

Everytime I come to LA I have to visit this deli - they are also a restaurant and bakery which I have tried NUMEROUSLY and all the food they sell us scrumptious. Do not let the looks of the interior design (time stood still at this establishment) because the food is awesome. Clearly the sevor is not what keeps people... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Wow, busy establishment which obviously has a reputation. I note on the wall Presidents have dined here. This is a sophisticated American Diner. The service is great, the staff polite, the food is delicious. We would come back here again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 419 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: 323-651-2030

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Kosher

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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