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Cecil's Delicatessen & Bakery

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Sandwiches, Bakeries, Delicatessen, Kosher
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651 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116-1293
(651) 698-0334
Today
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New York Minnesota

As a native of Brooklyn, I've been to a lot of NY's best delicatessens (e.g. Katz's, Carnegie, 2nd Avenue.) So was I skeptical when some friends offered to take me to a deli in St. Paul? Of course, I was. Cecil's did not disappoint. The NY Style sandwiches (I had pastrami) were generous portions... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Michael R
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Dayton OH
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Dayton OH
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

As a native of Brooklyn, I've been to a lot of NY's best delicatessens (e.g. Katz's, Carnegie, 2nd Avenue.) So was I skeptical when some friends offered to take me to a deli in St. Paul? Of course, I was. Cecil's did not disappoint. The NY Style sandwiches (I had pastrami) were generous portions. The knishes were tender and they... More 

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Cecil's is a fantastic place to eat, as evidenced by the people streaming in. The menu was extensive and offers something for everyone. The meals were very reasonably priced and delicious to boot (I had the Russian Roulette with Potato Salad) and there is an extensive list of dessert items if lunch doesn't fill you up. I cannot recommend this... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I think they have the best Rubens in the twin cities. I prefer their pastrami. The "just like New York" and the "some like it hot " are my favorites. I love the chicken matzo ball soup!

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Pomona, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

What an interesting place. Reminds me of Deli's that used to be on the lower East side of NY - that no longer exist. I had a Reuben - we all had a different dish and all thought they great. All of us (4 adults, 2 children) enjoyed our (diverse) meals. Lots of unpretentious tables-very busy place. We were there... More 

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LA CROSSE
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We have been looking for a traditional deli in the Twin Cities for a while. We found it! While we prefer Katz in New York or Brent's in West Lake Village this place is good. The place is packed with customers and does a very nice job.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Corn Beef Hash for brunch was awesome. In past visits I enjoyed Borscht and they have the best Ruebens. Authentic and owned for generations - a must stop if I'm Highland Park area of St Paul and worth a drive if you are not!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I was there for the first time on Christmas day. The food, the service, the staff, everything was outstanding! I highly recommend it!

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Never heard of Cecil's but I was told it was a must do... I arrived during lunch hour and it was packed... We were sat almost immediately given menus and our drink order was taken. Within a minute drinks were on the table and our order was taken. We both had a Reuben with slaw, again within minutes lunch arrived.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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137 reviews 137 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Another great overindulgence at Cecil's! We simply can't get enough of this place. What a gem we have right in our midst. It's as close to a NY Deli that you can get in MN. Just good, huge food with knowledgable, fun staff. It's a no-nonsense place and we LOVE LOVE LOVE tucking into a big fat, juicy Reuben (or... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been here many times over the years but I have to admit my wife and I were a little disappointed last week. Both of us had the Reuben sandwich and both of us noticed there was less Pastrami and corned beef and more sauerkraut than all of our past visits. Service was slower than normal (it wasn't busy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 651 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116-1293
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: (651) 698-0334

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Bakeries, Delicatessen, Kosher
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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