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“Just great Deli” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nate's Deli Family Kitchen

Nate's Deli Family Kitchen
1545 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 3J4, Canada
(613) 226-5050
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Ranked #425 of 2,224 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Canadian
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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Just great Deli”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Nates. How I missed ya.....

The OLD Nate's on Rideau St., was a favourite hangout for decades before it and the legendary "Place Next Door" disappeared. A few unsatisfying reincarnations included a booth in the Rideau Centre and a small operation in the Colonnade business park. These options simply lacked the feel and essence of the old Nates. A little loud, waitresses who kibbitzed, strange looks when you asked for off the menu selections. Ah Nates......

Well, they are back, and good as ever. Dave Smith was in the house when we went to check it out. I was delighted to see the old Cora's (overpriced breakfast that took hours to arrive) replaced by Nate's, and the experience, sights, sounds, and smells brought back the Nate's of yore...

Stick to the traditional masterpieces: Great deli sandwiches! Not a fish joint, don;t be thinking about calories. Order a black cherry Cott's soda, loosen the belt, polish up any rusty old Yiddish expressions you have, and prepare to enjoy.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Montreal, Canada
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“Good Montreal Smoked Meat in Ottawa!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We love smoked meat and had been to the old Nates on Rideau St. years back when visiting Ottawa (we are from Montreal).

The meat was very good, as were the fries, pickle and the rye.

Altogether, not a bad lunch, but I know places back home that could blow this place right out of the water! I hear there is now a Nate's Express in the west end, I will try it the next time visiting beautiful Ottawa.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Thank Goodness Dave Smith is back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Ottawa is truly blessed to have Dave Smith, a living legend, back watching over his kitchen and treating his customers as if they were special friends. Dave's personal touch is evident on the menu, and every dish that comes out of the kitchen is up to standard.

Then there is the smoked meat, the chicken soup with matzoh balls, the kreplach, all of which bring back so many great memories.

Without a doubt the best deli in Eastern Ontario. Move over Druxy!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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