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“Great diner.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Main Deli Steak House

The Main Deli Steak House
3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Le Plateau Mont-Royal)
(514) 843-8126
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Ranked #254 of 4,678 Restaurants in Montreal
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Diner
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great diner.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Amazing food. Great poutine and amazing smoked meat sandwiches. You gotta eat here. You will not be disappointed!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Montreal, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“A great Montreal smoked meat experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Others have said it and I concur. If you are headed for Schwartz's for a smoked meat sandwich, cross the street to The Main, whether the other has a line-up or not. You can enjoy your meal without the stress and the crowd in a place that is equally authentic. Menus are in English and French and the staff speaks both languages, and possibly the one you didn't use - in true Montreal style. There is many options on the menu but the reason for going there is the smoked meat sandwich with coleslaw, french fries and dill pickle. And it definitely won't break your budget. Could be considered to have a "scenic view" if one considers the other denizens of this Montreal institution.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Don't go to Schwartz's! Go to The Main!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Main is the place to go for the best smoked meat in Montreal. I don't know why people bother to line up across the street. Not to mention that Celine Dion's husband has bought Schwartz and turned it into a franchise and you can buy their smoked meat in grocery stores and they don't even cure or smoke their own meat. So go and enjoy the classic smoked meat sandwich with fries, coleslaw and a pickle and cherry coke at The Main!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Terrific old style Montreal smoked meat without the touristy lineup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Before the precipitous decline in quality at Schwartz's , I often used to go to The Main when the crowds were too long next door.

Now when I have my occasional craving for delicatessen food I go to The Main. My one regular choice is the smoke meat platter although I've also had their grilled liver & onions which was OK.

For a very reasonable price and no long line-ups you can get a full plate of moist and flavourful smoked meat, perfect fries and a great homemade coleslaw.

The service is very up and down, mostly good but they can ignore you at times.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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“Why wait in line at Schwartz's?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

While there's always a line out the door across the street at Schwatrz's, locals know to go to The Main. The smoked meat sandwich is just as good and there's never a wait. Food and value is great. The atmosphere hasn't changed in decades. The staff is generally disgruntled and unfriendly, but here it seems to add to the experience.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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