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The Main Deli Steak House

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
American, Canadian, Delicatessen, Diner
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3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
15148438126
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10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've read many reviews from both this site and others about how The Main had similarly yummy and delicious smoked meat sandwiches, and that we'd be foolish to wait in the lineup across the street at the other famous smoked meat deli. So we went to The Main. Service was just adequate and value for the dollar was poor. But... More 

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Thank vsuvius
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic. Orlando is awesome, say hi if you get the chance. All the staff are rockstars. The place is open late. Skip going across the street, you won't regret it!

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Thank pax008
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When the line is long outside Schwartz's, as it was today for us, just cross the street and sit outside in a deli with great brisket and corned beef sandwiches, good beer and ambiance. Watch the people waiting an hour to get into Schwartz's while you sip your beer. Great lunch.

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Thank MichaelJKelly
Oxford, Pennsylvania
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202 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on a walk back downtown from a morning hiking Mont-Royal. We were aiming for Schwartz's based in quick Yelp search but given the wait outside we came here instead. No wait, plenty of seats, fantastic food. Poutine was good and the smoked meat sandwich was excellent. Haven't been to the more popular place across the street but... More 

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Thank HankW80
Madrid, Spain
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Genuine, wonderful place to have a delicious smoked meat in Montreal. The waiters are adorable, quick and speak English, French, Spanish and... Yiddish? We had a very nice time at Main Deli.

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Thank Juana P
Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

much better smoked meat than the famous one directly across the street, cheaper, better tasting and no line. Classic 24 hour diner (they might close at like 5am for an hour). Excellent fries. I recommend getting a pound of meat and loaf of bread as it is remarkably more economical. This is where the locals eat.

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Thank MontrealPhotoChick
Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to visit this restaurant after reading several reviews of a more famous smoked meat deli across the street. Service at The Main was bad, unfriendly wait staff was indifferent and slow. Table was totally dirty and greasy. Food was bad to gross. Smoked meat was perhaps average tasting but looked awful and was way too fatty. Fries were over... More 

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Thank gegenbauer2point0
Palmer, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to main on recommendation of our bartender Aoife from Bar Bifteck, and boy were we happy, the Poutine was excellent, topped with smoked meat, sausage, and bacon. She said it's the best in the city, and I believe it. I will deff be back next time I'm in Montreal, I deff thought it was better than Swartz

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Thank Brian P
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The smoked meat was very good and the people very kind. We took a combo dish with several slices of meat and we composed our sandwiches. We went there for an early dinner, the place was quiet while a line was forming up for the other "famous" place in front.

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Thank mtorchiano
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Rather not line up for an hour at Schwartz's? Step into Main Deli for the same, or perhaps superior, smoked meat perfection. Fries and pickle equally perfect. Didn't believe it was possible but now I know.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
Cuisine
American, Canadian, Delicatessen, Diner
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: 15148438126

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Staying in Le Plateau Mont-Royal

Neighborhood Profile
Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colorful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.