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“delicious food in downtown Kingston, Ontario”

golden rooster deli restaurant
Ranked #58 of 429 Restaurants in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Description: 613-549-6540
Restaurant details
Description: 613-549-6540
Kingston
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108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“delicious food in downtown Kingston, Ontario”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

I have been dining at this restaurant for years. It is buffet style but they have a very wide range of food including hot and cold choices. The service is fast and efficient. The food is absolutely delicious. Examples of food range from open face sandwiches, lasagna, garlic meatballs, etc.

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“A Place to Crow About”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

From the outside, this Princess Street deli in Downtown Kingston does not stand out. Inside, its long, narrow cafeteria-style counter displays a great variety of delicatessen staples such as cheeses, cold cut meats, breads, and pastries. You walk past this delectable-looking line-up to the order desk/cashier's stand (about 2/3 in from the front). Here you scan the long list of menu items with prices, displayed on the wall behind the deli counter. Decide on your order, pay, pick up a numbered flag, and move into the seating area which takes up the rear 1/3 of this restaurant.

While you wait for your meals to be delivered to your table, you can admire the strikingly colourful photo-prints by a local photographer displayed on the walls around you. A nice touch. These feature stunning close-ups of flowers and eye-catching views of natural landscapes in all their glory. All are for sale at a relatively modest price.

A staff member soon finds your table by the number on your flag and delivers your meals. In our case, we were there for an early morning breakfast on our late-October two-day stay in Kingston. Both my wife and I opted for fairly traditional eggs, bacon/ham, toast, and coffee. Everything was very delicious, fresh, and appetizingly served. Sooo goood! The quality of the food was what made this deli remarkable. Looking around the dining area, there were only a few empty tables, and, by the sound of things, most of the other customers were locals who'd been eating here for years.

Although it was our first time at The Golden Rooster, we'll make a point of returning whenever we're back in Kingston, and would recommend this deli highly to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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184 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“What a find !”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

You should always ask the locals....so we did. Visiting Kingston and time restricted we were told about this magic deli. What to choose! We had a Black Forest ham sandwich on rye and a pastrami on rye as well....fresh fruit salad to follow. On the way out the door, even tho satisfied with our lunch a jam donut caught our eye...we shared this amazing morsel as we strolled back down the street. The deli also has a number system....so very wise!

  • Visited October 2013
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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Won't disappoint”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I've been in Kingston now for 5 years. A must for lunch or breakfast several times a week. Great fresh food with lots of choice; efficient, personable staff; pleasant atmosphere. Only delay can be the line-up at lunch, but a great number of people are handled expediently.

  • Visited September 2013
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Kamloops
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“We wished we were staying in kingston so we could eat here again”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stopped off in Kingston on our drive from Cornwall to Toronto and it was such a pretty town. Then we found the golden rooster and we were sad we weren't around for more than one meal. Our number got called really quickly and we weren't yet ready to order as there was so much choice of yummy looking food on the deli counter. The girl was cool about it and checked back with us each time she finished serving some one else until we were ready.
We had a grilled chicken sandwich and a bowl of goulash between us, and it was very tasty. The freshly made bread was lovely, and the goulash was just the perfect antidote to the mass produced overly salty food we had had in some other places- it was packed full of meat and veg and felt like a nice healthy option. The pineapple coleslaw was also very good and I'm not even a great fan of pineapple, so try it. We couldn't resist a doughnut and a cookie as well, and they did not let us down. All very reasonably priced, our entire meal came in at about 20CAD

  • Visited September 2013
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