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“Bite the bullet and join the queue at Shwartz's”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of lester's deli

lester's deli
Ranked #305 of 5,679 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Canadian, Delicatessen
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Outremont
Montreal
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Bite the bullet and join the queue at Shwartz's”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

I should have trusted my first impressions of this place and moved right on.

The meat was strangely pockmarked and looked like reconstituted meat with a funny texture. This is a major given that it is a smoked meat deli! Skip his place and head east for better value and better tasting fare if cheap and cheerful is what you are after.

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English first
Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very good but not the best!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

Lester's Deli is an excellent delicatessen with all your favorites on the menu. The decor is cheesy and dated, but thats the charm of the restaurant. People go for the food and not the decor... The smoke-meat is excellent and the fries are very good. Is it better that Schwartz's, and the answer is "NO". Lesters has less spice and is a more generic style of Montreal smoke-meat, but done very well. I found it to be a bit pricey for the quantity...... but you can't go wrong with smoke-meat....and Lester's is a good second choice!

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank Grandpa_Walton
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Oshawa, Canada
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Such a great sandwich !!!!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

One of the best Montreal Smoked Meat places, and in the heart of a great neighbourhood. Lovely dated decor adds to the historical ambiance. We chatted with the owners at length and will make a point of going back every time we visit the Outremont area.
1057 Bernard, but only open till 9pm weekdays , 8pm Saturday, and closed Sunday.

  • Visited September 2011
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2 Thank SaC15
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Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The real deal for Montreal Smoked Meat and more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

Great food, staff that seem to have fun at work. Make sure to get a black cherry pop

Visited October 2011
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3 Thank Torcdor
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London
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious food, fun service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

This was our second visit to Lester's to sample the smoked meat and delicious coleslaw, and I hope it will not be our last. Food is scrumptious, service friendly and humorous, location excellent for watching the world go by. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Visited July 2011
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4 Thank ILovetheLakes
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