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Dunn's Famous

$$ - $$$, Deli,
827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
+1 604-682-8938
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“smoked meat” (48 reviews)
“reuben” (11 reviews)
“sandwiches” (29 reviews)
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Canadian, Deli, Diner
$$ - $$$
827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Dunn's Famous
1. From MTL to the world
"Their specialty is "smoked" brisket which is an eastern Canadian"
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2. Best Smoked Meat in Vancouver
"style diner with probably the best Montreal smoked meat sandwich"
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3. Cheesecake recipe since 1927
"highlight came with dessert - truly the best cheesecake i've ever had"
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1 - 10 of 136 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat at a table at the back, not a booth. The service was quick and friendly. Don't be surprised when your sandwich comes on a small tray. We chose medium for the meat and it was juicy and delicious. Lots of choice for the...More

1  Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

What a surprising treat to find not only the smoke meat ever (better than Montreal even) with a great selection of choices, and truly the best service in the form of our server. She had me toned she was from Argentina....she was simply the best!...More

1  Thank konrad29
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I grew up in Montreal. Many places advertise Montreal smoked meat but this is, in my view, the closest to the Montreal smoked meat I remember.

2  Thank Tom Y
Reviewed 2 March 2018

A classic, brick-walled, red vinyl booth cafe with lots of comfort food ranging from hearty sandwiches, soups and of course a decent selection of Canada's famous poutine. Drink specials that are well worth their value, music and warm, friendly staff - food is definitely made...More

Thank hapagirl908
Reviewed 15 February 2018

I grew up in Montreal and this restaurant/deli reminds me of the great sandwiches I enjoyed as a youth. Pea soup is really good and the smoked meat sandwich is excellent!

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to get your Reuben fix right in the business district. Nice open, high ceilings with natural light at lunch time. Didn’t try anything else but would come back again on my next visit to Vancouver

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

If your in town you can’t go wrong. Montreal smoked meat is a delight. Try deli. I go out of my way to make this a stop if I hit a hockey game in the city. So awesome it is.

Thank tph69
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The matzo ball soup reminded me of my grandmother's. The matzo ball was soft yet firm and the broth had a mild chicken flavor. The smoked meat was flavorful, but it essentially tasted like corned beef to me so I'm not sure how it was...More

Thank jennypenny_sea
Reviewed 8 November 2017

My wife and I stopped in for a quick lunch prior to a symphonic performance on October 29, since the theatre was only a half block away. While we were making our selections on the menu, I looked around and noticed a few things that...More

Thank Danylo46
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

The service was excellent and wait staff very helpful. The food is homely and generous but don't expect gourmet offerings. It is a place with a long history and the pastrami was very good. They have poutine which is a local dish.

Thank eileen m
Granville Street
Granville Street spans many, multiple city blocks and
has become so fastidiously known for its nightclubs
and watering holes that it's fondly nicknamed the
city's 'Entertainment District.' Friday and Saturday
nights are the most popular and lively, with young
revelers taking to the streets in droves and keeping
the party going until late. Granville Street, being
mostly open to pedestrian-only traffic, has a healthy
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2 June 2017|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry did not see this question, there is parking on the street, but there is a lot facing the restaurant. I usually hit this place if I am downtown for a business meeting of an event, so I grab a parking spot in one of the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Canadian, Deli, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Granville Street
  • Neighbourhood: Granville Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-682-8938
  • E-mail
Dunn’s Famous BC recently hosted a grand re-opening on Friday October 9, to offer Vancouverites a true deli experience for both quick lunches and also with the option for sit-down dining. Dunn’s offers a quick and convenient option to buy quality, authentic Montreal smoked meat. Dunn’s is perfect for the urban professional: the helpful servers understand that city workers often have limited time but still want a delicious, hearty lunch, so offer the highest quality meat and deli lunches in the shortest turnaround time. Brand heritage Dunn’s Famous restaurant was founded by Myer Dunn in Montreal in 1927 after he noticed that local clothing factory workers needed a restaurant that could provide quickly prepared, fresh and sustaining food. Due to the unique recipes and high quality standards, Dunn’s Famous quickly became a favourite among Montreal residents and visitors, who flocked to taste the authentic smoked meat. Today, Dunn’s continues its founder’s tradition of excellence by offering a delicious variety of poutines, soups, salads, wraps and a host of other items to delight the taste buds, as well as the signature smoked meat sandwiches. Throughout the years, the one thing that has remained is the commitment to offering authentic recipes made from the finest ingredients – “real food for real people”. There are six Dunn’s Famous restaurants in Canada, including five in Quebec. The newly re-launched Dunn’s Famous in Vancouver is the only franchise in British Columbia and indeed outside of Quebec. Dunn’s Famous BC brings an authentic taste of Montreal and an East Coast staple to the West Coast, allowing visitors and residents alike to experience the best of Canadian food and culture. Food Dunn’s Famous specializes in authentic Montreal smoked meat, an artisan meat product produced from beef brisket that is cured and spiced using old-world techniques before a slow cooking process. It is then steamed again and hand-sliced to order, before being used to create the iconic Canadian Montreal smoked meat sandwich. Dunn’s offers the only hand-sliced Montreal smoked meat in Vancouver; hand-slicing is an art that takes years to perfect and, in many cases, is passed down through generations. Hand-slicing is superior to machine slicing as the latter results in a tougher, more chewy product for two reasons: the meat is cooked for a shorter period of time to ensure it can hold up against the slicer, and it creates uniform slices that are not always against the grain. The smoked meat sandwich is the restaurant’s signature menu item, which is traditionally built with rye bread and piled high with hand-sliced smoked meat with yellow prepared mustard. Dunn’s staff make the sandwiches according to guest specifications, allowing them to choose sandwich size (quarter of a pound, half a pound and one in between for those who just can’t decide), cut of meat (lean, containing very little fat; medium, the most popular choice of cut; medium-fat, a more juicy sandwich; and fat, which contains as much fat as meat) and type of mustard (yellow, grainy, Dijon or hot mustard). Dunn’s commitment to quality means its meat always has a high protein percentage – it’s therefore purer and filled with fewer additives that are so commonly found in other deli-style meats and smoked meats. The extensive menu also includes Canadian and delicatessen favourites, such as a variety of poutines, latkes, Matzoh ball soup, fried pickles and cheesecake. The newly opened delicatessen offers retail items for guests to enjoy at home including pickles, sauerkraut, fresh deli salads and a variety of meats, all made in house.
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