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lester's deli

#318 of 4,633 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, Delicatessen, Kosher
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1057 Bernard o, Montreal, Quebec H2V 1V1, Canada
+1 514-213-1313
08:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lester's is a Montreal institution, close second to Schwartz for the best smoked meat in town. If you never tasted this delicacy, you have to try it. I personally guarantee that it will be a great experience. Ask for a Medium Smoked Meat sandwich, French fries, dill pickle and a Cherry Coke to go with it. I am originally from... More 

Thank Christian T
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I use to live around the corner from Lesters in Outremont on Bernard street so was a regular. If you want to try authentic Montreal smoked meat without the massive lineups found at schwartz' deli and arguably better tasting grub, you have to visit Lesters. It's run by the same family who started the business decades ago and still has... More 

Thank nomitjp
Beaconsfield, Canada
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68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Always busy is a good sign and it is so for a reason! It's delicious! Service was friendly the smoked meat was heavenly and the portions were huge. Don't complain that it is expensive because if you try others you will know you're getting a good bang for your buck.

1 Thank Chuck Z
Charlottetown, Canada
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Best smoked meat in town ! Lester's Deli on Bernard Street I'm talking about ! We first ordered 2 Karnatzels, one dry and the other fresh and they came with a slice of the freshest rye bread with a dollop of mustard as an appetizer. WOW were they good ! Then the mile-high smoked meat came along with an order... More 

Thank mariegilchrist
Berlin, Germany
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

After reading the hype on here I was truly disappointed!! Kitschy diner that plays on its vintage roots mid-century, but the Smoked Meat fails to deliver :((( The smoked meat sandwich is almost $12 with tax!! For a Tiny sandwich :( Meat is cut very thin style like cold cuts. Flavor was OK but nothing special - worth a third... More 

Thank Schlampah
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Okay we wanted Schwartz's but no one will convince me to stand in a line for hours especially on a rainy day. So, we called Lesters and they had free tables. A quick Uber ride and we were there. Well, we will be back. The service was great and the place is fun. It was basically a blast from the... More 

Thank Catherine V
Calgary, AB
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We ate at Lesters as part of a dyad tour we were doing. The staff is witty and fun, and the food is great. They fit our table of 6 in during the lunch rush and food was served hot, fast, and tasty. It was a real experience so if you are visiting Montreal and wanting a taste of a... More 

Thank sara83
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Food was good, service efficient. They even accommodated our dogs with a treat and a bowl of water. All n all as good as Schwartz on St Laurent

Thank Giselle F
Gurnee, Illinois
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336 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I think there is an ongoing battle between leaders and Schwartz. I like both, and Lesters tends to be less crowded. It was a quick drive from my hotel during lunch time so I parked and ran in to get a sandwich to go. I got the traditional smoked meat sandwich a side of fries. Let's start with the sandwich.... More 

Thank gondekp
Burlington, Canada
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Met a business associate at Lester's on his suggestion. Amazing old school deli with fantastic food, perfect portions and great service. Sat outside on the patio and it was terrific. Make sure you order the cherry cola with your smoked meat. For some reason it works! Same location since 1951 when they opened. Got a chance to chat with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Canadian, Delicatessen, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1057 Bernard o, Montreal, Quebec H2V 1V1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Outremont
  • Neighbourhood: Outremont
  • Phone Number: +1 514-213-1313

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Outremont

Neighbourhood Profile
Outremont, a quaint residential district just north of Downtown, is a peaceful, low-key setting known for its mod cafes and bistros, and some of the best walking territory Montreal has to offer. Visitors can explore the flowering parks and manor estates of Maplewood Street, then window-shop the popular bakeries and coffeehouses on main arteries of Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Rue Van Horne. The modern granola feel is complemented by contemporary art exhibitions, rotating theatre productions, and a welcoming public library. Also a nexus for the city's Hasidic Jewish culture, Outremont's diversity resounds in its cuisine and in its architecture. Visit the colorful neighbourhood to take advantage of boutique shopping on Avenue Laurier, or to test the artisanal flavors of Avenue Bernard, braving a salmon burger on a squid-ink bun or accommodating your sweet tooth with a provincial chômeur pudding. A visit to Outremont is a relaxing day.
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