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The Main Deli Steak House

Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
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3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
+1 514-843-8126
10:00 - 05:00
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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went there for supper and had their smoke meat sandwich special. This is one of the last places left in Montreal that serves authentic smoke meat. Their regular sandwich is huge, nicely smoked, the old fashion way - Quality. I have been eating smoke meat for 50 years and I know what real smoke meat is. The Main has... More 

Thank william D
Antwerp, Belgium
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

"Mmmmm, this incredible! Schwartz's might be different than this, but it cannot be better than The Main." That's what I said while enjoying the smoked meat sandwich at this cosy deli... the well-established wait staff are up on the walls in caricature form, a framed newspaper article attests to this being Leonard Cohen's favourite deli and you leave totally filled... More 

Thank lucky_topaz
Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A comfy place for a good sit down meal, Has that nice Old Montreal feel... You want to try the Montreal Smoked Meat but don't want to wait in line ? You can walk all the way from the harbour, through Chinatown , experiencing one of the oldest stretches of street in Montreal and then rest your feet and restore... More 

Thank arrobasque
Montreal, Canada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

These people know meat. The smoked meat here is the city's best… And I myself love the 20 ounce ribeye steak. Just delicious… The service is wonderful… And topping things off with cheesecake is simply heavenly!!!!

Thank Edwin B
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been recommended to come here several times. But as someone who only visits for a few days once a year I've always been careful with each meal in this foodie heaven city. Definitely worth making time for every trip. It's unlikely I'll be found in line ever again at the more well known trap across the way. Loads of... More 

Thank Natalie M
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went with two other people and we all ordered different items. We were all very pleased with the food. I ordered a rib steak medium rare and that is how it came-with the garlic and spices on the side so I could put on what I wanted. One person ordered the chicken soup with matzoh balls and there was not... More 

Thank bry569
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here since the 80's when I'm in Montreal. Smoked meat always melts in your mouth, perfect pickles and great soups. And the soundtrack is solid 60's. Puts you in the perfect mood to go out and deal with the winter.

Thank Edward H
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We ate great smoked meat (half and half), great fries, coleslaw and pickle. And a beer!! Can't have that across the street! Had our own booth! Can't have that across the street! Our waitress was spot on! Loved the music playing. Felt homey!

Thank narpa76
Pombal, Leiria, Portugal
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The meat was good, the service was good, but when it came to the paying time, the owner was very rude about percentages of tipping and even told us to not come there anymore. We sure aren't coming back.

Thank seugnimod
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Schwartz's had a huge line-up, so we popped across the street, and couldn't have been more pleased! Diner-style smoked meat that was tender and juicy, served on great rye bread, with a side of really good crispy coleslaw and a crisp pickle. Perfect for lunch, and their menu looked quite extensive.

Thank Bordeauxxx

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-843-8126

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 colourful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
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