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Dunn's Famous

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Granville Street
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827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
+1 604-682-8938
11:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Believe it or not you can find a great Montreal smoke meat sandwich at Dunn's in Vancouver. Forget the combo sandwiches and just order the 8 oz smoke meat sandwich juicy. Well worth the calories!

Thank Dealmaker752
Williamsburg, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

We enjoyed this fun eatery before a concert at the Orpheum Theater. My brother thoroughly enjoyed his piled-high Reuben, my friend her salad (piled high with smoked meats) and as a vegetarian I was pleasantly surprised by an excellently yummy vegetarian sandwich. (Dunn's is famous for smoked meats!) The real highlight came with dessert - truly the best cheesecake i've... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with friends to Dunn's while on vacation. So amazing that we went twice. The smoked meat is a la Dunn's and Schwartz's in Montreal, a bit flakey. The rye bread is ultra fresh, just the right amount of sponginess. Really nice. I always go for the biggest sandwich, medium, yellow mustard. I never do the lean sandwich, it's leaner... More 

Thank David_S_2013
Squamish, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a passion for Montreal Smoked meat, then Dunn's on Seymour, just south of Robson is the place to go to in Vancouver. Authentic. The smoked meat is exactly what you'd expect from a Montreal deli, in your choice of lean, medium or very juicy (more fatty) cuts in either a 4 oz., 6 oz. or an 8... More 

Thank Bob B
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Come on, how can you go wrong on smoked meat? The last time I went to the iconic Dunns was on St. Catharines 30 years ago. It was so exciting. Even my non-Jewish French Canadians friends said this was the THE place. Yesterday, my friends and I went--and I am biased--I wanted it to be awesome. And it was. Great... More 

Thank Jer G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Of all the years we came to Vancouver BC, we didn't know about this place. Shame on us! The place is just off of the famous Robson street. Easy to get to, spacious, clean and welcoming. The service was very friendly. We both got the custom sandwiches. They were so good. The house carrot ginger soup was so yummy. The... More 

Thank nononesense
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great sandwiches, very good service... Their pickle back is great and fun! You need to try it! We visited during dine-out week and was good value for our dollar!

Thank taz50
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Yeah this is low hanging fruit for me, I'm from there, I have eaten a metric ton of Smoked Meat in my lifetime. But, I haven't had a Smoked Meat sandwich in quite a while so I was almost back to virgin territory. As soon as I got there; meeting friends before Blue Rodeo concert, the steam and the smell... More 

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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

I had wanted a good smoked meat sandwich, but the best they could do for GF was to put it on lettuce. Can you imagine dijon on lettuce? So I had the chef's salad, with chunks of smoked turkey, egg, ham etc. it was OK, but thrown together in a hodge podge. No effort to even make it look nice,... More 

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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I always wanted to dine here, but for whatever reason never did, until recently. I don't think I missed much by not visiting sooner. The waitress was nice, but flighty, forgetting items and mixing up orders. There are some benefits to that though. My companions received cold poutine dishes, but because I had to ask several times what happened to... More 

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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
USD 4 - USD 12
Lunch, Dinner
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, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
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.

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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