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The Main Deli Steak House

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
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3864 boulevard St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y2, Canada
+1 514-843-8126
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Atlanta, GA
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87 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We set out to find the best Jewish deli in Montreal and headed for Schwartz’s. There was a line outside and a stench in the air, so we crossed Boulevard St. Laurent and ducked into Main Deli where there were lots of empty tables. The place looked totally rundown. However, we were greeted kindly by the man behind the counter... More 

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Hinesburg, Vermont
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This past Sunday I organized a trip to Montreal for a group of 27 people. Part of the day involved a lunch stop. Luckily I connected with the Main Deli Steak House. We had a great meal that included everything from wonderful smoked meat sandwiches, to delicious potato pancakes, soup with kreplach and, yes, even kishka. Service was excellent, as... More 

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Planet Insectia
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466 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Montréal nearly a decade ago and tried this and the other place, and found we liked the smoked meat here better. It's still very good and service very quick as we were in early.

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Thank YVRcockroach
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Ordered latkas very badly done. Have had them bfr not same now probably bought frozen and just deep-fry them ... apple sauce store bought. Disappointed

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Milford, Connecticut
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Food was good but not great. I read it was better than Schwartz's but this is not the case. Was nice to be able to sit down and relax but it's clear now to me that Schwartz's smoked meat is better. Service was very cold and unfriendly. I will not return.

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Montreal, Canada
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595 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Smoked meat is very good and alternative to across the street lineups. I'd advice to get latkes instead of fries!

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Thank Nicq
Massachusetts
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is an interesting menu based on traditional smoked meats and deli foods. My husband read a New York Times article that this was Leonard Cohen's favorite restaurant and off we went. He had the smoked meat spaghetti - very interesting! I had pierogies and borscht soup. Both were good, but when the waitress asked if I wanted boiled or... More 

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Thank travellingreborn
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Theoretically, The Main is a very good place to eat. I say theoretically, because they refused to make eye contact, or take an order for ages after we sat down, and after 20 minutes waiting in vain we had to leave. They clearly didn't want to serve us despite us having done nothing wrong. Haughty, arrogant, and doomed to fail... More 

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Thank Joseph C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

If you'd like to taste the real smoked meet this is the place. The waiter was really nice and helpful to us and advised us to order a plate to share along with fries and a salad. One of the best dishes we've had. Delicious taste! Also the beer is awesome!

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1 Thank Patz H
Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent food with confort. Will go again! Smoked meat was delcious. If you have never been here? you must.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Cuisine
Diner, Canadian, Delicatessen
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 05:00
Monday
10:00 - 05:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 05:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 05:00
Thursday
10:00 - 05:00
Friday
10:00 - 05:00
Saturday
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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