A delicious must-have for visitors to Montreal and one of the most iconic foods in the city. Montreal-style smoked meat is as classic as poutine and maple syrup and is also a favorite of many locals.

Montreal smoked meat is kosher deli meat, made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices. The whole process can take over a week to complete and is worth every bite.

Schwartz deli Montreal Canada

Schwartz’s Deli

3895 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1X9

Schwartz’s Deli is a Montreal institution. One of the city’s most iconic restaurants serving up what many would call the best-smoked meat in the city, and even the whole continent.

Have it as a classic Montreal smoked meat sandwich on rye bread with yellow mustard. Or put it on pretty much anything else on the menu. It is delicious!

A must-have for all, whether you are a local or just visiting. Schwartz is a Montreal landmark.

Watch out for the long lines or jump the line altogether and opt for some takeout.

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Reuben’s Deli and Steakhouse

1116 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 1H4

Reuben’s has been serving up arguably the best-smoked meat in Montreal since 1976. It has a nice jazzy atmosphere, which has more of a middle-class restaurant feel. Some say it’s a step up from Schwartz’s run-down deli vibes.

The smoked meat sandwich is massive so come hungry.  Also, make sure you grab a piece of their cheesecake!

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Main Deli

3864 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec

If Schwartz doesn’t do it for you, cross the street and you will find the Main Deli. All the same great tasting Montreal Smoked Meat without the same crowds.

Arguably better than Schwartz’s Deli but you can decide for yourself.

Main is a great choice if you want to enjoy the food without tons of people around you while you eat and wait in lines.

All the same great taste without the wait.

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Dunn’s Famous

1249 Metcalfe St, Montreal, Quebec H3B 2V5

A loved Montreal restaurant with large portions. A great choice if your downtown and you have the urge for some Montreal Smoked Meat. Dunns Famous restaurant will fill you up.

Not overly touristy and full of mostly locals enjoying some delicious grub at one of Montreal’s oldest running restaurants.

Dunns opened its doors in 1927. Taste a piece of Montreal’s history!

Smoke Meat Pete

283 1re Ave, L’Île-Perrot, Quebec J7V 5A1

Smoke Meat Pete is a little far for most to go for their smoked meat but, the ones that make it are in for a delightful treat.

Great Montreal Smoked Meat, as well as a host of other amazing styles of meats.

A bluesy BBQ joint with live music after 7 pm. A little pricey but worth it. Check out their happy hour.

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Greenspot Restaurant

3041 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, Quebec H4C 1N9

A legendary diner in the city’s Saint Herni area serving amazing diner food. Their Montreal smoked meat lives up to expectations with the sandwich and poutine both being rather filling and scrumptious.

One of the best things about Greenspot aside from their great food is the fact that it is still very affordable.

They also have a really good eggs benny!

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Snowdon Deli

5265 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H3W 3C2

An underrated Deli overshadowed by the big players in the city. From humble beginnings, this deli in the city’s Côte-Des-Neiges neighborhood has been serving up tasty delicatessens since 1946.

If you are in the area these guys are worth stopping by for large portions and potentially the best-smoked meat in the city.

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Le Roi du Smoked Meat

6705 St Hubert St, Montreal, Quebec H2S 2M6

These guys sell smoked meat by the pound which is always nice when feeding many mouths or just one very hungry one.

Le Roi du Smoked Meat has famously found a way to put smoked meat on pretty much everything. Pizza, in pasta sauces, by the pound, and of course the classic Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich.

A family joint with 1950s retro vibes. A fun throwback to a Montreal diner.

Great food always a great choice.

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Lester’s Deli

1057 Bernard Ave, Outremont, Quebec H2V 1V1

Lester’s Deli has been satisfying Montrealers for years. With a strong following and support from the community who swear by it.  A taste that is second to none in the city’s fierce Smoked Meat market.

A veteran of the Montreal smoked meat debate for the last 60 years.
Check out their deli counter for some excellent take-home items from pickles, mustards, rye bread, their own steak spice, and a collection of meats all for home consumption.

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Jarry Smoked Meat

6549 Rue Jarry E, Saint-Léonard, Quebec H1P 1W2

A pillar in the Saint-Léonard neighborhood for dishing up some of Montreal’s finest smoked meat.
Open 24 hours a day so you can get some of the best-smoked meat in the city at any time.

Friendly and fast service at any time of the day. A great place to use some of that french you learned.

Watch out for the poutine, because they use mozzarella as the cheese. Ditching the traditional Quebecois poutine. (This is a major faux pas not using the standard cheese curds.)

Check them out!

Fameux Viande Fumée Et Charcuterie

4500 Saint Denis St, Montreal, Quebec H2J 2L3

Fameux Viande Fumée Et Charcuterie serves delicious smoked meat that is extra juicy and tender, with fans saying its better than Schwartz. 

A great diner serving comfort food dishes at a great value.
An underrated gem in the city often overlooked with Schwartz just down the block.

Check them out!

La Banquise

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J3

La Banquise is continuously voted as the best poutine in the city and of course, no top poutine restaurant can be without the city’s beloved smoked meat.

La Banquise is one of the most recommended restaurants when visiting Montreal.
The restaurant has mastered the famous Canadian dish.

The place in recent years has become a major tourist hotspot to the likes of Schwartz’s. If you don’t love the long tourist queues stop by at an odd time as they are also open 24/7.

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Deli 365

365 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2V 1T6

Deli 365 is known for having amazing kosher smoked meat. This is a big sell for the large Jewish population in the city.

This is another good spot if you are wandering around the Mile-End area of Montreal.

A small shop with not much seating, great service (all in English which the francophones don’t love). This is a nice spot to grab a sandwich to-go and enjoy some smoked meat on the go.

Check them out!

Reuben’s Restaurant Delicatessen

888 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 1E2

Ah yet another Reuben’s Restaurant serving up Montreal’s favorite smoked meat. Reuben’s Restaurant Delicatessen not to be confused with Reuben’s Deli and Steakhouse which is also just a few blocks away.

Locals love this place cause you can pick the amount of fat you would like on your smoked meat. Fatty for more full flavors and experienced conosours and lean for the novices in the group.

Reuben’s Restaurant is an old school deli/diner that dishes up large portions and friendly service.

Check them out!

Moe’s Bar & Grill

940 Boul Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5N8

Moe’s Bar & Grill is a little away for most tourists but if you find yourself over in the western part of the island make sure you stop by for some of the best smoked meat the west island has to dish up.

A family-run tavern with lots of pub food options and more family and relaxing vibes. Nothing to fancy but a nice cozy place with some of the best smoked meat on the island.

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Deli vieux port

262, St Paul St E, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1G9 A nice hole in the wall kind of joint where you can get some great Montreal Smoked Meat. A nice restaurant to grab your favorite Montreal sandwich or poutine and continue to explore old port and beyond. Their smoked meat is perfectly juicy and not to dry just the perfect amount of spice which really just makes everything nice. Check them out!

Hawgs Deli

6795 Rue Jarry E, Saint-Léonard, QC H1P 1W6

Hawgs Deli is a laid-back and cool place for when your hungry and caught out over on the east side of the island. Hawgs is a great sit down restaurant to grab a bite of some famous Montreal smoked meat and enjoy a drink with friends. Good prices on tasty food. More of a local francophone joint. It is a great 24-hour place so if you wanted eggs with your smoked meat they can make that happen!

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Le Deli Marche 440

Desert North, 3535 Autoroute Jean-Noël Lavoie, 440 West, Laval, Quebec H7P 5G

Le Deli Marche 440 makes some of the tastiest and juiciest smoked meat in all of Laval. For when you are leaving Montreal or returning from Mt. Tremblant Deli 440 is a must stop for some of the best-smoked meat not only in Laval but the entire Montreal area.

Flavors that can’t be beat even by the likes of Schwartz so skip the line if you are in Laval.

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George’s Deli

 3750 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, QC H7T 1A7

George’s Deli is one of the reasons you don’t see more people coming to Montreal from Laval for some Smoked Meat.  Tender and mouthwatering George’s Deli knows smoked meat. Smoking, curing, and seasoning all take place in-house with their own special recipe of spices. Prepared the old-fashion way for even more amazing flavors.

George’s Deli is a must-stop for some of the best-smoked meat on the north shores. Serving the community for more than 20 years, and keeping customers in mind with hearty portions.

Check them out!

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