Reuben's Deli and Steakhouse
By YP Contributor

A Downtown Tradition

Constantine Tzemopoulos immigrated to Canada in 1955 at the age of 18. The quiet, unassuming man started working in the food-service industry right away and opened his first restaurant not long after. In 1976, Reuben’s Deli & Steakhouse was created and it became an iconic part of the city by serving Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches. Constantine was a constant presence until his passing in 2016. Now, his three sons, Jim, Anthony and Adam, run the restaurant with the same values and commitment to quality.

“Seeing people interact with my dad over the years showed us their love for him,” says Adam. “That love exists within the brand. It’s a business, but it’s more than that. It’s a historical part of the city, and when you see all these generations coming in, it’s very moving. It can’t be reproduced. You can’t buy that feeling.”

All three sons grew up learning he in’s-and-out’s of the restaurant industry, but were never pushed into the family business. “Our parents were proponents of school and getting degrees, and doing things outside of the industry,” recalls Adam. “As you get older, you start to realize the value of being able to work with your family. It’s not common to find a place that has managed thrive for so long.”

It’s a business, but it’s more than that. It’s a historical part of the city, and when you see all these generations coming in, it’s very moving. - Adam Tzemopoulos, co-owner
Brothers Jim, Anthony and Adam Tzemopoulos run Reuben's Deli & Steakhouse.
Brothers Jim, Anthony and Adam Tzemopoulos run Reuben's Deli & Steakhouse.

High Standards

Reuben’s longevity can be attributed to two main factors: great customer service and great food. Many tourists and locals alike stop by the restaurant. “We want to make sure our employees engage our guests to make them feel welcomed,” says Adam. “It boils down to how we want to be treated when we go out.”

The high standards are also maintained in the kitchen, where every sandwich or juicy steak is prepared the same way. “We are finicky. We have operated under the philosophy that if it doesn’t impress us, it’s not good enough for our guests,” insists Adam.“

Many tourists and locals alike stop by Reuben's.
Reuben’s Deli & Steakhouse became an iconic part of the city by serving Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches.

Attention to Detail

Tradition and attention to detail are what make the food at Reuben’s so delicious. The recipes have remained the same for decades and the generous portions are hand-carved for every order. “This is a time honoured tradition that is slowly dying out in Montreal,” says Adam. “We have a really good team of people that know how to do their job properly and care about what they serve.”

Reuben’s kept that same level of excellence when they added steak to the menu. “People make the assumption we are strictly a deli,” says Adam. “But that’s not the case. We are as good a steakhouse as any you’ll find in Montreal.”

Reuben’s longevity can be attributed to two main factors: great customer service and great food.
Photo credit: courtesy Reuben's
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