Schwartz's

4.4/5
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Cuisine type

  • Regional,

Dishes

  • Deli,
  • Sandwich,

Features

  • Take-out,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Online Shop,
  • Catering For All Occasions,
  • Deli,
  • Restaurant,
  • Sandwich Shop,

Specialties

  • Smoked Meat,

Languages Spoken

  • French,
  • English,
Location
3895, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • < $10,

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Meet the owner

Situated on The Main, Schwartz’s is one of Montreal’s biggest personalities. This business has provided quality meals and service since 1928 and home is to some of the best smoked meat in North America. Reuben Schwartz, who immigrated from Romania and is the original owner, began the worldwide legend of Schwartz’s during the Depression. After Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympics, business exploded in popularity.

Word of mouth and the Internet allowed Schwartz-mania to spread to all corners of the globe. Known to host locals, tourists and celebrities all at the same table, Schwartz’s helps strangers to become friends by passing the ketchup. The dining area bursts with cultural diversity and the excitement of customers getting into a frenzy for the classic smoked meat sandwich. This deli’s role as Montreal’s own celebrity puts the city on the map in yet another area of expertise.

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Ginette S
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Ce restaurant,aux allures très modestes,est un chef de fil dans le domaine de la restauration rapide. Je le recommande à tout l'monde qui aime le smokemeat de très grande qualité!

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Nizar Ghoula
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Awesome sandwich and great smoked meat. nothing to complain about!

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NancyDr
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The very best smo...

The very best smoked meat in the city! This place is always so very busy, and for good reason! There is absolutely no other place that serves such great smoked meat. This is the real thing.

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Paulirvh
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not gastronomic f...

not gastronomic food but it's always good one a while.

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Restaurantica12
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A Classic

Every time I come to Montreal, I doubt if I should spend the time in the lineup. Every time I end up standing in line and not regretting it the slightest, not even after 40min in 90 degree sun with two 9-year-olds today. Over the past 10 years for me, the whole experience remains genuine and true to its roots. But, at the end, it is about the meat. 84 years of doing this so well and the meat still melts in your mouth with an explosion of flavour. The dill pickles and pickled sweet peppers are the perfect addition to the sandwich. The atmosphere is old, rough, load and so honest to its roots. Come in, wait a bit in line and enjoy.

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Restaurantica12
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The rumors are true

This place is the source for smoked meat. Long line ups are worth it and the meat just falls off the sandwich its so tender. And don't forget to top it off with the sweet red peppers. This place is a true Montreal Gem

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Restaurantica12
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Delicious Montreal Smoked Meat

I've had Schwartz's Montreal Smoked Meat about 15 years ago and I am from London, So it's been a while since I have been back. But it's still serving great smoked meat. It was not as good as I remember years ago, slightly drier than usual but definitely a treat! and must have with a cherry cola! Always will stop by when in Montreal!

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Restaurantica12
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must go spot in Montreal every time we visit. the past few time was really good with the meat hot and moist and flavorful. However, this time, due to the cold weather and long line up, the meat was not very hot when it was served thus, a bit dry. But overall, great food, cute atmosphere (feel like u're in the 60s) and will go again when in Montreal.

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flyingbeaver1
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Meilleur smoked meat a vie!!!

Oui je vais refaire le line-up pour entrer, oui je vais me rassoir avec des inconnus pour manger, oui je vais me bourrer la face avec le meilleur smoked meat que j'ai jamais mangé!

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Yan R
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renomée internationnale

non ce n est pas une réputation surfaite. ambiance, inégalé, on mange avec d autre gens, collé comme des sardines. viande fumée souvent imitée jamais égalé, frite maison délicieuse.

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Eli01
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Le meilleur Smoked Meat

Ce n'est pas un hasard que Schwartz's soit réputé comme aillant le meilleur Smoked meat de Montréal, il est absolument sublime! Ne soyez pas surpris de la ligne d'attente, c'est le cas beau temps, mauvais temps. Mais vous n'attendrez pas longtemps... À accomoagner d'un cherry coke et surtout ne pas oublier le Pickle et les frites!!!

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Scott G
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A Must visit!!

If in Montreal, you have to visit this legendary deli. Everyone talks about it, and it is truly a fun visit. Sit with new people as seating is limited and sample some of the best smoked meat around!

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Restaurantica12
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Absolutely the best smoked meat anywhere. I stop here every time I'm in Montreal. I order the medium (with a little fat) and a cherry cola. You can pick up some meat to go next door. It's always a big hit at the office.

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Restaurantica12
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Best smoked meat in town

If you wanna eat the best smoked meat in town, go to Schwartz's! It is a small place, always packed, the design haven't change for more than 50 years, but you wouldn't want it to change either... Really good local place! Try it!

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Restaurantica12
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The smoked meat sandwiches are pretty amazing...

The smoked meat sandwiches are pretty amazing. Basically, they take smoked meat with mustard and surround it with a small layer of three sandwich halves. The smoked meat is tender and tasty. The mustard is different, but the flavor is pretty good. I enjoyed it a lot and returned a few times. The service was good. We had very many people and a large order, and they accommodated us. However, there was a huge line-up outside, and it took forever for us to order (take-out). Good luck if you're trying to find a seat in there. The atmosphere was simple. Nothing special. The place is too small considering its popularity. It should expand, but that risks a decline in quality.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Best smoked meat EVER!!! I always have the medium...

Best smoked meat EVER!!! I always have the medium meat as I find the lean too dry. I agree that this is definitely worth a drive to Montreal -- I'm going this weekend :)

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Schwartz's has really great smoked meat. You...

Schwartz's has really great smoked meat. You don't want to go with the lean stuff.. indulge yourself, after all this is a taste of Montreal. Price is great. However, lineups are common especially at lunch time which means you could wait a while to get in, and the place is so small that sitting can sometimes be awkward for a larger-than-average person. You'll certainly have to sit next to someone you don't know, but that's part of the experience. It gets hot and humid in there.. it's not the type of place you want to spend an hour chatting after supper.. you want to eat and get out. Bottom line: when you get a smoked meat craving, Schwartz's is your number one spot, but you don't go there for the decor/experience unless it's nostalgic.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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What's the fuss

We went to dinner with friends who recommended the place as the best in its category. Deception. The dills were excellent but the lean smoked meat was dry and the taste quite ordinary. I have eaten better smoked meat sandwiches elsewhere. Moreover, the table was not as clean as it should have been, neither was the mustard container.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Over-rated!

Sorry, but someone had to say it! I love smoke meat and I've eaten it at many places. Schwartzs is good, but over-rated. Don't understand why people would wait in line for an hour for that!!!

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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love the smoke meat

I never regret going to Schwartzs, my family loves that when i go there i always bring back 1 lb of there smoke meat at the house.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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