How have we not reviewed Schwartz’s? Unfortunately, we have taken this Montreal institution for granted, and though we always find ourselves going back, we usually go to Schwartz’s a little boozy and way past the witching hour. This deli is open until 2:30 am on Saturday nights; a perfect spot for late night eats in Montreal! But after an afternoon spent shopping downtown, the Divas decided that it was about time that we gave Schwartz’s a review and the credit that they deserve.

Schwartz's Deli, Montreal RestaurantOpen since 1928, this Hebraic delicatessen is known for having the best smoked meat in the city. Schwartz’s brisket is made the old fashioned way with tons of spices and is marinated for ten days. Smoked daily, the beautiful display window showcases their brisket, karnatzel and pickled vegetables in jars.

Schwartz's Deli, Montreal Restaurant - Smoked Meats & Pickled VegetabesThe Montreal restaurant scene is busy with new restaurant openings at least once a month, as well as menu revamping parties, and other events, so we rarely get the chance to go to a restaurant simply to satisfy a craving. Schwartz’s deli is more than smoked meat sandwiches and platters; you can order a rib steak, liver or chicken, but let’s be honest, it is ALL about the smoked meat. You can even buy smoked brisket, sliced smoked meat or turkey by the pound. Salami, karnatzel and other Hebraic charcuterie is also available to go.

“Viande Fumée” 9.35$ “Boisson Gazeuse” 2.35$ “Patates Frite” 3.15$ “Peppers” 2.40$

“Viande Fumée” 9.35$
“Boisson Gazeuse” 2.35$ “Patates Frite” 3.15$ “Peppers” 2.40$

We opted for the smoked meat sandwich, served simply on rye bread with mustard. Of course you can choose to order your smoked mean as lean, medium or fatty; medium is our preferred style of brisket. Their French fries are absolutely delicious and the perfect accompaniment to their smoked meat. We added some of their pickled hot peppers for an added kick, though you also have the option of their sweet peppers but we like it hot! Of course you have to wash down your Schwartz’s smoked meat with Cott’s black cherry cola; this is all a part of the Montreal Schwartz’s experience.

“Cornichon” 2.10$ “Salade de Choux” 3.00$ “Olives” 2.95$

“Cornichon” 2.10$
“Salade de Choux” 3.00$
“Olives” 2.95$

Their coleslaw is your typical delicatessen coleslaw – vinegar-based, not creamy. And we would never leave without ordering a sour pickle. Fresh out of the barrel, if you know the Divas, you know how much we absolutely love pickles. Just look at the big bad boy pickles in our picture! We couldn’t bear to share one so we ordered two. On this particular visit we decided to try something new and we also ordered some olives that were on the menu. Delicious!

“Viande Fumée” 9.35$

“Viande Fumée” 9.35$

Schwartz’s knows that they are absolutely fabulous and they sell the makings of a perfect smoked meat dinner to-go. You can buy their mustard, rye bread, coleslaw, pickles, etc. You can recreate a Schwartz’s deli dinner right in your home! They even offer a catering service, perfect for parties. Just look at their smoked meat sandwich, who could resist that? Certainly not the Divas!

Schwartz's Deli, Montreal Restaurant - InteriorCash only, no reservations, Schwartz’s remains true to when they opened in 1928. Still the little hole in the wall of yesteryears, Schwartz’s remains a Montreal institution, often a long line forms outside the deli with people trying to get in during peak hours. You sit down at communal tables, surrounded by friendly staff, while loving the bustle. The staff is always making jokes and you’re made to feel like you’re going to a friend’s house for dinner.

Schwartz’s is credited with serving the best smoked meat in the city! But don’t take our word for it, the brisket speaks for itself 😉


Our Rating: Always on Thursdays

Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen on Urbanspoon

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments: 7

  1. Joe April 20, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply

    Schwartz is not that good anymore since they got sold, they don’t smoke/cure enough although I must say the photo of your sandwich looks a lot better than my last few visits, I could tell just by looking at it if it was smoked properly 😉 . Their brisket has gotten too dry but it still is better than the industrial crap passing off as Smoked Meat in Montreal. The best smoked meat right now is Delibees in Pointe Claire by the airport, it’s the son from The Main and brother of Smoked Meat Pete, another good spot. You should check both out.

    • Food Divas April 20, 2015 at 11:30 am Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation!!! We do love our smoked meat 🙂

  2. Samiam April 23, 2015 at 10:31 am Reply

    I agree with the previous emailer .There are so many better places to enjoy a smoked meat sNdwich in Montreal like Lester’s , Reuben’s and The Main just across the street
    Schwartz is really a tourist destination and it serves that purpose well

    Keep it coming

  3. Joe April 24, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

    Samiam, I had a smoked meat at the Main last summer and I almost threw it out. I believe they are going through some changes since the passing of the owner (Mr. Varvaro) but at least his sons continue the tradition at Delibees and Smoked Meat Pete’s. Lesters sandwich is too wet for my liking, too industrial. Like I said, Schwartz is still very good and top 3 for me, it’s still made in house which is so important. The stuff that passes as Montreal smoked meat in the rest of the city is just factory made dung.

  4. Dahlia April 25, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply

    I’m craving smoked meat now…

  5. Tapas 24 Snack Bar | Montreal Food Divas August 26, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply

    […] world and it’s always great to see Montreal restaurants working together. Tapas 24 Snack Bar and Schwartz’s have teamed up so that they have a few items on the menu made with authentic […]

  6. […] if you’re feeling peckish after a few drinks, you should walk into Schwartz’s Deli. Vacations are all about overindulgence, right? You need to make those 36 hours count! They serve […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.