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Canter's Deli
Canter's Deli

Canter's Deli

8.049 reviews
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American, Bakery, Deli & Sandwich
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419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 651-2030
http://www.cantersdeli.com
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Canter's Deli is one of California's oldest delis. Located in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile District -the heart and soul of the entertainment industry - Canter's Delicatessen is a third- generation ... Read more
family-run business whose owners have an intense pride in their deli and a hands-on work ethic. It all began in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1924. After losing a deli in the 1929 stock market crash, Ben Canter and his two brothers moved to California with just $500 in their pockets. Eager to succeed, they opened up a Canter Brother's Delicatessen in 1931 in Boyle Heights, the Jewish center of Los Angeles.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Canter's Deli is a true Los Angeles icon. You've likely read about it in books or have seen it in television shows, movies, and other areas of pop culture. Realizing that I'd never been to eat there, I decided to go on my last visit to L.A.

We dined around noon on a weekday, and the deli was mostly empty. We were quickly seated and our server, who likely has been working here for decades, was efficient and friendly enough. We got a pastrami sandwich, a turkey sandwich, and cheese fries.

The sandwiches were expensive and mostly disappointing. The meat was okay, but there wasn't much of it. The bread didn't feel or taste fresh either. I love deli sandwiches more than just about any other type of food, but these left a negligible impression.

The plate of deli pickles fared better, as they were crisp and tangy and quite tasty. The cheese fries were the best item we ordered, but it's hard to mess up fried potatoes with melty cheddar! The sweet potato fries were a soggy and limp disappointment.

I'm glad I came here because you can practically feel the rock n' roll and movie history in the old school booths, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return. Still, it's worth coming by for dessert at least so you can snap a few photos.

The deli has its own parking lot, but you should be able to find cheap metered parking on the street out front.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Came in to try their Reuben which was decent but the service was the worst. Go spend your money elsewhere like langer's.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I really like this place. 2nd time there and still loved it. Wen't recently for Chanukah and we got real meat and fake meat dishes. The latkas were on point everyone loved them! Server was nice and fun was had by all.

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Great deal on bargain breakfast before 10:30 am. This Deli is the staple of the neighborhood

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Fun place to hang but the food does not win any awards. The bakery is great with the breads, cookies and sweets. Deli is decent with good corned beef and sometimes great chopped liver. The restaurant is in consistent. Matzo ball soup is big and filling but not my favorite. Classic neighborhood place.

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Local from Beverly Hills, California

Old style New York Jewish deli. It's a good place to go after a late night of clubbing.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Landmark deli offering a huge variety of hearty sandwiches & baked goods around the clock.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

When the folks I went with got there, a waitress was literally being yelled at by a manager in the middle of the dining room O_O HOLY CHIT!

Ok the food is decent here. But the service and the management are atrocious. I was totally stunned. A place with the reputation that this place has to be like this. WOW.

Apparently their is quite a bit of turnover in the staff which is easily noticed on why.

The food was quite pedestrian for my sandwich. I ordered a ham n cheese that i thought would be hot, but yeah it was a normal cold ham n cheese. Still decent, but yeah it was totally tempered by the whole scene of the restaurant. Which I found to be completely UNACCEPTABLE.

The server had a bunch of bad jokes that just didnt play well and made most of the folks at my table completely uncomfortable. To the point that several people apologized to him for what we didnt know. Seriously we didnt know what to say or do and hoped that our food wouldnt be messed with.

In the end it was somewhere I knew I would never want to go again. Seriously the staff/management ruined any chance I would want to come back here. I just dont see a reason to put myself through something like that again, famous deli with good grub or not. It just isnt worth the hassle or the intimidation of the yelling/dressing down a server in the middle of a packed house during dinnertime. WOW. Just so not worth it IMHO.

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Local from West Covina

2 dollar beers at the bar during happy hour! The place is pretty dark and gloomy

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San Francisco, California, USA

Crazy good Jewish deli food in a homey atmophere. The corned beef was very tasty.

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Local from Los Angeles

Classic deli. Love it. An LA staple that you absolutely must visit. Delicious!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Amazing Reuben's and sweet potato yeeeahhhhh!!!! My first time here and they have a customer fo' life!!

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I love everything on the menu. . You can have matzo ball soup and a cocktail. .it's awesome. .

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Local from Alhambra, California, USA

Open 24/hrs, GREAT Pastrami sandwich, and good service! There is a free parking lot w/ validation on Oakwood Ave!

So we ended up here at about 1:00am on a Saturday night. I had to pick up my S/O from a musical in LA and we had a groupon to use at Canter's so we figured why not.... The restaurant was busy but they still managed to provide us with good service!

Food we ordered:
Hot Potato Knish ($4.95) - Filling covered with dough.. The filling in here was obviously potato! I love potatoes and I figured this item might be like Porto's potato ball! The menu didn't have a description so that was a fail. I was hoping there would be meat in there but there wasn't. In any case, the potato knish actually tasted great. Imagine having a soft, buttery biscuit filled with mashed potatoes inside!

Mish Mosh Soup ($8.75) - Chicken broth with Matzoball, kreplach(dumpling), rice, and noodles. This soup was OK. It tasted like a basic chicken soup with some extras in it. If you are craving chicken soup this is a good choice. This soup costs at least $2 more than the other soups because it is much larger so keep that in mind. You can definitely share it with two.

Chicken broth ($4.50 for a cup or $5.95 for a bowl) - First off, do not order this if you plan to share. You are better off getting the mish mosh soup. The chicken broth is the same base as the mish mosh but the large size is still much smaller than the one-sized mish mosh soup. Only difference is the size and the type of stuff in the soup. With chicken broth, you get to choose rice, dumpling, or a noodle(?) - you can get all this in the mish mosh soup which is twice as big for a few bucks more!

Corned Beef Reuben ($14.75) - Basically corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and their Russian dressing over grilled rye served with a side of fries(you can substitute!).. I'm not a huge fan of corned beef but it was one of the recommended items. It is usually too salty for me but over at Canter's, this corned beef was decent. I'm not sure what is in their Russian dressing but it really adds to the sandwich.. I would ask for extra if you like your sandwiches saucey!

Pastrami Reuben ($14.75) - Pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on grilled rye with a side of fries. I HATE pastrami.. It's ALWAYS too salty and sometimes I feel like i'm just eating bacon because it's overcooked. At Canter's, the pastrami was by far my favorite dish here. It isn't too salty, the meat was cooked perfectly and it was stacked beautifully. You know how some places just throw it on the sandwich and serve it to you? The sandwich actually looked neat. Plus, it has that awesome Russian dressing. Ask for more!

TIP** Don't forget to ask for parking validation - sometimes they will check and other times they won't!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Any visit to LA wouldn't be complete without a stop at Canters. They're opened 24 hours and the decor is unbeatable. Don't be surprised if you see a celebrity or two at a nearby booth!

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Escondido, California, USA

One of the oldest deli's in LA . This place is open 24/7. Always busy great fir a quick bite after clubbing on Sunset, breakfast before sight seeing or any meal. I love the Reuben sandwich and the mac cheese. Great bakery so he sure to grab a treat for later.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Canter's is THE Southern California deli, with a rich Hollywood history, it's a must visit for it's food as well as it's atmosphere. It's also open 24-hours!

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If you’re concerned about the evening's trip creating a hangover in the morning, take comfort in knowing that Canter’s is serving alcohol-absorbing deli sandwiches into the wee morning hours, just like they have been for the past 80 years.

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San Francisco, California, USA

There is a debate going on in Los Angeles which is the Jewish Deli. For my two cents worth and many others will agree Canter's is the best. The Pastrami is a to die for. Try a Pastrami Rueben. Great location, combine it with shopping at the Grove and Farmer's Market.

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Open 24 hours. When you are in the mood for deli. Lots going happening in that area on Fairfax...nearby.

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