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Canter's Delicatessen

Canter's Delicatessen

Deli and Bakery$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • sandwiches
  • matzah ball soup
  • delis
  • pastrami
  • good for a late night
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  • Anastasia G.heart icon on user image
    Cute vintage 24 hour world famous Jewish deli with a long menu & bakery. We ordered different sandwiches that had the delicious hot pastrami. Sandwiches were stacked high & 2 meals worth for us.
  • Free L.heart icon on user image
    Free LAApril 27, 2015
    Canter's is not only a LA #Landmark & great deli but they have one of the #Best Pastrami sandwiches on the West Coast hands down. Try their bakery! Free 1 1/2 parking w. Validation. Friendly staff :)
  • Rebecca B.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca BalnisNovember 18, 2016
    THIS is the montecristo you've been searching for your entire life.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 13, 2016
    The quintessential L.A. late night hang, the eighties are alive here, with vintage ceiling and leather booths galore. The pastrami is pretty solid while the breakfast items are always good choices. Read more
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍heart icon on user image
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍August 28, 2019
    Canter's is a famous West Hollywood deli with a well preserved mid century interior, fantastic food, and timeless charm. The place is huge with two enormous dining rooms and a rad dive bar in the back
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 24, 2015
    The pastrami is excellent; it's thick cut, with the perfect amount of saltiness, and it's not too fatty. The rye bread is the stuff dreams are made of; moist and bursting with flavor. Read more
  • Douglas James I.heart icon on user image
    Douglas James IngleNovember 13, 2015
    Any soup you order will be amazing! I have had them all! The chopped liver is to die for...if you like chopped liver...LOL
  • Ashley D.heart icon on user image
    Ashley DandoJanuary 20, 2019
    Great service and large portions of traditional good food. Ask your server as they know the menu inside and out. Sit ‘under the trees’ for a great view at the back
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 10, 2017
    Don’t miss the onion--it's got razor-thin slices of onion and poppy seeds galore. And good news: The bakery’s just been cleared to be rebuilt. Read more
  • Douglas James I.heart icon on user image
    Douglas James IngleJuly 23, 2014
    Been coming here 40+ years. There is nothing bad on the menu and everyone is so friendly! Had my own booth in the back section, when I was going to U.S.C.
  • Rheart icon on user image
    RMarch 5, 2019
    Amazing deli food always! The corned beef on rye with chopped liver was great, and also visit the take out counter to get Jewish pastries and more to go.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 18, 2016
    LA has many classic diners and delis, but when Chef Thomas Keller of Ad Hoc needs a deli-sandwich fix, he always stops here for either the pastrami or the corned beef. Read more
  • Stephanie D.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie DAugust 9, 2014
    So much history in this place. Look at all of the cool photos on the wall! Neat phone booth area in the front of the second room too. And those huge, delicious sandwiches... omg.
  • Chloe P.heart icon on user image
    Chloe PetersonDecember 28, 2015
    So many things to choose from in the bakery, and they're all delicious! They'll even let you sample a little if you're having trouble deciding. Great for late night breakfast cravings.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RebeccaJanuary 30, 2017
    The staff and there was friendly, after you get their attension. I had their pastry with potato in it, and something with chocolate I think, and both were actually really tasty!
  • Veronica C.heart icon on user image
    Veronica ChaviraJuly 13, 2018
    Famous LA spot that is more than a diner! They have a deli! Celebrity watching spot! Huge menu but everything is delicious. Generous portions and matzo ball soup is superb!
  • Jojo R.
    Jojo R.December 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You gotta love Canter's, it's an LA staple. Great old school ambiance. Try the Corned Beef Reuben. Get a Black & White cookie. Go on, just do it.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldmanDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is extraordinary. Free parking for 90 minutes, open 24 hours, food quality is fresh & personalized service. Sue was my server and she was very friendly! One-of-a-kind menu. A real gem in LA
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneDecember 21, 2013
    Classic interiors and a surprising selection of vegetarian options! Limited vegan options as well.
  • Barry G.heart icon on user image
    Barry GreenbergApril 14, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The best in most areas....but I'm a huge, huge fan of the bakery. For a warm, embracing experience, go to Canter's. But for a pastrami sandwich, go to Langer's.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarousekMarch 10, 2013
    I always order the corned beef and pastrami on rye with a kosher pickle on the side. Add a chocolate egg cream or a Newcastle to drink. Any baked good for dessert. Thank me later.
  • Adnan M.heart icon on user image
    Adnan ManjalJuly 8, 2016
    Excellent place. Best deli in town. Go for the hot pastrami sandwich.
  • Offbeat L.A.heart icon on user image
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Authentic 1950s-designed Jewish deli that originally opened in Boyle Heights in 1931. Moved to its current location in 1953.
  • Michael P.heart icon on user image
    Michael PJanuary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for late night eats! Matzo Ball Soup is a must! Pickled tongue sandwich is also great with hot mustard.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Based at its Fairfax District location since 1953, the landmark Jewish restaurant has been a classic rock & roll hangout since the 1960s. Read more
  • Marsheart icon on user image
    MarsDecember 10, 2014
    Kung Fu Vampire introduced me to this place. Corned beef sandwiches here are the fuckin shit. Guns N Roses took their first photo together here. Open 24 hours so it's a must on tour.
  • LAist
    LAistFebruary 3, 2017
    Cheese Blintzes: Think sweet cheese (say cottage cheese, more than savory cheddar), then wrap it in a thin, crepe-like exterior. Read more
  • Rj S.heart icon on user image
    Rj St ThomasOctober 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the fair fax sandwich! Can't find a better place that makes a delicious corned beef/pastrami combo!
  • Max O.heart icon on user image
    Max OrgeldingerMay 6, 2017
    Uh boy do they know how to make sandwiches. Can't go wrong with the Reuben. Lovely interior.
  • D O.heart icon on user image
    D OOctober 16, 2014
    A classic delicatessen on Fairfax. The food is good but the atmosphere and the crowd are just amazing. Have a cream soda. Love it!
  • Perry E.heart icon on user image
    Perry EdmundsonApril 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best places in LA! Great food and great service! Don't forget to take home something from the display cases!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 15, 2013
    One of America's most infamous Jewish delis, where hopeful rockers come to eat at all hours, or drink at the attached Kibitz Room.
  • Derek J.heart icon on user image
    Derek JonesDecember 27, 2014
    LA's historic diner in Fairfax. Everything on the menu is good, so don't spend too much time choosing. Also, the bakery is MAGICAL.
  • Miramax
    MiramaxMarch 2, 2012
    You're at an LA institution! Canter's made an appearance in the movie Swingers. The guys drive by the exterior on their caravan from the Beautiful Babies party in the hills to The Dresden.
  • Alex C.heart icon on user image
    Alex CookFebruary 16, 2015
    Best in the west, excellent food it's all good. I do recommend the Ruben sandwich and there homemade pickles.
  • George R.
    George RuizJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Without a doubt the best matzo ball soup anywhere. For variety, also try the MishMosh!
  • Dana V.
    Dana Volkmer-JonesOctober 15, 2011
    Can never go wrong with Hot Corned Beef on Rye. However you CAN go wrong with Thanksgiving Dinner "everyday" - and the vile coffee - which tastes as if they've never changed out the grounds...
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJune 25, 2015
    Canter's now offers huevos rancheros and paninis, along with more than 15 salad options and gluten-free matzo. Read more
  • Erik U.heart icon on user image
    Erik UriarteDecember 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great old school Jewish deli food. Amazing pastrami. 24 hours means you can get your fix whenever you want.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You might be here for corned beef or pastrami, but don't leave w/o picking up some of their delicious cookies and even more delectable rugallah in the bakery. You deserve a treat!
  • Pamela B.heart icon on user image
    Pamela BrooksJanuary 21, 2016
    Matzo ball soup is all I had and it was delicious. Loved the ambience and the service as well.
  • Jole P.heart icon on user image
    Jole PNovember 9, 2014
    The baked goods- especially the rugalach- are so satisfying. Definitely worth hitting up for brunch or something.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AJanuary 25, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the old school atmosphere. Love the food. Best cheese bagels in L.A.
  • Josef S.heart icon on user image
    Josef SzottenMarch 11, 2016
    Love love love it! Awesome staff - the perfect amount of sass. The veggie Ruben is amazing!
  • Justin O.heart icon on user image
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 27, 2014
    Good sandwiches and fast service. Very good chicken liver spread.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GracianoJanuary 21, 2013
    Anything with pastrami in the menu is awesome! & if the pastries are a delicious...
  • Warren H.heart icon on user image
    Warren HuartApril 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been coming here ever since I moved to LA. I love it, great food and totally down to earth.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonMay 5, 2015
    I'm gonna go ahead and be a hater and say that it's really not that amazing. Nate n Al's or the Norm's on La Cienega are much better options
  • Mila I.heart icon on user image
    Mila IoffeJuly 30, 2015
    Half sandwich special is the best option. Latkes are great too!
  • Brendan N.
    Brendan NeeJanuary 14, 2013
    Famous LA Deli open 24 hours. Has a bar, full menu including latkes and blintzes. The retro interior is great.
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