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Caplansky's Deli

Deli / Bodega$$$$
Downtown Toronto, Toronto
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  • Bill W.
    "Awesome smoked meat try the smoke meat poutine.Great service!"(7 Tips)
    Léonie W.
    "... and the smoked meat hash is absolutely amazing!"(4 Tips)
    Lisa C.
    "Excellent cabbage borscht!"(8 Tips)
    Christi S.
    "Try the meatloaf sandwich, brisket, smoked meat, or matzo ball soup."(57 Tips)
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  • Joe P.
    Joe Preiditsch1 week ago
    Quite likely the best smoke meat west of a Montreal. The Matzo ball soup is also a must.
  • Parsia C.
    The best burger in Toronto😍.try the pickle 😉,totally worth it👍🏻
  • Raymond B.
    Raymond BaileyFebruary 26
    Haven't been here in years but still crave the smoked meat sandwich!
  • William F.
    William FergusonFebruary 17
    Great smoked meat, latkes, and blintz! You have to eat here!
  • Rocio A.
    Rocio ArenasJanuary 10
    Awesome sandwiches
  • K S.
    K SDAugust 14, 2016
    Smoked meat and generous portions
  • mahsa
    mahsaAugust 13, 2016
    I did not liked the smoked meat.caplansky burger was average, mac and cheese was very bad!! Staff were polite.
  • Jason
    JasonJuly 25, 2016
    It's the usual deli meat sandwich place. I would probably come back.
  • Dayna M.
    Dayna MonicaJune 17, 2016
    Like no I love this place food service staff everything about it is awesome best deli in the city by far.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KarczewskiFebruary 17, 2016
    Everything
  • Léonie W.
    Léonie WatsonFebruary 15, 2016
    The vibe is friendly and welcoming, and the smoked meat hash is absolutely amazing!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HerringFebruary 14, 2016
    A pretty good deli
  • Laura S.
    Laura ShumDecember 12, 2015
    All day breakfast
  • Bonnie D.
    Bonnie DeanNovember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The grilled salami sandwich is AMAZING. "Always a reliably good sandwich." - Jeff
  • Burce ı.
    Burce ısıkOctober 31, 2015
    Best smoked meat sandwiches and latkes are amazing
  • Andrej M.
    Andrej MlynarcikSeptember 29, 2015
    It's totally delicious!!!!
  • Gökçe E.
    Gökçe ErdemSeptember 3, 2015
    There are a few vegetarian options, but it's pretty much meat lovers' heaven.
  • Rani
    RaniJanuary 18, 2015
    Beef brisket delivered on expectations. Didn't like the fries in the poutine (seemed a little dried out). Put mustard! Bonus: serves alcohol! :)
  • Adam F.
    Adam FDecember 30, 2014
    Smoked turkey on rye with a pickle on the side. Live your life.
  • Dominiquenotdom N.
    Dominiquenotdom NomuraNovember 30, 2014
    Creamy cheesecake yummmmm
  • Dominiquenotdom N.
    Dominiquenotdom NomuraNovember 30, 2014
    Fries are good, Mac & cheese is too big for me, great potato salad. Breath taking beef brisket on an onion bun
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua CooperNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    I always get the smoked meat sandwich fatty cut!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AuyeungOctober 25, 2014
    Love the selection of mustards! We really liked the knish
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Caplansky's Deli as seen on You Gotta Eat Here Read more
  • Balca A.
    Balca ArdaAugust 14, 2014
    Caplansky's burger with cheese is the one for awesome lunch!
  • Josef R.
    Josef RücklAugust 13, 2014
    Smoked meat. What else?
  • Leeor S.
    Leeor SommerAugust 7, 2014
    Great smoked meat.
  • Christi S.
    Christi SAugust 7, 2014
    Try the meatloaf sandwich, brisket, smoked meat, or matzo ball soup. My favourite is the open faced turkey and Kishke sandwich on Challah bread with latkes. Yum!
  • Matt S.
    Matt ScobelAugust 7, 2014
    Smoked meat.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FJuly 8, 2014
    Everything about this place screams authentic. Make sure to get the hot sandwiches with extras. Latkes are a must and the smoked beef is that little bit of incredible. Do not walk past this place.
  • Frank M.
    Frank MillerJune 3, 2014
    This is the place to get smoked meat in Toronto. But leave room for dessert. The pies are to die for.
  • Eugene P.
    Eugene PetrovMay 18, 2014
    Freaking delicious pecan cake!
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WilliamsMay 13, 2014
    Freaking amazing!
  • Chad N.
    Chad NolanMay 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All I've ever had here has been the smoked meat and latkes. You mean they serve something else?!?
  • Eric
    EricApril 19, 2014
    Nom nom nom. Don't trust their closing hours, though.
  • Rocco G.
    Rocco GMarch 30, 2014
    Decided to go for the Smoked Turkey with a Caplanky Salad. What I got was a fistful of dry, unsmoked turkey between two pieces plain rye bread. The salad came in what looked like a small desert bowl.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PetersMarch 24, 2014
    great place for food and the chip truck
  • Yael T.
    Yael ThibusMarch 3, 2014
    The smoke meat is delicious!
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 15, 2014
    Awesome deli: smoked meat as good as (if not better than) Schwartz's in Montréal, and make sure to get a side of poutine with whatever you order!
  • Mateus T.
    Mateus TinocoDecember 5, 2013
    Great meat sandwich, and the house mustards are delicious. But my favourite is the Knish. Great food and awesome staff! :)
  • Nikos K.
    Nikos KaraviasDecember 2, 2013
    Try the Bbq brisket...
  • Chammy H.
    Chammy H.November 24, 2013
    Smoked meat is so beautiful here
  • Emma T.
    Emma TownsonSeptember 1, 2013
    So delightful. Great smokes meat, latkes, pickles, etc. The staff make it an enjoyable experience as well. Definitely want to try the all day breakfast!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 25, 2013
    If the restaurant is crowded, just get your order to go. There's a nice little sitting area next door that would lend itself well to an afternoon dining spot.
  • Becky J.
    Becky JohnsonAugust 12, 2013
    secret menu item: onion rings.
  • Oscar R.
    Oscar RamírezAugust 11, 2013
    Delicious!!!
  • R Bruce M.
    R Bruce McDonaldAugust 5, 2013
    Amazing breakfasts. Must try out.
  • TasteAway.com
    TasteAway.comJune 19, 2013
    Try their wonderful and well-known smoked meat sandwich! You can order takeout and delivery online from this restaurant! Read more
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria MMay 25, 2013
    Best smoked meat sandwich in Toronto and the nicest staff anywhere!
  • Ben S.
    Ben SkalnikMay 21, 2013
    Gotta have the Donuts. The Rugelah was nice too.
  • Jennie K.
    Jennie KMay 20, 2013
    Eat here! Amazing! Brisket, smoked meat poutine, pickled plate, blintzes and coffee. Im in a food coma.
  • Éléphant soulier
    Yup. Dreamt of cabbage borscht last night. Please, please offer one more size...how about cup, bowl and giant punch bowl o' soup?
  • Éléphant soulier
    Geez Louise. I'm going to be dreaming of that cabbage borscht tonight. Too delicious for words!
  • ed l.
    ed leeApril 27, 2013
    Service, post Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, was shockingly bad and portions seem to have shrunk. Was very excited about coming back here but won't be back here again.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NeriApril 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Walked up to a line-up out the door. Worth the wait. Delicious smoked meat and the poutine... Dear lord, the poutine. Definitely going back.
  • Peter Michael B.
    Peter Michael BauçaApril 20, 2013
    Meat sandwich was bigger than me!! Awesome Leaning Tower!!! Best poutine I've tried :)
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BerryApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BEEF BEEF!
  • Tristan J.
    Tristan JamesMarch 13, 2013
    Sub toast with latkes!
  • Sol C.
    Sol ChromMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The poutine is to die.
  • Rhiannon J.
    Rhiannon JordanMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My husband said this was the best smoked meat sandwich he's ever had (Montreal included)
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonFebruary 24, 2013
    Try something from "You Gotta Eat Here!": 10 oz Smoked Meat Loaf, The Leaning Tower of Caplansky, or Maple Dipped Fried Chicken
  • 👑 Caspar Y.
    👑 Caspar YueFebruary 14, 2013
    More people started showing up so I felt weird licking the bowl from my smoked meat poutine....
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 9, 2013
    goooooooooood brisket.
  • Brock S.
    Damn fine Caesar to go with the delish pickles.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HJanuary 11, 2013
    Get here around 11:30. After that you'll struggle to get a seat. Food is absolutely amazing.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GJanuary 3, 2013
    The matzo ball soup and smoked meat are much better up the street at Free Times.
  • Brad M.
    Brad McA.October 23, 2012
    Plan on a long table wait but well worth it; breakfast or lunch is ideal! Staff has awesome personality and the owner is present ready to stop by for a chat. Do not leave without having the latkes!
  • harold c.
    harold chernofskyOctober 16, 2012
    shalom and mazel tov
  • Bill W.
    Bill WoodlockSeptember 8, 2012
    Awesome smoked meat try the smoke meat poutine.Great service!
  • Bonnie D.
    Bonnie DeanAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The grilled salami is delicious!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Cold Borscht W Sour Cream
  • Em D.
    Em DJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    <3 BEEF BRISKET <3
  • Corina N.
    Corina NewbyMay 8, 2012
    You can order Caplansky's for Delivery!! Read more
  • Richard P.
    Richard PolisukMay 5, 2012
    One of the best places for smoke meat in Toronto.
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.April 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're ordering the smoked meat sandwich, always get it fatty. Always. No exceptions.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HApril 12, 2012
    Accessibility is ok but not great - Washroom's in basement.
  • Gareth K.
    Gareth KayApril 1, 2012
    Amazing smoked meat hash, incredibly awesome and friendly service and great music
  • Mitch
    MitchMarch 10, 2012
    Oh and the place was dirty and the washroom was repulsive.
  • Mitch
    MitchMarch 10, 2012
    Absolutely the worst deli! Cabbage soup was full of fat and sweet. The smoke meat sandwich was salty and rubbery. Selling kitschy clothes? Tells you about their priorities!
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DarrochMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Fresser and get fatty. Best sandwich in the city.
  • Peter R.
    Peter ReitanoMarch 4, 2012
    Free fries when you checkin!
  • Jarvis E.
    Jarvis EmeraldMarch 1, 2012
    When you order the Smoked meat sandwich...order FATTY - most of the flavor is in the juices and it's NOT really that Fatty
  • Urban Adventures
    Urban AdventuresFebruary 8, 2012
    The Toronto Urban Adventures crew are regulars at Caplansky's, thanks to their delectable smoked meat, wicked borscht, and must-have brisket. Great place to eat after the Kensington & Chinatown tour! Read more
  • Phatgoose
    PhatgooseJanuary 24, 2012
    mmmm must try the smoked meat poutine!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PaczuskiJanuary 1, 2012
    After eating the brisket here, I realized that I have never had good brisket before.
  • Anton V.
    Anton VassiliouDecember 23, 2011
    Tongue sandwich is yummy!
  • MeezStephanie
    MeezStephanieDecember 13, 2011
    The knish is huuuuuge! Best to share or have as a main dish.
  • The Culinary Adventure Company
    My fav Deli....love the Smoked Meat!
  • Lindsay
    LindsayNovember 12, 2011
    I know everyone comes here for the meat, but the smoked salmon bagel is the best thing for breakfast.
  • John D.
    John DanieleOctober 6, 2011
    This place is awesome - new customers get one FREE HUG when they arrive! ;o)))
  • Sadie W.
    Sadie WSeptember 19, 2011
    The liver plate... Now that's something I'd return for.. If ya like that sorta thing, it's delish!
  • Sadie W.
    Sadie WSeptember 19, 2011
    The smoked meat poutine sucked. Had it twice & disliked it twice. There were - counted 'em - 5 cheese curds in one order. One giant order. Huh?
  • Adam B.
    Adam BASeptember 9, 2011
    Don't mess around... order the best smoked meat sandwich in toronto. Here's why: http://mycitylives.com/#!/video/toronto/caplansky-s-deli-smoked-meat/4e691dafb27a5e4113000283
  • Jarvis E.
    Jarvis EmeraldSeptember 5, 2011
    Ask for FATTY - when selecting meat...it's wayyyy more flavor (and not really "fatty")
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BockJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the smoked meat platter, the latkas, the fries or the deep fried pickles. The Brisket is delicious as well as the pan seared Ontario rainbow trout. Order them with an Amsterdam
  • Paul S.
    Paul SaucierJuly 20, 2011
    Their fries are worth the trip on their own, never mind the sandwiches.
  • Chas T.
    Chas TrapsJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Full fat FTW. Or a Leaning Tower anytime.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KucherawyJune 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't try to use a coupon of any kind AND ask for the free fries for checking in. Apparently you can't do both.
  • citizenziggy e.
    citizenziggy esq.June 12, 2011
    fries were pretty good. will try poutine next time I'm in Toronto. redeemed.
    Upvoted Apr 5
  • @416ash @.
    @416ash @416ashMay 23, 2011
    Sunday night open mic at 8pm. A little weird but different
  • Deans C.
    Deans C.December 22, 2011
    Si vous voulez le classique, commandez le "Hot Deli Sandwich" Smoked Meat. Avec le combo, vous avez un side, colslaw et un pickle. Super ambiance, super endroit.
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