Deli in Toronto

The Best Delis in Toronto

The best delis in Toronto are about more than smoked meat sandwiches you can barely get your mouth around. A sense of community might as well be sold by the pound alongside salads and chopped liver, because it's impossible to walk away from one of these places without feeling a sense of connection with the people around you.

Here are the best delis in Toronto.


Centre Street Deli
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Centre Street Deli

Staunchly old school, piles of pastrami and corned beef reign here in Thornhill along with boiled hot dogs and beans, pickled salmon, giant knishes, motzah ball soup, latkes and a “deli pooh pooh” platter with chopped liver, Karnatzel, smoked turkey and coleslaw.

Wolfie's Deli
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Wolfie's Deli

The Montreal smoked meat is legendary at this super old school deli near Bathurst and Sheppard. Probably the best place in Toronto to get the rich, fatty meat on rye, this place is a favourite of Drake’s and it’s covered in wicked vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia.


Pancer's Original Deli
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Pancer's Original Deli

A relic from another time, get pastrami or Montreal smoked meat not only on rye but also on onion buns at this standby near Bathurst and Wilson. Kishka and cabbage rolls can also be sought out here.

Katz's Deli
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Katz's Deli

On Dufferin in the Castlefield Design District, this self-proclaimed corned beef emporium is noticeable from its quirky signage with with a pith-helmet-donning mascot. Open for over forty years, they make all their own smoked meat and pickles in house.


Rose and Sons
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Rose and Sons

Known mainly as a diner and brunch spot in a previous incarnation, this Annex spot has rehauled its menu to focus more on traditional Jewish deli fare like pastrami, Montreal steamies, knishes, Karnatzel, chopped liver, and smoked turkey and Reuben sandwiches.


When The Pig Came Home
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When The Pig Came Home

Deli and BBQ are the two specialties of this Junction operation: either way you’re eating a delicious sandwich. Choose between peameal, stacked-high Montreal smoked meat, or porchetta, or just pick up some charcuterie.

Yitz's Deli
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Yitz's Deli

This iconic Eglinton West mainstay has it all: motzah ball soup, borscht, gefilte fish, latkes, and legendary, mountainous pastrami sandwiches.


New Yorker Deli
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New Yorker Deli

Order the “Carnegie” at this spot near Yonge and Bloor and get a sandwich packed with three quarter pounds of your choice of meat. They also do all-day breakfasts.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Pancer's Original Deli

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