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Dunn's Famous

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827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
+1 604-682-8938
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11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The title says it all. Being an Montreal expat I know Dunns very well. The Vancouver edition does it honor. The biggest gap however is service. Indifferent. Slow. Uninterested. Pretty mich every time.

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Thank pcryan5
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my friends met me for lunch as he loves this casual place on Seymour near Robson. We both had the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches which you can order different ways and with different sides. The meat was incredibly delicious with decent bread and choice of mustard. Loved it! Service was excellent. Menu came fast and then our order... More 

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great for a quick business lunch or even family dining. I love the brisket and their fries are excellent too,

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Thank Marjk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We popped in here after some shopping to grab a quick lunch and to catch some Bluejays! We had the Montreal smoked meat on rye sandwiches. Really good 😀. We didn't try the cheesecake but honestly it looked like something we may have to go back for!

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Thank Leona M
Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

While the service was efficient and friendly, the food simply didn't make it. Sandwiches were dry and crumbly. Sorry, well just have to go back to Montreal.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Our first experience of eating out in Canada and we chanced upon this diner. Dunn' s smoked meat was delicious. Served on trays with fries and a bottle of beer it was delicious and you didn't need a lot in order to feel satisfied. Great service but such a shame it doesn't stay open later. We would happily have sat... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Although this looks like a fast foot restaurant, the food tasted like it was made to order. The portions are large, sharing is advised. The pea soup was outstanding.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here with the super Sslt Beef sandwiches on rye with mustard. Had Latkes also. So nice that I ordered two pounds of it to takeaway. I think they call it Montreal Smoked Beef. I call it my craving. Will definitely be returning .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

If you think they are, and its clear you have had a dunns smoked meat sandwich, i would guess you've never had a real jewish deli style corn beef (or it's more spicey brother, pastromi) sandwich. Out west, i don't know where you can get good corned beef, but I understand there are places in Toronto and Montreal. If you... More 

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

They call it barbecue and in Los Angeles we would call it a delicatessen. The pout fine was interesting. Smoked meat and curds on excellent French fries. The barbecue sauce was a very good brown gravy. We should have spli an order. It was quite the gordo special. My wife had the meat sandwich. Excellent is the word for it.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Cuisine
Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Granville Street
  • Neighbourhood: Granville Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-682-8938
Description
Dunn’s Famous BC recently hosted a grand re-opening on Friday October 9, to offer Vancouverites a true deli experience for both quick lunches and also with the option for sit-down dining.

Dunn’s offers a quick and convenient option to buy quality, authentic Montreal smoked meat.

Dunn’s is perfect for the urban professional: the helpful servers understand that city workers often have limited time but still want a delicious, hearty lunch, so offer the highest quality meat and deli lunches in the shortest turnaround time.


Brand heritage
Dunn’s Famous restaurant was founded by Myer Dunn in Montreal in 1927 after he noticed that local clothing factory workers needed a restaurant that could provide quickly prepared, fresh and sustaining food.

Due to the unique recipes and high quality standards, Dunn’s Famous quickly became a favourite among Montreal residents and visitors, who flocked to taste the authentic smoked meat.

Today, Dunn’s continues its founder’s tradition of excellence by offering a delicious variety of poutines, soups, salads, wraps and a host of other items to delight the taste buds, as well as the signature smoked meat sandwiches.

Throughout the years, the one thing that has remained is the commitment to offering authentic recipes made from the finest ingredients – “real food for real people”.

There are six Dunn’s Famous restaurants in Canada, including five in Quebec. The newly re-launched Dunn’s Famous in Vancouver is the only franchise in British Columbia and indeed outside of Quebec.

Dunn’s Famous BC brings an authentic taste of Montreal and an East Coast staple to the West Coast, allowing visitors and residents alike to experience the best of Canadian food and culture.

Food
Dunn’s Famous specializes in authentic Montreal smoked meat, an artisan meat product produced from beef brisket that is cured and spiced using old-world techniques before a slow cooking process. It is then steamed again and hand-sliced to order, before being used to create the iconic Canadian Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

Dunn’s offers the only hand-sliced Montreal smoked meat in Vancouver; hand-slicing is an art that takes years to perfect and, in many cases, is passed down through generations.

Hand-slicing is superior to machine slicing as the latter results in a tougher, more chewy product for two reasons: the meat is cooked for a shorter period of time to ensure it can hold up against the slicer, and it creates uniform slices that are not always against the grain.

The smoked meat sandwich is the restaurant’s signature menu item, which is traditionally built with rye bread and piled high with hand-sliced smoked meat with yellow prepared mustard.

Dunn’s staff make the sandwiches according to guest specifications, allowing them to choose sandwich size (quarter of a pound, half a pound and one in between for those who just can’t decide), cut of meat (lean, containing very little fat; medium, the most popular choice of cut; medium-fat, a more juicy sandwich; and fat, which contains as much fat as meat) and type of mustard (yellow, grainy, Dijon or hot mustard).

Dunn’s commitment to quality means its meat always has a high protein percentage – it’s therefore purer and filled with fewer additives that are so commonly found in other deli-style meats and smoked meats.

The extensive menu also includes Canadian and delicatessen favourites, such as a variety of poutines, latkes, Matzoh ball soup, fried pickles and cheesecake.

The newly opened delicatessen offers retail items for guests to enjoy at home including pickles, sauerkraut, fresh deli salads and a variety of meats, all made in house.

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