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Wilensky's Light Lunch

#467 of 4,691 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Fast food, Canadian
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34 Av Fairmount O, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M1, Canada
+1 514-271-0247
09:00 - 16:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us had a late lunch here, one person in our group has been coming here for 65 years. I had a pickle, two of the "specials" and a chocolate egg cream soda, all of which was very good. While not a fancy or gourmet place, the nostalgia and old time feel are off the charts. I thoroughly enjoyed... More 

Thank SamPav
Montreal, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ever wonder what it must have been like to stop at a lunch counter to have a sandwich back in the 30s-40s or 50s? Well, don't just wonder, go have a "special" at Wilensky's, made today the exact same way as the first day, decades ago! Specially made buns, salami and mustard in a sandwich press and served piping hot... More 

Thank strongC
Quebec City, Canada
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The traditional salami sandwich is just as good as it was in 1932. Or so they say, because I wasn't around in 1932.LOL. Moe Wilensky is no longer there, but the family perpetuates the tradition by maintaining the high quality standards that made them famous for decades. Their secret home made recipe would probably give them an award for the... More 

Thank JPhotte
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The pop isn't just mixed at the fountian by hand but they even make their own syrup from scratch! The black cherry was out of this world and the pineapple was truely unique! Thanks to Paul and the group for making a great lunch! Great people to talk to while you are having a really good sandwich. I didn't realise... More 

Thank Gobsmacked1
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
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92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Walking into this place you feel the history, with its classic style stool-and-counter seating and the wall full of newspaper articles about this Montreal landmark established in 1932. The daughter of the original owner still runs the place and if you arrive at a less busier time she will be happy to talk with you about the history of the... More 

Thank Nathan T
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

You have their home made salami and baloney sandwich with yellow mustard for the experience of eating a sandwich that has been made the same for almost 75 years. The ambience, signs and pictures of the wall tell the story. There will never be another place like this. Not gentrified.The faces , the generations may change but the characters are... More 

1 Thank FilmGuyTO
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I stumbled on here by mistake driving back from Lester's (don't waste your time there - see other review). Very cool old school dinner!! and they have a special which costs about $5 with cheese cool buns, tasty meet and gooey swiss cheese :D

Thank Schlampah
Piermont, New York
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

If anyone is expecting a gourmet meal, go somewhere else. This is a fantastic trip back through time. Even if their famous "Special" baloney and Salami sandwhich were terrible, which it is not (actually quite good) and combined with an egg cream, it brings you back to a simpler time, or for those younger folks, gives you an introduction to... More 

Thank joeyrm7
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I've been coming here since I was a kid. Nothing has change apart for price. Really good authentic Montreal food. A must when in Montreal. Eating a special with cheese should be consider a crime.

Thank Momotapis
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I have been coming here for yours and recently brought my teenage daughter who exclaimed that this was the best sandwich she had ever had. While best is subjective there is no denying the Wilensky Special is an a class by itself. Worth the detour to enjoy the trip back in time. Don't forget the Soda to go with your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Fast food, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Av Fairmount O, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-271-0247

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colourful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
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