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Dunn's Famous

$$ - $$$, Deli,
827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
+1 604-682-8938
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  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Canadian, Deli, Diner
$$ - $$$
827 Seymour St | at Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4, Canada
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Dunn's Famous
1. From MTL to the world
"Their specialty is "smoked" brisket which is an eastern Canadian"
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2. Best Smoked Meat in Vancouver
"style diner with probably the best Montreal smoked meat sandwich"
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3. Cheesecake recipe since 1927
"highlight came with dessert - truly the best cheesecake i've ever had"
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

I've eaten a lot of corned beef sandwiches and Montreal smoked meat as well, so I was excited to try Dunn's. This place manages to do a pretty good job at making these sandwiches, and does it at a decent price with moderate service... but...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank FSJ_Pioneer
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Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

What a surprising treat to find not only the smoke meat ever (better than Montreal even) with a great selection of choices, and truly the best service in the form of our server. She had me toned she was from Argentina....she was simply the best!...More

Date of visit: February 2018
2  Thank konrad29
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

I arrived in the restaurant in Vancouver at around 3 pm and I saw that there was a couch table for four that empty. I was dining alone.I requested for it and the blonde male waiter told me it is not available. The restaurant was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ivans_us
Reviewed September 24, 2018

This restaurant has a broad choice on the menu but my wife & I opted for poutine - it is, after all, what this place is famous for. I had the pulled pork and my wife had the turkey - very generous portions and great...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank PColmer
Reviewed September 19, 2018

First time in Vancouver and first time in Dunns. Had eaten at a different place the previous evening (see separate review) but it wasn't open at lunchtime so tried Dunns. Really enjoyed it, Great friendly staff, especially when we asked what a Poutine was, having...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank PlymouthSnoopy
Reviewed August 20, 2018

We liked it so much we came back twice!! On our first dinner, we had two kinds of Poutine, the original "Quebec" style, with squeaky cheese, and the Smoked meat poutine. Both were really good!! We left stuffed!! At the end of our trip, we...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank snooksinKC
Reviewed August 6, 2018

If you've never tried the Canadian treat of Montreal smoked meat — viande fumée — you're really missing out. This distinctively flavored brisket to die for is the stuff of Mordechai Richler fame. This sibling of the original Dunn's in Montreal may be the best...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank newsmann9
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Located just off grimey Granville Street we popped into Dunn's hoping to grab a quick bite before our concert. I made the mistake of ordering their spaghetti bolognese made with smoked meat. It arrived with the pasta, smoked meat but no tomato sauce. It was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank tracenac2015
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Wanted a deli as my daughter loves beef hotdogs. Thought I’d only have a bit of the burger but couldn’t put it down, was a mushroom Swiss. Incredible and great to dine at one of the city’s more historic venues.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank MJDBMW
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Usually try a different menu item with every visit to Dunn’s. This time I decided on the spaghetti bolognese, also had a grilled cheese sandwich as well. The Dunn’s take on spaghetti bolognese is a bit unique since the sauce has smoked meat, tasted pretty...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 998MichaelW998
Granville Street
Granville Street spans many, multiple city blocks and
has become so fastidiously known for its nightclubs
and watering holes that it's fondly nicknamed the
city's 'Entertainment District.' Friday and Saturday
nights are the most popular and lively, with young
revelers taking to the streets in droves and keeping
the party going until late. Granville Street, being
mostly open to pedestrian-only traffic, has a healthy
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June 1, 2017|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry did not see this question, there is parking on the street, but there is a lot facing the restaurant. I usually hit this place if I am downtown for a business meeting of an event, so I grab a parking spot in one of the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Canadian, Deli, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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, Free Wifi, Digital Payments, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
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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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