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1. The Best deli in Toronto
1. The Best deli in Toronto
"the best delis I’m the city, We’ve been going to Pancer’s for years"
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2. We make our own meats!
2. We make our own meats!
"Everything here is freshly made from fresh ingredients"
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3. Montreal Smoked Meat
3. Montreal Smoked Meat
"This deli rivals if not exceeds in quality any deli in Montreal"
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About
Pancer's Original Deli is a full-service traditional delicatessen. Serving corned beef, pastrami, baby beef, roast beef, smoked turkey and other deli favorites for over 60 years. Other deli favorites include latkas, knishes, cabbage rolls, matzoh ball soup and cabbage borscht soup. Family owned and operated, come on in and be part of the family.On-Line ordering available thru our website or UberEATS.
PRICE RANGE
C$5 - C$22
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Deli, Canadian, Diner, Soups
FEATURES
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed January 10, 2024

Great food. Has the charm of an old-world deli. The staff is great, the food quality is great and the selection is excellent.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2024

Thank you for the great review and your kind words

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Reviewed August 28, 2023

You have to start by asking if they have any Diet Vernors. They don't have any as DIET Vernors -- unavailable for years in Canada -- but you have to ask anyway. An institution like Pancer's is a little steeped in little traditions like this....I always order an extra dill pickle. On Saturday we started with a knish and a cabbage roll to share. We all had sandwiches on rye ("with kimmel?" and the correct answer is "yes"). I asked about Montreal smoked meat and was recommended not to go there, it being Toronto we were having lunch in, not Montreal. Go for the pastrami with extra spice. One of our group had the chopped liver and was very happy. Several others had the "baby beef" (i.e. veal). More dill pickles were ordered. It was great!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2023

Thank you for your kind words and the great review

Reviewed December 14, 2023

Love the Pastrami here. Ordered regular but would order the lean next time. The latkes were have burnt and tasteless. French fries are also tasteless. While I love this place they should pay a little more attention to detail. Sometimes with success, you become complacent.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2024

Thank you for your input. I will ensure things are taken care of.

Reviewed September 1, 2023 via mobile

Thank goodness for a real deli in Toronto! It’s a bit of drive for me but I will make the journey to get a proper pastrami sandwich!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2023

Thank you for your kind words

Reviewed July 3, 2023

I spent my youth going to Pancer’s deli, I moved east about a one hour away. I recently found myself at my old haunt, I had forgotten how marvellous it was, the menu is complete. Everything was extensive and the staff could not have been...nicer. It was clean with a warm atmosphere and they had a beautiful sign clearly stating that “Bullying will not be tolerated”. This feature alone made me feel safe and welcome. I used to go to another deli that was closer however, I prefer the corned beef and their chicken noodle soup with a matzo. Once a month I drive in to North York and I anxiously await my next visit to try the numerous choices available to me.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful comments and the great review

Reviewed November 22, 2022

Since I moved from Toronto 30 years ago I always come to Pancers when I visit. This time in I found out that they no longer make fricassee. A terrible tragedy. Seven years ago I was given hints as to how to make the Pancers...pastrami (by far the best on the planet). I would love to find the recipe for Pancers fricassee and share it with my friends in Winnipeg who have never heard of such a dish. A bucket list item in my opinion. Growing up in Toronto and playing BB baseball at Clanton Park. After the game going to Pancers and start off with a sumptuous bowl of fricassee followed by the most delicious pastrami sandwich ever (a little extra spice please). Life was perfect.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Michael Pancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful comments and the great review. I also used to play baseball in the Clinton Park. Good memories.

Reviewed October 31, 2022

This was within walking distance of where we were staying, and we were craving matzo ball soup and some smoked meats. It was ok. The service was lackluster and I believe it is because two servers were dealing with a packed dining area in a...cramped restaurant. Could have been were we got COVID but I'm not pointing fingers. It was just so mediocre. Wolfie's and Dave's would have been better choices had we had wheels.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 22, 2022 via mobile

My Standby Toronto Deli! I first found this Deli over 20 years ago and was thrilled to discover they are still here upon my return and survived the epidemic that closed so many restaurants. I am a creature of habit and the Pastrami is my...choice- Friendly staff and fast service- we need to support these local restaurants!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

This is easy. Simply the best old fashioned style Toronto Deli. It might in fact be the only one left so we only hope it never closes. Outstanding corned beef and pastrami. Best kishka with a mouthwatering gravy! Love the cabbage borscht too. It’s a...Toronto icon.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2022

Thank you for your very kind words.

Reviewed June 11, 2022

Went on a Saturday and was seated right away. The waitress Michelle was outstanding, very polite and friendly. Got the Corn Beef Lean Combo. It was served quick and fresh. Fries crispy, but not greasy and I could barely fit my mouth around the sandwich....Still a very good place to get authentic Deli Corn Beef. Will be backMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2022

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

Reviewed June 28, 2021

I loved their corned beef, it was juicy and tasted great. I met their cashier called Sajeef, he was such a friendly guy to speak to over there. I must say he can crack some pretty good jokes. His smile can make you smile. I...would love to visit this place again to try out some of their other dishesMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2021

Thanks for the great review and rating.

Reviewed May 1, 2021 via mobile

We don’t have it often but when we do we always say “wow, that was really delicious” with four boys we have to order a lot of pastrami, coleslaw, pickles and the Motza ball soup - I’ve tried hard to replicate the coleslaw - and...it’s never quite as good! Lunch or dinner - always delicious!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your visit and for your kind words. We hope you will be back again soon.

Reviewed February 27, 2020

Clearly one of the best delis I’m the city, We’ve been going to Pancer’s for years.Typical deli with great smoked meats,

Date of visit: April 2019
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2020

Thank you so much for your great comments. We do try to be consistent.

Reviewed February 11, 2020

I have been eating Pancer's Deli for over 50 years. Stan passed down a recipe for success! The family run Deli makes you feel like Toronto is still a small community. The food is outstanding; Pastrami or a Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye with Mustard,...a Kosher Dill Pickle, & Potato Salad...the ideal deli meal!! Parking is limited so choose your timing accordingly.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2020

It’s always nice to get a review from a long time member of our Deli family. Thank you so much for taking the time.

Reviewed February 5, 2020

My friends both had a pastrami sandwich; I ordered the Montreal smoked meat combo. Very tasty! The service this time was very good, and the total cost with tax and tip was below $50. Whether this is the best deli in Toronto I'm not qualified...to say, but it's certainly very good indeed and excellent value as well.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Mpancer, Owner at Pancer's Original Deli, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

Thank you for your great comments. We really appreciate them. We hope to see you back again soon.

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Yes, Pancer's Original Deli offers takeaway services.

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Pancer's Original Deli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5