419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.078916 -118.361434
Daily 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Central LA, CBS Television City
Canter's has, what seems like, an endless menu. This is a typical Jewish delicatessen, with pastries, bagels, soup, matzo brei, deli meats...and you can get it all 24/7.
Their pastrami on rye is legit. And their chicken noodle soup is exactly what you need on cold days. Also, the bar attached is a fun little place to go for a drink.
Classic LA Jewish deli. Sandwiches are solid, bakery is brimming with rugala, black and white cookies, and petite cupcakes. Fun late night.
This is where you go late night for Matzoh Ball Soup, retired waitresses, and quite possibly among the greatest people watching spots in all of LA! If you stroll in after 1am, you're sure to be entertained.
Good deli. Good food, large portions. Sandwiches are overstuffed so I usually have the other half for lunch the next day. The corned beef and cabbage is good and so are their omelets. The cobb salad is huge.
One weird thing - no chicken salad. I don't think I've ever been to a deli that didn't have chicken salad. Chicken salad is a staple in Jewish delis on the east coast.
I love it that Canter's is open all nght. It's the perfect place to go after a concert or movie. They don't attract an obnoxious after hours crowd - or maybe they're just on their good behavior. No matter what time of day, you go, it's a good place to watch people. Even the waitstaff is interesting.
Unbelieveable – Great food and lots of it. Great smoked samon
Goodness! – This is a great spot when the items are fresh and just out the oven.. The staff is always friendly and accommodating and the pastries are to die for! I always bring my nephew here for cookies and cupcakes and he never wants to leave... Keep up the good work!
Awesome Deli! – Who doesn't like chicken noodle soup and corned beef??? This place is an LA icon and can't be missed when that late night snack is needed!
I love Canter's!
Big disappointment – I was hoping to capture a bit of New York style dining. I particularly have had a craving for a knish. The one I had at Canter's was dry and salty...downright bad. My friend asked for a rueben mix of corned beef and pastrami. The waitress made a hand gesture similar to what an umpire makes to indicate an out, and said...NO, we can't do that. They can't make half corned beef and half pastrami. My friend settled for pastrami.
I thought about what had gone down and decided that I nicely needed to speak to the waitress when she returned to our table with our food. I explained that he wanted the meats mixed, not one half one meat and the other half another meat. She said, "Oh, that's three dollars more." So, they could have honored my friends request. For some reason she didn't want to try to accomodate. She was happy being surly I guess.
My sandwich was really bad, as dry as the knish, as was my friend's. The subpar food is way overpriced, too. Needless to say, we won't return.
miserable waitress and her psychopath nice side kick – i ordered a salami sandwich, then waitress suggested i order tuna instead so i did. 10 minutes later i got salami sandwich made of 2 pieces of dry bread and 2 inches of impossible to eat dried out salami. might as well bite into the nearest cactus. then she charged me 20 $ for tuna sandwich and told me that salami i ordered wouldnt even be good for a homeless person. I left hungry, upset and very much confused. thank God there's Damianos pizza across the street
Canter's SUCKS! – I have been to many delis in my lifetime. Born and raised in Cleveland, we had some of the best! NYC has incredible places as well. I have been living in LA for over 22 years and been to Brent's, Junior's, Weiler's and a list of others. SInce I live in the Valley, it's not often I have an opportunity to go over the hill and since Canter's has a great name, I exposed my sons to it several years ago. We were not impressed then but nothing compares to our visit yesterday.
With the waitress smoking outside telling us to enter another door, to not greeting us walking in to Canter's. Settling us into an old uncomfortable booth where we waited for the "expected basket of bread, pickles, etc." to arrive. We instead received nothing. We ordered a Chef's Salad and Matzo Ball soup with 1/2 Pastrami sandwich. The Matzo Ball soup arrived in a tiny bowl with liquid and a Ball, nothing else, no veggies, noodles or anything. Bland tasting. 1/2 Pastrami resembled more of 1/4 sandwich with a lot less meat than is customary in delis. Our Chef Salads were less than awe inspiring., with a few pieces of ham and turkey lined on a big bed of wilted lettuce. When we asked for bread, our waitress was taken aback and brought out some bagel chips and than 3 pickles. As you start to eat the urge of more bread, etc. consumes you and you ask for more. Her response was I can bring 1 or 2 slices. I believe for over $30.00 for lunch should entitle you to the same quality as you can get from Brent's or the others. Instead, their 50 years of business has been all about pocketing the money and not reinvesting anything into the business or the customers. I will take BRENT's over Canter's any day of the week. Canter's cannot even remotely compare and urge anyone not to spend their hard earned dollars on such a sub-standard place!
Great place for a Jewish deli – I've been driving out to canter's for many years from Riverside. I've always loved it. I once thought the prices for the sandwiches were a bit high but then I realized that for the size and taste it was priced right. The cream cheese cake is the best anywhere! I love going late at night. It reminds me of when I used to go after a good punk concert back in the 1980s. This place is like home to me.
The decor is the best eames-era anywhere in LA. The history of the place is interesting and the staff are great. There are times we've met celebrities and wonderful people there.
We always hit the bakery on the way out and talk to the people at the counter. I pick up some salmon at the deli counter too.
I just wish they were closer to home.
Still Great – Surprised to see some negative reviews. We've never had a bad experience at Canter's. And we've been going there for 10 years now and continue to do so every time we're in L.A.
Staff has ALWAYS been friendly, service is prompt, prices are comparable to other delis. The bakery is to die for.
And P. S. - They thank you on your way out.
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