Augie's Montreal Smoke Meat

875 Potter St, Berkeley
(510) 984-0283

Recent Reviews

Michael Caruso

I was looking for a pastrami sandwich. They call it smoked brisket. A little mustard and I ate it all. Mmmm real good. If you slice the meat a little thinner. Then it will be be better

Carlo Stearns

This is a great hidden gem on a kinda of industrial side street. Lots of Montreal smoked meat options-- which is great because there aren't a lot of restaurants that specialize in a corned beef sandwich in the bay area -- especially compared to LA and New York. I've been here twice on a Friday at lunch and it's not crowded. They have about 6 or 7 local craft beers on tap as well. Lots of seating inside and outside. Super casual order at the counter.

Claire huang

Love this place! A perfect place to go after playing sports: great food, great service, very efficient!

Donald Macleay

Nice comfortable place. Decent prices. Authentic Montreal food. The "smoked meat" (pastrami) could have been at Chez Schwartz on St. Laurent. I avoided the poutin today, but it looked and smelled fine. The pickles and cole slaw were EXCELENT.

Jamin Horn

If you want a great meat sandwich this is the spot. Also it's got poutine. Friendly staff. Sports on and good beer selection.

Lee Brenkman

Proper smoke meat Great pickles Poutine

mike wisniewski

A great place for smoked meat sandwich, great local beers and ales too

Jamie Saunders

Delicious authentic poutine! The best Iâ??ve had outside of Canada.

Michael B.

My wife and I have been to Augie's on several occasions and have never been disappointed. Being Canadian, and personally having spent a lot of time in Montreal, this is a little taste of home that we can't pass up anytime we are in the area. I highly recommend the smoked meat sandwich, while my wife prefers just a big plate of poutine.

Danielle S.

I visited Augie's to try the poutine. The service was very friendly and the deli was clean. I did not enjoy the meat poutine I ordered. It was very salty and the fries were soggy from the gravy. Additionally the diced meat on top of the poutine was dry.

Sahv R.

Underwhelmed. At $14 a sandwich has little room for imperfections. Reuben was dry, too little sauerkraut and dressing, fell apart, and was lukewarm rather than hot. Curiosity satisfied, palate, not so much. Pleasant staff.

badlittledogs

I've been here a few times now with my husband. The ambience and food have been great every time. Service is always with a smile and they are patient with me, especially when I can't make up my mind what to order.. . Classic poutine. It is very filling and the curds are ever so squeaky as you chew. The small size is perfect for two to share. If you have a heartier appetite, order the smoked meat poutine. . . Sandwiches. We've only ordered the L'Original and CJ's smoked meat reuben. Both were delicious with a generous portion of sliced meat. Comes with a small cup of tangy, coleslaw and a pickle spear.. . Another time I ordered a bowl of chicken matzo ball soup. The matzo ball was like an island in the middle of my bowl with bits of chicken and veggies. Quite tasty, but with a (shared) sandwich and small classic poutine, I ended up not finishing it all.. . For St. Paddy's Day we came in for a special menu item of corned beef and cabbage. Really, really good and generous portions. Thick slices of corned beef on a bed of cabbage and boiled potatoes called to my Irish heart. The difference between having corned beef dinner at Augie's vs. home is that I ate a reasonable portion. At home I would have eaten too much!. . The menu is pretty meat-centric and there are a few vegetarian options. Not sure about vegan, though, except for a salad, coleslaw and pickles.. . Per my husband, they have a good selection of beer on tap and bottled, while I opt for iced tea. It's a great place to hang with friends, share a bite and a few brews. There are three screens on the wall if you want to watch hockey or whatever sport is playing.

Bellea M.

I've been here a few times now with my husband. The ambience and food have been great every time. Service is always with a smile and they are patient with me, especially when I can't make up my mind what to order. Classic poutine. It is very filling and the curds are ever so squeaky as you chew. The small size is perfect for two to share. If you have a heartier appetite, order the smoked meat poutine. Sandwiches. We've only ordered the L'Original and CJ's smoked meat reuben. Both were delicious with a generous portion of sliced meat. Comes with a small cup of tangy, coleslaw and a pickle spear. Another time I ordered a bowl of chicken matzo ball soup. The matzo ball was like an island in the middle of my bowl with bits of chicken and veggies. Quite tasty, but with a (shared) sandwich and small classic poutine, I ended up not finishing it all. For St. Paddy's Day we came in for a special menu item of corned beef and cabbage. Really, really good and generous portions. Thick slices of corned beef on a bed of cabbage and boiled potatoes called to my Irish heart. The difference between having corned beef dinner at Augie's vs. home is that I ate a reasonable portion. At home I would have eaten too much! The menu is pretty meat-centric and there are a few vegetarian options. Not sure about vegan, though, except for a salad, coleslaw and pickles. Per my husband, they have a good selection of beer on tap and bottled, while I opt for iced tea. It's a great place to hang with friends, share a bite and a few brews. There are three screens on the wall if you want to watch hockey or whatever sport is playing.

Suzanne Seraphin

Hubby says the smoked turkey was very good but the sandwich was dry, they forgot the gravy! But overall very good.

Ladi H.

This place is just what I wanted. The fries are done right, I think it maybe a double cooking process because they are fluffy inside. Dark silky gravy is hot enough to soften the squeaky cheese curds. This is a must or the whole dish falls apart. I had the poutine with the smoked meat and although the meat is good I think I prefer it in a sandwich rather then on top of the fries. It was not warmed prior to being put on the fries and the gravy coated it but did not warm them up. And I felt the diced meat took away from the texture of the dish. Fun place with lots of inside and outside tables. I can't wait to come here to enjoy some poutine with a hockey game, perhaps they will humor (excuse the spelling, u missing) me and put on a Edmonton Oilers game.

Marc Singer

I ordered a sandwich and fries and have been waiting for 20 minutes. The deli is only halfway full. I hope itâ??s good.

Cameron P.

Augie's is an obvious labor of love for owner Lex, who named the spot after his oldest son. They serve up heaping helpings of some of the best smoked meat I have ever tasted, paired with excellent beers if you're in that sort of mood. The poutine is a magical hangover cure -- I have personally verified this on multiple occasions. :) Best of all is that Lex's Canadian niceness pervades every bit of this establishment. In fact, the whole staff takes very good care of Augie's patrons! If you're looking for a fantastic traditional-style Canadian deli, don't hesitate for a second -- just get your butt down to Augie's and see for yourself.

522markd

I was thrilled to discover this place, as I have a hard time satisfying my nostalgic craving for hot smoked meat. Their hot smoked meat sandwiches really do the trick, and having recently returned to Montreal for a family visit, I can attest that these guys manage to replicate the experience. If you want a taste of a world that's slowly disappearing, run to Augie's. A rare treat!

Natalie Holt

Augie's is a Berkeley gem! Excellent pastrami, as everyone else notes, but my favorite is their smoked turkey. We buy slices at the Berkeley Bowl west deli counter weekly.

Mark Mueller

This place has crazy good cured meat and the best poutine around. Stop by, have a beer and forget about the outside world for a few minutes. Highest recommendations!!!!!

Jason B.

Take a trip to Montreal without the cost of a plane ticket. my favorite Pastrami sandwich in the Bay - worth the trip over the bridge. And yes worth the price for good quality meat. And that poutine -Holy shit! Fries made to order, cheese, gravy. Salty and scrispy even with the gravy. Just don't take it to go or else it's saggier than (insert body part of your imagination). I can go on and on. Everything here is . And the owner Lex is the friendliest deli man around . He's actually born and raised in Montreal so everything is authentic. As a born and raised NYer who grew up going to Katz's and 2nd Ave deli, You can tell a good deli if the owner is actually there making sure everything is consistent. Can't say the same for other delis in SF.

Brandon B.

My family and I have been to Augie's several times. And for me, it's truly unique. I've never experienced food like they have at Augie's. It's like a jewish deli, but the cut of the meat for the sandwiches are insane as is the flavor. The best corned beef sandwich I've ever had comes from here, and if that weren't enough, they have several types of poutine which are fries smothered with cheese curds and gravy! The interiors and atmosphere are tight and tidy, and well conceived. If I were to say what is the blessing and the curse of Augie's, it's the location. It is sort of between an industrial park and a car dealership on a road literally no one walks down. I feel like it would be a hipster chain by now if it weren't for its funky location. What I suggest: if there is anyone that is really into finding hidden gems and showing people undiscovered cuisine, then take them to Augie's. It is totally hidden and certainly a gem.

Mary P.

I adore Augie's. Excellent smoked meats, quite possibly the best poutine I've ever had (definitely the squeakiest cheese curds) and is always served up with the happiest and kindest service. After a meal here, I leave with a happy stomach and a smile. Protip: Their smoked meats are also available at the Berkeley Bowl West deli counter.

Zen T.

They have the best smoked meats in the East Bay. Period. Their smoked turkey which you can get at their location or at the Berkeley Bowl deli really is incredible. Their smoked meat sandwich at location is killer and is the best I've personally ever had. Make a stop there- lots of parking and biking is easy- and hang out. Good people, delicious food, and unique to the East Bay.

Seppo Helava

This is the *only* place in the Bay Area where the poutine is what I want a poutine to be. The sandwiches and smoke meat are also great - everything I've tried has been good. But the poutine? The fries are great. The gravy is simple. The cheese curds are correct. It's not "gussied up" poutine - it's the real deal, and it's spectacular.

Sean K.

These guys are legit" smoked meats the pastrami sandy was absolutely delicious better then wise sons deli in my humble opinion. My boss had the burger that's a 50/50 brisket and ground chuck I think"" I tried it my palate was dancing and is currently watering as I write it this review. I'll be back for 2nds!!

Maddie R.

I've been meaning to go to this place for a while, and it lived up to expectations! I used to live in MTL and miss real poutine sorely -- it's surprising how disappointing it can be when done wrong, which it seems to be almost anywhere I find it in the Bay. Augie's was very legit on all fronts, and the smoked meat was very authentic as well. They have Canadian beers in bottles and local beers on tap, pics of various MTL delis and other Canadiana on the walls, and a super friendly owner who's eager to chat. Prices are pretty high, but I know it's spendy to run a business around here and I'm willing to pay the premium since I haven't found good MTL food elsewhere. Hopeful they will succeed and stick around!

Carolyn Brown

My husband loved the turkey sandwich and I loved my lox and bagel sandwich. The frites (fries) were yummy!

James Quon

If you like pastrami this is the best pastrami in the entire Bay Area. This is a bare-bones place. Pastrami is the only sandwich you would get. You can also get poutine. There's a few other things but the main thing is the Montreal Smoked Meats, AKA pastrami.

Griff WODTKE

Wonderful pastrami sandwiches. Not cheap, but first rate. Pleasant service. Cheese curds!

David L.

Wow!!! Just wow!!! I'm in love!!! Everything is delicious in this relatively new comer in the last year. The smoked pastrami is up there with the best I've ever had. Katz Deli in NYC included! Solid potato pancakes but a really stellar fresh chicken matzah ball soup. It had lots of fresh carrots and celery and bits of chicken in a really well-made soup. And the matzoh ball was light and well seasoned. Then there's also the poutine. Which is a mountain, even the small size. Pro tip...ask for leas gravy unless you really like in covered. I found a little less better and to keep the fries a little crispier. I'd come here once a week if I lived closer and if my cardiologist would let me!!! This place is awesome!!!

Kelly B.

I freaking love Augie's. I went to school in Montreal, and this is the most legitimate poutine I've had south of the border. For one, the gravy is straight from the Quebec chain, St-Hubert. They also have a delicious vegetarian option that's mushroom based. It honestly might be better than the standard gravy. And the cheese curds actually squeak (YES, they are supposed to do that)! The fries are cooked to crispy perfection so they don't get too soggy. Eating this dish takes me right back to those late nights stumbling down St-Laurent... The smoked meat is on par with some of the best in Montreal, and the coleslaw is pure vinegary deliciousness. They also have an awesome selection of beers, both local (from Rare Barrel down the street!) and even Canadian. The space itself is roomy and super clean, and the vibe is very family friendly. There is almost always a hockey game on. It's like a little Canadian Cheers oddly plopped in the SW corner of Berkeley. Like much of the surrounding area, the building itself is a converted warehouse and you might question whether or not you're in the right place. Don't fret: you've made it to poutine heaven.

Silly W.

Love this place. The brisket is the best. Try the burger with brisket you will be amazed. I'm not a fan of the slaw but I like the creamy stuff. Great beer choices if your thirsty. Great prices.

Ed Gonzalez

Awesome deli with great beer choices on tap or bottles.

David A.

As Canadians, we all know that poutine is meant to be served piping hot. This is true across the whole spectrum of poutine experiences, from your favourite neighbourhood poutinerie all the way down to the blasphemous Costco Canada food court. At Augie's, I was served a poutine which was delicious, authentic, nostalgic... but somehow it was only lukewarm. A couple of the other Yelp reviews mention the same problem, so I would urge the management to take this issue seriously. You are within a few degrees Celsius of serving the Platonic ideal of poutine! It is within your grasp! How will you melt the hearts of poutine-skeptical Americans with lukewarm poutine? How will you make them cast aside their beloved chili cheese fries without putting your best foot forward? Everyone deserves the glory of a hot poutine on a cold day. Only you can save us.

Jessica C.

Poutine - extra crispy fries with rich gravy and cheese curds. Montroyal - extra large sandwich packed full of smoked meat. I dare say this was too much meat, but I didn't mind because the (medium) meat was salty, savory, tender. Balance it out with a bite of pickle or brown mustard! Lox bagel - my mistake! Toasted bagel with a paltry amount of each of the fillings: cream cheese, lox, tomato, greens. Won't be getting again Pickles - WOW. Great pickles! Garlicky, briny, but not overly salty. Has a nice snap/crunch to them, but a little bit on the softer side for my liking Slaw - zesty, celery-seed slaw. Slightly sweet, but mostly tangy.

Judy W.

Meat plate was yummyyyyyy! I really enjoyed the smoked meat with some mustard and I also liked the pickles! We also got a poutine to share and that was not bad. I wish the fries are little crispier and that the gravy was actually warm. It's a little gross when the gravy was room temp, I like my food hot! Nice little beer selection to choose from as well! You order at the counter, and pick a seat, food will get delivered to you. I will be back when I am feeling extra indulgent! =]

Ali Hazim

First time experiencing Canadian food so had no expectations whatsoever. Ordered a salmon bagel but they were out of bagels so got it on rye bread instead. Sandwich was very nice and the accompanying salad and pickle were awesome. The poutine was nice but I think the fies were a little overcooked otherwise the combination of cheese curd and gravy was awesome. Will have to try this at home.

Giovanni Berardino

Spent 40 years in Montreal ... born and raised. I've been to every smoked meat joint on Augie's wall... in Montreal. Augie I must say ... you make a great smoked meat. I will definitely be there again next year when the lightning are playing the Sharks and get my fill of smoked meat.

Florent L.

Montreal smoke meat and poutine at its best. We have been craving some poutine like crazy since relocating to the Bay Area from Montreal and heard about this place online. We finally went today and it did not disappoint, we'll definitely be back to dine in. They also sell smoke meat and cheese curd by the pound as takeout or to ship nation wide. The owner came out when we were leaving, proud Montrealer and really chill guy. I'll have to take him up on the offer to come back and watch a Habs playoff game, also a good excuse to enjoy great imported beers on tap! Please add a gluten free gravy option.