Stein's Market & Deli

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Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
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99
world-class

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5636
United States
phone: (504) 527-0771

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Place added by: dlintern on 01-05-2008

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by jcompton:
Photo of jcompton
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%

dropped in this afternoon to pick up some brews for the hotel. this is by far the best selection i've seen while i've been in N.O. I spoke with who i presume was the owner. i didn't catch his name. he was more than helpful with finding some brews to make me happy. i'm going to be in N.O. for another week, and i will definitely grab a few more brews from here before i leave. here's my mini-haul:

peche mortal
SN Anniversary
Hop Rod Rye
Bear Republic Brown
Full Sale IPA
Abita Jackamo
Corne Du Diable
Sinebrychoff Porter
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan

More User Reviews:
Photo of sdeese21
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I really wish I could score the "Food" category higher than a 5 because they make some unbelievably good sandwiches and rolls! Great beer selection and they tend to get a lot of the harder to get stuff in pretty readily. If you go there to only peruse over the great beer selection and don't pick up something from the deli then you've missed out!

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

This place is unique and has a interesting set up. A few coolers full of imports, mostly Belgian and German, as well as some American craft, are up front in the deli area. Out the back door and to the right is a small but packed beer room. Selection is really good and well stocked, lots of singles and bombers, at prices that are a bit high, but not outrageous. The staff member in the rear room was nice enough, however the young man up front where I checked out, not so much. He was on the phone throughout our transaction, and seemed to get agitated when I had the audacity to ask for a bag for my beer. Overall, great selection, cool atmosphere, didn't try the food but it looked great. The downside is prices are a bit high, and service not so good.

Photo of stumac
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Very cool place. A true Kosher deli. Delicious food, they specialize in sammies, huge beer selection to go, very small but enough room to eat, good coffee, fast and good service. The owner Dan seems like he's straight outta the East Coast. Very monotonous but seems like a good guy.

Photo of kylelenk
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Stein's is the best beer store that I've been able to track down in the NOLA area.

The food, first off, is delicious. No beer can be consumed on premise, but there is a nice selection of craft sodas.

Front coolers are stacked with shelf craft and macros, real treat is in the back. Great selection of Belgians, Founders, and Prairie. Older Mikeller as well.

Photo of stephens101
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

This place is packed to the brim on an early spring Saturday afternoon. Most of the customers appear to have come for the deli, which has a huge selection of quality meets and cheeses. Some pigs heads lie around in the fridge, staring past the cold cuts, and adding to the overall ambiance. I'll pass on the headcheese though. On the menu there's tons of sandwiches of just about every sort to choose from. I had the Reuben, and it was driptastically fantastic and flavorful.

But the real reason I stopped by is for the beer. I peruse the place, taking in the eclectic mix of tourists and locals (businessmen, hipsters, punks) and ask myself incredulously, is that the entire beer selection in that small cooler filled with indie colas, some Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn? ...but wait! There's a sign of hope, and that sign says "Beer" with an arrow pointing to the back. I dare tread through what amounts to the back of the kitchen and into an alley, and I'm thinking how easy it would be to roll a beer geek with a pocket full of cash back here.

I quickly notice a door to the immediate right. This is either safe haven or the pathway to a very bad day. I open it and go in. And what do I find? The smallest beer store in America! But trust me, size doesn't matter in this instance. Stacked randomly around the tiny space are many rare sours that I'm not familiar with (or just don't remember), select Founders, Pretty Things, Stillwater, Terrapin, Clown Shoes, Prairie and so forth and so on. There's not one mediocre brewery represented.

Dan (the owner and resident curmudgeon as legend would tell) was helpful, not pushy, and generally congenial albeit somewhat busy. I get the feeling the guy is maligned a bit to tell the truth. He has a nicely curated room of beer, takes pride in it, and there's nothing wrong with that. While we didn't totally agree on his locals only policy in regards to rare beer, I never felt short-changed in any way. I walked away with a good haul, a full tummy, and a smile on my face.

Stein's Deli is quintessential New Orleans. Unique and gritty. It can be petulant one minute, then turn around and charm your pants off the next. It can make you wish you never stopped by, until you find yourself missing it after you've left. These are the paradoxical qualities that make me love the city, and now make me love Stein's Deli.

Photo of Badger72
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: Perfect deli atmosphere with an amazing beer room in the back. Stein's easily has the best selection of hard to find beer in New Orleans. They always have a wide selection of beer in the cooler and in the back room that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. Plus, all of it can be bought into singles, which I really enjoy. Seating can be cramped when it is busy, but it smells amazing in there, and it is only crowded becuase of the delicious sandwiches.

Quality: I have never had an issue with old/dated beer and every sandwich I have ever eaten has been outstanding. The best sandwiches in New Orleans.

Service: I have always received quick, friendly service. I don't consider myself a recognizable regular; however, I have been the Stein's 25+ times for beer or food. The owner Dan can be a little short at times or come off as rude, but I think it is just because he owns a busy/successful business. Plus, even though they close at 7pm I think during the week, they will let you come in and buy beer after closing. I have done this multiple times (after calling and asking if it is ok) and they are always really nice when I come in and don't make it seem like I am bothering them at all, even though I'm there past closing.

Selection: Like I already said, the best and widest selection of beer in New Orleans. If they don't have it, nobody else in New Orleans will.

Food: Again, the best sandwiches in New Orleans.

Value: The prices are a little higher than everywhere else, but you pay more for hard to find beer. Sandwiches are a little on the pricey side as well, but they are really big and fillig so I have no complaints.

Overall: This is a must stop for any beer lover going to New Orleans. Stop by, get a sandwich, and look over their beer selection that is lightyears above any other New Orleans establishment.

Photo of Mikecap
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

First off, write-off many of the negative reviews you see on this site. They are for two reasons:

1. The customer came during lunch-time, when the shop is packed because the sandwiches are KILLER. Yeah, the beer service isn't great at this time, but, God forbid, you hang out for a bit and have a reuben? Yeah then you can talk to Dan (the owner) about his awesome selection.

2. Preferential Treatment: Yeah, it happens here, but doesn't this occur anywhere? If an owner gets 1 case of a highly sought-after beer, is he or she not right to share with his or her best customers? I say yes, but that's a personal opinion. People from out of state may not get the extreme "rare" beers here, but they will still do well.

The food is spectacular, grab a sandwich if you're at all hungry.

And the beer, yeah, it's the best you can get in the state of Louisiana. I lived here for one year, and Dan, thank you for everything.

This is a superb shop, visit if you can, get a great sandwich and leave with better beer.

Photo of Gatorwalt
1.74/5  rDev -61.3%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Went here after seeing this place mentioned on here. Walked in, pretty dumpy place but did have quite a few beers. I picked up several Praire Ales, Evil Twin, and then found 2 bottles of Hommage. Went to the counter to check out, guy, (owner) asks where I'm from. I tell him Florida and he says he can't sell me the Hommage, only "regular" customers can buy. I ask why it's on the shelf, he says it shouldn't be and he won't sell it to me. Again, because I am from out of town. He continues to ring up my other $130 worth of beer and I tell him I won't buy it if he is dictating what I can buy. He gets loud with me, says "this is why I hate out of town people."
Suck a D man!! Pizz on this place!

Photo of ParchedNeedBeer
2.45/5  rDev -45.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.75

I bought a sandwich, over $70 bucks in beer, and then found out they had Cantillon in the back. I asked for a bottle, the owner said I wasnt worthy and they were only for the regulars. He even tried testing me on what other sour beers I've had. Bottom line is great sandwich, great bottle selection, but the owner is full of himself and ruined my experience. Lame.

Photo of IP-EH
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Best place from Texas to Pensacola.

I used to live in Pascagoula, MS, which is the arm pit of the USA. Because MS have the worst beer laws in the US I would either have to go to FL, AL, or LA to get good beer. I found this amazing place, I think, on Beer Advocate.

I called the owner, Dan Stein, to get a keg of Stone. He called me back within minutes to let me know when he could have what I wanted. My friend and I went there the next day and were amazed at how awesome the deli was. I am a vegetarian but I would get the beef tongue sandwich (special) because it was so awesome.

Dan would call a few times to let me know what he had in stock and would give me good recommendations like Moylans Hopsickle or Squatters Hop Rising.

You're not going to find a better place than this on the Gulf Coast, at least I didn't.

Photo of ChanChan
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

On my last night in New Orleans I decided to visit this store as I had heard from some BA's that Stein's had a good selection of beer. I called the shop on Monday night and asked if they offered craft beer, an employee answered and informed me that they were closed Mondays :( he told me they were having a meeting, he then asked "is beer all you needed?" I said yes, he told me to stop by the shop and he would allow me to purchase some beer.

This is my review of that place...

Atmosphere: The place was closed, the lights were dim I was in a hurry to catch a cab back to my hotel but from what I saw this place looks like it has character. I would have loved to visit this place and have one of the many sandwiches they normally offer.

Service: Awesome service by the gentleman at the register. Especially since they were closed at the time.

Selection: This is the best selection I saw in New Orleans. Well, to be fair I mostly visited stores on and around the French Quarter. If this place had been open I would have stayed and looked at every single beer they sell, I am sure I would have spent at least three times what I spent but again the place was closed and also my Girlfriend was with me so... yea!

Value: Reasonable. I wish I had taken a few more beers.

Overall: I was very satisfied with Stein's Deli! I would definitely recommend this place to craft-beer lovers!!

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A great place to grab some beers, especially for the out of towners that are looking for something different, rare, sour, or whatever. The beers are all scattered about hap hazard like. Really no organization that I can tell. Up front are several tables for people to sit and eat. All the beer is stuffed in the back section.

If you like sour and funky, come here. Cantillon (you have to ask), 3 Fonteinen, Hanssens. Also stuff like Evil Twin, Stillwater, and Jolly Pumpkin. Some of the beer seems to sit around a long time, and the temperature of the place is not exactly cellar temp. So I would check freshness dates and unless it has been in the cooler avoid some of the aged selections.

The food is awesome. Lots of deli style sandwiches that are amazing. You can not drink alcohol on premiss though. The service is rushed, but they are always busy. I called a head to see if I could get a bottle of Cantillon, and they had it waiting for me. So they do care, just always a crowd here. I always stop here if I can after visiting Avenue Pub not far away in the Garden District.

Photo of srhoadsy
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great stop this past weekend. Thanx to all the staff for their help.

This place is off the beaten path in the wonderful Lower Garden District. Take the green trolley and get off at Saint Charles and Jackson. A short 3/4 block walk up Jackson to Magazine hang a right and 3 doors down. The walk is through a beautiful historic neighborhood with several amazing old houses and churches.

It is a bit cramped and can get a bit busy so I went early in the morning before the lunch crowd formed. The service was excellent. The only reason I gave them a 4 was because their hours are a bit limited. Highly suggest checking their website for hours/days of operation before taking the walk.

For such a small place, their beer selection is amazing. Numerous shelves, coolers and even a clearance section full of hoppy awesomeness. La Trappe, Fantome, Mikeller, Saint Arnold, Evil Twin, Anchorage and on and on.

Prices are a little high, but as others have stated, chances are you'll get a discount.

Hit this place on my last day. Next time it will the second place I visit, right after I down a couple at The Avenue Pub.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Walked down from the Mardi Gras parade route on St. Charles to check this place out. I have heard nothing but good things about this place and it did not dissappoint.

The staff is pleasant and helpful. Store was a little cramped around the beer but not uncomfortably so. Just had to let people by as I was browsing the great selection. Lots of belgian stuff that I havent been able to find in my usual haunts. Only bought a couple of things because we were planning to walk back to our hotel.

The food looked and smelled great, but my wife and I had just eaten before we got there. We will definitely be back for a sandwich next time we are in town.
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Stopped back in Stein's the day after I wrote the review above. I had, perhaps, the best Reuben ever made. Potato salad was great and my wife really enjoyed her sandwich too. This will be a regular place for me when visiting N.O.

Photo of Theitos
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is a very very cramped space. There are two tables right next to the beer shelves. The tight quarters might make some people feel stressed while trying to browse. It didn't bother me but that's mostly because I was mesmerized by the De Struise.

I felt the prices were fairly reasonable. I went to the De Struise's store in Brugge and the price I paid at Stein's was not that different from what I paid in Belgium.

The selection is great. A lot of great Belgium style beer, a lot of the big name craft beers in America, and a great selection of local breweries.

Overall if you're in the area definitely a place worthy of checking out. Also check the web sit to see what they've recently gotten in.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We recently spent three memorable nights in New Orleans (November 10-12), staying with a pack of old high school friends at a stately rental home on nearby Carondelet Street. I was in charge of finding our lodging; the proximity of our house to Stein's (and Avenue Pub) wasn't lost on me. I'd read enough on BA and elsewhere to know that Stein's was considered among the very best in the city as both a deli and a beer shop, so the decision was an easy one.

Located at a fairly busy neighborhood corner (Jackson/Magazine), it's really not much to look at from the outside: a couple picnic tables, some skewed placards taped in the windows. Inside is a cluttered, well-worn jumble of tables and deli foods near the front counter - a traffic nightmare when busy. Warm sunlight streams through south-facing windows, highlighting a once-intricate pattern on the floor, now more bare than painted. An impressive deli counter, loaded with imported cheeses and cured meats, comes with a rather confusing system of queuing to order for a newcomer. No worries, after a visit or two we got the hang of it. Overall, loved the vibe: lively, eclectic, authentic.

Speaking of visits, I made four in less than four days. Our first stop was mid-afternoon on Thursday, the purpose solely to stock up on beer and snacks. Between four of us, we spent well over $100 filling two cases full of mixed cans and bottles (NOLA, Bayou Teche, Tin Roof, Abita for locals, plus some North Coast and Bear Republic, even a few favorite Belgians: Houblon Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet, StB Abt 12) and cheese (manchego, aged cheddar, Humboldt Fog). Add in a few bags of Zapp's and we were set. On Saturday and Sunday I succumbed to the siren's call and returned for hot breakfast sandwiches, both times getting the ridiculously good Stoltzfus (corned beef one day, pastrami the next, both with egg, swiss and spicy mustard on an everything bagel) - just thinking about it now has my mouth watering. On the final visit, Sunday afternoon (post Saints OT victory), my friend and I split a Reuben and a Kelly (girly name, delicious sandwich). As good as the beer selection was, the food at Stein's is every bit its equal.

Besides the ample sampling of local beers we bought, I practiced a great deal of restraint by not buying a ton more from the beer aisles (well, racks, there are two of them loaded with many rare/obscure imports from across Europe and the US PLUS four or five reach-in coolers). Lots from Belgium, Scandinavia and the UK, even a few paper-wrapped bottles of Sink the Bismarck and Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

I guess the only 'flaw' any of us noted was a general brusqueness with service. Yeah, I get that it's a busy deli and, yeah, the owner (Dan) hails from the East Coast, but would it hurt to smile, or say 'thanks'? I will admit they were fast and efficient behind the counter and that one younger guy taking orders was as exceedingly friendly. Oh well, I won't belabor the point too much, guess I'm just used to better most everywhere I go out here in Portland.

No doubt, if we lived in New Orleans, Stein's would be a regular stop, such good food and that excellent, inspired beer lineup. Can't wait to visit again!

P.S. We did find it odd that there was no on-site consumption of alcohol allowed... especially in a city that encourages drinking just about everywhere!

Photo of brewskifan55
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Had been planning for a visit to Stein's for months. When I finally found a parking place on the side of the building, I wasn't quite prepared for the cramped quarters. This place is super-tight, folks. But the atmosphere more than makes up for the sardine can feel.

Couldn't decide whether I wanted to buy beer first or order a sandwich. Got the muffaletta, which was a bit pricy at $10.99, considering it didn't come with anything and the size wasn't very big. A tasty sandwich, nonetheless. Sat at a very small table amidst bombers and boxes of beer. Got very ADD.

As far as beer selection, it's there, all over the place, in the middle of the store, in refrigerated coolers, on shelves in the corner. Lots of stuff you won't find anywhere else, ripe for the plucking.

The owner was working the cash register and when we told him we were from Mississippi to buy beer, he gave us a nice discount.

Overall, Stein's has an old-world, carnival house atmosphere, replete with great sandwiches and world class beer at slightly inflated prices. The discount does make a difference. If you're only shopping for beer, don't go during lunch.

Photo of jono311
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My go to bottle shop and my weekly deli fix. Range of craft brews available from all over the country and abroad. If its distributed in Louisiana but hard to find chances are you can find it here.
Schmaltz, Unibrue, Rogue, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, a number of small producers from Europe particularly Belgium, and the list goes on and on and on. Also has Abita, Covington, and other southern regional brewers.

Very good cheese and other deli products selection as well. Outstanding bagels and sandwiches.
Best non-poboy sandwich shop in the city quite possibly the best sandwiches in town overall.

Prices seem high until you see the size of the sandwiches.

beer prices are very reasonable.

Photo of cvm4
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First things first, this is a deli and once you enter this place you're reminded of that. Come hungry and have a sandwich before or after you shop. You won't be disappointed... The best I've had in a while.

There are only 2 aisles in this store and if you go during a busy time it could get annoying trying to make your way around. Pick any beers from the coolers or the shelves. They'll even search the back for more of a specific type beer. Imports, domestics and rarities are amazingly on the shelves. This is a place worth checking out when you're in town.

Oh and if you pay cash you do get a 10% discount, so come with cash in hand ;-)

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Steins is permeated by the smell of some really good food. Didnt partake as I had stuffed myself at Deannies. Seriously stuffed! The place was crowded and very busy. The beer shelves are a bit cramped but crammed with good beers. Nice selection of Mikellor and several others. I purchased a couple Fantome beers I havent seen anywhere else. The staff was attentive, efficient and somewhat knowledgeable about the products available. All in all a good stop. I will definately stop at Steins next time I am in town and I will go there hungry.

Photo of asabreed
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As a huge fan of Chiocca's in Richmond, Virginia, I immediately got the same type of deli aromas, of course, walking into Stein's, and was immediately taken back. Had my wife and I not had lunch right before we walked in, we would've gotten sandwiches, but that's on our list for next time we're in the area.

I was surprised mostly by the Belgian selection at Stein's -- a lot of what I hoped would be there, upon knowing they had so many Belgians, were indeed there. Prices are definitely reasonable. And now living in New York, they had a lot of domestic brews represented from a lot of states.

It's a little tight as far as room goes, but that adds to the singularity of the place -- most of the beer's on the right side of the store, whereas all the food and deli items and ordering is on the left.

We weren't there long, but again, I'd definitely like to go back. I picked up a bomber from Pike Brewing in Seattle, and we went on our way. Next time, I'm sure we'll stay a little longer.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Unique storefront in the Garden District. Loved the deli portion of the store, very interesting and old-fashioned. Likewise the blasting indoor air conditioner. Stand in front of that in the Louisiana humidity! The beer and drinks portion of the store is pretty cramped, a little difficult to move around.

The quality and selection for this area and the size of the store is simply mind-blowing. Someone works very hard to keep rarities, imports, and long-distance imports and craft beers in stock. I was hugely impressed with the overall quality of Stein's beer selection, and that would be true in Louisiana or any other state I have visited (California included).

No one helped me with my beer purchase, but my traveling companions were greeted by an amiable staff at the deli. While the selection of beers is pretty terrific, you definitely pay for what you get. Normal-to-high prices on rare beers = a lot of money on the beer counter! Bottom line, this is the store in New Orleans. Make a trip out of your way to get here.

Photo of tripelhops
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I hit this place when I was in New Olreans on a business trip for lunch, and to grab some bottles to bring home with me. The sandwich I got from the deli was fantastic, made fresh by hand and the folks working there were really nice. The craft brew bottle selection was decent if not really good for the area since it's not too far from the French Quarter / downtown area. They had a variety of beers from Stone, Abita of course, and some others that I can't remember now. Finally the last twenty five words to hit 500.

Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Steins is a classic. This place is first and foremost a deli and the smell of a great deli happily greets you as you walk in. There is no drinking in the building though. This place has a large variety of beers--arguably the best in the city. I saw stuff from St. Arnolds and several Belgians that I had not seen anywhere else. Lots of great local beers here. Prices are also the best I have seen. $1.30 for a single of Abita. Yes they sell singles which is a big plus. If you ask someone in the store, they will gladly give you recommendations. Overall I would certainly come back if I was in the area. The only beer store in New Orleans that I discovered that comes close to this is Sidneys.

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Stein's Market & Deli in New Orleans, LA
99 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.