Stein's Market & Deli

Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
Eatery, Beer-to-go

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5636
United States

(504) 527-0771 | map

Notes: Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Deli is awesome with some of the best sandwiches in town. I would recommend the beef tongue or ruben. Beer selection is solid, lots of local offerings and national options. All cans/bottles, several fridges up front by the deli and a beer room in the back. Highly recommend you grab lunch here, and maybe get a donut next door at District Donuts after.

Mar 24, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In exactly the opposite order as recommended in a prior review below, I came here via recommendation from a local chef for the sandwiches, and stayed for the beer.

Standing in line, waiting for my (delicious) Muphaletta and Italian Hoagie, I kept reading signs for beers in the back, yet there were beers right here in the cooler. The signs specifically listed directions that would very clearly lead me far beyond my line of sight, so there had to be something more.

Slowly creeping past the deli like I was penetrating an unseen barrier, I stepped out the back door into a neglected, ominous alley, past a staff-only storage room, and through a creaky old industrial door where the sound of angels rang out as a ridiculous pile of gold- I mean beer, lay before me. Towers of bottles were teetering all around me.

Stein's has an absolutely ridiculous selection, and many of the bottles are quite rare indeed. The temperature in the room isn't that great for beer storage, but at least there is no chance of sunlight penetration. This is possibly the best bottle shop I've found in New Orleans, and yet, much like our very own Primo's in Akron, Ohio, this is a deli first and foremost.

Feb 01, 2018
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great deli with an even better bottle selection...probably the best in New Orleans. Stopped in on the recommendation of a friend while visiting NOLa and had a great lunch but then spent way too much on beer to take back home...amazing selection!

Mar 17, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Based on reviews, I visited Steins for lunch whilst in New Orleans on a business trip

Nice , gentrified funky little neighborhood. Walk into Steins and the place has character and an attitude in a good way. It's a deli that sells take out beer. Posters, signs , batman paraphernalia adorns the walls . I order the Muphuelatta( philly style in keeping with Steins) and cream soda. Excellent sandwich , recommended and would reorder . While dining at one of the communal tables, one of the workers starts to load the beer cooler behind me. I start up a conversation and recommends some local beers to me. The owner is at the other end of the table paying bills and we get to talking. He takes me into the beer room out back. Actually , you go out the door , into an enclosed court and enter a door in an adjacent building. Amazing beer selection. We discuss beers and he hand picks some extra fresh IPAs. Nice selection of quality beers and he rotates the stock to keep it fresh. Suggested another store for some beers I was searching for. Bought a few local selections on his recommendation, Great food, service and selection. I'd go back.

Mar 08, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited during a visit to New Orleans. I based my visit on the ratings here. I did not eat there, so this is simply a review of the beer and selection. The beer room is at the back through a couple of doors. I have read that people were concerned about the lack of prices. As of January 2017, all of the beer is labeled with prices in the back. The selection is pretty awesome. They had Backwoods, Christmas Bomb, Xocoveza, among other seasonal releases. They had a good selection of Bruery beers, as well as a number of Fantome and other European beers. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Jan 08, 2017
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ELS from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I headed straight back to the beer room when I arrived. One of their guys came in a couple minutes later to do some stocking and immediately helped me. He hooked me up with a local brew called Parish Envie American Pale Ale and a couple others. I never heard of Parish Brewery/beer but since it was super fresh having been bottled 6 days earlier and highly recommended I was pretty sure it was going to be good. I then went to the front of the store and my wife was already eating what looked like a very good turkey sandwich. I ate the other half and all I can say is "it was awesome".

It was pretty quiet on a Thursday afternoon so I introduced myself to Dan Stein. He was pretty receptive telling me about the owner of Parish Brewery and how he recently changed his yeast. Dan then brought out a month old Envie from the cooler so I could compare the same beer using two different yeasts. Pretty cool! Had the beer minutes later when I left the deli and it was damn good. Overall, a great deli with an excellent beer selection owned/run by a guy that knows a hell of a lot about beer!

Jan 06, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was about 2 miles from my hotel on Canal Street and is like a beer oasis compared to those sad package shops on Bourbon Street. I also love that they open at 7 AM, so if you are conferencing you can plan to be there at 7 and still get back for work. There's lots of singles in the sliding coolers in the main deli portion, but if you follow these signs, go through the door in back into their private alley, and walk into this room in the back, you will be glad you did. There's tons of choices from Stone, Founders, Terrapin, The Bruery, Brooklyn, and Prairie to name a few. Good regional stuff from Saint Arnolds, NOLA, Southern Prohibition, and Parish to name a few more. Found Tilquin Oude Gueuze & 2013 Bigfoot sitting on the shelf! I spoke with a guy who worked there who was pretty passionate about beer and brought the Saint Arnolds Bishop's Barrel 13 out of another room after talking to me for awhile. This place is legit! Prices weren't on the bottles or the shelves, which was a bit annoying. I didn't try any food.

May 17, 2016
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cool spot with good but slightly overpriced sandwiches and a very nice beer selection in a separate shed in the back. Carefully curated with a nice mix of local and regional beers, some limited barrel aged offerings, and a handful of fantome and other difficult to find euro brews. Lots of crooked stave stuff. A few bottles from Grassroots, a pleasant surprise.

Downsides: none of the beer, in a separate building even, is priced at all. So you grab your beer and take it to the counter and THEN find out the price. Nothing shocked me since I bought hard to find and expensive sours and was expecting high prices. Still to not have anything labeled is pretty annoying. Also I found the staff either largely indifferent or too-cool-for-school tattooed hipster types that automatically assumed I didn't know much about anything. Guess that's what they deal with most of the time in this city but it's still completely insufferable.

Mar 08, 2016
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logicalparadox from New York

3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A nice little shop with specialty foods, gourmet items, as well as deli style foods and drinks. Didn't try the food, but looked like they had some good sandwiches and lunch items.

Was told this was the go-to place for beer in the NOLA area... Mixed conclusions on that point...

The coolers up front house about 4 more coolers worth of beers in singles and 750ml bottles. Nice. The beer laws here also allow drinking a beer from the bottle as you walk down the street, provided it's in a paper bag, which they are happy to provide. So, you can buy a single a stroll down Magazine street while sipping a cold brew. Cool!

Strangely, you're not allowed to drink beer inside nor at their tables outside, even if order food. What strange alcohol laws and regulations we have in the various parts of this country. Eh, not the proprietor's fault.

OK, so... The coolers are nice, especially given the location, but nothing crazy. That's not all. Not even much. The real beer room is not obvious. I had to ask and almost left thinking that was it. They have a room all the way to the back, out a door, and around a corner through an alley/courtyard where the real selection is. Secret beer lair? Not sure if this feels cool or shady...

There you fin a 15 by 15 space with just racks if beer. Dozens of breweries, both craft from around the world and local micros I'd never heard of. Found some good offerings from St. Bernardus and Clown Shoes that I've not had luck finding back in NY. Definitely a great selection given the size of the space and the other options I've found in NOLA.

BUT, do I judge based in that? Or in absolute terms? Compared to what we have in NY, Wegmans grocery store has a larger and almost as eclectic selection. I can think of at least 5 places nearby that dwarf what's here and my giti beer store at home has probably 100x as much. Also, some glaring omissions; I didn't see any Dogfish Head here, for example, so this is a place to go and browse to see what they've got, not a place to go if you're looking for something specific. Unless you're looking for something rare and hoping they might have a bottle because you'vr looked everywhere else.

Still, very cool place. Im told the craft beer scene in NOLA is a good decade behind the cutting edge, and this seems to support that theory if this really is one of the largest selections in the state. Not sure how much stock to put into that, though, considering that both Whole Foods and World Market have pretty good selections.

The staff are very laid back and helpful if you have questions

Dec 24, 2015
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tduecen from Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great beer selection in the back, go in and pick out what you want. Also, try a sandwich before you leave, yo will not be disappointed. Always a good conversation to be had if you are open to talking with strangers.

Dec 05, 2015
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sdeese21 from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Feb 23, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Feb 03, 2015
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Dec 30, 2014
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kylelenk from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Dec 08, 2014
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Aug 16, 2014
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Badger72 from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Aug 07, 2014
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jul 26, 2014
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Gatorwalt from Florida

1.74/5  rDev -60.9%
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!

May 23, 2014
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ParchedNeedBeer from California

2.45/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

May 07, 2013
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IP-EH from Tennessee

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Jan 02, 2013
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ChanChan from California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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!!

Oct 17, 2012
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champ103 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Oct 07, 2012
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srhoadsy from Florida

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

May 31, 2012
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TrappistJohnMD from Mississippi

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
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.

Feb 12, 2012
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Boud504 from Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Dec 23, 2011
Stein's Market & Deli in New Orleans, LA
Place rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 104 ratings