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
steinsdeli.net

Notes: Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.45
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
38
pDev:
11.69%
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Rated by Ben7773 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Jan 19, 2014
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Reviewed by chrisjws from California

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5
The vibe here is "wtf you want, spit it out" kinda vibe. Get packed in like sardines to grab yourself a delicious sandwich and a brew that is sadly only for togo. Grab the local black cherry soda if you're eating in.

The coolers are filled with a whole lot of great local and regional beers, at very reasonable prices. The food is worth the visit alone, pair that with some great beers and you're doing something right.
Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
We just got to NOLA and went there for lunch, the food was awesome and the beer selection, which was located in a back room that was chilled, was excellent!
Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Sep 30, 2019
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

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
 
Rated: 4.58 by TheBrewsky from California

Nov 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.71 by Mdez from Virginia

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by newsprint from Mississippi

5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Come for the beer, stay for the food. Best dang sandwiches in the country. Great selection, owner knows beer and is very helpful.
Oct 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
One of a kind!
Dec 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Spreetaper from New York

Jul 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by Murphdog08 from Louisiana

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.17 by Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2016
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Rated by Gig2828 from Georgia

4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Great little whole in the wall with fun surprises.
Aug 01, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by Joetheduck from Pennsylvania

May 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.31 by seanzig from New Hampshire

Apr 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.76 by NateMac13 from Illinois

Mar 20, 2015
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.75 by Anaxagoris from Washington

Dec 03, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by phindog6 from New York

Oct 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Oct 02, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Robyn from South Carolina

Aug 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dicers from California

Aug 18, 2014
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 5 by shortbus126 from Oklahoma

Aug 05, 2014
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