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Billy's Deli Restaurant

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113 Dundas St
London, ON  N6A 1E8

(519) 679-1970

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3.5 star rating
Food poisoning stay away
July 17, 2014

Love breakfast here
Restaurant made jam
Fresh made hash browns
waitress that text all day long
bad ham that made me sick
so long rude waitresses
so long scare of food poisoning
new owners not business people
will soon close
an embarrassment to the original Billy

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3.5 star rating
Best Montreal Smoked meat
July 05, 2014

We visited this deli several times and it's always very good. Their Montreal Smoked Meat is the best and have very generous portions at an affordable price. Coming from Montreal we had a very difficult time finding a good smoked meat sandwich like we had at home but Billy's is the one. All their servings are very big and can... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Diner, Great Pies
May 27, 2014

Loved the speed and portions (be ready to eat). Real 'diner' experience in downtown London.
Try the deserts, you won't be disappointed.

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3.5 star rating
Poutine & smoked meat = perfection
May 25, 2014

The restaurant stands the test of time. Amazing food = a destination every time we visit London. The strawberry pie was not yet in season but all of their pies are delicious!

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3.5 star rating
Okay food, but service would send me somewhere else
May 22, 2014

No breakfast menus on the table even though it's all day Breakfast. Chocolate milk was going bad. Asked for a water, but had to ask again when it didn't arrive. Should have gotten it long before my food. Waitress didn't seem concerned at all about the untouched milk, and didn't even say sorry for forgetting water. Just said "yup" walking... more

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3.5 star rating
Best Breakfast in London
April 27, 2014

I lived in London for 5 years and it is my favourite breakfast place for your standard Canadian breakfast. There are cheaper places (Campus HiFi) or places that are good for a special time (The Early Bird), but this is my mainstay breakfast place in town.

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3.5 star rating
Good food, good service
March 21, 2014

Our breakfasts were excellent. Very clean and welcoming. Good food. Convenient location. Will return for lunch next time.

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3.5 star rating
Great Breakfast
March 05, 2014

Great place to have breakfast. Breakfast is served daily with fresh homemade jam! Fast and courteous service. They also make amazing homemade pies!

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3.5 star rating
Excellent Food ....Requires A Little Patience
February 07, 2014

Food was excellent, my kids gobbbled up their French toast. Abit more that you usually spend for breakfast but the quality and quantity is worth it. It was busy and we were sent up stairs where there was only one waitress. Upstairs does not have same ambiance and we had to wait a little while for are orders to show... more

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3.5 star rating
Downtown Brunch Spot
February 03, 2014

They have lots of great choices including a spicy omelette that I love. If they are busy there is room on the second floor, the stairs are in between the 2 front doors. I didn't want hash browns or French fries so the waitress asked if I wanted fresh fruit - Yes, Thank You! No complains about this one, great... more

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3.5 star rating
Great little deli
December 22, 2013

Go here for a good sandwich for a decent price. It's a great little spot for lunch. The staff is very friendly.
The decor is more than a little dated, but updating it might ruin some of the charm.

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3.5 star rating
Never, ever again
December 19, 2013

I heard so much about their "famous pie" that I stopped in today for lunch with a few of my co-workers. It took 12 minutes for ice water to get to our table, then another 50 minutes for sandwiches and fries. We overheard another group complaining about the wait and the waitress said "Well, you should have come earlier if... more

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3.5 star rating
Terrible Place
September 21, 2013

We waited 1 1/2 hours for our food. After 10 minutes of waiting had to call the waitress over just to get a cup of coffee. When we complained to the manger he said that was 'bulls**t'. Also said the same thing to a woman behind us that also complained that it was over an hour for her food to... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent Breakfast
September 13, 2013

We had an excellent breakfast here. Both the service and the food was great. I was really impressed with the healthy breakfast option, which is not found on most breakfast menus (cereal, fruit and toast). The homemade jam that accompanied my toast was fabulous. My husband was equally impressed with his flapjacks. A variety of pies are available to buy,... more

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3.5 star rating
Will not go there again
August 31, 2013

Service was unimpressive, small food portion. Omelet was bad, very bad...basically it's scramble eggs and few pieces of ham on the top, chesses was missing, result of waitress's mistake, didn't care, didn't apologist. The owner/manager's attitude is the same. I guess they don't care for repeat business. Will not go there again.

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3.5 star rating
Paradise for Breakfast
August 16, 2013

This place has the best breakfasts downtown. And, if you'll be patient and place your order a day in advance, they have a sour cream rhubarb pie (all their pies a great) that I'd have (and did have) for breakfast desert! Great people and so friendly and convenient.

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3.5 star rating
Meh
August 13, 2013

I went here looking for a good reuben. It was alright, but the bread was soggy with butter, and the dressing was just missing. That being said, they have excellent jams, and some of the best pies I've ever had. Next time I'll try breakfast, but I'm not coming back for lunch.
The atmosphere was homey, but coming alone, I... more

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3.5 star rating
Best breakfast in London, hands down
August 04, 2013

Billy's has amazing food. It's a London landmark, been around forever. Their breakfast and brunch is out of this world... I love it all but the breakfast skillets are my personal favorite. Billy always has creative features on the menu as well, and his wife is an incredible baker. Every day they have an assortment of mouthwatering homemade pies. The... more

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3.5 star rating
Great place for brunch
July 13, 2013

Cozy, bustling place with delicious breakfast menu! We've been going for years and love the animal-shaped pancakes the chef makes for the kids. Their home-made jam is lovely and they have the best pie in London. A friend even asked for a slice of Billy's strawberry pie for his birthday! Everything we've ever tried has absolutely been worth the trouble... more

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3.5 star rating
Great breakfast nook
June 18, 2013

friendly owner and staff, right close to the hotel metro, very good breakfast.
Nice decor and reasonable prices

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3.5 star rating
terrible experiance
April 20, 2013

The wife and I just finished the run at Springbank Park in rememberance of the Boston Marathon victims. We decided to go for a nice breakfast after a good run at the park. We don't usually go downtown often but after hearing about "Billy's" on the radio we thought we'd try it. What a mistake that was. Upon our arrival... more

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3.5 star rating
Squished
April 19, 2013

Jammed into a small space, you are practically on your neighbours lap. Great if you like meeting new people. Food is typical comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Service is rapid. Good place if in hurry for fast breakfast or lunch. Desserts fantastic.

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3.5 star rating
Good food
April 12, 2013

The breakfast we had was good.......very good portions...would return there again to eat. Nice that its open on Sundays after church. Not much on the menu for a vegetarian to eat, unfortunately.

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3.5 star rating
Fill' er up
February 14, 2013

We go here every Saturday morning. I get the skillet every time. Its basically enough food for a couple days (served in a cast-iron skillet). Food has a home-cooked, hearty type quality. Classic breakfast kind of place. If you want vibe, this is the place. Coffee refills from wait-staff that call you, 'hun', decor from the 80's, 45 degree angle... more

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3.5 star rating
Downtown Deli Delight
January 24, 2013

Had heard only good things about Billy's but still took us 7 years to try it (even though I work within walking distance). Wow. Latkes - served with sour cream or home-made applesauce. Pancakes? Uses local Arva flour mixed with cornmeal. Yum. Bacon? Well, it's not Costco's and tastes like bacon should. Pastrami with cole slaw? Oh, yes please! Again,... more

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3.5 star rating
Great atmosphere, and even better food
January 24, 2013

Their homemade breakfast menu is fantastic (especially their jam), and so is their very genuine decor. Billy's definitely takes pride in the preparation of their food, and it shows as it is a cut above the rest.
Being a family owned restaurant only adds to the homey feeling as you walk in past the homemade pies in the window.
As... more

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3.5 star rating
Great for breakfast
January 24, 2013

Great for breakfast. I had some sort of skillet eggie thing, and it really hit the spot. They close at 2pm or earlier on Sundays, so make sure you get there early enough.

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3.5 star rating
A very bitter person
January 20, 2013

The food is just OK. However, the experience that my family had in this restaurant was terrible. The owner is a very sad and bitter person that treats his employees and patrons in a disrespectful way. He cannot stand any public demonstration of love and he dislike children. We felt abused by his closed-minded personality. We are not going to... more

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3.5 star rating
The Best Breakfast I Have Found In London
January 03, 2013

We eat at Billy's quite often and they never disappoint. The good is good quality and served with a smile. It is very good family run restaurant. It says Deli in name but it doesn't really strike me as what I think of as a Deli. It is really to me just a family diner with everything I have tried... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Breakfast
January 01, 2013

Every now and then we head to Billy's for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Dependably good food and service, we know what to expect and look forward to it.

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3.5 star rating
Breakfast and lunch
December 10, 2012

Sometimes a bit crowded, but a great artery clogging breakfast for some of us, and healthy things for everyone else. Don't forget lunch with the excellent pies. Keep asking them to make the lemon merangue pie - to die for.

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3.5 star rating
Great Deli Experience
December 05, 2012

They serve breakfast all day. The service is great, they have an authentic kitchy sort of decor. They have been in this location forever so they are quite busy at breakfast and lunch. The deserts are hand made on the premises and they are to die for. I loved the chocolate carrot cake.

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3.5 star rating
Not worth it
November 21, 2012

My wife and I decided to give this place a try. We sat at a corner booth and were promptly asked to move to a two-seat table because of the "busy" lunch that they were saving all the four-seat tables for...which never materialized while we were there, save a family of three that came in. This was repeated 5 more... more

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3.5 star rating
nice and simple. well done
November 02, 2012

Simple breakfast food. I had the latka omelet baked dish, and it was great. Go early, they close by 2pm on the weekend, I believe.

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3.5 star rating
Thoughtful execution
October 27, 2012

Owner is always there taking great care of everything.
All items are thoughtfully created. They have put some time into creating unique items. Homemade home-fries sauce :) Not my favorite, but the fact that they made it means that they care. Homemade strawberry jam comes free with toasts, now that's one of my favorites.

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3.5 star rating
Not Montreal Smoked Meat
October 17, 2012

Visited Billy's earlier this month on a Friday night before the hockey game at the "Budweiser Gardens" one block away. I am from Montreal and have missed Montreal smoked meat sandwiches since moving to London, so I was anxious to try a Billy's "Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich". What a disappointment! The meat tasted like something I have purchased at local... more

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3.5 star rating
Decent breakfast
October 13, 2012

It was crowded, which was a good sign of a good breakfast place. It took a while for the server to take the order and for the food to come. When the food came it was average. It was not bad but it was not great. The lack of parking, the average food and not so good service does not... more

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3.5 star rating
Not real smoked meat
October 02, 2012

I recently visited this place based on reviews from tripadvisor. I had the Montreal smoked meat sandwich and was bitterly disappointed. Having been to Montreal on numerous occasions, I am very familiar with their smoked meat. The sandwich at Billy's was a mediocre imitation at best. The meat tasted like store bought lunch meat. In fact, I think it was... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Little Hole in the Wall
September 12, 2012

If you blinked you might miss this little gem. Apparently it's been around for a while and I never knew it was even there (even though I walk by it all the time) until one of my coworkers asked me if I wanted to go to lunch there. She said it was a great place and I trust her judgement... more

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3.5 star rating
Great place
August 18, 2012

While visiting London recently, dined at Billy's on two occassions. Outstanding fare! Cozy place with two floors (although only the main floor was open when we dined there), the service is efficient and friendly. Excellent menu choice. Have the "Skillet", which coupled corned beef hash, black forest ham, bacon, eggs, shredded 'taters and cheese, with an array of sweet and... more

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3.5 star rating
Good Breakfast Place
July 25, 2012

While on a business trip yo London i ate here three times and was not disappointed once.
The menu is varied and the food is fresh an delicious
Highly recommend !!!

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3.5 star rating
Great breakfast restaurant
July 22, 2012

Reasonable prices and good food. The menu offers more interesting choices than many of the restaurants in London, e.g. potato latke breakfast, corned beef hash and eggs, as well as heuvos rancheros. I recently had the Oktoberfest sausage and eggs. The eggs were perfectly poached and the sausage spicy and dleicious and not greasy.

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3.5 star rating
Downtown breakfast and lunches
July 18, 2012

very good, and excellent pies and dessert, good atmosphere, excellent selection of breakfasts, also great dinner before Knights game Friday nights only.

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3.5 star rating
Loved Billy's
May 29, 2012

We were in London Mother's Day weekend for some sightseeing etc. We went to Billy's based on other reviews.
It was fantastic. The staff were so nice and went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect.
It was so much better than we expected. There was a little girl seated near us and she ordered pancakes, they... more

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3.5 star rating
Best breakfast in London
May 10, 2012

I can't believe I just tried this place last weekend! It was on our list for a long time....we had the special with the banana pancake and peanut butter syrup, oktoberfest sausage, potato latke, toast with the MOST delicious homemade strawberry jam!! Everything homemade! Super-friendly service too. A great diner experience in downtown London.

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3.5 star rating
A Must Visit Deli
April 27, 2012

A treasure in downtown London. Cozy and bright with a friendly on site owner and great staff. Family friendly and great for breakfast and lunch. Great deli sandwich platters, fantastic salads and homemade desserts make this a must visit deli.

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3.5 star rating
Great place for breakfast
March 22, 2012

This is a hidden gem...busy for breakfast. Fast service. Great hash browns and chili sauce.

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3.5 star rating
great breakfast spot
March 11, 2012

WOW, this is like an old school diner with so much ambience! Great breakfast food and great value! I loved it!

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3.5 star rating
Great little downtown eatery
March 08, 2012

Billy's is great for breakfast, lunch or dessert. I've had eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, soups, quiches, pies -- all of it is really good and very consistent.

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3.5 star rating
Typical diner
March 03, 2012

The food and service was what one would expect from a diner.
I would return but would be careful to whom I would refer.

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English
August 17, 2013

Billy's Downtown Deli offers these services: restaurant.

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