About Us

Classic and Unexpected Deli Fare. Family-owned and operated traditional deli in the South End of Winnipeg. A must-go all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant serving the classics.

Bernstein’s makes old-fashioned homemade comfort food, which these days, is hard to find! We pride ourselves on a welcoming deli culture and nostalgia for good quality homemade food. Fresh baking is brought in daily from Gunn’s Bakery & City Bread, & we can bring in anything you like from those local businesses. Imported South African grocery items are carried, with special orders brought in every few months.



Since we opened our doors on February 1, 1985, Bernstein’s Deli has been a home for Winnipeggers eager to get a nostalgic deli meal.

Founding owner and Bernstein’s matriarch Marla became known for her classic holiday catering and variety of delicious soups, making Bernstein’s a staple in Winnipeg’s River Heights Community. 30 years later, we maintain those old family recipes while continually working on new creations to serve up to our loyal customers. Our reputation has not only been built on our signature deli fare, but even more importantly, our personalized customer service and homey atmosphere.

Oldest son Aaron joined the family business in November 2012. He brings with him an Engineering background with 4 years of consulting experience primarily in project management with local Aerospace firm Emteq. Aaron has injected a new energy into the business with a larger staff to provide better customer service and expanded hours. Experienced Head Chef Michael Fardoe has also been added to our crew, he works predominantly in the restaurant.

We have expanded our repertoire over the past few years to cater to modern tastes and dietary requirements with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. We have also re-imagined deli food with our updated riffs on the classics, such as the Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwich, Big Quinoa Salad, Chicken (Fingers) & ‘Waffles’ (Pancakes), Potato Latke Fries and other tasty creations. Along with the start of the Winnipeg Jets hockey season, in collaboration with The Illegal Curve Hockey Show on youtube, we have introduced The Illegal Curve Sandwich. Also, as of September 1st, 2015 we have our liquor license so you can pair an ice cold brewski, wine or vodka with your favourite deli fare.

The aromas in the store are always enticing and ever-changing with all of the soups made from scratch along with many deli meats, dips, shmears, meatballs, gefilte fish, potato latkes, chopped liver and much more.

Our Staff

Some of them may not have been born a Bernstein, but they’re a Bernstein now. Our family.


Head Chef / Honourary Bernstein


Runs Show / Prodigal Son


Founder / Mother / Retired / Still stops by to shmooze