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D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
+1 619-265-0218
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“pastrami” (32 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (19 reviews)
“sandwiches” (53 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Easily the best deli in San Diego, and maybe California. Definitly a must do, great food, great atmosphere, great service, highly recommended! Whenever we are in San Diego, this is one of tne places we always go. Wife grew up in SD, and she came...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank retiepz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit in many years and continues to please in every way.? Great staff and Hugh portions of very tasty food. Service was great and the food is the best. Always a great time. Hope it doesn’t take as long to get back next time.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Gwinginit
Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you're looking for a breakfast place with plentiful servings, a huge legacy of celebrity visitors, great ongoing popularity with locals, and all at a reasonable price, you've found it. Plus, on your way out, visit the bakery. Whoa. This was a my second visit,...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Erik O
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Good sandwiches and salads you can find anywhere, but it's hard to find good soup. Cabbage soup is one of those items that is really, really hard to find. Most times, you get some version of tomato soup. But DZA had the best recipe anywhere...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bonnie R
Reviewed October 17, 2018

The menu is extensive. The food is plentiful and tasty. The waitstaff is friendly and hardworking. The parking is a bit of a challenge.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JanKnee
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

I must admit when it comes to delis that I've eaten at I've been to some of the best-Katz's in NYC, Wise Sons in San Francisco and my beloved Brent's in Northridge so let me cut right to the chase...this place is very good but...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sid k
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Have eaten here dozens of times in years past and we never come away disappointed. Some of the best fried chicken in the San Diego area, and especially good with the waffles.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank William C
Reviewed September 26, 2018

This spot has a great menu and all delicious. We stop here for breakfast and lunch often. Home made pickles on the table are great. I love the friendly service and very clean. The pastrami sandwich is huge and delicious. Home made soups and their...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Ed L
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went here on September 22nd for our 11th year wedding anniversary. We usually go to another restaurant but we decided to try a new place and so glad that we did. This place is amazing! We went at a good time...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Lacey Crazdwrit... G
Reviewed August 28, 2018

So, the service was excellent from servers who probably have been at it for years and want to please. Breakfast was very good; my husband had a "Benedict Bagel" and I figured I should order the corned beef hash since a deli should be a...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank suejon14
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Sorry this took so long. Their portions are large. Dinner options might be a little more than $12-15. It will be worth it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 619-265-0218
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Established in 1980 D. Z. Akin's has been a San Diego institution since they first opened their doors back in 1980 and is still a family run business spanning 3 generations. From the Menu: "D.Z. stands for the two of us, Debi and Zvika Akin. Having lived in Los Angeles, we frequented many good delicatessens and knew that San Diego was in need of one. Considering how we both enjoyed cooking, and how even our first date revolved around a bowl of chopped liver, we decided to pack our bags, move to San Diego and take a stab at cooking for starved delicatessen lovers. With only a small budget, good old-fashioned recipes, the courage to experiment, hard work and long hours, 'D.Z. Akin's' came to be. We made a commitment to ourselves that we would never compromise on quality and we would fill our plates high with the finest delicatessen available... With the help of wonderful customers and perseverance, we became, beyond our greatest expectations, a thriving business."
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