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D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

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6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
+1 619-265-0218
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our food was average at best. Still trying to figure out why the fried matzoh looked like and tasted like a plate of eggs, with virtually no matzah. Same for the latkes, why so little actual potato. Hard to justify the high prices for that quality. Sorry DZ.

Thank ltarmo5
Toledo, Ohio
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling for business & stumbled upon this deli. I was very excited to try this deli based on the reviews and it's been a while since I last had good Jewish style deli food. I went for lunch on a Sunday & this place was packed! I was seated pretty quickly & ordered a combination corned beef/pastrami sandwich... More 

Thank Peter K
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most people in San Diego knows about DZ Akins, if you go or went to SDSU (I like did) you know about DZ Akins, the portion are HUGE and very easy to make 2 meals, perfect for a student on a budget. Today I go back because the food is incredible, service is quick and the portions are still HUGE.... More 

Thank tferdaise
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

I had the mushroom chicken with Kashi. This was a waiter recommendation that was spot on. The chicken was juicy and cut with my fork. My friends small chicken salad was more than most and his wife's breakfast was just as ordered.

Thank Stacheck
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Great food! We are always with a large family group. There is something for everyone on the menu. Substitutions and sharing ok. You won't believe how varied the menu is. It can be busy on special occasions with a small wait, ~15 min.

Thank Robert T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Really fantastic service. Menu is most likely the largest in town. Had one of my favorites breakfast for lunch. Lox and cream cheese omelette. I have had quite a few things on the menu. I have not been disappointed with any choice. Nice bakery with breads cookies hot food to take home. Parking lot is small but getting there early... More 

Thank Robert C
La Mesa, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Great food and friendly servers. Always see a friend or neighbor. Then take desert home, or a bagel.

Thank patriciasmith91941
Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

Large deli with large menu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. I went with a sandwich and my colleague had a salad. Salads are huge and very good. Sandwich choices a little limited for vegetarian, but they have a nice cheese sandwich on rye. Good onion rings. Definitely worth a try again.

Thank Hitcher84
Burnsville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

This has become one of my favorite places to eat when I am in La Mesa. The food is delicious, the deli sandwiches huge and amazing, and the bakery has so many yummy offerings that you will not go away hungry. My mouth is watering just thinking of this place. It is busy, so be patient. Pass the time in... More 

Thank Mootheart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

Great deli. Delicious great Reuben's Great service. Cannot wait to go back next time I'm in San Diego

Thank Margo P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $20
American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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
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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