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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 December 29, 2010

Four of us stopped here for lunch and couldn't believe how bad the food was. The place was very busy and seemed very popular, which we didn't understand after we ate our food. Everything we order was poor and the corned beef sandwich was very...More

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Reviewed February 23, 2010

My wife and I ate at DZ Akins based on a recommendation from the manager of the hotel we stayed at. These were our observations: -The restaurant, a Jewish deli, offers a wonderful breakfast with an extensive menu. -My wife had an omelette, which she...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2008

Excellent corned beef!

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Reviewed September 13, 2008

BIG SERVINGS - Good Jewish/Deli Food

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Reviewed July 27, 2008

Good Kreplach soup, great Deli sandwiches, fun diner atmosphere

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Reviewed July 12, 2008

Huge menu. Reasonable price. Good deli food. Not much of an atmosphere.

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Reviewed July 6, 2008

Best of San Diego, closes too early!

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Reviewed February 16, 2008

I won't even waste my time writing the many, many reasons why this place is a "NY Deli Scam" and serves horrible tasting food. I can't believe anyone gives this place more than a one star rating. I'm from NYC and I almost died when...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2008

Casual Jewish grub. The sandwiches are good. The service is average. The interior could use a little make over. I'm torn between DZ and Miltons.

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Reviewed January 26, 2008

The only worthy Jewish Delicatessen in town. Kick-a-- bakery.

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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, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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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