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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%
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“pastrami” (32 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (19 reviews)
“sandwiches” (53 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

Top quality!! We have eaten there many times. Plenty of food for the buck plus they have the Jewish pastry and gift shop in site.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank CriticalAdvisor
Reviewed January 10, 2018

I came to California from my home in Maine, bringing along a cold I just could not shake. We had planned to meet up with some friends that had moved to the area, and they too had come down with a cold. I suggested maybe...More

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank DJ-USA
Reviewed December 3, 2017

This is an excellent Jewish Deli and definitely worth a visit. The food is excellent and the service is dependable as expected. The place is huge and very busy. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank jmbakulich
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Food is the traditional deli fare with pages of choices making s selection difficult. Service is efficient and employees are helpful and friendly. Ha e been there several times before and the quality and quantity of food is good and never fails to make the...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank faycassi
Reviewed November 9, 2017

My wife and I stopped by DZ Akins for a late lunch. We weren't overly hungry so we decided to share a corned beef, cabbage and potato plate, knowing that the portions are humongous. We were first served with our choice of soup. Our favorite...More

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank David D
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Every time we make it to San Diego we have to come here. True delicatessen in every way. Love the chop liver. Don’t believe the half sandwich and soup. Huge whole sandwich with part crust cut off one end. 😋. Then the deserts are delicious...More

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank 225janf
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

Hands down the best Jewish Delicatessen in San Diego. I always order the corned beef Reuben. They have all the favorites. You have to stop at the bakery at the end of the meal. I love their sprinkle cookies and hamentashen. Yum!!!

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank EmilymadridB
Reviewed October 9, 2017

This is the best traditional deli in San Diego. While some consider it a bit pricy, you get what you pay for. The food is fresh. Everything tastes good. And, the menu is almost as long as a Michner novel. Be prepared to take home...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank AlandDiane
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Was told it’s the best Jewish deli in town.. well San Diego is hurting then. I find it OVERPRICED and only mediocre food. Giant portions of bland chicken sandwich or soup is still bland. Pancakes are under done, salad was $13 for a giant bowl...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank marshallk36
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

I suggest this places to def. Eat!! The service is good/ Breakfast and lunch has been delicious to me. The pies are good also. Check them out, you wont be disappointed.....................

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Paddi D
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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
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, 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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