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$9 - $15
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American, Deli
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0.2 miles from Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

This place is really small. There are not a lot of places to sit but I got one. I had the club sandwich. It was great. The people were nice and it’s in a cool area of town.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

This is a small downtown institution. It's a tiny joint. There are a few tables. The grill and counter take up most of the shop. It's packed with locals. There is no dedicated parking so you may need to look around a bit. The pastrami...sandwich was good. A decent offering featuring lean meat. It's a fun restaurant and one worthy of a return visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

What a great selection. After finding this on DDD, we went in and the service and more importantly, the food, was excellent. I had the pastrami and cheese, wife had corned beef. Will not leave you hungry at all. The place is small, but we...had no problem getting an inside table. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

Went to courthouse and a policeman told us of this place. 4 tables and 4 seats at the bar. Had to wait. Got the pastrami and cheese my wife got the Italian. Pastrami was hot, bread was toasted. A little greasy but it was good....If you don’t have to wash your hands after, was it juicy? Italian had good flavor on a nice roll, but pretty standard for a good sandwich. Does not come with anything. You will have to order a side if you want fries or onion rings. A block and a half west of the courthouse. Worth the walk, worth the wait.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

Would do a 2.5 if possible. Home of one of the weirdest dining experiences ever. The woman taking our order was clearly in training. So we will give her mistake a pass since we have all been there, right? We placed an order for Norton’s...salad, Ncheese steak and chili cheese pastrami fries. Cheese steak and salad arrived first. Cheesesteak goes to my spouse and salad for me. Avocado falls off my plate and onto the table. Server proceeds to pick it up with his bare hands and PUT IT BACK ON MY SALAD. Dude, NoOoOooo! Unacceptable. Horrible. Unsanitary. What’s worse? Manager is standing behind him. Watching. Says nothing. Watches me take the avocado off my plate. So back to the salad. Tiny, like, you could get a bigger side salad from a fast food joint, tiny. Also their most expensive. Meat (chicken and bacon) was delicious but portion was tiny. Not worth the money. Really expected more from the salad and nasty avocado. Pastrami chili cheese fries, great. Philly cheesesteak, awesome. Will I eat here again? Nah. If they are that unsanitary in front of me I don’t wanna know what the behind the scenes is like.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019

Based on a strong recommendation from our tour guide, especially as to the in-house made corn beef, we sought out this deli. As you enter, the grill is immediately to your right. You can reach out and touch the cook! A few steps in and...you order at the small counter. Seating is limited—perhaps 4 or five tables and five seats at the counter. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Wouldn’t matter if they were ogres, the pastrami and corn beef are that good. Each meat has its own distinct taste—your senses fight over experiencing the flavors. Not to be ignored, the sourdough bread stands out in both texture and aroma. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had anywhere and I never miss a chance to try a new deli. The manager dropped by to make sure we were enjoying our meal. He actually asked probing questions and listening to our comments. No mystery why Norton’s has been successful for so many years.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

Heard about this place on dives, drive ins, and eateries. Definitely lived up to expectations. Pastrami was wonderful. My daughter was happy with a grilled cheese while my wife had a chicken sandwich with gluten free bread. All happy. Would love to return for a...philly.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

Ever just want a really good sandwich that you didn't have to make yourself? Well, this is the place! I love their sandwich selection and how they fix them. My favorite is a whole Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye with mustard. I'm not halfing anything...with these mouth-watering delights. The meat is tender and the bread fresh. I try to save half of the sandwich for lunch the next day, but it calls my name from the fridge and says, 'come eat me' and most times, I do. And the 'real deal' Pastrami sandwich with au juice dip ... dayam!! Smack me, please. Just perfection. Oh yeah, and they come with pickles...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

I was recently in Santa Barbara for an appointment and looked on TripAdvisor to find a good place for lunch. I landed on Norton's and decided to give it a try due to the great reviews. It is a hole in the wall, but I've...found many times these are the best places to go. Norton's is known for their pastrami and have an impressive menu. My dad ordered one of the many pastrami options and I had a Turkey sandwich. Both were delicious and loaded with meat! I'm glad I ordered half a sandwich or I may have gone into a food coma! I actually asked the waitress, "didn't I order a half"? She laughed and said they get that a lot. I will definitely be back and highly recommend Norton's to anyone!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

My wife and I visited Nortons Deli for lunch and were not disappointed. The pastrami sandwich was outstanding and my wife loved her pastrami hot dog. We sat at the counter and enjoyed watching all the action from the cooks and servers. Place is small...so it can be hard to find a seat but the food is worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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