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734 La Playa Street, South San Francisco, CA 94121-3262
+1 415-221-2031
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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San Rafael, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Little gem of a spot - great sandwiches, super friendly staff, very accommodating for gluten free (made in house!), and my son says best pickles in the country! Stop here on your way to the beach for lunch or breakfast. Stay a few minutes and chat with the super friendly owner. 1 block off the beach. Locals tip - park... More 

Thank Abby P
Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

I found this place when searching on tripadvisor for gluten free & vegan dining. I really did enjoy the best gluten free & vegan sandwich I have ever had!! I am coeliac and so finding a gem like this was a dream! The owner was ever so helpful as although there were gluten free OR vegan sandwiches, there wasn't a... More 

Thank Laura D
Greenfield, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2016

I am not sure what was best about this restaurant. My girlfriend has some severe allergies to latex gloves as well as soy and gluten. Not only were they completely conscious to not use latex gloves, but they also are very attentive to allergies. They offered both a regular and multi-grain gluten free bread option (which completely floored my girlfriend).... More 

Thank Bill D
mattapoisett, ma
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291 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2016

What a great local place. Great service, delicious sandwiches and wonderful location right across the street from the beach. I got the Salmon and sandwich on Dutch crunch - it was delicious. Great place to grab lunch and eat on the beach!!

Thank debbythec
Birmingham AL
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2016

Kawikas Ocean Beach Deli was recommended to us by a local during our trip to San Francisco. The sandwiches were very large and flavorful. I ordered the meatball marinara, as it was the special of the day. The bread was a crusty sourdough toasted and loaded with fresh meatballs and cheese. My husband ordered a Reuben and stated it one... More 

Thank algal-12
David N, Owner at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

If you are seeking local flair, this is your place! Obviously they cater to both locals and tourists, but everyone is treated with friendly service and delicious sandwiches. And all at a very reasonable price. It's located off the beaten path and romantic dining ambience is not the specialty, but these east coast ladies were seeking a realistic west coast,... More 

Thank Lacy A
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy. It was a lovely place to walk after hiking all around Lands End. The fresh house made sourdough bread was amazing!

Thank Aubrey L
Paris, France
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1,433 reviews
1,157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

small, easygoing place just a block from the beach - a lot of sandwiches, made to order, and some salads - all nicely prepared to go if you feel like having it by the water (with fresh, crispy sand by windy day...)

Thank Scipion-Paris
Edmonton, Canada
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225 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is not dining but it is a great place to stop for lunch after an oceanfront walk. We simply happened onto the deli and were impressed by the freshly made sandwiches. Everyone (we were 6) had a different sandwich and everyone raved about it. Really friendly staff as well.

Thank albertasn0wbird
Saint Louis, Missouri
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130 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2015

After spending the morning enjoying the Land's End area, we headed to Kawika's for lunch. There were restaurants that were closer to Land's End but after reading the reviews and the cost of the meals we decided to go a little further. The food was delicious, the service was very quick and the people were friendly. Would highly recommend.

Thank Holdosh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $10
American, Seafood, Greek, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 734 La Playa Street, South San Francisco, CA 94121-3262
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-221-2031
We believe in neighborhood traditions. That’s why, as long time area residents, we’re thrilled to be the owners of The Ocean Beach Deli, building on a 30-year tradition of great food and a friendly atmosphere in San Francisco’s beautiful Ocean Beach community near Kelly Cove. We offer premium sandwiches using original family recipes, while expanding the menu with new offerings such as gluten free options, healthy salads and quality wines by the glass or the bottle. Just one block from the beach, with free parking nearby, we invite you to connect with neighbors and friends while enjoying our premium deli delights. Join us during Happy Hour for wine tastings, live music and book readings, fundraisers and special guest speakers!

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