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256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2904
+1 617-738-3354
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2016

I experienced the worst deli food I have ever had! Roast beef and brisket and could not tell which was which - small shaved pieces with no taste. Companion had pastrami which was all dry and also tasteless. Last stop ever there!

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Thank Mebglf
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Mebglf, I appreciate you taking the time to post your review from your most recent visit. I am sorry to read that you folks had such a poor experience when you stopped in. I am typically very proud of the food we serve and the quality of what we cook, but we clearly missed the boat with both of your... More 

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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2016

One of the best hot pastrami sandwiches I've ever had! Up there with Katz's. Really fresh and flavorful meat made in-house. Can't wait to come back and try the home-made knishes. I will say that the potato salad could be improved with very little effort; cut the chunk size down a bit, add some salt and pepper, parsley and maybe... More 

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Thank CoachBrez
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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199 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2016

Staying in the Boston area for a few days, I made a few stops at Michael's deli which was just around the corner from my accommodation. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the warm welcome by the staff. Whereas other "delis" are just dime a dozen sandwich shops, I felt Michael's Deli represented the... More 

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Thank Marvyn K
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Marvyn, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others. I loved reading about your multiple visits with us while you were in town. There is no bigger compliment for us then for our food to remind you of home, it is what I strive to achieve everyday. We look forward to your return trip to Boston, we''ll... More 

Brookline, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2016

Delicious, classic foods with a fun and creative twist incorporating classic Jewish deli and Cuban tastes

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Thank cepo85
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Cepo, Thanks for taking the time to let others know of your love of the deli. I look forward to feeding you again soon. Steven More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2016

We enjoyed excellent Roumanian Pastrami, very good Corned Beef---both on a good bulkie roll---and good potato salad and pickles. Not so easy to find these days in the Boston area! Closes before the dinner hours.

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Thank Nat G
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Nat, Thanks for stopping in and for taking the time to post your review. Always happy to read about folks' love of our food. I look forward to feeding you all again soon. Thanks, Steven More 

Meriden, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2016

We happened upon Michael's Deli purely by mistake...but what a lucky find! It is a Jewish Deli that takes cash only...and it is so popular that even the Boston Firemen pull over to put in their orders!!! This is a total local place that his hidden around the corner from Trader Joe's on Beacon Street. The service was friendly, everyone... More 

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Thank steph b
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Steph B, So happy to read how you happened to find us. I always tell my kids that mistakes are just an opportunity to learn. Glad your mistake got you to try our place out. Thanks for sharing with others and I look forward to feeding you again soon. Thanks, Steven More 

miami beach
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4 reviews
Reviewed January 10, 2016

These days, there are lots of chain restaurants trying to be deli-esque but why bother with wannabe's when you can have an authentically delicious deli experience. Whenever I visit Boston, Michael's Deli is my go to place for a local fare that honestly is beyond reproach. Ask for Steven - the owner - he will be happy to share the... More 

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florida
1 review
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

This is my first time feeling the need to write a review. Traveled from vacation in Boston to Brookline after reading reviews of this restaurant. Do not be fooled! The potato pancakes were greasy and freezer burned. Heated by microwave. The eggs were cook in plastic container in the microwave. Water was cloudy. Literally the worst place I've ever eaten!

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Thank africaboundFlorida
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

AfricaBoundFlorida, Sorry to read about your experience, but I do appreciate you taking the time to review. I wish we could have resolved your experience while you were in town. Would love the chance to try to make it right the next time you happen to be travelling this way. Again, sorry for your recent experience. Thanks, Steven More 

Natick, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2015

Michael's Deli in Brookline Mass has corned beef sandwiches that rival the best NYC has to offer. The brisket is outstanding and the meat knishes remind me of the best home made ones. We purposely work schedules and appointments around Michael's hours and look forward to our visits. Very reliable. The food is always good.

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Thank Suzanne G
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Suzanne, Thanks for taking the time to share your love for our food. I am happy to read that we are an official part of your "appointment" book. I look forward to feeding you again soon. Thanks, Steven More 

Brookline, Massachusetts
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97 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2015

A native New Yorker, I've lived 50+ years in the Boston West Suburban area (Cambridge, Newton, now Brookline) searching for but not finding authentic New York City Jewish deli meats. (What Bostonians willingly accept as 'pastrami' I wouldn't even feed to a dog.) When a neighbor here told me about Michael's as a great place for genuine NYC deli I... More 

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Thank Arthur-Susan
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Arthur & Susan, Thanks for taking the advice of your neighbor and bigger thanks for sharing your recent experience with others. Always love getting compared to the tops of New York delis! I look forward to feeding you again soon, please introduce yourself to me on your next visit. Thanks, Steven More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Delicatessen
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Cash Only, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2904
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: +1 617-738-3354

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?