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US$ 11 - US$ 35
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American, Deli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 24 June 2021 via mobile

Some really wonderful. Dishes with a few almost ones. Generally a great spot fir real old fashioned deli with a new look. The brisket is fantastic snd the spices used enhance old staid dishes. It changed hands snd just bit the same vibe although they...are the best in the area. A little stingy with their pickles but all else is good. A personal favorite of mine snd first visit in almost two yearsMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 November 2020

My husband and I live in Reno, but are originally from Philadelphia. There we had a choice of many delis that served delicious corned beef. Our son moved to Berkeley recently and we visited him this week. Before we left Berkeley to come home, we...ordered a half pound of corned beef and a rye bread, so we could make sandwiches at home. Because of CoVid, we had to order by phone, pay, and pick up the wrapped food. Unfortunately, we didn't unwrap it until we arrived back in Reno. The rye was not like east coast rye. It was dry and overbaked. When we unwrapped the corned beef, we were horrified. We had never seen such thick slices of very fatty deli meat. Deli workers back east had taught us that you should layer deli meat onto sandwiches with folds, which would trap air and enhance flavor. This is impossible with such thick slices. My husband called to complain, and the worker claimed that it was fatty on purpose, and that warming it would make it juicy and tender. Hah! We trimmed and warmed the meat, and all we got was a fatty, gristly sandwich. It was such a disappointment at $16 for half of a pound.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 25 February 2020 via mobile

Saul’s has been a fixture on Shattuck Ave. for decades. I’ve enjoyed very good food there, but have had my share of disappointments. A Ruben sandwich, shared with my husband last week, was in the latter category. Admittedly, I do not appreciate meat fat as...much as others. Homemade pastrami varies in the proportion of fat to meat, and I was served a sandwich with what seemed to be vast quantities of the cream colored, greasy stuff. I did try to eat it, but it won the war. Two days later, I learned that Saul’s will be under new management soon. I hope they give serious thought and attention to the pastrami.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Peter L, Owner at Saul's Restaurant and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2021

Peggy Thanks for trying. We stand by our pastrami with some pride- yes it is the fatty kind of pastrami. Try corned beef next time- which is easier to obtain lean. BTW same management as the last 34 years.

Reviewed 1 January 2020

I was looking forward to eating at a jewish deli, since I had not done so for years. Based upon the reviews, this was going to be good. Not so much. I had the hot pastrami and corned beef sandwich and was disappointed. I guess...I should have set a lower expectation.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Peter L, Owner at Saul's Restaurant and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2021

William Sorry you didnt enjoy Thanks for trying Peter

Reviewed 24 December 2019

Just to start, Saul's has never been comparable to any of the great delis, such as Katz' or the old Carnegie or Stage Delis in New York, or Brent's, Langer's, or even Canter's in Los Angeles, but it's been worth a visit. Over the last...few years, it has been declining in every way. The food went from decent, to serviceable, to OK, to meh, and now it's just not good. The food does not taste anything like kosher style foods, and while there are some decent menu items, most are either barely passable or worse, and some are inedible and need to be sent back. Beyond the food, the service has also been in steady decline. Meals come out haphazardly, orders are wrong, and some things have to be asked for and don't come until you're almost finished. But, the prices are still deli prices, that means high. For some reason, the wait can be very long to get in--last time we were told 20-30 minutes, but it ended up being close to an hour, however that will not be an issue for me, this last visit will be my last visit.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Peter L, Owner at Saul's Restaurant and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2021

Sorry to lose you valleyblue Maybe covid has had an effect on matters, yet expectations remained the same Just perhaps? Hope you find it in yourself to give us another try Peter

Reviewed 21 December 2019 via mobile

Gosh, an actual deli. It makes this old New Yorker wanna cry. There’s a very extensive menu, and while there for breakfast this time, I’ve been for dinner once (a few years ago) and lunch many times. Good pastrami sandwiches on actual rye ( not...quite as loaded as some famous delis but still large). I really liked the potato knishes The cheesecake is also very good ( and in a style very similar to Junior’s in NYC). We liked the whitefish salad, too. Good job, folks!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 22 November 2019

We stopped at Saul's for lunch at 11am on a Sunday and had a 45 minute wait. Afterwards I found out that we could have ordered food from the take-out counter and eaten it on the patio. Given the number of young children we had...with us, this would have been preferable for us. After sitting down, I ordered a half sandwich and soup. I ordered the chicken liver sandwich and matzo ball soup. I made my sandwich a "special" which adds Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing. When I first received my sandwich, it didn't come out as a special, but the second my waitress circled around she noticed this right away and had it fixed. The soup was flavorful and the matzo ball texture was good. The sandwich was delicious. Possibly the best sandwich I've had this year and I craved this sandwich for the whole next week. Overall, I would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 18 October 2019 via mobile

Nice old fashioned American diner Good menu but no pork as Jewish based Expect to pay about $20 for a main course

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2019

My primary critique - it isn't hamish (homey) enough. Deli goes gourmet - the pastrami tasted like corned beef and the waitress wasn't sure what pastry was a harmenstashen. The bread and meats are delicious and owners can be proud of the quality - but...the prices are on the high side, the meat isn't stacked as in NYC, and they probably could use someone's grandma walking around making it a bit more authentic and cozy.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2019

This shouldn't be that hard...but apparently it is. I've looked for a genuine Jewish Deli in the Bay Area for a very long time. Apparently I didn't look that hard because this place has been operating in Berkeley since 1986. (Two years after I moved...to the Bay Area from Chicago). I won't go through a list of what's there. If it's something you've been missing for a long time....and the other places you found had something good, but it wasn't the same...then this is the place for you. This is what corned beef needs to taste like and you don't have to fly two to three time zones away. Sable, whitefish spread, smoked fish. It's not cheap. Nothing really worth having is. It's just nice to know it's there.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Saul's Restaurant and Deli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5