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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (30 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (17 reviews)
“sandwiches” (49 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I found this place by chance in November 2017, have been going back ever since. Great food, pricey, but worth it. Staff are wonderful. Must if in the area. Recommend pastrami on onion roll. Bakery top notch!

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Astoundingly full menu, but okay, I am confessing that the hot pickled tongue sandwich is my favorite. Ordering it might make your table partners blanch, but there it is. When it arrives, it just looks like a sandwich, a simply delicious sandwich. That said, there...More

Thank KatrinkaSD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only a few classic Jewish Delis are left and this is one of them. The portions and prices are what you would expect. If we were in New York my rating would be one star less but we aren't. I've eaten hear a lot and...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, I'm not Jewish, but a Chinese guy. But that doesn't prevent me from coming here over and over again. Here are why: - Unique and fun location and decors. The owners spent quite some time and fun ideas on the decor. So...More

Thank Alex L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great place for lunch. A Little pricey, but the meal tasted good. Gets crowded at lunch time, so plan accordingly...

Thank taylormade356
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic! We ordered their brisket sandwich. They are so big, we split the food. The potato salad & coleslaw are just two of the delicious choices on the side dish list.(and they are good) Their Barley w/mushroom soup is fabulous! Their prices are reasonable for...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 4 March 2018

A go-to place for locals and to take out-of-town guests. The menu is extensive and the portions are huge. Homemade soups, fresh fixings for salads, and high-quality meats in the sandwiches are just the beginning. We've been customers for years and have never been disappointed...More

Thank ChuckBrownSV
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

I sometimes will get soup to go for friends that are under the weather, nothing like some homemade chicken noodle to cure you. Or if I’m eating in I love a good old grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and DZ makes one of the best....More

Thank lamesan2014
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

That’s soup and sandwich combination was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed by both myself and my friend The service was exceptional and the timeliness of our food order also outstanding

Thank Rosemary A
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, super juicy pastrami on rye and great green salad. Also shared a piece of plain NY Style cheesecake, and it was great! Would come back here again and again to try the entire menu! Thanks DZ, I am thrilled when I eat here!

Thank danielamasucci
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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
US$ 11 - US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, 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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