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D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

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6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
+1 619-265-0218
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I discovered this place many years ago. At the time it was in one small unit of a small strip mall shopping center. Now it has taken over the entire place. They're 10 times bigger than when they started, and for good reason! The food is great and it's not too expensive (not cheap either, but that's a good thing)

Thank Edward M
La Mesa, California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best matzo ball soup in SD. Only place I've found that serves real latkes. Make sure you are hungry when you arrive. Take out is excellent.

Thank csinger2017
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the second time we have been to D.Z. Akins. The first time was over the top. Best food and service we have had at a restaurant like this. This time the service was still great but the food and prices have changed. My wife had a BLTA which was served cold. But we have always had the bacon... More 

Thank smcg2nd
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the best deli for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have been going her for years and it is really the best!!

Thank Bobbie M
Broomall, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother & sister in law who live in San Diego took me & my wife there for dinner. Since we are both from the east coast we appreciate a good deli restaurant. Serving portions were very large. We both had the matzo ball soup which had also had noodles. The matzo ball was a little denser than I like... More 

Thank Robert H
San Marcos, California
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299 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son always wants to go to this restaurant when he comes into town, so since we were coming from the North County area to Balboa Park, we decided to go there for lunch. The food, service and variety of food at this deli restaurant is the best and well worth a 35 mile drive. Also their bakery is wonderful.... More 

Thank ntflady
Midland, Canada
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113 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the many years coming to San Diego, we usually come here. The portions are huge. I believe the secret here is to get the fresh roasted chicken. The fresh corned beef. You can tell if it has been cooked a day or two before. It goes from a good meal to a great meal. Here I have had WOW... More 

Thank alexandermayk
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I lived in Rancho Bernardo from 2000 to 2006 and always enjoyed visiting DZ Akins for lunch or an early dinner. In 2006, we moved to Germany and lived there for over 8 years. Recently, we had an opportunity to move back to San Diego for a new job. One of the items on our to-do list... More 

Thank David D
Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you ate at this deli every day for one year you would still not be able to try everything they offer. Great deli sandwiches, soups, salads, breads, cabbage rolls, pastries,deserts, etc. Really good pickles in crocks on each table, Great service.

Thank irritatedwithprogram
San Diego, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hot pastrami on rye sandwich was average at best. It was warm, not hot; the pastrami was tough, dry and cut too thick (not shaved). Not the tender, juicy pastrami sandwich you would expect at a Jewish delicatessen.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 20
American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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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