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Bay Cities Italian Deli

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Santa Monica
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1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
+1 310-395-8279
09:00 - 19:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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Dereham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this deli after reading a travel guide review of the sandwiches and were glad we did. Arriving with a small backpack, the security guard informed us we would need to take it off and leave it with him while ordering and then went on to ask if we had been before. When we confirmed that we hadn't, he... More 

Thank Ben H
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great deli with some high-quality foods. Bread, cheese, olives, spreads, coffee, wines and bunch of other intl' proucts. Don't feel intimidated by the mass of hungry folks. Get a number & get in line. It moves fast. The pro's behind the counter know their job so let them recommend. After you pay you can try & find... More 

Thank Chokocat
Santa Monica, California
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to assure yourself a great sandwich for lunch, this is the only place in Santa Monica that is guaranteed to be tasty. And if you are originally used to that taste of a meatball and peppers sandwich you ate at the Jersey Shore, here is the one West Coast place that can duplicate it. The upside is... More 

Thank Rich J
Santa Monica
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

A standard local go to Deli, lunch is a scene with a long line to order. Best sandwiches the godmother is the most popular. There is hot food as well. It's is also a market and Italian specialties are the best. My very favorite Italian Deli anywhere. A Santa Monica institution. Tables outside to eat. Has a parking lot too.

Thank jerseygirl90409
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

These people think they know Italian food but they're really just jokesters. Two sandwiches my friend and I had were medicore. Tuna salad tasted pre-made and old and artificial at that. Certainly not worth the wait or rude treatment by staff who give off the idea that they could care less about your patronage. Whole experience felt like I was... More 

1 Thank David B
Clovis, California
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to get a chicken Parmesan sandwich. They actually have a wide variety of prepared food and also a mini grocery store. The only problem with this it is very crowded spot, probably because it is so popular with the locals. If you are willing to wait around for about 40 minutes before you get a sandwich and some... More 

Thank gypsy_jane_forever
Oak Harbor, Washington
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

My brother recommended this place and I finally had the chance to try it out on a road trip earlier this summer. Go in and immediately take a number. It will be busy. It is always busy! Then start perusing the menu. They do have their most popular sandwiches ready made to go but I liked the experience of ordering... More 

Thank Gracie12009
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The line at lunch is crazy. Beware. Get a ticket as soon as you get there and pay attention out they will pass you up fast. The food is pretty good, but not something you call your mom to brag about. The service is really good (as long as you part attention) and if you order online it's very efficient.... More 

Thank David M
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138 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We got a godmother sandwich, chicken parm, eggplant parm and caprese sandwiches to go. Also had the cheese tortellini pesto. This deli was pretty big with lots of selection. Very busy too. A bit of a disappointment as we had heard a lot of great things. Sandwiches were big but just tasted okay and the bread was too hard.

Thank EatLaksa
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Vacationing in Los Angeles, and headed to Hollywood Bowl (which itself is a great experience). The Bowl allows you to bring own food and wine, and hotel concierge recommended Bay Cities Deli. We arrived, and were disappointed the line to get served was 20+ deep, and we would not be able to order and make the show. We bought a... More 

Thank MacungieJohn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Italian, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-8279

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

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