DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dgsdelicatessen.com/
  • Phone: 2022934400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:30pm
    Sunday 5:00 -9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily 4-7 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Eastern European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Robinson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: catering available for information e-mail us at events@dgsdelicatessen.com
  • Special Events: Check our website for seasonal events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Street NW, south of Dupont Circle
  • Public Transit: Red line DuPont Circle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9:45 $9
A word from DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.
Chef Brian Robinson takes inspiration from the classic delicatessen, while pushing the cuisine in a new and exciting direction. DGS offers 8 day house cured pastrami & corned beef, reubens, handmade pierogis & matzo ball soup, house cured cold smoked salmon.
DGS believes that delicatessen, German for good eats, comes from the soul of the old World Jewish kitchen. In that spirit, DGS brines, cures, smokes and pickles everything served on premises.
Beverage Director Brian Zipin crafted a beer, wine and cocktail menu amplifying the bold flavors of the delicatessen.

**Please note: Saturday & Sunday Brunch tables are Walk In only**
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
DGS Delicatessen reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (53)great for lunch (50)good for groups (24)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (14)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (10)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Good, could be great
    jid963
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went for an early dinner on a Sunday evening and the place was empty. Started with the Pierogis and Potato Latkes, both of which were really good. My wife got the Andrea's Delight, which was great, and I got the Roast Beef, which was a joke. $14 for a cold cut sandwich with a few tiny slices of Roast Beef, served with no sides is almost insulting. We also got the Pastrami von Frieberg which I'd highly recommend. We finished with the donuts which were good, but not great. All in all there was a lot to like, except for the joke of a sandwich that I ordered.
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  • Classic Deli with a Twist
    dctravel
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my third time eating at DGS. It is also the first time I have not had their excellent, self brined corned beef, which is excellent. This time, I had a smoked turkey sandwich with chopped liver and coleslaw. It was awesome. The chopped liver was the right balance of salty and savory and complemented the turkey well, especially on their great rye bread. I also started with a watermelon, feta, and tomato salad that was fresh and flavorful. The experience was topped off by their excellent local beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DGS a fun place to meet friends
    DGSaugust14
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    For a relatively early dinner on a weekday night, DGS easily accommodated a group of 7 old friends who wanted to get together and catch up. The service was friendly and efficient. There were intriguing beverages on the menu, both alchoholic and non (pomegranate and ginger soda). The menu offered a hip take on traditional deli food. Meat eaters appreciated the amount of corned beef and pastrami in the sandwiches. Vegetarians enjoyed a variety of choices including a falafel platter and an eggplant Reuben sandwich. Some of us made a meal of appetizers like corn kreplach and brussels sprouts roasted with grapes and shallots. An altogether fun and relaxing place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feh
    BorincanoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    DGS is on the Washingtonian's Top 100. Shocking! Our appetizers, the brussels sprouts and corn kreplach, were terrific. If only we had gotten up at that moment! My wife ordered a roast beef sandwich, I ordered the fried chicken. Her sandwich ($15) looked like something you'd get wrapped in plastic in an airport convenience store. The beef was an unidentifiable color and didn't look like a deli sandwich I've gotten anywhere else. Chintzy, and bland. Worse was my fried chicken, which is served in a cast iron skillet. It was the greasiest chicken I've ever eaten, which was only made worse by the presentation, with a puddle of grease on the bottom of the skillet. The latkes were basically greaseballs held together by potato. Just terrible.
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  • Pricey, average
    MelissaMVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ordered two sandwiches and then fries when we realized that nothing came with them, aside from a pickle. Food was pricey, considering how simple it was. It came out very quickly, which almost made it seem as if we were at an overpriced deli. In the future I'll stick to DGS for happy hour only, and get my sandwich fix at Stachowski's which has a better bang for the buck and is tastier!
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  • Foodie Deli
    ComptoirVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    DGS won't disappoint if you want well-made food whose roots are in an old fashioned deli. The brick on brick interior makes for a very noisy room when full.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and service!
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went to DGS on a Tuesday night and my boyfriend and I cleaned all our plates. Ordered the Reuben, Burger with a fried egg, and the bread pudding. All I highly recommend. The best Reuben I've ever had and plan to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and drink, but lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was well prepared and tasty and seemed authentic, and the sodas and egg creams were also creative and well made. But the place just didn't provide a comfortable dining experience. The service was spotty even though the place was not full, the furnishing are sparse (and the metal chairs are cold) and there's just not any... warmth. Hoped there would have been more on the menu - it's small if you're thinking traditional deli.
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  • Limited menu
    Yoni
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Yes, it's a deli, but it's 2014, so there should be more vegetarian/fish options. Also a little pricey. And very loud. But has a trendy vibe.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really like this place
    SoupySales
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A co-worker and I went here for lunch during Restaurant Week. The RW menu included any soup or salad, any sandwich, and dessert. Other appetizers & entrees were $3 extra. We ordered the Brussels sprouts (upcharge, but a must), fries (not the covered fries), the roast beef sandwich, and the tongue gyro. For dessert, we had the cheesecake and the chocolate bread pudding. They were out of the banana split already, and it was only 1 p.m. All were excellent, except the cheesecake, which was more custardy than cheesecakey and a bit too sweet for me. Service was fast and friendly. The tables are a little too close together, and I checked "special occasion" because it's a bit pricey for an everyday lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Delicious
    IlanVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been coming to DGS for a while now, and although the crowds seem to have moved on to the next new thing in the neighborhood, the food and service are still phenomenal. Don't come expecting the usual deli experience--this is more of an up-scale neighborhood restaurant or bistro feel. My only complaint is that the portion size for the corned beef sandwich and reuben appears to have shrunk since I first started coming. Probably better for my waistline, though. Can't recommend this place highly enough for a casual but delicious meal and great comfort food. Drink options, including beer and wine by the glass, are also surprisingly great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, experience was weird
    tawl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I went after a movie and had a reservation for 8:00. We got there a little early (7:53) and the place had a lot of empty tables so we were seated immediately. The meal moved so quickly --- we walked out a little after 8:30, so it all seemed very rushed. However, the food was delicious --- one of the best sandwiches I have ever had and the watermelon/tomato/feta salad was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I brought out of town relatives to DGS, which I've thoroughly enjoyed at lunch time. Although our waiter asked 6 times if I wanted to order a cocktail while we looked at the menu, once we'd ordered, we might have well been in a self serve location. My niece had to send her rib eye back twice (medium rare arrived dripping blood the first time, and rare the second time) - not via our waiter, but via whatever waitstaff we could grab. The second time it came back too red, we again had a hard time finding our waiter - and since the rest of us had almost finished dinner - also had to convince him to bring something else for her with relative speed. When the teenager at the table is unhappy, so are all of the grown ups!
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  • Taking Deli Food to New Heights
    BigEater
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten at DGS a few times and have always had a great meal. This time was no different. The pastrami hash was phenomenal. As much as I like to try new things each time I go, it will be hard not to order the pastrami hash again the next time I go to DGS. The brussel sprouts were also outstanding. The combination with the grapes was fantastic! This was an all around excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • closest thing to a real deli in DC
    cageyleftyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nice to have DGS in Dupont Circle, as another food option. The matzo ball soup didn't do much for me, but the Pastrami sandwich was very good. It's a bit pricey, but that's DC. Will go back sometime and check on their progress. Good luck!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Deli for a Classic Ruben
    PerfNightOut
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you are a fan of classic rubens, DGS is definitely worth a try. But be warned, their sandwiches are not on the cheap side. They range from $13 and up, side not included. So expect to shell out a little more moola, but know that you are paying for quality. Service was excellent and the joint overall is relaxing and looks great with the exposed brick.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food , sound out of control
    Daniele
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It is a really great place to eat with the usual friendly service and a level of noise at the first floor out of control and missing pictures on the menu( or at least a better description)-
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    neighborhood gem
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  • NotAChefVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Best deli in DC. Best pastrami and corned beef. But be warned, it is so loud upstairs that you'll be screaming to talk.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Just not what I had hoped. The matzo ball soup was flavorless, and served at room temperature (the matzo ball was good though). The pastrami had no texture or "bite" to it. It was like biting into a pat of butter (and it tasted of butter since the rye it came on was toasted with butter. The chocolate babka had some potential, but it was served too hot. The server was pleasant enough, but she neglected to inform us of the specials, and took dishes away before we were finished.
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  • DELICIOUS
    DubC
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything here is so good... Jewish soul food with a slightly upscale bent. The schmutzy fries are ridiculously good, and the fried chicken is to die for. The potato latkes are probably the best I've had in years. And the halupkis? Always good, although this time I thought the greens the filling was wrapped in were a little tough, and the filling drier than I remember. Overall, still great flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, noisy at first floor
    Daniele
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The guys are really fiendly and attentive. Unusual for DC.The food is good and diifferent from the usual boring menu. The nois elevel at the first floor is horrible. Still they lack pictures of menu : paltes are really difficult to guess, due to the unusual menu.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place few improvements needed
    Daniele
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I woudl add pictures to the menu: the plates are quite unusual and a better description is needed. Great service and food: my compliments
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood favorite
    bigfootdc
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food and service are consistently first rate. Every effort is made to accommodate special requests. Hostess was apologetic on a recent visit when our favorite table we had requested when making our reservation was not yet available; we chose another table rather than wait. But we didn't mind because she was so pleasant about it. New menu items are delightful. It's a fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Huge portions and happy servers!
    MamaPooh
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Amazing pastrami sandwich! French fries to die for-- yogurt sauce is a must try! Best all was the babka bread pudding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats
    JRS39VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Been there a number of times and always have the chopped liver--outstanding. However $6 for a plate of pickles no way. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly Amazing, with One Exception
    CitygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Most of the food here is absolutely wonderful -- authentic, fresh and unique. It's a fun, casual spot for dinner or drinks and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. There is only one item on the menu that's an epic fail -- the smoked salmon nachos. The combination of waffle fries, salmon, tomatoes, onions, horseradish and guac was a major mismatch -- and the presentation (two giant, ugly mounds of horseradish and guac unceremoniously dumped all over the salmon, making it nearly inedible) was downright troubling. You can't go wrong with ANYTHING else on the menu, but avoid this item at all costs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Delicious food, fine service. All in all, a great option.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really wanted to like it...
    GourmandeVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Extremely disappointing, except chick-dill-a which I'd eat again. I tried 2 drinks with house infused vodkas (shiksa & schmoozer); none of the flavors came through--really wondered if they forgot the alcohol. For happy hour, I also had pastrami von frieberg and was disappointed by the poor quality of the pastrami, which didn't work well as a chili; both the meat and kidney beans stood dryly apart. Still hoping DGS would redeem itself, I ordered potato latkes and gnocchi mac n cheese. To my horror, the latkes came out with a disgusting charred casing that looked like crushed ramen. Gnocchi was salty and unmemorable -- we left it uneaten. Plus, insult to injury, the waiter kept trying to up-sell us, though we spent $60 for 2 on Monday night.
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  • Get the latkes!
    CranberriesVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The latkes are terrific and if the menu items are a little glamorous for a deli, that's part of the fun.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    Mshell24VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Ordered the Reuben which was delicious but it didn't come with fries or any side which I thought made it a bit pricey at 13$. The decorations were great and the ambience was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post Happy Hour Find
    MAMc
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We randomly came across this place after a Friday evening happy hour in Dupont--and it truly was a great find. We were seated immediately although we showed up a few minutes before our actual reservation time. We started with the gnocchi mac n' cheese as an appetizer; it was so delicious we ended up saving the little skillet it came in just so we could dip our sandwiches in the sauce later. The eggplant reuben was perfectly warm and the bread nice and toasty...it didn't come with any sort of side, which was fine because the sandwich itself was quite filling. I would most definitely return to DGS, and I'm looking forward to trying brunch there in the upcoming summer months.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Comfort food
    iwillpass
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Not the healthiest or lightest fare, but very yummy and satisfying. Good service too!
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not overly impressed
    averyhp
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was just alright but definitely way overpriced. Corned Beef was more Irish style than Jewish style and the pickle appetizer was very small. As a Jewish person that grew up in Baltimore with a array of authentic deli's.....this did not impress.
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  • the woman at checl in bad.food good
    Daniele
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The woman at check in bad and the noise unbelievable. Food and service great as usual. Prices excessive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Meal!!
    falllschurchfoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first visit to DGS and have been wanting to go since it opened. We were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. The pastrami and corned beef were the BEST we have ever had. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Want to love it but just can't
    foodiedcgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    So loud you can't hear yourself think - asked to be moved downstairs by the window where it was quieter but got poor service there. $13 for a sandwich with no sides? First time I liked it but it's been downhill since - if they want to make a go they need to lower prices, do something about the noise level and try to entice people in - it was not very crowded for a Friday night (and yet so loud).
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  • A place that takes pride
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It's hard to find many mid-range priced dining options that take this much pride in their service and offerings. Good, simple meal with finite options that means to me that they do everything on their menu well. My dining party ran into the GM on the way out, and he took us downstairs to show off the smoker, and talked about some of the little details of the decor. We sat near a young family with an enthusiastic toddler so it was a bit loud as there isn't much to absorb the sound, but otherwise noise is moderate and decor is simple and tasteful. Look forward to going back again soon!
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  • good eats
    susan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The menu was appealing, the food was very good, but if they seat you up in the loft area it is very noisy (hard to carry on a conversation) and the air conditioning was blowing down my back on the bench against the wall. Eating outside would have been better, but they don't have umbrellas and the sun reflects off their shiny metal tables making it difficult even with sunglasses.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deli? Diner?
    foodmonster
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The bread was great and paired perfectly with the meat on my sandwich. Unfortunately the corn beef was (I imagine with the hopes of it looking rustic) cut haphazzardly, I had to pick up the thick, odd shapen pieces of albeit tender and flavorful cornbeef. It felt more like a sandwich a drunken person would put together after a St. Patrick's Day party, instead of what was billed as a delicious "gramma -style" food choice. It was also very, very loud. There were children everywhere and I couldn't hear my companion or our server. Who was good. DGS mastered the most important part of sandwich making, pairing the bread with the filling, unfortunately keeping the filling on the bread was not a priority. A sloppy sandwich w/ delicious bread.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • excellent deli
    oceanmanVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    If you want great deli, this is the place. Great corned beef....... It is noisy though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the DGS Delicatessen reviews archive.