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Walls lined with murals and pics of Celebrities!!! - Dz Akins, San Diego, CA

Dz Akins

4.6
4.6
191 Reviews
$30 and under
Deli
New York Style Deli located in your backyard, massive menu, and fast paced people watching environment.
Reminder of what once was "Real Deli's" in America still here in your San Diego. Full Deli counter, Bakery in house and all made from scratch with love. 102 Sandwiches to many to choose from, and some really BIG Salads for anyone's desire. Home Style Dinners like your grandmother used to make, and some extreme Eastern European dishes that with blow your mind. Sick? No problem, we have the best medicine, D.Z. Akin's Matzoh Ball Soup! We also have 6 other soups on a daily basis for those soup lovers!!!
We've been voted San Diego Best Deli countless years, and we're in the news and on the radio all the time.
We are right off the Highway 8 east for your convenience, now doing online ordering on OUR WEBSITE and DELIVERY through our delivery partners. Thank you for supporting family owned businesses!!!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Deli, Breakfast, Dessert
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 265-0218
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Neighborhood
    College Area
  • Cross street
    70th st and Alvarado rd
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    70th street and Alvarado Plaza trolley stops on the green line.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Kid-friendly

191 Reviews
  1. carmens

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sooooo many choices at DZ Akins and all are outstanding! Derrick has served us many times and takes good care of us each and every time.

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  2. LindaM

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to dine when meeting friend/friends for breakfast or lunch. They have a huge menu to select from whether you are looking for something light or something to satisfy your hunger. I usually will get a bagel with cream cheese and sliced tomatoes if looking for something light. Otherwise going in for a Reuben or Pastrami sandwich with their delicious (and famous) potato salad. If I do order a sandwich, at least half goes home with me for a later meal. Their bakery is absolutely outstanding with the best, bread, cinnamon rolls (with or without raisins) and delicious cookies! They also have a deli counter so that you can take home some of their meats, salads and soups.

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  3. KikiS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place isn’t cheap but it does serve authentic Jewish food and their bakery is to die for!!

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  4. SaraH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    D.Z. Atkins has become very overpriced and the food was not terrific. Soup was cold, Gefilte fish for $9.99 was the size of a hard boiled egg. I could have bought one or two jars of fish at the grocery store and enjoyed it more. Booths are small and not comfortable. My check for 3 people was $119. Plus $15. tip. I’ll no longer go back there.

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  5. HedyW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are never disappointed when we go to DZ Akins and I’ve been going there since it first opened. Great food, large portions, relaxing environment, and friendly staff.

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  6. SandyB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the greatest place in the world to eat!! Perfect for families! So much food you can never eat it all and everything is so fresh! Great bakery as well!! We live in Oregon but make it one of our absolute go to spots when we come to San Diego! Have been going to D.Z. Akin’s for over 20 years and have never been disappointed!! We tell everyone going to San Diego to go!! Buy a loaf of the bread pudding from the bakery to take with you, it is the best I’ve ever had!!

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  7. LizP

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great spot with an extensive menu. We very much enjoyed the ethnic sampler and the incredible corned beef.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Service from the check in, the server team and check out with Smiles!!!

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  9. SWinLA

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming for years … Always the best!!

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  10. JimR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice selection of traditional Jewish foods, as well as many other dishes. Good food and friendly atmosphere. Our server did forget that we ordered salads, so brought our entrees first.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great family dining experience!

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  12. Love2Dine

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Just okay. It used to he really good. The food wasn’t what it used to be and our server seemed like she was doing us a big favor. When it was time for the check she said normally she’d take our payment for us but she got a few tables and didn’t have time. Okay.

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  13. Next

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was bothering on rude. Not friendly. Last time I was there which was only 2 weeks ago, the server brought an extra glass of Seltzer with my egg cream. She also brought a bottle of water so we could refill our glasses without us asking. It was really nice. The one yesterday I asked twice for a bottle of water stating clearly it was to refill our glasses. She brought me a plastic bottle of water. I said no can I please get a bottle of water to refill our glasses and she brought me another cup with ice and water. The exact same size of the one I already had. I ordered gefilte fish and had to flag her down to ask for horseradish. Just dismissive and uninterested in being friendly or actually helping us have a great experience. The friend with me just had a beloved family member die. It was the first time we'd ever hung out just the two of us and we chose DZ Akins as our location. Never again.

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  14. WendyT

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Omelette was not completely cooked they sent it back to get it re done

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  15. RobertaB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an awesome place to find something to eat for everyone.

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  16. Petunia

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed excellent soups (matzo ball and kreplach) and deli sandwiches. Usual busy lunchtime crowd. Great service.

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  17. LarryH

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Why bother with the Denny’s or the Marie Callendar’s next door when you can come here instead?

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  18. Sherry

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Took out of town guests. All of us were extremely happy with our experience.

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  19. MarjorieS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our hostess was very welcoming, food orders were fast and accurate Everything was great and everyone had a great time visiting and enjoyed the food very much Thank you

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  20. BW80

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What can you say kinish and pastrami out of this world

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  21. Attorneyd

    Naples

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That is the best . The Vegetables is best in the world.!!

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  22. Rick

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food….bigger selection than the Cheesecake Factory.Great friendly service. Don’t forget the Deli/Bakery

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  23. DesertAce

    Palm Springs

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Kosher-style deli. Quality food, huge portions, good service, and the bakery is to die for.

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  24. TammyB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal! Friendly and fast service, delicious food, kreplach soup that i am completely addicted to! Huge menu, large portions, and in my friend's words 'the best onion rings on earth '. Will be here on a regular basis.

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  25. SandyB

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions and prices are large. Consider sharing an item with a friend. Food is generally high quality, although iceberg lettuce and less than ripe tomatoes were present.

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  26. JudithH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our family's holiday dinner. Three generations with my 93 year old mom. My mom loves the chicken livers with her bagel. As always the food was fantastic, cooked perfectly, and the waitress absolutely wonderful. There are so many choices it's hard to decide what to order. Great time!

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  27. EnglishRoses

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lot depends on what you expect. I expected so much better. The staff and service are excellent humans and work very hard. The food is expensive and not very good. Stick with bagels and cream cheese and you won't be disappointed. Rubbery Omelet with plastic orange cheese on top was ghastly.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Every employee was really nice. My out of town visitors were impressed!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Met a couple of friends at this iconic deli. Have always loved the food each time I’ve come here. We were seated out side took the waitress a long time to come out but when she did she quickly brought drinks and took our order food was out in 10 mins max. We all had pastrami sandwiches at they did not disappoint.

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  30. Phillip

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here many times and this is a disappointment. Busy at 1PM and should had had a sandwich.. Had 2 people for the Hannukah Dinner and one glass of wine. $83 plus $17 tip for a cool hundred. The Cous Cous was good and the gravy was good. The Veggies were waterlogged and the Brisket was terrible. Chewy and needed a knife for all of it. Cabbage roll was ok. The food was not up to par and the service was good with Mary. So little effort by the house for a celebration dinner. Prices are high everywhere so we expected to spend $100, but the Brisket and Veggies ruined a deli dinner.

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  31. John

    Chicago

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place for a sandwich that is big enough to last 2 meals! Mish mash soup with chicken makes for a great dinner on a cold night.

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  32. MaryH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I go to DZAkins often. This time we ordered the Latkes with sour cream and applesauce. OMG, it was so delicious. I’m definitely going back for that again. I always get the Mish Mash soup. It’s to die for, so good. We’ve been going there for years and have never been disappointed. The portions are very large, very tasteful and filling. You won’t be disappointed.

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  33. BarbaraE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dz is always excellent!!! Nothing better than a deli to satisfy your brunch cravings. Service is alway excellent

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  34. AthenaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Service person good but too busy. Food, overall, was over-priced and just not good. Will never go there again

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  35. John

    Chicago

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our favorite place to eat when in San Diego. Perfect for a pre-SDSU game meals. Large portions of very good food. Terrific soups and sandwiches.

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  36. Chrissy

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Casual. Busy but efficient service. Great food, large menu. A magical food experience.

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  37. reddove113

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a gem to visit and the flavors are always consistent. I always love my traditional corned beef on rye with macaroni salad or blintzes:-) Make sure you sign up for their birthday club as I received a delicious chocolate cream filled dessert that price qualified for the birthday gift. If you don’t have time to dine in, make sure you still stop by there meat and deli, salads, counter and bakery to take goodies home. 

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  38. LoriR

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, as always! Huge menu and great service.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    was longing for a corned beef sandwich so decided to revisit d.z. akin’s for the first time in a few years: was never a fan, but wanted to give it another try. overall was pretty unsatisfied. the corned beef and pastrami sandwich arrived and it was scant. the top piece of (dry) bread was already ripped apart and the meat covered half of the sandwich. i asked the server if that was normal and she responded it’s all weighed out and to just redistribute it between the slices. probably the worst jewish-deli-style sandwich i’ve ever had. and i’ve had a lot. go to elijah’s or even milton’s. you’ll get at least twice as much meat, higher quality meat, fresher bread, and they’ll even give you some pickles while you’re waiting.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love D.Z. Akin’s it’s very nostalgic and love the bakery and deli counter too

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You can order delivery directly from Dz Akins using the Order Online button. Dz Akins also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Dz Akins also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 265-0218.

Dz Akins is rated 4.6 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Dz Akins

6930 Alvarado Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

Additional information

  • Cross street
    70th st and Alvarado rd
  • Neighborhood
    College Area
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Deli, Breakfast, Dessert
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    70th street and Alvarado Plaza trolley stops on the green line.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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