Milton's Restaurant

4.3
143 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Your hosts, David Levy and Barry Robbins, welcome you to their version of a traditional deli! When we opened in 1995 our goal was to remind our customers what a deli experience is like. From crunchy kosher pickles to piled high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, steaming bowls of matzo ball soup, traditional brisket dinners and a bakery boasting homemade recipes, we hope to please our customers from start to finish. We work hard to source the best meats, vegetables, and ingredients all while developing new items to keep up with current culinary trends!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 143 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Garretts
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere Reservations were appreciated

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KimK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The sandwiches were wonderful. Great gluten free bread. Delicious Ruben and potato salad.

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Garretts
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always dependably good, great service,excellent food, clean environment.

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vipSandy
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Milton’s. Causal dining with great food and service.

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GrannyJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always good, service is fast and friendly and the bakery is full of delicious treats. When we presented our treats to the grand kids at the sleepover, they were thrilled. Thanks for a special family time.

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Bear
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here for Easter Sunday Brunch (really). Great all-around, as usual.

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BrianO
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Tough to leave without pastries.

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viplaguirre
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Milton's never disappoints. Great food, friendly service! ♥️

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were excited to eat here and the food was meh. It wasn't worth the 75 bucks. I had high expectations since this was a known restaurant for their rueben sandwiches.

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gologo
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The pluses: our server was fabulous.
The eggs Benedict with the pesto was excellent
The negative:
pastrami was dry and tasteless and lumped in the middle of the bread so
there were meatless areas.Had to open the bread and rearrange the meat
The corned beef has had peppers in it which made it taste strange
The noise level was horrible and it wasn't even full. We sat at a table for 4
(there were 3 of us) and we couldn't carry on a conversation without yelling at
the one across from you.

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AnneT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so wonderful to have Sunday Brunch again at Milton’s!

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DanielT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great.

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vipthigasama
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good and Covid space nice.

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RickH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great large portions and service was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was A++!

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Eileen
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outdoor dining due to restrictions, otherwise friendly staff & great food.

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vipKevin
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner in celebration of Purim. Top notch service with tasty food.

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tete
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sándwiches!! the matze ball very tasty. very delicius fud

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playground
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Open table, useless... it's carry out only. The food is okay, a little pricy for a sandwich, but that's life in the time of covid

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janetw
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

WHY DO YOU WANT AN ESSAY! IS THIS A CLASS??????????????????????????????????????

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vipMatthewK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good deli, but not great. We would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food...!

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Odie
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch and Breakfast had by all! Thank you Miltons

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KARENS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon was our hostess and Pam our server. Have never had such amazing service We had a delightful and delicious lunch. We had 9 people asking everything imaginable of everyone and they were so organized and helpful. Totally one of the best luncheons ever. Can’t wait to be back.

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vipFrenchie
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The menu is great for a deli in San Diego. Our waitress was great. The rest of the staff had a lot to be desired. The staff needs serious training. I was there with my 88 year old mother-in-law and it was challenging for the staff to operate the handicap lift. Waited forever to pay for a bakery item due to staff confusion. No real line.

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MelanieR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place amazing food. Will definitely be going back

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MartaE
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Milton's was everything I hoped it would. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The noise level was a little loud but we were outside and the parking lot was right there so there wasn't really anything they could do. Which is fine because they are following guidelines for Covid and that in and of itself was great. We felt safe and didn't have too worry about it being crowded.

MR
vipMarieR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The pancakes were burned I can’t believe that the waitress served them!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent they are doing everything right with all the changes due to CVID.

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vipKennyg
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is a great authentic deli with many specialties and unique menu items not available anywhere else. The menu is extensive for anytime of day and prices are very reasonable for the quality and amount of food. Despite the special COVID accommodations, the outdoor dining experience was very comfortable and no compromises in meal quality or service. The reuben, matzaball soup and pastrami philly sandwich were outstanding in flavor, freshness, authenticity and portion size. We will definitely be back on our next visit through San Diego!

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vipCaliforniaCarol
Las Vegas
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

During Covid, a lot of restaurants are doing outdoor dining. Milton's outdid themselves by putting shrubs and artificial grass (looks real) and heaters on their patio for their customers comfort. The food at Milton's is outstanding. Went for their delicious crepes, but it was not included in the outdoor dining menu.

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RichardF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . Love the selection and as good as the New York deli’s and Langers in Los Angeles

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vipNean
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Milton’s has gone way above and beyond creating a very pleasant outdoor dining experience.

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vipMoxie1
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered a corned beef sandwich. It looked very full but when I opened it for condiments only the center where cut was filled and the rest of the bread was totally empty. First time there and disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on one f their outdoor patios. Tables are set up under canopies on a fake grass setting. The servers were attentive and pleasant, and the food was fabulous, as it always is.

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vipGC19
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

We brought our small dog and had to eat in a separate outdoor area located at the entrance which felt like a dungeon because it's underground. We decided to make the most of it though and ordered our food. The waitress forgot to put in one of our orders, so they had to wait while everyone else ate. She was kind to bring them a small bowl of soup in the meantime. The actual food wasn't worth the high prices. Their large salads were basically just lettuce and some chicken thrown on top. I also felt like they weren't taking any precautions with covid. They gave us a plate of pickles to start and 3 dirty plates. It just felt like we were eating at a place that should be charging half what they were charging.

I don't like to give bad reviews. I used to really like this place, but it just wasn't the same this time.

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vipmonican
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, and was pleasant to eat outdoors during this pandemic

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MaDm
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a great dinner and the outside dining was nicely set up but really looking forward to eating indoors one day.

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vipPAMB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We usually love Milton’s but unfortunately this visit was not ideal. We planned to sit inside to be out of the heat, but we were warned there were flies inside because the door was open. So we sat outside. Those flies were awful. Really put a damper on the usually great experience. I recommend they keep the main door closed to keep the flies and a/c in.

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vipReviewer
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

1) Service - great
2) Atmosphere - great
3) Food - meh! And, that's being kind. Really need to bring it up a notch. Chinese chicken salad tasted like something we'd get in a hospital cafeteria.
4) COVID care - meh! Felt safe with tables distanced but need to have dividers at restroom sinks, hostess stand and other public places. Just not as much visible COVID safety measures as many other restaurants in the area.
5) Overall - this restaurant has great bones going for it - it really could be "the place to go"; but, it seems like Management is just riding along resting on some laurels. Shake it up a bit folks! Put a little more culinary effort back in the restaurant. We want it to be GREAT! We were let down a bit. But, gave you good rating just because we feel like there is opportunity here for you to do better. Hope this feedback is taken as constructively as it is meant to be given.
6) We do recommend Miltons! Try it if you haven't been there yet - see if you agree with us, or not!

FAQs

Milton's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Milton's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 792-2225.

Milton's Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.