Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
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You may grow to love Wise Sons Deli, as we did.
Great place for a Jewish family to get its' Matzah Ball Soup fix.
If you like good , real Jewish deli food, this is the place. Bring a lot of money, though.
I wanted some Hannukah food and some non-Hanukah Jewish food, last Saturday night. The matzoh ball was good. The soup was lukewarm. Soup has to be hot! The pastrami was too lean -no flavor, and what kind of a sandwich was that? A bunch of meat stuck between two pieces of bread. No character, and the potato salad was cold and not fresh, and too mushy.
Brisket was amazing
We had pastrami sandwiches and onion rings, and bought a babka to go. The pastrami was excellent, as were the onion rings. The babka was decent. The homemade rye bread was kind of bland, the potato salad was decent, the pickles had a good flavor but weren’t very crunchy. I’d go back, but I wouldn’t make a special trip just for this. I also wish we’d gone a little earlier. The neighborhood seemed a little sketchy when we had to stand on the corner waiting for our Uber after Wise Sons closed. I will say that, being from NYC originally, my standards for a Jewish Deli May be unreasonably high for the West Coast.
I have heard only great things and have bought their bagels and stuff around town. Went to the 24th street location for the first time and had some of the worst service I've ever had. Nobody came to talk to us after we were seated for over 10 minutes. Then the server was grumpy and rude. When they brought out the appetizers, they did not bring plates. We waited several minutes and then had to get up and get someone's attention and ask for plates. It was an entirely unpleasant experience. Will not go back there for a sit down meal.
Waited one hour for the food. Terrible service. They ran out of a lot of things, too.
Best patty melt I’ve ever had. Husbands pastrami sandwich was to die for. We will be back.
Very pleased with everything.Egg cream was a little disappointing.
It was so chilled on a weekday night. Great food at great prices.
Food was great. Service was amateurish and underwhelming to say the least. As a chef myself nothing is more annoying than having great food ruined by horrendous service. There were only two wait staff on the floor when we were there and, despite the room being maybe one third full they seemed over whelmed, uninformed about the menu and missing many service points. I’ll eat there again, it’s around the corner from my house, but I’ll go for the food, not the service
Have been reading about this place and finally got here. Good corned beef and pastrami. Also enjoyed the pickle plate and latkes. Male waiter on Saturday night had an attitude but the female was pleasant.
Not bad for a San Francisco Deli. We had Matzo Ball soup and Pastrami Sandwiches. Parking in the area is really tough so park elsewhere and use Lyft or Uber. Certainly doesn't compare to an East coast deli but good for a casual snack or meal.
I went with friends for book club and we brought our own wine. It was great to have some east-coast style pastrami and we all left with leftovers for lunch!
Good, authentic deli food. Great service by two individuals.
The egg cream is terrible! Completely misses the mark - lacks all the flavor enjoyments of a well done one; the potato latkes was really most like a mash of potato into a pancake; the cole slaw missed the mark as well, no zing to it at all. The jelly doughnut was bland and ready with an indiscernible filling. The only item we thought was nice, tasted good, was the vegetarian ruben.
Sadly, all six of us having dinner together were disappointed in the quality of the food. It wasn’t just one entre, but a number of items that fell short of our expectations. Overall, it was a pretty mediocre evening- Meh....foo
Great Deli with amazing service. Wonderful place for a casual date.
We enjoyed our meal
BEST DELI ON WEST COAST! Bagels, Bialys, Chopped Liver, everything on the menu 👍🏻Fun owner! Will return!
Excellent! Their chopped liver on rye appetizer is worth the trip, alone. The matzoh ball soup was authentic and their brisket very, very good. I also liked their mixed fresh pickles.
Delicious and fun as always. Thanks for an amazing dinner. We love the new dinner menu with the option to order from the all-day menu!
Delicious as always! Wish they had some apples and honey for the new year!
Corned beef sandwich excellent, but overpriced. Matzoh ball soup not good, potato pancakes not good.
While the location is a bit out of the way, it was worth the cab ride to/from. Simple, basic, open seating. Not sure why reservations recommended. It's pretty straight forward. Service was great, food was greater. Disappointed there wasn't more selection for dessert. When next in The City, would certainly return.
Although all the ingredients are there, it is not a delicatessen, at least for me, the food was good, service was nice, I would go there for breakfast, lunch, brunch, but not after 6, although I seem to wrong on that as there were families there and I saw that they fed the kids eggs.
and I will come again but during the day
Great matza ball soup !! So hard to find in the Bay Area !
Take home bagels were hard and rye bread was stale that I took home☹️
We ordered the potato latkes appetizer for 3. They were tasty, but felt they were premade and warmed up. Latkes are usually uneven in size and these were preshaped and identical. My Ruebens pastrami was delicious (had the sourkraut on the side. Smart decision as I did not like it when I tasted it. I usually love sourkrat. ). My other guests had the classic pastrami sandwich and they said they were very good. Pickles were excellent and a nice cole slaw. The Stout Egg Cream was horrible and the staff were good enough to switch it out after one sip to a regular Egg Cream which my guest enjoyed. The celery soda was just a sweet sparkling water with no flavor at all. Would never order again. Ambience was fair and would try the Wise Sons at the Jewish Museum for a better feel. The staff that served us were very nice. We enjoyed walking around the neighborhood after dinner enjoying the many murals and life of the street. Go for the Rueben pastrami. It was fabulous.
Although the rye bread was good and my pastrami Reuben was decent, the pastrami was unexciting. More seasoning would have helped.
I grew up on Jewish deli food and I've been to The Carnegie Deli, The Stage Deli, Rattner's, Wolf's, Cantor's, Jerry's, and Brent's. I don't get what all the fuss about Wise Sons is. It's good, it's fresh, but all three times i've eaten there their corned beef has been a little dry. Their rugelach was dry too. A Jewish deli sandwich should be big and juicy. The pickles were good and fresh, they had a nice snap to them, I just wish they were truly Jewish deli sour pickles. Perhaps I was hoping for something more old world and I got new world. After all, they put Swiss cheese on corned beef. Oy!
This is a genuine deli--something that's hard to find these days. No trendy blended cuisines, no odd combo sandwiches, no pretension. It's just the best in Jewish comfort food. I'll take that any day.
We were visting SF from Boston and had always heard the buzz about Wise Sons. We are so happy we finally made it here. The pastrami rivals our East Coast delis. The latkes are creative and delicious!
Causal Jewish deli cuisine in the Mission. Great Matzo ball soup!
This place has excellent food. However, there really isn't any dinner plates. The sandwiches, soups, and eggs make an excellent breakfast or lunch,
We had a great pre-theater meal at Wise Son's. Food was very good and portions were appropriate. Absolutely wonderful server. She was energetic, charming, and attentive. Great sense of humor. Meal would have been great without her but she made it so much fun. Jewish style delis are in short supply all over the country- nice to have such a high quality one in our own backyard.
Really friendly wait staff. Nice food when you are in the area. We were there at an off time, so it was hard to judge the noise level in the small space.
So I read the mixed reviews of Wise Sons, but I was in desperate need of some chicken soup as I was fighting a cold. The chicken soup, in particular, got pretty lousy reviews. Folks complained of "brown broth" and a heavy matzoh ball. So my expectations were pretty low. And they met them. The broth was brown, but that didn't bother me - it was the fact that it was completely tasteless, no mater how much salt I added . There was very little chicken in the broth, and yes, a pretty heavy matzoh ball. Definitely not like my grandmother used to make, or even the diner in my hometown. But the smoked trout sandwich I had was really good. I suspect with Wise Son's there are some items on the menu that are really good, and others you could skip. Liked the atmosphere - with the old photos on the wall I felt like I was in their rec room, circa 1976. Not sure if I'll return though.
Matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, and pastrami. So hamisch!!!
Love this spot. A true deli in SF. We particularly enjoyed the lox.