Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3.8
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Its ongoing mission is to provide its customers with the best Jewish soul food in the country. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best Californian ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make their bubbies proud. Wise Sons takes great pride in making just about everything in-house, from the double-baked rye bread to the smoked pastrami. Their matzo ball soup may not be your Ma’s, but it’s made with love just the same. Wise Sons considers each person who eats at the deli as part of its family. So come in, sit down and have a little nosh. You look hungry.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm


Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 787-3354
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Evan Bloom
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Catering
Please visit: http://wisesonsdeli.com/catering/
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Cross street
Shotwell Street
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Parking details
Metered Street Parking
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Public transit
24th St. Mission Bart 12 Muni Bus- 24th and Folsom14 or 49 Muni Busses- 24th and Mission
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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You may grow to love Wise Sons Deli, as we did.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 48 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
4.3
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3.3
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brisket was amazing

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t
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waited one hour for the food. Terrible service. They ran out of a lot of things, too.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Best patty melt I’ve ever had. Husbands pastrami sandwich was to die for. We will be back.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleased with everything.Egg cream was a little disappointing.

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KC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so chilled on a weekday night. Great food at great prices.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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

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Los Angeles
642 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, authentic deli food. Great service by two individuals.

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YY
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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Y
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Deli with amazing service. Wonderful place for a casual date.

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Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal

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Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST DELI ON WEST COAST! Bagels, Bialys, Chopped Liver, everything on the menu 👍🏻Fun owner! Will return!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious as always! Wish they had some apples and honey for the new year!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Corned beef sandwich excellent, but overpriced. Matzoh ball soup not good, potato pancakes not good.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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.

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r
Berlin
42 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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H
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great matza ball soup !! So hard to find in the Bay Area !

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Take home bagels were hard and rye bread was stale that I took home☹️

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F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

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.

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San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Although the rye bread was good and my pastrami Reuben was decent, the pastrami was unexciting. More seasoning would have helped.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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w
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Causal Jewish deli cuisine in the Mission. Great Matzo ball soup!

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place has excellent food. However, there really isn't any dinner plates. The sandwiches, soups, and eggs make an excellent breakfast or lunch,

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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B
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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L
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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LG
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, and pastrami. So hamisch!!!

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot. A true deli in SF. We particularly enjoyed the lox.

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DD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

There is nothing "jewish" traditional about the food - especially the matzo ball soup - it had dill weed in it and the broth was dark brown and tasted like beef stock. The matso ball was heavy - not light and airy. The potatoe latkas were perfectly round - not a free form patty with jagged edges, and regretfully were very greasy.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife grew up in Manhattan and has been pining for the food she grew up with ever since she moved away. She was ecstatic about the pastrami, the rye bread, the cole slaw, the lattkes and the egg cream. I'm a Londoner, so what do I know? But it all tasted really good.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The soup was bland and the matzoh ball huge and slightly cool. There werent enough other things. It was also dark brown...
The sandwich was good but if you are used to NY style deli sandwiches with lots of meat and extras this was disappointing. Tasty but a little thin on the stuff!
Just a disappointing place to go for dinner.

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