You may grow to love Wise Sons Deli, as we did.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though I used to work in the general area, I'd never been to Wise Sons before and was glad to see they were open at night when I'd be in the area looking for dinner. And we just beat the rush too, with the reservation.
I got the pastrami burger with a latke (instead of fries) and my friend got a pastrami sandwich with potato salad with a side of fries to tide him over. Plus we each got a beer. Really liked the taste combo on my burger which seemed a bit well done but still wasn't bad.
Enjoyed the food, found the help cheery and friendly, the wall of photos entertaining but was a bit surprised how much the bill came to for essentially just a sandwich and a beer for each of us. While I'd be willing to go again to try other items, I'm not sure I noticed what friends had raved about.
Bad food. Brunch is much better than dinner
The waiter didn't do a good job communicating with us
I ordered a matzo ball soup, a pastrami sandwich and a side of pickles. The pickles were good and they have a diverse selection of carrots, cauliflower, and beets. The soup wasn't very good. I'd rather go to Max's where the matzo ball is perfect. Here the soup had no chicken and very few noodles. It felt empty. The same with the pastrami sandwich... I was expecting more pastrami between the bread... Also, I was planning to order a babka after my meal, but without asking if I wanted dessert, they brought me the check... so I didn't order anything else.
Food was well prepared and tasted great.
The place is a little shabby in decor.
Portions were smaller than other Deli's I have been to and the prices were
The sandwiches and burgers are excellent. The fries not so good. Go for the cole slaw or potato salad. The problem with this restaurant was the truly awful loud music. Loud screechy punk & rock and roll. I couldn't wait to get out of there and I would not return. It's probably best for takeout.
$36 Pris Fix dinner should have been
a celebration but was amature.
Wise Sons is SF answer to real NY pastrami and corned beef, both excellent. Brisket and latkes almost as good as mine. Breakfast all day, not fancy, but very good. L' Shana Tova