Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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$30 and under
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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.
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vipFoodie
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pastrami reuben was AMAZING!!! Extremely tender with crispy edges, the absolute BEST from any SF deli I have tried, no joke. I was absolutely delighted and can't wait to return for another. And for any bialy lovers, they have 'em! and the real McCoy, what a treat! As for the latkes, matzo ball soup and chopped liver, not as much our to taste, (or would have said 5 stars on every front) but hey, with this reuben they outdid themselves - and the cinnamon rugalach shouldn't be missed, delicate and delicious! We will be back to enjoy this fantastic reuben!

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome Jewish deli! I Can’t seem to find a Jewish deli in the peninsula anymore. I would highly recommend this one. The crispy pastrami was great! Too bad there wasn’t any kinishes. Chopped liver was too die for with a bit of a spicy kick to it- loved it! Give Wise Sons a try you won’t regret it!

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Kerrie
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a poor excuse for a Jewish deli. I had never had matzo ball soup in a beef broth. It is always made in a chicken broth. The pastrami was dry and tasteless. There was no service. You had to order and pay at the counter then wait at a table. The fries were awful. It was an all-round bad experience:-(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We had a very bad experiencie, they didn't even knew they were on Open Table, so when we arrived they told us they were about to close, so when I told them we had a reservation they told us they don't make reservations (until I showed them they do). We ordered matzoh ball soup that was ok, and some pastrami and corn beef sandwiches that were uneatable, the sanwiches were only fat, almost none meat, we are not coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Still the best brisket I know in SF.

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vipEBFoodie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and friendly service .

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MarcZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for a Jewish family to get its' Matzah Ball Soup fix.

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MiriamS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

If you like good , real Jewish deli food, this is the place. Bring a lot of money, though.

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Rambam
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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.

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ChadE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brisket was amazing

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traveler
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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

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jsnofoodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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KatieC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipChefunk
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
762 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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ArthurK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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AliG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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cynthias
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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YumYumGirl
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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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Yummy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal

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vipFoodenthus
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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StaceDines
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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MaggiD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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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rwasirius
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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vipHarold
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Foodie4
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience1

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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Unchristmas
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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vipnorthbayfoodie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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vipLooloo
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipwescocub
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 787-3354.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is rated 3.8 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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