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Submarine Center

Sandwich Place$$$$
West Portal, San Francisco
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  • Foodspotting
    "Get the hot pastrami and don’t forget the special sauce."(16 Tips)
    Holger L.
    "I love both the Atomic and the Italiano."(3 Tips)
    SFGate
    "Go here for one of the best pastrami sandwiches in SF."(5 Tips)
    Bennett W W.
    "I'm craving for mini submarine sandwich - it's so delicious!"(17 Tips)
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  • SFGate
    SFGateOctober 28, 2014
    Head to this West Portal hole-in-the-wall where they toast their subs perfectly, and have amassed a west side following like no other. Go here for one of the best pastrami sandwiches in SF. Read more
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LazoAugust 17, 2013
    Iconic sandwich shop. I know people that travel from San mateo for one of their sandwiches. I can't believe it's a 5 minute walk for me! Their roast beef is amazing .
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChenSeptember 6, 2014
    Pastrami, roast beef, gourmet pastrami. Pretty much everything is good. Get a bag of chips and a drink!
  • Marina M.
    Marina MarescaAugust 15, 2014
    My first time and I got the mini pastrami with provolone and jalapenos and I could eat another one already. I am a sub n sandwich lover and have been waiting for something like this!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    Get the hot pastrami and don’t forget the special sauce. The same family has been working in this sandwich shop for more than 20 years and the subs haven’t changed a bit. - Jeremy
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love both the Atomic and the Italiano. Family owned, clean, and great value.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LFebruary 20, 2013
    Try the Atomic Submarine - The bread makes this sammy. Ask for some sauce on the side to dip. Totally worth driving to West Portal.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KennedyJuly 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get The Atomic Sub - hot pastrami, turkey breast and corned beef brisket. So good - amazing sub roll which is perfectly toasted.
  • Sonia S.
    Sonia SuJanuary 24
    got a weird vibe from the man making my sandwich. otherwise hot pastrami was fine but wasn't too big of a fan of the bread itself. many order ahead and come to take to go
  • Chris
    ChrisNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Step 1: Order an Atomic.Step 2: Order a Pastrami Pizza.Step 3: Split the two with a friend and ENJOY.
  • Carmen I.
    Carmen IbarraJanuary 27, 2015
    Awesome sandwiches. All good, except meatball. That was okay.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher ReadeJuly 11, 2016
    Great sandwiches, but holy cow the best fountain drink ice in the city.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioAugust 13, 2016
    Atomic sandwich was tasty, but the bun was a bit tough and crunchy
  • Warren L.
    Warren LainMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Grew up on the Atomic Sub. The perfect combo of hot pastrami, roasted turkey, and corned beef on an ultra crispy French roll.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathOctober 21, 2014
    Great sandwich! Not a lot of seating so good for takeout.
  • Tiffany D.
    Tiffany D.November 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Atomic or the meatball sub. Yum
    Upvoted Aug 23
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonApril 10, 2013
    The hot pastrami sub is great. The bread is toasted to perfection. *crunch*
  • m d.
    m dDecember 17, 2015
    Let's go and see their beautiful operation. Yes, Hot Pastrami Sandwich.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofApril 10, 2016
    The hot pastrami was very good, but everything looked amazing.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PAugust 29, 2015
    Perfectly toasted subs. Roast beef is definitely a win.
  • Val K.
    Val KlumpDecember 10, 2016
    Every sandwich here is fantastic, but I particularly recommend the meatball sub with provolone.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LimFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For efficiency, stay in the middle to order, then step to the line on the right for pick up and pay, just like Soup Nazi episode on Seinfeld (without the attitude)
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongOctober 24, 2014
    I'm craving for mini submarine sandwich - it's so delicious!
  • Ohad B.
    Ohad Ben-YosephMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Italiano is perfect. Toasted and covered in a sharp Italian dressing.
  • Terilyn C.
    Terilyn ChoiNovember 27, 2013
    This is the place to be if you're ever in the mood for a good hot pastrami.
  • Christie D.
    Christie De La cruzApril 9, 2015
    Center with roast beef, turkey and everything. 👌👌👌
  • Doan V.
    Doan VuSeptember 12, 2010
    Staff can be a bit moody but the hot the pastrami is fantastic! Yum!
  • Karla
    KarlaMarch 14, 2015
    This will be controversial. Hot Pastrami, light or no sauce.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SpohnOctober 7, 2015
    Corned beef with avacado sandwich is good.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JinowatSeptember 12, 2010
    I love their Cheese steak or Atomic sandwich with everything in it!
  • Janet H.
    Janet HAugust 12, 2012
    Don't buy the super size thinking to save the rest to eat later...you'll end up eating the whole thing...
  • Michael R.
    Michael RosenbergMay 31, 2012
    One if the best sub places on town.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TanOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Definitely get the hot pastrami!
  • Ceej
    CeejOctober 19, 2011
    Its annoying how they won't let you party while you wait for your sandwich to cook... Efficiency, people!
  • 🌟Misty B.
    🌟Misty Bradford 📱⌚️April 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The hot smokies sub is the bomb... Love it...
  • Lydia K.
    Lydia KoNovember 5, 2011
    Try the Pastrami Sandwich - My fav!
  • Erin O.
    Erin OCFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkey lettuce tomoto mayo avacado with sauce!
  • Peppe R.
    Peppe R.October 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their hot pastrami is awesome
  • Laura M.
    Laura MurphySeptember 19, 2015
    Salami and provolone. Trust me.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MagerApril 11, 2009
    They have the best pastrami sandwich. I love the shredded lettuce and crushed ice here.
  • Luc H.
    Luc HancockSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best sandwiches in the city
  • David V.
    David VSApril 11, 2010
    Get the turkey roast beef mixed with pickles and avocados.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DeLandSeptember 6, 2013
    Turkey an avocado. Extra sauce.
  • Carlie
    CarlieMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Center turkey with jalapeños
  • Don O.
    Don OtvosMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Atomic!
  • Grantland C.
    Grantland ChewApril 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the meatball sub
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SmithJuly 28, 2013
    Amazing subs.
  • D. H.
    D. HuJuly 15, 2014
    Hot pastrami sando
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AndersonAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Atomic. Cheese steak
  • Dinesh Y.
    Dinesh YalagandulaJuly 1, 2014
    Hot pastrami sandwich!!
  • jensen
    jensenMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    hot pastrami is a must!
  • Guillaume W.
    Guillaume WeegerAugust 23, 2014
    Italian sausage
  • Griffin
    GriffinDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Super Atomic
  • Nathan F.
    Nathan FoxJanuary 12, 2010
    hot pastrami with jalapenos. perfect.
  • Carolyn H.
    Carolyn HopkinsDecember 14, 2009
    Awesome hot pastrami
  • Don O.
    Don OtvosJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Atomic
  • Justin U.
    Justin UyemuraOctober 25, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    get the Italiano
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