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Wise Sons Deli

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Jewish Restaurant and Deli / Bodega$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
116 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • chocolate babka
  • bagels
  • pastrami
  • delis
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  • Atef C.
    Atef ChaudhurySeptember 3
    A bit overpriced, but the food delivers. Servers are also surprisingly personable.
  • Suzy T.
    Suzy TranJuly 27
    #19 is a solid choice.
  • Asis P.
    Asis PandaJuly 14
    The house made celery soda is incredibly refreshing. I've never had anything like this before.
  • Jeff R.
    Keep it Simple: corned beef + rye + brown mustard + pickle + potato salad.
  • David P.
    Awesome micheladas
  • Paul F.
    Breakfast menu was solid. Went for lox and a bagel and cream cheese; and while not the most adventurous, it hit the spot.
  • Eric S.
    Don't expect Cantor's or any other Jewish deli in a city with a significant Jewish population, which SF is not
  • Amelia H.
    I grew up in the Northeast on bagels from Jewish delis and these are for REAL
  • Ava
    AvaMarch 10
    Veggie hash for breakfast (at any time of day) is seriously good! I subbed bagel for toast
  • Elizabeth B.
    Delicious lox bagel and egg cream
  • Bobbie M.
    Bobbie McLellanFebruary 12
    Half pastrami and a matzoh ball soup. Perfect for a cooler day. Delicious. Also had the smoked salmon benny on Lattkes mmmmm
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoFebruary 12
    Semite sandwich all the way.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AdamsFebruary 4
    The pre-sliced Chocolate babka was pretty dry. Skip it and go for the bialys + bagels 👌🏽
  • Jones
    JonesJanuary 21
    Sandwich ok, pickles not good
  • Charlene N.
    I will have dreams about their bagels and pastrami.
  • PMC C.
    PMC ChoyDecember 23, 2016
    Meh. I grew up in NYC. This is nowhere near close to NYC.
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RuscittoSeptember 8, 2016
    Market scramble or the seasonal veggie
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 28, 2016
    Wonderful breakfast smoked trout bagel
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngAugust 7, 2016
    Nothing compared to NYC but still a good joint for your fix. Had the salmon bagel open faced and definitely hit the spot, side mixed salad was light yet tasty too. Will go back to try more!
  • J B.
    J BakhJuly 29, 2016
    Pastrami and bobka are amazing. Matzo ball soup needed more flavor and chicken.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorJuly 2, 2016
    Great sandwiches. If you are a pickle fan make sure to go here.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeJune 30, 2016
    Pastrami sandwich is a must
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas Favre-BulleJune 20, 2016
    An experiment in how high you can price a bagel.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MollisonJune 15, 2016
    Ok, I think I just had the best bagel of my life? (and I'm from the east coast!) Open faced bagel with lox is pricey but worth it, they really pile it on.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJune 12, 2016
    Much shorter wait than other location!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJune 8, 2016
    A true NYC Deli with all the classic dishes.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 4, 2016
    The pastrami has so much flavor. I highly recommend it.
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MJune 2, 2016
    Bagels are great and so are the sandwiches.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroMay 24, 2016
    Everything bagels
  • m d.
    m dMay 1, 2016
    Love this place! Though there's a line lunchtime, you should try their Corned Beef Hash! Never go wrong!
  • Aakash K.
    Aakash KambujApril 27, 2016
    Veggie options are great
  • cami j.
    cami j.April 23, 2016
    best bagel I've had on the west coast. hands down. so. good. loved the smoked salmon sandwich on an everything bagel.
  • Erica K.
    Erica KayeApril 18, 2016
    Sometimes I have a craving for their smoked trout salad. Then I sit with my smoked trout salad sandwich and people-watch. It's quite lovely ❤️
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 12, 2016
    Get potatoes on the side. Perfectly crispy and seasoned.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MelnykMarch 3, 2016
    Reuben deliciousness!!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BFebruary 21, 2016
    Precita park is nearby. Grab the Reuben & hit it.
  • Jaakko H.
    Jaakko HynynenFebruary 12, 2016
    Delicious corned beef Reuben and fries!
  • Ignacio Javier D.
    Amazing food and place. Totally recommended.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good breakfast. Gluten free options too.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    $13 for a small pastrami sandwich that tasted meh? I'll pass.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurOctober 17, 2015
    Really nice place to kick back in the morning with coffee and a bagel, watching the mission wake up.
  • C M.
    C MSeptember 15, 2015
    Had an insatiable craving for pastrami and mustard after a deli movie on my flight. Wise Sons (featured in the film) delivered! Potato salad was amazing too. Will return if I find myself back in SF :)
  • Rom C.
    Rom ComSeptember 5, 2015
    I highly recommend the chocolate babka. It's similar to Romanian cozonac in that it's soft on the inside, but it's crunchy on the outside.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HakeAugust 7, 2015
    Not close to anything in NY. The pastrami sandwich doesn't have much meat and lacks flavor. The matzo balls aren't very good (the broth is decent). Most likely the best in California sadly.
    Downvoted Sep 8
  • Brianna G.
    Brianna GarriottJuly 24, 2015
    Amazing pastrami sandwich. I'm not normally a coleslaw fan but you cannot go wrong with it here, it's just the right amount of spice.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJuly 3, 2015
    Get both the Reuben and the deli burger. Trust me on this.
  • U
    UJune 25, 2015
    $17 reuben. Worth it.
  • William J.
    William JohnsonMay 27, 2015
    Loved the french toast made from challah bread
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMay 9, 2015
    Bialeys. Pastrami. Pastrami Bacon!
  • Drew G.
    Drew G.May 2, 2015
    The liver dish is soo good!
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.April 13, 2015
    Smoked trout sandwich = so good. Some of the best fries I've ever had. Get a seat outside.
  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 4, 2015
    The pastrami Reuben, griddled with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing is everything it should be at Wise Sons. That translates to pink with smoke, a little fatty, and seriously appetizing. Read more
  • John L.
    John LagoDecember 1, 2014
    Now serving dinner. I hope you like pastrami because it's in almost everything.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 23, 2014
    Mmmmh. Best reuben Sandwich. Ever.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SuwaySeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Dinner! They make a wonderful chicken schnitzel.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningSeptember 15, 2014
    Crunchy and fluffy Bialys, great with lox, fried eggs, and/or house crispy pastrami.
  • Buck W.
    Buck WilsonAugust 17, 2014
    Grand Schlam is great. Pastrami is smoky and delicious. Pass on the comically large and grainy French toast though.
  • Karla
    KarlaAugust 17, 2014
    It's all good. And don't worry about getting a table- they will help you find one once you've ordered.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The Wise Sons Deli menu claims that the Matzo Ball soup is "better than your Bubbies." It was...delicious. Savory broth with dill and the big ball had the consistency of polenta. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 8
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiAugust 11, 2014
    Pastrami fries and the chocolate BABKA.
  • J.d. M.
    J.d. MareshAugust 8, 2014
    Amazing Pastrami and smoked salmon. Don't forget to grab a loaf of rye!
  • Daniele P.
    Daniele ProanoJuly 28, 2014
    Bagels and Lox is a must. Some of the best pastrami in SF.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 27, 2014
    Come early if you want to eat brunch at a brunchy time, because this place is always crowded! Order the corned beef hash and a chocolate egg cream!
  • Daniele P.
    Daniele ProanoJuly 26, 2014
    LEO is best thing on the menu .. Get it!
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaMay 8, 2014
    Maybe I have to be Jewish to enjoy the food? I was not impressed. In fact, I was quite disappointed with the acclaimed Reuben.
  • Mish B.
    Mish BMarch 17, 2014
    Chocolate babka. 'Nuff said.
  • Pablo d.
    Pablo de la PeñaJanuary 11, 2014
    Holy crap, wish I'd found this place before the last day of my vacation; incredible food and five star service. Do not walk past this place.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MargolinOctober 24, 2013
    One of the best delicatessens I've visited to date. I highly suggest the Challah French Toast, which was out of this world. Fresh seasonal fruit is a great addition, too. Note: seating is limited.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 17, 2013
    The pastrami is tender, fatty, and slightly oversmoked, but delicious nonetheless. Skip the uninspired patty melt and go for the reuben instead.
  • Steven R.
    Steven ReneSeptember 18, 2013
    Sandwiches are served after 11am, but do try the Ruben w/ Corned Beef (pictured below), it's ah-mahzing!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimAugust 13, 2013
    The Reuben is pretty out of this world good. The pastrami was thickly sliced and juicy. The rye bread, buttered and toasted to perfection. Downside? High cost. :(
  • Matt I.
    Matt IsanukAugust 11, 2013
    L.E.O. scramble with bialy is fantastic, but arrive early to avoid weekend crowds.
  • annie l.
    annie lJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken soup for an alcoholic's soul: the matzoh ball soup, paired with challah toast and a boylan's ginger ale. Slurp down and try to ignore the slabs of pastrami the size of your hand
  • Niki B.
    Reuben + potato salad!! Will skip the pastrami fries next time.
  • EB
    EBJune 22, 2013
    The acid test of any deli is the chopped liver. Theirs is A+.
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The crust on the rye blows my mind.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisApril 22, 2013
    Very disappointing; extremely slow food delivery, expensive, and overhyped.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisApril 5, 2013
    Brutally slow at delivering food, but it's tasty once it does arrive.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MeyerMarch 24, 2013
    If you're from Montreal you'll find the pastrami Ruben overpriced and mushy. Strip away the warm slaw, onions and sauce and have it bear. At least then you can taste the meat.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SchwartzMarch 9, 2013
    Great Montreal-style bagels from Beauty's on Saturdays.
  • Jay T.
    Jay TovaFebruary 24, 2013
    Housemade Hot dog on challah bun special today and Banana Fosteritz French Toast w/ graham cracker streusel
  • Derek M.
    Derek MarcialFebruary 14, 2013
    Weekday lunch hour isn't so bad! No lines... And the Reuben! Wow, delish!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Matzo ball soup is on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The turnips on the Pickle Plate are a revelation.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 30, 2012
    Take a matzoh brei breather at this post-ironic Jewish deli where they brine their own pastrami and the walls are papered with fading Yiddish newsprint.
  • Danielle Lazier S.
    Pastrami. Rye. challah. Matzo brei, matzo ball soup. Very mission hip & a comfy, authentic nod to the east coast deli many of us grew up on. Big portions, be warned!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BernsteinOctober 30, 2012
    Eater’s 20 Epic SF Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die: #7 Pastrami Sandwich Read more
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezOctober 25, 2012
    The waitresses could be nicer...
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Solid coffee. Nothing uptight and fancy. Good old Mr. Espresso!
  • Norris T.
    Norris TranAugust 28, 2012
    The things these guys do with pastrami are magical. Egg cream sodas are good too! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsAugust 10, 2012
    it’s time to break out of the pastrami-on-rye rut and try the Reuben at Wise Sons Deli. Do the corned beef (or pastrami, if you must), melty swiss cheese, kraut, and Russian dressing on rye.
  • Benny S.
    Benny SooAugust 2, 2012
    The ground pastrami burger!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 12, 2012
    Try the legendary Wise Sons’ pastrami sandwich, the matzo brei-- which reminds many of us of Mom’s Saturday-morning version, and the swirling, rich depths of the chocolate babka: Read more
  • Bri F.
    Bri FairleyJuly 1, 2012
    Schnitzel Sandwich. Do it.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyJune 13, 2012
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2012 - Reader's Poll - BEST NEW RESTAURANT
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 14, 2012
    Aptly-named, the Deli Burger is ground beef w/ 'strami/beet-horseradish spread/spicy brown mustard on Challah. It's like the whole deli on your burger. Read more
  • Charlie T.
    Charlie TaverasMay 11, 2012
    They tend to run out of pastrami. Get here early!
  • Ross F.
    Ross FellerMay 10, 2012
    Get the crispy pastrami on anything!!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiApril 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Babka Cereal
  • Blake E.
    Blake EngelMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The challah French toast is delicious, and really too big. Share it with a friend.
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