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Zaftigs Delicatessen

Deli / Bodega, Jewish Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Coolidge Corner, Brookline
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  • Olivia S.
    "banana stuffed french toast topped w/ date butter & fresh berries?"(15 Tips)
    Lessa C.
    "Empire Eggs and/or Banana stuffed French Toast - worth the wait!"(7 Tips)
    Jessica A.
    "Potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce are a must."(8 Tips)
    Eddie M.
    "Bourbon-Vanilla batter with date butter and berries."(3 Tips)
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  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    If there's one thing we need when we go here, it's the potato latkes. Traditional, savory, and served with sides of sour cream and applesauce. Perfect for an app or as a meal on their own.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MerrittAugust 10, 2012
    A bit off campus, Zaftigs is huge at BU with both students and parents! You can't go wrong with any meal. Expect to wait, but so worth it! Coffee is amazing - try the chocolate raspberry french toast.
  • SiLan
    SiLanDecember 27, 2012
    Good brunch place. Expect a long wait. So get here early and make sure all your party is there to be seated. Recommendations: Empire Eggs, San Francisco Joe's Special and Banana Stuffed French Toast.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelMay 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't-miss breakfast menu. Turkey hash, generous omelets, open-faced challah BLT, anything off the griddle. If you're with a group, get an order of pancakes or French toast for the table.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 29, 2012
    If you don't mind a line that sometimes spills out the door, you'll be happy to learn that the quest for the perfect Reuben sandwich ends at Zaftigs! Take yours to go if you want to avoid a crowd. Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 23, 2012
    While the breakfast sandwich is excellent, the potato pancakes are the main attraction here.  If it is your first time, try the Empire Eggs to hit all the necessary food groups.
  • Michael M.
    Michael McGraw-HerdegSeptember 15, 2016
    Grilled pastrami and Swiss. NOT just a pastrami sandwich and NOT just "hot pastrami" (that's just a kind of meat). Grilled pastrami and Swiss. Great sandwich.
  • A S.
    A S1 week ago
    We tried the Mac n Cheese, the Monte Cristo and Lemon Chicken but everything lacked flavor (and texture for the Mac n Cheese). Potato latkes were the only saviour. And why such uninterested waitstaff?
  • Haleigh H.
    Haleigh HodgesOctober 20, 2015
    I love the Empire Eggs. However, now that I found out I have celiac disease I can not enjoy it anymore. They still have a great gluten free menu.
  • Max S.
    Max SaberFebruary 22, 2015
    I've never been disappointed once in the eight years I've been going to Zaftigs. The brunch is out of this world, their homefries are where it's at!
  • Celeste S.
    Celeste Scott-WalkerMarch 23, 2013
    always delicious - three fish plate, yum and they have a gluten-free menu - just be prepared to wait a VERY long time but it's worth it
  • BU Today
    BU TodayNovember 28, 2011
    Some favorites from our review: Pastrami and Swiss sandwich with French fries and potato. The Caesar salad is delightful, but don’t bother getting it with chicken. Read more
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilJuly 14, 2012
    Potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce are a must. Stuffed French toast is everything you think it would be and more.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelNovember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The fried egg BLT on challah is my go-to breakfast and the hot roast beef sandwich with mushroom gravy is a go-to lunch. This is a can't miss menu overall.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Never disappointed here. Corned beef hash is unbelievably tasty and the bagel chips are an awesome start to the meal.
  • Andres M.
    Andres MaciasMarch 15, 2014
    Try the Bbq brisket quesadilla, it's delicious. Very crowded on weekends during brunch time so get here early, it's worthy
  • Adam
    AdamApril 7, 2013
    Come early on a Sunday because anytime after 12 will be an absolute madhouse and you can wait up to an hour for 2!!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 14, 2011
    Get here early for Brunch to avoid long waits—be sure to ask for extra bagel chips to start, and get the blintzes and a side order of fat potato pancakes. Read more
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SzetoOctober 25, 2014
    banana stuffed french toast topped w/ date butter & fresh berries? ...get ready for the itis!
  • Steve L.
    Steve L.October 3, 2012
    Try the Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Pancakes, Sweet Noodle Koogle, Whoopie Pies, and Boston Cream Cupcake.
  • UrbanAmp
    UrbanAmpAugust 16, 2011
    Everything is delicious here, but best come early or plan your day on the weekends - the brunch line can get long!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica Allan SchmidtSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Every single breakfast item can cause an overdose of chocolate, or sweets, or of sheer yummy goodness. Totally worth it.
  • BU OffCampus Council
    BU OffCampus CouncilApril 10, 2012
    Amazing prices and excellent breakfast selection. Try their Empire Eggs next time you're in the area!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BishopAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always start with Chelsey's Cheese Fries ... after the complimentary bagel chips of course.
  • Ricky C.
    Ricky ChangApril 19, 2014
    Saw Jon Lester grabbing a late lunch with his family on a Friday. Bostonians we're totally chill and let him enjoy his meal in peace.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerMarch 2, 2015
    Can't go wrong with brunch here. Egg BLT - tasty, filling, well cooked.
  • David H.
    David HalloranAugust 23, 2014
    A great place for breakfast with kids. Put your name in and wait at the park next door!
  • @BostonAttitude
    @BostonAttitudeSeptember 5, 2015
    One of the Best Breakfast spots in Brookline, The pancakes are my favorite.
  • BJ C.
    BJ ChamberlainAugust 31, 2014
    Brunch menu is absolutely incredible. Almost always a line out the door, thought, gotta get here super early.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BristolJune 14, 2010
    Breakfast served all day & night. Go for the Banana-Walnut pancakes with butter, then walk down the street for a movie at Coolidge Corner Theatre. Read more
  • Alwyn V.
    Alwyn VelasquezMarch 1, 2012
    Try the Reuben Sandwich - Succulent combination of dark rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
  • Christina B.
    Christina BradleyOctober 20, 2012
    Worth the hour wait... Everything is amazing from the chocolate French toast to the banana stuffed French toast to the eggs Benedict.
  • Erin F.
    Erin ForbesMarch 2, 2010
    I love coming here for brunch and getting the banana-stuffed french toast! They also have great Jewish-American menu selections for lunch and dinner! Read more
  • w l.
    w lAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing eggs Benedict. Street parking.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJune 10, 2012
    My fav breakfast spot. Can't get enough of the lox and the challah bread French toast!
  • Felipe G.
    If you happen by Brookline for brunch you should try Zaftig's. Try the banana stuffed french toast for breakfast or the Lupo sandwhich for lunch. Read more
  • Alwyn V.
    Alwyn VelasquezMarch 1, 2012
    Try the chicken, cilantro, avocado & jack egg scramble - Deliciousness embraced by bread. Tangy, tasty and a perfect combination of ingredients.
  • Barzillai G.
    Barzillai GanyaApril 27, 2016
    Excellent location! $20 gets you in the backdoor... Well worth it! (Just kidding!)
  • Mark G.
    Mark GrahamAugust 16, 2015
    If you eat breakfast here and do not order the Empire Eggs, you're doing it wrong.
  • Rawan 🎀
    Rawan 🎀August 31, 2015
    Egg benedict with avocado is so good.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KuchmanSeptember 26, 2010
    Banana walnut pancakes w. Date butter are dairy free! And delicious! I'm lactose intolerant & never get to order restaurant pancakes, great find
  • WayneNH
    WayneNHMay 5, 2012
    Try the Dr. Browns soda, latkes and leave room for the desserts.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MillerNovember 14, 2010
    The hummus platter was great and an AMAZING value for the $7 cost. Wait to sit was much less than estimated.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrandlerSeptember 17, 2011
    Line up 1 hr before you want to have Sunday brunch - it's worth it and then some.
  • Shelly W.
    Shelly WeissJuly 22, 2016
    It's not easy to find great chopped liver, and they do it like your bubbie would!
  • Jess P.
    Jess PengNovember 14, 2010
    pass on the chocolate french toast (meh) - opt instead for the two best things on the menu: empire eggs & banana-stuffed french toast.
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AssensApril 21, 2015
    Incredible grilled cheese. All is good you can't go wrong
  • Jessica
    JessicaJanuary 12, 2015
    Bagel chips! Brunch is amazing, but be prepared to wait.
  • Jamme C.
    Jamme ChantlerJanuary 22, 2012
    Adore this place! Try Salmon & Corn Salad; it's amazing!
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 28, 2014
    There's nothing you can get here that you won't be in love with
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