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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.
  • 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.
  • A S.
    A SFebruary 12
    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?
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BishopAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always start with Chelsey's Cheese Fries ... after the complimentary bagel chips of course.
  • 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!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerMarch 2, 2015
    Can't go wrong with brunch here. Egg BLT - tasty, filling, well cooked.
  • 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.
  • @BostonAttitude
    @BostonAttitudeSeptember 5, 2015
    One of the Best Breakfast spots in Brookline, The pancakes are my favorite.
  • David H.
    David HalloranAugust 23, 2014
    A great place for breakfast with kids. Put your name in and wait at the park next door!
  • Madona S.
    Best brunch spot in Brookline!!! Get the eggs benedicts on top of latkes!!!
  • BJ C.
    BJ ChamberlainAugust 31, 2014
    Brunch menu is absolutely incredible. Almost always a line out the door, thought, gotta get here super early.
  • w l.
    w lAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing eggs Benedict. Street parking.
  • 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.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav breakfast spot. Can't get enough of the lox and the challah bread French toast!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Reuben Sandwich - Succulent combination of dark rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
  • Barzillai G.
    Barzillai GanyaApril 27, 2016
    Excellent location! $20 gets you in the backdoor... Well worth it! (Just kidding!)
  • Rawan 🎀
    Rawan 🎀August 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Egg benedict with avocado is so good.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GrahamAugust 16, 2015
    If you eat breakfast here and do not order the Empire Eggs, you're doing it wrong.
  • 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.
  • Miriam G.
    Jewish style but NOT kosher. The knishes and borscht are some of the best.
  • 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
  • Shelly W.
    Shelly WeissJuly 22, 2016
    It's not easy to find great chopped liver, and they do it like your bubbie would!
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AssensApril 21, 2015
    Incredible grilled cheese. All is good you can't go wrong
  • 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.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJanuary 12, 2015
    Bagel chips! Brunch is amazing, but be prepared to wait.
  • Perry B.
    Ordered sandwiches to go. Hot corned beef was excellent, hot pastrami fatty. Don't order the sour pickles, taste like they came from a jar in the midwest. Counter service was very acomodating.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 28, 2014
    There's nothing you can get here that you won't be in love with
  • Jamme C.
    Jamme ChantlerJanuary 22, 2012
    Adore this place! Try Salmon & Corn Salad; it's amazing!
  • Leigh G.
    Leigh GrinbergJune 20, 2013
    The brisket chili is BOMB if chili is your thing
  • Doctor M.
    Doctor MouseSeptember 26, 2016
    Great sandwiches & soup. Great prices, friendly staff.
  • Lessa C.
    Lessa ChungJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Empire Eggs and/or Banana stuffed French Toast - worth the wait!
  • Eddie M.
    Eddie MejiaAugust 24, 2012
    Try the Banana Stuffed French Toast - in a Bourbon-Vanilla batter with date butter and berries.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaOctober 31, 2016
    I love all their breakfast options and the staff is super friendly
  • Aleksander M.
    Their knish are great. I also enjoyed the bagel crisps a lot.
  • aaron c.
    aaron chioMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    In the mood for a sandwich? The 7th avenue is the way to go. Get some cupcakes on the way out too... they're awesome
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciMay 10, 2012
    The banana stuffed French toast is unreal. I literally almost ordered another one right after I finished
  • 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.
  • Shivani S.
    Shivani ShirgaviMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The banana stuffed French toast and herb chicken are my favorites.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 13, 2014
    Matzoh ball soup is truly the best cold remedy. Get some Jewish penicillin when you're here.
  • Robin G.
    Robin GayleJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is absolutely fantastic and homemade! To die for :)
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 28, 2012
    Sandwiches bigger than your face. Stuff yourself and then digest while watching a movie across the street.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WhiteMarch 13, 2011
    The smoked maple bacon will blow your mind right off your head, delish!!!
  • Hillel K.
    Hillel KorinOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bagel chips are the best and the omelets are great
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SummeyJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Can't beat their grilles cheese challah paired with chicken matzo soup -- yummy in my tummy!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HasenplaughAugust 10, 2010
    The open-faced turkey sandwich with cranberries is excellent. Like turkey dinner on a piece of bread
  • Michael H.
    Michael HousmanMay 15, 2013
    Homemade banana french toast one of a kind delicious
  • andrew b.
    andrew bernsteinJanuary 4, 2011
    This is the best, you cant beat this place. Not your traditional Jewish Deli.
  • @BostonAttitude
    @BostonAttitudeOctober 18, 2013
    Banana Stuffed French Toast!! and you can Thank me Later
  • Michael F.
    Michael FitzpatrickAugust 19, 2012
    Best (bottomless) fresh-squeezed lemonade- in the world.
  • Nicholas K.
    Nicholas KraftFebruary 20, 2010
    Here's a tip, when trying to help the kids find the right trail home, follow the second from the left. Everything else is a dead end!
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapJuly 18, 2010
    Love the Rueben, as well as the New Yorker. Whitefish is also excellent!! :-)
  • amlom ..
    amlom .April 11, 2010
    you might have to wait a long while, but the latkes are worth it. with apple sauce. and so is their cobb salad.
  • Wayne
    WayneOctober 13, 2014
    The Lupo is absolutely amazing! It's so big, you might die after eating it.
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon ChungAugust 12, 2014
    Great brunch, loves the eggs Benedict
  • Stephanie S.
    There's usually a wait, but it's never as long as they say it will be.
  • Demian S.
    Demian SeilerAugust 4, 2011
    The potato pancakes and smoked salmon are amazing.
  • Yoav S.
    Yoav ShapiraMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken soup in Boston, good when you're sick.
  • Monia B.
    Monia BodenmuellerMarch 19, 2014
    I love Zaftigs!! Everything is great!!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CicconeSeptember 29, 2011
    Order the potato pancakes. Reminds me of the high holidays!
  • Kara B.
    Kara BrickmanNovember 1, 2011
    The latkes are to die or at least kill for
  • Greg M.
    Greg MonahanJanuary 5, 2013
    Gravy fries and corned beef sandwich for the win
  • Gaspard v.
    Gaspard van KoNovember 23, 2013
    Order one thing at a time. Dishes are big !
  • Evan S.
    Evan ScottSeptember 11, 2013
    I find the food to be very hit or miss. Definitely try the loaded latkes though.
  • Phoenix R.
    Phoenix RuiouJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Never disappoints!!! Honestly the best restaurant in town!!!
  • Art V.
    Art VandelayApril 2, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the banana stuffed French toast or the empire eggs.
  • Peter C.
    Peter CohenFebruary 6, 2012
    Can't go wrong with the challah french toast.
  • Areej S.
    Areej SAugust 31, 2013
    Good service ♥, delicious breakfast
  • Nick S.
    Nick SayersNovember 7, 2012
    Get everything because it is all delicious!
  • Linda T.
    Linda TaoNovember 10, 2011
    banana stuffed french toast is the best in boston.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GOctober 4, 2015
    Try the banana stuffed French toast, it's great
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 18, 2014
    1 hour+ wait on weekends. Vastly overrated in comparison to anything you can get in NY. Service is slow.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeistMay 19, 2012
    There is free (no meter) 2-hour parking on Stedman St. a couple blocks away.
  • Susie I.
    Susie IstockApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lox scramble. Yum!
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The Raphel open faced turkey sandwich with mash and cran apricot chutney is the ultimate comfort food
  • greg s.
    greg soutieaJuly 28, 2012
    Bloody Mary with sale? NOT GOOD. Everything else? Delicious!!
  • Rob W.
    Rob WeingeistMarch 1, 2010
    The LupoHot brisket layered between two potato pancakes, vegetable gravy and horseradish
  • Naomi D.
    Naomi D'OttavioSeptember 6, 2010
    Best deli sandwiches. Best half sour pickles. So yummy.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SifreJune 25, 2011
    Try the BBQ brisket quesadilla... Heaven!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithDecember 2, 2015
    It's all about the banana stuffed French toast!
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChanFebruary 15, 2013
    Their omelet is so gooood.
  • Molly B.
    Molly BourqueJune 9, 2012
    The coffee is like crack. SO GOOD.
  • Marissa W.
    Marissa WindowNovember 12, 2012
    Salmon quesadilla. Forever & always.
  • Dana F.
    Dana FNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Om nom nom bagel chips + spread are money.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhairJuly 11, 2011
    This place is terribly overrated for breakfast? Been here a few times and it constantly disappoints. On a positive note, the coffee is good! Don't waste your time (long lines) and money($$$) here.
  • Laura C.
    Laura C.July 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bagel chips and cream cheese before the meal are great! But only after noon.
  • Heidi W.
    Heidi WardOctober 8, 2011
    Don't miss the banana stuffed French toast! It's legendary.
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PsatySeptember 1, 2010
    If you're hungry, try the Lupo. That's my go-to.
  • Lincoln L.
    Lincoln Lawrence, Jr.January 19, 2012
    If you're looking for a real Deli, go to NYC.
  • Mohamed B.
    Mohamed BamashmousMarch 29, 2010
    Banana Stuffed French toast are the best a must try .....
  • Steve L.
    Steve L.January 19, 2013
    Today and last week the cupcakes I got were starting to go stale.
  • Claire C.
    Claire ChenAugust 1, 2013
    Corned beef is so good!
  • Merida W.
    Merida WrightOctober 19, 2014
    Incredible French toast!
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowSeptember 22, 2013
    Empire eggs, ftw!!!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiuJuly 3, 2014
    Mentioned by @ihnatko on Macbreak Weekly
  • Nicholas M.
    Nicholas MorenoJune 26, 2016
    Get the soup and a sandwich.
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa AllenApril 7, 2010
    Fantastic brunch spot - worth the wait.
  • Javier L.
    Javier LlamasSeptember 17, 2013
    good deli at coolidge corner
  • sheri k.
    sheri kJuly 26, 2009
    The line to get in sucks, but the San Francisco Joe Eggs are really one of the best things you can for breakfast in Boston.
  • Drew S.
    Drew ScaranoMarch 30, 2014
    Great deli food
  • Filiz M.
    Filiz MNovember 12, 2016
    Yummy yumm..
  • Joyce L.
    Joyce LuAugust 19, 2010
    empire eggs ~ an amazing meal!!
  • Nicholas K.
    Nicholas KraftFebruary 20, 2010
    On the children's menu, a lot of the words in the word find are backwards. Eraweb...
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaNovember 19, 2016
    !!!Potato Pancakes!!! All day.
  • Megan
    MeganJune 8, 2012
    Great salads!!
  • Pompeyo D.
    Pompeyo De FalcoSeptember 26, 2016
    they are not open monday until 8
  • Richard F.
    Richard FeindelOctober 23, 2010
    Empire Eggs are amazing!
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneDecember 26, 2012
    Don't go on Christmas — they'll be closed! #WTF
  • Chuck T.
    Chuck ToporekNovember 23, 2011
    Here for the soup
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenOctober 11, 2009
    Plan on a 45-60 minute wait Saturday and Sunday mornings, *all* morning
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 20, 2010
    Try the Rueben
  • Deanna B.
    Deanna BushartAugust 12, 2011
    Great Breakfasts!
  • Chrysanthe T.
    Chrysanthe TenentesAugust 10, 2011
    granola pancakes=zomg.
  • Max S.
    Max StewartAugust 2, 2010
    EXCELLENT place to get FAT Read more
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenOctober 11, 2009
    Don't get the Challah bread toast - it's more bland than plain white bread!
  • Nils M.
    Nils MontanFebruary 20, 2010
    On the childrens menu, the only thing to color in is a snow man...
  • Annie S.
    Annie ShrefflerNovember 12, 2009
    Fantastic breakfast!
  • Derek C.
    Derek CAugust 11, 2013
    Slowest. Service. Ever.
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