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Zaftigs Delicatessen

Deli / Bodega, Jewish Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Coolidge Corner, Brookline
  • 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)
    Art V.
    "Get the banana stuffed French toast or the empire eggs."(3 Tips)
140 Tips and reviews
  • banana stuffed french toast
  • brunch food
  • potato pancakes
  • sandwiches
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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 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?
  • 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.
  • Madona S.
    Madona S. Haber2 weeks ago
    Best brunch spot in Brookline!!! Get the eggs benedicts on top of latkes!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alwyn V.
    Alwyn VelasquezMarch 1, 2012
    Try the Reuben Sandwich - Succulent combination of dark rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
  • w l.
    w lAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing eggs Benedict. Street parking.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Lessa C.
    Lessa ChungJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Empire Eggs and/or Banana stuffed French Toast - worth the wait!
  • Leigh G.
    Leigh GrinbergJune 20, 2013
    The brisket chili is BOMB if chili is your thing
  • 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
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 13, 2014
    Matzoh ball soup is truly the best cold remedy. Get some Jewish penicillin when you're here.
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciMay 10, 2012
    The banana stuffed French toast is unreal. I literally almost ordered another one right after I finished
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WhiteMarch 13, 2011
    The smoked maple bacon will blow your mind right off your head, delish!!!
  • Shivani S.
    Shivani ShirgaviMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The banana stuffed French toast and herb chicken are my favorites.
  • Aleksander M.
    Their knish are great. I also enjoyed the bagel crisps a lot.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaOctober 31, 2016
    I love all their breakfast options and the staff is super friendly
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 28, 2012
    Sandwiches bigger than your face. Stuff yourself and then digest while watching a movie across the street.
  • Robin G.
    Robin GayleJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is absolutely fantastic and homemade! To die for :)
  • Doctor M.
    Doctor MouseSeptember 26, 2016
    Great sandwiches & soup. Great prices, friendly staff.
  • Hillel K.
    Hillel KorinOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bagel chips are the best and the omelets are great
  • Eddie M.
    Eddie MejiaAugust 24, 2012
    Try the Banana Stuffed French Toast - in a Bourbon-Vanilla batter with date butter and berries.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HasenplaughAugust 10, 2010
    The open-faced turkey sandwich with cranberries is excellent. Like turkey dinner on a piece of bread
  • 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!
  • andrew b.
    andrew bernsteinJanuary 4, 2011
    This is the best, you cant beat this place. Not your traditional Jewish Deli.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HousmanMay 15, 2013
    Homemade banana french toast one of a kind delicious
  • 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!
  • @BostonAttitude
    @BostonAttitudeOctober 18, 2013
    Banana Stuffed French Toast!! and you can Thank me Later
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapJuly 18, 2010
    Love the Rueben, as well as the New Yorker. Whitefish is also excellent!! :-)
  • Michael F.
    Michael FitzpatrickAugust 19, 2012
    Best (bottomless) fresh-squeezed lemonade- in the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon ChungAugust 12, 2014
    Great brunch, loves the eggs Benedict
  • Yoav S.
    Yoav ShapiraMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken soup in Boston, good when you're sick.
  • 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
  • Wayne
    WayneOctober 13, 2014
    The Lupo is absolutely amazing! It's so big, you might die after eating it.
  • Peter C.
    Peter CohenFebruary 6, 2012
    Can't go wrong with the challah french toast.
  • Monia B.
    Monia BodenmuellerMarch 19, 2014
    I love Zaftigs!! Everything is great!!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MonahanJanuary 5, 2013
    Gravy fries and corned beef sandwich for the win
  • Linda T.
    Linda TaoNovember 10, 2011
    banana stuffed french toast is the best in boston.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SayersNovember 7, 2012
    Get everything because it is all delicious!
  • Evan S.
    Evan ScottSeptember 11, 2013
    I find the food to be very hit or miss. Definitely try the loaded latkes though.
  • Gaspard v.
    Gaspard van KoNovember 23, 2013
    Order one thing at a time. Dishes are big !
  • Areej S.
    Areej SAugust 31, 2013
    Good service ♥, delicious breakfast
  • 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 25+ times
    Get the banana stuffed French toast or the empire eggs.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GOctober 4, 2015
    Try the banana stuffed French toast, it's great
  • 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
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeistMay 19, 2012
    There is free (no meter) 2-hour parking on Stedman St. a couple blocks away.
  • Caroline C.
    The french toast is definitely something to order.
  • Susie I.
    Susie IstockApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lox scramble. Yum!
  • 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.
  • Naomi D.
    Naomi D'OttavioSeptember 6, 2010
    Best deli sandwiches. Best half sour pickles. So yummy.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WeingeistMarch 1, 2010
    The LupoHot brisket layered between two potato pancakes, vegetable gravy and horseradish
  • greg s.
    greg soutieaJuly 28, 2012
    Bloody Mary with sale? NOT GOOD. Everything else? Delicious!!
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