Readers’ Choice 2019: Jewish Restaurant

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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

(415) 487-3354  •

Another San Francisco favorite, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, has its flagship location in the heart of the Mission District, serving up a menu right from the deli hit parade including: pastrami on rye, bagel and smoked salmon, and potato latkes, plus new favorites. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner til 9 p.m. except Sunday, when it closes at 3 p.m.


(628) 444-3666 •

100-year-old recipes from great-grandfather Mosheh (who made the trek from Iraq to Israel) have found their way to San Francisco to Frena’s kosher bakery, which specializes in sweet and savory pastries and bread including bagels, challahs, bourekas and other scrumptious fare. Enjoy dining in, carrying out, or a catered event with an exclusive menu — many items baked in a brick oven. Features beautiful custom-designed cakes as well as a special vegan menu.



Augie’s Montreal Deli


(510) 984-0283  •

Only familiar with New York-style delis? You’re in for a taste-awakening adventure! Augie’s specializes in Canadian-inspired fare, including authentic Montreal smoke meat sandwiches — imagine the love child of pastrami and corned beef and Quebocois poutine (thick beef gravy on french-fried potatoes with fresh cheese curds — is your mouth watering yet?). Just perfect alongside sides and local craft brews!

Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen


(510) 848-3354  •

An all-time favorite gathering spot in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen bridges “the links between the ‘Old Country’ and the ‘New World,’” according to the website, honoring the Jewish immigrant culture while emphasizing fresh, seasonal fare. Special meal events and catering for Jewish holidays.



Izzy‘s Brooklyn Bagels


(650) 329-0700  •

Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels in Palo Alto is open seven days a week to supply the freshest, tastiest bagels this side of the continent, along with spreads and other fixin’s.

Oren’s Hummus


Four cities host Oren’s Hummus: Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Fantastic versions of classic Israeli and Middle Eastern fare, including sabich, shakshuka and schnitzel, and hummus every which way you can imagine it.



Wise Sons Larkspur Bagelry


(415) 787-3354  •

The Larkspur Bagelry, an outpost of S.F.-based Wise Sons, is inside the Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing. In addition to bagels, bagel sandwiches and bakery goods, offerings include matzah ball soup and salads. Customers can also pick up traditional deli favorites in the to-go case. Wise Sons also sets up shop at Bay Area farmers markets, including Sunday mornings at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.

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