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Bay Cities Italian Deli

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$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
+1 310-395-8279
09:00 - 19:00
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Santa Monica, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You often hear that Bay Cities is the best deli on the Westside, maybe in all of LA. And what you hear would be correct. Although the parking lot is a hassle (walk or bike if you can) and it is crowded at lunch (come early or order ahead) few sandwiches are better than a "Godmother with The Works". There... More 

Thank _dt_arch
Saint Louis, Missouri
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154 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great sandwich had the Italian Combo and it was one of the best deli sandwiches I have recently eaten; Deli was crowed service was friendly and fast for the lunch rush; a definite must have again.

Thank James G
Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a must stop when visiting Santa Monica. It's true blue italian subs are the best and there's always a line out the door. I don't have a favorite it just depends on the mood your in that day. They make it all

Thank edenalpert
Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I recently went to Bay Cities to get a few Godmother sandwiches for the family. Usually, the bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. However, this time they were all just soggy as if they'd been made the day before. The young guys behind the counter didn't seem interested in the job. They were just joking... More 

Thank hopeisatraveler
Santa Monica, CA
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234 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a pretty good market with an OK deli inside; the sandwiches are plentiful but not cheap, and there is usually a wait during the mid day and lunch hours.

Thank ferdferd
Dereham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We visited this deli after reading a travel guide review of the sandwiches and were glad we did. Arriving with a small backpack, the security guard informed us we would need to take it off and leave it with him while ordering and then went on to ask if we had been before. When we confirmed that we hadn't, he... More 

Thank Ben H
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a great deli with some high-quality foods. Bread, cheese, olives, spreads, coffee, wines and bunch of other intl' proucts. Don't feel intimidated by the mass of hungry folks. Get a number & get in line. It moves fast. The pro's behind the counter know their job so let them recommend. After you pay you can try & find... More 

Thank Chokocat
Santa Monica, California
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

If you want to assure yourself a great sandwich for lunch, this is the only place in Santa Monica that is guaranteed to be tasty. And if you are originally used to that taste of a meatball and peppers sandwich you ate at the Jersey Shore, here is the one West Coast place that can duplicate it. The upside is... More 

Thank Rich J
Santa Monica
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

A standard local go to Deli, lunch is a scene with a long line to order. Best sandwiches the godmother is the most popular. There is hot food as well. It's is also a market and Italian specialties are the best. My very favorite Italian Deli anywhere. A Santa Monica institution. Tables outside to eat. Has a parking lot too.

Thank jerseygirl90409
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

These people think they know Italian food but they're really just jokesters. Two sandwiches my friend and I had were medicore. Tuna salad tasted pre-made and old and artificial at that. Certainly not worth the wait or rude treatment by staff who give off the idea that they could care less about your patronage. Whole experience felt like I was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-8279

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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