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Bay Cities Italian Deli

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
+1 310-395-8279
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
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“sandwiches” (92 reviews)
“bread” (54 reviews)
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Italian, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In NYC, one can find a delicious sandwich in most any neighborhood. But in LA, at least West of the 405, this is the one and only place I can rely on for an always tasty lunch. Additional pluses are the pre-made salads and gourmet...More

Thank Rich J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is an absolute zoo. Unless you come on the off hours. The hot pastrami might be the best in town. Parking is limited. But it is all worth it once you get a bite of the sandwich

Thank mspitzer18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place, everything Italian, sandwich's to pasta, the food is great, eat there or take away, you won't be disappointed. Be prepared to wait especially at lunch time, it's worth it.

Thank Patrick K. L
Reviewed 30 December 2017

I haven't been here in years and decided to treat myself after dropping some relatives off for sightseeing in Santa Monica. Yeah...it's busy and the wait to get your order in is long-but it's worth it! Their prices have risen but it's still great quality...More

Thank Sid k
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Everyone loves this place... .be ready to wait.. .never be in a rush... and yes it is good ... old fashion italian deli sandwiches..

Thank Jerry P
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This place is obviously THE place to come for lunch in Santa Monica. Seriously busy inside at lunchtime and for a first timer in the Deli a little bit overwhelming!! So much to choose from!! We opted from the pre-made Brie, Ham and Cranberry sandwich...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 21 October 2017

I'm visiting Santa Monica, CA on business. And to my fellow business travelers when you're in the area you've got to stop by Bay Cities Deli. I love good sandwiches and this place set a record in my book. A co-worker treated me to lunch...More

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Technically it's now a "restaurant" with sit down service. It reminds me so much of Zabar's deli on the upper west side of New York. There is simple no other place like it that I know of in L.A. And I am from L.A. --...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

I'm not a sandwich person, but I fantasize about the Godmother. The combination of flavors from the meats and peppers and that amazing fresh bread is heavenly! I prefer the spicy one, but they're both great! The BEST sandwich I've ever had. The deli itself...More

Thank Leedom6
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Well after watching Jerry and Bob going there in Comedians in Cars and reading the great reviews on this site I had to get me a godmother. I am from Montreal and I am Italian. Gotta admit I was a little stressed driving in bumper...More

Thank Mario P
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Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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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