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Walls lined with murals and pics of Celebrities!!! - Dz Akins, San Diego, CA

Dz Akins

4.7
4.7
31 Reviews
$30 and under
Deli

New York Style Deli located in your backyard, massive menu, and fast paced people watching environment.
Reminder of what once was "Real Deli's" in America still here in your San Diego. Full Deli counter, Bakery in house and all made from scratch with love. 102 Sandwiches to many to choose from, and some really BIG Salads for anyone's desire. Home Style Dinners like your grandmother used to make, and some extreme Eastern European dishes that with blow your mind. Sick? No problem, we have the best medicine, D.Z. Akin's Matzoh Ball Soup! We also have 6 other soups on a daily basis for those soup lovers!!!
We've been voted San Diego Best Deli countless years, and we're in the news and on the radio all the time.
We are right off the Highway 8 east for your convenience, now doing online ordering on OUR WEBSITE and DELIVERY through our delivery partners. Thank you for supporting family owned businesses!!!

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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Deli, Breakfast, Dessert

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 265-0218

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women

  • Neighborhood

    College Area

  • Cross street

    70th st and Alvarado rd

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    70th street and Alvarado Plaza trolley stops on the green line.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 31 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Diego

    Kid Friendly

  • San Diego

    Great for Lunch

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. E

    Erika

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Always love the food, staff is almost always so great. A family favorite for many years. This time we had fruit flies(?) in our faces the whole meal. Spent the evening swatting. Maybe traps can be set out? Love you DZ's!

  2. SB

    SamuelB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    D. Z Akins continues to set the standard for Jewish Delis in the San Diego area. Our food was well prepared, generously portioned, and fairly priced. Their stuffed cabbage entree, in particular, was delicious, doing full justice to my memories of that dish when I was growing up. Run, don't walk, to D.Z. Akins...!

  3. JW

    JulieW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We celebrated Father's day with brunch at DZ Akins. We all found something to eat among the vast amount of menu items. Good value and the portions are large. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Bernice has served us before and we were glad to have her serve us again this morning. She and the other ladies came by to refresh our coffee throughout our time here. We are a multigenerational family with 17 members and everyone had a great morning meal. We were lucky to get this reservation at DZ Akins; another reservation (at a different restaurant) was abruptly canceled and we found this availability on Open Table.

  4. CK

    CherylK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a favorite place for breakfast lunch or dinner. The breakfast wasdelicious - I had a 3 egg omelette which came with awesome fried potaoes and chose a bagel with cream cheese in lieu of toast. GREAT bagels! Asa matter of fact, their deli and the bakery are outstanding!

  5. S

    Sanra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Went for breakfast about 8:30, food was yummy and service was great.

  6. C

    Carole

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    I had salami and eggs..a throw back to my younger years...it was PERFECT. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts is the pricing. It is pretty expensive for what it is, but if price isn't an issue...go for it...everything is good!!!

  7. GM

    GregM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A favorite of ours for 30 years. Amazing Deli

  8. G

    Giovanni

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Will definitely be back.

  9. TL

    TimmerLG

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good service and food.

  10. j

    jeffs

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    DZ Akins has gone way downhill since the old days. Quality of food is low for most items. Big portions if you’re into that. Menu is huge. Maybe they could increase quality by focusing on a subset of their current offerings. And many items wander from traditional Jewish deli

  11. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I just love this place. To start, DZ has the best bagels & cream cheese in San Diego, in my opinion! And while I always get a bagel with a little something on the side, my fiance has tried almost everything else on the breakfast menu at this point with only good things to say. The portion sizes of the meals are large and not overpriced, which is a nice change from the normal brunch spots around town. And just as importantly, the staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming. After your meal, you'd do yourself a favor to head over to the bakery/deli and pick up a little something for later. This is, hands down, our favorite place to come on a Saturday morning!

  12. JW

    JulieW

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Menu is so vast it is often hard to decide what to eat. Fortunately, most everything on the menu is tasty and hearty. Their sandwiches are packed with filling and will ensure you will have another meal to enjoy at home. We love the mushroom chicken; it's nourishing and satisfying as our most of their other entrees. Other in my family love that they serve breakfast all day long -- so, breakfast for dinner!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a great time at DZ Akins. It was my first time and certainly won’t be my last!

  14. LW

    LilianaW

    Baja California

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Good for Breakfast and for lunch! Good service and plates are big;

  15. LD

    LanceD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Huge portions, server was not very attentive. Homemade corn beef can't be beat.

  16. LM

    LindaM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an enjoyable dining experience...and always a bonus when they have my cinnamon roll WITH raisins available!!

  17. HS

    HerbS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was just like my mother used to make, plus a usual Sunday brunch. It's a treat to be able to go to DZ Akins and feast on their outstanding food. Can't wait for the next time we go there.

  18. SK

    SueK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always DZAkins didn't disappoint, great Deli dining. It's the first restaurant I've been to in recent times that was fully and efficiently staffed. A welcome surprise 😍

  19. PD

    PatriciaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    The hostess went out of her way to check on us while waiting for our party to arrive. Our waitress was amazing and the best waitress that we have ever had at DZ Akins. I wish I knew her name, we were seated outside and she had told us that she's been with the restaurant for many years (curly black hair, maybe Latino? About 40-50 yrs old). She deserves a pat in the back, we really appreciated how friendly she was.

  20. M

    Mike

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, the food was great, and the server respected our need to leave the restaurant a certain time. We had not eaten in the restaurant in quite a while, but we are determined to do so more often since we were reminded of how good the food is.

  21. CK

    CherylK

    San Diego

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We were seated immediately with reservation. Parking as usual was difficult. Food was excellent and ample. There were so many bakery choices, it was hard to choose. Always worth the trip, as we don't live in the area.

  22. MC

    MimiC

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Such a great place! I had the hot pastrami and it was fab. Our server was wonderful as well. Topped it all off with a black and white cookie. Delish!

  23. UL

    UncleLee

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    D.Z. Akins has always been my favorite. Love the deli. Love the bakery. Our server, Tonya, was amazing!

  24. SH

    SuzieH

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Kitchen is a bit noisy but overall nice.

  25. SC

    SCOOTERBOOTER

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Servings are abundant and easily a share dish. Had the Ruben which was amazing. Bakery has an abundance of options and there is a gift shop. Loads of items on the menu to chose from.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had reservations Table was waiting when we got there.. Great service. Great food. Great atmosphere. No complaints.

  27. J

    Jackie

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A longtime favorite. I always bring out-of-town visitors here!

  28. S

    Seth

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been going to DZ Akins for over 20 years--the food is always top notch and the service is always excellent, and this visit was no exception. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, and the dessert menu was to die for. They even have a great deli/bakery counter where you can purchase many of the cold cuts & baked goods on the menu to take home. I will never miss an opportunity to drop in for a meal when I'm in the area.

  29. CH

    ConnieH

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very disappointed! We arrived at the restaurant at our reservation time to find the doors locked. We entered through another door as directed by an employee. We were told the kitchen was closed. We were asked to leave. There was no offer of an apology or compensation. The hostess was rude. I showed her our reservation and she just shrugged her shoulders. We are good customers of this restaurant And we’re very disappointed to be given a reservation and then to be told upon arrival that they were closed.

  30. LY

    LYNNP

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always receive great service and the food is both plentiful and yummy!

  31. B

    Billy2013

    San Francisco

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2

    1st time to eat in, but 5 times to-go over the past 1 year. Had Sat 8:30pm OT resy, place 98% empty with WAY more staff than customers, most cleaning up for their 9pm close…their main focus, SADLY. Our Server was young & very friendly nice guy likely college student, Zach I think, he came over after we had been waiting a few minutes to order (yes, they apparently closing soon). Food always good, you get what you pay for & pay what you get, not cheap, but fair. FYI: carpets GROSS & OLD all over, bathrooms need upgrade too. Otherwise ok. Have met co-owner Debi once, nice lady. Staff says that her ex-husband there during days & their younger son runs the biz too. Family operation still. Great small deli & small bakery & FUN religious themed giftshop. Quite a place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dz Akins using the Order Online button. Dz Akins also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 265-0218.

Dz Akins is rated 4.7 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Dz Akins

6930 Alvarado Rd San Diego, CA 92120

Additional information

  • Cross street

    70th st and Alvarado rd

  • Neighborhood

    College Area

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Deli, Breakfast, Dessert

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    70th street and Alvarado Plaza trolley stops on the green line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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