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Bay Cities Italian Deli

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
+1 310-395-8279
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
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“sandwiches” (91 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is a great, old fashioned, super busy deli! We found 3 ingredient bread in LA, which is nigh on impossible! It was wonderful sourdoughand cost less than $3 a loaf! We also got some great cheeses, olives and drinks for a car picnic -...More

Thank Dromomaniac
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Was wandering around Santa Monica the other day when I saw the Italian Deli sign and had to stop in. I was confronted by a massive line at the take-a-number Deli counter and I did. The video menu showed a great assortment of sandwiches, meats,...More

Thank patrick v
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Arguably the best sandwich I have ever eaten (at least one a week). The wait can be long at times, but if you are going to just scoop the Godmother, they have them fresh and pre made. Easy to just pick up. You are welcome...More

Thank Matt E
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Ever since my brother-in-law turned us onto Bay Cities, it is a must stop whenever we visit Santa Monica. As others have mentioned, you definitely need to have patience as this place is busy...and for good reason! We went at peak hour, and there were...More

Thank MexRazor
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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