Berkeley >Food & Dining > Saul's Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470937.880719 -122.268930
Su-Th 8-9, F-Sa 8-9:30
Neighborhoods: North Berkeley
A deli to die for! – When I lived in Davis, I would visit Berkeley just to have a knish and pastrami omelet for breakfast at Saul's. Now that I live in Los Angeles again, I can't just make a "Saturday of it" in the Bay Area...but I can definitely guarantee a stop when I visit my family in Danville. Since I was last at Saul's, they've expanded and have more tables, but definitely haven't changed the feel or ambience. I can tell you that the breakfasts are just as good as they were a decade ago. The Deli Hash was packed full of corned beef, pastrami, and salami, and the spinach-mushroom knish is just as good as it ever was. Go on in and try a great deli sandwich and a Dr. Brown's black cherry soda!
just a Saturday out – Non-pretentious, I appreciated that the customers around me in this business establishment seemed congenial. And the food seemed authentic to the culture it represents and the community it extends itself to.
TASTY FOOD WITH AN ADDITION OF FRIENDLYNESS – Food at Saul's is great, the flavor is at the exact right point. I think the restaurant does need more workers so they don't rush the hole time and have more time to spend with customers and make us feel really at home. I have noticed that the bussers are always working really hard. Therefor, if you want to have a taste of jewish deli food you must try Saul's.
Mediocre Food/ Appalling Service – I've frequented Saul's over the past 2 years, and have always returned hoping that the service and food would improve. The location and atmosphere is good, however the service is terrible-the hostess is rude and the food is less than average. I have been served cold pancakes, a burnt bagel, dirty glasses, which has made each experience at Saul's very unplesant. On my last visit the hostess was so blatantly rude, I just could not stay to endure her treatment along with the very mediocre food.
Closest NY-style Deli in Bay Area – Despite the negative reviews I've read on their service, on the contrary, we had good service when we dined there recently; the hostess and waitress were prompt and friendly.
The food was good; it's as close as you can get to NY style deli sandwiches, and so are their prices...$10+ for a sandwich. The sandwiches were piled high and the pastrami was lean - Mmmm.
Not Worth It – With all the great restaurants in North Berkeley, I don't know why anyone bothers to come here. The food is okay, but incredibly overpriced. The service at the tables is rude and surly, although the staff at the counter is nice enough.
As a native New Yorker I would have to say Saul's is pretty close to as authentic as West Coast Deli's go. It absolutely buries Max's Deli. The real ethnic stuff like the pickles, pastrami, herring, egg creams, and chopped liver, and rye bread was good. Certainly the best deli experience I have had since moving out here 7 years ago.
The desserts need some work. Black and Whites, Rugelach, and Cheesecake mediocre at best.
Servers need a little more personality.
My favorite place for bad service! – Saul's is one of my favorite places for Brunch or dinner. I tend to doubt myself the last year or so as the service has gone down the toilet. It's never been especially good but this past year it's just horrible.
The reubans are the best in Berkeley, (snicker if you will) if not the whole Bay Area. The chicken in a pot is a must have for those sniffly evenings.
Other favorites of mine: mega mushroom, fallafel sandwich (which seems to shrink every time I order it) and for breakfast either the Saul's deli platter or the latkes, (available all day long and run from delicious to burnt to a crisp).
Don't expect refills on anything. Bring your own artificial sweetener.. It's true what they say about the service not being very attentive.
Sauls is only so-so – This place's popularity puzzles me. The food is mediocre. The prices are too high. The service is pretty awful--give up on getting refills on water, receiving the bill within 20 minutes of when you're done. The kitchen tends to screw up orders, and even the hostess can be surly. Yet the place is always packed. It's a mystery.
A nice BERKELEY deli – So...it's not a New York deli. If you want a New York deli go to/stay in New York! That said: I'm not saying Saul's is perfect, but it's pretty good. I'm especially glad (on my last visit) that they have stopped the outrageous practice of charging for the pickles.
I love the chopped liver and the Reuben sandwiches. The chicken soup is tasty, and I'm always in the mood for a cold bowl of Borscht topped with a dollop of sour cream.
I'm not crazy about the service. It ranges from okay to atrocious.
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