1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.017748 -118.48933
M Closed, Tu-Sa 9am-7pm, Su 9am-6pm
Neighborhoods: West LA, Pico
This place is ALWAYS busy and the parking can be a headache but it's worth the trouble. The Godmother is a must try, but I love that I can pick and choose my meats and cheeses depending on my taste buds for the day. Adding a side of macaroni salad may be a good idea.
Bad Service - - Long Wait - SoSo Sandwich – I ordered the Godmother with the works, but forgot to ask to hold the mayo and mustard. Half-way through making the sandwich, I informed the sandwich maker that I had forgotten to ask to hold the mayo and mustard. He reluctantly made me another sandwich. Here's the kicker. Instead of the peppers they usually include with the "works", this A-hole substituted pickled veggies (Yuck!). For this I waited 30 minutes? OK, my mistake for not requesting to hold the mayo and mustard, but to purposely screw up the sandwich is just plain rude.
great sandwich!! – i went here a couple of weeks ago and just got to writing a review....i went here just to see how great this deli is. it ends up being a little italian grocery store very cute. and the deli section is where you can get your sandwiches. my mother is a pastrami fanatic so i mainly came for her. she loved it her favorite was the fresh bread and the hot pepper salad in the sandwich that made it unique. i got the potroast sandwich it was hot and juicy and they give you alot. the price is good too. for $8 you will not be hungry for the rest of the day! i would love to try everything on the menu
Quick Tip! – I come here almost every Sunday, and I don't live that close! Amazing sandwiches! I used to try to come in before 11am so the line would be a little shorter but have since found a little secret. Call your order in ahead of time and it should be ready in about 15 mins (although they say it can take up to 45 mins). You can just walk in past the line and grab your sandy!
Best Deli In SM!! – I love Bay Cities!! Best Deli around for sandwiches as well as a wide variety of candy! Tons of people there at lunch time but worth the wait!
Best Sandwich in Los Angeles!!! – "Oohhh my god!!!" That is all I could utter as I was devouring the best sandwich I have ever had! Bay Cities has the most amazing sandwich, the Godmother, which is unlike anything else I have ever had. The prices are resonable and though there was a wait it was well worth it! Besides the deli, the market has the most amazing imported groceries! Enjoy!!
really really good sandwhiches,, with alotta flaws – this place makes the BEST deli sandwhiches which is really all that matters to me but... getting those great sandwhices is a hassel because first you have to hunt down and fight for a parking spot, then you gotta wait approx. 15-20 min to order, plus SOME of the employees are rude as hell, the manager is rude as hell, and they love to kick customers out for some reason which i find really funny, at bay cities the customer is NEVER first...its kinda dirty inside and if your going to eat outside on there tables, there always dirty and trashy and theres birds flying all over the place next to you, and theres bird doo doo everywhere too, which is nasty. but aside from all that the food is great and the bread is to die for.
I came home from New York to have a Bay Cities – Bay cities was the first sandwhich i ever liked. I get the same thing every time, a soppresatta with the works and mild peppers, its to die for. I went to school in New York city and found nothing that could compare. However the lines can be long and if you order online your food can be soggy. Last time I was there I found an eyelash in my sandwhich was gross to say the least. However, it did not turn me away from the place.
Try a turkey Sandwch with the works and some macaroni and potato salad. – I loooove this place. Great Bread, great boars head deli meats, great salads. I also go here to buy my freshly grated cheeses and higher quality pastas and sauces. I always get the same sandwich when I go here, boars head maple honey turkey, swiss cheese, the works with mild peppers and then I go and get a side of pickles and hot peppers that are .10 cents each and pre-packaged to speed up the line. I love all of the mixed salads, macaroni, potato (not the red one but the other one, but the red one is good too), caprese, etc. Their hot case items are wonderful too, but they look like even more of a heart attack in a sandwich. Definately check this place out if you haven't. The sandwich makers are funny, I think they have some sort of contest going on between each other about the cute girls that go in to grab a sandwich.
The sandwich makers don't wear gloves and I don't think it's the most sanitary, but the sandwiches are so dam good I don't think anyone cares enough to stop eating here.
Now THAT is a Good Sandwich – WAH!!! The guy at Bay Cities was mean to me!! Any one who pays attention to that stuff and doesn't go get a sandwich here is insane. Clearly the best deli in LA. As a transplanted New Yorker, this is the only place I go to get a sandwich. The food and bread are fesh and there's plenty of other sauces and dressings you can buy as well. Worth the long lines. Godmother is excellent as is the chicken parm. I'm sure everything else is good but I can't stop buying those two. For what's it's worth, the staff is fine, they are just busy. So if they don't have time to hold your hand, get over it and enjoy a phenomenal sandwhich.
Does Bay Cities even need a review? – The BEST sandwich in Los Angeles no question. Sure there can be long waits but who cares? If you know you are going just order online - get in, get out. If you have never been, do yourself a favor and go now.
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