Saul's Deli

★★★★☆
  • 1475 Shattuck Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    Cross street: at Vine St

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  • 510-848-3354

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Hours
Su-Th 8-9, F-Sa 8-9:30

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Best pastrami ever made with sustainable beef, a rare deli in the area.

3
★★★★★

Best pastrami ever made with sustainable beef, a rare deli in the area.

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Had an order of the No. 9 Portabella Melt (~$9): grilled portabella mushroom, swiss, saurkraut, russian dressing on an Acme roll. Food was delicious, staff was friendly, and the ambiance was ideal (sidewalk seating).

NOTE: The was a wait

3
★★★★★

Had an order of the No. 9 Portabella Melt (~$9): grilled portabella mushroom, swiss, saurkraut, russian dressing on an Acme roll. Food was delicious, staff was friendly, and the ambiance was ideal (sidewalk seating).

NOTE: The was a wait

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The first thing that strikes you about Saul's is the authentic feel of a classic New York deli. Interesting range of deli fare that will not leave you disappointed. And to top it off i found an awesome deal on Urban Spoils for Saul's.. Get the deal for yourself too.. its so worth it !

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★★★★☆

The first thing that strikes you about Saul's is the authentic feel of a classic New York deli. Interesting range of deli fare that will not leave you disappointed. And to top it off i found an awesome deal on Urban Spoils for Saul's.. Get the deal for yourself too.. its so worth it !

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saul's has been my favorite deli above l.a. for some time.

every time i'm in the bay area we head directly to saul's for the hot pastrami. alas the sandwich has shrunk to about the size of a grilled cheese but not in price. it breaks my heart to see an institution go down the drain, but if saul's keeps going in the direction it going it will be strictly for the unknowing.

also had to ask twice for the complimentary pickles and when they finaly arrived they were literally thrown at the table......sorry to be such a pain in the ass but i came for service as the food arrived before the pickles. also no doctor brown's sodas. who ever heard of no dr. brown's in a real jewish deli?

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★☆☆☆☆

saul's has been my favorite deli above l.a. for some time.

every time i'm in the bay area we head directly to saul's for the hot pastrami. alas the sandwich has shrunk to about the size of a grilled cheese but not in price. it breaks my heart to see an institution go down the drain, but if saul's keeps going in the direction it going it will be strictly for the unknowing.

also had to ask twice for the complimentary pickles and when they finaly arrived they were literally thrown at the table......sorry to be such a pain in the ass but i came for service as the food arrived before the pickles. also no doctor brown's sodas. who ever heard of no dr. brown's in a real jewish deli?

Pros: good rye bread

Cons: the incredible shrinking pastrami sandwich

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Saul's is in many ways, and to many in the East Bay of the San
Francisco Bay area, is "home away from home." It is so homey
and friendly that I once walked out and forgot to pay. They were
very nice and phoned me, and I rushed down to correct this.
People from all walks of life, all ethnic origins, all food tastes can
enjoy Saul's. Sure, it is sort of a New York style deli and restaurant,
but although the food is kosher, organic, natural, no one forces anything
on one.. The sky is the limit and the menu includes traditional foods
and dishes and also a range of Eastern Mediterranean foods as well.
The coffee is real; the half and half is real; the tea is real, and the beef
is divine, as is the fish. And the new manager is a true host; his name
is Kelan. The service is excellent, and if, heaven forbid, one might be
dissatisfied, a replacement is offered without cost! Saul's is my favorite
restaurant in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Not if you want Thai
food, but otherwise just superb. The deserts are good, and there is a
bakery and a huge pickle barrel. What more could one ask? I specifically
recommend the Salmon on the special dinner menu and the Organic
Chicken as well, and there is always that old one from childhood: Liver,
with mashed potatoes, and all the vegetables are beautifully cooked.
They even offer fresh, cut fruit, and will rescue the diabetic in low glucose
crisis!
Marion Rojas

2
★★★★★

Saul's is in many ways, and to many in the East Bay of the San
Francisco Bay area, is "home away from home." It is so homey
and friendly that I once walked out and forgot to pay. They were
very nice and phoned me, and I rushed down to correct this.
People from all walks of life, all ethnic origins, all food tastes can
enjoy Saul's. Sure, it is sort of a New York style deli and restaurant,
but although the food is kosher, organic, natural, no one forces anything
on one.. The sky is the limit and the menu includes traditional foods
and dishes and also a range of Eastern Mediterranean foods as well.
The coffee is real; the half and half is real; the tea is real, and the beef
is divine, as is the fish. And the new manager is a true host; his name
is Kelan. The service is excellent, and if, heaven forbid, one might be
dissatisfied, a replacement is offered without cost! Saul's is my favorite
restaurant in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Not if you want Thai
food, but otherwise just superb. The deserts are good, and there is a
bakery and a huge pickle barrel. What more could one ask? I specifically
recommend the Salmon on the special dinner menu and the Organic
Chicken as well, and there is always that old one from childhood: Liver,
with mashed potatoes, and all the vegetables are beautifully cooked.
They even offer fresh, cut fruit, and will rescue the diabetic in low glucose
crisis!
Marion Rojas

Pros: Great service; friendly yet competent staff; great owners, Peter and Karen

Cons: often too crowded to even get in; though waiting is allowed

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I've been here countless times, and lately, every time I leave, I wonder why I bothered. The "hostess" is almost invariably unpleasant -- sometimes downright hostile. The waitstaff are competent, generally, and most are pleasant. The food is just OK, and the prices continue to climb. Really, I don't remember the last good meal I had there. At my most recent visit, the Daily Special supposedly included ricotta cheese and a cherry and apricot compote. The cheese was a 1/2 tsp that had melted into the pancakes, and the "compote" was composed of a couple of "fruit cocktail" style cherries and GRAPEFRUIT. The concoction was so sour I couldn't eat it. Ick. Come on, you guys, I *know* you can do better! For the same price and MUCH better food, I recommend Cafe Gratitude, just a little bit south on Shattuck.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've been here countless times, and lately, every time I leave, I wonder why I bothered. The "hostess" is almost invariably unpleasant -- sometimes downright hostile. The waitstaff are competent, generally, and most are pleasant. The food is just OK, and the prices continue to climb. Really, I don't remember the last good meal I had there. At my most recent visit, the Daily Special supposedly included ricotta cheese and a cherry and apricot compote. The cheese was a 1/2 tsp that had melted into the pancakes, and the "compote" was composed of a couple of "fruit cocktail" style cherries and GRAPEFRUIT. The concoction was so sour I couldn't eat it. Ick. Come on, you guys, I *know* you can do better! For the same price and MUCH better food, I recommend Cafe Gratitude, just a little bit south on Shattuck.

Pros: Kosher.

Cons: Taste, preparation, price.

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Having met the owner some 24 years ago, it was something of an ambition to see her restaurant and possibly get a surrepticious glance at the old girl.
She was nowhere to be seen, so I sat down and was quickly served my Espresso, which was so 'right' it was almost salty. Superb. This was followed by my order for Falafel, an order I was helped on; I'm used to conjuring up something with a bit of Hummous and some pickled Jalapenos as served back in Leeds(home to a large Jewish community-and their restaurants don't open Saturday), but was told they don't do Jalapenos. Not being bigoted about my food choices I took the guys advice and ordered the standard job off the menu.
While I was waiting, I was offered iced water, which I turned down for a beer.
The Falafel arrived quickly. Everybody was scrupulously polite and efficient, which is much better than dollar-chasing obsequiousness; this is why I gave a reasonable tip.
The plateful was beautifully presented, with rich, golden hummous, fresh pitta and three, large Falafel pieces. These were of such size and superlative quality that they were easily enough for lunch.
I ate the lot, smothered in the Hummous, down to the last piece of fresh, colourful and delicious salad.
The beer was refreshing, and to top it all the old lady came down and said hello, by which time I was trying to hide behind my credit card. Needn't have been that scared however, because the owner is equally polite, even friendly, which goes above and beyond the call of duty where rapscallious geezers such as me are concerned.
I've been things and seen places, but few of them put as big a smile on my face as this one, and frankly I'll go back every time I'm over, if they'll have me.
To the people who are complaining, I say with all politeness, you don't know you're born.

2
★★★★★

Having met the owner some 24 years ago, it was something of an ambition to see her restaurant and possibly get a surrepticious glance at the old girl.
She was nowhere to be seen, so I sat down and was quickly served my Espresso, which was so 'right' it was almost salty. Superb. This was followed by my order for Falafel, an order I was helped on; I'm used to conjuring up something with a bit of Hummous and some pickled Jalapenos as served back in Leeds(home to a large Jewish community-and their restaurants don't open Saturday), but was told they don't do Jalapenos. Not being bigoted about my food choices I took the guys advice and ordered the standard job off the menu.
While I was waiting, I was offered iced water, which I turned down for a beer.
The Falafel arrived quickly. Everybody was scrupulously polite and efficient, which is much better than dollar-chasing obsequiousness; this is why I gave a reasonable tip.
The plateful was beautifully presented, with rich, golden hummous, fresh pitta and three, large Falafel pieces. These were of such size and superlative quality that they were easily enough for lunch.
I ate the lot, smothered in the Hummous, down to the last piece of fresh, colourful and delicious salad.
The beer was refreshing, and to top it all the old lady came down and said hello, by which time I was trying to hide behind my credit card. Needn't have been that scared however, because the owner is equally polite, even friendly, which goes above and beyond the call of duty where rapscallious geezers such as me are concerned.
I've been things and seen places, but few of them put as big a smile on my face as this one, and frankly I'll go back every time I'm over, if they'll have me.
To the people who are complaining, I say with all politeness, you don't know you're born.

Pros: Quality experience

Cons: I'm in San Mateo

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My dad and I go here frequently for Sunday brunch and always have a great time. The food is AMAZING! We always leave satisfied and raving about our meals.

We usually pick up a few macaroons for later, too, and they are always so yummy and fresh and coconutty!

5
★★★★★

My dad and I go here frequently for Sunday brunch and always have a great time. The food is AMAZING! We always leave satisfied and raving about our meals.

We usually pick up a few macaroons for later, too, and they are always so yummy and fresh and coconutty!

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I have been going to this place for 20 years. This is the best New York-style deli in the San Francisco Bay Area and the throngs on week ends will prove me right. Go and try it. You won' t be deceived. Everything is excellent.

2
★★★★☆

I have been going to this place for 20 years. This is the best New York-style deli in the San Francisco Bay Area and the throngs on week ends will prove me right. Go and try it. You won' t be deceived. Everything is excellent.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Table turnover

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Where else can you get eggs & onions with a bagel? I really like the latkes.

Coffee is low-quality as you would expect in a padded-booth cafe/deli.

They have a lot of good take-out items as well. (You can get pudding by the pound!)

4
★★★★☆

Where else can you get eggs & onions with a bagel? I really like the latkes.

Coffee is low-quality as you would expect in a padded-booth cafe/deli.

They have a lot of good take-out items as well. (You can get pudding by the pound!)

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I'd been to Masse's next door a couple of times but this time Masse's was closed so I dropped into Saul's instead. Although I was the only person there at 4:30 on a Monday afternoon and there were at least 3 people behind the counter, it somehow took them at least 15 minutes to take my order. After getting home I discovered that part of my order was missing (even though I had confirmed it twice with the person taking the order). Interestingly, they didn't forget to charge me for all the items though! So I got back in the car and returned to Saul's. When I explained what had happened, I got a weak apology but no attempt to compensate me for my trouble and their mistake. Apparently my potential return business was of no concern to them. Once I finally got around to eating the food, the sweet and sour cabbage soup was very good. So yes I might return for takeout, but with no expectation of being treated like a valued customer. Must be that authentic New York mentality?

1
★★★☆☆

I'd been to Masse's next door a couple of times but this time Masse's was closed so I dropped into Saul's instead. Although I was the only person there at 4:30 on a Monday afternoon and there were at least 3 people behind the counter, it somehow took them at least 15 minutes to take my order. After getting home I discovered that part of my order was missing (even though I had confirmed it twice with the person taking the order). Interestingly, they didn't forget to charge me for all the items though! So I got back in the car and returned to Saul's. When I explained what had happened, I got a weak apology but no attempt to compensate me for my trouble and their mistake. Apparently my potential return business was of no concern to them. Once I finally got around to eating the food, the sweet and sour cabbage soup was very good. So yes I might return for takeout, but with no expectation of being treated like a valued customer. Must be that authentic New York mentality?

Pros: Sweet and sour cabbage soup

Cons: Inexperienced and rude service

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This a good Jewish style deli, which are hard to find. Our hostess and our waitress were extremeley friendly. Our waitress was really nice and she went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. When you sit down they have dill pickles at your table, which I couldn't stop eating. My grandmother had the stuffed gabages, she said were as good as she used to make. I had the half sandwich and the soup, which was planty of food. I picked the ruben and matza ball soup. Which were both very good. The matza ball could have been a little fluffier. Sauls, isn't quiet as good as Carnige Deli or Stars Deli in New York but it's is a great place to eat if you are in the area.

2
★★★★☆

This a good Jewish style deli, which are hard to find. Our hostess and our waitress were extremeley friendly. Our waitress was really nice and she went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. When you sit down they have dill pickles at your table, which I couldn't stop eating. My grandmother had the stuffed gabages, she said were as good as she used to make. I had the half sandwich and the soup, which was planty of food. I picked the ruben and matza ball soup. Which were both very good. The matza ball could have been a little fluffier. Sauls, isn't quiet as good as Carnige Deli or Stars Deli in New York but it's is a great place to eat if you are in the area.

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This place has comfy booths and great food. Prices are fair but not cheap. I like it because I'm vegetarian and there are lots of veggie options on the menu including excellent matzo brei. My husband prefers the pastrami, which is (apparently) top-notch. He also likes the matzo ball soup. The coffee and desserts are also great. We think that Saul's compares favorably with other more famous Jewish delis such as Canter's in LA and the Carnegie Deli in New York. The service is friendly and the decor is cool too!

5
★★★★★

This place has comfy booths and great food. Prices are fair but not cheap. I like it because I'm vegetarian and there are lots of veggie options on the menu including excellent matzo brei. My husband prefers the pastrami, which is (apparently) top-notch. He also likes the matzo ball soup. The coffee and desserts are also great. We think that Saul's compares favorably with other more famous Jewish delis such as Canter's in LA and the Carnegie Deli in New York. The service is friendly and the decor is cool too!

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: great food

Cons: parking is limited

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food, Beverages, Bussers

Cons: Servers, prize

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OK, this place probably doesn't "deserve" four stars, but I'm attempting to express some Jewish solidarity. People tend to come down on the table service there, but I've never personally found it to be a problem. Saul's serves some traditional foods, and can be quite crowded during the holidays. Sandwiches are much like you'd find in a NY deli--piled high with prices to match.

4
★★★★☆

OK, this place probably doesn't "deserve" four stars, but I'm attempting to express some Jewish solidarity. People tend to come down on the table service there, but I've never personally found it to be a problem. Saul's serves some traditional foods, and can be quite crowded during the holidays. Sandwiches are much like you'd find in a NY deli--piled high with prices to match.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Desserts

Cons: , Rude service

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Overall Food, Menu Selection

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: food, location

Cons: service, parking

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Cute deli atmosphere., Kosher Menu!, Menu changes monthly

Cons: Hard to park/crowded, Lousy food/poor value, Terrible service.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: lovely chopped liver, tasty soups

Cons: inconsistent service

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New York-style sandwiches are stacked high with quality, sustainably-raised meats including pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and beef tongue. Knishes, blintzes and matzoh ball soup are also enjoyable, and the house-cured half-sour pickles…

 

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