The 14 Most Essential Jewish Delis in LA

From inventive newcomers to long-running institutions, here’s where to satisfy your cravings for latkes, matzo ball soup, and other Jewish deli classics.

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has one of the most vibrant food scenes around. If you can name a type of cuisine, this city has it and probably a vegan alternative. Since the late 19th century, Jewish restaurants have been planting roots in the city, adding to the flavorful landscape.

“One thing that excites me personally about the Los Angeles deli scene is the sheer variety of Jewish delicatessens from iconic landmark delis to newer artisanal delis who are reimagining classic menu items. LA is one of the great deli towns,” comments Cate Thurston, one of three curators of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli, a Skirball exhibition of the history of the Jewish deli that’s running through September 4.

“Delis are welcoming and comfortable places for people to gather and eat. The smells of hot food, the clatter of silverware and plates, and the glow of fluorescent lights create a warm and casual atmosphere. Workers and patrons come to know each other over years or even decades—unofficial families brought together by food,” Thurston reflects.

Whether you’re looking to feast on latkes, a dinner of brisket, or if you prefer a late-night kibitz, here are 14 of the best Jewish delis the city has to offer.

Mort & Betty’s

Downtown LA
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For vegans that miss the comfort of deli classics like lox, pastrami, and corned beef, Mort & Betty’s is here for you. The plant-based kitchen is cooking up your faves and putting their spin on things, like a Black and White Cookie with tahini and potato latkes featuring house-made probiotic dill pickles with cashew Russian dressing.
How to order: Orders can be made online through their website and picked up at Craft Kitchen or Smorgasburg in DTLA where they also have a pop-up. Delivery available through Locale Market.

Belle's Bagels

Highland Park
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Admittedly not a deli, but this Highland Park favorite deserves a spot on our list. Belle’s serves up your usual suspects of bagel flavors, plus limited-edition Jewish delights like Matzo Brei topped with parsley, dill, and fried shallots, and house-made Hamantaschen pastries filled with raspberry rose jam, poppy seed Earl Grey, and chocolate hazelnut. You’ll find the classic bagel and schmear and bacon, egg, and cheese options on the menu, as well as standouts from their newish Jewish menu, like a Loxsmith that comes with lox, crispy salmon skin, radishes, dill, pickled fennel, and beet cream cheese. They also sling specialty bagels with non-traditional toppings, like a recent Cacio e Pepe creation.
How to order: Walk-up or order through their website for pickup or delivery through Caviar.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Photo by Dylan + Jeni, courtesy of Wise Sons

This Bay Area transplant is a newcomer to the LA deli scene, opening a welcoming, light-filled outpost in Culver in 2021 to tons of fanfare, thanks to brined corned beef sandwiches and fresh house-made bagels. They just expanded their hours to include dinner service, with a selection of beer and wine available.
How to book/order: Walk in. Order takeout online and delivery via delivery apps.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Daughter’s Deli

West Hollywood
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Daughter’s has become a fast favorite since opening in 2018, thanks in part to its pedigree: owner Trisha Langer’s parents own, well, Langer’s, which means there’s no question she knows her way around pastrami. The menu also includes house-made tuna, egg salads, and a sweet noodle kugel. The sweet and spicy chicken schnitzel sandwich with a panko-crusted chicken breast, coleslaw, Muenster cheese, pickles, and a sweet and spicy aioli sauce smashed between a brioche bun is another crowd favorite.
How to book/order: Walk in or order delivery online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Wexler's Deli

Downtown LA and Santa Monica
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Wexler’s founder Micah Wexler has been interested in food forever, literally theming his Bar Mitzvah tables with recipes he had created. He’s used those skills for one of the best lox plates in the city, with other menu highlights including his ode to Langers’ #19, the MacArthur Park sandwich. For Hanukkah, they’re offering a holiday meal that serves four to six people and includes Wexler’s braised holiday brisket with potato latkes, roasted heirloom carrots, Dana’s matzo ball soup, Santa Monica Farmers Market winter salad, and six individual chocolate babka for $295.
How to book/order: Walk-in or order takeout and delivery via ChowNow.

Famous Label’s was a ‘70s institution that returned after a decades-long hiatus to its original location in an amazing feat of real estate kismet. The menu is stacked with everything from omelettes to homemade blintzes to matzo brei. They’ve also got a “Famous Mexicatessen” section of the menu where you’ll find chicken fajitas, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.
How to book/order: Walk-in or order takeout and delivery on delivery apps.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

This counter-service hole in the wall is a decades-long favorite on Pico, with a completely kosher menu that features house-cut lox and classic staples including chopped liver and chicken schnitzel. Don’t sleep on their soup menu, which includes classic matzo ball alongside minestrone, mushroom barley, and borscht.
How to book/order: Walk on in or order takeout and delivery from GrubTools.

Fromin's

Santa Monica
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Another LA mainstay, Fromin’s has been slicing meat for over 50 years on the Westside. The classic for big eaters is their sky-high sandwich, with coleslaw, Russian dressing, and your choice of meat on rye or a roll—or if you want to next-level it, between two potato pancakes. The deli and restaurant also makes a great remote office, with free wifi and charging stations at many of the booths. You can also bring your own wine with no corkage fee.
How to book/order: Walk in or get pickup and delivery from ChowNow.

Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

Beverly Hills
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Generations of Angelenos have gone meshugganah for this old-school deli, which, for more than 60 years, was run by a single family before being saved from closure during the pandemic by legendary music couple (and longtime fans) Shelli and Irving Azoff. Their knishes and kosher dogs are great; the lox and cream cheese bagel and matzo ball soup are legendary. The restaurant isn’t offering a Hanukkah menu this year, but they do have a Thanksgiving menu with potato latkes available as a side dish if you’re in a pinch.
How to book/order: You can always walk in; they also have online ordering on Toast.

With Jerry’s shuttered due to the pandemic, Art’s—which has been blasting Valley kids with carbs since 1957—has become the East Valley’s #1 spot for noodle kugel to sky-high pastrami sandwiches. Here, breakfast is served all day, appetizers come with a side of bagel chips, and deli items are offered by the pound, ranging from pastrami, corned beef, and salami to hand-sliced lox, natural smoked cod, and smoked whitefish, to cheeses, salads, breads and bagels, soups, dressings, and desserts, with specialties like cheese blintzes and meat knish.
How to book/order: Walk-in, call 818-762-1221 or order via ChowNow for takeout, and order delivery via UberEats and other apps.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Langer's has been next to MacArthur Park since 1947, and there are people who've probably been waiting in their line nearly that long, too. It snakes around the block, thanks in huge part to the #19, a pastrami and coleslaw monster that's not just one of the best sandwiches in the city—it's been called one of the best in the country, too.
How to book/order: You can wait in the line or order delivery via all of the big partner apps.

Canter's Delicatessen

Fairfax and Santa Monica
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The perennial, flagship 24-hour favorite on Fairfax has been around nearly as long as its octogenarian servers, and was once known as much for its pastrami as it was for being the hangout spot for Guns N' Roses (owner Marc Canter even wrote a book about the band's early days based on his experiences with them). The attached Kibitz Room is not only one of our favorite local dive bars—it’s also a great spot to catch small bands on the rise, and if you’ve been drinking there all night, the dense Matzo Ball Soup is a great way to give yourself a base before you Uber home.
How to book/order: Walk-in or order takeout and delivery online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Brent's Deli

Northridge and Westlake Village
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Owned by the same family since the '60s, Brent’s is known for their cheese blintzes and stuffed kishka, with an extensive, delicious breakfast menu as well. They also offer daily specials like breakfast pork chops for just $15.95 and half of an Italian sub for $16.95 on Tuesdays and $7 old fashioneds on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
How to book/order: Walk in or select a location and order takeout online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

This massive West LA landmark has been around since 1948, and has been run by the same family since 1969. It's got an enormous menu to go with its huge space, with everything from a daily sausage to chicken fajitas to goulash, but no matter what, make sure you get a side of latkes with your order—they’re perfect.
How to book/order: For big groups, call for a private room, otherwise walk in for tables or order pickup and delivery from Toast.

Jeff Miller loves matzo ball soup so so so so so much. Follow him at @jeffmillerla on Insta.
Keisha Raines is what happens when the entire Scooby-Doo gang becomes one person. She’s currently considering becoming a Trader Joe’s recipe inventor. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ReishaKaines.