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Michael's Deli

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256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2904
+1 617-738-3354
09:00 - 17:30
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Generous portions, reasonably priced, and very friendly deli. The thanksgiving feast is huge - even a half sandwich was essentially a full sandwich because there was so much meat! Manages not to be dry, will be returning!

Thank Bourdain_ftw
Hamden, Connecticut
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Be aware this is a cash-only place! The line goes quickly because the staff are efficient - very friendly - greeting everyone, thanking everyone. Snag a table to wait for your order - sandwiches come with pickles but no chips fyi. Good place for a bite on a Saturday.

Thank MuseumMom57
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

MuseumMom57, Thanks for taking the time to let other TripAdvisors know about what we do every day. Always great to read how folks appreciate our food, but even better when our service gets a shout-out. Look forward to feeding you again soon, Steven More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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425 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Thrilled to start trying the Jewish style delis in the Boston area. Fantastic chicken noodle soup, tuna salad is excellent, great knishes, and of course...what about the pastrami? The pastrami was very good, but even considering that I didn't order it lean, today it was quite fatty. That being said, great flavor, and this seems like a great find. Will... More 

Thank David P
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

David P, glad we could begin your tour of delis in Boston. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Glad to read that you enjoyed it and we look forward to feeding you again soon. Steven More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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131 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Visiting from out of town. Sandwiches for takeout. Tasty Italian sub but kind of light for the price. Corned beef and pastrami was very disappointing. Shavings of dry pastrami sliced way too thin. Corned beef slightly better. Rye bread falling apart after a three block trip. Not a very substantial meal. Would not order again and probably better options in... More 

Thank annapolis123
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Annapolis123, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I am truly sorry that we fell below your expectations and the ones set by other Tripadvisors. I am not sure what went wrong with your combo sandwich other than we cook and cut the meats in house and we clearly messed yours up. Looks like you are not local,... More 

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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

So you want a real Boston sandwich? Get in your 'cah' or get the Green line to Brookline. He's right there at Coolidge Corner. Order yourself a "Thortys Black and Gold" and start planning to enjoy the best sandwich of your life!! Black pastrami?! WOW Who knew!!

Thank Garth_Trelawney
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Garth, Thanks for dropping in and sharing your experience with other TripAdvisors. The Thorty Black and Gold is near and dear to me as $1 of every one sold goes to benefit the Shawn Thornton Foundation. SO keep stopping in for this great Sandwich! Hope to feed you again soon. Steven More 

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101 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

If you know what a NYC corned beef or pastrami sandwich ought to be, this is THE place around here. Beyond that, what can you say? Decor and ambience are basically nonexistent. If you hem and haw and don't know what you want, Michael can be rude. The total list of what is available is not long. You want corned... More 

Thank Christopher L
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Christopher, Thanks for taking the time to let others know about us. I appreciate the comparison to NYC. For what it is worth, Michael has not been around for almost 5 years. If it was me that was rude I sincerely apologize and would love to talk with you - please email me directly at steven@michaelsdelibrookline.com. Thanks again, Steven More 

New jersey
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Had a very good experience here. The turkey, corned beef, and chicken salad sandwiches were all you could ask for. Friendly neighborhood place, good service. Will be back

Thank ScottgNJ
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

ScottgNJ, Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. Glad to read that you all enjoyed the food and we look forward to feeding you again soon. Thanks, Steven More 

Boston, MA
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

You call yourself a "deli' and serve the most goddawful bagel and egg sandwich ever made on the face of the earth? Bagels taste like wet sponges...doughy concoctions that are disgusting. The egg and bagel sandwich I ordered this morning was beyond gross wet, soggy..ugh. Sandwiches are good but way, way overpriced (compared to Brooklyn or anywhere else).

Thank JawsBoston
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

JawsBoston, Sorry that you had a poor experience with us the other day. I appreciate you taking the time to review, and more importantly, give me a chance to apologize and make it right. I am not sure where we went wrong with you food, but clearly we executed poorly on all fronts. I would like the opportunity to invite... More 

Silver Spring
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68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

As a Jewish Deli lover, I try to visit as many jewish deli's as possible,especially when I'm in a city I'm not in often. The owner is a friend of mine on my Facebook group,"The Jewish Deli Mavens Fressers Club" and this is the first time I was there and got to meet Steve. He is friendly and outgoing. I'm... More 

Thank Wayne W
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

Wayne, Thanks for taking the time to post your review and provide the readers with so much feedback on your experience. Happy you were able to sample many of our offerings and I always appreciate comments/concerns from my guests. I continue to search for a true NY Rye in the heart of Boston - fingers crossed I will find that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Ate lunch at Michael's yesterday. Food was excellent. Everything was fresh. Relaxing atmosphere and Folks were very friendly.

Thank Donny B
Steven P, Owner at Michael's Deli, responded to this review

It was great meeting you folks. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Boston. We will see you next Fall when Clemson comes to town. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Cash Only, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2904
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: +1 617-738-3354

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?