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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
Today 9AM–6PM
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1517 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
1517 Lincoln BoulevardUSCaliforniaSanta Monica90401
$Deli, Wine Store
Wine Store
Sandwich Shop
Today 9AM–6PM
Thursday 9AM–6PMFriday 9AM–6PMSaturday 9AM–6PMSunday 9AM–6PMMonday ClosedTuesday 9AM–6PMWednesday 9AM–6PM
A Tradition In Santa Monica Since 1925
Gourmet Market Specializing In:
Italian specialty foods, Argentine, Greek, French and 
Middle Eastern Groceries
Fresh Pasta Made On Site
Italian Bread & Rolls Baked every 20 minutes!
Espresso Bar ? Sfogliatelle ? Cannoli
Gourmet Cheese Shop and Olive Bar
Full Service Deli ? Party Trays ? Gift Baskets
 Imported Liqueurs and Wines of The World

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Local staple known for its signature overstuffed sandwiches, Italian deli fare & gourmet groceries.- Google
"The godmother sandwich and their macarons are amazing."
"I get the red wine vinegar on everything except the caprese."
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Ariel Navarrete Spahn
a month ago
Good Good Italian Sandwiches. Been working in Santa Monica for a week and I've been trying to get good lunch since. Found this place through my girlfriend and it did not disappoint. The wait is a little too much because is always packed, even when you order online. Missing a star from being perfect because of the costumer service is not as good as it could/should be. Prices are fair too. Really good place to have a nice lunch. Parking is limited and super busy so I suggest order online, pickup and eat somewhere else.
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Melanie Galuten
a month ago
Fabulous food in addition to being an imported food store . I come here twice a week. The bread is so amazing and so popular that you almost always will get a fresh piping hot loaf. And make sure to buy an extra one. Why? Because you and whoever is with you will want to rip into it right away and half of it will be gone for you get home. The store is always super crowded because the sandwiches are so extraordinary! Remember to take a number when you come in. Or you can order online and then come and pick it up. A lot of people come here in the summer to get a bunch of sandwiches to picnic on the beach and some people order a large amount of food and take it places like the Hollywood Bowl. They also do catering.
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Joseph August
3 weeks ago
Best sandwiches in Santa Monica. They have a mini store but the real awesome part is the sandwich bar in the back. The godmother with the works is an amazing sandwich. Everything is fresh, the bread is tasty, and the meats are straight from their deli. There is usually a wait, but you can order online to save time. Parking can also be an issue but they have a lot with a parking guy to help.
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Andrew Gregor
2 months ago
If you need anything Italian, Bay Cities is your place! The grocery section is quite large and offers all sorts of pastas, sauces, oils, coffee, wine, specialty items, and pretty much anything else you can think of. The deli side serves up an assortment of premade dishes like spaghetti, pasta salad, and sausage. There's also a hot bar offering panini and soup. Deli meats and cheeses are available, as well. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the Godmother -- an amazing Italian cold cut sandwich with delicious bread. Pro tip: Wade through the crowds to grab a premade one from the basket on top of the deli counter; they keep it stocked with both regular and spicy ones, and you can skip the line altogether.
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Ben Miskie
in the last week
Great little delicatessen with a wife selection of imported Italian items. There deli is famous in Santa Monica as being the best, and even today that all holds true. The secret is boars head meat and they make their own bread. If you come around noon..expect to wait 45 minutes. If you don't have time to wait... Pre order online!
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alpha java
in the last week
I love the hot serve bar... awesome pot roast, meatballs, etc. Love to take home the pot roast or meatballs, heat them up and put them on a soft french roll... for dinner or lunch oh so yummy. ..
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Brian Parsons
2 months ago
The sandwiches are good, but I wouldn't say it's the best in LA as many claim. There are some good finds in the grocery and the pre-made sandwiches are completely underrated if you want a quick delicious bite.
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Justin Schwartz
2 months ago
Greatest Italian heroes on the west coast, in my humble opinion. The Godmother is something you need to try. The deli meats are particularly fresh and full of flavor, but it's the fresh bread that seals the deal. They have their own parking lot, too, which is a plus.