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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
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Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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1517 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
1517 Lincoln BoulevardUSCaliforniaSanta Monica90401
$Deli, Wine Store
Deli
Wine Store
Bakery
Sandwich Shop
Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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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
Housewares 
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Local staple known for its signature overstuffed sandwiches, Italian deli fare & gourmet groceries.- Google
"The Godmother is the best sandwich I've ever tasted."
"Hands down best deli sandwich I have ever had."
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Bruce Scott
3 months ago
Good food. We will return when there is a bathroom facility open to customers....even just to wash our hands before eating. The little package of fragrant papers does not do it for us. Although the city regulation doesn't require bathrooms when there is no indoor eating facility, your outdoor eating is, in reality, where people eat. When I asked for a place to wash my hands, which had lots of dirty stuff on them, I was told I could go across the heavy traffic street to Vons.... Doesn't feel right to serve food, mostly sandwiches without having a facility to wash our hands. Maybe even a few sinks with soap and paper towels? Leave out the urinals and toilets. Consider some sinks for children and adults, so they can eat with clean hands. Wouldn't that be a good idea? Maybe some "street" people would also use the facility to clean their hands, and that is OK. We can care for each other.
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e18rayan1
4 months ago
Sandwiches are reasonably priced for ingredients, size and tastiness. My friends and I all got different sandwiches and all of us were satisfied with taste. Recommend anyone who wants to try Italian style sandwiches. The Burratta Caprese sandwich was great. They had lots of other Italian items so I recommend it for getting those hard-to-get ingredients. Bread and bakery seemed fresh. However, it's SUPER PACKED. Took 20 minutes to get order in and another 10 to get and check out. It's always busy so try to not go there during lunch rush. Recommend walking as there is never parking in this area.
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Sally Elbassir
5 months ago
I just happened to be in the area one Sunday afternoon so my sister and I decided to finally give it a try. I do have to caveat that I'm not a sandwich person, nor do I eat pork, which essentially means 1 - high expectations and 2- I wasn't ordering the Godmother. After squeezing into a tiny parking spot (seriously - I impressed myself), we walked into the crowded shop a little confused. Luckily, someone pointed out the number system and the ten minute wait gave me plenty of time to find the menu and decide what to get. My sister ordered a chicken parm and I opted for a pastrami. My sister ate her sandwich about an hour later (we live in Cerritos) but I waited a few hours to eat mine. The chicken parm was really good. The flavors were well balanced, and the overall sandwich was messy but enjoyable. Bread was a tad hard. I LOVED the pastrami, although I do have to echo that the bread didn't seem very fresh. Even after a few hours of sitting, it was still chewy, indicating that it wasn't that soft to begin with. Have I been converted to a sandwich lover? Ehhh. But I would totally go back and get just pastrami from the deli. And of course wander the aisles for any and every type of Italian ingredient I could possibly want for my kitchen. PS The shop is small and crowded. Ditto with the parking lot.
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Stephen Schur
7 months ago
In the middle of the sandwich ordering mayhem was some guy complaining he did get enough pickles but he would be the only unhappy camper here, This was my vittles replenishment stop between the Getty Villa and the Getty Center where the sandwiches are much smaller and much costlier. We shared one big sausage sandwich (with 'the works') between us, yum yum yum. sausage. Then we were 150% full and had the big Godmother sandwich the next day at the Hammer Museum.
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Cary Gordon
a week ago
The Godmother lives up to its name. The meats and cheeses are what you would find in any good Italian deli, but the bread knocks it out of the park.
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Michael Shilstone
5 months ago
Despite the headaches brought on by the constant crowds, there's a reason why Bay Cities is always packed with customers: it is arguably the best Italian deli in Los Angeles. On the shelves you'll find authentic, handmade pastas as well as cookies and other treats you rarely find outside of Italy. The sandwiches are incredible and well worth waiting in line for. The Italian sub with everything on it and the burrata caprese sandwich are my favorites. You might want to order extras just to have around and to save yourself from the store's chaos. The staff can be a bit harsh but the food makes up for any downside.
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Alessandra Love
4 months ago
Try the Caprese sandwich! Love love love this place! I'm Italian and this place is like a quick visit home. Amazing ambiance and fantastic food! You can't go wrong - from the deli to there pastas, salads, and SANDWICHES! Check out the market itself as well, you might be inspired to try something new!
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Scott Reilly
10 months ago
Their Godmother sandwich is sooo good. It is what this Deli is famous for. I recommend trying it with the spicy peppers mix if you like a little heat to your sandwich. The deli is really cool with a lot of specialty Italian items that you cannot get at a regular super market. Parking sucks so try and get there early to save a spot.