Ben & Esther’s Vegan Jewish Deli

Baked Goods, Breakfast, Cookies, Sandwiches, Soups

6663 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 467-7825
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Reviews 4.8/5

Sami Monte 5/5

Definitely 100% recommend for any vegetarian or vegan. Lots of variety to choose from and amazing flavours! Going to start bringing family and friends here all the time. I tried the turkey-bacon club, the potato salad, and both pickle options. Loved everything! Even if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, it’s still worth checking out! Hearty, filling food and worth every penny. 💗

Jessica Nuttall 5/5

This all vegan Jewish deli is a welcomed addition! I enjoyed the bagels and plain cream cheese, the chocolate babka, the New Yorker sandwich (rye bread, corned beef, Swiss, deli mustard) was awesome. Pasta and potato salad were good.

A small walk up counter, no indoor seating or bathroom, very cute with nice staff, definitely check it out! It’s opening weekend and they’re new- the line today was 90 minutes plus, so maybe wait a couple weeks to check it out if patience isn’t on your schedule.

Joshua Calderon 5/5

Absolutely in love with this place. I’ll start by mentioning how awesome and nice the staff is. They were really helpful in helping me navigate my selections. Making my visit seamless and easy. As for the food, words cannot do it justice. From the flavor to the bite of the sandwich I was blown away. Everything we tried was delicious. Probably my new favorite pickles as well. Ben & Esther’s is my new favorite weekend spot. I cannot get enough of that wonderful food.

Vivian Anne 4/5

We stopped by on a Saturday around 9:45 AM. There is a dedicated parking lot so parking is easy and it was not very crowded. There was only 1 party in line ahead of us. There is no indoor seating but several tables available for outdoor dining. We tried the lox sandwich on an everything bagel, Benny’s brisket sandwich, New Yorker sandwich, plain bagel with cardamom pear schmear, black and white cookie, and raspberry jammer cookie. The wait for the food was not long and we thought everything tasted great. We aren’t vegan but wanted to try a plant based menu. Although the vegan meats were obviously not meat, we really enjoyed the sandwiches. This is quite far from where we live so we might not make the trek out there any time soon, but if you are in the area and want to try an entirely plant based menu, Ben & Esther’s is worth a stop!

Ray King 5/5

This place is amazing! I’m not a vegan but I love trying new things and my expectations were totally surpassed today. We got quite a few things to try, my favorites were the egg salad and the lox bagel sandwich. You can tell that the egg salad is made with tofu but the flavor and texture are so spot on I’d order this again 100 times even though I regularly eat eggs. Their lox is made from carrots which works surprisingly well, I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like salmon but it’s pretty darn close and you definitely don’t miss the real thing.The jalapeño bagel with jalapeño cream cheese was fantastic too, you can really tell that they put care into the ingredients. Everything was high quality and super fresh! I’m only disappointed that they ran out of matzo ball soup before we ordered, but I’ll definitely be going back asap. If you’re a vegan with a craving for a good reuben or some lox, or if you just want to try a spin on some of your favorite Jewish classics, I’d highly recommend stopping by Ben and Esthers!!!

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