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Rare Form Delicatessen

793 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Beer, cocktails, and indoor bocce are some of the nondeli components of this Jewish-deli inspired restaurant from Consortium Holdings. Like most of the group’s restaurants, the décor has been dialed up to 11. This one riffs on a midcentury library with a touch of high society gentlemen’s club. The kitchen turns out cured meats, hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and pickled vegetables — mostly stuff that inspires great thirst.


  • Prices: “Rare Form 44” sandwich (pastrami, braised sauerkraut, Swiss, “special sauce,” on grilled rye), $12; B(E)LT (pork belly, egg, tomato, butter lettuce, sourdough), $11; Saluminati: salami, mortadella, giardiniera (pickled veggies), olive tapenade and shaved lettuce, French roll ($10); Sicilian Fish sandwich (grilled swordfish, roasted tomatoes, chimichurri sauce, caper aioli), $10; Butcher’s Special (meats, pâtés, pickled veggies, baguette), $17; grilled-cheese sandwich, $7; knockwurst waffle sandwich, $9.

  • Kitchen Hours: 11am–11pm Sunday to Thursday; 11am–12pm Friday, Saturday

  • Buses: 3, 11, 901, 929

  • Nearest bus stops: 10th and Island (11, 901, 929 southbound); 11th and J (11, 901, 929 northbound); 8th and Market (3)

  • Trolleys: Blue Line, Orange Line

  • Nearest trolley stop: Park and Market

Additional Info

Hours

Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to midnight
Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight

Restaurants details

Cuisine
Price range of entrées $8 - $15
Delivery No
Outdoor seating No
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu No
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Payment options Accepts credit cards
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4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
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