Savor the Flavors of Jewish Tradition at Wise Sons Deli in San Francisco

If you appreciate authentic, delicious Jewish cuisine and are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area, then you need to check out Wise Sons Deli, located inside the atrium of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

As one of my all-time favorite Jewish delis, this unique eatery offers a fantastic selection of specialties that will give you a mouthwatering tour of Jewish culinary traditions as you learn more about the rich history and culture behind them.

In this blog post, you’ll discover some of the wonderful dishes available at Wise Sons, and why this deli provides a perfect addition to the museum experience.

Exploring the Wise Sons Menu

When you dine at Wise Sons, you’ll be treated to an array of delectable classics that showcase some of the best in Jewish (and American) cuisine. Here are a few of my favorite dishes from their menu that never fail to impress:

  1. Latkes: A traditional Jewish pancake made from grated potatoes, latkes are usually available only during the Hanukkah season. However, at Wise Sons, you can enjoy these crispy delights all year round, served hot and fresh from the kitchen.
  2. French Fries: Whether they serve as a side to your main course or just a quick snack, Wise Sons’ French fries are perfectly seasoned and cooked to golden perfection.
  3. Matzo Ball Soup: This iconic soup features tender matzo balls made from a mix of matzo meal, eggs, water, and oil, swimming in a flavorful chicken broth. A true comfort food, this dish is especially satisfying on chilly San Francisco days.
  4. Pastrami Sandwich: Last but certainly not least, Wise Sons’ pastrami sandwich is an absolute must-try for any Jewish deli aficionado. Featuring house-made pastrami piled high on rye bread and served with a generous helping of yellow mustard, this sandwich is sure to leave you craving for more.
Latkes at Wise Sons

Enhancing Your Museum Experience

As you savor the delicious dishes at Wise Sons, you can also explore the Contemporary Jewish Museum and learn more about the rich history and culture that gave birth to these amazing culinary creations. Primarily focusing on Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, the deli provides a tactile and gustatory experience that complements the visual and intellectual aspects of the museum.

Pastrami sandwich at Wise Sons

Of course, if you want to bring a little Wise Sons home with you, don’t forget to pick up their cookbook, filled with all the recipes you need to recreate their signature dishes in the comfort of your kitchen.


The Wise Sons Deli at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is an absolute must-visit for anyone interested in Jewish culture, history, and cuisine. With its delectable dishes, friendly atmosphere, and unique setting, Wise Sons is much more than just another deli; it’s an unforgettable, immersive dining experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Key Takeaways

  • Wise Sons Deli at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco has great specialties like latkes, matzo ball soup, french fries, and a pastrami sandwich.
  • The pastrami sandwich comes with house-made pastrami on rye bread and lots of yellow mustard.
  • You can buy their cookbook at the Museum and learn about Jewish culture and history.
  • Their latkes are available year-round, not just during Hanukkah.

Video Transcript

I’m Thomas Smith and this is a look at the Wise Sons Deli at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. So, Wise Sons is one of my favorite Jewish delis in the Bay Area and they have a great location right here in the atrium when you come into the Jewish Museum.

And you can get all kinds of different specialties there. Some of the things I love: their latkes, which are available year-round, their french fries, matzo ball soup, and my favorite, their pastrami sandwich, which is heaped with delicious house-made pastrami on rye bread. Plenty of yellow mustard on the side to top it off.

So, you can get all of their delicious food there at the Jewish Museum. Check out these specialties. You can buy their cookbook, which I showed there, and then go in and learn about Jewish culture and history at the Museum. It really enhances the experience of visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum to try these primarily Ashkenazi Jewish food items. Again, check out those latkes. Normally available only at Hanukkah, but you can get them year-round there at Wise Sons.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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