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L J's Deli

Santa Venetia


L J's Deli

Santa Venetia


Reviews (40)

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Tracy Ann L.

19 September 2019

BIG Thank you to Katie! The San Marin Staff are so very grateful for your lunch today!! We are blessed to have community support in our time of need and healing.The staff appreciated the amazing salads, and delicious sandwiches.  Our community has come together in this time of need, and appreciate your prayers! More...


Christian H.

25 August 2019

A special hidden treasure within an industrial office park near Smith Ranch Road,I go for the obvious - The Sub Hut special ($8.95) - but it is a BIG Boy portion, so save the second half for later in the afternoon.Cool dining area with plenty of TV's, Pacific Sun's and silent space if you need it.  You've got to love LJ's! More...


Marla S.

21 August 2019

I made my first visit to L.J.'s Deli San Rafael to cash in a free sandwich card (handed out to businesses in the neighborhood). I ordered the Subhut which the owner, Kaity (very pleasant), said they had been serving for 50 years(!). Once I tasted it, I understood why - layers of flavor and texture that you can almost experience just by looking at it. Too bad I missed out for 46 years (my whole life in Marin), but I hope to enjoy it for the next half century. LJ's is secluded within an office park (like other hidden gems in Marin), but there are signs to direct customers. I will definitely be back to try more offerings from their extensive sandwich menu with economical prices. It will be hard not to order the Subhut again...will bring my husband (he's actually the one who works nearby) and order two sandwiches to share on a lunch break date. More...


Elkie- D.

19 August 2019

Terra Linda has limited food options,  so i was delighted by my healthy, yummy meal at LJ's! This place is located in an office park, near the back. I had the "tuna salad salad". All of the ingredients were fresh and the portion size was great for the price. I noticed that they have a wide assortment of sandwiches and salads (maybe 10 of each) and the staff was friendly and accommodating. Bonus- they have updated, air conditioned patio with a beautiful mural. Wonderful place to eat my delicious lunch! What a gem! My new spot! More...


Addison M.

14 August 2019

So I was down in Petaluma today for work and I was starving and wanted a sandwich. I looked on Yelp and try to find a good sandwich place I found LG is and I decided to choose it. Parking is pretty difficult as you have to park on the street and then walk up or you can park in the parking lot. You walk in and the place is pretty big with indoor seating as well as an outdoor patio that is covered with couches other comfortable furniture. I ordered the special of the day which was the pastrami. I got it without tomatoes and it was delicious if you check in on yelp you get a free bag of kettle chips which were a good touch to the sandwich. Flor was very nice and super friendly, I will definitely come back sometime and get another sandwich and be sure to say hello to her! More...


Suzanne D.

9 August 2019

Ummm...I'm in love! The Subhut Special is so delicious! The perfect ratio of meat, cheese, bread and hot peppers! Kaity is so friendly and welcoming along with Flor! I want to try every sandwich on the menu-subhut style! It's a nice little spot-a little hidden but they have a sign on the street to direct you to the location. Sandwich Heaven! More...


Kevin L.

27 June 2019

I had to get something to eat while waiting to meet someone in the complex.  I ordered the egg salad sandwich and whoa!  It was fantastic, the best I ever had! More...


Ambar C.

22 June 2019

Love LJ's! It's such a quaint local deli that has super friendly staff, a decent menu selection, and good food! Also, you can order online and save tons of time! It's a little tough to find if you don't know exactly where it is. It's in an office park off Redwood Hwy, so I typically park across the street from Westamerica Back. Every time I walk in, I am greeted with a smile. Many times they remember me from a prior order and have a good guess about what I ordered or am about to order. They have a pretty great selection for breakfast, too. There just isn't a lot in the area in terms of quick, cheap (and tasty) breakfast, but you can get a pretty amazing breakfast sandwich or croissant at LJ's. It's a pretty big sandwich, so come hungry. More...


Richard T.

11 June 2019

This was my first experience and a great choice- the Reuben sandwich, and it has exceeded my expectations, with a generous amount of meat,  sauerkraut and cheese. it is delicious! Highly recommended! More...


Rob S.

10 May 2019

Great food and friendly service! Good place to grab a sandwich if you work in the area or find yourself driving through.


MarinMama w.

19 April 2019

Being a local, I do love supporting local, family run businesses. I used to go to LJ's when I was in high school but have not gone in years.I went in today to try the infamous subhut and was greeted by 2 nice ladies. They worked promptly and the sandwich was delicious. Saved half for hubby and he ate it a few hours later and still was delish.Will definitely come back with the boys soon!! More...


Daniel B.

17 April 2019

I've been coming to this deli for many years and the sandwiches are always amazing!  Try the classic Sub Hut special, you won't be disappointed!


Justin M.

17 April 2019

This is the best deli in the world, I've eaten sandwiches from California to Czechoslovakia so I know a thing or two about a good sandwich. From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by the aroma of fresh bread, after being greeted with a smile by the incredibly friendly staff prepare to be dazzled with culinary excellence. I would give 10 stars if I Update 2019: they added a salad bar!! The best deli around got even better!! More...


Nicole H.

17 April 2019

Just went back to LJ's after seeing the new write-up in the Marin IJ, service is still great and love the breakfast sandwiches. I usually get turkey on dutch crunch with avocado but the breakfast sandwiches might be my new fav! Delicious! More...


Alexandra E.

17 April 2019

After visiting twice in one week back in November, I knew I had to stop by LJ's again the next time I was in Marin County! I love that they have a custom salad option on their menu, with loads of fresh veggies and toppings to choose from. The service was excellent - friendly and fast! What more could you want from a neighborhood deli?! LJ's is my new go-to option anytime I'm in the area for lunch. It's seriously a hidden gem, but once you find it, you'll never stop going! More...


Ellie T.

17 April 2019

Oh, man! This place is such a great find. I was stuck in traffic one day and got a sudden and specific craving for a Dutch crunch sub with turkey, avocado and pepper jack cheese (does that ever happen to anyone else!?). I made a quick pit-stop by LJ's after seeing the reviews on Yelp and GUYS - let me just say - my sandwich was amazing! I was able to customize it just the way I like it (extra mayo, please and thank you). Everything was fresh and absolutely delicious. It's also a super cute place with a cozy vibe and really kind staff. And as a side note... I love the fact that LJ's has been around for years and many of the reviewers on this page have been coming to this deli since they were kids. There's definitely something special here. Can't wait to come back! More...


Jason D.

25 March 2019

Daraja Academy loves LJ's. Exactly what a good deli should be: tasty, friendly and quick. I flew all the way from Africa to get a sandwich there once! Plus, Katie and Flor are the nicest deli folks in Marin. "Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name." More...


Jose R.

14 March 2019

LJ's has been a favorite of mine for a while. It is one of my favorite lunch spots. I love the professionalism and customer service that goes above and beyond. The owner has excellent customer interaction, each time I come here. I'm greeter with a smile from everyone that works at the deli. Don't be surprised if the staff all remember you and your name if you come twice or more. I usually buy the same sandwich and it's always consistent in quality and flavor. Having this deli close to work is also convinient. It's great to also get food at a great price compared to other places around the same area that will charge twice as much for lesser quality and service. I highly recommend this place to co-workers and friends and they all love it too. If you stop by you will probably become a fan too. More...


Jeff B.

21 February 2019

Looking for your favorite home town deli...you found it!Great location off the side of highway 101, great sandwiches, soup, a side or a snack.Delicious new sandwich Bahn Mi was on point with flavor and kicked up with tri tip (chicken or veggie version also available) and hit of srirarcha mayo!Don't skip another lunch without a visit here, especially you sandwich lovers. More...


Corey S.

27 December 2018

This for me is the best deli in Marin. I first came here in the early to mid nineties on a recommendation of a friend and instantly was hooked. It shortly changed hands from that owner and I was concerned, but the new owner carried on the same tradition while pulling in some of his own from running his families shop Sharkies in Tiburon. Now there are new owners in the last few months and they have pulled forward those same traditions and brought this place into the 21st century while adding their touches. This place keeps getting better.Hands down my favorite turkey sandwich anywhere is here on sliced sourdough, Swiss cheese with everything. The bread is fresh, the vegetables fresh and crisp with a generous amount of turkey. The Sub Hut special is a local favorite that requires a fork and napkins, so good. They have great pre-made salads and now they seem to have some custom salads that they spent some time sourcing vegetables they felt were the best they could find. This place is in a business park and is closed on the weekends so check this place out during the week, you won't be disappointed More...


Sam J.

11 December 2018

Can't go wrong with grabbing a quick sandwich here! Delicious tri tip bbq sando. Salads are also great.


Holly C.

1 August 2018

Delicious quality food and friendly service! LJ's also just got a facelift, it is now fresh and clean


Rod B.

2 July 2018

It has taken me 32 years to write this review. Last time I was here it was probably 1986. I have many memories of riding my bike all the way from Marinwood (on many occasions) to spend my newspaper delivery money on the Sub Hut Special. 32 years later I STILL think about that sandwich. I can honestly say it was the best sandwich I have ever had. And I have had a lot of sandwiches over the past 40+ years. Damn, I guess I am getting old. But I still feel like that 12 year old kid riding my Mongoose bike all the way to Sub Hut for that sandwich. And a game of Pac Man. Listen, if the current Sub Hut Special is even 40% as good as it was back when I was a kid, it's worth every cent. I can still smell it. I think I will plan a Marin trip this year and test it out. More...


Jeff H.

2 June 2018

Been my spot since I went as a little kid when it was called sub hut and the older European couple were here. My order is the sub hut special with no peppers and they rarely have it but ask about the cheesesteak sandwich..you can't go wrong with either. I'm not kidding but this place has the best sandwiches I've ever had, I could eat it everyday! More...


Ben M.

30 June 2017

I am glad I found this place. Working in the area for short time I have been here three times so far. Today I had the Sub Hut Special, it was amazing. The prices are good as well.


Todd R.

15 June 2017

Top notch local sandwich/salad place in a generally not-food-friendly industrial area. Affordable sandwiches and other goodies, freshly made. Even when it's crowded, they can get through the queue quickly. More of a local secret; the owner has been around Marin for a long time, and has deep ties to the community and his customers. I like the roast beef sandwich, but there's a little something for everyone (including taco salads). No online presence as far as I can tell; you just have to drop by and find something you'll like. I'll post some pictures when I visit next time. More...


Jason S.

27 March 2017

Delicious hole in the wall place. No compunctions at all about being an unassuming deli with great made-to-order sandwiches. I got the pastrami reuben. The thousand island dressing on the toasted rye with the meat was fantastic. More...


Joe L.

6 January 2017

Lj's amazing soup on those cold days,and the food is great to.price is fair too.great place for lunch.


Karen U.

23 September 2016

Delicious hidden gem. Ordered a roast beef sando, and it was delicious! Whenever I work out of San Rafael, I will be sure to visit LJs!


Dennis V.

27 June 2013

Appears to be owner operated. Very friendly. Great selection of chips and beverages. Even a few beers.Not sure where their bread comes from. My sour roll was pretty chewy. Meat was good. Lettuce was white, which kinda defeats the purpose of adding "greens". They forgot the cheese on my sandwich.Not bad. Not great. I will give them another try before hitting Subway. More...


Kylie B.

1 October 2011

I've been going there for 15+ years, since it was Sub Hut and it is still delicious. I've gotten my friends addicted to their Subhut Special and the BLT. The soup specials are good too. I love the beef barley soup when its a cold dayThe customer service is great. They are very friendly and even when they are busy, I never have to wait too long. It's the type of place that knows all of their regulars by name. More...


Nicole K.

3 August 2011

I found this place about two months ago.  Since then I have eaten here EVERY DAY on my lunch break (Monday thru Friday).  The sandwiches are some of the best I have ever had and the guys that work there are really friendly.  They remembered my name right away and now they know my order by heart.  Every time I go in there I am reminded of  the "Cheers" song "Where everybody know your name..."  This is the deli version of Cheers.  LOVE THIS PLACE!!  Even if you don't work nearby, I strongly recommend that you stop by one day for lunch.  I have to warn everyone... once you eat here you are hooked. More...


adam h.

27 June 2011

Just had a great classic Italian sub! Spicy, fresh, and appropriately priced.


Mike V.

11 March 2011

Still my favorite sandwich place in San Rafael. And even with a two month absence due to work and travel, they still remembered me and my order. What can I say: sometimes you want to go...where everybody knows your name, right? Also, if you are unable to listen to KNBR all day and want the latest on the Giants or 49ers (pre, post, or during the season) this is the place to get your daily recap. More...


Paul R.

14 February 2011

Nice people. Good sandwiches. I call in an order 5 minutes before I get there & it's always ready.


Daniella C.

26 January 2011

Gotta love this owner-run deli that tops the rest in quality and flavor.  Not only do their sandwiches rock, but they toss a killer bean salad and there are always a few other creative selections in the case, such as lasagna or tomales.  In contrast to other reviewers who seem to be anti-change, I knew this place when it was Subhut, and prefer the new LJ's.  Their customer service is great and they can get your order ready in a snap even when there's a line.  It's no wonder they've perfected their operation... it's the same team everyday: LJ himself, and his trusty sidekick, Adrian.They have a great selection of local bottled beers, and tons of other beverages to choose from.  Hats off to this tiny kitchen that keeps so many stomachs happy throughout their work day. More...


Marc W.

26 February 2010

I had the pleasure of going into LJ's for lunch the other day while in the area for a job interview.  I was starved and am the professed sandwich king by my family.  ok eough about me.I had an egg sandwich with chips and a soda..My sandwich was with a big tasty heated croissant yummy..I also had the great fortune of meeting LJ himself and all I can say is what a great human being who happens to make great affordable sandwiches with comfortable seating.You owe it too yourself to go their for lunch and try out what looked like thr many delicious things to eat.. I know I'll be heading back even though I don't  live in the area.Let's keep our local small businesses in business and enjoy a tasty meal at the same time and say hi to LJ while you're there. More...


Ernie S.

23 June 2009

The Sub Special, which used to be the Sub Hut Special, is made almost exactly the same way it was over 30 or 35 years ago when I started eating there as a kid.  Better yet, it tastes the same, meaning just as good & flavorful, as it did then.  It is truly rare to go back to a place, in this case repeatedly over several years, where what you thought tasted good when you were a kid still does so when you're "grown up."Soups & other sandwiches are also of high quality, decent selection of chips and other snacks & drinks, including beer.Mellow atmosphere, always nice & cool inside during summer heat.  Sandwiches travel pretty well too, so you can pick one up before heading out to McInnis Park or China Camp.   Prices still reasonable. More...


Scott N.

22 March 2009

A total "lunch spot for the local professionals" -- this place has one item of serious note:  THE SUB SPECIAL.  This sando is remnants from the prior owners (Sub Hut), and is out of control.  Even with the recent price increase, this sando has more meat, cheese, mayo, onions, peppers, SHREDDED LETTUCE (+1), dice tomatoes (++1) then you could ever want.  They even give you a fork with it.  A fork  Yeah, because this thing is huge and messy.  All for like $6.00If you have a delicate stomach, lay off the onions and/or peppers, as you may be consistently hitting up your nearest "facilities" an hour or two after consuming. =)Recommend calling the order before the lunch rush comes in around. More...


Eric J.

5 February 2008

This place is a hidden GEM....Actually I will be honest, I work around the corner, so I come here alot...The people are always friendly and the food is fresh and good. The coffee is good too and not overpriced like those chains... More...