Rubins Kosher Deli & Rstrnt

★★★★☆
  • 500 Harvard St

    Brookline, MA 02446

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  • 617-731-8787

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WOW serving old dried out corn beef... it is dry because it is lean is what the said... I would avoid this once great deli as the standards of quality have fallen so far down. I ordered a lean corn beef sandwich and it was tasteless, it

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★★★★★

WOW serving old dried out corn beef... it is dry because it is lean is what the said... I would avoid this once great deli as the standards of quality have fallen so far down. I ordered a lean corn beef sandwich and it was tasteless, it

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My uncle has been coming here ever since he was growing up in Newton! It's a family favorite, but as a college kid, I usually only go when my parents treat because it can be a bit overpriced. The corned beef is good; doesn't compare to the NY-style kosher delis where I'm from in CT, but it's decent enough. My family loves to stop in from time to time, and they've never complained about the food. Definitely draws a Jewish crowd so don't be too surprised to see Orthodox Jews hangin' out here :)

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★★★★☆

My uncle has been coming here ever since he was growing up in Newton! It's a family favorite, but as a college kid, I usually only go when my parents treat because it can be a bit overpriced. The corned beef is good; doesn't compare to the NY-style kosher delis where I'm from in CT, but it's decent enough. My family loves to stop in from time to time, and they've never complained about the food. Definitely draws a Jewish crowd so don't be too surprised to see Orthodox Jews hangin' out here :)

Pros: Delicious kosher deli food

Cons: Overpriced

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Very good quality and clean but very restricted if your not used to Kosher food. The prices can be too high also.

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★★★☆☆

Very good quality and clean but very restricted if your not used to Kosher food. The prices can be too high also.

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My boyfriend and I went in search of some authentic kosher food and we found Rubin's was the "Best of Boston" 2008. How could we go wrong? Apparently Boston is unaware of how deli food should taste if this is the best. We were famished and ordered a nice supper. We had the chopped liver app, which was the most bizarre liver I have ever had, it had none of the reminiscent taste of schmaltz and onions and instead tasted like a sweet tomato product.

We each ordered a cup of chicken noodle soup with a matzo ball, the soup itself was above average, but the matzo ball was weak. For an entree we each picked a sandwich and split them. One was Corned Beef on pumpernickel, if you can call it that. It was the most light weight dark bread I have ever had, never mind in a deli! It could not even contain the condiments on the sandwich. The corned beef was good, not top notch but good. However for the price we expected more of it.

The second sandwich was hot pastrami on a bulky roll. The roll was chintzy and fell apart and the pastrami was not a really great quality. Again, the portion was small for the price.
In hopes of finishing on a good note we tried to order dessert and coffee, we got the dessert ordered but our server walked away in the middle of it and did not get our request for coffee, when she did come back to drop off the dessert we asked for coffee. We waited a few minutes hoping it would come shortly as it was not crowded at all, it took forever and when it did arrive it was obviously microwaved. The mug and coffee were too hot to touch never mind drink!

So overall we ordered 2 sodas, (they do have Dr. Browns) 1 app, 2 small soups, 2 sandwiches and a piece of cake the grand total with an average tip was $76!

Would I go there again, possibly just to the deli so I could find kosher meats. Would I eat there again, NO! The quality was that of an average sandwich shop and the price was that of a mid priced restaurant. If you average the quality, the service, and the price it is a lose, lose, lose proposition.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I went in search of some authentic kosher food and we found Rubin's was the "Best of Boston" 2008. How could we go wrong? Apparently Boston is unaware of how deli food should taste if this is the best. We were famished and ordered a nice supper. We had the chopped liver app, which was the most bizarre liver I have ever had, it had none of the reminiscent taste of schmaltz and onions and instead tasted like a sweet tomato product.

We each ordered a cup of chicken noodle soup with a matzo ball, the soup itself was above average, but the matzo ball was weak. For an entree we each picked a sandwich and split them. One was Corned Beef on pumpernickel, if you can call it that. It was the most light weight dark bread I have ever had, never mind in a deli! It could not even contain the condiments on the sandwich. The corned beef was good, not top notch but good. However for the price we expected more of it.

The second sandwich was hot pastrami on a bulky roll. The roll was chintzy and fell apart and the pastrami was not a really great quality. Again, the portion was small for the price.
In hopes of finishing on a good note we tried to order dessert and coffee, we got the dessert ordered but our server walked away in the middle of it and did not get our request for coffee, when she did come back to drop off the dessert we asked for coffee. We waited a few minutes hoping it would come shortly as it was not crowded at all, it took forever and when it did arrive it was obviously microwaved. The mug and coffee were too hot to touch never mind drink!

So overall we ordered 2 sodas, (they do have Dr. Browns) 1 app, 2 small soups, 2 sandwiches and a piece of cake the grand total with an average tip was $76!

Would I go there again, possibly just to the deli so I could find kosher meats. Would I eat there again, NO! The quality was that of an average sandwich shop and the price was that of a mid priced restaurant. If you average the quality, the service, and the price it is a lose, lose, lose proposition.

Pros: Authentic Kosher

Cons: Quality, Quantity, Price

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As has been said it's not on the level of a good NYC deli but in Boston this is the best you'll find. And it is good, too, with all the options you'd expect and a good take-out counter.

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★★★★☆

As has been said it's not on the level of a good NYC deli but in Boston this is the best you'll find. And it is good, too, with all the options you'd expect and a good take-out counter.

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Rubins is pretty good but it's no New York kosher deli. It's basically the only one in Boston so they don't have much competition. But the food is pretty good overall. Nothing to write home about.

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★★★★☆

Rubins is pretty good but it's no New York kosher deli. It's basically the only one in Boston so they don't have much competition. But the food is pretty good overall. Nothing to write home about.

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I don't know where this guy get's off calling this a NY Kosher deli - but it is far from it, except for the smell. Cold, flavorless food at exorbitant prices. If you've ever been to a Kosher deli in crucible of Kosher deli's in NYC then this imposter will not suffice, doesn't even compare to a LA or Miami Kosher deli of which all three I have partaken.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't know where this guy get's off calling this a NY Kosher deli - but it is far from it, except for the smell. Cold, flavorless food at exorbitant prices. If you've ever been to a Kosher deli in crucible of Kosher deli's in NYC then this imposter will not suffice, doesn't even compare to a LA or Miami Kosher deli of which all three I have partaken.

Pros: In a quiet neighborhood

Cons: Parking, food, decor

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Keeping kosher is important to me, and I love good beef, so Rubin's is a favorite haunt of mine. I keep coming back for their bar-b-q dinner or wrap. On a cold day, I enjoy the chicken soup and open-faced turkey on marble rye. Yummy garlic mashed potatoes! The fries are also delicious.

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★★★★★

Keeping kosher is important to me, and I love good beef, so Rubin's is a favorite haunt of mine. I keep coming back for their bar-b-q dinner or wrap. On a cold day, I enjoy the chicken soup and open-faced turkey on marble rye. Yummy garlic mashed potatoes! The fries are also delicious.

Pros: Superb bar-b-q

Cons: Expensive

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Rubin's Kosher Deli has basically never failed me when it comes to quality kosher food. They have just about every meat dish you can even think of. There is also a gourmet menu with some additional specials that you won't find at most kosher restaurants.

For example, the Pilgrim Wrap (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo) is absolutely amazing. The Chicken Caesar Wrap is also a favorite of mine. If you are really in the mood for something big, try out the Pastrami burger, which is kind of like a bacon burger, except the pastrami is cooked like bacon.

Lastl, but definitely not least, Rubin's has the best pickles of any deli I have ever been to. Even people that hate pickles end up eating as many as they can get their hands on.

A must go if you keep kosher in the Brookline area. Service can sometimes be a bit slow, and prices a bit high, but at the end of the day its worth it.

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★★★★☆

Rubin's Kosher Deli has basically never failed me when it comes to quality kosher food. They have just about every meat dish you can even think of. There is also a gourmet menu with some additional specials that you won't find at most kosher restaurants.

For example, the Pilgrim Wrap (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo) is absolutely amazing. The Chicken Caesar Wrap is also a favorite of mine. If you are really in the mood for something big, try out the Pastrami burger, which is kind of like a bacon burger, except the pastrami is cooked like bacon.

Lastl, but definitely not least, Rubin's has the best pickles of any deli I have ever been to. Even people that hate pickles end up eating as many as they can get their hands on.

A must go if you keep kosher in the Brookline area. Service can sometimes be a bit slow, and prices a bit high, but at the end of the day its worth it.

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Food: Omelettes come with fresh fruit, hamburger is ground on site, and deserts are home-made. The menu offers classic Jewish Deli items (corned beef, pastrami, chop liver, tongue) as well as breakfast and dinner items, soups, salads and weekly specials such as Morrocan Lamb over Cous Cous and Potato Encrusted Salmon.

Service: Unless it's Sunday or a holiday, in which case there may be a line, service is prompt. Some meals, such as well-done burgers or the thick steaks, take some time as they are cooked to order; deli items generally arrive quickly. Food servers know a lot about the food and give the best service possible- like all restaurants, if understaffed, service is naturally slower.

Value: Kosher food is expensive; dairy substitutes are expensive, maintaining a Kosher seal is expensive, importing fresh food is expensive. Yes, Rubins is expensive, but fairly priced nonetheless.

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★★★★☆

Food: Omelettes come with fresh fruit, hamburger is ground on site, and deserts are home-made. The menu offers classic Jewish Deli items (corned beef, pastrami, chop liver, tongue) as well as breakfast and dinner items, soups, salads and weekly specials such as Morrocan Lamb over Cous Cous and Potato Encrusted Salmon.

Service: Unless it's Sunday or a holiday, in which case there may be a line, service is prompt. Some meals, such as well-done burgers or the thick steaks, take some time as they are cooked to order; deli items generally arrive quickly. Food servers know a lot about the food and give the best service possible- like all restaurants, if understaffed, service is naturally slower.

Value: Kosher food is expensive; dairy substitutes are expensive, maintaining a Kosher seal is expensive, importing fresh food is expensive. Yes, Rubins is expensive, but fairly priced nonetheless.

Pros: home-cooked food, large menu, Glatt kosher

Cons: expensive

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I felt moved to add a review given the nature of the other two online reviews which are complete garbage. If your looking for good meats and the genuine "Deli Experience" your here. The patrons, mostly locals, underscore that and the line outside the door. You won't go wrong here. If you are looking for something other than Jewish soul food beat it, but don't give them a bad review.

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★★★★☆

I felt moved to add a review given the nature of the other two online reviews which are complete garbage. If your looking for good meats and the genuine "Deli Experience" your here. The patrons, mostly locals, underscore that and the line outside the door. You won't go wrong here. If you are looking for something other than Jewish soul food beat it, but don't give them a bad review.

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If you've every been to a really lousy New York Deli, you'll find yourself in familiar territory at Rubin's. This place may be run by Jewish People and it may be a deli, but there's a major disconnect somewhere in there. I bought lox and whitefish to go once and the cashier said, "You really eat this stuff?" That about sums up what they know about the cuisine. Greasy fried chicken, flavorless meats, soggy vegetables and inconsistent freshness. Tables are crowded, but at least the service is fast and friendly. Skip Rubin's and make the trip to Rein's in CT or better yet, go to Brooklyn.

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★★☆☆☆

If you've every been to a really lousy New York Deli, you'll find yourself in familiar territory at Rubin's. This place may be run by Jewish People and it may be a deli, but there's a major disconnect somewhere in there. I bought lox and whitefish to go once and the cashier said, "You really eat this stuff?" That about sums up what they know about the cuisine. Greasy fried chicken, flavorless meats, soggy vegetables and inconsistent freshness. Tables are crowded, but at least the service is fast and friendly. Skip Rubin's and make the trip to Rein's in CT or better yet, go to Brooklyn.

Pros: Parking Lot

Cons: Lousy Food, Crowded

 

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