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Arinell Pizza

Mission District
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509 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1114
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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The real deal! NY pizza!

This is it - if you are looking for NYC style pizza, go no where else. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Have been living in the SF Bay Area for 30 years. I used to frequently have NYC pizza FedEx'd to my house in the Bay Area. Once I found Arinell, there was no need to continue... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Northern California
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Northern California
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is it - if you are looking for NYC style pizza, go no where else. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Have been living in the SF Bay Area for 30 years. I used to frequently have NYC pizza FedEx'd to my house in the Bay Area. Once I found Arinell, there was no need to continue... More 

Thank TrplDNA
San Francisco
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

One of the best New York style thin pizza places around. Been coming here a quarter century. Absolute hole in the wall gets a lot of frenetic activity late at night on weekends. Workers set the vibe with boom box blasting punk tunes while they blast through the orders reheating slices mostly. Some visitors will be hopped on various substances... More 

Thank Cubecritter
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

I happened to be in the area and I am always on the hunt for top notch NYC style pizza. This place nails it, hands down. Great slice even from the pre-made pizza so I suspect the fresh whole pie is even better. Definitely will be back and I strongly recommend it for those looking for authentic NYC pizza with... More 

Thank Westscotian
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Delicious and very much appreciated when one gets tired of the thicker-crust pizza that is the norm in California. Thin-crusted with a tangy sauce--the only SF touch is the very "SF-looking" hipsters serving it.

Thank Cheryl A
San Francisco, California, United States
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I went here on a date, and being a native San Franciscan, I was puzzled they had Sicilian Pizza. I always I got the regular slice here, and now, my life has changed! If you want a u true SF experience with actually uber good food, go here! The only thing that is missing is Jello Biafra working here himself,... More 

Thank JonathanFord
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Great place for a quick bite, whether late night or just after lunch. Basic cheese pizza is the best and best if you just eat it right there and then. Just be ready, have the cash ready pay and get the hell out of their way! Pizza quality very good. Try it

Thank Raajiv R
San Francisco, CA, USA
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Arinell's is a Mission institution. When you roll out of a bar at 1am, starving for something and a burrito sounds like it is going to hurt in the morning, you cannot go wrong with a slice from Arinell's. All the pizzas start plain, they add toppings to your taste and then throw it in the oven until it is... More 

Thank penfoldSF
Ogasawara-shoto, Japan
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323 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

California is historically lacking in proper East Coast (read NYC), Neopolitan pizza by the slice. This place delivers the closest facsimile thereof in SF. It's simple, it's thin, the seasoning is right on, the price is low-ish, and it's fast. Recently there are restaurants doing very good Napolitanos in SF, but you pay for it, and they ain't a counter... More 

Thank Takoyaki47
San Francisco
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115 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

This is the perfect hole in the wall pizza joint, and for those who believe that authentic New York Style pizza doesn't exist in San Francisco, this place might help to change your mind. The crust is thin but not too thin, and it's doused with a healthy portion of cheese. This is not gourmet fussy organic style pizza--it's rather... More 

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San Francisco, California
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221 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

Supposedly the most "authentic" NY style pizza in the city..

Thank Shayne67

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 509 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1114
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-255-1303

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Pizza
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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