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Molinari Delicatessen

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Chinatown
Italian, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
415-421-2337
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 170
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Italian Deli and the Best Sub Sandwiches!

I am back walking everywhere in the City and eventually found my way to Molinari's on Columbus Avenue to once again get lost in one of their sandwiches and more... Also bought one of their Tomato & Onion Focaccia's, Holland Gouda and Molinari's Hot Salami to go (sat outside and enjoyed our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
ycnans coat
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Manhattan Beach, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Manhattan Beach, California
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I am back walking everywhere in the City and eventually found my way to Molinari's on Columbus Avenue to once again get lost in one of their sandwiches and more... Also bought one of their Tomato & Onion Focaccia's, Holland Gouda and Molinari's Hot Salami to go (sat outside and enjoyed our sandwiches while watching the day go by). Let... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I've been coming here for over 30 years. The deli meats (and their signature dry salami) are fresh and tasty. The cheese selection is wonderful and the various salads and other prepared foods are always enticing. Have them make you one of their signature sandwiches, nothing fancy, just good fresh-baked breads, savoury meats and just the right touch to give... More 

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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been coming to this place for years so more reason for you to read my review. This place has everything Italian that you can imagine. Pasta, sauces, cheeses and they make their own salami which is sold practically all over the US. As well they have home made fresh ravioli and pastas. For those who have never come to... More 

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San Francisco
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Growing up in San Francisco there are so many changes that occur. This place has consistency. San Francisco is an expensive City. You just have to get over that and know before you arrive. Here you go for the old time experience and good food. With the major grocery stores all making sandwiches deli's in San Francisco are hard to... More 

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California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fast friendly service for take out or just picking up some Italian treats while visiting North Beach. However, it gets busy during prime tourist season at lunch so be prepared to wait 10 minutes or so to be served. Don't forget to grab a number when you walk in. All sandwiches are made to order so relax on your short... More 

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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Deli makes the best sandwiches in the world with Salame and prosciutto. All your favorite meats, cheeses and cooking ingredients are available. Go early as there is always a line. The hot foods are "old time" flavors and delights the palate.

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Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you like Italian, this is Heaven!. I suggest you take a preliminary visit it to get to know what offerings there are. If you want to order, you will have to decide quickly as this place gets very busy and the staff doesn't want any down time waiting for your response. The quality of the offerings is outstanding. Bring... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We popped in and just got a bit of their house-made salami. Oh. My. Goodness. It was the best we've ever had! This place is the real deal. We will be back to try more!

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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We waited ages. People select the bread rolls with their hands while they wait to be served. Not hygienic.There should be tongs if that is the way they want to have it. The staff don't wear gloves and handle money too. If customers change their mind on the type of bread they want I saw the staff put it back... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Must try if you are in San Fran.. In and out in a matter of a few minutes after you choose your sandwich. Compared to the prices in San Fran, it is a good value

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-421-2337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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