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Molinari Delicatessen

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Neighborhood:
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 - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Takeout

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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Great Lunch Spot!

You want a great Italian sandwich from a REAL Italian deli….Go to Molinari Delicatessen. Nothing else needs to be said. The place sells itself. ENJOY

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Derek W
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Stony Brook, New York
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Stony Brook, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You want a great Italian sandwich from a REAL Italian deli….Go to Molinari Delicatessen. Nothing else needs to be said. The place sells itself. ENJOY

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went for lunch and had the Molinari special which is a combination of Italian cold cuts. The service was excellent and the sandwich was too. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you want a true Italian deli experience this is not to be missed. They make great sandwiches or you want pasta you can take them home to heat up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

whoaw, the sandwich are just so good, try the one with italian jam. the more expensive but it really worth the price (13$)! very good place

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Pflugerville, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

First timers. Did not know to pick up choice of bread and bring it to sandwich maker. Italian classic was just right. Grab a table early.

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Grabbed some sandwiches here to take along on our tour of Alcatraz. There was a line, but it moved fast. You choose your bread and the sandwich you want, and they make it happen. They were very helpful and kind about me being a novice with their sandwiches and their system. The sandwiches were so good that we contemplated making... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a must when you are in San Francisco! Grab a sandwich and then go eat in Washington Square while people-watching. This is a true delicatessen...love it!

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Fort Myers
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I had read great things about this deli and saw it at the end of our walking tour as well as from HOHO bus on Columbus. Scooted in and was greeted by the friendly deli man. Told him I came all the way from FL for their italian sub. I picked out my roll and he put together a helping... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Best deli sandwiches I have ever enjoyed. Tried them twice during our short stay in SF. Picked some up at the 9am opening for our planned bike ride across the GGB that morning to enjoy a picnic later. Highly recommend the pesto, salami, roasted red pepper and soft mozzarella cheese on a fresh loaf of crusty bread of your choice!... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We found this place and recognized it from being featured by Anthony Boudain. Walking in brought back memories of pork stores in New Jersey. They do seem to think you know the ordering routine. We figured it out and grabbed our rolls and order the Italian Combo with oil and vinegar, onions and peppers. Outdoor seating was nice on this... More 

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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 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Chinatown
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