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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 - 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: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 182
    Excellent
  • 55
    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
THE sandwich

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Freebeer12
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Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Virginia
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 151 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Grabbed lunch here and what a fabulous place. Packed with eager locals . A really authentic feel of a long established Italian delicatessen . Worth a visit if in the area.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This place is always busy, so don't forget to take a number when you first get there. Great sandwiches, fresh and tasty. You can buy your food to go, or sit at one of the tables out front on the sidewalk.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

After touring Chinatown, we walked up Columbus Avenue looking for Little Italy and did not realize how close it was. Detouring back onto Grant Avenue, we stopped at Caffé Trieste for coffee and then we walked back onto Columbus Avenue and saw the delicatessen. Interesting deli that sells the normal food items you associate with a deli including cured meats,... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This place has been around for 130 years for a good reason everything is great. Be sure to grab a number, and grab a roll and be ready to wait

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 386 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

It is not just the fact that they have been around for so long, but they obviously have high standards and they maintain them. Genuine food, good taste and variety, highly recommended. A must try whenever in San Francisco. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Additional Information about Molinari Delicatessen

Address: 373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
Phone Number: 415-421-2337
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Italian, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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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: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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