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Molinari Delicatessen

373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (North Beach)
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Ranked #14 of 4,858 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian, Sandwiches
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: North Beach
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162 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The food was excellent here and the atmosphere was great. There were lots of locals on hand, many buying groceries, but most in line for the excellent sandwich menu and cold pasta selections. We will make this a normal stop.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

First day in SF and we bee-lined it for Molinaris. My wife, son and I all ordered the the Molinari Special which was absolutely fantastic. The bread was crisp and the meat is piled to a really nice thickness. It was just a perfect Italian lunch. We grabbed a table outside and just soaked in the SF atmosphere. I love... More

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San Francisco, CA
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

If I rated only the sandwiches, I would give 4 or 5 stars. I was startled to watch my sandwich maker finish making one sandwich, then handle cash at the register, then make my sandwich without making any attempt to wash his hands. I guess in the past I never paid any attention to the whole process, but this last... More

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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We enjoy Molinaris, their homemade bread with olives a bottle of good wine ,relaxing, it's super. Service is always good staff pleasant,good atmosphere, homemade pannetoni pudding extremely moreish.

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Amherst, New Hampshire, USA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This place is probably as close to an Italian deli as you can get without leaving the US. Simply great sandwiches!

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Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

For those who love Italian food a must. A real Italian deli like I was used to from New York. Thought I as in heaven.

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Southern California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The trick is to grab a number and then pick out your bread. When they call your number, you let them know which sandwich you want. SO got the Molinari special Italian combo and that was really good. I got the Renzo Special which had prosciutto, coppa, mozzarella with dried tomatoes on Dutch Crunch roll. That was good but I... More

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Alvin, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

After seeing this place featured on a show, we had to check it out. What can I say, the service and the food were amazing. We both agreed that it was the best sandwich we have ever eaten. Everything was so fresh and the service was warm and friendly. We wish this place was closer to Texas so that we... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We went to Molinari after stumbling upon it walking to Fishermans Warf. Once inside the the small deli you might think you really are in Italy, if it were for the friendly English speaking Staff. We ordered one of the many made to order warm sandwiches and a canoli. The sandwich was great with Copa and hot peppers. The canoli... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I first tried Molinari's with some co-workers, and then went back several times when we went to SF on vacation!! It is within easy walking distance from the Transamerica Pyramid and a short hike from Fisherman's Wharf. I will now always go out of my way to stop here when in SF!

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