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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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 175
    Excellent
  • 54
    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 sandwich

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
AshishGuptasfo
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San Francisco, California, United States
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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British Columbia
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240 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 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 217 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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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 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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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Really nice sandwiches and what a beautiful shop. I tried the salami sandwich with provolone cheese, highly recommend this place! The sandwiches are a little expensive but it's worth it and they are big so you can save some for later.

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Carmel, California
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A real Italian Delicatessen store, narrow packed with great italian delicatessen, made to order panini and much more. If you are a local use your sandwich card otherwise its like being in Italy 50 years ago, nostalgia and atmosphere. The best place for your packed panini.

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Modesto, California
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Thank you Trip Advisor! Found this on your site for a visit with my mom and wife. My mom is from Palermo Sicily. She ordered her sandwich in Italian exactly how she wanted it and loved it. I ordered off the menu. Great sandwiches! Great selection of Italian items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Whenever I visit the City I make it to Little Italy for a Molinari special or North Beach turkey. These are traditional Italian sandwiches with all the right stuff to make a delicious meal. The only minor drawback is that, even though the bread is very good, it's soft both inside and the crust. I prefer a harder crispier crust... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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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
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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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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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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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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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