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Molinari Delicatessen

373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (North Beach)
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Ranked #8 of 4,938 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Decatur, Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Talk about old school and old world atmosphere! Wander to into Molinari's and you'll think you've stepped into old Italy! This shoppe is truly sandwich boy heaven! Great photo opportunity with the sandwich artists behind the counter and huge bulk meats and cheeses hanging from the rafters! Take a number and hand select your own personal sliced bread from the... More

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203 reviews 203 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Gotta love a classic Italian deli like the old days, and Molinari is one of the best. Just a nice fresh bun, your choice of meat, cheeses and toppings, no fancy schmancy stuff, just good quality delicious ingredients. Makes me miss the deli near my parents' house growing up.

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San Francisco, CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Go there, take a number, pick your bread, get a half bottle of wine and order your favorite sandwiches. Make sure your lunch partner is holding your table outside, and then watch all the people watch you having a great lunch. Ah.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Expect a line when you get there. They have very nice selection of different cheeses and meats and even vegetarian sandwiches.

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Tampa, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had lunch at Molinari’s Deli and the Italian subs were the best we ever had. Thanks to the tip on TripAdvisor we knew to choose our own sandwich roles while we waited (be sure to take a number at the door). The Deli was very busy and popular. Although no seating inside, there were some tables outside where we... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

An authentic Italian Deli, here since 1896. Their sandwiches are to die for. My favorite is the North Beach. You pick out from the bins the type of sandwich bread you want and hand it to the gentleman behind the counter. Excellent selection if Italian wine. they make all their own sausage, ravioli, pasta.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a real Italian deli in the heart of Little Italy. The sandwiches are big with lots of meat on them so they are best to share unless you are really hungry. Make sure you take a number when you walk in. Pick your own bread from a bin at the side. When they call your number, you hand... More

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Farmington, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We went in for a small purchase and were in awe of the history,decor, inventory of wine, meats, cheeses and condiments that were available. I had gone to this market with my mother who was born and raised in SF years ago and was surprised to see that the market was exactly the same. The employees were all smiling as... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a gem. This is a place I always seek out when in San Francisco. The prosciutto is fabulous and the bread is so fresh. Take a number and get in line. You wont be disappointed if you like real Italian sammy's.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you want your meals on the cheap, you can buy your cheese and choice of luch meat here, and make your own sandwiches with Boudin's sourdough. This place has the best selection with reasonable prices, you start salavating when you walk in the door!

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