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Molinari Delicatessen

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373 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Timbuktu, Mali
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our October visit to the Italian take-out deli Molinari and Sons provided good sandwiches; Italian sodas; many bread, cheese, and wine varieties; and Molinari’s house-made cold cuts and sausages. Molinari’s, however, is nearly handicap inaccessible and lacks indoor seating and bathrooms. Molinari’s, which started in 1896, has an old-fashion Italian deli ambiance with its house-made sausage and cold cuts tubes... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Prior to leaving this great city, we had time for a quick lunch. Right on Columbus, the deli was busy. Once we arrived at the counter we selected our bread from a bin. The clerk cheerfully cut the proscitto and added the cheese and peppers. They have 4-5 tables along the street where we enjoyed our sandwich. One was plenty... More 

Thank Jeff K
Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read such great reviews for this place we had to check it out, 4 very hungry Irish guys walked from Union Square all the way to Molinari's and we would do it again! we got lost a couple of times and everybody we asked for directions told us Molinari's was their favourite deli in town too! lashing of fillings... More 

Thank Conor L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here because of the great reviews it received. The sandwiches are huge and have insanely fresh ingredients. I did not feel gross after eating my sandwich. Highly recommended!

Thank Allyson W
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are ever in San Francisco make sure to stop at Molinari and grab some great sandwiches for a quick lunch.

Thank frankvasz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a solid deli, but not the best in town by far. I think that it is located in a popular tourist area may be part of it, but there is no way this is in the top 20.

1 Thank Scrappleking
Irvine, California
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered their special Italian sandwich - it was good, but not outstanding. Super packed at 11:00 am on a Saturday. Take a number and pick your bread for your sandwich out of a bin. I got a seat outside (very limited) and watched the world go by me. The most memorable sandwich was the Muffuletta Sandwich at Central Grocers... More 

1 Thank Gail F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the vintage italian feel of the spot, and the TURKEY GARLIC BASIL sandwich IS AMAZING !! Great food and awesome service !!

Thank Rochelle R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm writing this review to help other travelers who might be confused about this place, as I was. This IS NOT a sit down deli. There are at most 4-5 tables, located in front of the deli, right where streams of people walk. On a cold day, as it was when we arrived, this isn't a place to get food,... More 

1 Thank Jdiddy78
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always wonderful service despite the lines of eager and patient customers. Sandwiches and pasta are delicious and well worth any line! Can't beat the exceptional and very personal customer service. By the time your number comes up, it's like you are a long lost family member who just arrived. And it feels like you are the only one in line.

Thank KathieVee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 373 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-421-2337

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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