This Old-School Italian Deli Is One Of SF’s Highest-Rated Restaurants

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

This Old-School Italian Deli Is One Of SF’s Highest-Rated Restaurants

San Francisco is a city of foodies, something that local restaurants don’t take lightly. Molinari Delicatessen is the city’s second-highest-rated restaurant with 787 Google reviews averaging 4.8/5 stars, and coming from San Franciscan reviewers, that’s quite the accomplishment. Have you ever enjoyed a sandwich from this famous Italian deli? Read on to learn all about it.

Molinari Delicatessen has been serving San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood since 1896, which means they’ve been perfecting their service and products for over 120 years! The deli specializes in delicious gourmet sandwiches, homemade pastas and sauces, and wines and cheeses imported from Italy.

Molinari’s sandwiches are the main draw for many San Franciscans. Their most popular orders include the Luciano Special with Parma prosciutto, sweet coppa, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, onions, and lettuce on grilled focaccia; the Renzo Special Sandwich with prosciutto, coppa, fresh mozzarella, and sun dried tomatoes; and the Molinari Special Italian Combo with salame, mortadella, galantina, zampino, salame cotto, mayo, mustard, Italian vinaigrette, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pepperoncini.

After 12 decades of impeccable service, Molinari continues to astound customers who leave rave reviews across the board, including celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.


“Best sandwiches in the city, you will not be disappointed,” says one reviewer. “What a wonderful Italian deli. From the authentic smells, sounds, and flavors, to the perfect location, this place is one that you must experience if you are visiting San Francisco,” says another.

Want to try Molinari Delicatessen for yourself? You can find this legendary deli at 373 Columbus Ave near Washington Square Park. Hours are 10am-5pm daily, excluding Sundays.


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