373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.798719 -122.407785
Closed Sunday Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm Sat: 7:30am-5:30pm
Neighborhoods: North Beach, Northeast
Italian deli sandwiches the way they're meant to be: Messy.
Wonderful classic North Beach deli that's basically a dream Italian pantry. Delicious prepared salads, sandwiches & fresh pastas.) And lotsa good wine, of course.) Get your goodies to go & have a picnic in Washington Square.
If you only like meat and cheese on your sandwich, go for the Renzo Special; otherwise try the Molinari Special sandwich.
Great Sandwich Shop – I've eaten at many of the small mom and pop stores, and some in San Francisco. Some of my best experiences have been at Mr Pickles, A.G. Ferrari, Lunardi's, Piazza's, Lucca Deli, and others that escape my mind. This one is right up there with the best. I've eaten here more than 3 times and the sandwiches are always very good to awesome. Might depend on what sandwich you order if you feel you are not getting a good experience.
The salami here is perhaps the best in the state of California if not the west coast. It is so reknowned that you see Napa wineries selling Molinari's Salami as well as chains like Mollie Stone and Lunardi's. If you order a salami sandwich the salami itself is an experience, Their other meats, cheese, real sun dried tomatoes, and sourdough bread are also oustanding so I completely disagree that this place is overrated. Lots of people just don't understand a truly good sandwich experience. You slab a bunch of mustard and mayo on a dutch crunch roll, fill it up with pickles, onions, slice of tomato and half way decent piece of meat and they think they're in heaven. The special taste of the meats and ingredients at Molinari's is subtle, it's the little qualities that make it stand out from the pack.
My dad used to take me here when I was little and he'd buy me a pastrami sandwich and they always tasted so good. Now I'm 38 and they still taste awesome, although the menu has changed. You don't stay in business this long in the heart of North Beach and Chinatown by putting out mediocre quality. If it was mediocre everybody would know it and nobody would stand in line for 45 minutes. This place has character and all the food they sell has just as much.
I agree they could use some updates in their sanitation methods but to some people that's a make or break thing and it's probably why they got a bad review. To me, they are old school and I'm an old school person so it doesn't bother me. A little bacteria never hurt anybody.
Salami, Salami, Salami – San Francisco is my ancestral homeland. Whenever my little french grandma came to San Diego to visit, she brought a Molinari salami and a Boudain loaf of sourdough. They have the best salami anywhere. We order to be shipped to San Diego if no one is traveling to San Francisco.
VERY OVERATED ! – I have been to this place three times, each time I was disapointed and really couldn't see what the hype was all about. I love a good sandwich and this place is mediocre at best. You could make a better sandwich at home. There are usually 3-4 people behind the counter at Molinari's and they all seem to think it is OK to handle cash and then go right back to making a sandwich without washing hands or wearing gloves or anything. The best places to get a sandwich in this city will always go under the radar. For a far better sandwich experience try Noe Valley Deli on 24th Street or Good Luck Cafe on kearny Street near commercial.
Love love love it all! – I take the long trek from the Embarcadero BART exit to Molinaris every time I'm in S.F. and it's well worth it.
Sanwiches are excellent, salami is great and the foccacia is SUPERB!
With real italians running the place with a smile and a laugh and excellent fresh ingredients is no wonder there a long line sometimes!
But worth the wait!! So if you have the time, definitely stop by, they're amazing.
The BEST sandwich! – The sandwich I had was soooo good and the people are friendly. My absolute favorite and I know you will love it too.
Amazing! – This is a great place! The sandwiches are yummy!!! And the people are lovely!
You have to go eat here if you go to North Beach!
Legendary North Beach delicatessen laden with rustic delights. – In Short
Tourists and locals alike make the pilgrimage to this old-fashioned Italian deli for its copious larder, authentic atmosphere and gourmet, made-to-order sandwiches. Old Country delicacies include heavy, dangling rows of genuine prosciutto and salami, fresh mozzarella di Bufala and aged Parmesan. Hard-to-find imported goods overflow on the shelves. To-go sandwiches feature top-shelf fixings such as sun-dried tomatoes and sweet bell peppers, and come hot or cold.
Fabulous – Fantastic deli in north beach! Lots of character from the setting to the staff and wonderful food. Had a grilled panini which was marinated red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, fresh mozz and proscuito on fresh foccacia. One of the best sandwiches I've ever had.
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