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Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen

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Mission District
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401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3414
+1 415-400-5453
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a order at the counter and hope there is seating. Gluten Free excellent sandwiches wrapped in a corn bun. Tasty, fast, unique and definitely will return for a wonderful meal/experience in San Francisco. Well done!

Thank RJourn
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

It's wonderful that you enjoyed the arepas! Thanks for your kind words. We've worked hard to create a menu that's both unique and flavorful, so I'm glad to hear you appreciated that. The whole team will be looking forward to your next visit! All the best, Adriana, Owner More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking to try something new, this may be what you're looking for. The price is reasonable and the food is a change from the Tex Mex offerings of the neighborhood.

Thank Carl K
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for spreading the word about us, Carl! We definitely stand out as a Venzuelan restaurant as opposed to Tex-Mex cuisine. Hope you'll come back soon for another delicious arepa and fun times! Until next time, Adriana, Owner More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have celiac so I do my research before dining. This place has tasty food that is worth the price. I suggest the arepa sweet yellow corn with the pulled pork. It was excellent eat it quick before the bottom half gets soggy. The shredded beef was good but the pork was better. Ground Breaker Pale Ale was a nice... More 

Thank quacker907
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

You can always count on us as a good spot for a tasty gluten-free meal, so I'm glad you enjoyed that arepa with pulled pork! You're right -- the Ground Breaker Pale Ale is a perfect accompaniment. Hope you'll keep coming back for more arepas. Until next time, Adriana, Owner More 

Edmonton, Canada
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Entire menu is Gluten free which was great for the 2 celiacs in our group. Arepas and Cachapas are the best. Food was fabulous. Staff was friendly and helpful. will be back any time we are in SF

Thank Tack44
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

This review is fabulous -- I'm thrilled both the arepas and cachapas hit the spot. I'm certainly proud of our gluten-free menu, so it's great to hear the entire group was able to thoroughly enjoy their meals. I am looking forward to your next visit! Until then, Adriana, Owner More 

Acton, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We had a Groupon for Pica Pica. And when you buy Groupons the way we do, in places we travel to, not live in, you don't have an entirely clear picture of what you're getting in to. Pica Pica is a wonderful restaurant. It's full of bright colors, friendly staff, and delicious, out of the ordinary food. It is, however,... More 

Thank Challah
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

It's nothing short of wonderful you thoroughly enjoyed the unique spin we put on those arepas, Challah! You made a great choice with the shredded beef, plantains, and black beans. I'm glad the slaw was the perfect compliment as well. We use only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients around, and that ensalada with tender greens is the perfect example. As... More 

San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It smells great in here. Those arepa fillings are so very flavorful. I like the sweet corn arepa, but he white flour arepa lacked flavor and the filling did not make up for it.

Thank sifuerst
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

I'm glad you loved that sweet corn arepa! The fillings are definitely known for their taste, from the slow-cooked meats to all of our locally sourced ingredients, so I'm sorry if your second arepa didn't totally hit the spot. Can you let me know which arepa filling did you get? I hope you'll return soon for more delicious Venezuelan food... More 

Gardena, California, Usa
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130 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Recommended by my boy friends co-worker and our first meal in San Francisco. I looked this place up on Yelp. Mixed reviews, so of course when in doubt check out the menu! The Arepas looked amazing. First time visiting San Francisco and a forever fan. One of the highlights, of course, is eating yummy food. Go big or go home,... More 

Thank cloudb310
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed that arepa so much! As mentioned on Yelp, the slaw can be an acquired taste, but I appreciate the feedback. Our other sauces might be more your style for that next visit the Pica'pun is a definite favorite hot sauce- hope you'll come back for another Crispy Chicken arepa before too long! Until next time, Adriana,... More 

McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I would have loved to be able to give a review of the food. We took a lyft for a 25 minute drive during peak hours to come and try their food. We were all looking forward to being able to try their dinner. Seating was very limited....there were no seats available and people that were done eating were just... More 

Thank Kelly F
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you weren't able to find seating, Kelly, but I hope our busy hours won't cause you to refrain from returning! Although we might have limited seating, you can still order good to-go, so I hope you'll join us sometime soon. You're bound to love your arepas! Hope to see you soon, Adriana, Owner More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you ever doubted counter food could be fantastic, here's proof. I'm not into Arepas but their platters took good care of me (coconut rice, black beans, ripe plantains, wow!). The pork was excellent, and then you hit the heat underneath it and wow! The chicken was tasty and then you hit the pickled mojo, wow! Plus 100% gluten free,... More 

Thank HikerBoricua
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your arepas to the fullest! Great choice with both the pork and the chicken. I'm really glad you appreciate our 100% gluten-free recipes, and I hope you'll come back again super soon. Until next time, Adriana, Owner More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

First restaurant in SF and it did not disappoint! The decor looked absolutely breathtaking and the staff were extremely nice. The food was the best part. Their arepas are so good I'd eat it again and again and again! If you want an authentic dining experience, come by here.

Thank Phillip M
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this review

I hope you'll come back again and again, Phillip! It's wonderful that the decor and your food really made a positive impression. Thanks for your kind feedback and for spreading the word! Until next time, Adriana, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Latin, Venezuelan, South American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3414
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-400-5453
Pica Pica's signature dish is the arepa, a grilled corn pocket crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and stuffed with your choice of slow-cooked meats, beans, plantains, cheese or vegetables. . . All inspired by traditional family recipes. These recipes offer a distinctive combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that are the soul and signature of Venezuelan cuisine. Some feel the taste is reminiscent of their Latin culinary heritage; others find it exotic, tropical and adventuresome, inviting travel and discovery. When someone bites into an Arepa de Pabellon and says it is the most amazing food he or she has ever tasted, we are reminded of why we brought our food to California. Our menu also offers sides to share (yuca fries, sweet plantains, empanadas, plantain and taro chips, ceviche) as well as salads, platters, desserts, fresh juices, beer and wine.

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