Pastrami on Rye: The Top 5 Delis in San Francisco

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In a city rich in Italian heritage and tradition, excellent delicatessens are not difficult to find. From fresh meats to cheese selections, and of course, deli sandwiches, these shops are some of the best in San Francisco.

1 Deli Board

The Deli Board is a sandwich serious delicatessen. In addition they serve homemade soups and unique snacks. They offer complex flavors created from fresh and simple ingredients. San Franciscans swoon over their corned beef sandwiches. Check “The Board” on their website for daily specials.

1080 Howard St, San Francisco, 415.552.7687,

2 Molinari Delicatessen

Molinari Delicatessen has been a San Francisco institution since 1895. Their deep Italian traditions and family run business results in the creation amazing meat products. Molinari Delicatessen produces homemade own salame, coppa, and sausages. This deli is no nonsense. Get in, order, and get out, and enjoy the array of amazing menu options.

373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, 415.421.2337,

3 Lucca Delicatessen

Lucca Delicatessen has been in business in San Francisco for over 80 years. This Italian grocer is more than just your average deli, offering handmade pasta, entrees, and salads in addition to their wide selection of meats and cheeses. Lucca offers local online food delivery and even domestic shipping of their goods.

2120 Chestnut St, San Francisco, 415.921.7873,

4 Miller’s East Coast Deli

For east coasters missing New York style delis, this is your shop. This deli has a plethora of menu options from breakfast to burgers to seafood and even pizza. Yes, pizza in a deli. Patrons come here for their warming matzo ball soup, corned beef, and pastrami.

1725 Polk St, San Francisco, 415. 563.3542,

5 Petite Deli

Petite Deli may be a small venue, like their name suggests, but what they lack in square footage, they make up for in bold sandwich flavors. Customers swear the difference in Petite Deli’s sandwiches is because they are made with love. It also doesn’t hurt that they are substantially large and filled with deliciously fresh ingredients.

752 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, 415.398.1682

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