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Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen
Venezuelan Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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401 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94103
401 Valencia StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94103
$$Venezuelan Restaurant, South American Restaurant
Venezuelan Restaurant
South American Restaurant
Gluten-Free Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen serves hand-made, slow-cooked arepas and other Venezuelan eats in the heart of San Francisco, CA. 100% natural and gluten-free!
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Arepas & other Venezuelan eats provide the Latin flavors at this casual spot.- Google
"You definitely need to try out the cachapas, yuca fries, tostones and empanadas!"
"Plus gluten free if you're into that sort of thing."
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James Richmond
3 weeks ago
Delicious food, huge portions, and the service was great! It's always nice to have cashiers with great attitudes and a sense of humor. It gets a bit busy at times, but the turn over is pretty fast so even if there is a line, it won't take long to get a seat or to take it to go. They also serve some beers which go well with the food!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
You always deserve a great meal from start to finish, James! I know it can get a little busy here, but we love the community atmosphere that delicious food always creates -- even in our space. My team and I are always here to make sure that everything is perfect for you, and we can't wait to have you in again soon! -Adriana, Owner
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Jordan Jethwa
a month ago
Update March 2015: I've been disappointed the last few times I've had food from Pica Pica. The fillings are missing seasoning and taste bland. I'm not sure what happened :( Updating my review from 5 stars to 3 Original review: Pica Pica's arepas are tasty and really filling. I usually get a combo with the Pelu'a and yucca (cassava) fries. The staff are always warm even when the small storefront is packed. I can survive on one combo for an entire day, that's what I call value! :-P Fresh ingredients, well prepared, and fast.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Jordan, this doesn't sounds like us at all, so I apologize that we haven't given you our best. None of our recipes or methods have changed, so I'm surprised you've tasted anything different. I would still love to have you back in so we can show you the perfect experience you had the first time. -Adriana, Owner
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Max Tsui
a month ago
Fast casual dining and friendly staff. I'll definitely be back to try the nachos and ceviche!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Great choices there, Max! I'd be happy to see you back again soon for another round -- don't worry, the nachos aren't going anywhere. -Adriana, Owner
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Jen Johnson
6 months ago
This place is over-priced. I got one arepa and it cost $8! The corn on the outside was dry and flavorless, and the filling taste was pretty bland -- I like using salsa and sauces to complement good flavors, not make a boring dish interesting.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Jen, it's such a shame to see you felt this way about your arepa. It should have been flavorful and delicious! As far as our salsas go, I agree -- they should complement the spices in our dishes, not stand in for them. I can only hope you had a chance to bring this to one of our staff. We always want you to leave feeling great about our food, and we would have happily looked into this for you. - Adriana, Owner
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Thomas Wysocki
a month ago
Loved the spicy chicken cachapa, although I'm not sure where the 'spicy' part was. Add a dab of mojo sauce and your good to go. The garlic yuka fries were awesome too.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thomas, it's great you got to try the spicy chicken cachapa -- I'm really happy you enjoyed it! We have sauces, like the mojo sauce, so you can create something personalized to your taste. Hope to see you back for another one soon! -Adriana, Owner
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Victoria P.
6 months ago
My roommate and I were attending Sunday Streets at the Mission. After a good walk, we got hungry. We happened to pass by Pica Pica and I was intrigued. I've never had an arepa before, so I took the opportunity to try one. The restaurant is small, and there's not much seating. I find that it's more of a place for a quick bite. I ordered the vegetarian which came with plantains, black beans, grilled tofu, avocado, and a garlic aioli. It was so delicious!! Black beans with plantains is my favorite food combination, and the avocado was an upgrade. The arepa was just right to satisfy my hunger. I also ordered mango juice, and it refreshing on a warm sunny day. My roommate and I split yucca fries as well. I highly recommend this place if you want a quick, satisfying meal.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Victoria, I'm so happy to see that you loved your first arepa! It sounds like the vegetarian option is just your style. Hope we'll see you and your roomie back soon! - Adriana, Owner
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Jim Barcelona
8 months ago
I've been here twice, and totally recommend the arepas. There are two things that prevent this from being a 5 star review. Both times they seemed under staffed and the wait was around 30 minutes for not much food. Still I'd definitely come back if I wasn't in a hurry on a lazy Sunday. Second, the hot sauces are more on the sweet than savory side which I'm not into, but you might like.
Response from the owner - 8 months ago
So glad to hear you're an arepa fan, Jim! It's disappointing to hear that we weren't able to take care of you in a timely fashion, but please know that any extra time is invested in making you awesome food. Hope to see you on a lazy Sunday! - Adriana, Owner
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Josh Curtis
8 months ago
Have you ever tried Venezuelan or Colombian cuisine? Better yet, have you ever tried an arepa? Well, you should. And good news- this is the place to do it. Arepas are a typical food found in Venezuela- it looks like an empanada, but imagine much fresher flavors & the surprising "sabor" of corn masa combining with the juicy avocado, meat, beans, cheese, or other "fillings" you choose to enjoy. "Filling" may not sound like the most mouthwatering-inducing word, but with these arepas you will be in foodie heaven. They have other tropical-inspired dishes & drinks, and decent prices. Highly recommended.
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Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Wow, Josh -- you've given a great snapshot of what we're all about! It sounds like you've had a chance to check out a variety of items on our menu, so thanks for giving the heads up to arepa newbies. - Adriana, Owner