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Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen

Latin, Venezuelan,
401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3414
+1 415-400-5453
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
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“sweet corn” (10 reviews)
“yucca fries” (12 reviews)
“pulled pork” (11 reviews)
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Latin, Venezuelan, Central American, South American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3414
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1 - 10 of 92 reviews

Reviewed 15 August 2017

I had an arepa and the veggie plate (beans, rice, plantain, avocado). My friends had meat dishes and fruit juices. Everything was delicious. We arrived at 11:30 on a Saturday and the place filled up shortly afterwards. They don't have coffee, but there is a...More

Thank Karyn L
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Karyn, thanks so much for taking the time to write us about your visit. We're so glad the arepa and veggie plate hit the spot. It's great you're a fan of all we do, and we're looking forward to your next visit! -Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen .. Venezuelan Arepas .. similar to Indian Makke ki Roti .. Exploring vegetarian food brought me at Pica Pica Venezuelan restaurant on Mission district SFO .. small cozy Eatery crowded one .. manager girl happily assisted .. Arepas & Cachapas, crepes...More

Thank smparmar71
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review -- I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. We're all about providing excellent cooking and service, so it's great we hit the mark for you. The team is looking forward to welcoming you back!...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Have wanted to try this place! We were in the area, found street parking nearby, and had a nice walk to the kitchen. The place is small but very friendly. Find a table or join someone else's, it's okay! Our order was taken quickly and...More

Thank LodiDazzles
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

I'm so glad you came in to try our arepas -- it's great the chicken and beef fillings hit the spot. We're looking forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best, Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2017

I tried one of their arepa's with pork and it was delicious! The flavors were bold and blended very well. The arepa was well cooked (I chose the sweet corn one) and had a light texture. Try it while you are in town for lunch...More

Thank Marinesis2005
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks for the review -- it's great our arepa hit the spot. The team is looking forward to welcoming you back so you can try even more! -Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 21 July 2017

For those of you unfamiliar with arepas, they are like a softer, fluffier, South American version of an English muffin, which are served topped or stuffed with delicious savory ingredients. And since they're made from corn flour, they're gluten-free. My wife and I went to...More

Thank MisterMikeToronto
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mike. It was an absolute pleasure having you and your daughter and wife over for arepas. I'm so glad the spicy chicken hit the spot. The team is looking forward to welcoming you back again! -Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

My best friend is gluten free and a vegetarian needless to say eating out is kind of difficult for her. I saw Pica Pica on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and I knew this was the place to take her...SCORE! I was her Hero. She ate...More

Thank Eve M
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Eve, it's great we were able to impress you and your friend. It makes me happy that we can serve fresh, delicious food to anyone with celiac disease and be safe. Until next time, Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Loved the freshness and simplicity of flavorful meal. Forgot how good this little casual restaurant can be to my soul.

Thank Julianna D
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

It's great to hear our vibes and cooking warm you up, Julianna. We hope to see you around more! - Adriana, Owner

Reviewed 3 March 2017

With all the taquerias in the Mission, Pica Pica is a great change of pace. It's a cozy place with a friendly atmosphere. I usually get the beef arepa with a side of yucca fries (the dipping sauce is AMAZING), and it's delicious and very...More

Thank JJ_EATS228
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

You can count on cozy vibes and friendly smiles every time you come by, JJ. Ii am glad that the beef arepa and yuca fries hit the spot it's my go to lunch too! - we love that you appreciate the value of our quality...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I was walking around the Mission craving for papusas. This popped up on Yelp and I walked down Valencia street to find this cute, colorful and cozy place. I've never tried Arepas which are corn pockets stuffed with savory fillings. Venezuelan street fare is the...More

Thank SasMonti
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

Thank you so much for joining us -- it's wonderful that you enjoyed every dish that you tried along with our guava aqua fresca. It sounds like you ordered some of my favorites. The garlic yucca fries are amazing, and of course, you can't go...More

Reviewed 30 January 2017

Solid arepa stand. We liked the grilled chicken arepa ($12 for one large arepa). I also enjoyed the plantains with black beans and coconut rice. Service was perfunctory. Very casual - space for about 20 people to sit.

Thank jay s
Adriana V, Owner at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Jay, we're glad everything impressed you -- I really recommended the shredded beef or the pulled pork, some good flavors packed in there! See you soon, I hope! Adriana, Owner

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No, I don't think they serve hallacas, but they do have cachapas.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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Description
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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