Pica Pica Maize Kitchen (Closed)

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 13 ratings

3970 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 525-3359
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    5 ratingFebruary 01, 2014

    Dedicated GF kitchen- great food, nice people.

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    5 ratingJanuary 26, 2014

    I haven't had a bad dish yet!!!!! So nice to walk in a place and order with no worries about gluten contamination.

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    5 ratingJanuary 01, 2014

    Updating ranking as they are now a full-service facility. Pleasant staff and nice location with everything on the menu gluten/free (and gluten-free beer as well). More pricey than Valencia location which is not full-service.

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    5 ratingOctober 28, 2013

    Great food, pleasant service. Castro location. Entire menu is GF so you can order anything!!! My 3 other dining companions are not Celiac and enjoyed it as much as I did.

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    5 ratingAugust 14, 2013

    Amazing food!! I had the fried chicken, yuca fries and pica slaw with black beans, AMAZING!! My husband is not celiac or gluten free and he had the beef empinanda and loved it, couldn't even tell it was gluten free! Definitely recommend this place to any celiac or gluten intolerant person :)

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    5 ratingJuly 22, 2013

    Delicious food and great staff at the Castro location. We need a place like this on the east coast!

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    5 ratingJuly 21, 2013

    You can't go wrong here - delicious food and 100% gluten-free! I'm also dairy-free, and the waitress said that I could basically get anything without the cheese. I had the yuca fries and the grilled chicken arepa without the cheese. Both were awesome, and the arepa was HUGE. Such a great place!

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    5 ratingApril 10, 2013

    They are really good and for a really good price! Completely gluten free facility and I felt perfect for the rest of the day!

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    5 ratingApril 07, 2013

    Both properties great-100% GF Food and bev menu! Valencia St is counter service. New Castro store is table service. Awesome food, drinks, service and prices

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    5 ratingJuly 08, 2016

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Great Gluten Free....the entire menu! I had the pulled pork Cachapas, which is served in a sweet corn crepe. Cover it in their hot sauce and the sweet and hot make a great combo. You can also order your protein on a grilled corn pocket, more like a sandwich or you can get it over rice. They offer chicken, pork, beef, or grilled tofu vegetarian style. My wife had the Ensalada Verde Caracas with no meat and covered it in the home made hot sauce. Yuca Garlic fries are not to be enjoyed if you will be in a crowd as they are covered in big chunks of garlic. As a side you get about 4 large, square cut fries that are lightly fried. My wife and I both shared them so we would be equally offensive. As a dessert I had the best dish of coconut Quesillo ever. It is crème Carmel with a light sauce. The place has a small fast food layout; They give you a number and they bring you your order. So no need to dress up here. It is a easy 3 block walk from the 18th street Bart station. Not too scary of a neighborhood, but not Beverly Hills either.

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    5 ratingJune 28, 2016

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    incredibly delicious and fun to have the whole menu open to you!

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    5 ratingJune 10, 2016

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    The food was wonderful. The staff was very helpful checking for other ingredients to which I am allergic. There were many potato free options! I tried many items and the leftovers heated wonderfully!

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    5 ratingNovember 15, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Very delicious gluten free Venezuelan food. This is a small Mom & Pop shop. The food has amazing flavor and is very filling. The garlic on the fries was a little spicy for us so we prefer no garlic. Everything is gluten free and they also made our meals dairy free. The drinks were also delicious (coconut lime and mango). Highly recommend this place. We did not get sick and we are very sensitive to minute amounts of gluten.

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    5 ratingOctober 05, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    I have Celiac Sprue. Whenever I'm in SF, me and my bestie eat here when we want a casual, delicious bite to eat without me having to worry about anything. The food is SO good here.

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    5 ratingSeptember 13, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Amazing food and all gluten free!

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    4 ratingJuly 24, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Really tasty little restaurant in the Mission district. Great gf menu. The arepas are good. We tried beef, pork, and chicken and had an empanada trio sampler too everything was great. Casual environment.

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    5 ratingMay 28, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Super delicious arepas! The spicy chicken and beef are yummy but the pulled pork was my personal favorite. Try the yuca beignets for a sweet and savory treat.

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    5 ratingMay 27, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Really amazing food! We had the pulled beef, pulled pork, yuca fries, plantain chips, and yuca beignets. Everything we had was really yummy and no fear of cross contamination.

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    5 ratingMay 21, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Worth the trip to mission. I had grilled chicken arepa with taro chips and coconut lime drink.

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    5 ratingMay 08, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Awesome food! I highly recommend them.

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    5 ratingApril 07, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    100 percent gluten free and delicious! I had a passion fruit sangria to start. Cachapa: stuffed sweet yellow corn crepes with pulled pork pernil.

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    5 ratingApril 04, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Amazing food!! Extremely sensitive celiac and had no reaction. Highly recommend!!

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    5 ratingApril 03, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Increadible food. Everything is gluten free, even have cider and omission beer.

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    The other gluten-free restaurant at the market, Pica Pica, is a Venezuelan restaurant serving up naturally gluten-free Arepas, Cachapas and something called a Maize'wich. You choose your bread and filling option for a unique, customized meal. The Arepa (grilled corn flour bread) with Pepeada filling (chicken salad with creamy avocado dressing) I had for lunch was amazing! The side of garlic yuca fries was the perfect accompaniment and the large serving is enough for two to share. There are also salads, soups, other side dishes and several gluten-free beers offered at this eatery.

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    This place is delicious! The yucca fries are ridiculously yummy and so are the cachapas. I also like the plantains from here. Portion sizes are generous. The vegan options include the shuli filling and the vegetariana as long as you say no aoli. I am not sure about whether their sauces and dressings are vegan, so I usually only get guacamole as my sauce. It's nice to only have to worry about choosing a vegan option and knowing everything here is gluten free. Great location, too. If you're a tourist and you eat here, it's worth it to walk the next few blocks over to Rainbow Grocery and have dessert of yummy GF cookies.

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    5 ratingMarch 24, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Shredded beef arepa was soooo good! Highly recommend. I felt 100% comfortable eating here.

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    5 ratingMarch 23, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    So amazing! The yellow corn tortillas were sweet and yummy. I loved this place and would want to come back.

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    5 ratingMarch 21, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    This is still a favorite restaurant in SF! It has never made me sick, and has options for those that are vegetarian or vegan. I've been here on a dozen or so occasions and the food is consistently good! Highly recommend!

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    5 ratingFebruary 24, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    This is a spectacular, ethnic, gluten-free restaurant. The top rated reviews are well deserved and the arepas are absolutely delicious

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    5 ratingJanuary 09, 2015

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Amazing recommendations from the people who work there and the food was tasty. The full menu was gluten free with the exception of a few beers. The location is also in a really fun neighborhood.

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    5 ratingDecember 29, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Excellent food, I had a pulled pork arepa on yellow corn with fried garlic yucca as a side- incredibly tasty. The food is extremely unique and with it all being GF (with gf beer available) it really was a safe treat. I'm glad it's one of the few gf Latin American places that isn't the typical taco stand etc.

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    5 ratingNovember 26, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Awesome food, completely gluten free. A short ride from the San Fran airport. Completely recommend!

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    5 ratingNovember 23, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Good god, this place is incredible and I can't recommend it enough for fans of latin food, or anyone else for that matter. The entire restaurant is GF, so there are no worries on cross contamination. I really wish there was one in CT. I had the pulled pork arepa, beef cachapa, and yuca fritters; all, including the various sauces available, were excellent.

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    5 ratingNovember 22, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Everything was great and they were nice! Casual place, bright interior. Can't wait to go back!

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    5 ratingNovember 16, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Fantastic!

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    4 ratingNovember 06, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Yummy grilled chicken arepa and plaintains. So comforting to know it is ALL gf.

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    4 ratingOctober 29, 2014

    610 First St, Napa, CA 94559

    Pulled pork is excellent and try the garlic yuca fries!

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    5 ratingOctober 03, 2014

    610 First St, Napa, CA 94559

    It's 100% gluten free and 100% delicious. Everyone loved it. Try their fresh juice. It's located inside the Oxbow Public Market which has tons of gluten free options. Save some room for Pica Pica.

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    5 ratingSeptember 30, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Celiac friendly! Great arepa's, loved the Spicy chicken Catira. All made off corn so 100% glutenfree en safe choice.

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    5 ratingSeptember 18, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Always excellent, always safe, always friendly and knowledgeable about allergy questions. I recommend the sangría, but I was pleased to see they've also got GF beer.

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    5 ratingSeptember 08, 2014

    610 First St, Napa, CA 94559

    loved it

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    5 ratingSeptember 03, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Omg. Love I don't have to worry. The arepas are fantastic and very filling. The plantains taste like donuts.

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    5 ratingSeptember 02, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Love this place great food never became ill after eating there. The only complaint need one closer to Fremont or Concord area

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    5 ratingAugust 26, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    safe for Celiacs. casual atmosphere, order at counter. I like the cachapas, plantains, yucca fries, and coconut lime drink.

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    5 ratingAugust 18, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Great spot for lunch or low-key dinner. Food was delicious.

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    5 ratingAugust 15, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    The pulled pork pernil is delicious, subtle and lots of food. The chicken and shredded beef cachapos were great too. I'm sure all of it is great. The coconut lime fresca was like dessert. Both desserts are perfect. All the vege's are fresh, awesome slaw and salads. I only wish the restaurant was bigger and there was one in the east bay. Will definitely be back again.

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    5 ratingAugust 10, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    whole family loved it

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    5 ratingAugust 05, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Great place and everything is gfree! I had the chicken arepa and sangria. Will come back!

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    4 ratingJuly 19, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Sweet (yellow) arepas are to die for - everything else was kinda average. That said, 100% GF is so nice! I'm very sensitive and have celiac and had no problems. Try the limon/coco water - so good.

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    5 ratingJuly 17, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Delicious food, great menu, lovely staff.

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    5 ratingJuly 13, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    That was the best tasting gluten free food I have EVER had!! Well worth going!!

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    5 ratingMay 18, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Totally gluten free restaurant, puts my mind at ease when eating out. Food is delicious!

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    5 ratingMay 17, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Entirely gluten free and so delicious. Arepas and emapanadas were my favorite! Get yellow sweet corn arepa!

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    3 ratingApril 30, 2014

    610 First St, Napa, CA 94559

    My arepa was overlooked and a little blah-- the whole thing just tasted like sugar. Safe to eat here but not so tasty for the high price!

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    All I really have to say is WOW!! Amazing atmosphere and tasteful safe good food for my diet !!!! Love!!!!!

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    5 ratingMarch 24, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    So, so good! The whole family loved it! The best part was that all of their foods are naturally GF- no substitutes.

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    5 ratingMarch 12, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Awesome place to take people that aren't gf because ít's so good! Plus since the whole kitchen is gf I've never gotten sick:-) love this place!

Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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