Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 116 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Gluten Free Menu + 5 more

401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Directions

(415) 400-5453
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 01, 2017

    Everything is gluten free! They even have gluten free beer!

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    September 29, 2017

    Tasty. However my husband and I both got the pork arepas and mine was so spicey I could not finish it. His was not spicey at all,and he is usually the one who cannot handle any spice.

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    September 03, 2017

    Claims to be a gluten free establishment but my sensitive celiac stomach is not convinced. Didn't get very sick but had some distinct gluten related rumblings right after eating here. It's too bad because the arepas are decent (if slightly overpriced).

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 02, 2017

    Dedicated facility, great flavor, diverse selection. Great spot!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 12, 2017

    I'm celiac and i recommand this restaurant. Very good arepas.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 30, 2017

    AMAZING! Very quick service and delicious food :)

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 30, 2017

    Excellent choice for 100% GF. Nima tested. Excellent food.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 22, 2017

    Not a romantic sit down place, more fast paced. However, a great place to grab a quick bite. Entire menu is gluten free. Didn't get sick. Excellent Venezuelan food.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 18, 2017

    This restaurant was smaller than I expected in terms of seating, but we found a spot and the food was made quickly. I have Celiac and get sick so easily, but I ate here and did not get sick! We shared a couple menu items; both were delicious. They have g-free beer from a dedicated brewery. Take an order of cheese empanadas to go- they make a great evening snack! GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 29, 2017

    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. Every time I'm in SF I must stop here. :)

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    February 12, 2017

    My celiac daughter got very ill after having eaten here. Not sure if she was cross contaminated or not but she was SICK 20 minutes after eating.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 30, 2017

    Holy GF! We tried almost everything! The yucca fries were amazing!

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    5 rating
    November 27, 2016

    Fantastic! If I could give six stars, I would. Great food, great tastes, great selection. GF to the Max and no expenses spared. The Yucca beignets are so lovely and sweet!! A must taste for sure. Small seating area but we fit 7 adults and 2 kids around their corner table and has a feast.

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    5 rating
    November 16, 2016

    Could not recommend highly enough! Friendly staff, quick service and such delicious food. Definitely worth a visit.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 10, 2016

    Great arepa's! Sides are a little overpriced and smaller portions but that's okay. Ceviche was okay but wouldn't really recommend. I had the pulled pork arepa and it was fantastic! The gf beer selection is also nice!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 10, 2016

    Great place for an arepa and a variety of GF beer. I had the crispy chicken arepa it was delicious. I tried the pulled pork yummy. The ceviche was good as well

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 26, 2016

    Had the crispy chicken arepa and it was delicious! I have celiac and felt great after. The entire menu is gluten free (huge sign out front). Also had the beignets for dessert which were ok (not as worth detail as dinner). Good atmosphere for casual lunch/dinner.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 03, 2016

    No gluten. No nuts. No food anxieties with this place. Just delicious food.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 03, 2016

    No gluten. No nuts. No food anxieties with this place. Just delicious food.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 08, 2016

    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 rating
    June 28, 2016

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

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 10, 2016

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    November 15, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 05, 2015

    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 rating
    September 13, 2015

    Amazing food and all gluten free!

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    July 24, 2015

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    May 28, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 27, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 21, 2015

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 11, 2015

    so delicious!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 08, 2015

    Awesome food! I highly recommend them.

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    5 rating
    April 07, 2015

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    April 04, 2015

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

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 03, 2015

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

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    5 rating
    April 02, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    March 31, 2015

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    March 24, 2015

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    March 23, 2015

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    March 21, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 24, 2015

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating
    January 09, 2015

    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 rating
    November 26, 2014

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 23, 2014

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    November 22, 2014

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 16, 2014

    Fantastic!

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    4 rating
    November 06, 2014

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 30, 2014

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    September 18, 2014

    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 rating Celiac friendly
    September 03, 2014

    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 rating
    September 02, 2014

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

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Latin
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
Monday
11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday
11 am - 9 pm

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