Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 155 ratings
$Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu + 5 more

401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Directions

(415) 400-5453
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    Featured Reviewer, Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    It is rare to find empanadas and fried plantains that are completely gluten-free. You have no worries here because the whole restaurant is 100% gluten-free. Try the green garlic sauce on everything. It's delicious.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 month ago

    Excellent and delicious vegan and gluten free options! Very impressed!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    I tried the blackened beef arepa.. so juicy and flavorful! And the platanos were delicious as well. What a gem this place is!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Great flavors and many options

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Amazing!!!! And super quick. Loved getting 3 different tapas so I could try as many as possible

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    As a sensitive celiac it's awesome to eat someplace that's 100% safe. The food is delicious, it's a great value and it's nice to have an entire menu of tasty options. It's the kind of place where you don't notice or miss the gluten because it's all inherently gluten free. Great for families and easy pick up for take out.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    Amazing 100% gluten free food! My family wanted to try something new before going to the theater and stopped in here as I have celiac and their 100% gluten free restaurant looked great. I got the pulled pork arepa which was delicious, just the right mix of juicy meat, sauces, and avocado. It does have a little kick to it but the avocado helps. My family enjoyed their beef and chicken arepas as well. For dessert we opted for the yuca beignets which were an absolute delight - definitely a different texture than normal ones since they’re not made with flour, but they had just the right balance of sweetness and savory flavors and were piping hot. The sauce that comes with them is lovely. Would definitely recommend for those following a gluten free diet & everyone who enjoys yummy food!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    Shared 3 arepas, all were so good. I enjoyed the sweet corn with pulled pork the best. Their sauces had really good flavor and texture.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Delicious food and no risk of cc! Really enjoyed the shredded beef arepa with sweet yellow, sweet plaintaines, and fruit fresca

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    All gluten free restaurant. Delicious simple food. Great for a quick bite or to grab and go.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Arepas and salads were delicious. Staff had good answers to questions about nuts etc. I am a sensitive celiac with other allergies and had no problems here. Plus I could bring non-celiac friends for a casual meal without having to talk about the whole thing.

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    5 months ago

    I have not eaten here myself and was super excited by the menu. The main page of their website says naturally gluten free; however when you click on the allergen menu and check gluten, there is a disclaimer and terms you have to agree to where they say they cannot claim there food is free of gluten, etc. If that is their approach, while I appreciate their honesty, it should be regarded as a place with a gluten free menu and not a designated gluten free facility.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Ordered delivery twice while I was in town. Arepas and empanadas are excellent.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    I celiac and cannot eat out unless it is a GF facility. This place is GREAT! Excellent presentation and options for meat eaters, vegan and vegetarians alike. I highly recommend!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    A must! I got the vegan arepa and garlic yucca fries. It was a Kong day at a work conference so I got the food to go to have back at my hotel. I ended you knocking out and not eating the food fresh/hot. I ended up having it for breakfast cold and even under those conditions it was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    Delicious and 100% GF! A go-to when I’m ordering in.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    7 months ago

    Sooo good! Everything is gluten free and it's all soo good. Vegan, vegetarian, and df options too!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Soooooo goooooood. Definitely a good pick for gluten free in SF

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    7 months ago

    Incredibly tasty and entirely gluten free.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    8 months ago

    I really love arepas and everything on the menu is GF! Really fun place

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    100% GF facility, great if you want to try something different! Arepas are just delicious!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    Almost everything was naturally GF anyway, but they also knew what they were doing. Super yummy as well.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    Awesome lunch!! Entire facility gluten free

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    Tried the crispy chicken Arepa and it was delicious! Love finding gluten free restaurants that offer fantastic flavors and are careful with other allergies. Will definitely be partaking again during our visit.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    100% Gf and absolutely stunning! I recommend either of the chicken arepas, as well as the aoli sauce on the side.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    A-MAZ-ING! The food was great and the service was good. I recommend the cachapa with beef, pork, or chicken which was delicious. I was skeptical to try the food (I was afraid of cross contamination) but it turned out amazing! Highly recommend!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    Never had a Venezuelan food, but what a nice surprise! Had pulled pork arepa, beef arepa, spicy chicken arepa, yucca fries, and crispy chicken plato. They were all so delicious, fresh, and each dish had unique and well thought through complex taste. Crispy chicken was fried so well. The little pickle cup that came with the trio sampler was so delicious too... thank you for providing such delicious safe food!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    A 100% gluten free facility that didn’t have to change anything to have it this way? Their food is naturally gluten free and delicious! They were busy the entire time we were there. Seating is limited so plan to sit with others. We had the yuca fries, sweet plantains, and the yellow corn arepas with shredded beef. The yellow corn is sweeter than the white. Everything was delicious!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Delicious 100% gluten free! I recommend an arepa and yuca fries!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great food and such a relief to have a totally GF restaurant! i have eaten here 3x and haven't gotten sick. The cachapas and the coconut drink are my favorites. Prices are on the high side for casual dining, so this is a "treat" and not a regular stop for me. The restaurant space is small and can be crowded at times, but overall it's a great place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Awesome and unique food and totally GF. This place rocks!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    This is a casual restaurant with great food and a friendly knowledgeable staff. We had three arepas and yucca fries. The food was great. I would definitely come here again.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    The food is amazing! I tired three differences plates! Parking sucks but It’s worth the walk.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Tasty food, everything is gluten free!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    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
    1 year ago

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    AMAZING! Very quick service and delicious food :)

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    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
    1 year ago

    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
    2 years ago

    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
    2 years ago

    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
    2 years ago

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

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    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
    2 years ago

    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
    2 years ago

    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

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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