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A16 Rockridge
A16 Rockridge

A16 Rockridge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.a16rockridge.com
  • Phone: (510) 768-8003
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Brunch: Su 11:00-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rocky Maselli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Beginning in January we will be offering a special 3 course menu every Monday at $29 per person with an optional wine pairing in addition to our nightly menu. The prix fixe menus will focus on other beloved highways of Southern Italy and feature dishes from the regions of the mezzogiorno.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Manila and Bryant
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A16 Rockridge
A16 restaurant is named for the highway connecting Campania to Puglia and the menu is rooted in the rustic traditions of these lively southern Italian regions. The wine list highlights southern Italian varietals and over 40 wines are available by the glass and half-bottle carafe. The bar features traditional and modern cocktails and a wide selection of amaro.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our first trip to A16 Oakland, although we frequently enjoy the SF Chestnut St location. They did a fine job for the five of us. Food, drink and service were all superb. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had a nice time at A16. We liked the food and the service which were both good but seemed to fall just a bit short of being very good on my scale. this was particularly disappointing because the prices are high. I don't mind paying for very good to excellent food and service but we were left thinking it was expensive. More attentive service and just a bit something more from the kitchen and I would not have minded at all to pay what we did. Would I go back? Yes but with more friends so we can share some dishes like appetizers and the cost of wine. The wine staff were knowledgeable and helpful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our group of seven tried five different pizzas on the menu, all delicious, especially the one with roasted corn and prosciutto. The teen at the table loved using the special scissors to cut each piece. Other dishes were great, such as the soft shell crab bruchetta and the steak. There are many, many Italian wines on the menu, including lots by the glass, and the two wine drinkers at the tables got excellent suggestions. But the best part of the evening was the cocktails - well-made, nicely presented. They took a while to come to the table for our big group, but they were worth waiting for."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Sommelier not to be trusted. Recommended a wine that even when I commented on how tannic it seemed, she brushed that off with "it will be good with the food". It was not. Otherwise food terrific - roast calamari fantastic."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food, service and wine list were awesome! Though it can be a bit noisy, and service took a bit longer due to full-capacity crowd on Saturday night. But definitely worth another visit!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Unmatched wine selection and service, excellent food, the place ticks like a watch. Tasteful, unobtrusive decor, romantic lighting. I love watching a restaurant function at this level!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food at our visit was fabulous. There were six of us and we all enjoyed each and every one of our courses. We arrived at 8:05 for an 8 pm reservation. I tried calling the restaurant 4 times to tell them we were running a couple of minutes late but there was no link to speak to an actual person so I was never able. We were not seated until 8:35 and even after waiting, the table was not really meant for six..or at least not the way the seats were configured and I was a bit uncomfortable. Our server was delightful and we really enjoyed her, however the service was very slow. We brought two bottle of nice wine and I don't think they were opened for at least twenty minutes after being seated. I would absolutely go back for the food!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Out pasta dish and pizza were both way over salted. When we told the waitress she said that many of her customers have complained about the salt and now ask for no added salt when they order. Unfortunately she did not tell us this before we ordered."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Imaginative and creative pizzas and appetizers. While on the expensive side for pizzas, each of the ones we ordered was a splendid combination of flavor and textures. We recommend the one with the testa as well as the smoked tomato sauce. The cannoli was imaginative and the perfect way to end the meal."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The restaurant is very nice, and the food was very good. The service unfortunately was quite slow. The waitperson clearly forgot to put in our order of our pizza, which we waited an hour for, and when I reminded her about it, she said there was a long que and that's why our pizza hadn't come. Five minutes later, which is about the time it takes to cook a pizza, It arrived. I wish the waitstaff had owned their responsibility."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was quite the experience! The four of us arrived and were seated promptly. Our server was outstanding - great hair! The somm gave us an excellent recommendation for a Sardinian wine. The food was just great - New York steak done to perfection and the fennel capunti were a huge hit. Sides of faro and dry farmed tomatoes did not disappoint in the least. The evening was capped off with some excellent dessert wines (I had the Amaro tasting which was well worth it). We are well acquainted with A-16 in SF and now feel this is the preferred locale for us to get some outstanding southern Italian dishes. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Luckily, we were seated (late) in a corner by the window, so the din of the place was a little muted. The friend anchovies with peppers were awful -- very, vey, fishy -- and we like fish and especially anchovies. Won't return for quite a while, maybe on the earlier side when it might be quieter. We arrived at 8:30."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Tasty travels on this highway to good eating, where the menu includes small detours from traditional Italian offerings. Best choices come from the wide selection of appetizers & pizza. Do try the daily specials too. Excellent wine and digestifs."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Fabulous. Have been to SFlocation and wasn't expecting it to live up. Had the bucatini with clams and muscles, it was outstanding. Both pizzas we had were excellent, (margarita and the mushroom with sausage) and the wines recommended by the sommelier werea perfect match. We'll be back without a doubt!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "A customer if A16 in SF and happy they're in Oakland. Always great food. Pizza, small plates, or pasta"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Outstanding wine list. We all enjoyed our dinners, mine was excellent, although my daughter did not care for her bucatini with clams. The pizza we had (arugula, sun dried tomatoes and anchovies) was excellent. The crust was perfect."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have to say our waitress was really amazing. Always there when we needed her but never hovering. Loved her!! Food was great and the cocktails were nice and light and summery. Recommend"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Despite the reputation, we were disappointed with our experience. We have to send the calamari back, it's smelled kind of strong. Service was inattentive. Dishes tended to be salty. They comped us a cookie plate for our birthday, but that included on the bill, and we had to ask to have it removed. No need to go back here again, plenty of good eating in the Bay Area!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Pizza is fantastic, we rate it in our top 5, which include Napaoli Italy, and Paia flat bread in Maui, so we are no stranger to good pizza. The stone fruit and speck salad delicious. Unfortunately the service is not as good as the food. Waited several minutes for hostess to great us at the door - there was no one else waiting..... And then several minutes after we sat - no service in sight.....service in between courses was also VERY slow."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "read enthusiastic reviews about SF location, and was anxious to try East Bay sibling. food is good, imaginative and delicious. caveat: there is insufficient staff during Sunday brunch. single server waited on at least ten tables, and the service, including kitchen prep, was painfully slow. when I mentioned to the host, she was detached and showed no concern or curiosity. our waiter was earnest, however, and simply needed backup. learned that two restaurants are different corp. entities."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The salad with fennel and kohlrabi was excellent. The pizzas were soggy in the middle and not very tasty. Service was good but slow. Bloody Mary was very good"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great meal, especially the amazing pizza. Server was very nice but forgot an appetizer and then later the leftover 1/2 pizza we asked to take home."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here. Service was attentive without being intrusive, everything we ordered was delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had dinner here the other evening with my boyfriend. The waitstaff was probably the absolute best part about our dining experience. The host, server and busser were all very friendly, prompt, and helpful. Nothing on the menu really stood out to us, so we just decided to order two appetizers and share a pizza. We ordered the ahi tuna carpaccio and the burrata. Both were actually incredibly tasty! We ordered a marinara pizza and added proscuitto and egg. The crust was amazing, flavors were good...but no cheese on the pizza. I guess it didn't mention any cheese on the ingredients, but I thought it's because it's just a given that there was cheese...I guess not...So...taste was there, but it wasn't really my kind of pizza."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the fried olives as an appetizer. The wait staff was friendly but professional. The food came out in a timely manner and the hostess brought us samples of a dessert beer which was a pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Our waitress was especially knowledgeable and helpful, especially with the wines which are largely non-Californian."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The best place for a relaxed dinner - either with friends or just as a couple. Always interesting wine with simple and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "They had a different menu for the 4th of July. Overall the food was very good except for one entree which was terrible. The service was poor and uncoordinated. We ordered salads, then a pizza to share followed by the entrees. They started delivering entrees before the pizza and we sent them back. They kept asking when are we going to be ready for entrees while we were still sharing the pizza (which was excellent). When the entrees arrived one was missing and it took some time to get it ordered and delivered. The restaurant took the bad entree off the bill and compted the delayed items. The advice on wine was spot on and I savored the final glass at home."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Surly service and lackluster food were not what I expected at this very popular spot."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food, cocktails, meal and dessert were so good as well as lovely in presentation. On top of that as several of us hand;t seen each other for a while, we occupied the table for three to four hours on a Sunday night and never felt we were imposing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant two times before and had a great time in the front dining room. This time, we were seated in the back dining room which was richly, but simply decorated and totally lacked the ambiance we enjoyed during our first two visits. If you want to enjoyed the whole experience, insist on being seated in the front dining room. All this aside, we still enjoyed the meal itself. The food is definitely a big step up from the production line food offered at some of the other "better" restaurants."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " We had heard so much about this restaurant and actually been to the S.F. location. The ambiance was great but noisy. The server said the special was a large portion which proved to be average and the salmon came out cold. The pizza selected was underwhelming."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " I so want to adore this place..The College Ave scene just continues to improve and expand...Servers are caring and knowledgable.. the pizza is special ( try adding a couple of eggs...yumm); Most of the food is simply "meh" other than the fried corona beans which should be an appetizer unto themselves..a simple food brought to stellar levels; I'll be back!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was absolutely fabulous. The service was great too. We let the waitress recommend single glasses of wine because my friend wanted white and I wanted red. Neither of us liked what she recommended and without hesitation she brought us different glasses that we both liked better. Everything was super yummy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had read many good things about A16 but were basically ignorant of its style. What a delight to discover a regional restaurant here in Rockridge. The most amazing thing was that every dish, be it an appetizer, a side, a main course, a pizza or a pasta had a very distinct flavor that was different from all the others. Many "ethnic" restaurants (and Italian is an ethnicity) all too frequently have many dishes tasting similar to each other. Not so at A16 and it was this distinction among dishes that made the experience so enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "It was my first visit to A16 Rockridge. It is a lovely space. All of the staff were excellent. The menu is brief, manageable, and interesting. We shared a burrata (sp?) and it was delicious. The ink-braised cuttlefish was just a tad salty. My pasta with vegetables was excellent. We'll go again, for sure. I am looking forward to the pizza menu as my next meal."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The menu was way beyond my comprehension, both in the food choices and the lack of English . My server was good, recommended two wines to go with my dinner and they were spot on, if overly priced."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have been to A16 twice in the last 2 weeks and I can't wait to go again! Have been making my way through the various pizza offerings, although I suspect the selections change frequently. We started with delicious and original cocktails. We sampled the burrata plate which came with enough crostini (I'm bothered when you have to ask for more crostini) and fresh cherry tomatoes. Also tried the kohlrabi and fennel salad which was perfectly dressed and so very fresh and enlivened tasting. We loved the farro and spinach side which is largely farro (excellent if you love farro) with bits of sauteed spinach mixed in. Made same day reservations on Open Table. Only complaint...it's really noisy and so difficult to hear your dining friends."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Menu incomprehensible unless you speak Italian. We speak English, Spanish, Greek, and French...but not Italian. My dining partner was beside me, not even across the table, and we had to shout to hear each other. When it was Garibaldi's, it was a lot more attractive. Now, it just feels stark. Food was great, but we really were ready to get out of there..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our server was very helpful and attentive, and while the food was quite tasty I didn't think it was anything spectacular. My husband had the salmon which he said was cooked perfectly and I had the Duck "crepes" which were nice but I couldn't taste the duck for the cheese and tomato sauce. The Sorbet for dessert was divine and was the perfect summer treat. Sadly, I cannot say the same for the chocolate tart with sea salt, dollops of lemon cream, roasted rosemary, and honeycomb things on the side. If you're going to serve a chocolate tart, I want be able to taste the chocolate. This venue wass LOUD. We went at 8 pm on a Tuesday night. The place was packed and one cannot hold a conversation in a normal tone of voice."
    Dined on 6/17/2014