A16 Rockridge

4.5
1447 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 768-8003
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicolette Manescalchi
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Catering
A16 offers our unique Mobile Pizza Oven Experience that allows us to bring our amazing dining experience to you! We have dedicated culinary and service teams available for any sized group or occasion to help make your offsite pizza party a success. Come see us at Off the Grid at Fort Mason starting March 2nd and at Off the Grid in the Presidio starting March 18th in San Francisco!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Manila and Bryant
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Public transit
Rockridge BART
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our private dining room accommodates up to 40 guests and is perfect for small gatherings, business events and special occasions.

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Sun 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 5:30PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 1447 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food but terrible service. It took the waiter about 20 minutes to come and take the order and he ignored us the rest of the night. Very very bad waiter.
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Would have been a better review except the server didn’t return my credit card. Called twice and waited hours before I could ascertain. In meantime, had to cancel card for replacement. What a hassle.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is well thought out and a good value. The atmosphere is warm & feels like your dining amongst friend but the service is not in the same league.

Ownership & clients would benefit if ownership performed a critical review of the service management & waite staff .

Shocking how bad the service is on multiple occasions.

If the food wasn’t is good as it is would not return.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food, amazing drinks, great atmosphere, service was a little slow, but not too bad.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wow. Delicious! Great service too. Arugula salad, calamari and Vesuvio pizza were all incredibly good.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Always enjoy an evening at A16. Nice ambiance; great food; friendly service.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

All around awesome. Food and service were fantastic. Wine list is exceptional and wine/spirits knowledge of staff is excellent. You will have an outstanding food and wine experience here!!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Loved the pizza, very interesting wine list, desserts are pricey.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We enjoyed our evening greatly. Good food, good wine, good service. All in all most satisfactory bar one issue, - the noise level. Sadly because it is so popular and the restaurant is full, we virtually had to shout to make ourselves heard! The cost of going to a good place I guess.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We come here for the pizzas, which are creative and beautifully prepared. They are thin crust pizzas so you can really enjoy the flavors of the toppings. 4 of us shared 3 pizzas and left the table with pretty full stomachs. The only thing I can't recommend, at least not after this visit, is the little gems salad. There were about 3 pieces of little gems lettuce and the rest was mostly some sort of bitter weed that I couldn't identify. However, when we complained, they did take the item off our bill. That's really good customer service.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

A16 remains one of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Great service, warm, inviting staff - and space. You walk in and feel comfortable. You want to grab a chair and a glass of wine. The food is consistently superb. We were celebrating, so we did it up in style. We started with cocktails which are always executed to perfection - we ordered some of the special house cocktails and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the grilled calamari and roasted shishito peppers for appetizers. The calamari was cooked perfectly and the pan roasted fava beans were phenomenal! The peppers melted in your mouth - so delicious!! Our mains consisted of the Vesuvio pizza which was nice and spicy. Perfect crust. Blistered from the stone pizza oven (right in front of us at the chef's counter) and perfectly chewy. Awesome! We finished the mains with a lovely vegetarian torchio pasta. With dinner, we enjoyed an excellent wine from Taurasi. Noah, our waitperson, was friendly without being annoying and his recommendations were spot on. For dessert, we enjoyed a frozen fruit crumble with a glass of grappa. Both were excellent. A wonderful date night celebrating some big milestones! A perfect meal that won't soon be forgotten.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Wife’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

great service and great food. The calamari is a must .

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

A16 once again delivered. I have been several times, usually by myself but this time with three friends. We had a fantastic meal (the squash blossoms were especially awesome) and our server was excellent. I am afraid I don't remember her name, but she took exceptional care of us.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Our first time here and we were quite impressed. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the way dishes were prepared, and knew everything available in the bar. The sommelier selected the perfect wine to go with all of our meals. The food itself was excellent, interestingly spiced in some cases, flavorful and pleasingly presented.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Rather disappointing. We arrived on time for our reservation and were forced to stand in the entry for 25 minutes as the table they had "reserved" for us was still occupied, tho there were other tables for 4 available. Finally they decided to give us one of the vacant tables. Not a very welcoming welcome. The menu is rather limited, main courses consisted of chicken, seared tuna, or steak, none of which I found tempting. I had an under baked and limp pizza tho there is an impressive oven in the open kitchen area. Whoever was in charge of the pizza oven that night wasn't quite up to speed on what to do. My dining companions were very satisfied with their choices. The prices were high for a casual dining experience. The restaurant appears to be very popular so maybe we just hit it on an off night but given the so-so quality of my meal and the prices I wouldn't go back, there are far better choices nearby.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was delicious !!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We started with a squash blossom and a stone fruit salad. They were excellent. I had a huge pork chop paired with squash. She had bucatini. Both entrees were delicious. The semifreddo dessert was great. Service never fails to disappoint.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Such great pizza!! The crust is the perfect combination of chewy yet light - I love it!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

2nd time at the restaurant; first time when they first opened. Both times hoping to recreate my positive memories of eating at SF A16. Food was uninspired; my partner’s pork chop was ultimately tasteless with a tough difficult to chew quality and very under seasoned. The kitchen didn’t get in the way of the King Salmon but the dish including the accompaniment was uninspired. The antipasti: a cold melon salad proved to be a nice starter. The chocolate cake was a nice dessert and a good way to finish a less than satisfactory meal.

We were seated in a corner at a two top table. The wooden enclosure was splattered with food residue,which we didn’t notice until the middle of the meal; this might have been understandable if we were eating later in the evening but at 5:30 i’m assuming we were the first diners occupying the space. We pointed this out to the server so it could be addressed before the next party was seated.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I have been to A16 several times. I usually sit at the chefs table, order delicious things (without dairy) and look longingly at the pizzas coming out of the oven. This time I brought a group so I could taste 4 of the incredible pizzas I had coveted from previous visits. I was not disappointed- everything was beyond delicious. We could not pick a favorite. Everyone vowed to return, including my friends who have a wood fired pizza oven in their back yard! I will probably dream of those perfect slices until my next foray into the forbidden dairy at A16.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The salad of cucumber, summer squash was tasty but very over dressed. The pizza was excellent as usual. The sommelier helped us pick a lovely bottle of wine, a grape we've never had before.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service pushy! intrusive! Want you to order more or clear table! Can't relax!
Pizza not hot enough!
More like room temperature.
Can easily find similar type of meal somewhere else with better quality of service and food!
Only things good: beer and cocktails.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Good local restaurant. Lively, but not impossible to hear.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Food is all superlative, wide range of choices for all diets, famous for its wine list, room is back is wonderful quiet refuge.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food and service are exemplary here. Highly recommend the pizza!

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Took my kids and sat on the counter in front of the pizza oven. Good times!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Interesting and very well-done menu, with great pizzas and an extensive wine list. [As an original East-coaster raised on NY and New Haven style pizza, these versions did not disappoint.] The head wine guy (this place is not pretentious enough to call him a sommelier) was extremely knowledgable about Italian wines and I was glad to place my trust in his recommendations, which turned out to be spot on. The food was all delicious (grilled calamari!) and the service was attentive, friendly, and well-timed. Atmosphere is lively and energetic—it's a big, high-ceilinged space with an open pizza kitchen and wood burning oven—that feels fun and welcoming. I'd recommend for sure, and say it's also a great spot for large parties or groups.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Once again, A16 comes through with delicious, innovative food. We sat at the pizza bar, where it is less noisy and is entertaining because you can watch the chefs. We started with the salumi antipasti, with salami, prosciutto, lightly pickled beets, olives, arugula and a savory shortbread that complemented everything (very generous portion to share). Then we had the montanara (fried) pizza and the salsiccia sausage pizza, scrumptious. We thought we'd be incapable of finishing them both, but we did, eating the equivalent of a pizza each. Next time we'll get one pizza and probably a Primi. If we hadn't had so much wine, the bill would have been reasonable, but we love wine and they have a great selection, so we had two half-carafes (and a Negroni too). Too full for desserts, but they sure looked good and people around us were moaning over them. The chef cooking in the open oven--a young woman with burns on her hands from the oven--was wonderful to watch: totally concentrated, efficient, respectful of the food, talented with the food, and professional. We were impressed.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service was spectacular from start to finish - the only thing that wasn't perfect were the drinks. Both times a beverage was ordered, it took quite a while & arrived after the food was presented. But that was the only blemish on an otherwise lovely meal. Each dish was wonderful, and all the servers were attentive & kind.

We were having an anniversary & the maitre d' was able to keep a surprise til the end of the evening, when a lovely dessert & cards were presented to us that had been delivered earlier that day (in secret) by our kids.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Our drinks took nearly half an hour to get to our table, and since it was 5:30 and the bar was near-empty, it was hard to figure out why. The food was not up to the usual standard. The Pomodoro pizza was uninteresting, the gnocci was tasteless. The chicken was good, and the arugula salad was very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

They have an excellent wine program offering outstanding recommendations with a complex and deep list of Italian wines.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food wasn't that great, a bit flavorless. Staff was friendly but not very attentive. Overpriced. Great ambiance, would maybe come for a drink at the bar.

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Service is basically chaotic (helter-skelter). Having to ask for salt 3 different times is inexcusable. Courses don't always come at same time; i.e., 2 people got their appetizers before third person got his appetizer. Generally speaking, people who "deliver" courses have no clue who has what particular course! Ditto with people who "deliver" cocktails, who have no clue who had particular cocktail.

Food is mediocre. Of my 3 courses, pork meatballs were excellent, but calamari appetizer was one of the worst of its kind, and "fried" potatoes side dish was also weak.

Friends dining with me did not like their salads, but their pastas were, I guess, satisfactory.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Very good meal, good service. A solid choice for a great meal out. The Little Gem salad and the fried Squash Blossom with ricotta are excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We totally enjoyed the experience
the service was excellent
the menu fortunately had some unique added aspects as it was truffle festival with black truffles and brought in from unbria Italy
we ordered a couple of dishes with truffles -experienced how delicious they are.
The food is wonderful Italian from southern part plus pizza prepared in wood burning oven
wide variety of excellent dishes, salads, and desserts plus an excellent wine list
We could see how popular it is because before we left every seat was taken

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Extraordinarily interesting & creative menu
Bewitching appetizers and regional items u have never heard of!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

When we showed up they said we had cancelled the reservation. It was still active on our calendars. It did show cancelled in their reservation system. They accommodated us but the table was not that great

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The kohlrabi salad was great, as was everything. The only little blooper was that they forgot the birthday candle on desert

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