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Exceptional wine list and a menu that will satisfy both traditionalists and local foodies too - A16 is definitely still one of the goto restaurants in the East Bay.
We were seated in the back room which was very cold and uncomfortable even though there was seating available in the front of the restaurant.
After requesting to be moved the manager denied my request.
Our waitress was not very knowledgeable when suggesting food to order. She could not remember what we wanted first and did not offer hot pepper flakes.
I would go back because I would like to try the other dishes in the menu. I hope I will not get the same server.
Good food. Great pizza. Servers were attentive at first, and got us going, but then disappeared once we had food and we had go use semaphore to get more water. Noise level (on a Saturday night around 8) was through the roof. Not good for conversation at all. Not a soft surface to be found. One server suggested a Mon-Wed evening if we wanted to talk during our meal.
Staff was nice enough but the kitchen has lost its way from a heavy greasy fried mushrooms to overly rich pasta sauces and a pork chop the sides for which just did not make sense and the meat over cooked ... Oakland now has too many serious chefs for mediocre to work for long.
My husband and I have dinner here every once in a while. The food is always great and seasonal. The drinks are very good - wine and beer list are interesting, and the cocktails are well balanced. The service is pretty spotty, I feel like they likely don't have enough servers for how busy things are. The servers and bussers are always polite and as attentive as they can be under the circumstances.
A 16 has its highs and its lows. Mushroom pizza was very good, but the pasta dish was not. Hostess tried to seat us at a table that was flooded with a sharp sunlight we could not see our food or each other. The Salume platter was served without bread!!! We had to request bread.
Our Italian white wine was $17/glass.
Waitress was very nice and helpful.
So we have to say, for the cost, this place really does not deserve a re-visit.
I love sitting at the counter. Every time I go , I try to bring new people.
Once again, A16 delivered. We had the salsiccia and margherita pies, both of which came with flavorful and charred-up crusts - so good. But the appetizers were the star of the show. First was a silky, salty burrata with crisp toasts and subtle olive oil - perfect. The killer one though was the fried hen of the woods mushrooms - hard to describe how delicious these were - really light batter, right balance of salt and fat, with a scrumptious lemony sauce. A16 is a great neighborhood spot since we live nearby, but even if you don't, it's definitely worth the trip.
We had a very nice meal at A-16 but there were two problems.
The waitress was very overwhelmed. I’m sure this was a staffing problem and not her fault.
The other problem was that it was my husband’s birthday. There was no mention of the occasion despite the fact that I put this info in our Open Table reservation. The lack of any special attention on a birthday was quite disappointing.
I suspect it wasn’t communicated to the waitress that it was his birthday.
It’s sucked. We were put in the back room with a party. The cheese plate is bland and dry. They gave us 3 crotinis for the whole dish of cheeses. The people next to us even laughed. Pizza is so-so. Honestly the worst service I’ve had in years. The desert, a fruit crostata was literally grey looking. Cold, dry. Tasted like flour. We sent it back. The waitress said, “yeah, I don’t order that...” Paid $120.00. I went there once years ago with equally bad experience. Tried again. Honestly it’s so terrible. If you want great pizza stick to pizzaeolo. Go to Camino for anything. Try a’Cote or the Italian place next to it just down the street. There are so many wonderful wonderful fancy places in Oakland. There is no reason to go to A16. Also, Iv’e never left a bad review. Of anything. Ever. It’s the most disappointing experience eating. Twice. Sucks.
It’s been a few years since I was A16 Rockridge. It was fabulous then it’s still fabulous. If you are with a date... share a starter or 2, share a pizza and share a pasta. Pair your wines
Their best calamari appetizer was missing from menu! We actually go there for it. And their appetizers are often the better part of the menu. Great ambiance and everything else hits or misses...
Food preparation was good to excellent. However, given the very short menu I might have expected the entrees to be better for the premium price. $32 for chicken is OK if it knocks your socks off. It was good but not sock-knocking. Trout was similarly very nice but not excellent. Given the Italian wines, a better description on the list would have been nice. The server was perfectly knowledgable but its hard to ask about 15 wines while reading about them would be easy.
Probably the noisiest restaurant in the Oakland-Berkeley area. Some of the food was good, but my $36 (!) pork chop was tough (over-cooked?), flavorless, and fatty.
I was looking for classic pasta choices, but A26 was a disappointment in this regard, it was also very quiet in Saturday evening that accounted for the slow service. I would recommend this place for folks under 40, who are looking for hot pizza place.
The food was nothing special--the pizza was partly burned on the crust and there was not much quantity to the filling. The wine pour seemed very small--the huge wine glasses make it look small, even if it isn't. Once the place filled, the noise level was very high--it was difficult to carry on a conversation across a rather small table. In all, something of a disappointment.
The food was good. The service was not; waited about 45 minutes before our server asked us for our drink order. Then took long breaks in-between bringing water and, bluntly, requesting 'What we wanted to eat'. It was a Tuesday and not crowded, but maybe they were having a bad night?
Terrible service. Asked for bread three times. Never got my salad. Pizzas were undercooked.
Celebrating the birthday of a good friend. The food and wine, though pricey, was fine. The server was able to answer our many questions about the menu, but seemed distracted. I had to ask for a second glass of wine more than once and she never returned my take home, which was half of the pizza that I had ordered and couldn’t finish. This was my second visit and each time my service has been weak.
Sorry, just not a good experience. The first server brought over the wring cocktails. The order was fixed, just an odd thing. Then she disappeared. After a 10+ minute wait, a new server came over to take our food order. About 5 minutes later, food was being put on our table that we didn't order. Of course, it was taken away and they found the right table (next to us). Appetizers came, and the shishito peppers were drowning in oil. After the appetizers, our table was cleared. Our entrees were brought out, the runner saw we didn't have a set-up, and made a u-turn. (Good for her.) She set our table, then brought the food out. The entrees were mediocre and the potatoes were burnt. For dessert, the server initially insisted the mousse was dairy free, then checked and came back with the truth.
This is the 4th time I've eaten at A16 Oakland. Each time, I want it to be good, and each time I'm disappointed. I won't be back.
I've been to A16 in Rockridge about twenty times, but my dinner there on 9/10/18 was by far the best.
All the food was outstanding (especially the appetizers), the staff was prompt, professional, and helpful but not intrusive. Specialty drinks were also very good. No weak link in food, beverages or service.
This location can get a little noisy because it's popular, but it's also very dependable. Like I said, I've been twenty times...
Lovely as always...
Always good wine recommendations. Love the appetizer choices. Just all around great food!
We've been several times, and we always have the same experience. Some of the food is great, some is not so much. This time, the melon salad was perfect. The pork chop was way undercooked.
Great food, excellent service. Loves Emma, our server.
Food was executed well tonight. Noise and poor acoustics continue to be an issue. Service was really poor tonight. We go the ‘didn’t order wine’ service from the server - ungrateful, cold and just poor execution. Did not guide us through the ordering process and had a few sequence of service hiccups. Disappointment came when she did not acknowledge any of the missteps and FOH management not sharp enough to be aware of what’s happening on their floor.
This is terrific place. Outstanding food and service. ONLY downside is it is very very loud. Not the best for conversations. If you want to talk ask for the back room.
Four of us went for dinner and enjoyed a table near the front and away from a lot of the ambient noise and conversations. Some of us had specialty drinks (the gilded lily) and others had wine or cocktails. A16 has a relatively lengthy wine list, with many of the wines from the Campania area of Italy. We ordered arugula salads and cucumber salads. While tasty, I would have liked the cucumber chunks to have had a bit more vinegar flavor. Three of us ordered handmade wood-fired pizzas...the bianca, the funghi and the vesuvius. All were very tasty, with vesuvius being the favorite. The fourth individual ate a penne pasta dish which was also very good.
It's a touch noisy in the restaurant, with an industrial feel and high ceilings which don't soak up sound well. The service was a touch slow...our waiter was also helping at the bar. But we were well looked after, the server was knowledgeable and very helpful with wine pairings.
Be prepared to spend a bit of money. Eight drinks, three pizzas, two salads and one entree came, with gratuity, to $300. For one person, that's $75 for two drinks and a pizza....a little pricey. But nice and we all enjoyed the evening.
Great food but lacking in management oversight.
Always a great experience!
Quality of food does not match local competitors for the price.
A16 had a really wonderful varied menu. While the Bay Area has plenty of Italian restaurants, it seems that many of the restaurants I've been to have very similar menu choices. Between the good food, great drink options and warm ambiance, A16 has become my favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area.
A16 in SF was a favorite of my wife’s and mine. This was the first time we’ve eaten in Oakland, and I would say that it is still a solid menu, and a great spot to eat. I give it 4 stars because it feels just not quite as good as the original, rather than an improvement over it. But I would go back because it’s still a tasty menu. The sommelier was great too:)
Very unpredictable service on several occasions but this time, just appalling behavior and can not recommend visiting this place at this time.
A16 is one of our go-to places. A great selection of creative cocktails, carefully selected wine and superb food. You can’t go wrong with any selection from the menu.
This was our first visit and we were both impressed with the food and the service. The wine price is pretty high, but the food was reasonable. The service could not have been better, our server was helpful, attentive, and friendly.
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.
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.
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.