A16 Rockridge

4.3
1568 reviews
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Italian
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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Sun 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 5:30PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was fantastic, from preparation to presentation, very pleasing. We especially enjoyed the wine; Please give our thanks to the Manager, somehow our waitress forgot about us we got our drink order after exact 56 min by the manager.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We made the reservation not knowing there would be a prefixed menu. We were not notified about a prefixed menu, nor was it clearly advertised.
The food was lukewarm at best when it came out and it was not very well-timed. It also seemed like there was a lack of communication with the staff. For example, we waited about 40 minutes for dessert because someone had served us our main course without notifying our waitress.
We were also not happy with the pricing of the prefixed menu. It did not feel worth what we ended up paying.
I have loved A16 in the past but it was disappointing today.

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DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was expecting more for the Valentine's Day special dinner at $98 per. Food was just average and table next to ours was extremely loud.

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k
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful local spot with good food and excellent service.

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JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry I did not try this restaurant sooner. The food was delicious and service wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful vibe and lovely pizza. Cocktails are a lil Meh but the pizza makes up for it!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a busy Saturday night and we waited almost an hour to be seated, with a reservation. We were not the only ones. Once we were seated it was fine but everything just seemed slow. The food was good not great. The ambiance was very nice but pretty loud.

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VR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed everything about the experience. The staff seemed a little not attentive.

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JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

What happened to A16? Maybe new ownership? I haven’t been there for at least 6 months, but it has taken a turn for the worse. After being seated for 10 minutes I literally had to stand up and wave to a server to be recognized. The previously good thin crust pizza was doughy, and lacked taste.
We declined dessert. Extremely pricey for bad food and service.

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h
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always good as well as service. Back room is quieter and easier for conversation.

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e
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great staff. casual but quality service. amazing wine list! pizza is super legit.

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DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great pizza! Yummy apps. Wine paired perfectly.

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GM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at A16 Rockridge for a special winemaker's dinner and it did not disappoint. We got to meet the winemaker, Cinzia Canzian from Le Vigne di Alice, and chose the tasting menu to go with her fabulous proseccos. Shelly was, as always, a gracious and charming host. Thank you A16!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous wine selection. Great Neapolitan style pizzas. Airy open dining atmosphere. Some unique dishes not on the San Francisco A16 menu.

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P
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Spotty and inconsistent service. Chicken was outstanding as was margarita pizza.

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GN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the place that I always take customers/friends from out of town to dine. Really like the great selections that the menu offers. My guests have always enjoyed dinner here every time we visit.

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w
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to amaze me. The quality of service, for the price point is incredible. I regularly go here st least once a month. Thinking I should double that.

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Between the low level of lighting & the off-white color of the menus, it's a challenge to read the menu - perhaps go with a whiter paper, bigger font? My guess is your average age of customer is not 25 - and those of us over 40 all complain about the same issues!

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

A16,
Like the Italian highway that goes from Naples all the way to Bari will be taking you by hand in a flavorful journey among this southern part of Italy!
The kitchen (pizzeria included of course!) is the core of this place and the reason why we are keep coming back.
Great menu; inspired, vibrant and authentic from starter to dessert.
Excellent fermentation of pizza dough ("Neapolitan" style); you could easily eat two pizzas without feeling bloated.
Chewy and doughy with a nice and airy cornicione (edge crust) and delicious toppings
(although I would have loved you guys had some capers last time).
Pizza "Testa" highly recommended.
Cocktails are crafted by talented and expert hands and you will love them all.
A sad note goes to the service; constantly off.
We love this place, but it has to be mentioned that it would be such a great overall improvement if the front staff could be trained to hold the same standards of the kitchen and bar.
Until that day, when you go eat there, if the beer you ordered is getting warmer on the bar pass, or your server suddenly disappear between your first and second course and someone else is taking his place (as if nothing happened), or the waitress forgets part of your order; fresh silverware might be carried by hand without a proper tray. Or if you feel like nobody wants to deliver your dessert....just chill, order one more cocktail, eventually dessert arrives.
And keep coming back!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance is great! Overall very long wait between courses. Almost like we were forgotten. The wait staff said they would comp a first dish but was on bill. Bar staff pretty good.

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AG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting take on Italian fusion. Nice flavors and presentation. Chef is great and blends flavors well without overwhelming any of them. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Service was a bit on the flue side, but in fairness it was a Friday night and crowded owing to the popularity if the establishment, which was well deserved.

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic fried olives, and a very nice (& knowledgeable) wine expert. Besides that - meh. Pizza was soggy and waitress was surly.

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was however surprised that they were unfamiliar with/unable to assign my pre-assigned Opentable $50 reward to tab although Open Table allowed me to assign $ to this Rez!!!!!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall except the deserts.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience celebrating my wife’s birthday together with my son.

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3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Shiny cosmopolitan atmosphere. Great bar. It’s lovely to sit near the brick pizza oven. Toasty & warm on a rainy day. The pizza was delicious- flavorful with a good thin crust. Service was fair. Our server seemed like she had better things to do than wait on us. Attentiveness is not her strong suit. Service in general was a bit slow. Still, I’d go back for the pizza.

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h
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A16 was a bit disappointing. My pasta dish was not good though the server said it was her favorite. My husband's was good but so small that he left hungry. Server was not at all helpful with choosing wines. It was a pleasant evening but I wouldn't rush back because I go out for the food, not for the bar scene which I can't comment about.

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IY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Been meaning to check out A16 since they opened their Oakland location. What better time to come than Oakland Restaurant Week! We came here for Saturdate, during the first weekend of ORW.

My husband had their $30 3 course prix menu, and chose the arugula salad, margherita pizza, and gelato. He opted for their half pour pairings for an additional $15. I had their burrata and bucatini as my mains.

The burrata was dusted with too much salt. The bucatini was so undercooked it was sticking to my teeth. The only saving grace was the pizza.

The service was terrible and unorganized. The wine pairings came after each course, so no point in enjoying them with our meals. The wine pours were stingy as well. The full glass I ordered was the same as my husband's half pour. Smh.

Not sure if they were overwhelmed because it was Restaurant Week, but overall an underwhelming meal with disappointing service. Guess I'll stick to Belotti if I want Italian on College Ave.

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WW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow, waited for one whole hour for a fish entree.

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H
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food seems to have declined since our last visit a year ago. The pizza was slightly soggy and the roast chicken was average. The pasta dish looked like it had been sitting under a warmer. I wouldn’t say there was anything special about the meal we had with friends, with the exception of the fried mushrooms.

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AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The hostess was about as grumpy as they come. I thought the role of a hostess was wot make you feel welcome, not be seen as a imposition. The precious pizza maker refused to add onion to my 11-year old son's pizza. Puhleese. If you go, specifically request not to sit in the back room. Totally lacks atmosphere and you feel half forgotten. This place is just way too pretentious for its own good. Keep that attitude in SF and adapt to the Oakland vibe instead

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1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and they made us feel very special! Both the server and manager wished us a happy anniversary and they brought us a champagne toast. Very thoughtful. The food was great as well!!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was outstanding as always, but the service on this visit left a lot to be desired. We were not seated until about an hour after our reservation time (and we had arrived a little early, so we waited for over an hour). I am pregnant, and while we waited I was not offered a seat (a chair was brought over after I asked), and the hostess did not proactively give us any updates on the wait time. Each time we asked, we were told that we would be seated shortly, so we did not try to snag any of the bar seating (which would have been difficult anyway with a party of our size). We were given a complimentary appetizer as an apology, but I would have preferred my reservation time be honored or better service while we waited.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Table wasn’t ready. Arrived at 7:03 and wasn’t seated until 8:30!

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C
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We often come to A16 because it's near us and usually quiet enough for conversation. Thursday night was an exception - very noisy and food less delicious than usual. But we'll go again...

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t
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here a number of times, it was the first time I sat at the table by the front door in the dining room. You should think about a barrier so when the door opens it does not blow right in the diners face. That was a bit problematic. I know it is often all that cold in the east bay but a breeze is entering as the door opens. Just and FYI on detail for customers.

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HC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible and the food was overpriced. We have been there twice and initially just had pizza and drinks. Pizza was good, but when we went back we tried pasta and steak. Both were overpriced and the quality was subpar. We will not return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahhh ... much better than my A16 SF experience. Waiter was excellent, food was excellent (and unlike SF, was what we ordered), Bill was correct (unlike SF). Really the montanara pizza is incredible as is the funghi ... gotta love the Rockridge location

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ML
Mexico City
31 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would describe A16 as meh. It isn’t terrible nor is the place memorable. It kind of feels like an upscale chain restaurant.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great experience. They do it right here.

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