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About 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.
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
Lunch: Fr-Sa 11:30am-2:30pm
Brunch: Su 11:30am-2:30pm
Between Manila and Bryant
$31 to $50
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Banquet, 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.
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Our private dining room accommodates up to 40 guests and is perfect for small gatherings, business events and special occasions.
A16 Rockridge Ratings and Reviews
We have enjoyed many evenings at A16, but last Sunday’s experience may be our last. In a half empty restaurant we (three women) waited 30 minutes before anyone approached our table after we were seated. We waited another 30minutes before our drinks came, we suspect the waiter failed to place the order. He thanked us for our “patience”which by then had evaporated. Another very long wait before the first course (funghi pizza) which was good. Much later we received our tiny portion of squid ink pasta with mussels and clams. Given the market price of mussels, the seafood portion was very stingy. Overall an exasperating experience at a restaurant we had previously loved.
Food was spot on as usual. However, service could have been better. Had to ask for the wait staff to check on outlet drinks, food came out first. Keep finding myself with an empty glass of water. Waiter never checked in during dessert. I wanted to order a coffee but never got the opportunity to.
This is the 2nd time in recent months that I've visited A16 and been disappointed with my experience. Both the front and the back of the house need a serious wake up. In both cases, there were issues with the food quality (temperature, flavor), and the service was inattentive and blase. In our most recent case, the server could have corrected the food issue, but didn't come back to check on us until it was too late and irrelevant. It's too bad, because Oakland needs a good
restaurant like this.
This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland. We started with fried cauliflower and a burrata salad, both of which were superb. We moved on to two pizzas and a pasta dish, equally delicious. Dessert is good, but there could be greater selection.
It was our second time to have dinner there and we really enjoyed food there last time.
I was very disappointed this time. Service was very slow and my pasta was cold which is not acceptable. Wine steward strongly recommended rather expensive wine which was not good.
Overall, it was not a good experience. I would not go back there.
It's unfortunate, but what was my first time at A-16 will surely be my last. We (our group of 4) were excited to dine there and throughout the night, our excitement turned into pure frustration. We were seated in the back room of the restaurant, which became painfully loud as the eve progressed to the point where we could barely carry on a conversation. Our waiter was lack-luster to the point where we were trying to draw him out. We shared our meal and I kid you not, all 4 of us were disappointed with each dish: fried olives (uninteresting), calamari (fishy and rubbery), trout (fishy smelling to point of overpowering - in fact, the entire room wreaked of fish smell whenever the same dish came to other tables), pasta ragu (tougher than al dente), and desserts which were okay. We were also amused by a female 'runner' who's dress was so unprofessionally short, we were embarrassed for her. We agreed that the noise level was the worst part of our experience, then the food, then waiter. I was eager to put A-16 on my "go-to" list but sadly we all left never planning to return. Very unfortunate for 4 first-time customers. This is one of those rare experiences where I actually wanted my money back by end of eve.
The overall experience was disappointing. We waited very long for our courses to be served. When we received our first course it was cold. We told our server about it and she said she would inform the chefs. We received our second course after a very long wait and it was also cold. The final course was very delicious and hot. Our server was also very attentive and fun. We have been looking forward to having dinner at A16 for a while. Too bad it fell so short of all the good things we’ve heard about it.
NYE at A16. We did the fixed menu and wine pairing...what a let down. The wine pours were tiny, the Chestnut & Gnocchi was horrible according to not only us, but multiple other diners. The wine pours came 10-12 minutes before the actual food. There were long pauses between courses, which was occurring broadly throughout the restaurant.
We’ve dined at A16 maybe a dozen times, and have had varying degrees good/bad food/service, but this takes the cake for average food and just poor, mis-timed service. Oh, the wine description from the waiter: this wine is from XYZ country...as he sets the glasses on the table and quickly leaves.
Was hoping to have a better experience here, but totally let down again, and our dinner was just south of $400. We could have gone to countless other restaurants that actually justify the cost. Never again!!
New Year’s Eve. Selected 645p seating. Stuck in back room with a group including crying baby. Asked to be moved to the front which at the time had quite a few empty tables. But no luck. Food was really good. Server was not what used to at A16. Spent too much time pushing wine. Chock it up to a one off. Will be back
I typically love A16 so I was surprised that tonight’s dinner was not up to Its typical level. Perhaps it was owed to the holiday week (between Christmas and New Year) but service was slower and less friendly than usual and the food was a little more lackluster.
I so want to give this restaurant 5 stars but they are ultimately clueless about guest service. I would ask anyone associated with this restaurant to book a blind reservation. You will be seated promptly and then the word promptly disappears. You will sit there for 15 minutes before your server arrives. This happens EVERY time we dine here. Our server showed up and asked “any questions?” How about “Hello and Welcome?” How about, “Can I start you off with a drink.” We want to love this restaurant but the service is consistently poor due to understaffing. I actually believe that they teach the wait staff to be alouf and distant so as to create an aire of speciality. Everytime I leave I ask myself, why did I book here? Previously, the former Manager, Dana, was awesome. That helped to offset the poor service. Now, Dana is gone and the current manager doesn’t walk the floor. Only book this place if you have an east coast mentality and can handle abrasive/non-existent Service.
Apple fennel salad was good - large enough to share. Must have - wood fire pizza. So good. Crust was beautifully charred. We chose simple margarita - delicious. Apple pie (tart) was yummy. Tables close together and lighting is low (so lots of cell phone flashlights out from older crowd) but lighting makes you look good -,so,I'll take that.
It wasn’t the best experience. The place seems a bit rundown and not on top of service. My chair was broken, apparently their sparkling water machine was broken (not sure why they didn’t just go buy some at a store). Service was a bit slow, not consistent, several people helping us which in turn created a disjointed service experience.
When we arrived they pointed out we were the last table of the night to be seated, mind you the entire restaurant was full. As the night progressed they turned off the pizza oven, started cleaning, and turning lights on. Clearly a sign they wanted us to leave; not a great feeling or reason to want to come back.
Food was good but all the other stuff overshadowed it.
Late night dinner after a school concert. Son's pizza came out FAST which was perfect as it was already late and a school night. Husband and I shared a few appetizers - tuna salad and fried cauliflower were delicious. The fried polenta came out last - and was very salty. Would not order that again. Otherwise - a very good, quick meal in a lovely setting, with great service.
We had a party of 8! The food entres for all of us... were not good, very bland, tasteless. We will never go there again. Service almost non-existent. This location of A16 may not be owned by the same owners of the impressive A16 on Chestnut St. in SF. Where is the chef in the kitchen, must have been the 3rd string...
This is a go to restaurant for us on date night when we are in Berkley, usually it is fabulous but last night it just didn’t seem to quite have it all together. Everything was good not great, our starters were fabulous but the main pasta was just a little too al dente, some of the service was great other parts not so
That being said we will still be coming back.
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