A16 Rockridge

4.3
1515 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve at A16! Chef Nicolette presents a special menu for Feast of The Seven Fishes, offered at $105 per person, served family style, with participation from the entire table. Wine pairings optional. We will be serving a limited walk in menu at our bar. Happy Holidays from A16!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate NYE at A16! Chef Nicolette presents a special menu for the evening, offered at $105 per person, served family style, with participation from the entire table. Wine pairings optional. We will be serving a limited walk in menu at our bar. Happy Holidays from A16!

Monday, December 31, 2018

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What 1515 People Are Saying
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4.3
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d
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! One of my favourite restaurants! The fried olives are delicious, the salades are well-portioned and generous. The walnut pesto bucatini is scrumptious! The pizzas are light and come with scissors! The service is always pleasant and helpful, especially with food allergies!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really happy with the service, our waiter was amazing. He was very relatable and seemed like he really cared about whether we lied our meal.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Thank you. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

The service was atrocious last evening. We were overlooked from the second we were seated. Atleast 4 other tables were seated after us and all received water drinks and food before us.

It was atleast 15min after sitting down before we received water and were able to place our drink order. The another 15–20 until we got our drinks and placed our dinner order.

We didn’t order anything complicated either - a bottle of wine and 2 pizzas. When the pizzas came there was no follow up - no peppers or oil was brought to the table.
We asked someone bussing the table next to us for the check because the waitress was not attentive one bit.

A16 in SF has never disappointed but this Oakland location needs to get its act together.

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JP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at A16 was outstanding. From the appetizers (burrata and meats platter) to the incredible pizzas. What made the night really special was our server Emma. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and just a very fun person to banter with. She helped make out night special.

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KR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My college girl friends and I had a great evening. We were seated in the back dining room away from the loudness of the restaurant. The best was that we were not rushed and had the table for 3 hours! We shared a variety of dishes and loved them all. Can't wait to go back !

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely disappointed with food and service. Will not return.

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j
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great place. Even if you're not in the mood for pizza, there are plenty of delicious Italian options here! My husband and I particularly enjoyed the wine list (the bottle list is HUGE yet carefully curated, and the glass list offers some lovely and lesser known Italian varietals). On our last visit we ordered charcuterie (4/5 stars, loved the pickled veg that came with it -- but it needs bread or crackers!), roasted calamari (3.5/5 -- too oily for us, and not enough calamari), radicchio salad (5/5 -- believe it or not, my favorite thing here! -- with persimmon and pear that were perfectly ripe, and a nice acidic dressing to balance), salsiccia pizza (4.5/5, super thin crust, yummy sausage and broccoli rabe, not too greasy -- great with the chili oil they offer on the side), and for dessert, the famous chocolate budino tart (4/5, decadent but needed more caramel and sea salt to balance the sweet) and mint chip gelato (3/5, good, not special -- but eating it WITH the budino improved both desserts, in my opinion). Service was good, and ambience is very nice; I like the holiday decor. We went for Feast of the Seven Fishes last Christmas Eve, and plan to be back for this year's!

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I eat here very often, always at the chef's counter. This was an off night- the staff was a bit distracted I think by a private party, so our service which is usually amazing was just fair. Of worry for me was the squash dish. While most of the dish was tasty a few pieces were mildly bitter to very very bitter. It turns out that the bitterness is actually a toxin and we were very ill with in an hour and up to 24 hours later. I'm actually unsure how A16 could control for that- the squash will look exactly the same, but it is cross pollinated with another variety, and then was stressed during growing. There were several cases in Oregon in recent memory, and some unusual cases in France where two people had their hair fall out (a chemical toxin akin to chemo therapy). I alerted the restaurant my email but received no response.

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H
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Really can't complain about the food quality. After we had been seated and made our menu choices we were handed new menus with "changes". The changes were ingredients in the items which was not pointed out so we ordered and expected to receive as noted on first menus. Management was apologetic and took care of the issue for us. Server was friendly and competent but stretched thin. Probably not going to return any time soon.

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YH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I had high expectation from this place. Service was very good. Pizza was very poorly made. Soggy bottom. Burn top. Fish (trout), very greasy. Looked like chunk of farm raised salmon. Good salad.
Very disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Once again - an awful experience. Seated promptly. From there, expect to sit for 15 minutes - yes 15 minutes or more - happens every tine - before you’re even given water or someone bothers to show up. Once they do show up, they are short and rude and unfamiliar with the wine. Make sure to ask for bread - as the entrees will take 45 minutes. You will be there for an uncomfortably long tine. Remember my telling you to ask for bread? You need to start asking ASAP as you will need to ask multiple times. This happens every time. So lame.. You finally order your drinks after much waiting. Your first drink arrives a full 30 minutes after being seated. There are NO back up staff. Ask a second and a third time and, finally, the bread will arrivr AFTER your appetizer. So, now you eat. But, be careful, as it will take up to 45 minutes to one hour for your entree to arrive. Have a special request? A birthday? An Anniversary? Both? Request it on open table and NOTHING will happen. Anyway, you know your spouse - which is a good thing as you will sit there without water or food or service for quite a long time. Examine the bill - as they will double charge you for the inconvenience of waiting. Go somewhere else. This place is an absolute mess.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so magical and delicious here! Don't miss out on the fried olives, any salad, and the Montanara pizza. And that's just to start! Also, we love Noah, the amazing server. Cheers!

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. Interesting wines. Great pizza.

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AC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food, drinks and service. I am looking forward to returning

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The space was very loud. Service was great. Two pasta dishes were too salty. Pizza was pretty good.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noisy, food and service good,

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our local favorites. Love it with my kids and for an adult night out. Great interesting food, and an incredible wine lis with knowledge approachable staff to help you choose!

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D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food was delicious, the service was rather subpar and left a bad taste in my mouth. Perhaps the poor service was due to the place being very busy. Our server (not entirely sure if he was even responsible for our table) did not introduce himself and was very rushed to take our order. Worst of all was when, in front of the server, my partner asked me if I wanted any wine, before I even had the chance to reply, the server took the wine list from our table and whisked away without any words. Our water glasses were often left empty and we had to catch someone's attention in order to have them refilled. So overall we enjoyed the food but was dissatisfied with the service.

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J
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Pizza is what you come for, anything else is a bonus. If you like Wood Fire Pizza Ovens - this is the best.

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NH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Wait staff were very aloof and inattentive to our table. All the wait staff were white and we are people of color...

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had a great meal here last weekend. The farro salad and roasted chicken were particularly delicious. Our waiter had great wine recommendations which was helpful since we didn't know much about Italian varieties. The only negatives were the slightly awkward position of our table (were were sort of crammed next to a wall) and the noise level, which was a little on the loud side. The ambiance was very nice though. I will definitely come back again!

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MM
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We love A16 but this visit fell short. The back room not very nice and service was off for the first time ever for us. Everything came at once so the table was a mess and we missed the meal progression we love so much at A16. We will be back.

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SK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is good, but the service is super slow. The waiter was knowledgeable. It must have been a 45 minute wait for the main course after we finished the appetizer, which must be normal, because no one apologized. It was the same last time we were there, so I guess that is the deal. That said, the squid appetizer, farro salad, pork chop and margareta pizza were all tasty.

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KT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chosen based on Open Table rating and reviews. Excellent food although quantity was smaller than average. Service was great, wine list was great Italians.

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LL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Based on its rep however, we did enjoy the delicata squash that came with them. Next came the salsiccia pizza which was brought to our table w/scissors. I imagine the proprietor finds this cute, but we didn't. The pizza was tasteless, saved only by the Jimmy Nardello peppers. Last, but not least, our server was very odd. On first contact, he exerted pressure on the non-drink orderers at our table to drink. I have never before had this experience and feel that it was inappropriate, to say the least. During the course of our ordering and dining, he made appearances to offer us helpful tips, but at the end of the meal, became cold and dismissive. This was strange considering we were about to decide on his tip. Needless to say, we won't be returning to A16. I'd summarize by saying A16 does not have the chops to warrant the prices it charges. Even if it had a lower price point, the food didn't invite a return visit. And their waitstaff needs serious training.

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JY
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was very poor, wait staff acted totally disinterested. Food was mediocre. Squid dish had three squid and a handful of beans and burnt lemons drenched in oil. Unattractive and greasy. Fish was good. Pizzas were mediocre. No excitement in the pizzas! Gnocchi was bland
Most of all, waitstaff was low energy, uninterested in being there and not friendly.
Very disappointing.
I had been there many times in the past. Never again.

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k
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, albeit a little on the pricey side for what you got. would have liked a little more variety in offerings.

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PB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered a pizza with olives on it and it came with only two of them on the whole pizza. It is loud so not good for a date. brussel sprouts very good. Dessert was great too!

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We waited over 15 minutes at our table to be acknowledged, no water, no drink order, no we'll be right with you NOTHING, it was like we were invisible. Two of the four dishes were too salty. If you're looking attitude, this is your place.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Can’t go wrong here. Authentic Italian. They have a good wine list too.

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SL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

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.

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m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

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.

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N
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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s
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love sitting at the counter. Every time I go , I try to bring new people.

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EO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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