A16 Rockridge

4.4
1484 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.
Additional
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 1484 People Are Saying
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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
14 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
125 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
14 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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DH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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KB
Dallas
103 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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...

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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?

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Asked for bread three times. Never got my salad. Pizzas were undercooked.

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G
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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BK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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...

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TD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely as always...

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B
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always good wine recommendations. Love the appetizer choices. Just all around great food!

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w
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Loves Emma, our server.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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a
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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n
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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s
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but lacking in management oversight.

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MR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Quality of food does not match local competitors for the price.

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NW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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TL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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:)

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LE
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very unpredictable service on several occasions but this time, just appalling behavior and can not recommend visiting this place at this time.

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LL
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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M
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

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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O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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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EB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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