A16 Rockridge

4.3
1610 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

A16 Rockridge is opening up for lunch on Mother's Day. We are serving a special Mother's Day menu created by Nicolette Manescalchi.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

A16 Rockridge is opening up for brunch on Easter. We are serving a special Easter menu created by Chef Nicolette Manescalchi.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service consistently slow at this place

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FI
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great, extremely nice servers! My pizza and my daughter ‘s pizza was delicious, believe or not, I am talking about a slightly fried pizza, with buffalo cheese and I had prosciutto added. My husband ordered the trout, which was passable but too expensive for being passable, around $38. Time to look for a new patisserie, the chocolate pudding consisted of a hard cake or cookie with a dollop of a chocolate cream, which was left almost completely on the plate, and I always finish my desserts! The place is worth for its pizza only!

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love A16 in Rockridge. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, and attentive (just the right amount). The menu is broad and offers great selections. The cocktails and wine selection are fantastic - definitely take the staff up on what they recommend. A16 also focuses on seasonal dishes and has relationships with local North Bay farms, artisans etc which was something we loved hearing. The pizzas are great. The pricing makes is a special place, but definitely a go to!

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d
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

appetizers were good, drinks were good, pasta was a little salty, and dessert were excellent. the ambiance was very clean and fun. prices were good. be warned that primi is a light meal here, so order appetizers and/pizza if you will not order a secondi.

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s
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food is generally good, but pizza overrated and soggy. Service is well-meaning, but poor communication with the kitchen leads to bad timing issues - like apps coming to table before drinks and not all diners at the table being served at the same time. Too bad ... feels like management just doesn't care. And we've experienced this lackluster service more than once. I think it's time for us to move on from A16. Further, back room is quiet (good for seniors), but poorly set up, so that diners in there feel like they're being hidden away and not getting the same experience as the main dining room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

It was fine. It’s been great in the past and the food was just ok this time. The calamari was fishy and chewy. It the pasta was amazing. Host desk and bartender were great, but waitress wasn’t great. Probably won’t go back for a while.

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F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

What a disappointment. Small menu that I was hoping delicious. Food was boring, tasteless, dull and insipid. Drove 40 minutes for good pasta, but A16 did not deliver. Restaurant is pretty inside with a massive oven. Change the chef!!!
Pasta was incredibly salty and more than “al dente” it was more like crunchy pasta.
The beef tasteless and not fresh at all.
Fried artichoke was incredibly tasteless and raw.
Pizza was “meh”
We brought a bottle of wine and they did not offer a decanter.
The hostess was a kid with a very messy hair and attitude.
Was really poor dining experience for $300 meal.

Two stars for environment only.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing time! The staff was wonderful and created an excellent birthday experience for my boyfriend!

Food was amazing (the bosco was the best pizza we’ve ever had!)

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T
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The pizza was wonderful! The crust is so light and the toppings rich and flavorful. The lettuce salad was the perfect addition—so simple and tasty!! Our only negative was the loud volume in the restaurant. A large group was eating and dominated the room. We’ll be back for sure!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was very very slow.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow and mediocre.

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EM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was very busy and service, perhaps for that reason, was spotty. Our table of four was in the bar area and the noise level was extremely loud. The food was generally quite good, however.

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SJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Sat near the bar which made it noisy. Food was good but service was so so.

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LH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

this is a lovely place with delicious food. Our server was darling and very knowledgeable about the wines and the food. She was attentive and helpful. It was quiet and pleasant at 6 but by 7 was very loud and tables very close. The pizza was very good and the artichoke excellent. Our only issue was the price was very high. $28 for a very small, thin pizza was a bit much. Would recommend overall for the experience.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Reliable quality with seasonal dishes changing frequently. Great cocktails too.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food delivered on expectations but service was so-so.

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HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Been there several times, and food was consistent consistent with previous experience and solid. Service was really slow. We arrived early to have a drink at the bar, and after 30 minutes we were still waiting, and finally our table was ready, so we decided to get one at the table. Took another 30 minutes after we were seated to finally get a drink. When we made them aware, they offered to comp an entree, but then explained that it would also be a smaller entree than usual because they were actually out of what we ordered.

For a business like this with multiple locations and predictable high-volume on Saturday night, they should have the operations running more smoothly.

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LM
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A little pricey, and limited entrees.. but good appetizers and pizza! Quite loud and lively bar, so don’t expect a quiet evening.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pizza. Great waitress and service

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The menu requires a translator which is probably why they sell so much pizza. Kind of pretentious and overnights. So noisy you can’t talk to the people you’re dining with without reading lips. Roasted squid was flavorless. Very high prices.

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GO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Simply outstanding food and wine selections. The salads and Neapolitan pizzas were excellent as usual. The pacing of service was a little off, particularly at the end of the meal but the servers were pleasant and knowledgeable.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Our server did a good job but it appeared that she might have been the only server. One entree came out and the second one came out 20 minutes after the first one

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is excellent. The service took a very long time for a Sunday night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Shared two wood fired pizzas with a nice starter beet salad. Added an egg to their ‘funghi’ pizza - reminded me of my favorite pizza at Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn called the ‘kind brother’ wild mushroom, smoked mozzarella, farm egg, sage. Unpretentious but attentive server. The dessert, an almond cake with candied and fresh citrus was the surprise highlight!

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B
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought out-of-town friends. Always amazing pizza and pastas. The oysters with the pollen infused marionette was absolutely amazing. Got the last 3 and so glad. Could have eaten a dozen!

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SD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a welcoming place; everyone seems to have a smile for you. The food is creative and interesting, prepared with attention to detail, using wonderful seasonal ingredients and unusual touches. The almond cake is deceptively innocent looking, but makes an amazing finale for your meal. No wonder this is one of my dinner companion's favorite go-to spots!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’ve been going to A16 since it opened and always love it. We ordered Brussels sprouts and they were not very good. That’s the only reason for four stars. Oh and the prices seem very high for pizza:(

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server did not know the restaurant was out of two the appetizers until well after we had ordered. Initially we ordered, she went back to the kitchen and then returned about 10 minutes later telling us they were out (pretty surprising, given that it was only 8:15pm). Then we ordered a second appetizer and the same thing happened again! Servers should always know and tell customers what they are out of when they are about to order.

Then our server took about 20 minutes to deliver a margarita. Again, just bad service!

The food was good but unfortunately the poor service left us extremely disappointed.

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JP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I've been to A16 many times in the last few years and it is usually wonderful. However my last visit was a disappointment. The service was very slow and unattentive. Ordering didn't take long, but the arrival of food and drinks was glacial. Only the appetizers came out reasonably quickly. Our main dishes, two pizzas and a pasta dish, came to the table lukewarm. Our server showed little interest in our table, and when we could get her attention, she seemed to come over begrudgingly. We tried to get our servers attention to address the lukewarm food to no avail. I don't know if this is a problem specific to our particular server that evening, or a more systemic one. Hopefully the former.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We booked a table for my mom’s Birthday. We requested a table that was less noisy. We were put in the barely heated back room next to a party of 12. My daughters and I ate with our jackets on as we didn’t think to dress in woolens. The entire main restaurant was jammed packed and loud, but the quieter back room was unbearable. The pizza was delicious, the steak a poor sous vide attempt, and the birthday dessert hard as a rock. This restaurant is terribly overrated and it is an torture to sit inside. If you are in a fight with your partner or family and don’t want to talk to them - this is your place. If you’re interested in only eating pizza, this is your place. Otherwise, steer clear. Un disastro completo.

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TB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, friendly, great food and excellent service. It’s continues to be our “go to” place to take out of town guests.

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AM
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Just overall mediocre Italian food. Pizza was a bit too thick and too hard. The risotto in the arancini wasn’t flavorful or creamy enough. The tripe was too chewy. Nothing terrible but nothing really good either.

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JB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was not very good at all and it was extremely loud. We arrived early for our reservation, went to the bar for drinks since our table wasn't ready yet. Once seated our server took quite awhile to greet us so by then we were ready to order everything, drinks, appetizers and entrees all at once. The food was average, and I felt there weren't very many options. I wouldn't go back for dinner maybe lunch, the pizza looked good and the drinks we had at the bar were very good. I should caveat that the bartender was amazing both with her service and in making a great craft cocktail .

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BW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated promptly for our 7pm reservation in a casual but beautifully painted "back room" of the restaurant. Our servers were lovely but I am still adjusting to the new-ish model of having several servers assigned to a grouping of tables. One server took our order and delivered the check, but in between, others delivered bread, water, and even our entrees. The restaurant was packed and the kitchen slowed so there was a big delay between our appetizers and the main course. A server did inform us that the kitchen was "backed-up". Once the food was delivered, it was delicious! Our two 13 year-old granddaughters were delighted with pizza and I was very happy with the more adult entrees. When I made the reservation, I stated that we were celebrating one of the granddaughter's birthday. This was acknowledged by the hostess when we arrived. When we ordered desert, I was hoping for a birthday candle but no special treatment was offered. This was a very small oversight. It was a fun and yummy "grown-up" restaurant experience for our granddaughters and us.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

For the money, our experience was not up to expectations. The waitress was not attentive and provided no suggestions or input to our dining experience. The food was very ordinary and not up to par for what one might expect for the price. We did not order pizza so maybe that is their specialty and we missed out? Anyway, a disappointment all the way around.

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RY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Exceptional southern Italian with California inspired twists. The lowly pizza is elevated here to art form, so at least order one to share as app or a meal (funghi is my favorite). Great, extensive and mainly Italian wines... Try a primitivo, often available by the glass. Beautiful open airy space and while always full and buzzy, acoustics somehow work and let you can talk without shouting. After dozens of visits have yet to have less than wonderful and stellar, highly knowledgeable service. Sometimes food runs a little late due to inevitable backups since it is always packed. But be patient like a native Italian and make this the main and leisurely event of memorable evening. I always bring out of towers who rave about it.

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y
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful in selection of menu items and provided great recommendations. Emma was terrific.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious pasta and pizza. Will definitely make A16 a habit. Fried olives are amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great, but service was a little slow and/or didn’t check in much at all. Seemed like maybe they were short staffed that night?

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EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice place to sit. Great cocktails! The fried pizza was awesome. Avoid the brussel sprouts (mushy, nothing special). Service was friendly but mediocre

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