A16 Rockridge

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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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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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrive 5 mins early for our 9:00 reservation. Seated right away as the table was ready. The SAT. And SAT. And SAT. After about 15 minutes of being acknowledged by absolutely no one, waiter comes over with water and asks if we’d like to order a cocktail. No apology for making us sit there for 15 minutes. “No, I think we’re ready to order”. Then proceeds to tell us that 2 of their 3 entrees are not available. What?!? 1) you have a limited menu to begin with. 2) you should be able to plan appropriately for an evening of cooking - you’re a restaurant for Chrissake.

Got up and walked out.

Seriously, this place is WAY past it’s prime. Time for some new blood in that spot.

LA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s so nice to be eating at the bar when there is a good bartender, great drinks, and interesting conversation. The Dungeness crab was huge and delish!

A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great server, wonderful food, too noisy (names conversation across the table and even next to you a challenge. Might be helpful to enclose the entrance area more as on cold nights such as ours nearby tables get a blast of cold air as people enter and exit. Also, parking can be a challenger (but that’s not unique to this establishment; it’s true all along and around College Ave).

EM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Having had a terrible meal at A16 several years ago I was pleasantly surprised to have a much better experience. The food was improved and edible this time. While the wait staff was very nice and mostly attentive the wait times for everything from water to the main courses was a bit slow. We ended up spending three hours there!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was very slow and incompetent.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience. The pizza is second to none and their wine list is deep (the knowledgeable staff always come through with great suggestions).

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, service and ambience are great. A perfect place to celebrate special events or have a good meal & drink at the bar.

GM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice place, great food and service, we like sitting at the bar along the kitchen, fun watching pizzas being made and oven being used to prepare the first courses.

S
San Francisco
288 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Monday dinner....salumi plate, Monterey Squid, Pork Meatballs w/Fennel Salad, two real authentic hot pizzas and two wonderful pastas incl aldente Bucatini w/dungeness crab. Josh in the bar whipping up some mean drinks. Service overall was outstanding. Plenty of parking in next door public library so hit road to A16......

TB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, the food was fantastic and the service friendly. We got a late reservation on a Saturday evening so the place was busy, busy. A16 is a bit pricey, but it delivers.

MB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Pizza was ok.
Prices, given kinds of selections, were astronomical.
Drink menu listed a gin requested at $12 (Sapphire) but when served as a Martini, charged $17, the average price for an appetizer!

All this likely due to New Year's Eve pricing. Still a huge disappointment as previous visits have been memorable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved this place since they were in the city. Always great quality and service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate my moms birthday. The food was absolutely amazing and our waiter Jeffery was fantastic

JW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. The good was fresh and very flavorful. Friendly service in a somewhat frenetic atmosphere. Love this restaurant though and would definitely recommend it.

AH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food in a Sicilian vein, and excellent service. Once the restaurant fills, however, the noise level is extreme.

SM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was super slow. I confirmed with the restaurant when checking if they received my note to make sure there was a birthday cake at the end of our dinner. It was supposed to be a surprise. They just handed us the bill after we said that we didn’t want anything else. Was I supposed to go out of my way to remind them again? It was a slower Sunday night so I can’t blame them for being busy. I just felt like they didn’t care to look into the Open table notes and add it onto the tab, then serve it.

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wish the pizza's bottom crust had not been soggy.

J
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved A16, though it is a bit on the expensive side for entrees. Salad portions are large and delicious. Pizzas are thé thing to order and they are outstanding. Very kind and knowledgeable servers and a fun atmosphere! Will definitely return!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated to a wonderful dinner for our birthdays. The food was all consistent and balanced for a foodie’s dream come true

RV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Nice Rockridge dining option if you’re in the mood for Italian food and wine.

KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal with birthday friends. The only issue that we had was that the menu was in Italian and no one could read the menu. I think the Italian is fine, but should have an English translation below. We almost ordered beef tongue, and 2 of our party were vegetarian. Our waitress was great to point it out. It was a really great place and not too noisy as it was Sunday. The staff was beyond good. I would certain recommend. Our friends really enjoyed it too. The food was excellent. We will come again and again.

SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Our server Emma was fantastic.

N
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always the love the food here, but sometimes the service can be inconsistent. This time the service was perfect - attentive and very helpful. Thank you!

RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had made an 8pm reservation in advance for a Friday night for 5 adults and 1 toddler, but we were kept waiting for almost 40 minutes! The staff claimed that there were two tables they needed to combine to crate a long table for us, but diners were sitting and chatting at both tables even after having paid their checks—and they were loath to tell them to leave. Shouldn’t they have mentioned to both sets of diners at the outset that they needed those tables by 8pm for a large party? I am suffering from ball-of-foot pain and couldn’t keep standing for so long, and finally had to ask for a bar chair to sit down on to relieve my discomfort. They gave us each a glass of Prosecco halfway through our wait, but that does not make up for our lengthy inconvenience, especially with a tired toddler in our party clinging to her standing dad’s arms. In fact, we had to finally insist around 8:30pm that their manager ask the remaining two diners to move to the bar, which took them another reluctant 10 more minutes to follow through on—and the two ladies were actually happy to move to the bar to continue their conversation!

Once we were finally seated, the food came out reasonably quick and was pretty good overall: fried olives, burrata with toast, thin-crust pizzas—except for my vegetarian friend’s pumpkin-topped pizza, which had an oddly thick crust and was a bit too sweet for her taste. The arancini dolci (rice-crusted balls with chocolate) ordered for dessert were a bit too fried on the outside.

Our waiter however seemed to have a bit of an attitude about him, and while we were in the midst of ordering and asking him questions about the menu, even told us to “not get so excited”! Seriously, dude?!

We were wondering if they would at least comp us for one or both of the desserts or the appetizers due to the long wait and inconvenience we faced, but no such luck.

GM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was very nice, enjoyed the place, classified as neighborhood place.

SP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date nite location!
Everything we ordered was delicious and loved my martini.
Can't wait to go back.

R
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love A16! Always great food and wine. Our anniversary dinner was great!

BH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and great wait staff. They did forget a request on my pizza and forgot to box it up for take home when asked. But I would come back.

k
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding!! However, the service was very sloppy! The waiter would disappear for long periods of time and we would have to flag down another staff member for water, drinks, silverware etc. Our coffee came and 20 minutes later after we had finished the coffee our desserts arrived. The poor service was definitely the only downside to the experience but for a the price you pay this restaurant should definitely address the issue with it’s staff!!

DK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and service were all solid. The restaurant has an amazing vibe with attentive staff and the food offerings are updated classics. Definitely order a pizza to share. The dough flavor is perfect. The dough to sauce to topping ratio highlights the simple but robust flavors. Make sure to save room for dessert! The sorbet and the chocolate dessert played well together and as the server promised, paired well with the wine. She did not disappoint. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. But we went with our server’s suggestions from beginning to end and she did not lead us astray! This is a great spot for a simple date or dinner with friends. But can also be dressed up for a special occasion.

AC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza and cocktails

DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat in the bar area. Josh was attentive and helped make many recommendations upon our request.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of items like meatballs or calamari a lot of the time

y
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johana was amazing. Great recommendations food and wine.

S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

everything tasted great but the pizza is what to come for! very extensive and good wine list too!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome place for a bday dinner! will definitely be back!

JL
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Price of food was high compared to quality and quantity (especially the wine). The salumi platter was great. WAY too noisy for old folks. No return engagement for us.

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was great as usual. Service not as great, which has also been my experience i in the past

g
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Way too noisy even at 6pm before the main crowd. Melanzana pizza was a bad choice but trout and squid ink with shellfish good. Please ask chef to find a recipe for mela stregata and add it on the dessert menu. The drinks were all superb, somellier wonderful and knowledgeable. The strega was amazing and italian gin superb as was the Montepulchiano Abrizzo he recommended.

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