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

What 1740 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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
6 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
30 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

y
San Francisco
13 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.

c
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was astounding - unflappable, unbelievably upbeat without seeming even remotely insincere. every moment of her service was 100%, A+, 12/10. I could go on. We loved the restaurant and Joanna (Johanna?) made it really shine.

SP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza, good service, no complaints 👌😍😋

DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Fish of the day and steak were very good. Pizza marinara and pork chop were not as good. Very noisy! Very slow service and not particularly attentive wait staff.

MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Fabulous meal and service! Wine outstanding, but you knew that! 😀

BE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very disappointed in our food but most the SLOW service. No apologies for it taking nearly an hour for our two pizzas to arrive. They were okay but not fabulous and had cooled by the time they arrived. Beans in our side dish were undercooked. The place is incredibly noisy. We won't go back.

SB
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizza was excellent and the appetizers were good as well. Bucatini was bland; probably should have ordered something a little more adventurous.

JA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a fantastic neighborhood option, fantastic food and easy to get to.

S
San Francisco
275 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic wood oven pizzas at around $22 are still the best bet. Connor, the new guy served in an outstanding manner. Price wise, A16 is getting pretty tough on the wallet but that’s dining everywhere in the Bay Area unfortunately.......LOL!!

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First off, I've been here many times throughout the years. All times were excellent. I was surprised this night fell short. The food had hits and misses. The fried pizza was super! But the pork chop was cooked unevenly. Some parts good, others a bit too pink. And sour cherries that came with the pork chops were crazy sour! Similar to the passion fruit sorbet. If you like something that will curl your toes, those two items would do it. Lastly, service. It wasn't bad, but very uneven. For our party of 5, everyone's food came out as it came, but one person's was quite a bit later than everyone else's. And it happened again at dessert. All the desserts came out, but one lonely espresso came out much later than everything else. I'm guessing it was an off night. I'd still come again, but I was hoping for consistency, since I brought my folks here for dinner. They weren't impressed.

MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok. Service was poor.

EB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. Missed on service. Dessert was served long after the espresso was finished. Birthday celebration was indicated on the reservation but not even acknowledged by anyone.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very respectful of our business conversation.

AN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’ve ever wondered about southern Italian cuisine, take the A16 to College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge district and you’ll find out. Food, wine and service are excellent, and the pizza is great. Try it, you’ll like it!
PS - the A16 is the Italian Autostrada highway that cuts across from Naples to Canosa di Puglia...

B
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried a new Wine recommended. Amazing. Southern Italy wines are amazing. The pork chop was the best I’ve ever had. Flavor on top of flavor. Will be. Ack. A favorite! Highly recommend!!!

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I really like the pizza here. The only negative is that it can be really loud when busy.

NB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good, but very expensive. Fortunately at A16 you do get what you pay for.

AC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary at A16. The staff was very thoughtful and made our dinner very special. It was a very enjoyable meal, the pizza was gorgeous, the drinks and afters were delightful. I can't wait to go back!

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