A16 - San Francisco

4.5
3834 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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A16 is a restaurant and wine bar bringing the delicious and hospitable traditions of lively Campania to San Francisco. The chic, rustic/modernist venue is named after the motorway that transverses the South of Italy.

The restaurant features wood oven-fired Neapolitan Pizza and other specialties of Campania such as Maccaronara with ragu napoletana and house-made ricotta salata. The wine bar serves 40 wines by the glass and half bottle carafe. The list is 60 percent Italian, mostly from the South, and the other 40 percent is New World, celebrating premiere Italian varietals grown in California along with many California wines.

We offer Three unique seating areas for reservations: the main dining room, our high top seating in the wine lounge, and the chef counter which oversees our open kitchen and our talented cooks.

Please be mindful of these seating options as you select them on Opentable.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:30 to 11:00; Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm -10:00pm.
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Phone number
(415) 771-2216
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicolette Manescalchi
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Catering
We offer several ways to enjoy our food and drinks at your home, office, or event.
Book our mobile pizza ovens, or have us create a custom A16 experience just for you.
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Cross street
Scott St
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Parking details
Public lot nearby.
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Public transit
Muni: 30
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A16 can host up to 22 people in our private atrium and 28 in our wine lounge. Our private Dinning Menu Changes regularly due to seasonality and freshness of ingredients.

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What 3834 People Are Saying
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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Loudest place we have ever been in the last 20 years. Food was ok but will not return.

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BK
San Francisco
5 reviews
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We ordered two pizzas, both had more burnt "black" spots on the top and crust underside than is safe to eat. Black/burnt spots on pizza are not safe. Google acrylamide and read the National Cancer Institute blurb on that chemical.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food, wine and experience! The team is the best in the industry!!

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NL
San Francisco
26 reviews
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very authentic Italian, especially the pizza. Great wine selection and cocktail choices.

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OS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Southern Italian dining at its finest. Great, great food and great service. The vibe is lively and the tables are close together as with any SF restaurant.

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TP
1 review
1.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

As frequent visitors, this night was a disappointment. We asked our server several times to close the ceiling window. There was literally wind in the restaurant. The service was poor. Waitress seemed absent even in conversation. Salmon was undercooked.

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JM
San Francisco
25 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always amazing food and great service. A neighborhood gem.

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AF
San Francisco
19 reviews
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The mushroom (fungi) pizza was not as flavorful as I had hoped and seemed small for the price.

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RF
1 review
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I found the food, although tasty and cooked properly, lacking inspiration and creativity. The service was friendly, but not very attentive, the table to small for a full dinner experience.
Which all in all made the value-for-money ratio low and my general rating only four stars.
Impressive wine list though, on the positve side.

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JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I challenge anyone to prepare a dish using both (quality) squid ink pasta and anchovies that is flavorless. It’s just not easy to do. And yet: call it Marina Magic. Likewise, with only the merest detectable aroma was the “pistachio pesto” pasta. Both were undercooked.
Perhaps exaggerating the “Al Dente” preparation of semolina works on the Republicans and other sub-normals of the most un-San Franciscan district. It sure as hell didn’t work on us.
Avoid before a chef change. ((In all fairness, it had been awhile, and maybe 4 July was an off night— my money, however was STILL REAL))

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BD
San Francisco
7 reviews
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were great. Very noisy on a Wednesday night. Had to move tables to have a conversation.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

A16 dinner was very enjoyable. The food was excellent, especially the pizza. Only criticism is that the service was very slow. We waited a very long time between appetizer and main course, and several other tables began and ended their meal in the interim. Perhaps because the restaurant was very crowded, all tables filled, and they probably struggle to keep up with pizza orders.

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HV
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were really excited about this place, but as the night went on, it really fell flat. We were seated 30 minutes late but ordered a bottle of wine at the bar to enjoy while we waited. Bartender was very knowledgeable and helped us pick a great bottle. We were finally seated and the apps and pizzas came out a little slow but not noticeably longer than it should have and they tasted great. We order two apps, two pizzas and two pasta dishes. We ordered the pizzas and pastas at the same time. We were not informed until after the pizzas had arrived and been finished that one of our pasta selections was not available, at least 45 minutes after ordering, probably longer. We picked a substitute that came out about 20 minutes later, cold and under cooked. The other pasta which had been part of our original order didnt arrive for another 40 minutes after the first pasta. when we asked why this had happened we were given a vague excuse about "miscommunication" and nothing else. Second pasta wasnt even what we had ordered but by this time we didnt care, we just wanted to leave. Manager offered two desserts as an apology, which were both delicious. Over all, probably would not come back, because the service was bad, and the pasta was not the great, and regardless of how good the pizza and apps were, they were not good enough to out weigh everything that went wrong.

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OT
London
3 reviews
2.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

After around 8 visits, I won’t be going
back. Our experiences have been wildly inconsistent in terms of food, service, and ambiance. We’ve had good (never great) meals, and really bland ones. Portion sizes are tiny relative to price. The wine list is excellent but expensive. Service can be excruciatingly slow, and on busy nights sloppy, forgetful, and brusque. Any time it is busy it is deafeningly loud - to the level of being unable to carry in a conversation. Last night we were seated a full half hour after our reservation with little apology. On the positive side, when we’ve gone there very early (6pm) it’s been calm and not as loud - but still with inattentive service.

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SK
San Francisco
16 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner with colleagues, out table wasn’t ready at our reservation time but we were treated to a glass of sparkling wine when we were seated and a little appetizer. Overall a great evening

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Had to wait 15 minutes for our table.

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NR
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chose 2 seasonal pizzas, both were pretty good! Had a delightful time.

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DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Parents were in town and we had just finished a tour of the GG Bridge. We were seated quickly and while two of our party was still missing (parking). Food was delicious. Wine menu was broad and deep enough to be able to find a suitable pairing for anything on the menu. Our wait person was very knowledgable about the wine.
Pizza was tasty, hot and fun to cut with scissors. Squid ink pasta was perfectly cooked. Bucatini was fresh - chopped up olives and filletted anchovies.
Ice cream was excellent as was my daughter's Budino tart.
We had two energetic children with us. No one complained or gave us looks, but the energy of the crowd, while excepting of the kids, was a little too grown up for them. Might wait until they are teens to do this at dinner time.
Lunch, on the other hand...

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food good. Noisy restaurant. Service was very disjointed. We sat for quite awhile before our official server gave us her attention. Several people approached table, offered water (twice) but still no server. They were all sorta mulling around but no action. We brought wine to uncork and it was at least 15 minutes before this was handled or we were asked if we wanted drinks. ( again, water was handled-if not over handled). Our actual server had no personality, no smile and was not attentive. Not a great experience we expect from A16.

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B
San Francisco
43 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to A16 because we were staying at the new Lodge at The Presidio. We walked over. We know A16 and really enjoy it but it never ceases to amaze up that it continues to improve (except for the noise level!). We had a reservation through Open Table and were seated on time. Our wait person, Omar was excellent and very attentive throughout our dining experience. So were the other team members. We had an incredible arugula, peach and almond salad, a delicious soppressata pizza that just blew us away it was so good--especially with the calabrian chili pepper oil! We also had a squash pesto pasta that was outstanding! The wine was fabulous, the desert and coffee fabulous and they gave us a tasty desert wine for our anniversary! What a great place.

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KC
San Francisco
22 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A treat, as always to find myself at lunch at A16. Great salad and pasta this. Super wine list. Looking forward to my next visit!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza I’ve ever had. Unbelievable restaurant.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sean, our server, was amazing. He made our choices streamlined and was attentive yet percise in his service.
Much enjoyed the truffle feast.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lunch and dinner in the last 2 days. Food quality good, service good - everything could have been really first rate but it wasn't. Food wasn't piping hot nor were plates warmed. Everything was a little slow and flavors were good but just off the mark on several dishes

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PS
Palm Springs
37 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good both traditional and inventive Italian food in a casual and lively spot. Great wine list.

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Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful food and ambiance. Very enjoyable evening .

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MM
1 review
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was so loud and bad it was unbearable. Waitress was fine, food good as usual. Bad music selection, Felt like we are the Bustop on Union.

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s
San Francisco
134 reviews
3.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food and service was great, as always, but the restaurant was extremely packed (it was Father's Day) and it felt like they were trying to cram as many people as possible into the restaurant. They tried to seat us (a party of 3) at a table that is clearly supposed to be for 2, in the back, wedged behind another table. We got them to move us by refusing to sit down but it was an unpleasant start to the evening. Tables were backed into other tables and it seemed that fitting as many bodies as possible into the space was more important than comfort. I've been to the restaurant many times over the years and it has never been like this. Dining isn't just about the food--it's also about the overall experience, and that was compromised in this instance. It was disappointing.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so great. Ashley was the greatest. So patient with us. Recommend some great wines. Yummy pizza. Yummy food. Yummy wines. 👍👍👍👍👍

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SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A16 is better than ever. The Truffle Menu was fantastic...

Not to be missed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service

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CP
Seattle
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The menu had several options many of them unique. It was quite loud for a party of 5 to have a conversation. Extensive wine list. Our waitress wasn’t very friendly, bordering on annoyance. Overall a positive experience, have had friendlier service in the past.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first time at A16 and we were very happy with the overall experience. The funghi pizza we ordered was great. It had a good crust and the toppings were generous and very tasty. The meetballs we're good thoughthe sauce was a bit thin almost like a soup. I personally think the sauce would be improved byreducing it a bit to make it stick to the meatballs better. Service was excellent and they had a really good wine selection. Overall I give it a 4 but the pizza was level 5.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good atmosphere. It is interesting to seat and watch the kitchen.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service was superb but the noise level was sickening. No conversation was possible and I felt sorry for the staff that was workin there.

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AA
San Francisco
5 reviews
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pizza was exceptional with a chewy texture. The pasta was a bit of a disappointment- sauce was too acidic for my liking. Will just stick with pizza next time.

Like the ambience of the restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were exceptional. The restaurant was very load and conversation at times was difficult. We will nonetheless have dinner there again.

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Ho hum food, overpriced wine, rushed service...overall an average experience

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B
Houston
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Pizza was great. Wine selection even better. Love southern Italian wines and love how they are featured here. Molto buono

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E
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary. All round great experience.

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