A16 - San Francisco

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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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DA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

not at all one of the 100 best, the service was really bad, and the food , pizza was good, not the best, the pasta really bad

CK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite italian restaurants in the U.S. I live in Miami, but always make a point of heading to A16 when I am in the Bay Area. Have recently recommended A16 to two friends visiting San Francisco, and both came back to me with rave reviews as expected.

JG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like this restaurant, but they always seem to seat you late. I had a reservation confirmed at least twice by the restaurant. I arrived five minutes early. Was not seated for another 25 minutes. This is unacceptable.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The coulotte steak I had was tough although prepared rare. Nothing was done by the waitress to correct the situation when I informed her and left pieces half chewed on the plate and had a sore jaw. She also did not bring back my wife's to-go bag with two pieces of chicken from her meal. We did not realize this until we were home in San Rafael. The sommelier was very good with excellent recommendations of red for my tastes.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always love eating at A16. counter seats in front of the pizza oven are my favorite.

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurants is busy for a Sunday night, we had to ask for a wine menu, water, and twice for bread. They must have been short staffed because they couldn't handle the full restaurant when we arrived. I was hoping the celery salad would be something unique and special, but it was basically a Cesar salad with chunks of celery instead of lettuce. I expected thinly sliced celery. Other than that we enjoyed the meal (fungi pizza and steak).

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant a lot over the years, and 4 times in the last 60 days. It's amazing each time I visit. We live in the Marina and so it's a favourite when we have any friends/family in town. It's cute to simply walk up to Chestnut Street and be able to walk home, the perfect amount of tipsy and full, and see the Place de Fine Arts in it's glowy-glory at night. Our go-to-pick is the sausage pizza (aka Salsiccia) and the burrata cheese — but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. If you have a wine connoisseur amongst your group, a16 has an extensive wine selection, and they'll have whatever you're looking for at any price point. Bon appétit!

N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating the 70th birthday which was mentioned during the reservation, again when we were going to be seated and one more time telling our waiter and request a candle on the desert but there were no candles!!

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will go again

VB
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The pizzas here arae outstanding. We shared the bianca and loved it. The arugula salad is large enough for 3. The mostaccioli was incredible. So simple, with lots of olives, cheese, and I don't remember. Mine never tastes like this. Have a pasta - love all of them.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Waiter was disengaged. Brought dessert menu out while people still eating. Brought check before coffee came out. Cappuccino was cold.

RK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great: pizzas, pork chop, tomato salad, buratta.

Macaronara - pasta under cooked, even for el dente, sauce ok.

Kitchen view, not awesome, looking tired since last time I was there a couple years ago.

Wine list way too big/long - tedious. Maybe it’s a prestige measure, not for me. Server was of little to no help with the wine menu.

Server assistants were drop and run and silent pick up robots, added nothing to the experience.

AH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pizza not as flavorful or crisp as in the past.
Pasta was not flavorful and noodles were not special as in the past.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The fish tasted old and disgusting, had to send it back. According to the waitress there were no fresh vegetables I could order. The online menu is invalid....
Never again!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was like being back in Italy. Food was amazing. Service was exceptional. Wine list was extensive and unique. Will definitely be back.

DC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was packed when we arrived but thinned out to less than half the tables by 8:30, so the slow service was a bit of a surprise. Perhaps it was because we were the only table our waitstaff had in our front section, with all other tables in the back section.thus was not our normal experience, and we rate him highly for his jovial Italian service. If there was a separate rating for wine lists, A16 would get the full 5 stars!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my parents booked a weekend to visit SF, I knew I had to take them here. Authentic Italian cooking, a fantastic wine selection, and the best pizza in the city.

, our favorite in SF. Hint: order the Vesuvio with sausage (though they refresh their menu often!). It was our server’s 3rd day on the job, but


set in a modern, lively restaurant with good music good service and great vibes. We loved sitting with a view of the open kitchen and the pizza chef in in front of the brick oven. Best pizza in SF hands down - the Vesuvio is my favorite (hint: add sausage).

M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Incredible food, but exceptionally rude waiter. Felt like we were an annoyance to him when we asked questions about the food and when we requested things he ignored us.

KC
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love A16, but this wasn't their best night. I ordered from the special menu (both food and wine). Starter was way too salty. Seems like the sauce was salted and then the capers were added...just way over the top on salt. My pasta was dry...definitely needed more generous saucing. Wines were super but not a great value at over $20 a glass. Others at the table ordered from the regular menu and it was more dialed in.

K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was poor. Ordered an appetizer that never came. One vegan pizza was ordered and the server recommended another one which we agreed to. However, the recommended one was not delivered (the original vegan pizza was ). We ordered a dessert from our server, it was delivered by another server, and our server came back with dessert menus and we told her we had already eaten dessert (which we ordered from her!!!). We did not feel she was focused at all on the job at hand. I'm sure if we returned we would have a better experience, and we did enjoy the meal. Just a bad night for this employee.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and delish food as usual

AK
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Bianco pizza was excellent; the crust is amazing. The wine recommendation was spot on as well. A very nice evening out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Pizza was great, but it was loud, VERY loud. This is not a quite, romantic dining experience. I kept on getting bumped by waiters passing my chair. At one point they even dropped food on my back from a plate they were clearing from another table.

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing, majority southern Italian wine list (some CA representation). Anyone preparing for the MW exam should study this list. A16 is a lively place in a lively neighborhood, not recommended for the hard of hearing or those who expect parking to be easy. The menu is primarily southern Italian: delicious, fresh, mostly locally sourced, relatively simple dishes that complement the wines. Staff is friendly and service is efficient. Congratulations to owner/wine aficionado Shelly Lundgren!

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Beautiful space, pizza is spot on, but the service was just awful. We had to ask multiple staff for water 4-5 times before anyone brought us some, some of our dishes we ordered never came out. It seems like this is a “if it’s not my table, I don’t care kind of place.” We asked the food runner for crushed red pepper, he never brought it, so we asked another server as our server was never to be found, she didn’t bring it. We finally got it when we were done with our pizzas. Server was very cold and rude and seemed very flustered every time we asked/needed something. I left the table to inform her it was my friends birthday and I would like to order a dessert with a candle. She forgot and we left without the celebration we came for. We were Also charged for the wrong bottle of wine and when we let them know she seemed even more flustered and didn’t even apologize. Also $17 for a dessert, seems excessive.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Sat by a very loud group. And there was something hard still attached to the prosciutto but aside from that everything else was good.

Wine pairing was excellent. Food quantity was excellent.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I'm not sure what happened to A16. The food was disappointing compared to previous meals that were excellent. Also, the menu prices have been increased. The mediocre meal did not equate to the higher cost. Blah. Just disappointing because A16 has been a reliable favorite in the past.

AH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary, and the staff made it a very special and unforgettable evening. We’ve eaten at A16 many times, and it never disappoints! Wonderful crafted pizzas, and we love several of their pasta dishes.

CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary attention to detail in every dish. Fantastic.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Went with my wife and daughter, and they sat us at a table for 2. All the parties with 3 people were sat at tables meant for 2, and the area was pretty crammed for space. Our daughter barely had any space to sit comfortably with the person behind her taking up alot of extra room. Service was good and food was overall really food. Given the high price range, I expect better ambiance and space to eat comfortably.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

So wanted to love this spot but sadly everything just fell way short. Booked for a special occasion with parents visiting and birthday with a reservation, but had to wait 60 min outside for a table due to a prior seating even though there appeared to be tables available. Would have preferred to sit and eat at a less desirable table if it meant we didn't have to wait 90 min before getting food. Then the table they did give us was right near the kitchen, very loud and hot, with lots of hustle and bustle of servers walking back and forth. The food and drinks all came out at different times for our party of 5 with some people getting their mains 10 min before others. They did comp us some champagne and dessert for the inconvenience but would have expected the manager or somebody to come apologize. The hostess and server did the best they could given the circumstances but sadly will not go back as everything that could go wrong sort of did.

a
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Pricy.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It took forever for the food to arrive and the server completely ignored us when we asked about the status of our orders. It got to the point that we had to talk to the manager and left the restaurant with part of our dinner as takeout.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Inexperienced wait staff. Overpriced food, nothing special. Very loud.

CM
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A16 is always a must stop for us when my wife and I visit San Francisco. I was a little disappointed that we were seated in the bar area instead of the dining room with all the other patrons. We were with friends who were at A16 for the first time and wanted them to get the full dining experience. However, I understand given our reservation was a party of 6 and we ended up being a party of 4 so I’m sure the restaurant needed to adjust for perhaps a larger group that was waiting. We’ll still be back on our next trip to SF.

MZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meal

LP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You can not go wrong with the pizza and pasta. I had the bucatini pasta and the sausage pizza and both were amazing!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was off. The pasta dish was not great. The dining room is OK. Used to be more cozy and romantic.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

CR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a last minute dinner at A16 and was reminded both how good it is AND how expensive it is for what you get.
The food overall was very good, the waiter was attentive and the wi e was tasty. However a small piece of salmon for $38, an arugula salad for $18 and a panna cotta for $16 made the night overly expensive for no obvious reason. It was good but not spectacular.

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