A16 - San Francisco

4.5
3928 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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
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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TM
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great vibe, lovely Italian wines (especially from Sicily), best pizzas and super pastas. Can't go wrong here.

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OT
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were fortunate enough to coincidentally make a reservation for an evening when a winemaker, a young woman from Rome, was pouring her wines. They were enhanced by the special menu the restaurant was presenting in addition to their regular menu. It was a pleasure meeting her; very accomplished and personable. The wines were outstanding, as was the food. A16 is always a solid choice, and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Taking one star off for how extremely loud it was. We love festive/lively, but our party of four had a hard time enjoying conversation.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I made a reservation specifically for the counter, for 6:30pm. My guest and I arrived at 6:25pm. We were greeted by the hostess, who then had a waitress escort us to our counter seats. We turned the corner and there was a woman seated at the end of the counter. Our waitress looked perplexed, turned to us and said, “Sorry, that woman just went back there and took your spot.” Mind you there was one of our seats open, and 3 more open right next to ours. So a total of 4 seats open, out of 5 in the corner of the counter. We were then escorted back to the hostess station up front. They told us this woman was close to finishing her meal, and they would seat us once she left. We knew what was going on, but not one to make waves, and giving them the benefit of the doubt....we waited. They gave us each a glass of champagne for the trouble. Fast forward to 50 minutes later. I see the woman who was at the counter come to the front by the bar. Thank a blonde woman, who quite obviously was the manager on duty that night, give her a friendly hug/kiss good-bye, and leave. At that point the manager told us our seats were ready and to follow her to our seats. We sat down and ate another great A16 meal. However I was very displeased my schedule was now pushed back an hour as a result of this matter. We ate, received the bill, at which point I asked our very professional waiter to speak to the manager. He asked me if everything was ok, I assured him the food was great, and his service excellent, but that I needed to speak to the manager about us having to wait an hour. He said that he would get her, and he fully supported my speaking to her expressing my displeasure. He further stated she was knew. I told him it was obvious. She came back to see us. She knew exactly what we wanted to speak to her about. She wouldn’t look me in the eye. She would only repeat “Is there something we can do?” I’m out of allowable text....So in summary, she sucks and needs GO!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was surprisingly slow and a dinner that we would have liked to take 1.5 hours took 3 hours

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JC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It's easy and fun to write a review about a restaurant that's either great or terrible. But writing about an establishment such as A16 that falls somewhere in-between, is more challenging. I have dined at A16 twice, and by far the best part of the experience was the table service. Both Becky and Nataliia were attentive, courteous, friendly, professional, and they added immensely to the experience. I give highest marks to the person who had the wisdom to hire them. But then there's the menu: it's mostly pizza. If you are in the mood for pizza, you'll probably find something here you like, and the pizza is better than Round Table. But it's not great pizza -- just good pizza, the way Starbucks is good coffee but it's not great coffee. And the main menu selections other than pizza are very few, like about four or five -- that's a weak spot. Finally, the prices are higher than what one reasonably might expect. My recommendation to the restaurant would be more entrees and more reasonable prices. Thank you.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good - but I found the service and atmosphere fair. We were seated at a 2 seat hightop in a very busy part of the restaurant across from 3 seat hightops. The aisle was narrow and the wait staff could hardly pass which they did frequently. This was my third visit to this restaurant as well as I had frequented the Oakland A-16 a couple of times, so I must confess I was disappointed.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had mushroom pizza and pork polpettes and both were delicious! Especially the polpettes- for which I go back to A16 time again for their meatballs. Service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend it!

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d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was outstanding. We asked and she provided great recommendations, the food and wine was superb. We were seated in the very back in the sunroom which was great because the main dining room was crazy loud. Glad we didn't have to sit in the main dining room. Love sitting at the bar too.

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WG
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A16 is always a great choice for Italian in San Francisco. For two people we pick a salad, pizza, and pasta and no matter which ones we choose, we are always happy with the results. Everything is homemade using fresh ingredients.

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L
New York Area
267 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Pizza really good, love the scissors. Salads were good. Didn’t have anything else.
The dining room itself I thought was on a small side, kinda cooped up, not comfortable.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Finding parking is really challenging.
Service was okay (not exellent).

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a
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I work in San Francisco 4 times a year and a dinner reservation at this restaurant is always the first thing I do before coming West. I LOVE their food; their maccaronara is a dish in a class by itself and is a must-have, as are the pizzas. Everything else I've had on the menu has been superb, including some very original desserts. I have always had good luck with the servers. I love wine but don't have a great knowledge of Italian grapes, and have only gotten excellent recommendations from the staff who really seems to know their "stuff". Last night we had a server called Omar. If you get it him you're in luck! Can't wait for my next visit. ❤️

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful with delicious food but it’s extremely noisy

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L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Los Angeles and always include A16 on our itinerary when we visit San Francisco. Lately I've noticed some bad reviews but our visit was just as enjoyable as the first time we came many years ago.
Everything we ordered was delicious; the service was friendly and knowledgeable and the wine list, as always, wonderful. Yes, it is too noisy and they really should do something about that. But otherwise highly recommended.

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B
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Again, A-16 delivers with excellent house prepared food and superior service. The wine list is long and inviting although some of the wines have extraordinary mark-ups.

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KK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very energetic (and loud) location with great food and wine to share.

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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Was unimpressed with the food and the service. Pizza is OK but pasta is not worth it.

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p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

My wife and I have been to A16 before this visit. We always enjoy the food and this visit was no exception.
This time we were seated in the very back space of the restaurant which is separated from the warmer, as well as noisier, rest of the place. I was not so happy with that but the food was great as always and our server was attentive and informative.

In the future, I will request seating in the main dining area. It's warmer and yes, louder, but it for me it has a better feel/ambiance.

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SF
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was good! Not amazing but good pizza

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m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is always great, love the wine list, but service is spotty. Our waitress was nice but did not show up at our table in a timely manner twice.

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I had not been to the restaurant in several years.....this used to be a great restaurant and it has gone don hill dramatically. I was very disappointed

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EJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is WAY OVERRATED! The service was awful - short staffed, overworked, grumpy front desk and servers. They are just way too busy to give a crap about providing good service. I have no idea why this place is so busy to begin with. I suppose the pizza is alright and perhaps the drink selection. Otherwise, the food and great dining - not the place. There are SO many other places in the Marina to go - its just got a trendy name and nice outdoor facade. Otherwise, the experience of dining here is nothing special. Avoid it if you can.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Pretty low quality / mediocre all around experience that was overpriced.

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RL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing from other visits. Not a pleasant evening.

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c
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous little gem salad and an amazing Margarita Pizza with a sausage add and of course the chocolate budino... yummy as always

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EM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We love this restaurant, and have been there many times. However, the service was definitely off on our most recent visit. It took at least 5 minutes for our server to come and ask us if we wanted to order a beverage. In general, she was friendly, but was not very engaged in the process of serving us. The food was great as always, but when the pasta arrived it was barely warm which was very disappointing!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice spot, menu is a bit limited. My guests liked their pastas, but my pesto one tasted sour. Didn’t eat much of it.

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambience. We could not have asked for a better experience.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter suggested the Maccaronara and a fantastic Italian bold red to pair, it was amazing! It was like being in Italy again, fantastic!

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PA
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It's been a few years since I ate at A16, but I was glad that circumstances led me and my family back to the Marina area of San Francisco to eat here again! We came on a Sunday around 12:30, and it was not at all crowded, although a few more groups trickled in as our meal continued. I had an awesome pizza with peppers, prosciutto, corn, and cheese that was packed with flavor. Typically I would have paired it with a glass of wine from A16's fantastic list, but it felt too early in the day for alcohol, so I'll hopefully I can return someday for dinner. My husband had pasta and my son a cheese pizza, and everyone was happy!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best porchetta ever

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great dinner experience with good food and service. Our only complaint was the noise level. Impossibly loud throughout and very difficult to talk to others at our table.

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JP
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A recommendation with a caveat: if you want to be able to hear you table mates, this is not the restaurant to go to. On the other hand, the diversity of food options was very good.

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food but the noise level is always too high which is a shame.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim at the bar is/ was an amazing man. Lovely place.

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BL
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited at least 15 minutes before we could get the attention of a server. Finally, the wine arrived but then no waiter to take our order until it became obvious we were getting annoyed so a manager comes over to smooth things and take our order. The salad was passable the soup was OK nbut the pizza which they are known for with Italian brick pizza oven was HORRIBLE
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JL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit. We had great service and just right wine recommendation from Sean at the bar, and Collette our wait person. The food was outstanding. We'll be back.

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FW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

The noise was DEAFENING! People literally screaming conversations. We (4) should have left at the first scream. The noise level was not "energetic." I guess people don't know what an indoor voice is. Also, noticed nearly everyone around us was ordering pizza and salad. Entrees were on the pricey side. Pizza selections were weird. And this place made the Chronicle's 100?

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The porterhouse steak was a beautiful portion for 4 and delicious it was finished in the wood burning oven - paired with arugula salad and garnish
We enjoyed our dinner

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JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

A16 has been a mainstay in our neighborhood for years but this will be the last time we will have a meal at this restaurant. The food was mediocre and timed poorly - 1 pasta was not edible (too dry) and the timing of the entrees - 3 dishes were placed on the table, while one person had to wait for their fish entree. I would have expected better from this well seasoned establishment. We could have offered a better option to our friends visiting from Germany, celebrating their anniversary. Although, I realize A16 would be considered "energetic," the noise level was unbearable by the end of our meal.

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