A16 - San Francisco

4.6
3883 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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What 3883 People Are Saying
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GK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First moments were tough- arrived and had an extra person 3 became 4 and the immediate answer was NO!! Restaurant was empty. Another gal made it “ right” but felt like the receptionist could have been nicer - she was not.
Food was good - service - thr kitchen - not the server was very slow and at times non- existent. Got the price of the evening should have had much better service . Will not rush back anytime soon

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

Even after all these years, this place still does a great job. The staff is so educated and efficient, but also very friendly and welcoming. The pizza still slays. I will always return here. Thank you.

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great food and ambiance. You can certainly tell you are in the Marina tho.
A slight air of snobbery but if you can look past it, its A (16) ok.

The waiter was a little bit rushed in explaining things, answering questions, and in speaking. This was a bit offputting as we were there for a low key double date night.

One dish was brought out incorrectly and was fixed and redelivered after everyone was almost done and there was no bill adjustment.

I think my written review is worse than my experience but i will be back and referring others

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Thank you!!

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DS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

Was awesome but we sat at the counter opposite pizza oven and was really really hot.
Service and food exceptional

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TC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic spot. Came in from the east coast with my wife and my client and his wife. Food was incredible especially the peppers and the buratta appetizers and the pasta dishes, filet and chicken meatball entrees. Also a terrific Italian dominates wine list. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the chefs counter and it was so fun to watch the pizzas get made in the wood fired ovens. Staff was very attentive and food was top notch. Definitely a wait if you try and just walk in so make sure to make reservations, the place is usually crowded.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and consistent service every visit. Thanks for making our anniversary special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Counter seat provided a view of the kitchen in action (true professionals). Food, wine, sights and chatter provided a great backdrop for pondering (and noting down) thoughts of 'importance.' If only for this moment in time. 'Counter' for 1 now an oh so favorite spot.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing as always, but the service was extremely poor. The waiter did not care or help at any step in the meal. For example, he took 20 minutes to take our drink order, and after we got our drinks he slammed down a bill on the table - no thank you or anything AND it wasn't our bill, we'd only just got acknowledged. He made it awkward, harsh, and distracting from the delicious food and nice ambiance. We have been going to A16 for 7 years and its our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Hopefully more effort can be made in the screening, hiring, and training of the servers.

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

To loud! Limited menu. Pasta to undercooked! Pizza dough soggy

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food wasn’t too great and service was subpar. Took some time to even get a hold of a waiter.

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BD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Hostess and manager were at the front desk and very friendly. The manager stopped by several times to talk and make sure everything was good. Our waiter was friendly and experienced. I like Chardonnay - but I guess they are known for their Italian wines and I did not like the first wine he recommended. He was very accomodating as I taste tested two other wines before finding one I liked! Whe had the burrata with prosciutto and brushetta toasts - so good! We also had the squid ink pasta with chile and breadcrumbs - we omitted the anchovies - also good. The pizza was the main entree and was a disappointment to us - whe had a mushroom - (several different kinds and cheese pizza - the red sauce was bland and the mushrooms just didn't really taste good together -we left half the pizza - I would go again and maybe stick with the appetizers or non pizza entrees - staff was great!

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in SF. Great staff. Great management. Great food :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great !!! Love it

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VB
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Love the food but service is always haphazard and the noise makes it difficult to have a conversation. Pizza is incredible.

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RL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Italian cuisine and good service-Friendly restaurant

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Got there at 9pm. Service was ok but nothing spectacular and we waited a while to place an order. Food was good but it was very loud. Hard to have a meaningful conversation. Loved the decor.

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F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

On this my second visit was disappointed again. Had to send back a pork item that was literally 3/4 solid, unmarbemized fat. I had looked up the dish online and it did not even closely resemble what was brought to me- the waiter snidely remarked that he would try to describe the dishes better for me as if I were at fault for not liking it or understanding the dish. I'm no hayseed from Hicktown; I'm a former food critic. Thumbs down, WAY DOWN, for A16 and its surly waiters.

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e
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. Both the pastas and the pizza were incredible. Starters (meatballs and burrata) were also great. Wine selection was sufficient but no Aperol Spritz which is so traditionally Italian for us. Service was not outstanding but good.

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and the manager helped with secret arrangements and the staff pulled it off with ease and style. The food is so good. We are in the neighborhood so we go to A16 for many occasions. The quality has remained high since the beginning.

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O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite place for pizza! it's not the thick traditional crust, but a delicious thin chewy crust with just the right amount of topping. Pasta's are great too! My daughter recently had pizza in Naples and said A16's pizza was pretty authentic and just as delicious. Everything on the menu is always good!

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had pasta dishes!
They were exceptional!

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JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A16 was formerly one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. On my recent visit, the food was not as good as it was. We started with a salmon tartar which was okay though it was served with 4 small toasts. There was enough salmon for 6-8 toasts. Entrees come with a side dish or contorni which is generous. My waitperson gave a high recommendation for the chicken meatballs which I ordered. They were overly salted and over cooked. The red peppers that accompanied the meatballs were so salty they weren’t edible. Saltiness is subjective...for perspective I’ll share that I like salt and use it generously in my own cooking.

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g
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I really love A16's food and the service is always excellent too. I do think they should do something to absorb sound as it is VERY noisy and thus I won't go there with more than one or two other people because you can't hear each other.

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r
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Will not be back. The hostess was curt when we arrived. Didn’t think much about it, assuming they thought we might be tourist. But then, our extremely rude waitress approached the table with hostility.. We were meeting family from out of town and obviously engaged with them. To approach our table and ask if we are ready to order or not...wth??

The food was mediocre. Salmon tartare, cucumber salad, heirloom tomatoes with burrata were ok. My Sugo pasta was really oily with very little flavor, kept adding salt. Pizzas were ok but nothing amazing to be rated Vera pizza.

Bad attitude with mediocre food. Would not recommend

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was terrific. Everything was fresh and oh so tasty. Definitely will be returning!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

They are NOT customer service oriented. None of their staff from, hostess to waiters, and anybody else who was working there was NOT friendly and engaged. They rush you to order. Our waitress forgot to order one of our appetizers, when we asked her she said she didn’t hear, she did not even extend an apology. She seems very disconnected, rude, and definitely did not help to make our time there an experience. They don’t check on you during meal to ask if anything else needed or how was your food. They push you to order fast. If you need something you can make any of them stop as they are so rushed to walk through restaurant and they all avoid making eye contact. The food is amazing, but service is terrible.

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S
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We ordered pizza and it was fantastic! Very good and certainly the best pizza in town. The ambiance and the service were very poor: too noisy and the staff is “technically” well trained but were young and unsophisticated. We felt pushed and rushed without any concern a genuine hospitality experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with my girlfriend for our 2 year anniversary and had an amazing experience. They give us preseco on the house and we’re very accommodating on our diet restrictions. Loved it and would recommend to anyone!

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NY
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was good, fine, as expected: food, service... But as a table of four we literally could not converse. It was the loudest restaurant I've ever visited. We tried shouting (like everyone else) and even then could not hear. We were stuffed into a room with too many diners and no acoustic barriers - it ruined the experience for us and we won't be back.

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LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant has a vibrant quality. As tables filled in the ambiance noise level was excessive. We ordered 3 courses. All to share a salad which was ok. Before we finished a our second course was deposited on the table. A pizza. We had to ask for clean plates as the server, not our order taker, left after shoving all aside.
They brought us clean plates and removed the salad plates. We were enjoying a simple and tasty Margarita Pizza and were after 5 minutes or so our main course was placed on the table. I commented we weren’t finished and no problem that Ahi Tuna main course made a fine addition to our pizza plate with half a pizza still on it. My companion and I were both amazed by the lack of common serving sense. A short while later our waitress stopped by fir the first time and commented “wow” the tuna came fast.
Well I guess u can decide if that is what u think is acceptable, I don’t think it is. I was disappointed not by the food just the above described experience.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been going to A16 for years every time in SF.
The food was good but not exceptional as we remember over the years.
Seems it losing some of its luster - its still a solid dining and good service is there.
Good wine selection and decent food but not the "SF Italian powerhouse I remember".
Maybe it was an off night for A16 or my group. Still a very nice restaurant.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing experience per usual at A16 - if you haven’t been definitely go!! Only reason I give a slightly lower rating this time was because our waiter was out of this world rude - probably just having a bad day but it was definitely dissapointing

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LL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, I. A bit picky so I would have like the arugula salad to have riper sweeter stone fruit an shaved cheese not grated. We had the chicken meatballs on caponata and it was out of this world. Olives very good also. Great wine by the glass

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was once great but now living off its former fame. Much too hectic. Food rushed, server overwhelmed. Too expensive to be so lacking. Especially in a culinary capital like SF. Spend the $250-ish per couple elsewhere.

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o
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful place , beautiful location. You should taste mushroom pizzas

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered a few entrees, pastas and pizzas for our table and enjoyed it all! We sat in the back which was quieter - the main restaurant was a bit noisier. We were happy with our location !

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C
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was ok. Too expensive for what it is. My husband had the special and it was amazing, but the rest was average

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience overall. Extensive Italian wine list. Excellent food. Friendly, attentive service. Highly recommend!

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