A16 - San Francisco

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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.

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D
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good yet unusual Italian wine list. Good standard Italian fare. A bit expensive for what it was. But still good.

2
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A neighborhood favorite. One of my "go-to" spots given the consistency, ambience, friendliness and the ever evolving aspect of specials in combination with old favorites. Staff is very attentive and makes the whole experience worthwhile. Loved revisiting the history of the restaurant and the name. Loved the pork meatballs special along with the chicken and salmon entrees. Didn't even sample the pasta or pizza on this visit - which are normal "go-to" choices.

AU
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced, bland Italian food. $19 for three tiny meatballs. No bread on the table.

F
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

As usual, the pizza bianco was delicious! We shared a lamb sausage entree, which was good, not great. We also had a cavalo Nero side, which is kale in a tomato and onion sauce. That was really good, but didn’t really go with the radicchio that came with the sausage. Then we had the chocolate budino, very disappointing! It didn’t taste very chocolaty to me, and had the taste of Crisco. The service was excellent, but the dining room was too chilly because the cold air was coming in from the open door to the back patio.

JL
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list and that was much appreciated!

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I visit A16 I'm always happy with the food and service. It's a solid San Francisco favorite.

c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to share salad and a pizza!
Neighborhood gem

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Helpful/knowledgeable in picking a good value wine.

LG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is easily my favorite italian spot in the city. Service, food, and atmosphere are always incredible. I live sitting at the bar to watch the dishes get prepared. Awesome date night spot.

KW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional Italian wine selection

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and received professional yet personal attention from the bartender, Stephen. He was an able to recommend our food choices as well as fabulous wine pairings. Can’t wait to come back!

w
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unpleasant smell of cleaner when walking by bathrooms. Otherwise great!

c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved meeting Paola from The winery , great waiter, very noisy, good food ,a bit over priced but excellent

KB
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening at A 16, we had not been for about 3 months after an unfortunate experience one evening there where the service was horrendous....but this evening it was right on and loved everything about it!!

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Great food. Too crowded. Indifferent service.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had a great time catching up with a friend from out of town

RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I’ve been to A16 many times and have absolutely loved it. it’s been about a year since my visit and honestly the food quality has gone down substantially. Our pasta was way undercooked, beyond al dente, and the pasta sauce was way too salty. We also ordered a charcuterie board, and the crackers were stale and flavorless. It just wasn’t the A16 food experience I’m use to and it was a pretty big let down.

HD
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a wonder time. The food was on point and the service very polite. I was interested in how the server didn’t seem know the menu as well as I would expect, but it was nothing to ruin the dinner or deter us from coming back.
The restaurant was a bit noisy, however that was simply because the other tables were enjoying themselves. I would recommend this place and be happy to go back. Next time I might sit at a high table or the bar to hear better.

GS
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I’ve enjoyed coming here for many years and always had a brilliant experience. But sadly on this occasion the service from our three servers was Beyond caring... lacking any interest towards us and also trying to charge us $25 more for our wine! It wasn’t even a busy evening.
Need to think twice about returning in the future.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the option to sit at the chef’s counter and took it since my husband is a personal party chef and loves to see the action up close. The service was friendly, timely and knowledgeable - the chefs working the wood fired ovens were so engaging and fun to chat to - but the food was definitely the star! I had the zucca pizza and my husband had the short ribs and they were both fantastic. The Italian wine list is stunning (and why Megan from Ryme Cellars recommended it to us). We loved it and will return for sure!

CH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. The best chicken meatballs I have ever tasted. Thank you Shelly and staff.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and it was a very busy happening spot.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hella good.

JT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Just overpriced is all. Good food for sure.

B
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was ok but bland. The service was ok but slow. And if you book a table for three they stick you in a back corner table facing a wall that really only fits two people. Very bummed. I used to love this place but the last experience will prevent me from going back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, not crowded. Recommend for lunch on a Saturday.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

While we always love A16 our servers have really been hit or miss. This last time he was ambivalent and not welcoming, was not helpful in wine pairings.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is the second time we had a Sunday lunch with our friends at A16. We won’t be coming back. The food was average, the service was not up to par (the waitress seemed very unhappy to be there), and the prices are too high for what you are getting.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. We sat at the chefs counter, very entertaining. Our neighbors were fun and contributed to a great dinning experience. Price is high for such a small portion of pasta.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our friends coming from east coast and it was a great night

H
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Festive and lively vibe and great menu with lots of vegetarian options!

i
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wine selection. A great night out for dinner!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and wine.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don’t want anyone but Natalia to serve us, she is that good!

PL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A16 is a wonderful restaurant. The food, wine and service are outstanding. My husband and I always have a wonderful experience when we dine here.

JC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A16 is a delightful place for a meal, and the service offered by Nataliia is truly exceptional. If I were to make one suggestion for improvement, it would be to broaden the number of entrée options -- there are actually very few available if the diner is not in the mood for pasta or pizza.

WS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Christmas Eve dinner.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We ordered the burrata, a pizza and a pasta to share. Service was very average to begin with. The burrata was overpriced. The pizza was average.

When it came to the pasta, the pasta was half cooked and inedible. After showing this to our server, she brought back a second attempt. After we asked them to make sure to cook it more thoroughly this time, it was also inedible!

The server then tried to make it right. She said she’d get us the trout and that it would be on the house if we’d like that. We said ok. Thankfully the trout was well cooked.

Then came the kicker. When she brought our bill she said, we put the appetizer on the house for all the trouble. Well the appetizer was $16 less than the main fish she offered to us. I was surprised she went back on her word so I said, “I thought you were covering the trout?” At which point she made an awkward laugh and laughed it off!

She took our card and actually went ahead to charge us for the trout!

We left her a 10% tip since it was the lead up to the holidays. But what an affront. Not going back to this restaurant!

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