A16 - San Francisco

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$31 to $50
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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.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and wonderful food.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Pastas were underseasoned. I’m told the trout was good. The apps were decent. Pizza was very good.

EP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Between my fiance and I, we've probably eaten over 50 meals at A16 and their former sister restaurant SPQR over the years, not to mention the many work dinners and larger events we've hosted with them, but tonight almost certainly marked our last. Food and wine are consistently excellent, but issues with service take any joy out of dining here.

Tonight we ordered two dishes to share to start and a bottle of wine. After several minutes, the server returned to tell us they no longer had the bottle we ordered. When my fiance asked what other wine of the same varietal he recommended, he pointed to something completely different (varietal, flavor profile, etc.). We pointed that out to him and asked for a few minutes to select for ourselves, and as soon as he walked away from our table, he began to mock us in Italian to one of the other servers, not realizing we understand the language.

We bit our tongues and ordered another bottle from him. Several minutes after he left the table this time, our food arrived, still sans wine. Several more minutes passed, and another man arrived at the table with a bottle that was not what we'd ordered, which he was confused and surprised to hear. Thankfully, he turned out to be the manager; he took over our table, provided great service, and ultimately comped the wine (a third attempt that was close enough we said yes and turned out to be lovely), which was a very gracious gesture.

I love the food here. I love the wine list. But getting mocked by the staff for pointing out their own carelessness and complacency in hopes of getting just a little help (to spend more $ with them!) was the final straw. We'll miss the food, but the apathetic and disrespectful service is just untenable.

SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was fine and priced again. Service came by roughly every 45 minutes. Can't see myself going back in a hurry, unless I had hours to burn.

MB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was nice and had a great holiday feel. The wine was great too! The one thing that was disappointing and different than my other experiences was the pasta... Very al dente to the point of being quite chewy and basically no sauce at all ( on either kind we ordered ) which made the flavor bland. The pizza, on the other hand, was yum! If I go again, I will definitely only go for the apps and pizza!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Been going to A16 for years. Everyone at our table noticed a huge drop in food quality. Not sure why. Won’t be back.

PB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Had a reservation for over a month and hostess tried to sit our party of 6 at a high top btw the bar and dining room. Food was not of the same caliber of previous experiences. Used to love this restaurant. Maybe they were having on off night. It happens.

M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by friends @ wine dinner. Excellent food & great service. Tables a bit small for 2 people- trying to fit everything on table. Overall terrific.

j
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu
Wonderful wine list
Consistently good service

BE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was very good; service was also very good considering how busy they were. It’s just too noisy. Everyone has to raise their voices to be heard so consequently you hear strangers a table or two away better than your own company across the table.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice time with friends

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our family has been going to A16 since it opened. Service was below standard. My husband asked for his meal in a take away box and they just never brought it back to the table. We remembered it on the way home. Overpriced for the portions and comparable costs at other restaurants at their level. Too many other great restaurants in the area, definitely not returning to A16.

R
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This was very unpleasant. The noise level was actually painful. "Conversation" involved shouting, which is what everyone else was doing, making it deafening. The food was ok. Nothing stood out. The hostess was helpful, and the service was fair. For the type of food they serve (pizza and pasta) there are much better options in town. I will not be coming back.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

É sempre una garanzia! Posto casual ma di grande standard. WineList incredibile!!!
Ci tornerò...

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OT
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent first course of cauliflower. Wine carafe of a =n Italian Campania red was well chosen. Zucchini based white pizza a bit bland . Overall still serving good Italian good and excellent wines for many years. Bravo

AK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent mean and great wine. Loved it. Out waiter was fabulous. Knowledgeable and not overly pushy. Highly recommend.

L
Miami
91 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

This was absolutely the noisiest and most crowded restaurant I have ever been to. Tables are about 6 inches apart and the acoustics just reverberated every sound in the place and everybody was yelling. Although I could hear the conversations of the table to my left, and the conversations of the table on my right, I could not hear the person across the table from me because it was much further away than six inches. By the second course, I went hoarse from yelling.

About halfway into the meal the manager came over to talk to the people on my left and placed her body within that 6 inches. I literally had to lean to my right in order not to touch her. This lasted for almost 5 uncomfortable minutes.

We ordered three dishes, we liked one of them quite well. I wish we never went to this restaurant as there are so many other restaurants that you can actually go to and have a conversation with the person you come with rather than those you didn’t.

SF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve been here so many times. Definitely am off night.

Y
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to meet up with people and share a meal.

OT
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It's an intimate, cozy place with great service. The menu looked amazing and seasonal... But the food was a major letdown. Every dish was over salted by a large margin. Pasta was so salty it wasn't finished. Brussels sprouts, same thing. Even a salad was too salty to finish. So disappointed. The Italian wine list was interesting and really good.

DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I am a local who has been going to A16 since it opened. The menu has changed substantially since my last visit. The long list of creative small plates is gone. We had the lamb chops special of the night, which were "highly recommended" by the waiter over the short ribs I had originally selected. I can only conclude they were trying to hard sell the lamb chops nightly special to get rid of them. There were two small lamb chops, each paper thin and over cooked, so as tough as leather. Not enough meat to feed a small child. We also had two pasta dishes, again recommended as the best on the menu, by the waiter. Terribly dry and tasteless, and cold. We left extremely disappointed with the meal, and still hungry at that. So sorry this neighborhood gem has outlived its reputation. Seems like the only thing to still get there is the pizza, which is what most in the room seemed to be having. But there are better places if pizza is your thing. I would never go again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My mom was visiting from SA and I wanted to treat her.

Experience was Average.

MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

So loud! Good food though. Nice wine pairing with dinner.

DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The quality of their ingredients was very good and the neapolitan pizza was pretty good too. Very nice ambiance. Service little bit subpar, saw in a couple of occasion avoidable mistakes made by the server. Overall good experience but not remarkable.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Had reservation, but was first walked to bar seating. Bill had extra items we did not order, and had to get it corrected. Food was good, but service is obviously taking liberties.

F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Spent $600 on pizza and cold pasta.

The pros: The restaurant is moderately cute in a good neighborhood and the waitress was pleasant although not as attentive as I would like. The pizzas are solid but overpriced. Chicken and Brussels sprouts also good but nothing special.

Cons: the portions were very small. Three pasta dishes all arrived cold. We wanted to order the salami plate and the waitress talked us into the proscuitto which was disgusting. The meat was hard and tasteless. The desserts were stale and should have been warmed up.

Normally, I would have sent the food back but was celebrating two birthdays and didn’t want to ruin the night. My husband and I were appalled by the bill and agreed the food with the exclusion of the chicken and pizza was bad. Definitely north $600 for the 6 of us to eat pizza. One of those meals where you wake up the next day with remorse

S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moved away from SF 3 years ago and was so stoked to come back to one of my favorite spots. All of the food checked out and the wine list is as extensive as ever.

S
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food just wasn’t good and definitely overpriced. Service was great but just couldn’t make up for the food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waited 40 minutes to be seated when we had a set reservation.

Service wasn’t great. Server forgot about us several times, food came out late etc.

Overall disappointing

TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Natalie was an incredible server!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great, but service here is persistently lethargic. Brought both of us the wrong drinks, and visited our table literally only to take our order, deliver our food, and when I flagged them because we needed the check. I want to love it here, but each visit makes me less likely to return.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place. Very fresh salads/veggie starters. Good pizza.

NC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I usually like this restaurant, but our most recent visit was disappointing. Under cooked pasta. Very expensive for what we received in quality and ambiance. However, the service was very good. Perhaps the quality suffered because the restaurant was very busy due to the power outage in Marin County.

OT
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The service was really bad and food only so so. And by the way when you order the Tagliere arugula salad you should know in case you don’t happen to speak Italian that Tagliere is beef tongue. Since most people in San Francisco don’t speak Italian how stupid to have that on your menu like that. Of course we had to send the gross plate back which you hate to do but really? For lunch my friend and I split a salad, each had an entree and each had a glass and of half of wine with tip it cost $160! Not going back anytime soon.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for good friend plus our significant others. My friend likes a certain drink and your staff went out of its way to accommodate us.

C
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So dependable - great food and good service. Fantastic wine list.

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best pizza I’ve had. Noisiest restaurant I’ve ever been to. Couldn’t have a conversation.

GA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, great service and the food was amazing

CB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son's Bday!

EE
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always!

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