A16 - San Francisco
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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Always great service and wonderful food.
Pastas were underseasoned. I’m told the trout was good. The apps were decent. Pizza was very good.
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.
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.
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!
Been going to A16 for years. Everyone at our table noticed a huge drop in food quality. Not sure why. Won’t be back.
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.
Recommended by friends @ wine dinner. Excellent food & great service. Tables a bit small for 2 people- trying to fit everything on table. Overall terrific.
Wonderful wine list
Consistently good service
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.
Nice time with friends
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.
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.
É sempre una garanzia! Posto casual ma di grande standard. WineList incredibile!!!
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
Excellent mean and great wine. Loved it. Out waiter was fabulous. Knowledgeable and not overly pushy. Highly recommend.
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.
I’ve been here so many times. Definitely am off night.
This is a wonderful place to meet up with people and share a meal.
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.
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.
My mom was visiting from SA and I wanted to treat her.
Experience was Average.
So loud! Good food though. Nice wine pairing with dinner.
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.
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.
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
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.
Food just wasn’t good and definitely overpriced. Service was great but just couldn’t make up for the food.
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.
Natalie was an incredible server!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Nice place. Very fresh salads/veggie starters. Good pizza.
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.
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.
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.
So dependable - great food and good service. Fantastic wine list.
Best pizza I’ve had. Noisiest restaurant I’ve ever been to. Couldn’t have a conversation.
Amazing dinner, great service and the food was amazing
My son's Bday!
Great food as always!