A16 - San Francisco

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4323 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 4323 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably fantastic. Great wine selection. This is the place that started the neapolitan pizza renaissance in SF, and still great on all fronts - pizza, pasta, secondi, dessert.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch is light and appropriate... Good salads and pasta, besides pizza. Good wines , especially Italian ones.

DL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for pizza, wine and ambiance. We sat in the back 'garden' to get away from the crowd -- for obvious reasons. It's best to sit in the main room or at the bar for livelier ambiance.

WL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I’m a regular customer at A16, I live in the neighborhood and has been one of my favorite places to go on the weekends. On each occasion the service has not been the best but I kept giving another try because of their food and wine selection. Unfortunately this last weekend the service got even worse than before. Not only the server ignored my table (at the patio) but was very rude. One rude comment that the server said to me when I asked for olive oil, YOU NEED TO SPEAK UP. Nobody has ever been so rude in a restaurant like this, if he didn’t hear me there are a thousand ways to ask me to repeat my question. This was the last time I go there with friends and I will not recommend it to anybody. There are other options around the neighborhood

JC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was outstanding but I urge A16 to develop a more comprehensive dinner menu. If the diner seeks more than pizza or a salad, there is little to choose from.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Used to love this place. However service recently has been rather uneven. Alas this last visit was the final straw. After being seated no one, except the water server came to the table for 10 minutes. The server finally passed by & said he would be back quickly to take our order. He didn't return. We finally got the eye of the check in lady who came over & took our order. A pizza, a salad & as we are not very familiar with the Italian region covered by the wine list & the list is extensive, we asked for recommendations for a light, fruity bottle of wine & gave a very reasonable price point. We then sat for 25 minutes more & no one came near the table, except the check in lady who came to apologize & tell us the wine would be with us shortly. It didn't appear. We walked out. We went to another great local restaurant, we were seated & had both food & drink within 15 minutes. So disappointed in A16.

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Do not sit in the front part of the restaurant, especially in the tight space between the front bar and back area. Extremely loud because the ceiling is low and the walls and floors are all hard material. Tables are too small. Overall food was awesome but the noise level was so laud we couldn't hear each other and counted hear the waiter. It is also very dark so we needed our cell phone flashlights to read the menu and very long wine list.

ED
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were out celebrating a birthday. We chose A16 for the ambiance, service, and delicious food we've known through the years. Sadly, this was not the experience we had.

It started well with a order of wine and drinks for the table, however when the wine got there it seemed we were served a full glass in one and a half class in another. We brushed this off as a miss step but continued on with ordering our meal. This was the last time we interacted with our waiter until the end of the night.

When the appetizers arrived the Burrata was tough and more resembled a child's string cheese than a soft buttery light flavor. Our pork chop was over done to the point we had to ask for a new knife to cut into it. My ragu was mealy and the zucca pizza seemed to lack flavor. The ray of light was the chicken which we decided to take the remainder home as leftovers. With a disappointed meal, we decided to continue to drink. This too became an issue where we had to order and reorder from three different people in hopes of getting beer and glass of wine. When the drinks did finally arrive, it was a different Hazy IPA than the one I had ordered. Needless to say we skipped dessert.

When our waiter reappeared she quickly placed the check on the table and walked away. As we were finishing our drinks, she came by again and picked up the check before we even had chance to place our card inside. Our left over chicken was never brought to our table and we ended up leaving without it we decided to go back and even the hostess was shock to hear it wasn't brought to our table before we left.

As you can see it wasn't the birthday celebration we were all hoping for. We have always loved A16.

EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing. The burrata and pizza's were some of the best. The restaurant was packed, so the service was slightly slower but the waiter was very nice and helpful.

KC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Cassandra gave excellent food reccs, i.e grilled calamari app and the totally unique pistacchio ricotta dessert. Always excellent wines reccs by Steven. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always reliable

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. The service quite good. Unfortunately, conversation in the place was at high volume and my guest and I had difficulty hearing each other.

KR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Delicious Italian small plates (except the polenta), good energy. Extensive wine list though didn’t find serving staff particularly engaging in discussing the wines or supporting selection, which I think led to a more mediocre experience.

D
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
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 on February 25, 2020
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
42 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

F
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

the pizza was a bit over cooked. For people who have kids, A16 is really the last place you should visit, they are not friendly to kids at all and other customers keep staring at us when baby make any kind of noise. Waiter and waitress are acting obvious that they want us out of there asap.

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
13 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
10 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
61 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
24 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.

Tweets by A16 - San Francisco