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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Celebrate Valentine's Day at A16! Chef Nicolette presents a special menu for the evening, offered at $98 per person, served family style, with participation from the entire table. Wine pairings optional. We will have a limited a-la-carte menu at out bar.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
We were seated quickly and the experience started off just fine, however after a moderate wait for our appetizers, we waited over 45 minutes for our entrees. At one point our waitress came by and blamed the kitchen for the delay, saying the food would be out in five minutes...after almost 15 minutes she delivered us a free salad to apologize...and our food still didn’t show up for another few minutes.
After the entrees arrived my guest requested salt and pepper, which never arrived. While the food was good the service was unfortunate and embarrassing as I had recommended A16.
At no point did we get a visit by a manager to check on our meal, and we were so tired after two hours for two courses we just wanted to get back to our hotel. Hence why we didn’t share this experience while still at the restaurant.
Hopefully someone from the restaurant will read this and reach out....certainly left a bad taste in my mouth.
Great food, excellent wine list and service.
Food was good but service was not
The food has never been off and the bartenders and servers are always able to recommend a great wine from the extensive list. Unfortunately the noise is unbearable at times. I wish you would address that issue because that is the only one I see.
Fantastic in every way. Food is creative, inventive and locavore-friendly, and the wine list is extremely well-curated.
It's been several years since I last visited A16 and now I remember why. Unfortunately there is nothing exceptional about this popular restaurant. Most items are overpriced and disappointing. I started off with the apple/arugula salad which was a large mound of tough and tasteless arugula, decent apple slices, and tiny bits of flavorless shaved fennel, almonds and a whisper of shredded cheese. It was dressed with some neutral (aka flavorless) oil, no vinegar, salt or other perceptible seasoning. The prosciutto was generous but unexceptional, the pizza (their claim to fame) can be found almost anywhere at half the price. I had the squid ink and crab pasta special which was the best dish of the night. Unfortunately, after having discussed my sensitivity to hot spicy food with the waiter (and rejected one dish because of this), he failed to inform me that the pasta was served with a generous dose of chili flakes. This is one example of the level of service we experienced throughout the meal. I hope my memory serves me better next time, there are so many better choices in SF.
Pasta dish was surprisingly bland and dry. Maybe we caught them on an off night, but this was the least inspired visit of several over the past year.
This place is a favorite in my family. Always consistently wonderful food - and the wine list is amazing.
Great NYE dinner, we had a lovely time. Food was delicious, and the decorations were so fun and festive. Happy New Year!
Overpriced garbage and lame service.
New Years Eve celebration
Endroit branché, beaucoup de monde voire trop de monde, très bruyant, aucune intimité,... !!!
Service antipathique, aucun soin apporté au client, même pas le minimum de courtoisie,...!!!
Nourriture : produits frais mais cuisinés de façon beaucoup trop simple par rapport au prix très élevé,... exemple : trop peu de garnitures pour des plats type pizzas,...!!!
En conclusion, nous ne reviendrons pas !!!
This review is necessarily mixed as the food was mostly excellent but the service was very disappointing.
We were seated in a back room on a cold night an the staff kindly turned up the heat. The staff were initially friendly and helped us with wine and food choices. But after that, we had our primis in a timely manner but then waited an hour for the main courses that were delivered without comment. My cauliflower side dish that was soggy and very cold and a companion had to prompt the staff to get her side dish. After that, the wait staff were absent, didn't fill our water glasses and turned off the heat.
My main course was the pork chop which was great, but all-in-all I was glad to get out of there.
Huge disappointment for the second time. Seated in a narrow corridor by bathroom next to an incredibly loud table. Could not hear the people in my party sitting across from me. Also, very weak pour of wine. Not even the standard 4 oz. winter squash was dry to the point of being inedible. White beans were bland and undercooked. Pizzas were mediocre at best. Arugula salad was excellent. But didn’t make up for the rest of the experience. Will never go back.
Sorry, waiter brought the wrong meals, then the bill had items we never received. Basic quality control by the waitstaff doesn’t seem to be in the training plan. The A16 in Oakland is much much better, we’ve always had great experiences there. The montanera pizza at Oakland is amazing ... but not in the menu at SF. Sigh. Very disappointed with the SF experience.
Came here for Christmas Eve dinner for 3 and was very disappointed with the whole experience. I only found out 3 hours before that they are only offering pre-fix menu for $105, and I found this online. We had talked on the phone twice because I was asking for the menu, but they did not have any answer. When I called the hostess about this, she offered me the bar seating and a la carte menu, but my mom and I decided to do the pre-fix. I asked her if each person choose one item out of the several option and she confirmed it. We got to the table and our server, Becky, told us it was family style, so we are getting everything in the menu. The first course was good, but the pizza came with a small scissor for us to cut the pizza ourselves. When a restaurant charge that much money, I thought the least they could do is cut the pizza. Guess I was wrong. Then the pasta came. The pasta with clams was fine, but the one with almonds was just bland. I was trying to get anybody’s attention, but it was basically impossible because our server was busy with other tables and everybody else just ignored us. When she eventually came to check, I told her that it was bland and it was too late to offer salt. The next course came and it tasted fine, and I actually like the frisée salad. The dessert was overall the best dish. But after the dessert, I realized that the table next to us was only 2 people and they got the same portion of dessert as what we got, made me think that this whole family style thing is not worth the value. The server was also touching her nose and her eyes a lot, which I think was gross. Overall, I don’t think that it was worth the money, and I’m definitely not going to come back.
Excellent Christmas Eve dinner!
Wonderful Christmas Eve Seven Fishes Feast!
They did a wonderful job for Xmas eve dinner. Not to expwensive and great food.
Outrageous Food. Professional warm attentive service. We had a great dinner! Everyone went above and beyond.
Food was surprisingly mediocre for the price. Pizza and pasta were both tasteless. Appetizers were good though
We absolutely love the restaurant the food and the vibe - never disappointed !
Too loud and unfriendly service. Unwelcoming. Packed way too many tables. Food was good but too expensive
for what it is.
The food, wine and service were all good. The problem is that it was way too loud. We couldn't speak to anyone that wasn't beside us or across from us. we were a party of six. Not a fun experience for us.
My 4th Visit in 2018 and my 20th Visit in the past decade. Wow, this place has really gone down hill in 2018. Each of my four visits this week was poor, but each time I figured it might just be a one off. Now it’s clear this place is not what it used to be. First guest of the Fe Inferno yet showed in a back corner table by a door. Asked for sparkling water that never came and was charged for it. Had to ask for silverware. Wrong food was delivered to table. After restaurant filled up, our table was virtually forgotten and at that point we left without dessert or even getting our water glasses refilled. Truly. A wonderful restaurant in previous years nw just using the legacy of the name to pull in profits with poor service and poor food.
Starters were great esp the prosciutto with fruits.
Things have changed a lot since we’d been there and food has changed for the worse unfortunately. Truffle Pizza had no truffle taste - no bread offered with the dip they used to make. Smoke whitefish salad was still wonderful. My squid ink pasta special with prawns were just ok - not seasoned enough. I hate their high tables in the front and we had a reservation way in advance. We had our standard poodle Service Dog with us and no room for him to lie down on (even though I put that request in when i booked it). Disappointed considering the cost.
Terrific food, terrific atmosphere, terrific wine. Service was a bit curt (hostess) to average (server). This was my second visit and I look forward to returning.
We had heard a lot of good things about A16, and it more than live up to its billing. Being Italian, my wife and I have dined on this cuisine our entire lives, but I can say each dish we had was a unique Italian culinary experience built on authentic Italian foods from the Campania region. The highlight believe it or not was the "Trippa" or tripe. It harkened my wife back to her dad's version but A16 kicked it up 3 notches. It was tender and delicious. The other dishes were excellent too. I had to personally congratulate and thank the chef. One note: we're not that old (under 60) but we were the oldest folks in a packed restaurant. The rest could have been our kids. This generation obviously has terrific taste and some money to spend at great restaurants like A16. We'll be back....with our kids to share the experience with.
We always enjoy our dinners at A16. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is delicious!
We enjoyed dinner on Saturday evening. The service was off the charts, and food outstanding.
It was very busy but our server was attentive, and anticipated our every needs. Food was inventive, and really good.
It was great. Awesome servers, fun atmosphere, great food.
Had dinner there a year ago and it was superb all the way around, my how things change. I'm not going to waste a lot of time going into detail. The food was adequate, the service was poor to begin with and got worse throughout the meal. I'm not a terribly picky diner but I'm totally educated on proper service. Service was so bad it was actually somewhat amusing. Definitely recommend elsewhere if you're looking for memorable dinner.
We have been several times to A16.
The food is very good though expensive.
My main reason for only good overall is poor service. The server was very nice, he took our orders, then others delivered the food. Each couple ordered a pizza and a pasta. Our pizzas arrived at approximately the same time, but our friend's pasta arrived at least 10 min before ours, and the runner delivering it did not know which pasta it was and it sat for awhile until we could determine that.
I’ve always loved A16 but last night was just okay. Service poor and noise level was extreme. Pizza still excellent.
Great Italian. Great Southern Italian wine list. Good staff.
This restaurant just keeps getting better and better every time I go. Shelley Lindgren is an extraordinary restaurant owner who keeps her standards high year after year. The warmth and generosity of the restaurant is palpable. Particularly during the holidays, you can’t help but feel the contagious joy in the room. Much like Zuni Café this restaurant is a timeless classic in my book
Good restaurant, not great. Noisy but this appears to be a fairly consistent norm in restaurants. The appetizers and small plates were very tasty and a good value. The main pastas were a little underwhelming and not such a great value.
Great food but was so noisy my friend and I could not hear each other across the two-top table.