A 16

★★★☆☆
  • 2355 Chestnut St

    San Francisco, CA 94123

    Cross street: at Scott

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  • 415-771-2216

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A sure bet pizza joint with solid pastas too. Don't miss the squid ink pasta (and spicy lovers, be sure to ask for the special chili oil!)

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★★★★★

A sure bet pizza joint with solid pastas too. Don't miss the squid ink pasta (and spicy lovers, be sure to ask for the special chili oil!)

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I enjoy their food here. Lots of mouth watering flavor and I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should say that the food comes out in successions, at the perfect timing.

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★★★★★

I enjoy their food here. Lots of mouth watering flavor and I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should say that the food comes out in successions, at the perfect timing.

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A16 has so many reviews, I really don't have much to add about the food. It's my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, and I make sure to get there at least monthly.

I'll just mention that in my opinion, the absolute best place to sit is

3
★★★★★

A16 has so many reviews, I really don't have much to add about the food. It's my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, and I make sure to get there at least monthly.

I'll just mention that in my opinion, the absolute best place to sit is

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I don't. I won't be going back and I'd be insulted if anyone invited me to the place in future. I heard it had promise when it opened, but all I see is just another noisy meat market. The aging drunks at the bar (and outside) were not the

3
★★★★★

I don't. I won't be going back and I'd be insulted if anyone invited me to the place in future. I heard it had promise when it opened, but all I see is just another noisy meat market. The aging drunks at the bar (and outside) were not the

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We ate here once and probably won't come back. We shared a tuna reserva and a salad and both lacked seasoning and imagination. Eating numerous time at Pizzaiolo in Oakland and then trying this place was like night night and day. The pizza was ho-hum and having to endure loud marina doosh bags was about as much as we could handle. The service was efficient but chilly and we were treated with watching the pizza cook slurp soda in front of us the entire time out of a deli cup then proceed to make our food. Strike one, two three yer gone.

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★☆☆☆☆

We ate here once and probably won't come back. We shared a tuna reserva and a salad and both lacked seasoning and imagination. Eating numerous time at Pizzaiolo in Oakland and then trying this place was like night night and day. The pizza was ho-hum and having to endure loud marina doosh bags was about as much as we could handle. The service was efficient but chilly and we were treated with watching the pizza cook slurp soda in front of us the entire time out of a deli cup then proceed to make our food. Strike one, two three yer gone.

Pros: very open and comfortable

Cons: food and service mediocre at best

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I came here with friends after last year's Union Street festival. We didn't have a reservation but were able to snag seats at the counter, which was great because it's fun to watch them make the pizzas. Apparently they always save the counter seats for walk-ins. The three of us shared two pizzas and some wine. One of my friends found the sausage pizza too spicy, but I liked it. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't as expensive as many places in the neighborhood.

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★★★★☆

I came here with friends after last year's Union Street festival. We didn't have a reservation but were able to snag seats at the counter, which was great because it's fun to watch them make the pizzas. Apparently they always save the counter seats for walk-ins. The three of us shared two pizzas and some wine. One of my friends found the sausage pizza too spicy, but I liked it. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't as expensive as many places in the neighborhood.

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Took a while to get reservations. After eating there, no wonder! Arrived early and sat at the bar. We are really picky on our wines and the bartender had great suggestions which we ended up with for dinner. Staff was excellent, friendly, very helpful. We had the Tuna Conserva Panzanella for starters (WOW), the Salsiccia Pizza, the Pasta Special with spring peas inside (very light)and a Chocolate Budino Tart recommended by our waitress (very light). Served as 3 courses shared by the two of us. Everything was amazing! When we got the bill, we could not believe how inexpensive for such great wine and food. Would definitely go back ...

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★★★★★

Took a while to get reservations. After eating there, no wonder! Arrived early and sat at the bar. We are really picky on our wines and the bartender had great suggestions which we ended up with for dinner. Staff was excellent, friendly, very helpful. We had the Tuna Conserva Panzanella for starters (WOW), the Salsiccia Pizza, the Pasta Special with spring peas inside (very light)and a Chocolate Budino Tart recommended by our waitress (very light). Served as 3 courses shared by the two of us. Everything was amazing! When we got the bill, we could not believe how inexpensive for such great wine and food. Would definitely go back ...

Pros: Excellent food, excellent service

Cons: Never an open seat (except early at the bar)

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We went on a Saturday night without a reservation. We had to wait 45 min for a table. We grabed a glass of wine, and waited patiently. It was all worth it. The pasta with mint and walnuts was so delicious. I could easily have that dish every day.

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★★★★☆

We went on a Saturday night without a reservation. We had to wait 45 min for a table. We grabed a glass of wine, and waited patiently. It was all worth it. The pasta with mint and walnuts was so delicious. I could easily have that dish every day.

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hostess with terrible attitude. Manager unresponsive and wimpy. Wait time too long. Pizza is soggy. I've seen a total deterioration in service and quality over the past year. Save your wait and money for a better restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

hostess with terrible attitude. Manager unresponsive and wimpy. Wait time too long. Pizza is soggy. I've seen a total deterioration in service and quality over the past year. Save your wait and money for a better restaurant.

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I think their food, including the thin crust pizza is very good. I have yet to try their Monday meatballs that I hear are great. I do find the place way too noisy.

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★★★★☆

I think their food, including the thin crust pizza is very good. I have yet to try their Monday meatballs that I hear are great. I do find the place way too noisy.

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We've gone to A16 nearly every Friday night for the last year because it's always a perfect dining experience. The food is excellent, the staff couldn't be better and the wine list is divine. It's the perfect way to unwind and start the weekend. Our favorites include the mozzarella burrata, the funghi and margherita pizzas, the maccaronara pasta and the chocolate budino tart for dessert - all delicious!

This restaurant has a great vibe and we love it!

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★★★★★

We've gone to A16 nearly every Friday night for the last year because it's always a perfect dining experience. The food is excellent, the staff couldn't be better and the wine list is divine. It's the perfect way to unwind and start the weekend. Our favorites include the mozzarella burrata, the funghi and margherita pizzas, the maccaronara pasta and the chocolate budino tart for dessert - all delicious!

This restaurant has a great vibe and we love it!

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Tried this place 4 years ago and haven't gone back until last night - same thoughts - Overrated!!

If you want pizza, there are plenty of pizza places around - Pizza Orgasmica, etc

Italian food - go to North Beach

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★★☆☆☆

Tried this place 4 years ago and haven't gone back until last night - same thoughts - Overrated!!

If you want pizza, there are plenty of pizza places around - Pizza Orgasmica, etc

Italian food - go to North Beach

Pros: Good atmosphere

Cons: Food is just ok, Hard to get reservations / Long wait

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The wait was quite long..and we had a reservation. We went on a weeknight but was still jam packed. Normally this would be a turn off right away because I had a reservation but the food was so amazing I will definitley be going back. I had the gnocci and It was some of the best gnocci I have had in a while. Great place!

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★★★★★

The wait was quite long..and we had a reservation. We went on a weeknight but was still jam packed. Normally this would be a turn off right away because I had a reservation but the food was so amazing I will definitley be going back. I had the gnocci and It was some of the best gnocci I have had in a while. Great place!

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Ok, but overrated food. Lamb wasn't as tender as it should be. Atmosphere isn't as good as it used to be.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ok, but overrated food. Lamb wasn't as tender as it should be. Atmosphere isn't as good as it used to be.

Pros: Service

Cons: Atmosphere

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I can think of many more suitable names for this over-hyped dog. The food was average. I had the Duroc Pork and a pizza to share as a starter. The pizza was ok, but the Pork was ridiculously average. I am not sure where on the pig its Duroc is, but if its between it's hind legs I believe it. I found the wait staff to be pleasant and hospitable, which is more than I can say for the owners who were arrogant and rude. With experiences like these it will only be a matter of time before I will be picking up my dry cleaning or renting movies at the location that was A16.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can think of many more suitable names for this over-hyped dog. The food was average. I had the Duroc Pork and a pizza to share as a starter. The pizza was ok, but the Pork was ridiculously average. I am not sure where on the pig its Duroc is, but if its between it's hind legs I believe it. I found the wait staff to be pleasant and hospitable, which is more than I can say for the owners who were arrogant and rude. With experiences like these it will only be a matter of time before I will be picking up my dry cleaning or renting movies at the location that was A16.

Pros: I didn't get the squirts

Cons: Arogant Owners

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Not impressed by this restaurant at all. Many better restaurants to choose from in the City. The lamb was tough and we had a very poorly prepared cheese/meat appetizer plate. The worst part is the management/owernship of the restaurant. Apparently you are not allowed to enjoy yourself while eating. We had the misfortune of sitting next to the owner. He kept staring us down everytime we made a joke at our table or had the temerity to laugh. We found out later in the evening that he's the owner of the restaurant. Hope you enjoy your snooty restaurant. By the way, our waitress was wonderful. I fee sorry that she has to work for such a control freak.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not impressed by this restaurant at all. Many better restaurants to choose from in the City. The lamb was tough and we had a very poorly prepared cheese/meat appetizer plate. The worst part is the management/owernship of the restaurant. Apparently you are not allowed to enjoy yourself while eating. We had the misfortune of sitting next to the owner. He kept staring us down everytime we made a joke at our table or had the temerity to laugh. We found out later in the evening that he's the owner of the restaurant. Hope you enjoy your snooty restaurant. By the way, our waitress was wonderful. I fee sorry that she has to work for such a control freak.

Pros: Waitress

Cons: Atmosphere - Food

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I have only been to this restaurant once. However, the experince was wonderful. Our server was friendly and answered our many questions regarding the menu options. The sommelier was educated on the extensive wine list, and gave us some history about the winemaker and the varietal we selected. The food was full of flavors, and cooked perfect. The restaurant is not cheap, but I highly recommend it. It's a great location for celebrating something special!

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★★★★★

I have only been to this restaurant once. However, the experince was wonderful. Our server was friendly and answered our many questions regarding the menu options. The sommelier was educated on the extensive wine list, and gave us some history about the winemaker and the varietal we selected. The food was full of flavors, and cooked perfect. The restaurant is not cheap, but I highly recommend it. It's a great location for celebrating something special!

Pros: Wine/Food/Service

Cons: Dark setting

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I've been here a few times now, mainly because my friend lives in the marina. everyone knows it's rated as a great place, so maybe that influences the decision...but i don't get it. it's average. nothing special at all. sure there are some unique items on the menu here and there, but not enough that they are so good i'm blown away or the standards so good it deserves the admiration it gets. it's a trendy hot spot, that's it. food is average, service is average, ambience is average (it's just a crowded little place).

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★★★☆☆

I've been here a few times now, mainly because my friend lives in the marina. everyone knows it's rated as a great place, so maybe that influences the decision...but i don't get it. it's average. nothing special at all. sure there are some unique items on the menu here and there, but not enough that they are so good i'm blown away or the standards so good it deserves the admiration it gets. it's a trendy hot spot, that's it. food is average, service is average, ambience is average (it's just a crowded little place).

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My girlfriends and I go here every month. It is a very nice place with good food and good service. Often times need reservations way in advance, but worth it. The menu is great and the wine list is even better.

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★★★★☆

My girlfriends and I go here every month. It is a very nice place with good food and good service. Often times need reservations way in advance, but worth it. The menu is great and the wine list is even better.

Pros: Good food, great ambience

Cons: Difficult getting a seat!

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Had lunch today in this jumping, narrow dining spot. We lucked into nearby neighborhood parking and had a nice short walk in this vibrant area. The open kitchen and woodfired ovens made for a great show. We had the Dine-around SF meal, 3 courses. The beet, radiccio salad was great, with big peels of tangy Romano(?) on top. We both had the salsiccio( fennal sausage) pizza. It was pretty big, with a thin,crunchy/chewy(!) crust. Topped with the house made sausage, that had a bit of picante to it, some broccoli and a green winter leafy vegtable that was also a bit tangy. The pizza teased all your taste buds as it went through the mouth. The gelato desert was small, thankfully. Both the chocolate and pistachio were smooth and yummy.

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★★★☆☆

Had lunch today in this jumping, narrow dining spot. We lucked into nearby neighborhood parking and had a nice short walk in this vibrant area. The open kitchen and woodfired ovens made for a great show. We had the Dine-around SF meal, 3 courses. The beet, radiccio salad was great, with big peels of tangy Romano(?) on top. We both had the salsiccio( fennal sausage) pizza. It was pretty big, with a thin,crunchy/chewy(!) crust. Topped with the house made sausage, that had a bit of picante to it, some broccoli and a green winter leafy vegtable that was also a bit tangy. The pizza teased all your taste buds as it went through the mouth. The gelato desert was small, thankfully. Both the chocolate and pistachio were smooth and yummy.

Pros: Good service, friendly staff, terrific wine by glass selection

Cons: Parking, noise level

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Had dinner on Friday 10/12 and the place was buzzing, I've heard so many great things about A16 and how if you get a chance to get in to the restaurant do it... Well with that said; I was less than impressed with the food, I ordered the Tri-Tip and it was so over cooked that I felt like I was eating beef jerky. My wife ordered the pasta and she like the family next to us refered to it as "PASTIE", and the sauce that lacked flavor. They mentioned on the menu that the sausage is housemade with fennel, they need to add that it also lacks in flavor too. We won't be back to give this place a another try as we were very disappointed with the food. The service was great, promptly seated and great staff, to bad the food isn't as good as everything else in the restaurant. Sorely disappointed...

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★★☆☆☆

Had dinner on Friday 10/12 and the place was buzzing, I've heard so many great things about A16 and how if you get a chance to get in to the restaurant do it... Well with that said; I was less than impressed with the food, I ordered the Tri-Tip and it was so over cooked that I felt like I was eating beef jerky. My wife ordered the pasta and she like the family next to us refered to it as "PASTIE", and the sauce that lacked flavor. They mentioned on the menu that the sausage is housemade with fennel, they need to add that it also lacks in flavor too. We won't be back to give this place a another try as we were very disappointed with the food. The service was great, promptly seated and great staff, to bad the food isn't as good as everything else in the restaurant. Sorely disappointed...

Pros: Staff, Service, Prompt Seating.

Cons: Food, Lacks Flavor, Pastie Pasta.

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Sorely disappointed with the inconsistencies at this place. Look at prior reviews ranging from praises to warnings to stay away. It's favored by Yuppies who want to be seen throwing away money for food that's overpriced and not all good. Our server, Hannah, was very nice compared to prior reviews on service, but the bus boy was rushed, thus making it an uncomfortable experience. The sm salumi was very good with a variety of thin slices of meats and one serving of pate on a sm toasted bread slice. The salsiccia pizza came soggy on a thin flour crusted pizza, the sausage (a few pieces) were good but the pie was a disppointment ($15). The roast lamb was tasty as was the chicken meatballs. Both came with a choice of sides - the best was the olive oil roasted sweet corn, everyone raved about it. The romaine salad was passe'. At $20 for the meatballs(with side), you got 5 golf-ball sized meatballs and if you deducted approx $5 for the salad, each meatball would be $3-4 a piece! There was no pasta , just a mound of stewed tomatoes in the middle. The beef tri-tip was the most generous and very good. The large maccheronara ($28) was the smallest portion for the price. This pasta was quite good, like chewy udon but that's all it was, pasta with sauce and not much of it. Our bottle of Casavecchia was really good but expensive at $47/bottle. Dessert didn't fare better. The banana gelato special was very flavorful, but again, the portion ($3) was just larger than a golf ball. The apple crostata was a crunchy flat cookie-like tart, couldn't taste much apple, it came topped with a sm scooop of gelato. The blue cheese plate was most generous, served with slices of bread, plate of honey and sliver of almond cookie. The coffee came in a stainless steel European coffee press which impressed us more than the food! We don't understand how it made it in the SF Chronicle's top 100 restaurants. It's a very noisy restaurant to boot.

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★★☆☆☆

Sorely disappointed with the inconsistencies at this place. Look at prior reviews ranging from praises to warnings to stay away. It's favored by Yuppies who want to be seen throwing away money for food that's overpriced and not all good. Our server, Hannah, was very nice compared to prior reviews on service, but the bus boy was rushed, thus making it an uncomfortable experience. The sm salumi was very good with a variety of thin slices of meats and one serving of pate on a sm toasted bread slice. The salsiccia pizza came soggy on a thin flour crusted pizza, the sausage (a few pieces) were good but the pie was a disppointment ($15). The roast lamb was tasty as was the chicken meatballs. Both came with a choice of sides - the best was the olive oil roasted sweet corn, everyone raved about it. The romaine salad was passe'. At $20 for the meatballs(with side), you got 5 golf-ball sized meatballs and if you deducted approx $5 for the salad, each meatball would be $3-4 a piece! There was no pasta , just a mound of stewed tomatoes in the middle. The beef tri-tip was the most generous and very good. The large maccheronara ($28) was the smallest portion for the price. This pasta was quite good, like chewy udon but that's all it was, pasta with sauce and not much of it. Our bottle of Casavecchia was really good but expensive at $47/bottle. Dessert didn't fare better. The banana gelato special was very flavorful, but again, the portion ($3) was just larger than a golf ball. The apple crostata was a crunchy flat cookie-like tart, couldn't taste much apple, it came topped with a sm scooop of gelato. The blue cheese plate was most generous, served with slices of bread, plate of honey and sliver of almond cookie. The coffee came in a stainless steel European coffee press which impressed us more than the food! We don't understand how it made it in the SF Chronicle's top 100 restaurants. It's a very noisy restaurant to boot.

Pros: Salumi, banana gelato, roasted corn side dish, Italian wine selections

Cons: Parking, Yuppies, overrate/expensive, small portions, noisy

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Found the starters, pizza, salumi and pasta to be excellent at A16. Entrees were good, although not up to the same level. Unfortunately, the service was way below expectations. Waitress seemed angry with us from the start of the meal, barely tolerating our questions about the menu. She nearly rolled her eyes as she agreed to put a surprise candle in my friend's dessert -- and then didn't even do it! Finally, the main room was broiling hot for most of the time we were there, presumably from the nearby brick oven.

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★★★☆☆

Found the starters, pizza, salumi and pasta to be excellent at A16. Entrees were good, although not up to the same level. Unfortunately, the service was way below expectations. Waitress seemed angry with us from the start of the meal, barely tolerating our questions about the menu. She nearly rolled her eyes as she agreed to put a surprise candle in my friend's dessert -- and then didn't even do it! Finally, the main room was broiling hot for most of the time we were there, presumably from the nearby brick oven.

Pros: Pizza, salumi, starters

Cons: Service, entrees, hot dining room

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finally able to try this place. Good burrata (I liked the one at Bacco better) and above the average pizza. I don't think this is 100 % authentic Italian cuisine in fact none of the cooks is Italian but they have studied in my country and brought back to San Fran the art of making a good wood oven pizza. I love the desserts, specially the cannoli. I would go back to A16 is even if this is onr of the top of my Italian restaurant. Try the new one FARINA on Mission, all Ligurian specialty and handmade pasta con pesto e focaccia to die for.

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★★★★☆

finally able to try this place. Good burrata (I liked the one at Bacco better) and above the average pizza. I don't think this is 100 % authentic Italian cuisine in fact none of the cooks is Italian but they have studied in my country and brought back to San Fran the art of making a good wood oven pizza. I love the desserts, specially the cannoli. I would go back to A16 is even if this is onr of the top of my Italian restaurant. Try the new one FARINA on Mission, all Ligurian specialty and handmade pasta con pesto e focaccia to die for.

Pros: pasta,pizza, burrata and cannoli

Cons: parking, reservation (they can be too strict)

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This was our worst dining experience ever! We had a reservation and we still had to wait an hour for a table on a Sunday night without any apology from the staff. The bar was a meat market. People without reservations were seated before us. People who were seated after us were waited on first. The wait staff were zombie-like, and were rude and inattentive. It was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation. We had to yell out our orders. It was unbearably hot. We waited and waited for our food and we almost walked out! People who ordered after us got their food first. Again, no apologies. How did this restaurant merit a feature article in Food & Wine? They must know someone on staff. I won't trust Food & Wine again. By the time the food finally arrived, we were miserable. We couldn't enjoy anything in that atmosphere. We cancelled our plans to order a bottle of wine just to get out of there quickly. All I remember is really wanting to leave and that the pizza was good, but not as good as Franny's in Brooklyn. At FRANNY'S, the pizza is always excellent and the staff is gracious, knowledgable, professional, and attentive. My advice to the chefs at A16 - LEAVE, open your own place and instead hiring of robotic zombies, programmed to fawn over botoxed Paris Hilton look alikes, hire a new a staff of warm human beings, who are truly knowledgeable and care about the food and the wine that they're serving. Hire a staff that knows how to make all of your customers happy, not just a select few. Look at all the negative reviews on this site, People hate A16! The Lindgrens, the owners who were featured in Food & Wine in April have clearly made more people miserable than happy. They should be ashamed.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was our worst dining experience ever! We had a reservation and we still had to wait an hour for a table on a Sunday night without any apology from the staff. The bar was a meat market. People without reservations were seated before us. People who were seated after us were waited on first. The wait staff were zombie-like, and were rude and inattentive. It was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation. We had to yell out our orders. It was unbearably hot. We waited and waited for our food and we almost walked out! People who ordered after us got their food first. Again, no apologies. How did this restaurant merit a feature article in Food & Wine? They must know someone on staff. I won't trust Food & Wine again. By the time the food finally arrived, we were miserable. We couldn't enjoy anything in that atmosphere. We cancelled our plans to order a bottle of wine just to get out of there quickly. All I remember is really wanting to leave and that the pizza was good, but not as good as Franny's in Brooklyn. At FRANNY'S, the pizza is always excellent and the staff is gracious, knowledgable, professional, and attentive. My advice to the chefs at A16 - LEAVE, open your own place and instead hiring of robotic zombies, programmed to fawn over botoxed Paris Hilton look alikes, hire a new a staff of warm human beings, who are truly knowledgeable and care about the food and the wine that they're serving. Hire a staff that knows how to make all of your customers happy, not just a select few. Look at all the negative reviews on this site, People hate A16! The Lindgrens, the owners who were featured in Food & Wine in April have clearly made more people miserable than happy. They should be ashamed.

Pros: None

Cons: A nightmare dining experience.

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Rude hostesses. We had our reservation for over 2 months and they completely jerked us around for over 45 minutes.

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★☆☆☆☆

Rude hostesses. We had our reservation for over 2 months and they completely jerked us around for over 45 minutes.

Pros: Good location

Cons: Makes you wait forever to be seated with a reservation.

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When we moved to Cow Hollow, everyone told us we had to go to A16. I mean, the number of people who mentioned or recommended this place was overwhelming. We figured it must be a really special place, so we tried it out. We had to make our reservations more than 2 weeks in advance, they seated us in the stairwell at the back of the restaurant, and the food was nothing to write home about. Why in the world do people love this place so much? I struggle to think of a place that is more over-rated and more disappointing. For much better food, atmosphere, and value and for less attitude I recommend you go to Luisa's on Union Street instead.

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★★★☆☆

When we moved to Cow Hollow, everyone told us we had to go to A16. I mean, the number of people who mentioned or recommended this place was overwhelming. We figured it must be a really special place, so we tried it out. We had to make our reservations more than 2 weeks in advance, they seated us in the stairwell at the back of the restaurant, and the food was nothing to write home about. Why in the world do people love this place so much? I struggle to think of a place that is more over-rated and more disappointing. For much better food, atmosphere, and value and for less attitude I recommend you go to Luisa's on Union Street instead.

Pros: Sorry...can't think of a single one

Cons: Everything else

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I found this restaurant's reputation to be largely undeserved. Too loud to have a conversation without yelling, the service was excruciatingly slow (2.5 hours for a 3 course meal) and the food was average at best. No wine list, no matter how good, makes-up for these drawbacks. There are much better places to eat in San Francisco - unless you absolutely must "see and be seen" in the Marina.

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★★☆☆☆

I found this restaurant's reputation to be largely undeserved. Too loud to have a conversation without yelling, the service was excruciatingly slow (2.5 hours for a 3 course meal) and the food was average at best. No wine list, no matter how good, makes-up for these drawbacks. There are much better places to eat in San Francisco - unless you absolutely must "see and be seen" in the Marina.

Pros: Good wine list

Cons: Noisy, crowded, dark and slow service.

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I was there for lunch on wednesday,the place wasn't busy,I asked the hostess,can we seat at the
counter?She said no ,the counter is all reserved.
Well I work for really busy italian restaurant,I never eard somebody reserved a counter space for lunch.
We left the pizza counter was still empty.Save your money and time,the city is full of places better then this.
Good food,but orrible customer service,unprofessional hostess and manager.

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★★★☆☆

I was there for lunch on wednesday,the place wasn't busy,I asked the hostess,can we seat at the
counter?She said no ,the counter is all reserved.
Well I work for really busy italian restaurant,I never eard somebody reserved a counter space for lunch.
We left the pizza counter was still empty.Save your money and time,the city is full of places better then this.
Good food,but orrible customer service,unprofessional hostess and manager.

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I'll admit that I'd read the customer reviews--most of them negative--before deciding to eschew their advice and give A16 a try. My husband and I had walked by the place a few times, and the atmosphere looked so inviting, that we figured the reviews were just exaggerations, or maybe just the ventings of a few disgruntled customers who had unusually poor service. Boy, was that a mistake!

It's no joke that you'll probably have a hard time getting a table there, something that in retrospect really amazes me. But if you do manage to get seated, make sure you're ready to spend a lot of money. I can't imagine in what universe this place would be considered "reasonably-priced", but definitely not in the universe I live in! There was hardly a single affordable bottle of wine listed, at least for my husband I who have somewhat of a budget. The food was likewise expensive. While we sucked it up and enjoyed the wine we ordered, I can't say the same for the food. Honestly, it seemed like everything was cooked in a microwave, and overcooked at that! It was painful at the end of the evening to hand over a credit card... what exactly were we paying all that money for?

Needless to say, we'll be avoiding A16 from here on out. I suggest you do the same.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'll admit that I'd read the customer reviews--most of them negative--before deciding to eschew their advice and give A16 a try. My husband and I had walked by the place a few times, and the atmosphere looked so inviting, that we figured the reviews were just exaggerations, or maybe just the ventings of a few disgruntled customers who had unusually poor service. Boy, was that a mistake!

It's no joke that you'll probably have a hard time getting a table there, something that in retrospect really amazes me. But if you do manage to get seated, make sure you're ready to spend a lot of money. I can't imagine in what universe this place would be considered "reasonably-priced", but definitely not in the universe I live in! There was hardly a single affordable bottle of wine listed, at least for my husband I who have somewhat of a budget. The food was likewise expensive. While we sucked it up and enjoyed the wine we ordered, I can't say the same for the food. Honestly, it seemed like everything was cooked in a microwave, and overcooked at that! It was painful at the end of the evening to hand over a credit card... what exactly were we paying all that money for?

Needless to say, we'll be avoiding A16 from here on out. I suggest you do the same.

Pros: Ambience is decent, decent wine if you can afford it

Cons: Very high-priced, poor quality food

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Had a fanstastic dinner there yesterday. The buccatini with clams was amazing with al dente pasta, clams in the shell (rather than the typical shell off canned clams) so you know the clams were alive when cooked, as you find in Italy and wonderful tomato sauce. The porchetta (pork belly) roasted with lots of rosemary and crackling skin was also delicious, but fat phobic Americans should stay away. The wine list is incredible and they feature wines that most restuarants would not do by the glass because of expense, .e.g most restos only do cheap wines by the glass at A16 you can get a glass of wine for $12 a glass of Taurasi that normally retails at $70 and would be on a wine list for $140. Service was efficient and friendly. Seems like the negative reviews on this site result from people who are used to Italian American food. Prices are reasonable with the most expensive entree being $24 and with that you get your choice of side (one word for sides: beans mmm creamy delicious). The food is authentic with pastas that some will consider underdone and meats that some will consider challenging such as tripe, quail, pork shoulder, etc. If you like rustic Slow Food restos in Italy, you will love A16. If you are an adventuresome diner that gets offfal at Asian places, you will love A16. Otherwise, don't bother going and leave the scarse tables to those who appreciate it.

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★★★★★

Had a fanstastic dinner there yesterday. The buccatini with clams was amazing with al dente pasta, clams in the shell (rather than the typical shell off canned clams) so you know the clams were alive when cooked, as you find in Italy and wonderful tomato sauce. The porchetta (pork belly) roasted with lots of rosemary and crackling skin was also delicious, but fat phobic Americans should stay away. The wine list is incredible and they feature wines that most restuarants would not do by the glass because of expense, .e.g most restos only do cheap wines by the glass at A16 you can get a glass of wine for $12 a glass of Taurasi that normally retails at $70 and would be on a wine list for $140. Service was efficient and friendly. Seems like the negative reviews on this site result from people who are used to Italian American food. Prices are reasonable with the most expensive entree being $24 and with that you get your choice of side (one word for sides: beans mmm creamy delicious). The food is authentic with pastas that some will consider underdone and meats that some will consider challenging such as tripe, quail, pork shoulder, etc. If you like rustic Slow Food restos in Italy, you will love A16. If you are an adventuresome diner that gets offfal at Asian places, you will love A16. Otherwise, don't bother going and leave the scarse tables to those who appreciate it.

Pros: Authentic food not common in the U.S. affordable wine list

Cons: Too many people who like it so hard to get a table

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My wife and I visited A16 a year and a half ago and enjoyed ourselves then. So we decided recently for a special occasion to revisit. What we experienced this time made us feel that we were not only in a different restaurant, but a different planet. The service this time around was very robotic and unfriendly. The menu had completely changed; not only were there relatively few choices--particularly if you're not in the mood for pizza--but prices had definitely gone up. And speaking of prices, the wine list was also overpriced. The restaurant does offer the option of 375 milliliter carafes, but at prices that generally match those of full bottles at most other restaurants.

I settled on the quail which, at $20, was one of the less expensive entrees on the menu. The portions that ultimately arrived were tiny, as well as bland and chewy. My wife ordered the pasta with clams, and spent the entire meal spitting out pieces of shells; she finally gave up. We left soon after, still hungry, very disappointed, and much lighter in the wallet. There are too many good restaurants in the city--and on Chestnut Street, for that matter--to ever consider going back to A16 again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I visited A16 a year and a half ago and enjoyed ourselves then. So we decided recently for a special occasion to revisit. What we experienced this time made us feel that we were not only in a different restaurant, but a different planet. The service this time around was very robotic and unfriendly. The menu had completely changed; not only were there relatively few choices--particularly if you're not in the mood for pizza--but prices had definitely gone up. And speaking of prices, the wine list was also overpriced. The restaurant does offer the option of 375 milliliter carafes, but at prices that generally match those of full bottles at most other restaurants.

I settled on the quail which, at $20, was one of the less expensive entrees on the menu. The portions that ultimately arrived were tiny, as well as bland and chewy. My wife ordered the pasta with clams, and spent the entire meal spitting out pieces of shells; she finally gave up. We left soon after, still hungry, very disappointed, and much lighter in the wallet. There are too many good restaurants in the city--and on Chestnut Street, for that matter--to ever consider going back to A16 again.

Cons: Ridiculously high prices, disappointing food, unfriendly service

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We couldn't wait to try this "recommended" retaurant. The Burrato appetizer was specifically mentioned in a travel magazine and being that I am of Southern Italian descent, I was excited to scope it out before bringing my dad and other friends. I called to inquire about the wait time at 7:45pm on a Thursday night and was told it was about 20 min. but would probably be less by the time we got there. We arrived at the crowded restaurant at 8:20 pm, and were told the wait was 30-35 min. After 30 min. one of the hostesses said it would be about 10 more minutes, fine. Another couple came in after us and ate at the bar and left while we were still waiting for a table. At 9:00 the other hostess said it would be about 15 more minutes, we were already invested at this point. After a 65 min. wait we were seated at a high bar table next to the "bathroom. Waitress was great, service was prompt and attentive. The other guests were all trying to out yell each other. I wish I knew sign language to talk to my husband, luckily we can kind of read lips. The appetizers were decent, burrato not worth the 65 min. wait. Prociutto tasting was good, but 2 types for $14? Hardly a "tasting. My husband's orrechiette was so undercooked it was crunchy. My gnocchi, while light and fluffy, were totally devoid of taste as was the broth they were served in. The meatballs that accompanied them were the texture won-ton filling with out any flavor whatsoever. We should have sent the orrechiette back but are typically skeptical of eating food prepared by an offended cook. Should have stopped there, but ordered the gelato of the house as the rest of the desert menu was interesting but not appetizing. Wow, so bad, not creamy. The bittersweet chocolate flavor was o.k. but the texture was chunky and icy, not what I would consider gelato.
My family is from Calabria, we go back often and we know Southern Italian food. The menu was authentic, the taste was not. Very disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

We couldn't wait to try this "recommended" retaurant. The Burrato appetizer was specifically mentioned in a travel magazine and being that I am of Southern Italian descent, I was excited to scope it out before bringing my dad and other friends. I called to inquire about the wait time at 7:45pm on a Thursday night and was told it was about 20 min. but would probably be less by the time we got there. We arrived at the crowded restaurant at 8:20 pm, and were told the wait was 30-35 min. After 30 min. one of the hostesses said it would be about 10 more minutes, fine. Another couple came in after us and ate at the bar and left while we were still waiting for a table. At 9:00 the other hostess said it would be about 15 more minutes, we were already invested at this point. After a 65 min. wait we were seated at a high bar table next to the "bathroom. Waitress was great, service was prompt and attentive. The other guests were all trying to out yell each other. I wish I knew sign language to talk to my husband, luckily we can kind of read lips. The appetizers were decent, burrato not worth the 65 min. wait. Prociutto tasting was good, but 2 types for $14? Hardly a "tasting. My husband's orrechiette was so undercooked it was crunchy. My gnocchi, while light and fluffy, were totally devoid of taste as was the broth they were served in. The meatballs that accompanied them were the texture won-ton filling with out any flavor whatsoever. We should have sent the orrechiette back but are typically skeptical of eating food prepared by an offended cook. Should have stopped there, but ordered the gelato of the house as the rest of the desert menu was interesting but not appetizing. Wow, so bad, not creamy. The bittersweet chocolate flavor was o.k. but the texture was chunky and icy, not what I would consider gelato.
My family is from Calabria, we go back often and we know Southern Italian food. The menu was authentic, the taste was not. Very disappointed.

Pros: Extensive wine menu, great olive oil, good service

Cons: Bland food, long wait, very loud, hard to park,

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The food was fine, less expensive than I thought. We're very knowledgeable about wines except for Italian wines so we asked the server to recommend something full bodied like a cab - she recommended more of a pinot. I would have returned the bottle but she as *so confident* so we tastefully accepted it. It was a $50 mistake. Dinner would have been so much better had the wine been what we wanted. Left after $100 dinner pretty disappointed. If we return, it will only be to the bar; the bartenders were pleasant and knowledgeable.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was fine, less expensive than I thought. We're very knowledgeable about wines except for Italian wines so we asked the server to recommend something full bodied like a cab - she recommended more of a pinot. I would have returned the bottle but she as *so confident* so we tastefully accepted it. It was a $50 mistake. Dinner would have been so much better had the wine been what we wanted. Left after $100 dinner pretty disappointed. If we return, it will only be to the bar; the bartenders were pleasant and knowledgeable.

Pros: great service, great bartenders

Cons: the waiters don't know a thing about wine - talk to the bartenders instead

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What a place. Great food and wine. My husband and I came down from Stockton to dine at A16 and was it worth it. The service was great and the ambience was incredible.

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★★★★★

What a place. Great food and wine. My husband and I came down from Stockton to dine at A16 and was it worth it. The service was great and the ambience was incredible.

Pros: Outstanding food and service

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I can't comment on the food as we never got to it. My husband, 2 children and I decided to eat at A16 for lunch. We arrived at 1:15. The hostess said the wait would be between 30 and 45 minutes. We decided to wait. She continuously said another 5 minutes. After an hour, we finally got seated in the back of the restaurant. As we were waiting, we noticed others without reservations being seated before us. We also noticed that there were empty tables in the restaurant. Once we were seated, it took 15 minutes for the waitress to give us water. She never asked if we wanted anything else to drink. After another 20 minutes, we still had not seen her again, but my husband noticed her standing next to the bar. We had enough. We walked out. My husband told the manager exactly what he thought on the way out and also told the waitress. I have never been treated that poorly in any restaurant before.

We did happen to look at the menu which is extremely limited. While the waitress was pouring the waters, I asked her what one of the appetizers was and she stated, "stomach lining" and walked away.

When we walked out, we went to a very nice Italian restaurant just down the street. Obviously, A16 has gotten too big for its britches. With all the wonderful restaurants in San Francisco avoid this place like the plague.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't comment on the food as we never got to it. My husband, 2 children and I decided to eat at A16 for lunch. We arrived at 1:15. The hostess said the wait would be between 30 and 45 minutes. We decided to wait. She continuously said another 5 minutes. After an hour, we finally got seated in the back of the restaurant. As we were waiting, we noticed others without reservations being seated before us. We also noticed that there were empty tables in the restaurant. Once we were seated, it took 15 minutes for the waitress to give us water. She never asked if we wanted anything else to drink. After another 20 minutes, we still had not seen her again, but my husband noticed her standing next to the bar. We had enough. We walked out. My husband told the manager exactly what he thought on the way out and also told the waitress. I have never been treated that poorly in any restaurant before.

We did happen to look at the menu which is extremely limited. While the waitress was pouring the waters, I asked her what one of the appetizers was and she stated, "stomach lining" and walked away.

When we walked out, we went to a very nice Italian restaurant just down the street. Obviously, A16 has gotten too big for its britches. With all the wonderful restaurants in San Francisco avoid this place like the plague.

Pros: don't know never got to eat

Cons: seating, service, people skills, hospitality skills

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Unless a restaurant is horrible I'll give it a second shot - I did with A16 and won't be going back a third time. The service was just okay - she was nice enough but slow and would disapper for long periods of time. The food was mediocre. Pizza was overly sauced and the crust was tough. The salads were nothing to write home about - as a matter of fact my beet salad had no flavor. It was a large serving, too bad it didn't have any taste (our waitress didn't bring the pepper until we were done w/our salads even though I asked when we ordered and again when she brought the plates to the table). A friend of mine had the chicken - I took a couple of bites and thought it was moist and delicious - he said after about 5 bites it was too salty. The wine list is impressive and our server did know her wines. Not worth the money - would rather eat at Fuzio or D'Angelo's down the street.

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★★☆☆☆

Unless a restaurant is horrible I'll give it a second shot - I did with A16 and won't be going back a third time. The service was just okay - she was nice enough but slow and would disapper for long periods of time. The food was mediocre. Pizza was overly sauced and the crust was tough. The salads were nothing to write home about - as a matter of fact my beet salad had no flavor. It was a large serving, too bad it didn't have any taste (our waitress didn't bring the pepper until we were done w/our salads even though I asked when we ordered and again when she brought the plates to the table). A friend of mine had the chicken - I took a couple of bites and thought it was moist and delicious - he said after about 5 bites it was too salty. The wine list is impressive and our server did know her wines. Not worth the money - would rather eat at Fuzio or D'Angelo's down the street.

Pros: Wine List

Cons: Food, service

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I don't understand the hype. The wait was way too long, the service not good, and the food extremely uninteresting. And all that for $70 or so a person (with wine, which admittedly is from a good selection)!

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't understand the hype. The wait was way too long, the service not good, and the food extremely uninteresting. And all that for $70 or so a person (with wine, which admittedly is from a good selection)!

Cons: Overpriced, unexciting food

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I only had the pizzas with friends. Very good fresh pies, service was great, desserts were yummy. The place was crowded on a friday night and we had no reservations, but we didn't wait long for a table. Good wine bar to mingle at, and the bartender definitely knew his stuff.

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★★★★☆

I only had the pizzas with friends. Very good fresh pies, service was great, desserts were yummy. The place was crowded on a friday night and we had no reservations, but we didn't wait long for a table. Good wine bar to mingle at, and the bartender definitely knew his stuff.

Pros: Pizza, Wine Bar, Service

Cons: Loud

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We just don't understand the hype. We've dined twice and on both occasions we have had fare that is just okay. As the server explained the food is Italian like the Southern Italians prepare their food - we are from Sorrento and what we had does not compare. The wines list was very thorough with many Italian selections. We were disappointed in the pizza because we found it to be charred, with lots of dust on the underside of the crust. Our server was quite nice and amiable. We think that if a restaurant is going to call itself an Italian restaurant than it should serve the food like the Italians like their food - simply.

1
★★★☆☆

We just don't understand the hype. We've dined twice and on both occasions we have had fare that is just okay. As the server explained the food is Italian like the Southern Italians prepare their food - we are from Sorrento and what we had does not compare. The wines list was very thorough with many Italian selections. We were disappointed in the pizza because we found it to be charred, with lots of dust on the underside of the crust. Our server was quite nice and amiable. We think that if a restaurant is going to call itself an Italian restaurant than it should serve the food like the Italians like their food - simply.

Pros: Wine list, nice server

Cons: noise, parking

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A great ol' chummy pal offered to take my wife and I out dining at his favorite Italian. I was apprehensive at first, being that pasta isn't my favorite meal, but he assured us that this was authentic Southern Italian cuisine. Cabs were hard to find from his place on Broadway (Friday night that it was), so was parking once we got there. There was a line but luckily we had reservations. Mark was a familiar face we soon found out. Back-slappings, hugs, kisses and finally we were at our table.

Andrew, our barman, brought a bottle of incredibly tropical-tasting red wine. I could bet my bottom dollar that guava was fused in there, somewhere. I thought we ordered 5 dishes between us three but the chef kept sending out dish after dish. As if to complement the chef, Shelly, the owner, brought us 2 additional bottles of exquisite red wine. The fact that I didn't suffer a hangover the next morning assured me of the quality of the wines. The tripe dish I ordered reminded me so very much of a West African vegetable dish sauteed with assorted meat. It was succulent, sumptuous and hm hmm hmmm. I was taken in by the hostesses too, well dressed yet very chic, most professional.

This a place to go if you need to impress a date or a special guest. Just remember to make reservations and call a cab!

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★★★★★

A great ol' chummy pal offered to take my wife and I out dining at his favorite Italian. I was apprehensive at first, being that pasta isn't my favorite meal, but he assured us that this was authentic Southern Italian cuisine. Cabs were hard to find from his place on Broadway (Friday night that it was), so was parking once we got there. There was a line but luckily we had reservations. Mark was a familiar face we soon found out. Back-slappings, hugs, kisses and finally we were at our table.

Andrew, our barman, brought a bottle of incredibly tropical-tasting red wine. I could bet my bottom dollar that guava was fused in there, somewhere. I thought we ordered 5 dishes between us three but the chef kept sending out dish after dish. As if to complement the chef, Shelly, the owner, brought us 2 additional bottles of exquisite red wine. The fact that I didn't suffer a hangover the next morning assured me of the quality of the wines. The tripe dish I ordered reminded me so very much of a West African vegetable dish sauteed with assorted meat. It was succulent, sumptuous and hm hmm hmmm. I was taken in by the hostesses too, well dressed yet very chic, most professional.

This a place to go if you need to impress a date or a special guest. Just remember to make reservations and call a cab!

Pros: Great crowd, warm service, really nice wine

Cons: Parking

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the pizza is good. (better than most places) not great. sort of done in napolitana style, but has too much sauce and never has to come out as charred as it sometimes does. and for all the hype and $ it should be great. service is always weird and bottom line is, its amateur service....i think this place is someone's hobby... anything we've had other than the pizza was a disaster.

1
★★★☆☆

the pizza is good. (better than most places) not great. sort of done in napolitana style, but has too much sauce and never has to come out as charred as it sometimes does. and for all the hype and $ it should be great. service is always weird and bottom line is, its amateur service....i think this place is someone's hobby... anything we've had other than the pizza was a disaster.

Pros: pizza

Cons: everything else

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One of my friends brought me to this restaurant this past Tuesday (around 7PM). Although I'm not a huge fan of Italian food and saucey dishes, we decided to give this place a whirl anyways. We were proptly seated at the bar in the main room (no wait) in front of the brick oven and prep line.

The wine list was VERY impressive and am a HUGE fan of the 1/2 bottle carafes they have to offer. The sommelier was even nice enough to come over and explain to us his favorites and how the list is formatted. The complexity that some of the Italian wines carry with them are unparallel to most California wines. Our waitress was also very friendly and even swapped out our side plates before every course...service points.

My friend had been here a few times before so I let her ordered a few small plates, a pizza, and a pasta dish to share (Prosciutto and beet salad, tripe, mozzarella burrata, garlic/anchovy pizza, and mushroom pasta.) I rarely go to a restaurant and truly enjoy every dish; the tripe was my least favorite and I don't even like tripe! The fresh ingredients are highlighted in every plate and are unmasked by heavy sauces and butter. If you're a fan of Olive Garden Style pasta swimming in their signature butter/cream/tablewine slurry, I'm unsure whether to recommend this restaurant to you. I've never been to Italy therefore can not preach to you if this is an 'authentic' Italian restaurant, however I think their approach to food is uncompromising and refreshing. I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

One of my friends brought me to this restaurant this past Tuesday (around 7PM). Although I'm not a huge fan of Italian food and saucey dishes, we decided to give this place a whirl anyways. We were proptly seated at the bar in the main room (no wait) in front of the brick oven and prep line.

The wine list was VERY impressive and am a HUGE fan of the 1/2 bottle carafes they have to offer. The sommelier was even nice enough to come over and explain to us his favorites and how the list is formatted. The complexity that some of the Italian wines carry with them are unparallel to most California wines. Our waitress was also very friendly and even swapped out our side plates before every course...service points.

My friend had been here a few times before so I let her ordered a few small plates, a pizza, and a pasta dish to share (Prosciutto and beet salad, tripe, mozzarella burrata, garlic/anchovy pizza, and mushroom pasta.) I rarely go to a restaurant and truly enjoy every dish; the tripe was my least favorite and I don't even like tripe! The fresh ingredients are highlighted in every plate and are unmasked by heavy sauces and butter. If you're a fan of Olive Garden Style pasta swimming in their signature butter/cream/tablewine slurry, I'm unsure whether to recommend this restaurant to you. I've never been to Italy therefore can not preach to you if this is an 'authentic' Italian restaurant, however I think their approach to food is uncompromising and refreshing. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Wine List, Great Food, Service

Cons: Typical Marina Crowd

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city by far. I have come many times and had nothing but amazing food, with excellent, attentive service. You can go casual and order one of their delicious pizzas, or try any of the entrees for a more formal meal. If you're into wine at all, this is one of the best wine lists in SF. The only downside is they are always busy and you can have trouble getting reservations. I recommend going early and just putting your name in, and having a glass of wine at the bar while you wait. Well worth it!

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city by far. I have come many times and had nothing but amazing food, with excellent, attentive service. You can go casual and order one of their delicious pizzas, or try any of the entrees for a more formal meal. If you're into wine at all, this is one of the best wine lists in SF. The only downside is they are always busy and you can have trouble getting reservations. I recommend going early and just putting your name in, and having a glass of wine at the bar while you wait. Well worth it!

Pros: Amazing food, wine

Cons: Small and tough to get a table

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It was hard to get a reservation to this place, so we settled on an early evening seating. Although we were told beforehand that we needed to leave by a certain time, we were never rushed. Comfortable place, but can get a little loud.

Great sausage pizza, and great plates of burrata and soppressata. Would go back any time for those. Desserts were good, but my chocolate dessert, while interesting with touches of olive oil and sea salt, was a bit too savory for my taste.

2
★★★★★

It was hard to get a reservation to this place, so we settled on an early evening seating. Although we were told beforehand that we needed to leave by a certain time, we were never rushed. Comfortable place, but can get a little loud.

Great sausage pizza, and great plates of burrata and soppressata. Would go back any time for those. Desserts were good, but my chocolate dessert, while interesting with touches of olive oil and sea salt, was a bit too savory for my taste.

Pros: Pizza, Salumi, nice outdoor area

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I have been to this restaurants a couple of times and it is different every time. I think I have figured it out: they prefer their customers to be just a table for two and gorgous. When I have been with just a date service is fine, when I showed up with my family, who happens to be from the campania region of italy, they made us wait 40 minutes after our set reservation time!! And they were rude and snide and made us feel like we were inconviencing them. Funny, cuz we were the ones planning on dropping a few hundred bucks. About the food: pizza was great and authentic, but some of the main dishes, like the lamb were horrible. So I recommend going with one other person and sitting up at the bar with a pizza and try avoiding the hostesses!!!

1
★★★☆☆

I have been to this restaurants a couple of times and it is different every time. I think I have figured it out: they prefer their customers to be just a table for two and gorgous. When I have been with just a date service is fine, when I showed up with my family, who happens to be from the campania region of italy, they made us wait 40 minutes after our set reservation time!! And they were rude and snide and made us feel like we were inconviencing them. Funny, cuz we were the ones planning on dropping a few hundred bucks. About the food: pizza was great and authentic, but some of the main dishes, like the lamb were horrible. So I recommend going with one other person and sitting up at the bar with a pizza and try avoiding the hostesses!!!

Pros: Great Pizza

Cons: Crowded Tables and Rude Hostesses

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I was vowed by the excellent food, excellent service and the New York ambience at A16 - the first I went, and then, again, the second and third time. In my opinion, it serves the best pizzas in San Francisco, and maybe even the US. It's time for Mario Batali to consider himself second best since A16's pizzas reign supreme. The wine list has something for everyone's taste buds and different pocket sizes, and the food always impresses. Two thumbs up. For those who go back, please order the house pasta - excellent is the only way I can describe the simplicity and the tastefulness of the dish - and please don't forget to try the roasted peppers with anchiove. The desserts sound a little weird, but again, I think for anyone with a good palate, you're going to appreciate the fare.

2
★★★★★

I was vowed by the excellent food, excellent service and the New York ambience at A16 - the first I went, and then, again, the second and third time. In my opinion, it serves the best pizzas in San Francisco, and maybe even the US. It's time for Mario Batali to consider himself second best since A16's pizzas reign supreme. The wine list has something for everyone's taste buds and different pocket sizes, and the food always impresses. Two thumbs up. For those who go back, please order the house pasta - excellent is the only way I can describe the simplicity and the tastefulness of the dish - and please don't forget to try the roasted peppers with anchiove. The desserts sound a little weird, but again, I think for anyone with a good palate, you're going to appreciate the fare.

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The ambiance in A16 is high-energy without being loud and overwhelming. The food is good, but rather pricey for what you get. I recommend sitting at the chef's station and watching the cooks in action.

2
★★★★★

The ambiance in A16 is high-energy without being loud and overwhelming. The food is good, but rather pricey for what you get. I recommend sitting at the chef's station and watching the cooks in action.

Pros: good food, ambiance, friendly staff

Cons: pricey

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Went to A16 and I have to say it was amazing. This is a place to come and have a dinning experience. The food is good and is served as small plates. You order in courses and you can either order a bottle of wine or have a flight of different wines. By the way, as you have read the wine list is crazy big.
This place is always busy and it is very hard to get a reservation, however it is one of those places you can dine at late and it will be very romantic. I find it to be a place that you must dine at at least once. I how ever can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

Went to A16 and I have to say it was amazing. This is a place to come and have a dinning experience. The food is good and is served as small plates. You order in courses and you can either order a bottle of wine or have a flight of different wines. By the way, as you have read the wine list is crazy big.
This place is always busy and it is very hard to get a reservation, however it is one of those places you can dine at late and it will be very romantic. I find it to be a place that you must dine at at least once. I how ever can't wait to go back!

Pros: Wine list, food

Cons: tight seating

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The pizza was great and the wine list deserves the accolades that it constantly receives. But the other food that came was average, if not below average. The pork loin was almost entirely fat (i.e. white and grissly) so I feel like I barely got to eat. The service was so-so but the ambience was nice. I guess next time I'd just go there for wine and order a pizza as an appetizer. I was bummed b/c so many critics have given A16 such rave reviews....seems like it may have gotten ahead of itself with some of the other menu items.

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★★★☆☆

The pizza was great and the wine list deserves the accolades that it constantly receives. But the other food that came was average, if not below average. The pork loin was almost entirely fat (i.e. white and grissly) so I feel like I barely got to eat. The service was so-so but the ambience was nice. I guess next time I'd just go there for wine and order a pizza as an appetizer. I was bummed b/c so many critics have given A16 such rave reviews....seems like it may have gotten ahead of itself with some of the other menu items.

Pros: excellent pizza, great wine list, fun ambience

Cons: rest of the food isn't exceptional, service is somewhat rushed, way too expensive for what you get

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This still-hot spot specializing in the cuisine of Campania continues to turn out dishes such as succulent pork shoulder, handmade pastas and, of course, the signature Neapolitan-style pizza, hands down some of the Bay Area's best, touting…

 

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