San Francisco, CA
A16 in San Francisco is located on Chestnut Street in the Marina district. It’s about a 15 minute cab ride (depending on traffic) from the downtown/Union Square area. Chestnut Street is an interesting street with a wide array of shops, bars, restaurants and other small businesses.
Atmosphere & Service
A16 is long and narrow. The bar area is right in the front of the restaurant as you walk in the door. There are a few high top tables as you work your way towards the tables in the back. In the far back, is small atrium that has tables as well. The kitchen is open to the main dining area, as is the large wood burning pizza oven. While A16 has a semi-formal vibe to it, it’s really very casual. It can be a bit noisy when it’s packed (which is most of the time), but it’s not unbearable.
Service was great. Very attentive without being cloying. Our server and floor manager had a great knowledge of the wine list and food came out quickly once ordered.
Food & Drink
We’ve been to A16 a couple of times and the food has always been great. The menu is Italian centric, but they always have a seafood special, along with a few others. The wood burning pizza oven churns out great gourmet pizzas, which are fairly good sized for the price. Two people could easily share a pizza and a salad and be satisfied. The pasta shines here, as do the seafood dishes. Most courses are available in small and large portions, so you can go in with just about any sized appetite and not worry about too much or too little food. Prices for appetizers, entrees are dessert are moderate, especially for San Francisco.
The wine list here is extensive. It focuses primarily on central and southern Italian, along with a few selections from California, which is to be expected. There is a decent selection of wines by the glass and bottles of wine are priced well. On our last visit, our server directed us to a great red wine from Stags Leap in Napa that paired perfectly with our meal.
A16 is a great place for Italian, especially outside of the downtown core area of San Francisco. It’s located in a great neighborhood, that begs you to stroll along the street after your meal.