A16 Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

A16

2355 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

415-771-2216

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A16 San Francisco Exterior Decor

Opened in 2004, A16 has since been present on many top Italian restaurant lists. It is a very popular restaurant in the Marina district, with prime time reservations needing to be booked a week or two in advance. This restaurant is serious about wine and pairing. Our last visit was in the summer of 2012.

A16 San Francisco interior decor

Wine prices by the glass are reasonable but are tiny. A better bet is a carafe that can serve almost 3 glasses. C Luli Chardonnay was $23.

Decor, Vibe – This is a loud place with lots of folks of all ages. Families, young adults, and the older set. The decor is a little understated.

A16 Menu pics

A16 San Francisco Wine Menu

Wine Board

A16 Picks:

A16 San Francisco Mozzarella burrata

Mozzarella burrata with olive oil, sea salt and crostini ($11) – Awesome dip for the toasted bread. The Mozzarella did not even taste cheesy. Great appetizer.

A16 San Francisco yellowtail jack crudo

Yellowtail jack crudo with plum, fried bread crumbs and calabrian chiles ($14) included 5 thin slices of very fresh fish.

A16 San Francisco bruschetta

Bruschetta with braised calamari, capers, tomato and cannellini beans ($11) was a pain to cut but was topped with 3 types of fresh tomatoes.

A16 San Francisco Tuna conserva

Tuna conserva and artichokes with grilled bread, basil and chiles ($11) – Put some tuna (Almost canned tuna style) on top of grilled bread and chow down. Also a very good appetizer.

A16 San Francisco Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza – tomato, mozzarella, grana padano, basil, olive oil ($15) – Fairly thin pizza without a soggy middle.  Good but light balance of tomato sauce and cheese.  Little burns on edges. Chewy Edge crust is good, not buttery. Good but we preferred the Salsiccia instead. You could polish off one of these easily. Leftovers the next day were still good. Una Pizza Napoletana remains king in SF with better texture and flavor.

A16 San Francisco Salisiccia Pizza

Salsiccia pizza – fennel sausage, spring onions, mozzarella, grana padano, garlic, chiles ($15.50) – Zesty but tasty sausage. Nice thin crust that was not burned. Very balanced, not overly cheesy. A little better than Delfina Pizzaria’s version.

A16 San Francisco Maccaronara

Maccaronara with ragu napoletana and house-made ricotta salata ($10 appetizer portion) was al dente and made fresh daily. Thicker noodle with a very tomatoey sauce.

A16 San Francisco Duck confitura and ricotta ravioli

Duck confitura and ricotta ravioli with leeks, black pepper and grana padno ($12) were delicate little raviolis, thin skinned, with nice bursts of duck in side

Squid ink cavatelli with cherry tomatoes, garlic, calabrian chiles and house-cured tuna heart ($20) were like black little worms bathed in a nice sauce. Good sized portion, nice spicy kick, and no black lips!

A16 San Francisco Ricotta gnocchi

Ricotta gnocchi in brodo with leeks, mint, pancetta and black pepper ($9 or $16 Large) – Delicious with little meatballs.

Gramigna Pasta ($18 Large) – Unusual pasta that uses the black ink from an Octopus. We were shocked to find it was a very good dish.

Beef Tri Tip ($24) – Several pre-sliced pieces of good Tri Tip with cherry tomatoes on top, wild arugula, and grana padano cheese. Good quality and most pieces are cooked medium rare.

Panna Cotta ($8) – Great dessert with pistachios on top. Very smooth and good accent from the fruit.

OK:

Salumi La Quercia acorn edition tasting: coppa, lonza and lardo ($16) – The Duck part was tasty, as was prosciutto. Some of the others were pretty bland.

Roasted potatoes and cauliflower with marinated onions, capers, and chilies ($6) was a pretty standard vegetable dish. Nothing special.

Fuzzy Naples ($9) – A funky little drink with Lillet Blanc, orange juice, and peach juice. Try the extensive wine selection instead.

Pans:
None

We’ve been to this restaurant several times and the food remains very good at A16. Food quality is close to our favorites: Delfina and Perbacco. A16 remains a very popular place that anyone interested in high quality Italian food should visit.

Be sure to check out the A16 Food and Wine Book

A16 on Urbanspoon

A16 Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Hours:W-F 11:30am-2:30pm. Su-Th 5pm-10pm. F-Sa 5pm-11pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$11 - $24

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    My wife and I had dinner at A16 on Saturday, March 6, 2010. We circled for about one-half hour to find parking. Finally we found it about one-half mile away.

    The place is very busy. The waiters do not have much time to spend with you. I asked if the chicken was juicy. The waiter said it was. The chicken arrived very dry. Even with a liberal amount of salt, I still could not add much flavor to the chicken. I mentioned this to the waiter. He did not offer a substitute. I paid the full price but reflected the poor chicken dish in the amount of tip I left. I would give the restaurant just OK marks. When you consider the parking situation, the rushed service, and the spotty meal, A16 does not deserve a very good rating.

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