An interesting collection of menu items that any foodie (I haven't met a food I don't like) would appreciate. Preparation and presentation was outstanding.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great late-night find!
Nearing the end of our foodie week and after many attempts at reservations here, we finally got it! The chicken liver pate and garrotka from the cheese/butcher block was a great partner to the Guatamayan cocktail. The bean salad was superb. These alone were enough for a perfect summer evening treat. The pork chop and chicken entrees were so tasty and delicious, we didn't leave a morsel even if we were so stuffed already.Service was outstanding- from the maitre'd to the bartender, and our super gorgeous server. The place is small with tables crowded in too close to the next--don't expect a romantic night; it's a place to meet folks as you may be forced to a tete-a-tete with the couple/s at the next table/s--which maybe is not a bad thing.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an early reservation
We had an early reservation for lunch and got a window table as requested...very pleasant! Wait staff is exceptional. We weren't rushed, even though people were waiting to be seated.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress gave us the perfect
Our waitress gave us the perfect wine recommendation. Service was excellent. The gnocchi was fantastic, as well as the pulled pork and wild rice soup - we want the recipe! Our only hesitation in giving a five star rating is the noise level - too loud to be very romantic for an anniversary celebration. You have to really lean in to hear your table mate speaking, and have to talk loudly to be heard. And, rib eye was ordered medium, being assured that it would be pink, not red. It came very rare, and had to be sent back. We would go back for sure, but not order steak again.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
great as always
We love Wood Tavern, it's friendly staff, laid back vibe, excellent food and cocktails. Wish it were easier to get a table but it makes sense that it's not! Super popular.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice to celebrate a 72nd birthday!! Especially yummy appetizers & loved the crusted halibut.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved Wood Tavern!
The food was amazing - cooked perfectly, full of flavor, and elegantly presented. The service was amiable, courteous, and timely. We had a romantic and leisurely evening at Wood Tavern, and will be back!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Wood Tavern!
Great bar with knowledgeable bartenders. Food is well thought out and excellently prepared! Service is friendly.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A close friend highly recommended this restaurant and I was not disappointed.
We had every course they offered, which were paced well and never seemed like they were rushing us out to turn the table, they wanted us to enjoy the meal. Our selections from the butcher block and firsts were fantastic. The main dishes that we got were very good but were not the items that stood out in the overall experience. Dessert was also very good.
The service was great and prices were extremely reasonable for the high quality food they serve. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will be going back again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gem of Berkeley
The best place to bring a special guest. The best food in the East Bay and serves the best Bloody Mary's with a beer chaser. If you don't have reservations for dinner, you can sit at the bar but go early as the limited seating fills up fast.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made reservations for my
I made reservations for my wife Carole and two fellow grade school teachers from SF. Two burgers and a pastrami later, my wife reported two more converts to the Wood Tavern mystique.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service is exceptional here. A definite neighborhood gem!!!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rich food, noisy setting
They take usual combinations and crank it up a notch, e.g, who has not had figs with goat cheese &/or prosciutto &/or balsamic? Here the figs are bruleed, the goat cheese is a mousse, and the balsamic is aged. Portions are LARGE. The perfectly cooked pork belly starter: 5 LARGE cubes with pressed watermelon & watercress. 2 of us shared 4 starters, 1 main dish (of which we took 1/2 home) & 3 glasses of wine for $105 before tip. An excellent deal for very well executed food in the Bay Area. But the tables are very small and close together, so the noise level and the crowded feeling was a bit of a down side for us. My recommendation depends on whether you are in the mood for someplace "vibrant or energetic" or in the mood to focus on the food.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wood Tavern is ALWAYS a fantastic spot to enjoy great food, people watching, a business conversation, or just a leisurely dinner or lunch with good friends and a glass of wine. The food is superb, with every attention to detail paid to ingredients and presentation, and the service attentive.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food, great drinks
Terrific food, great drinks and friendly service. A little on the pricey side, especially for lunch, but well worth it. Will definitely return.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the food here is fantastic, but it is the burger that keeps me coming back. A hamburger is a very humble and simple dish which is is why the outstanding hamburger at Wood Tavern is so impressive. It has all the usual parts -- bread, meat, cheese --but it is just juicy, and wonderful and head and shoulders above all the competition. The scrappy, crisp little shoe string fries are a perfect accompaniment.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Need to try something new!
First time to this restaurant for lunch. Enjoyed the warm feeling of the dining room. There is a wonderful smell of a wood burning oven. Nice wine list . The bloody Mary was so good. I tried the "fried pork belly" as a starter. It was awesome. Sandwiches were delicious. I will come back to try their pasta dishes.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wood Tavern was phenomenal.
Wood Tavern was phenomenal. Our waitress Ipe was superb! ~Hannah and Patrick
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great addition to college ave
This was my second time dinning here only because it is so hard to get a reservation. The food and service is amazing! My palate is still satisfied after the Nieman ranch burger, which is the best I've ever had.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy food, great service
We came to Wood Tavern for my mom's birthday. The food was really delicious and beautifully prepared - but what stood out even more to me was the service. Everyone at the restaurant was so pleasant, with just the right attentiveness. We had a really good time with our server, and when she found out it was Mom's birthday she went ahead and gave us dessert with a candle, without me even having to sneak away to ask! We will definitely be back.
The only (relatively small) drawback here is that it is pretty noisy. If you're looking for a quiet meal this is not for you - that being said, it didn't bother us at all.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite restaurant in Oakland
Once again, WT delivers awesome food, amazing cocktails, attentive service, a great vibe and, compared with other places (especially at lunchtime), a good value. Can't go wrong with duck rillette, the burger and a couple of Woodford Manhattans. Will be back again and again, introducing friends and family -- and new fans -- to WT every time.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Believe it or not I booked a table for 6 one night before we dined at Wood Tavern...lucky me?!! Anyway the food and ambiance was great, such a nice area of Oakland.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is fabulous! Great menu.
Food is fabulous! Great menu. Excellent chef and magnificent competent staff. Great for lunch and dinner.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. I
Great food and service. I wish there was less noise
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wood Tavern is one of my favorites.
Wood Tavern is one of my favorites. Food is consistently good and service is great!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still the best!
Everything was absolutely fabulous - from the food to our server (Suzanne) to our awesome drinks. I love bringing friends and family here to showcase the best of Oakland and the entire east bay. The food is consistently outstanding, not just good, and Suzanne was spectacular. I've brought dozens here over the last few years and not a single one has left disappointed or not completely wowed. Can't wait till the next time!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food but service fair
We absolutely loved the food. The restaurant was a bit louder than I expected and our server was slow to take our food order. The people next to us who sat 10 min after we did received their appetizers before us. We were quite hungry and this didn't fare well. After that the service priced
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous - don't miss it!
Hands down the best cassoulet I've ever tasted... I will be dreaming of it for months as brisk autumn weather sets in. The seafood stew was also very tasty, as was the tomato cucumber salad with just the right amount of quinoa mixed in - very savory!
Lovely small place, lots of natural wood and calm colors upwards towards soaring ceilings, but it lacks any sound-absorbing materials however, so don't expect to be able to have a quiet conversation... All in all a fabulous find - you'll love it!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy our dinners at Wood Tavern. I especially appreciate their being able to prepare my dishes gluten free as I have celiac autoimmune disease. My wife loved the halibut,
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, good food
There always seems to be one amazing dish, and then a couple that are only ok. My sister had the burger, which came highly recommended by a friend. Alas, the baguette-in-place-of-bun made it really tough to bite into, so the poor patty got squeezed and squeezed so much that by the end, it was really dry. I had the ribeye, which was really flavorful despite being overcooked. I ordered it rare and it came a definite medium rare. If it hadn't been overcooked, it would have been amazing! But then our one amazing dish - my fiance ordered the bone marrow risotto with braised short rib. That was sinfully delicious! Wish we had ordered it too...!
That said, though, the service is really great. Everyone is so pleasant and helpful.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We had the calamari and butter bean salad which was light and refreshing. My husband ordered the ribeye which was perfectly cooked and I had the braised short ribs over a bone marrow risotto. We both loved our dishes and had to take half of it home so we could order dessert. Perhaps the most memorable part of the evening was when our server surprised me with a small vase of flowers during the appetizer part of the meal. My husband had told her at the beginning that he was just scammed by an internet company scamming people ordering flowers. I never got the flowers he ordered. Next thing I know she presents me with flowers from the flower shop next door. You can't imagine how surprised I was. We will definitely return!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another amazing meal at WT
Brought my friend here for her belated b-day meal. I've been raving about WT to her, as I do to most of my friends/family, and she'd been wanting to come. It surely didn't disappoint. We came on Sat. afternoon for lunch. The ambience was lively, the host was friendly (and Mr. Wood also was very welcoming), our server was good, and the food was phenomenal as usual. The WT Woodford Manhattan is the best in all of Oakland. I love introducing the place to newcomers and having them love it just as much. Thanks, Wood Tavern. You are still my favorite spot in the East Bay, maybe in all of the Bay Area.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for Lunch
Dinner can often be a crush at Wood Tavern and the noise level is high. Lunch is a different animal - quite, relaxed - the servers have the time to devote to you and I think the food is even better than at dinner. Beautiful flowers, pretty easy street parking and some of the best bread and butter in town. Get a window seat if possible for great people watching.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wood Tavern is an amazing restaurant. After many lunches and dinners, I have never had an off meal there. I know of no other Bay Area restaurant that is as consistently excellent as Wood. Service is excellent and personable. Guests always love the place. It is my favorite Bay Area restaurant for many reasons.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
great value for the money
As always, this place really delivers quality food, friendly service, and reasonable though not cheap prices. Our calamari and Italian bean salad was new to us and extremely well balanced. Brussels sprouts were fantastic, as always. And I can never resist the double thick pork chop here, one of the best in the Bay Area. We were too full for dessert, as usual, but finished with two good cappuccinos.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost in Berkeley
You can drive right by this pub on College Avenue in Oakland, and wind up suddenly in Berkeley. Stop, park, and find Wood Tavern hidden among the shops. It's worth it! Great food, friendly bartenders and service, decent prices, and reservations just about mandatory, even for lunch.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great evening!
I moved my son into his first apartment and wanted to end the day of hard labor at a nice restaurant. Wood Tavern did not disappoint. Our waitress, Ipei, was knowledgeable about the menu, paired a beautiful Cabernet with our dinner and left us with a wonderful evening. It's all downhill for my son now that he's on his own! Try the pork belly, it melts in your mouth. Portions are generous but you keep eating. I'm coming back.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wood Tavern never disappoints!
Wood Tavern never disappoints! Great food and wonderful service. One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and memorable
Had the tasty and generously portioned pork chop with roasted root vegetables. It was delectable, as were the coffee and dessert. Service was warm and personal. My only complaint would be that my food was just a bit on the tepid side. I was ravenous and it was perfectly prepared, so I happily tucked in. But would have been a 5 star meal if it had been warmer.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Baby kale salad with stone
Baby kale salad with stone fruit, papardelle with lamb sugo, and seafood stew were all delicious. Attentive wait staff made for a great meal and overall dining experience.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All of the items on the menu
All of the items on the menu sounded very appealing and upon delivery, they didn't disappoint. All the entrees were items you would find in any good restaurant, but each had an embellishment that surprised and enhanced, i.e. fu-yu persimmon in the salad and cheese risotto underneath the very tender short ribs. The pork chop was thick and juicy topped with a melange of unusual vegetables surrounded by an extremely delicious sauce. I am determined to go back again and again to try the other offerings.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual, Wood Tavern was
As usual, Wood Tavern was great! Our group of three was greeted as soon as we entered the restaurant, we got a great window-side table, the service was perfect and the lunch was great. I loved the clam stew. Good wine choices too. Wood Tavern is consistently good!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite lunch (and dinner) place
My friend and I love to come here for lunch - reserved on the early side so it wouldn't be so noisy, and asked for a table at the end of the row along the wall since no window spots were available. She loved the cauliflower soup with brown butter (and cumin), followed by the little gem salad. I ordered my standby - the cod sandwich on superfresh baguette with a spicy aioli, crunchy flavorful slaw and housemade pickles on the side. Great service - always there when you need them, but always unintrusive.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent small restaurant
We have tried to make reservations at Wood Tavern for dinner several times, I decided I would take a good friend to lunch here. It was perfect. Not only the food but the service was just right. They even let us linger and talk for hours as we were catching up
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my 6th time dining at Wood Tavern, and it is consistently great. I came for lunch with a foodie friend who had never dined here. She enjoyed it and plans on returning as will I. The place is comfortable. The host and staff are warm, friendly and attentive. The food is just right. We shared the kale salad, cod sandwich and garlic fries. All were delicious.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
wonderful local gourmet restaurant
The double pork chop was to die for. So was the lamb belly. Both had fabulous sauces.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food - Reasonable Prices
It can be crowded and VERY noisy - but the service is friendly and the menu - although limited - is consistently good. Dinner reservations need to be made far in advance, but lunch is often an easy deal - particularly if your willing to eat at the bar or in the early afternon. The wine list is OK - the cocktales are outstanding. If you're in North Oakland, Wood tavern should be on your list.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food bad noise
Recognizing that a lot (most?) restaurants are quite loud, our experience was way beyond loud when two young women came in to sit with a third who had been waiting for them.
We're in our 50s/60s, and our guests are in their 80's. We had been conversing, I wouldn't say easily, but conversing non-the-less, when the two women arrived (late). They were so loud it quite literally hurt our ears, and we had to leave earlier than we would have.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for Fall
I went in thinking I'd order a salad for lunch but ended up ordering fresh pappardelle with veal sugo; the amazing, slow-cooked sauce was generous enough that I took home leftovers for another meal. The service was unobtrusive, and the recommendations terrific, which was helpful during a chatty business lunch where our attention was elsewhere.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quintessential neighborhood spot
Other than being so popular it can be difficult to drop in, Wood Tavern is a near-perfect neighborhood spot with an outstanding kitchen and great service. Food is flavorful and hearty and vegetables pull equal weight on the menu. Service is consistently warm, friendly and helpful, they are sincerely eager to please and are on top of their game. Menu rotates seasonally with many tempting choices. Just a great spot that I hope remains a strong Berkeley presence for the next 20 years.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM