BayWolf
BayWolf

BayWolf

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.baywolf.com/
  • Phone: 5106556004
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday, Monday (Monday Menu), Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Michael Wild
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Meet, Eat, Collaborate, Celebrate
    at BayWolf Restaurant! We invite you to think of us when planning your meetings, celebrations and gatherings of all kinds. We have the perfect space for your party, from intimate to gala, inside or out.
  • Private Party Contact: Larry Goldman 5106556004
  • Special Events: Join us every Monday for our "Monday Menu" featuring a weekly changing set of offerings made special just for Monday nights.

    Please visit our website for details: www.baywolf.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rio Vista
  • Public Transit: Bus #51 and #59 both stop on Piedmont Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a small public lot on the corner Piedmont Avenue and Yosemite Street, $3 per hour.
A word from BayWolf
Since 1975, BayWolf has been Oakland's favorite neighborhood restaurant, consistently delivering vibrant, world-class food in a Victorian home made modern with its popular terrace and eclectic dining rooms on Piedmont Avenue. BayWolf has several options for those looking to celebrate or meet with large groups of friends or business associates. The dinner menu changes monthly, always featuring the abundant locally-grown seasonal produce of Northern California and utilizing the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. Additionally, the menu always showcases duck, raised especially for us by Liberty Ranch in Sonoma County. BayWolf remains a home away from home for all lovers of food, art, wine, friends and most of all family, which is who we consider everyone dining with us to be.
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BayWolf reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)neighborhood gem (90)special occasion (86)romantic (62)notable wine list (43)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (25)great for lunch (7)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Perfect
    PigFancier
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not only could we sit out on the enclosed porch, we had a great waiter (Dylan) and superb food. I had five different items (being a vegetarian, I tried many small dishes that were meatless rather than a large dish of meat or fish) and they were each excellent. 'Can hardly wait to go back.
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  • Bay Wolf - Even better than before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I were in Oakland for the weekend. We invited our niece and her new husband to dinner and wanted a restaurant near Downtown, with food and ambiance good enough to make a BART trip for them worthwhile. I found Bay Wolf in a list of recommended restaurants. I remembered eating there a few times when I lived in Oakland 10 years ago and finding it good if not memorable. We were thus pleasantly surprised that the quality, service, and ambiance were even better than we remembered, with choices on the menu to well suited to each of our appetites (my duck w/ corn pudding and blackberries was particularly good). We had a lovely evening and the kids are already planning another trek to Bay Wolf, this time with foodie friends in tow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I always had a wonderful time there. I have been a patron for many years. I will continue this trend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in East Bay
    AWDogVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This was my third dinner at BayWolf within about a year. All have been great experiences. Food in particular has been excellent. This time there were six of us and we all had the same reaction, "wow!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    newhomealameda
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. We often go for special occasions, but sometimes just because it is so good. Last time we had the Father's Day special and absolutely loved our steaks which were tender, juicy, and cooked perfectly. We enjoyed all of our dishes. It is nice to go out and actually have a peaceful evening with delicious food. The service is attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Prix-Fixe Menu
    RNelson
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everyone ordered the three-course prix-fixe Father's Day special menu. Although I may not have ordered these three courses if they weren't part of the special, I enjoyed each and every course. They offered to allow us to switch the dessert item, but we stuck with the peach galette. Although I was leaning toward the chocolate cake (becuse I almost never pass up chocolate cake), I'm glad I stuck with the regular item. The peaches in the peach galette were delicious!!! We have been going to Bay Wolf for over 26 years. We just love it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely and personal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food alone is worth the visit, but the staff and ambience are equally as terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food and superb service. This idiotic software requires 59 swords, so ignore this sentence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the usual great baywolf service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    For the first time in years, the service at baywolf was not that great. This restaurant is normally wonderful but this time service was inattentive and the swordfish arrived dried and well over cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    BobBobberson
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner here, excellent food. Great to know that this place is in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    NinerGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Have not returned for a long time since it was just so-so. Even though restaurant had problems with the delivery of the duck they were able to serve a few orders. Thank you Dylan for taking care of us with the duck, it was very tasty and I will think about dining again with clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Well-balanced creativity
    Dennis
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our pris-fixe dinner had a Mexican duck theme, and it was sensational. A perfect soup, with a broth like nothing I've ever tasted, with wonderful chunks of duck, garlic, etc. The main course was a splendidly deconstructed chile relleno plate, including more perfectly cooked duck. Nice little cookies and an espresso that was just right to finish. Our waiter recommended an exquisite Italian red to go with everything. In fact, the service was very professional and friendly. A memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience, but...
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fish, lamb, unremarkable. My duck was soggy, although I specifically requested it to be crisp. Stuffed squid particularly good. But stuffed squash blossums just ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Outstanding
    MrJDW1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been to Bay Wolf regularly for decades. The menu is always interesting and the service excellent. Saturday's experience was fine. Ate on the terrace. Shrimp ceviche, duck w/ cherries and corn pudding and a banana split. The duck was actually a bit dry. Have ordered duck for years and am usually quite pleased. Corn pudding was good as was my grape juice spritzer. My dining companions were enthusiastic about Bay Wolf and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did the chef change!
    ChanelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been going to BayWolf for a long time and this is the first time it was not a good experience. Sat on the patio for a change and it was very noisey in the back. Food was not as good! ordered ceviche and the shrimp were very over cooked, also it was my first time having ceviche served that way! the lamb was tough and not prepared the way it was described. i just wondered if the the chef had changed since nov.2013.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KathrynVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    BayWolf never disappoints. Consistently great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BayWolf is my favorite restaurant
    kristivg
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Baywolf is my favorite restaurant. This is where I always want to go to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary. The food is wonderful. I love sitting on the terrace and the service is great. There is nothing I could say bad about Baywolf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck not up to par
    Freeway
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been going to Bay Wolf annually or more for 26 years. We have mostly always had the Liberty Duck and have been so pleased with the presentation, the duck, and the pairings with it. This year we were very disappointed with the duck. It was served confit style, was overcooked, and my wife's portion was so small it should never have left the kitchen. In retrospect we should have sent it back but since it was our anniversary-birthday celebration we enjoyed the remainder of the food served with it. I even called and left a message for Bay Wolf with my phone number but never received a call back. The ambiance was lovely and our waiter was wonderful. We will probably give it a try next year.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 84 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1350 reviews are from the BayWolf reviews archive.
  • Duck is always great
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is the place to come if you love duck. Always cooked to perfection. I also had a raw artichoke and mushroom salad which was also good. My table mate had the duck liver parpadelle and was swooning it was so tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Mother' Dinner
    June
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were able to get a table out on the terrace, which was nice. Our waiter and all of the staff were wonderful. It was a fixed menu for the night but everything we had was exquisite! It was a beautiful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mother's Day treat
    Warren
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We planned a Mother's Day dinner here not knowing they had a prix fix menu. It ended up being much more expensive than we had planned but worth the extra $ as we had a very happy and full mother.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was absolutely perfect, from the red and green lettuce Caesar salad, to the amazing duck breast, to the stunningly great desserts. One of the best dinners ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bigkahina2wipedout
    bigkahina2wipedoutVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have gone to the restaurant from its beginning. At the special Mo's Day dinner, the duck(a house specialty) was dry & disappointing. The rest of the meal was fine, but a pattern of inconsistency from the kitchen is emerging. The service is always first class. Hope things improve & they restart serving lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Barbara
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was very good, but not at the level that I anticipated. The service was superior, friendly, and when our server said he was there to take care of us, he really meant it. There's a fine line between over-service and great service, and this restaurant knows how to deliver this.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was very salty for some reason, especially my pork chop. But since my girlfriend's dish wasn't as salty, I didn't want to raise an issue so didn't say anything to the waiter. Except the weird salty issue, food was wonderfully prepaered (hence I still devoured the salty pork chop, diluting it with the sides and dinking more water). Next time I will be sure to let the waiter know and tell the chef.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting, but food a bit off
    Oaklander
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Entrees were all a little off. Chicken was dry, pork chop was not as advertised by the wait staff (was supposed to be thick cut with bone-in and was neither) and also slightly too salty (although it was advertised as brined). Pasta dish (parpardelle) was way too oily - would have been much better with a light cream sauce. Food quality was off set by attentive, but unobtrusive wait staff and restaurant ambiance, which was very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Fab service good food
    Tigger2003VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    They were super accommodating in regards to my food limitations. The reason for the 3*** is bc the food could really be a little bit more tasteful :) And Jim was super nice :) I loved them having reading glasses
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nephew's Bithday Dinner
    nephewsbirthday
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We ordered soup, avocado salad, a calamari salad, and duck, chicken, calamari entree , and pork chops for dinner. Everything was good except that the chicken was a bit overcooked. Nephew received a piece of flourless chocolate cake for dessert on the house! That was nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    It was a Monday night so that may be why the food choices weren't as good as expected
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    always worth the extra money for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parapadelle/confit outofthisworld
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It's not often that I sit down to meal where the dish in front of me makes me want to applaud. Followed with the adventurous dessert of a banana split. This place remembers why one chooses to go out to eat and makes the journey worthwhile
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • baywolf
    510oakland
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    great overall menu, service, ambiance, location. Awesome flourless chocolate cake!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Visit Oakland regularly for decades but never are here before. Had a superb meal with attentive service. This may be the best value I've experienced in a restaurant in many years.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Bay Wolf is the restaurant of choice for my mother who was having her 85th birthday and we could not have been happier with everything, including their remembering that it was her birthday when desert came. Food and service are excellent every time we go there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    AWDogVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Really is terrific food! I visit the East Bay once a month and Baywolf has moved to the top of the list for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too old...
    Marieskr
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Maybe my expectation was too high. Bay wolf is a good restaurant overall but not really special. I took my husband for Birthday dinner. Food was good but heavy.(April in Paris...French theme this month) I didn't like the ambience..it was too old.. classic... I guess Bay wolf is a good restaurant if you want to have a good dinner in the area. Service was good..but not outstanding. I gave them a head up for my hubby's birthday and asked for a small event..thinking of other restaurants that I have been to for birthday dinners such as Gary Danko, Chez panisse and etc... but they only added 2 tiny candles on the Chocolate cake we ordered. A small complementary dessert wouldn't hurt their reputation. I don't think I would go back for myself.
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  • Reliabe Baywolf!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Such very pleasant ambiance, service and an interesting menu. The green garlic flan starter melted in one's mouth. The light chocolate cake was perfect. Best caesar salad maybe I've ever had with perfect balance of flavors.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Most recent of many since mid 70s
    bayareaborn
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We are repeat customers over the decades and have experienced the many transitions of this neighborhood gem. Through it all it has never lost the personal touch of Michael Wild, which has given us the sense of continuity that builds confidence. From this April's French bistro theme to the next the menu is always a perfect match. I do hope they keep the flour less chocolate cake which has to be experienced because it is indescribable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bay Wolf Dinner
    FineDiningFan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My husband and I went back to Bay Wolf. The food was excellent. I had the mushroom soup which was outstanding and my husband had the leek appetizer which he loved also. He had the Coq au Vin for an entree. The Coq au Vin was lighter than we have had elsewhere and was very good and flavorful. I had the Petrale Sole which had a yummy sauce. I think his Coq au Vin was the best. We shared the lemon pot de creme for dessert which was outstanding, very light and yummy, not too sweet. The service was excellent although they forgot to bring bread until we were most of the way through our entrees (minor point). We have very high standards for restaurants and we very much enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Experience
    beehivebuzzz
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I made a reservation for 8:30PM. This indicated to me that the restaurant was still able to accommodate diners at that hour. The waiter discouraged me from ordering the Coq au Vin, after explaining it would take 20-30 minutes to prepare. This was very disappointing. I instead ordered a fish dish that was not very flavorful. The whole experience felt rushed & I felt unwelcome.
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