Wood Tavern
Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://woodtavern.net/
  • Phone: 5106546607
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Maximilian DiMare
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate up to 28 for semi-private parties. For buy-outs the Tavern can accommodate up to 40 for sit-down dinner. Contact restaurant directly for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alcatraz
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.
A word from Wood Tavern
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Wood Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (89)great for lunch (66)special occasion (50)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (33)notable wine list (22)romantic (21)great for brunch (17)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Service not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Was surprised by the so so level of service of the wait staff. After getting our drinks, the waitress asked, "Would you like to order?" Didn't even ask us if we had questions about the menu, no small talk. Likewise, after our appetizer and our entree were delivered, we were left alone without any follow-up. Not even the customary, "how is everything?", Can I get you anything else?, etc. It was a very busy Saturday lunch and even though we had a reservation, we had to wait to be seated. When that happens, I would expect to be offered a complimentary beverage or something. The lack of attention was notable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood return to this one!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Celebrated our son's 28th Birthday and had a wonderful meal...Rib eye very good, duck good but needed a veg or something, pork chop was the biggest hit. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    seafoodVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My husband and I tried the Wood Tavern for lunch and it was wonderful. The staff was great and attentive. The Food was amazing. We had the beef and lentil soup and it was beyond our expectations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Manny
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was exceptional and service very good. Very close quarters, very noisy - difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Bayareablonde
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food here is never disappointing. Best time to come is first seating 11:30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptionally delicious
    Shadyside
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Consistently top-notch in every respect, Wood Tavern offers superior value. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's one of the few "pricey" restaurants that delivers more than what you're paying for. That's right, diners get more than their due--from the friendly and impeccable service, the beauty and spotlessness of the rooms, to the freshness and creativity of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    China
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Delicious food and fabulous cocktails, very friendly and accommodating especially since we were 30 minutes late for our res, only downside is it's very noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    HappyValentine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is delicious. It's a meat heavy menu so I don't think most vegetarians would be happy with the selection. I would eat here more if it wasn't so hard to get it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I am never disappointed with the food at wood tavern. Ribeye steak is always delicious. Had the best dessert ever, blueberry cheesecake sundae. It was amazingly smooth and velvety. Best food in Oakland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in Every Way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Every time we go to Berkeley we try to dine at Wood Tavern and we have never been disappointed. The food is simple but always prepared perfectly. The core of the menu stays the same but every time they have one or two new item done to perfection. It doesn't cater to families but we always bring our daughter and it is her favorite restaurant. We especially appreciate the service which is always knowledgeable and warm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch.... not dinner
    serve2allVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch here (fried cod sandwich and salmon)and decided to go back for dinner. Night and Day. Our cocktails seemed to take way too long to come. The salad and chicken liver pate were both good. What was terribly disappointing was my duck breast entree...RARE duck breast? NO!!! Then we all shared the cholate sundae dessert and inquired if it really was ice cream...the taste was just not what good housemade ice cream should taste like. I should have sent back the duck but it was a birthday dinner and did not want to spoil the fun. The dinner was over $60 each and in my humble opinion, just not worth it. Recently had duck breast at Cafe Chez Panisse that was spectacular. So, if your going to Berkeley, Alice still rules!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I liked it very much in every respect except one: a tv above the bar?! Are you kidding me?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just too noisy
    blackberry
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If only there were not so many hard surfaces bouncing noise around, this would be a great place. Even without the construction noise this place is too noisy for any real conversation. We leave feeling exhausted with strained voices. We only go when invited by friends; it is never our choice for this reason.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "TOP DRAWER" restaurant East Bay
    serve2allVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Birthday lunch here was excellent. Salmon lunch and Fried Cod sandwich...amazing. Bartender knows how to make a drink. Service very good. A bit noisy, but the food, ambiance and drinks were perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Saturday lunch
    AcedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always, the cod sandwich was wonderful and the pork belly had a nice summer preparation. Enjoyable, we've been many times and will continue to come.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food amidst the noise
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This restaurant continues to put out really delicious food, and the service is quite fine. I just wish it were not so incredibly noisy! Difficult to have a conversation without leaning towards your tablemates and speaking very loudly. Oh well, I will continue to go here because of the wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wood tavern
    jnorcal
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    always delicious, fantastic burger and fries, but man, it was monday for lunch and packed, even when we left packed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    foodforsoul
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our anniversary and it really was one to remember. Although I didn't get the romantic table (one by the window) that I'd requested because of the special day, the food definitely made up for it. My husband's pork chop and my halibut were cooked to absolute perfection. I purposely never finish all of my food insuring I have leftovers for the next day; at Wood Tavern this was not the case. I cleaned my plate and would have welcomed another piece of the flawless halibut save for not wanting to look like a pig!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    Enjoyment
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I made reservations and specified I was bringing a friend for her 65th birthday. When I have done this before my guest got a candle in the dessert we ordered. I have always paid for the dessert and thought at least there would be a candle this time. I was not about to question the staff, infront of my guest, about the candle. Was this too much to ask for? There was lots of outside noise though, from the construction across the street, but that is not the restaurant's fault. Otherwise we had a nice lunch and visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!
    jayzmommVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wood Tavern was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. It is a small place but has the best food in the East Bay! Service was impeccable from the hostess to the server and everyone we encountered. The menu offers just enough choices but is not overwhelming and all ingredients are fresh and flavorful. Every bite was delicious and the sauces were just unbelievable. It was such an enjoyable evening. Great lively atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food took a while to arrive
    OaklandGAB
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I ordered the pork chop and they said it takes a while. I still wasn't prepared to wait 35 minutes for my dinner to arrive. When it did arrive it was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling for lunch
    Primodom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good food, very busy for lunch. Too loud to have a decent conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Very good food, but the restaurant is very noisy. We sat in a table that is in the middle of the restaurant. In order to hear each other, we had to raise our voice volume three time as high as we would normally talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time to be seated, but the hostess treated us with complimentary champagne as a consolation - nice touch. We started with the whiskey laced chicken liver pate - very good, as well as a blue cheese - the waiter picked up on our request for no bread and asked if we'd like gluten free crackers with the pate/cheese - also a nice touch. The maple duck breast was excellent as was the Manhattan from the bar. The burger was good, but the fries could use some work. Overall a nice spot for good food, but crowded and a bit hot as a result - close tables can make conversation a bit hard and be distracting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A favorite place of mine but just too noisy to enjoy food or friends. Such a shame.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    PHcoupleVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We've been going to Wood Tavern right from when they opened 8 years ago. The short lunch and dinner menus feature creative, changing items plus the favorites that make this such a neighborhood, and now regional, must go destination. The lunch burger is unsurpassed in juicy taste, nestled in a baguette bun from equally famous La Farine Bakery next door. Comes with huge order of crispy fries. Wood Tavern maintains a good wine and beer list, features unique, changing menu items, and has a family vibe despite being super-busy lunch and dinner. There's no better place to have a great meal in Oakland/Berkeley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why the long reservation time????
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    There are so many more restaurants in the Oakland area that do not have a '3 month' waiting list for reservations. That is totally INSANE as Wood Tavern is not a 'five star' eatery. Yes, the food is good, but not spectacular. If your restaurant was located on at area with an ocean or moutain view, I could then understand the reservation wait list....but, that's not the case with this little restaurant located on College Avenue. Need to become more real folks!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in fun atmosphere
    Foodie84VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Been a longtime Wood Tavern fan. Whether for lunch, mid day or dinner, this neighborhood gem never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wanderingpalate
    Wanderingpalate
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We arrived early on a Saturday afternoon. Although we had an later reservation, they seated us immediately. Our server was very professional and got our drinks quickly. We ordered the pork belly and chicken pate appetizers. The pork belly is crunchy on top and very savory with a delicious bed of spicy lentils. The chicken pate was smooth and accompanied by tasty mustard and fruit compote. I had a wonderful seafood stew with a great broth and very fresh fish and clams. My friend had the rare salmon and salad which she said was really good also. Our only complaint is about the noise level. I would suggest getting there early, so that you can talk before eating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much too noisy
    Patron
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The place was so loud that we couldn't converse at all--I went for lunch with an old friend I hadn't seen for a long time. The acoustics alone are bad enough, but when loud music is added it's impossible. Even though the food was good and the server was pleasant, I would not go back--there are plenty of places where the food is good and the noise level is reasonable. Your form says "energetic" for the top noise level--I needed a "deafening" box to check!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    lovetodineout
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I took my daughter there for her birthday (40 something....) and we had a delightful experience. Food outstanding, service friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood Tavern Rocks!
    NeighborhoodGal
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Greatest neighborhood hang out. Food is great, service is always outstanding and the drinks are divine. Thanks Rich and Rebekah!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kind of disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Not sure what I was expecting, but the food wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped and the service was not very great. We were jostled by the server and the busboy several times, so it is probably a space planning problem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The best gazpacho I have ever had in a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MojooVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Yummy, delicious pork chops! Savory....best ever! Loved the berry trifle dessert! Excellent service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Every dish was very flavorful. Beer-battered string beans as an appetizer was surprisingly light. Pork was juicy and tender, ribeye was perfectly cooked and duck was a little dry but flavorful. The portion size of the duck was on the skimpy side. Overall, the service was great as our water glasses were always filled. Yet, the water was lukewarm...I don't know why they don't use ice in the water. We did not order dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant - Wood Tavern
    Enjoyment
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    What a wonderful place for lunch. We requested a window table and got it. My party was so delighted. The food was fabulous and the staff was very accommodating. Could not have asked for a better experience. Cannot wait to go back - maybe for dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the A's game
    Davisdudes
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Discovered Wood Travern on line when looking for a place in Berkley for early dinner before 7 pm A's game. They were great to seat us early and we started with appetizers, then right at 5:30 our dinner order went in. Duck, hanger steak and fish. All wonderful. We left our car in front and six blocks away caught Bart to coliseum in time for game. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait...
    OAKPORTVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    After many months to get a reservation it was found to be well worth the wait. An enjoyable dinner for two with the perfectly recommended wine selection to match our choices in meals - topped off by a great dessert. The staff is very knowledgeable in the food selections and wine pairings making the experience all the better. Never felt rushed to get through our meal allowing us to enjoy this perfect neighborhood treat. Make your reservations today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Everything we ate was absolutely fantastic. You could tell that the restaurant took great care with the selection and preparation of every individual ingredient from appetizers to entrees through dessert. No chicken dish has a right to be so delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic