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Wood Tavern
Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://woodtavern.net
  • Email: woodtavern@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (510) 654-6607
  • 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: Gastro Pub, Californian
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We love this restaurant. The food is really great. It's fun to watch the neighborhood and all the people who walk by."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "After hearing wonderful things about Wood Tavern for years a group of friends and I finally made it for lunch on Saturday. Wonderful! The food was all really really good - the Butcher Board with pates was amazing. We loved everything we had. Service was terrific, friendly but really professional. Attractive atmosphere, noisy but not too overwhelming. loved everything about it. My friends from SF agreed it was definitely worth the trip over."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This WAS my favorite place to eat in Oakland. Our dinner this week put Wood Tavern way down on our list. There was a large group w/ children there during our dinner. The kids were loud and climbing all over the place. I know they cant turn away a family but this was out of control. Another couple having dinner actually confronted the group and asked the to be quiet. The staff should have stepped in well before the patrons. The food was the worst part of the night. I had an octopus & bean salad that tased like it was incased in salt. Only had two bites of the dish befoe putting my fork dow. Waitress didnt even ask why i didnt eat the dish. Ill be heading back into the city next time we want a meal over $100 on a week night."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Only drawback to eating here is the noise level. Very loud!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A friend and I had lunch at the Wood Traven. what a great time."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "WT never disappoints. It is my fave restaurant in the bay by far. I had the burger, my BF had the chicken. Simple, fresh, well-executed food that is consistent. Servers are all so calm even though it is a madhouse. Such generous cocktails, too. Love, love, love this place. Only thing this time is, we had a 1:30pm lunch res and weren't seated till after 2pm. I understand it's hard to predict table turnover but feel they might have comped us a round of drinks."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I said "what?" more than "This taste great." If you rather eat than talk, go. Lunch noise level: bomb, bomb, bomb!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had a great lunch at Wood Tavern with my sister. Food was creative and delicious. Even though we took most of our entrees to go, the desserts looked so good we had to order one. Highlights: meat and cheese platter, chocolate bread pudding. Only issue I had was that it was a rainy day and with the front door open I was very cold (I guess living on Maui has thinned my blood). Will definitely return next time I am in California. Great place!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We arrived @ an hour earlier than our reservation, and they were able to seat us within 20 minutes of arrival. Food and service -great! Small room and tight table seating, need to be friendly with your neighbors if seated in the center of the room."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I have eaten in countless restaurants in which I've enjoyed my first meal, but have been disappointed on returning a second or third time. Wood Tavern, however, is consistently excellent, and I have eaten there probably more than any other Bay Area restaurant. They continue to offer a core of staples, while gradually transforming the menu to offer new dishes. Wines are carefully selected and are offered at fair prices. I have introduced many guests to Wood, and they are always impressed. Not to mention the service is personable and professional. To maintain such all around excellence over an extended period of time is virtually unique in my experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wood Tavern was a start to finish winner. The chopped romaine salad was so scrumptious, I can't wait to return for more. Hamburger was perfectly cooked and served with a mountain of french fries. The service was friendly and attentive, even though the restaurant was full. I never had to ask for more water. The only negative was the noise level. It was very difficult to hear, even across a small table. I will definitely return because I still have to try dessert!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Wood is always good. Its one of my two favorite places to eat. the service is top notch. The staff is kind happy and hip. The place is very welcoming and the food is great . lots of interesting combinations to choose from."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Excellent bar. I had the Sundowner, first on the rocks, but was too watery. The second I had "up" and it was perfect! Everyone in our party really liked what they ordered: The rigatoni with lamb sumo; the breast of lamb; the agnolotti (had a a main with two other starters); and the seafood stew. All excellent!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This is a really nice spot for lunch in a great neighborhood. Service was outstanding and food was great!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Had not been to this wonderful restaurant for awhile (only because it's a tough reservation to come by) and though my experiences have always been positive,...we had forgotten how wonderful this gem can be; the bartender gets an extra star for creations which are not only taste treats...but are powerful and came with a small glass filled as nearly an additional "third" of a drink; flavors of all of our chosen treats ( octopus "stew", duck breast, chicory salad, pork chop & more) were complex and seemed to literally explode with layers of flavors..we left with a smile...and fully intend to make reservations in advance for the continuing gustatory brilliance which may well be the shining star of the growing College Ave restaurant "row""
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "the signature unique dishes were really great. I mean, we had an amazing octopus chickpea appetizer. it was great. The duck entree was great too. But basics like a simple ribeye steak, was not done well at all."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The staff was welcoming and attentive from the moment we arrived. The specialty drinks and menu all sounded intriguing and made choices difficult. The staff and chef were very accommodating in working around food allergies. The pork chop was sublime. The duck breast with creamy polenta was excellent. The wine list was eclectic and the server was very knowledgeable about the wines. The ice creams and sorbets were to die for."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Upon entering the wood tavern, I let the hostess know that we would be there for about 3 hours. She was very gracious and thanked me for telling her. My two friends and I were able to have an unhurried lunch and enjoy the rainy afternoon with a wonderful cheese board, glass of wine, and entree. The server was polite, attentive, and efficient. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Wood Tavern is popular so getting a reservation can take some patience but it is well worth it! We went on a Monday night and it was very busy. The wine list is comprehensive. My wife had the Duck Breast and I had the Lamb Rigatoni and we were both pleased. As an appetizer we had a salad and the green beans with a tasty dipping sauce. The chocolate bread pudding desert was incredibly rich and delicious! Yang Peng, the chef is a genius and our waitress was thorough and attentive without being intrusive. A great experience all together and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Not our first visit to Wood Tavern - We absolutely love this place. The service is remarkable and the food is never ever a disappointment!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Made a reservation to celebrate our anniversary. Showed up right on time and the hostess said if we wouldn't mind waiting just a few more minutes she'd like to give us a window seat. Score! We waited not more than 5 min. before we were seated. The food was amazing, though we ended up taking half our burgers and fries home because we were so stuffed (we each had salads before our burgers). My only complaints are 1. I ordered salad dressing on the side and there were a few old slimy pieces of lettuce. It wasn't a dressed salad and the pieces were clearly visible (our lunch was late enough we missed the rush--there is no reason to send out salad like that). 2. Be warned: none of their desserts are dairy free which meant we couldn't have any."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "A wonderful birthday dinner for my husband. The food and the service were fantastic. The pork belly and the crab appetizer were amazing. The crab was so fresh. The pork chop and burger were wonderful."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "At the north end of Oakland's booming College Avenue "restaurant row," Wood Tavern is the almost perfect neighborhood joint - except that you need reservations to get in. Whether it's lunch or dinner, it's a short menu, but everything on it is well prepared and, for the quality, reasonably priced. If you're a meat eater, try the double pork chop. The wine list is nothing special, but it's fairly priced. There's not a whole lot of ambience and the room can get VERY loud. The service is friendly and efficient. You can spend a lot more on College and get a lot less."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Love the butcher's sampler- divine rillette and pate! The dessert was fantastic too- Cole coffee float and pana cotta. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, the meal was very good. As someone who only eats fish though, I felt my meal left something to be desired. I ordered the only fish option on the menu (I can't actually remember what type of fish it was) and truthfully, I have had much better dishes for a far more reasonable price. However, I loved the cheese plate and our wine was superb. The other people in my party loved their steak and pork chop, and no one left disappointed."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I am pretty much a regular and recognized by the hostess and some wait staff. They are warm and friendly and when I have a reservation, they seat me right on time. If I don't, they will do what they will to get me in and often apologize for the wait . . ."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Dining at the Wood Tavern is always a pleasure. From their homemade charcuterie plates to the apple fennel crab salad the first course was amazing. The duck breast served with polenta was perfectly roasted and the grilled Rib Eye Steak with whipped bone marrow was amazing. The staff is so sweet that they sent over a bourbon panna cotta with a candle on it for my birthday. We love the staff they are always so professional and friendly."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I love Wood Tavern for both dinner and lunch. It's a particularly favorite spot to meet colleagues and clients for lunch. Parking is surprisingly easy to find during the day. It's a bit noisy, but the food is always interesting and expertly prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Note to self - just go here more often. Love the "butcher block" and cheese selections - great food and very reasonable prices. Wine list is compact but very well chosen."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Enjoyed the small menu, That way the chefs can do much better job. Food beautifully prepared and plated. Most impressive however was the wine pricing."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Excellent food. Pleasant knowledgeable staff. Pastrami sando hard to beat. All good."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Always delighted to share a meal here. Chicken Pate never fails. Dunguness crab salad perfect if you're looking for something lighter than burger or sandwich (that looked delicious served to the table next to us). Seated prompty for 12:15 reservation."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "All time favorites are the double pork chop, the rye-lentless, the burger, the chicken and the old speckled hen!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "I would highly recommend Wood Tavern to anyone. My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary and we had a gift certificate to spend, so we ordered whatever we wanted without worrying about cost. We had three appetizers, the pate, the bone marrow and the gnocchi, all were incredible. I had the steak and he had the fish stew. We drank half a bottle of pinot from Navarro Vineyard in Anderson Valley and it paired perfectly with our meal. In total our bill came out to $120, which I felt was really reasonable. Super friendly staff, good atmosphere, it was overall a great dining experience. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I was not happy with my burger and fries. Very overcooked and dry and bland fries. My drink was good and martinis here are great. Usually i get the side plates which are very good. The folks I dined with ordered the pork chops and they loved it, so my less than excellent review is based on my experience with the burger. Service was excellent. I cant believe that they are serving these very unremarkable burgers there. I expect better."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "everything was great. very tasty. mushroom soup was awesome. creamy and nice bits of mushroom throughout. the mushroom sandwich was also very nice. great goat cheese, caramelized onions and the bread was amazing. crispy and sea salt on top. very tasty. took a while to get our sandwich after the soup. and sadly no chocolate on the dessert menu. but what we did have we loved."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Excellent experience. Wood Tavern always uses the finest ingredients and produces great comfort food."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The pastrami sandwich is consistently juicy and delicious . Crab salad is a seasonal plate. Crab was very fresh - no ammonia smell. My friend, who is a picky and fussy eater, ate his entire meal."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Dinner at Wood Tavern is always a treat, and great value for the money. The food is well prepared and portions are generous. The double pork chop is truly an undertaking. Lamb with huckleberry sauce was delightful and cooked just right, a beautiful medium rare. There are also plenty of delicious choices for the non-red meat eater on the menu. Roasted Brussels sprouts and the arugula salad were two stand outs. Some new wait staff need to take more lessons from the veterans, though. Only regret was we wished we had room for dessert!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Absolutely LOVE Wood Tavern every time we go there. The service is fabulous and the food delicious. The restaurant is always busy, but very much worth the wait. (When we have reservations, they are always on time when accommodating our reservation.)"
    Dined on 1/6/2014