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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Wood Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (91)great for lunch (66)special occasion (51)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (31)romantic (22)notable wine list (22)good for groups (13)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fabulous food but a little too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Everything about our dinner was superb, but the restaurant is too loud to carry on a conversation. So, if you want fabulous food and are happy to smile and nod with your dinner companions, please, go enjoy. I will return for the pleasure of the service and the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Restaurant
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Everything was great EXCEPT the sound level. We almost got up and walked out because the sound level was so loud. Otherwise the food and service were really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Can bit a bit full and loud, but is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A little too noisy to for me and I like more space between tables. Great cocktails, nice wine. The food was excellent. I ordered pasta which was excellent, but I found portion on the small side especially for $18.00. After eating the pasta I was still hungry so I ordered the arugula and black mission fig salad which was fabulous. I'm not big on figs but I love arugula. The combination of figs, arugula, bacon and that vinaigrette made me happy. My friend got the pastrami sandwich which is always a winner here. I just have to say this again, in comparison to my friend who had the pastrami sandwich with french fries, the pasta was puny. I have been to Wood Tavern several times and I will come back however I wasn't happy with that portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virginia
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fun people frequent the location. Lots of energy, but lots of noise. It would be nice to be seated if you arrive early and have a reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly consistent
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wood has been my go-to place whenever I have friends in town or not! Food is consistently outstanding, service is personal and warm, and everyone there - guests and hosts - seems to be having a great time. The menu shifts over time enough to keep things interesting. Wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Burger!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The burger is amazing, however it took 45 minutes to get it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious Manhattan!
    Lori925
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We ordered a Manhattan while we waited for our table - it was delish! I ordered the B.L.T. and my bf ordered the burger and both were outstanding. We can't wait to go back. I recommend making reservations...it was still packed at 1:30 PM for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LocalDude
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Parking was all but non existent as there is only open street parking in one of the busier parts of town. My pastrami sandwich was almost inedible because of the salt content; tested like a salt-lick, very little pastrami taste. And they served two paltry chips of pickle with it. The service was very good, but not spectacular; no extras were offered. Finally, the noise level was outrageously loud and certainly not conducive to chatting among friends at the table. If it were available I would have marked Noise Level as "super energetic." We'll not be going here again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for lunch
    NewAlbionOmnivore
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Had the pastrami sandwich for lunch. My guest had the burger. Both very good. Service also very good. Fairly noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner for Adults & Teen
    DV50
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We got a table near the window which was quite nice. Even though this place features grilled meats, we ordered the Seafood Stew. It was delicious. Nice fresh prawns and perfectly cooked white fish in a spicy and flavorful broth. The presentation of the Gem Salad was beautiful. The noise level was fairly high but not oppressive, more like "jolly."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a pleasure to go to a restaurant that is well run in addition to churning out excellent food...top marks in all categories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great last-minute lunch
    AlwaysOnTheRoad
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A friend recommended this wonderful place on our way to Napa. The salmon salad, service, pastrami and a spicy Woody made the beginning of our weekend great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing dinner
    foodie16
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    we had a delicious dinner. The duck breast with wild rice, Jimmy Nardello peppers and broccoli rage was cooked perfectly. Halibut was moist in side and had a delicate crust. Rose of Pinot Noir was right on and not sweet which is what I wanted. Coconut cake w/ passionfruit and white chocolate pastry creme was outstanding,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Body does it better!
    Benny
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I'm once again perched at the Wood Tavern Bar with the swivel seats. This high end joint is starting it's low buzz! It's 5:30. Small bar is jammed as reservation seated diners take their place. The staff have been around forever and their conviviality is genuine. "It's good to see you again" is not made up. Doting and friendly bartenders joke and laugh and make everyone feel special. Pork belly salad was plentiful, crispy with frissee and dotted with figs. Their pastrami slathered with hot mustard and cheese on French bread is enough for two. But you will take the rest home for yourself!! The best thing about "The Wood" is the long time staffers who make the experience fun and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    It's our neighborhood favorite. You feel comforted here like as of you were with family. It's out go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the whole package
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food is great, from start to finish. The service is perfect. The menus are lovely. All of the wine's by the glass are thoughtful, especially the ability to have a glass of J. LaSalle champagne is a real treat. The room is a small beauty. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Oakland
    Frannie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I discovered Wood Tavern a few years ago when looking for a special restaurant to take my son for his birthday. Luckily I found Wood Tavern and frequent it as often as I can when I go to Oakland. Although a bit on the pricey side, it is well worth it as they have outstanding service, excellent food, a wonderful wine list and a fun likely atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as Always
    Rat6880VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've always enjoyed my dining experiences at Wood Tavern. The food is delicious and the service is great. My only complaint is that it's loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Service
    catalogingcali
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Upon entering, took quite a bit of time to be greeted. After being seated, same. When we ordered and got our food, it was great. Had the gnocchi appetizer. It was excellent, homemade and light. Also had pork belly with lentil, good but the smokiness of the lentil over powered crisp pork belly. For mains had fish stew. The broth was well.cooked and seasoned. Portion a little small. I had the Ribeye. Meat was noticeably soft and tender. However, one side was very gristle. Not really a fan of the peppert demi glace. All in all, good meal. Staff seems a bit full of themselves. They are a popular neighborhood restaurant, however you're only as good as your customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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