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The Wolf - Oakland

4.6
653 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Following a refresh by team behind Wood Tavern and Southie, this updated Piedmont classic offers elevated French-Californian fare and wines by the bottle or glass. The spacious, airy interior features modern furniture and old-school charm, and there’s a bustling neighborhood vibe.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Bar: Monday-Friday 11:30am-Close, Saturday-Sunday 4:00pm-Close
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Phone number
(510) 879-7953
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Yang Peng
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Private party facilities
We offer a private dining space perfect for your celebration or business meeting event. The private room can accommodate up to 30 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rio Vista
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Parking details
Metered street parking until 6:00pm and non-metered side street parking available all day.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 653 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Although I found the food portions a bit on the small side, the courses we had were excellent, and the service is wonderful. Our host offered to move our table when a large party near us was having vibrant conversation. Our server was attentive, kind and accessible. I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was my first visit to The Wolf. I had heard from others that this place was a find. I can’t believe I’ve driven by a half dozen times and didn’t notice the restaurant. A truly hidden gem. The service was impeccable and made the dining experience that much more. My dining partner ordered the squid and raved about the quality. I had the halibut stew and it was absolutely heavenly. I can’t wait to return. The menu changes frequently if not daily so there will be many more exciting dishes to experiment.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrating birthdays. We started with drinks and the grilled octopus appetizer which was excellent. I would definitely order the lemony tequila drink which was not at all sweet. We shared the peach and avocado salad which was served on endive. For our mains, we had the chicken and the halibut & oyster stew. Both were excellent. the stew had a wonderfully rich broth. For dessert we enjoyed the strawberry shortcake. We were assisted with our wine pairing and found they complimented our meals perfectly. The service was well paced and we were not rushed. An excellent evening.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was fantastic!!! Service was okay-not very welcoming or informative. Noise level was high when the room was full. The food was perfect though!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food & service!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a nice meal at The Wolf and I recommend it for atmosphere, good service, and quality food. We loved the old Bay Wolf and it is heart-warming to see that legacy honored. I should also say that the staff were all diligent and creative in dealing with our party's food restrictions. Sadly, we had to wait a very long time for our meal due to a kitchen backlog as there was a party of 40 people in an adjoining room. We arrived at 7 p.m. and got our entrees at 8:45 p.m. Other than that group, the restaurant was not totally crowded, so it seemed that they could have planned ahead for how the kitchen would handle such a large group without hurting the other patrons' experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Beautiful space with great food, cocktails and service!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Consistently excellent food. The perfectly prepared octopus is to die for. Miss the pork belly sandwich. Soups always fresh and good. The rib eye steak is a winner and brings me back again and again!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The food and waitstaff can't be beat. I like dining on the front patio best - quieter and cozy, especially for date night!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner, once again, but are still missing the Caesar salad that was
my favorite. With only one other salad option on the menu, its not enough salads.
Also, the liver pate was too airy and not dense or flavorful enough so I would not
recommend it. The grilled octopus is fantastic. Otherwise, we love the wolf, the service is always top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We have dined at Wolf before and our most recent early Father's Day dinner was wonderful as we expected. The food is consistently excellent. The entrees and starters are creative and beautifully presented. Our server was attentive and efficient, and gave us a complimentary starter to make up for a slight delay in serving our entrees. A nice touch that we appreciated.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was the best I've ever had. Bernie is a great waiter.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Duck, Duck and everything else is good too.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Some excellent flavors! Service adequate. Would like to try again!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

thank you so much

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The Wolf is very pricy. My salmon was outstanding but my wife's steak was not so much. Service was excellent. Dollar for dollar, there are other restaurants I like more but The Wolf is fine dining.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Waited 15-20 for our cocktails then wanted us to hurry and order without getting our drinks then ignored us for 20 minutes before taking our order . Food was bland and plates not very appealing. Artichoke salad was so over dressed and acidic from vinaigrette. Steak was sent back so tough and strawberry shortcake had some sort of cream thing that tasted like grease . Very unhappy . We have eaten there about every other month this is the third time food hasn’t been up to our expectations so that’s it for us . Wood tavern will have to be only place will go back too so sad the wolf is in our neighborhood

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our server was so professional! We had dinner at 7 pm on a Friday and the table we sat in was off in a corner. The dinner was very good and prepared just right! Hats off to the chef!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food, wine, and ambiance. Comfortable space to relax and converse. Great starters, including brussel sprouts and octopus (even better as entree). Entrees were all excellent: pork chop, salmon, or papperdelle with rabbit.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great friendly service! Food was outstanding especially the octopus appetizer and Halibut.
We will return 👍🏾👍🏾

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Underwhelmed by the menu and taste. Nothing new or exciting other than iced mignonette for the oysters...yay. Expected more based on reputation and sister restaurants. Not upset, but couldn’t find a reason to return. Doesn’t help that they are right near the fantastic Commis

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great service. Lovely time. Especially appreciated restaurant calling to suggest we might be more comfortable in different room then we requested because a large party was booked in that room. The cucumber sorbet was to die for.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was my first time at Wolf and I heard so many great things about new restaurants in Oakland. The menu is smaller than most restaurants. To me, that means that each and every items is as good as the next so you don’t need a lot of items. We had the octopus (best I’ve ever had), arugula strawberry salad plus the NY strip and halibut. All perfectly seasoned and cooked. A perfect dinner = perfect night! A must try!!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The Wolf is always wonderful and has never disappointed. Although, the foie gras on brioche wasn't on the menu this time. That's the extent of my disappointment!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Best meal and service I've had in 10 years. I'll definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was great

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I booked this restaurant for my company executives sight unseen. My CEO loved it! Kudos to me...lol

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great service, great ambiance, great food! I went to restaurant an hour before and left a bouquet of flowers for Jared to give to my gf for her 29 th birthday when we arrived and it went perfect. He showed up and said happy Birthday Eleonore!and handed her the bouquet. She was a little embarrassed, it was a success. Laura's service and recommendations were spot on. We had a lovely 2 hours there it felt like 30 minutes. Also Jared brought out the desert with a candle, perfect! They definetly made my girlfriend feel special on her 29th birthday. I brought my own bottle of champagne and Laura waived the corkage fee. I normally tip 20% but did 30% to Laura and compensated Jared for the perfectly executed deed. 5 stars, will be returning. To end this, it sure was a relief to find a bay area restaurant that didn't feel understaffed. Great operation and many thanks to The Wolf!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The Wolf is a good restaurant. It’s menu doesn’t change much and specials are rare.
There is a big bar service but they don’t carry popular spirit brands such as Makers Mark
And Tanqueray. Parking is not too bad. Helpful wait staff.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Delicious food and excellent, friendly service. Tables are spaced well so one can have a conversation. I loved the deconstructed potato salad appetizer. Tasty and beautiful. Fried brussels sprouts were a bit spicy and sweet. Steak perfectly cooked. My son brought me here for Mother's Day and I've just made a reservation to return within a week. That says it all.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have two reviews - the bar and then dining. The bar was fantastic, great attentive service - friendly and our bartender was a pro and made great drinks and made sure we were happy.

Then the dining. Our waiter was very unfriendly. They seated us late and in a strange dead end corner behind a screen, maybe they just forgot about us tucked back there, but we sat forever before we were acknowledged, the waiter said virtually nothing and send others to deliver food and drinks. It was weird and disconcerting - he literally said about 5 words to us, the other people seemed very nice.

Towards the end of meal I noticed his voice sounded hoarse so I thought maybe he lost his voice and that was the problem - so I asked in an attempt to be friendly and understand why he wasn't speaking to us " Oh, did you loose your voice??" he looked at me with dead eyes and said a flat "no". Ooooo K then...

I have been wanting to try and wanting to love the Wolf for a long time and was really excited to go - again, bar was great - dining was very disappointing - in fact I left kind of angry.

I might go to the bar again and or dine IF I sat somewhere else with a different waiter who didn't make us feel like we were invisible people in a cage who you are throwing food at -
But then again there are so many great dining options in Oakland I'm not sure I'll be back anytime soon.

We debated a low tip, or no tip, but in the end left 20% - I kind of regret that

PS This was to be my wedding anniversary dinner, my hubs got sick so I brought my mother so it was supposed to be a special occasion dinner - I wish them well but that was incredibly disappointing

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The mousse pâté, steak and white wine were great. We had an excellent waiter. We sat out on the terrace, which was perfect as it was a warm Oakland night. The new interior looks great.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

UNEXPECTED PLEASURE It was a last minute ' whim' that they might have an opening

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Donato is pretty new but we've already been to the restaurant at least six or seven times, including lunches, and each time have been favorably impressed with the quality of the food and the service. On three occasions, we had difficulties with the bar - drinks not being properly prepared, two hour wait for cocktails designed to be served with our appetizers, salt instead of sugar on a lemon drop, etc. However, even with the bar glitches, it does not diminish our delight at the quality and uniqueness of the foods. This most recent visit we met the two co-owners and had a fun conversation. Also, the coffee sourced from Erbisti in Italy is the best!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had excellent service from the waitstaff. The food was delicious but portions were pretty small.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A wonderful evening. Great food. I enjoyed every last morsel of the Alaskan halibut with bacon broth. I even loved the house made crackers and rhubarb with the cheese plate starter. We were greeted warmly and the service was excellent. Street parking can be difficult to find but otherwise no other big drawbacks.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Flawless service, great food, watered down Old Fashioned.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Wow. Amazing food. Great wine list.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We had a very nice birthday celebration. The food was very tasty and the service was great. We had the Spanish Octopus appetizer and it was delicious! A must order for starters if you like octopus. The salmon was tender and perfect size! Desert... make sure you order the cucumber sorbet. We will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Had dinner here with a couple of friends. This was the 4th or 5th time I have eaten here and I think that the food has gotten better each time. I loved the Bay Wolf, which preceded the Wolf at this location, and have missed it greatly. The ever-evolving Wolf is providing much needed solace.

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