Positive, enjoyable, just right.
The service was exceptional! The Spanish octopus was tremendous!
Having been a fan of everything Rich and Rebekah do since I lived in Russian Hill during the Frascati days.. I was thrilled when they brought Wood Tavern and Southie to my hood.
Now with Chef Yang also driving her vision here at The Wolf they have created another brilliant dining experience for the vibrant Oakland food scene. Everything was impeccable. Service, setting and delicious food. Sad it took me so long to come out to try it, but will definitely be back again soon..
This was our first visit to The Wolf (the Baywolf was a favorite) and I can truly say that it is every bit as good as its predecessor. We celebrated our 47th anniversary with a wonderful dinner (Lamb Chops with huckleberry sauce for me and for my wife wonderful scallops served over a rice pudding to die for). Our server was very conscientious and attentive without being intrusive. We will be back.
First time since the change from Bay Wolf. Nicely updated! Great menu and a really nice selection of interesting and affordable wines. Enjoyed all our dishes and will be coming back for sure.
I was a fan of the predecessor restaurant, Bay Wolf, and was not sure this new restaurant would fare well by comparison. The physical space is beautiful and the owners retained the porch dining area, which is great. The service was outstanding — everyone was welcoming, and the wait staff were helpful, efficient and competent. The Brussels sprouts were so good that I ordered some to take home. The chicken and duck mousse was light and delicious. I had the lamb with huckleberry sauce and my companion had the pasta — both were cooked perfectly, presented beautifully without being fussy, and the flavors were interesting and delicious. Disabled access is also a plus — I took my mother (second visit in a week) and she uses a walker. Some restaurants treat disabled people as if they are a nuisance; Wolf did not — they were gracious, kind and accommodating. The only issue is parking. On my first visit, I drove around for 30 minutes — nearby lots were full and street parking was scarce. Second visit I lucked out after a 15 minute search.
The octopus was fantastic
Love that Caesar salad!!!
We’ll be back for sure
Great place and great service !
Best octopus and lamb chops ever!
Nice place, good food, busy so a bit loud, but wait time for main course on a Friday night was at least 45 min. Way too long for a restaurant of this quality.
Outstanding food continuing the tradition and even better. Our waiter was magnificent--friendly, very knowledgeable, and enhanced the overall experience significantly.
It was a dual birthday dinner. Was lovely.
One of our favorites. Always great food and service.
food and service were very good, found parking on the street
All good! Not inexpensive but a good dining experience. David
Great seasonal menu with plenty of naturally gluten free options - soy sauce is not a prevalent ingredient! They even serve the exquisite pate with rice crackers. Highly recommend.
I often dine at high-end restaurants in the east bay and can honestly say that I had one of the best lunches I have EVER had at the Wolf this week. The menu was a manageable size with many tempting choices. I had a fish/salad combination plate that was absolutely superb. The salad had very subtle seasoning, the perfect amount of dressing and very crisp and abundant greens. The fish was perfectly cooked, very fresh and again seasoned perfectly. The acme bread, an olive loaf, was great too. Our wait-person, a warm young woman, was very helpful and gracious. The dining room we sat in was the room with an extensive bar but was quiet and welcoming. I can't wait to go back as soon as I can. The only downside is the parking situation on popular Piedmont Ave. requiring a few blocks walk.
Weak drink, appetizers, no chicken or fish options, and very disappointing desert ( the Babka bread pudding, recommended by the waiter). The main dish, Lamb was excellent. Overall, disappointing, since we love Wood Tavern, their other restaurant.
The Wolf is an all-around great place for dinner, whatever the occasion. The staff is totally professional, but not at all stuffy. The food selections change regularly, and everything is excellent. The setting is quirky in all of the right ways.
Wonderful in every way.
Exceptional food served in a friendly atmosphere. Delicious cocktails too!
Always a great meal! Delicious food and a great atmosphere. Recommend this restaurant for any occasion - both casual and fancy!
The Wolf is in the building that previously housed Bay Wolf, which closed when the owners retired a couple of years ago. The restaurant is now owned and run by the Rich and Rebecca, owners of Wood Tavern. They have spruced up the interior and added a wheelchair lift.
It's sometimes hard to get a reservation, but you can sit at the bar to eat, and there is a good wine by the glass (and bottle) list, plus cocktails. Staff is both friendly AND efficient.
My grandson loved the steak tartare and pronounced the scallops the best he had ever eaten. My granddaughter enjoyed the artichoke soup and the steak, cooked exactly as she ordered it. We shared one order of the Brussels Sprouts appetizer - nicely charred, and with a hint of heat and sweet. My short rib sugo on house made pasta was a little salty, but very tasty. My daughter enjoyed the bouillabaisse, which had delicious broth (great for sopping up with the Acme bread) and a very generous helping of seafood.
We ordered the bread pudding and also the house made cardamom ice cream, but had eaten so much that we couldn't finish them. SO, my suggestion is to PACE YOURSELF and save room for dessert!
I have had several lunches and dinners at Wolf and most of them have been good, not great but good enough to return. This dinner was not good. The lamb chops contained a lot of fat and the accompanying carrots didn't add to the dish. My husband had the pork chop and had a similar comment. We were seated earlier than our reservation time...which we appreciated and the staff was pleasant but the food wasn't up to par.
Everything food wise was stellar! Good wine selection too. Will return when in the area.
The ambiance was romantic and warm. The vibe was upbeat and cheerful. The food was delicious. Nice portions and great creative menu. Handmade pasta. Perfectly cooked steak. Innovative cocktails and pleasant servers. Wonderful experience on our anniversary. The owner stopped by our table and intoduced herself. She was so warm and gracious. Highly recommended spot. Will definitley be back soon!
Excellent food ... and the bartender knew how to make an "old Cuban," our favorite drink, and they made it right.
We both had scallops, with different salads for starters. We both enjoyed our salads, and the scallops were luscious...
I haven't had steak tartare this good since my trip to France in 2011.
We love The Wolf. It is our go-to place for a good meal in Oakland. The food is great. The cocktail menu is great. The service has always been wonderful. I can't recommend this place any more highly.
If you have an adventurous palate The Wolf is the place for you. As a meat and potatos guy, when I want to step out of my box, I know I can find something on Wolf’s menu that I may not be able to pronouce but will provide an outstanding dining experience as well as expand my vocabulary.
This restaurant was Bay Wolf until the owners of Bay Wolf decided to retire. The location was then taken over by the owners of Wood Tavern. The food is very good and they have a full bar something Bay Wolf did not. I do wish that they still had the sous chef that made the Caesar salad for Bay Wolf but unfortunately they don't. Bay Wolf in my opinion had the very best Caeser Salalad of any restaurant in the Bay Area. This all being said Wolf is a worthy restaurant and I recommend it highly.
Great patio, great service, beef tartare was phenomenal!
Food was very good as was the service. Our only complaint was the noise. When we first got to the restaurant it was fairly quiet but as if filled up, we were unable to hear the people at our table. Overall, the restaurant was a pleasant experience. It is the type of restaurant that I would want to return to for a relaxing evening but the noise level would make be think twice.
Lovely and delicious
outstanding brussels sprouts! wow....
octopus disappointing; gorgeously plated, but overwhelmed in all that spicy cream sauce
little gem salad was fresh but way too heavily dressed,
outstanding Acme bread and pepper striped butter
very good service
will definitely come back!
This was the 3rd time I have eaten here since The Wolf replaced my old neighborhood favorite, The Bay Wolf. The food has improved since my first two visits. We had a wonderful meal and great service on this most occasion. This won't be our last visit.
The Woods always deliver great food and service!
Loved it. Everything we ordered was absolutely top notch. From cocktails and appetizers to mains and deserts. The wallet took a bit of a hit, but it’s worth it every now and then.
Came with high expectations. Noise level beyond the norm. Conversations almost impossible. Appetizers were above average. Main courses marginal. Appeared to have been short on staff; service extremely slow and inattentive.
I would say go for lunch whenever you can. It's a good time to get in and have a leisurely time, the service, wine and food are excellent.
I would also say it is my favorite place to dine for either lunch or dinner.