The Wolf - Oakland

4.6
952 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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D
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding seafood stew! Wonderful salad with gem lettuces, grapefruit and pine nuts. Perfect in every way.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food per plate, but didn’t always go super well together. Great place though, I’d just recommend asking for some guidance from your server.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to this place since it was Bay Wolf, so didn't know quite what to expect. In fact, it was lovely, thoughtful and everything was delicious. We had gone with the family to celebrate my wife's birthday and they knew and remembered. We'll go back again!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here recently for a special occasion. The food and service were all top-notch. Definitely recommended.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good welcome. Willing to move my party when we discovered we were seated too close to a party of 6 extraordinarily noisy celebrating women and could hear nothing. This is a noisy restaurant anyway, but food and service are excellent.

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MS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal with friends—the polenta the hamburger was very good. Service was excellent but the noise level made conversation a little difficult at times.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and experience!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall was good- wasn’t wowed by our main courses. The appetizers were all very nice. Service was ok. Wine list ok. Location is nice and the restaurant itself is relatively cozy. Not sure I would come back.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. Waiter never did take our order; we ordered through the hostess. The lunch menu is very limited: salads, one pasta, sandwiches, including burger. Ordered a medium rare burger and got a well-done one. Gave up.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wolf is solid-these folks know what they are doing!!! The food is delicious, the service is outstanding, and the ambiance is elegant and welcoming. This was my second visit, the first time I went for an anniversary dinner with my husband, this time for friend's bday. I had the endive salad and scallops with risotto - fanstastic!

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PB
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All three diners were completely happy with menu and choices made and served. Will be delighted to return.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a "first date", it was perfect, the foos was delicious and the wine the server suggested was exquisite.

Very hall...will go back again.

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G
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I DID answer twice-- the site kept disappearing.

Did you find my answer on the amazing Octopus and Sauce, and my husbands's delicious corned beef sandwich. The Restaurant is a REAL TREAT!

-- WE enjoyed meeting the new owner (charming and very pretty)
THANK YOU

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall we had a delicious dinner at The Wolf but we were put off when we were seated outside on a chilly evening. Though we were under a heat lamp, there was a cold draft and we couldn't take off our coats. We asked for another table but the maitre d' said he didn't have any alternatives (despite the fact we had made a reservation and had said this was a birthday dinner). Not a great start.

When the waitress came to take our order a few minutes later, she asked how we were doing and we admitted we were cold. She inquired and said there would be a table available inside in about 10 minutes. We ordered and a few minutes later were escorted to a table inside.

We ordered three appetizers -- carrot soup, seafood sausage, Brussels sprouts -- and one main dish of scallops and everything is fantastic and well presented. The wait staff provided extra plates and bowls for sharing and service was excellent.

I'd recommend The Wolf but if it's a cold day or night you might want to request a table inside.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bay scallops - Our waiter was very knowledgeable about wines, allowing us to try some, and educating me on Rieslings. Decaf coffee was not great, but overall, it was a wonderful dinner!

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

With a front door open to the street, it was drafty on one of the coldest evenings of the year. The corkage charge is excessive. That being said, the food was very good and the service was outstanding. One of our guests is very gluten-sensitive and our server was fantastic about recommendations and substitutions. Some of the best service we've ever had!

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wolf is an excellent restaurant on Piedmont Avenue. Once again the wood family Richard and Rebecca have an all star restaurant. We will return.

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TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus and duck were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. The wine was a shade expensive for what was being served, but the selections were good and it was a great experience overall. Perfect noise level to hold a conversation as well.

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server could have been more attentive to our needs but fair overall

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JA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Four of us for lunch...all chose the salmon salad, one requested special dressing due to allergy, which was no problem. The salad was great, but The fact that we all chose the same dish is a good indication that the lunch options were far too limited. Other options were not very appealing. As the host, I was delighted to find a very nice and reasonably priced bottle of Pino Blanc from Alsace...wines from that area tend not to be offered and, in fact, are hard to find in local wine stores. It was a hit at our table. We liked our seating and appreciated the knowledgeable and flexible wait staff.

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GN
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and kind servers and staff. Even though I arrived later than my reservation and my friend arrived much later, the restaurant accommodated us and didn’t give us a surly attitude so common in Bay Area restaurants. They also stored my luggage for several hours. Plus, the food was fantastic. Pork belly and octopus were both amazing.

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M
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience as always at the Wolf.
Rodrigo took great care of us and all food was right
On the mark, ftom brussel sprouts to burger. Manhattans
Top notch as well
Will be back soon

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Have not eaten here under the new name and management, but used to live in the neighborhood and went back to check it out. I loved our table, which was quiet and romantic, even though I had to ask for it after the hostess wanted to have us sit next to a raucus table of 6 at first! Loved the food, portions were so big we had to take some home but it was great their morning with eggs! Perfect, friendly, attentive but still casual wait staff allowed us space but still we felt very attended to. I would wonder if the menu choices open up a little next time-- Will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was like being at an upscale Wood Tavern. The ambiance was great and we were seated by the front windows which open but there were great heaters. The food was good but entrees were some what limited. It proved to be a unique and great dining experience.

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EG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically energetic and lively spot for drinks, exotic eats or a romantic date.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance for an anniversary dinner! Romantic, delicious and classy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the service was great. We would definitely go back. We loved everything we ordered.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. Pleasant experience. Have been coming here since BayWolf days. Still great. Will be back.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was impressed for a dinner meeting the acoustics were not a problem. The service complemented the meeting nicely. I would not hesitate to return, either for business or pleasure.

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable. Oakland chef has really found her footing here. Service was professional and decent

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, wanted to experience something new. We all were delighted with the atmosphere and food. I have told others to go.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We felt the appetizer of the Spanish Octopus was delicious. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. The salad was just ok, but the dressing was overly salty and not well balanced (how I miss the salads at Camino). The duck was competently prepared but uninspired. The steak had good flavor, but, my partner asked for the meat rare, and it came done to medium, and for the price, it was a pretty thin piece. Dessert was the Red Velvet cake, which we had comped as it took an inordinate amount of time to arrive. All-in-all we were disappointed - obviously.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reinvented in the space of a

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K
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely in every way. Portions are not huge. Appropriate but definitely leaving room for an appetizer.

Great bar and cocktails!

Allow time for street parking.

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M
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great East Bay restaurant. Excellent service. Food well prepared. Nice atmosphere.

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am a fan of the Wolf. The last time I was there (before this one) was spectacular. This time they were out of the salmon salad at 1 pm. I was very disappointed. They said they had a large gp there and the majority of the group ordered salmon salad. So out of 3 dishes, 2 were excellent. That is the first time that has happened.

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ML
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a great place to get together with friends. Very comfortable meeting place.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pastrami sandwich. The Egg Tagliatelle looked great as well our server-Jen-I think was great.

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OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Limited food menu. Steak and pasta were very good. I would pass on the desserts next time. Excellent service.

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