The Wolf - Oakland

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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vipHarrisonS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good, cannot overlook the brussel sprouts! quiet and refined.

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vipGaryP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A limited number of main courses were offered, but each one of us enjoyed our meal. It was a great place to host a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around. The brussels sprouts are spot-on.

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DebDC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant is lovely and noise levels are appropriate to actually have a conversation, which is lovely. The food was delicious with the exception of the duck breast which I found a bit mealy and the texture off. The server could have been more attentive, we had to wave her over to take our order, which seemed odd. All that said, we will certainly be going back.

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AlexanderR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, like every other experience I've had at The Wolf.

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vipVail77
Los Angeles
309 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and delicious food, thank you!

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vipMark
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Date night

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vipcharltonh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my martini was at least 3.5 oz. The pastrami was very New York (what higher compliment). The service was attentive but not intrusive. my friend and i were left alone when we wanted to be. a very good place to eat

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JaniceA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We like this place because the food and service are usually excellent and the atmosphere is pleasant and casual. We've been here several times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great! Wine list was fun to choose from.

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AmyG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to try The Wolf for a nice dinner out and were blown away by the atmosphere, food, and service. Although the menu is not extensive, every item was extremely well prepared and covered a variety of choices for meatlovers, pescatarians, and vegetarians. Our waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing and extremely kind. The restaurant itself is incredibly beautiful, with the open space feel of a large patio and overhead string lights. Although the door was open the whole time, installed heaters throughout kept the space at a comfortable temperature, and the room volume never made it difficult to converse. We are waiting for the next opportunity to bring friends and family here for another fantastic experience!

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boagente
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time here. We always like to try as many things as possible and have no problems in sharing our choices, Appetizers: Oysters - excellent, Fried Brussels Sprouts - awesome, Octopus - delicious and tender. Entrees: Duck breast , grilled Rib eye steak, Niman Ranch Burger and Tagliatelle - all delicious, generous portions and great accompaniments. Dessert: Chocolate Bread pudding with a passion fruit caramel and Warm Apple Crumble - beautifully presented. Service: our Server was Lydia and she was phenomenal. She was very knowledgeable about the ingredients of each dish, answered all of our questions. This was a birthday dinner but had not notified the restaurant of this. When the desserts came there was a Happy Birthday note and a candle which meant that Lydia had overheard us talking about it. Such a thoughtful touch on her part .... kudos to Lydia for her attentiveness. Final note: We will definitely return and feel lucky to have found such a warm, friendly and casual environment.

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Anne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Oakland. Amazing food, amazing service, and great ambience.

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Louie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Only concerns: I reserved an inside table but my wife was seated in the covered area by the door and we had to request for our reserved inside table; had to request for additional water with glasses empty.

Otherwise, service was quite nice, menus excellent and reasonably priced. The specialty offerings were enticing and it’s nice to know the menur changes up. Limited entre selection is fine as all seems well prepared, wonderful sauces along with exquisite presentation. Our final seating arrangement offered ambiance and allowed for normal conversation. We’ll certainly return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and a great overall dining experience

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vipusquared
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my second experience here and I can unreservedly recommend it for a casual lunch or casual work dinner. It's next door to commis, and a bit out-of-the way unless you live nearby, but is worth the short jaunt.

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Foodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was really disappointed with the food. Very salty and dinner for two was $200. Over priced for what we got.

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vipAgiB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my best friend to Wolf for her birthday. It was a treat. The food was excellent and creative. We had a black cod dish that was sooo good. The Brussels sprouts were delicious and the portion was BIG. Our waiter was very sweet and was attentive, but not in our faces at all. Whenever we needed something, he seemed to be right there. It was a luxurious meal at a leisurely pace.

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vipDeborahV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent1 . always a treat to dine at The Wolf! The ahi salad and
the roasted chicken salad were both so delicious. Generous amount.
We will be back!

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vipJoanC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here a fee times and every time we order the octopus to start. Everything is artfully and meticulously prepared, the servers are all really friendly and no matter whether you sit in the bar, the dining room, or the covered porch, it is cozy and comfortable experience! We look forward to our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Double date with good friends. Everything we ordered was awesome. Our server was a little rough to start but opened up with smiles by dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I always have a great experience at the Wolf - the food is excellent and the staff is professional, friendly and very accommodating. On this visit, our waitperson was concerned that a delay in the kitchen was going to make us wait a bit for our main course after we finished our appetizer, so she took it upon herself to bring us out an extra appetizer course. The person sitting next to us had a loud voice, and she asked us if we'd like to be relocated. We didn't mind the short wait for the main course, and in other restaurants, we've sat next to far more annoying people. We were okay with both little situations, but our waitress' level of consideration really impressed us.

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vipCseks
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and good quantities. The scallops were expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch on the front porch on a blustery day. Cozy with heating and comfy seating. Quiet enough for good conversation. Pastrami sandwich and hamburger were irresistible, but we will venture further into the menu next time because everything was tempting. As good as its sister restaurant, Wood Tavern.

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TIFoodies
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here, but we'll be back. The fried brussel sprouts as an appetizer are amazing. We also shared the Uni Risotto with Scallops and a grilled Ribeye...wowsers! Exceptional food and service.

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vipThreeToGo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was quite good - not outstanding - but the service took away from the overall experience. Our party of four was “rushed” all night by the wait staff which doesn’t fair we’ll when you’re spending $85+ pp. Nice neighborhood restaurant though. We would attend again, but adjust our expectations and likely just get a “quick bite” for two at the bar. Not the spot for a lingering meal with old friends.

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dennisW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous oysters, delicious duck liver mousse, great rib eye, but mediocre "Apple crumble"- not up to the quality and refinement expected- not even close to the "Pear Upside down" cake at Wood Tavern- why don't you at least serve desserts that are on a Par with those at the Tavern? Also, waiting 15 minutes, although advised, was a bit long.

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Hatlady
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed our meal at The Wolf - the wait staff were very easy to talk to, the atmosphere was clean and spacious, and even though it was loud, I liked hearing people having a good time. The food was great, with big portions, and I will return!

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vipJerryM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place warm friendly delicious food

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GregM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great and fast service. Food wine list.

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vipGoShakewell
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wolf is just as good as the Bay Wolf used to be. Of course there is a difference in the menu but Wolf excells. The one item I want to compliment is the grape juice spritzer! It is so rare to find specialty non alcoholic drinks!!thanks!!

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Lber
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow even with a half empty restaurant, the starters are worth skipping over (the little gem salad is just bad, the mushroom soup forgettable, oysters poorly shucked). The duck is good (although it arrived cold) and the scallop dish was the saving grace. Our server was really sweet and the restaurant is pretty but for the price it was incredibly disappointing. I won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Very relaxing environment.

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eightballace
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places! Food, service, including the pacing of the experience, all great, making for a comfortable, relaxing night out. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Phil
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seated promptly upon arrival...always a plus. Remodel is well done...subtle, refined. The service was excellent, with our server very knowledgeable about how the dishes were prepared.
The food was cooked excellently, with octopus not being the least bit chewy. Brussels sprouts, fried with “special sauce,” were excellent.
Unfortunately, some other dishes, though expertly prepared, tasted “soulless,” without that special something that personalizes the style of the chef...a flaw, but not fatal.

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PrixFixe
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We came for the Valentine's Day prix fixe meal. Our waitress took her time coming to our table and then when I had questions about the menu since I'm 7 months pregnant, she didn't seem to understand the questions that I was asking to determine which dishes I'd be able to eat. At one point she cleared our appetizers and then came back a minute later to ask us if she had just cleared the first course or entree dishes. It was upsetting that she couldn't remember what plates she had just taken away when it was only a 3-course meal. My husband had to repeatedly try to flag her down to ask for the wine list again so that he could get another glass of wine. She also never came back to check on us after our entrees, since another server brought out our final plates, so we were never asked if we wanted any coffee or tea with our dessert. It was disappointing to be going out for a nice meal to celebrate Valentine's day, just to feel ignored.

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vipNoriNori
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good as always and our server was attentive and nice.