Wood Tavern

4.7
2335 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Gastro Pub

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(510) 654-6607
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Maximilian DiMare
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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.
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Cross street
Alcatraz
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Parking details
Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.
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Public transit
Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2335 People Are Saying
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This is the second time in a month that I found the service to be mediocre at best. I usually rate Wood Tavern with five stars in every category, unfortunately I no longer can, the past few times I have dinned here they have fallen short. This most recent experience was worse than the last.
I was meeting a friend for lunch (her first time here) I arrived before they opened. As I was waiting outside the restaurant, the hostess propped opened the restaurant door. She saw us waiting outside and didn’t say a word; not a hello, not a we will be opening shortly, or even come on in. We waited a minute and then I walked in and asked if they were ready to seat for lunch. The hostess who opened the door delivered a very rude response: first silence, then she looked at me and in a very condescending tone said something like-yeah that’s why I opened the door, why did you think I opened the door, would there be any other reason to open the door? The other hostess stepped in with a greeting and I was seated.
When my friend arrived, our server came over and took our drink order. We asked what was good on the menu, he replied, just look and pick anything. Also noted: the prices have gotten bigger and the portions smaller.
This was my go to neighborhood lunch place. I loved bringing friends and family here because of the delicious, seasonal, fresh food and the warm, knowledgeable, friendly service. I haven’t had this experience the last few times and I miss it. Not sure I will be back.

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AY
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is of high quality. Very nice restaurant for my first experience there.

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JC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I've had lunch @ Wood Tavern several times and it was absolutely terrific. This was my first dinner, and the volume of noise was downright unpleasant. My chicken was excessively salted and I just couldn't eat it, although to be fair one of my companions also had the chicken and hers was much better. Third guest loved his spaghettini and asparagus. The staff was lovely and accommodating, didn't charge us for my chicken, and while I'll give dinner there another go in the future, it will be after bracing myself for the sound level. I think I'll try something other than the chicken, though.

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BB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a ladies night out... Our table was tucked nicely into a corner where we could visit. “Rebecca” waited on us with great care and made wonderful suggestions and joined in the fun where appropriate. We shared one cheese and pate and the grilled asparagus. Wow ! Flavor explosions we couldn’t stop talking about. I had the duck breast, one friend had the sea bass while the other had the pork chop. All three entrees were shared and we all loved them. The crepe dessert with strawberries was something I’d never had before and it was wonderful too and of course we shared the flourless chocolate cake which was the absolute best.

As I said, our service and advice from Rebecca was spot on and there was a very nice man that came by occasionally to ensure we were happy as well.
Definitely will come back here!!!! Thank you!

Betty Barada

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YY
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wood Tavern is reliably good. The charcuterie board was lovely, & the pea sprout & Arugula salad especially good. Our entrees were good, though not super special in any way. I did not care for the panna cotta with rum & cinnamon sugar topping, way too sweet & the panna cotta had not set, but my dinner partner managed to consume his share. Frankly, I'd go more often if it weren't so hard to get a reservation, so they must be doing something right.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner- food was exquisite!

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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wood Tavern is always enjoyable! On this visit, I was disappointed that the seafood stew/chowder was cream based, which really limited my selection as I am on a heart healthy diet. The other fish item was fried. Salads are always good, and service is excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our 2 year anniversary. Had the pork chops and the duck breasts. Delicious across the board!

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F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I like to go again. The noise level was a little high. I liked that part of Berkeley to wonder around!

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CA
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rebecca and Vilma were OUTSTANDING!!

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RF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always good. My go to restaurant for fun and business.

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BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here before and loved the food, service and ambiance. Yesterday I brought two lady friends, we each ordered sandwiches. I was surprised that there was nothing on the menu which looked like a 'lady lunch' (i.e. 75 years of age). I ordered the pastrami sandwich, it was good, but not great, heavy and very spicy.
I didn't ask for soup, didn't see a 'special of the day' option.
I will be back, however, hoping to again to eat the wonderful portobello sandwich I had there several years ago. It was the best.

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F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a fabulous experience from Wine serving to the food and ..Oh the desert!
Ate the pork shops and this is a must. The halibut was buttery and so delicious.
Small menu but they did not let me down.

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JE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always good here. It does get very loud and noisy. Service is good.

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This time not worth the noise and price. Had better food other times....this was lunch and two different sandwiches. They were both too messy to eat except with a fork. The bread was nothing special. For me, too much "sauce," oil on everything, including the "slaw."
Thought it would empty out and get quieter toward end of lunch time, but kept full and very noisy!!

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

My favorite restaurant.

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L
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go to Wood Tavern, I like it more. The bluenose sea bass was the best I’ve ever eaten, and the front of the house staff is just delightful. I’ll go back again, and sooner next time.

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BL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very, very noisy. Could not hear our own conversation at our own table.

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JS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food never disappoints! The highlights for us is the Roasted Chicken, which my wife has ordered the last 2 times we’ve eaten there. I ordered it this time and, without a doubt, the best chicken dish I have ever eaten. The other “best” is the (Cole) house coffee. It is rare to get a basic coffee from a restaurant this good. Incredible coffee!

Now a negative—

Please offer a better beer selection. It really is lacking. With all the great CA microbrews, there really should more to choose from. Also print them out on your menu, along with the alcohol percentages and the IBUs. The restaurant is loud when you’re busy (which is most of the time) and I shouldn’t have to depend on the waiter to run through them and then not know the all important “specs” that I just mentioned.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Favorite lunch spot, never disappoints.

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SP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Met my friend for a birthday lunch. Haven't been there in years. I ordered the hamburger w/o the bun since I am gluten-sensitive. It was delicious, as were the fries! My friend had the brisket sandwich which she also enjoyed. We shared the panna cotta for dessert. Although I had noted on my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, it was not acknowledged in any way, which I was a bit disappointed about. Nonetheless, it was a lovely afternoon, but difficult to hear each other due to the highly 'energetic' noise level.

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DM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great lunch! Our waitress was great!
I had the pastrami sandwich which was delicious !

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f
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Wood Tavern many, many, times and love it every single time! The food is excellent and the service is great too!

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wood Tavern never disappoints! This time it provided a warm, friendly & delicious atmosphere for 4 college friends to reconnect, converse & linger over a nice lunch. Thank you!

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EK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my first experience to catch up with an old friend, and could not have asked for more. Just perfect all around from the front of the house to the back.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was incredible, I really can’t say enough good about him. The food was delicious, as always. We would actually eat there more often if there were a vegetarian option on the entrée list. The restaurant is always lively And a great place for dinner for any reason.

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JM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food. Also the old-time yet current vibe. Will keep going back. Oh, and best French fries ever.

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SD
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The noise level discourages conversation
Needs to be toned down a level

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

This is truly my favorite spot to go! Can’t say enough good things about it. Stellar wait staff, Front end, and delicious food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I think that Wood Tavern is one of the best restaurants in Oakland. I always enjoy my meal.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch and great food. Love this place!

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SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt fortunate to score a reservation at the last minute on Open Table. I try monthly to get into this place and it is a hard reservation to score. As always Wood Tavern doesn't disappoint. The cocktails are always perfect right to the top of the rim. Our waiter Cisco was a delight. He didn't rush us, and attended to our table when needed. The food was fabulous! We recommend the always yummy liver pate, pork chop, rib eye. The only knocks on the night was the late night bartender wasn't as good as the main bartender, the dessert was a disappointment and if you are unfortunate enough to sit close to the reception desk, you get a lot of cold air blowing through the front door on a cold night. Looking forward to returning!

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JJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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M
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was unbelievable - both the hostess and our server really went the extra mile.
The hamburger was way too salty and also contained too much black pepper.
Fries were excellent while they were hot, but there were enough for everyone in the restaurant!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS! The food is truly beautifully presented and absolutely excellent. Service is also excellent and friendly and definitely have Wood Tavern on favorite list!

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently good . The desserts are amazing!

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RS
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had lunch at Wood Tavern with a friend. The service was excellent, and even though we arrived early, they were able to seat us quickly. We had the soup of the day. It was good. My friend had a salad and I had the pastrami special. The pastrami was a bit salty, but a very generous portion with cole slaw. It was a good lunch and we enjoyed eating here.

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Yes but not as impressed has I once was.. much to loud an the meat in our dishes had great flavor but was pretty tough for how much your spending an the cost of a dinner at Woodtavern

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great. I plan on returning often. Thank you for such a fine establishment.

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Wood Tavern to celebrate my friend's birthday.

We both loved our lunch. I had a cup of soup and a salad. If I had known how absolutely delicious the soup was, I would have had a bowl. My friend's brisket was delicious, but a little fatty. We both loved the chocolate souffle. The noise level was a bit high.

We both had a lovely dining experience.

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