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About Wood Tavern

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.

6317 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Alcatraz

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 654-6607

Website:
http://woodtavern.net/

Parking Details:
Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.

Public Transit:
Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151

Executive Chef:
Maximilian DiMare

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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wood Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (49)
Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (28)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Casual (27)
Local Ingredients (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fun (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (14)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
People Watching (11)
Romantic (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Organic (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Healthy (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Scenic View (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

My guy and I had a great dinner dining on Brussels Spouts and grilled squid for starters. His pork chop was cooked to perfection and the flavors of my entree were delicious. We had coconut cake for dessert...I LOVE COCONUT CAKE!! Cocktails were on point and so was our server! Our hostess also gave us the romantic two top by the window. Great date night!! Thanks Wood Tavern!

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was my first time there, and I would recommend highly to my friends. The choices for charcuterie and cheeseboard were excellent. We love the house made honey on almonds, cranberry and various items that come with the butcher block. Wine list is good, and the main has good portion. Too full to have dessert, so we have to go back to try other items that we didn't have.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

As always, Wood Tavern never disappoints. The mushroom soup, the citrus crab salad, the sea bass were excellent! Did we need two scoops of the home-churned ice cream? Probably not! But did we love it? Yes!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

It was worth going to but very load. It was hard to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wood Tavern doesn't do anything that's "out there" in terms of palate or design, but they make impeccable meals. I don't mean to imply that the dish composition is basic, or not interesting, but the menu on our most recent visit had a soup, a few salads, brussel sprouts, a rib eye, pork chop ,and sea bass (among other items).
We had the the sea bass and the rib eye, which were both pretty amazing. The sea bass had a golden crust, and was served with cauliflower, mash, and a surprisingly delicate blood orange sauce. The rib eye was cooked just as ordered, and also had a wonderful sauce with some au gratin potatoes.
Service was unobtrusive, but always available; pretty much perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Birthday
Great meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

the noise level made it impossible to have a conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was borderline non existent. It took close to 15 minutes for someone to bring us waters and give us menus. An additional 20 to take our order. And close to 30 at the end for someone to even follow up and ask how the meal was and bring us the check. The food was phenomenal, but the customer service needs work desperately.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and the staff is very kind and accommodating. Everyone in our group loves their food we will definitely be back. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very disappointed. We have eaten at Wood Tavern several times, but the food and kitchen were very deficient this time. Food has always been very good, so I do not know if it was an off night or if they are stretched because they opened 2 new restaurants. After our salads, we waited an hour for the pork chop, their signature dish, which was supposed to be medium rare but came well done after an hour wait. I ordered the pomegranate marinated lamb shank which was also overcooked and completely flavorless, with no herbs or pomegranate noted. The waiter was nice, initially made excuses but then apologized. The manager came over and also apologized and only charged us for our drinks and wine. This has been a really good place, although I think a little overrated when some call it the best food in the area. I think many come for the good bar. We will give it one more chance based on past experiences. I hope the owners pay more attention, in spite of their new restaurants.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always fantastic service and delicious salads and entrees

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic! Grilled octopus and cod sandwich were real standouts.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Another fantastic meal and fun time at Wood Tavern.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great service, even helped us out when we needed a jump

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Awesome lunch, great hamburger, and fresh cod sandwich. Good coleslaw and home made pickles. We go here often to lunch and dinner and we’ll be back

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistent! Delicious chicken/sauce,
yellow squash soup. Love this restaurant!
Great service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outstanding lunch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I thought it was highly overrated. I waited a week for a reservation and found that I was disappointed. There were so many more better options. I think it’s one of those neighborhood spots that are only popular based on the location to the neighborhood.

I would return, but with much lower expectations and I wouldn’t wait more than 10 mins.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our wedding anniversary. Last minute reservations. Never happens. It was meant to be. They were very attentive and accommodating. Food came out in a timely manner. Everything from start to finish was utterly delicious. Would definitely recommend this place and am for sure going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Had the delicious pork and farro soup. It was very hardy in a large bowl. Also had the best hamburger/blue cheese ever on a baguette roll.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was impeccable but food took an hour. Some dishes were incredibly delicious while others were a bit bland.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Consistently great, for many years!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

As usual, the food was really very good. And as usual, the noise level was pretty high - so much so that it gets in the way of conversation a little . Service is good, but often can feel a little stilted. Not bad, just somehow not entirely gracious, like they're working from a script that needs some editing.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I don't know of any restaurant I enjoy more than Wood Tavern. While it's a bit difficult to get a reservation, sometimes we have been able to walk in and be seated. And the high seating overlooking the chefs working at the stoves is a GREAT spot - offered if nothing else is available, but I think it should be featured.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wood tavern never disappoints. One of my favorites in the east bay

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic menu, impeccable service. It’s Wood tavern for the win.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Lovely dinner, everyone, all four of us were very happy

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Seasonal, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Always a treat to eat here. Fun, nice employees, great food and cocktails/wine

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was excellent his staff was very friendly very Curtis I went there for my 37th wedding anniversary they took care of us it was one of the best seats in the house was very accommodating I had brought in a cake and they took care of that made it all possible my wife very happy it was a very good experience I would recommend this restaurant to anyone it's kind of hard to get a reservation but believe me whenyoue get one don't miss it

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love the restaurant overall. Food is great. Service was excellent. Menu was somewhat different from what I had looked up the night before. A little too noisy to talk comfortably.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Wood tavern continues to impress...it is my favorite neighborhood place...service, food and the entire experience are fabulous....

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our lunch was a birthday celebration 🎉 and it was excellent! The food was delicious and our server a delight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was outstanding, for the most part. We had a hard time, literally, with the crust of the pear tart, which could not be cut with a fork, and was hard to cut with a knife. Instead of puff pastry, we thought that a pie or tart crust would enhance the delicious pear concoction.
Otherwise, top of the line.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

First time and fantastic food! A must for sure, but we sure didn't like feeling rushed throughout the entire 3 course meal. We will definitely return though.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding, service and cuisine. My go-to place for a business lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Scenic View, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was very tasty with good-sized portions of meat. We ordered a lovely duo of cheese and Chicken Liver Pate as appetizers which we thoroughly enjoyed along with well-made cocktails. My dinner companion loved the duck and I enjoyed the Double Pork Chop with Butterbeans and Collard Greens. We shared the Dark Chocolate Torte that was our sweets splurge inasmuch as we were celebrating his birthday. It reminded me of a flourless cake, dense, intense and rich.

Overall the service was satisfactory with the exceptions that the waiter had to be reminded to deliver part of the order and a container was requested for the remainder of my entree and sides . One box was delivered to the table and I erroneously assumed it was the entree ( one of the most expensive items on the menu ) and discovered the next day that it was merely 2 slices of the Acme bread and a cup of Olive Oil. Such a costly mistake and disappointment for me!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was disappointing and lack creativity. Crab salad appetizer could have been served at a nondescript hotel restaurant. Pork chop & ribeye entrees were overwhelmed by unnecessary sides and smothered in sauces which is too bad because pork was really tasty just by itself.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

First visit; VERY impressed with food, service and value. Wonderful experience for lunch.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good food. Very loud. Service was charming. High price for such a casual atmosphere but maybe the fact that it’s casual is a bonus for some folks.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent, well-crafted food - fried-green tomato sandwich for one of us and seafood stew for the other. Menu is, however, primarily salads and sandwiches at lunch, so if you are avoiding bread you will have more limited options.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Organic
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