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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.
Oakland, CA 94618
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.
Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wood Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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