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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Good for a Date (38)
Casual (35)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Comfort Food (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Bar Seating (28)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Fun (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Seasonal (17)
Cozy (16)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
People Watching (10)
Romantic (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Healthy (8)
Organic (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Scenic View (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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food3
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Nice local restaurant just down the street. Virtually impossible to get reservations for.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Disappointed! Steak was grisley, hamburger was dry, service was quite slow.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Absolutely amazing! I don’t know of a better restaurant in the East Bay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

They took 55 minutes to bring us our food for lunch service. They were not very apologetic for it. They seemed a bit annoyed that we were annoyed it took so long, With that said it was a darn good pastrami sandwich but for a lunch who wants to wait an hour for it.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Everything was excellent and our wait person ,last name Harrison, was stellar !

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wood Tavern is one of my favorites spots to eat. The food is off the hook and the staff is hella cool. It's a great spot to go whether you're on a date, or flying solo, but plan ahead. It gets packed quickly, however if you going for it a late dinner, you all good! It's my favorite spot on this side of the Bay!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Healthy, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I've been wanting to visit Wood Tavern for a few months after I first heard about it. The restaurant is always fully booked, so best to make reservations in advance. There are a few bar seats and some are right in front of one the cook's grill station. I thought that would be interesting to watch, and I noticed some of the patrons having a conversation with the cook. Overall, the atmosphere was lively and friendly. The food was outstanding. Very hearty and warming. Our service was superb, with one caveat. We arrived at 6:00 pm on a Friday evening. We shared an appetizer (the pork belly appetizer was amazing) and then had our main courses (I'd recommend both the duck breast and the halibut), and skipped dessert. The service was attentive throughout, and the courses arrived promptly, until it was time to leave. We noticed other diners who arrived later than us waiting for their next course. It took about 30 minutes after our plates were cleared until we had our check paid. There were 3 groups of 2 waiting outside for tables when we left. I don't know if it was just a busy Friday night or if they were a little short handed, but I would recommend arriving early. It's too bad about the slow down in service. Up until the end, I would have said that the service was VERY good. They were very attentive with water, clearing plates, stopping to talk about the menu, etc....And the food was really good. I recommend trying Wood Tavern.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Best burger in town! I go to Wood Tavern 2-3 x per month for lunch. I often meet friends and business associates. I always have a burger and beer.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious, as always. Lovely staff and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome place! Amazing Drinks and the food is excellent! Very fresh, lots of flavor. My sister and I ordered a Beef Brisket Sandwich and the Pastrami Sandwich. There slaw is amazing it is different then your traditional slaw. We will be back soon!

Tags: Organic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food, excellent service, and a good location.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great restaurant, terrific food, attentive service. All equals a wonderful time. One of my favorite places to eat and meet.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great steak dinner. Halibut was also excellent. Noise level was tolerable, usually very loud. But we were there early.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. Our waitress was terrific, offering helpful suggestions and seemed to really be engaged in making sure everything was to our liking. From the cocktails, to the delicious meal, to the cappuccino prepared by our waitress and the very reasonable prices, everything was terrific

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Another delish adventure @ Wood Tavern! Our meals were amazing and our server recommended great wines to pair with our food. The restaurant is cozy, maybe a little loud for some. Clearly one of the best restaurants in the area!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always very good, can’t go wrong.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My seafood soup was very good. My friend ordered a sandwich in which she found it too all too salty

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This place was pretty packed for a Tuesday night. Take whatever reservation slot you can get, show up early and ask for a bar seat. While you wait, you can head over to their sister restaurant/bar for a glass of wine!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

This place was great. Warm and inviting. Great meat and cheese plates. The daily pasta dish is tasty and rustic. The pork chop is huge and very tasty. Highly recommend. Next door is Southie their sister restaurant; grab a drink there if you have to wait for a table

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Birthday celebration

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