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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

5
4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (49)
Good for a Date (43)
Casual (32)
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Special Occasion (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Bar Seating (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Comfort Food (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Local Ingredients (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Cozy (13)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Seasonal (12)
People Watching (10)
Authentic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Romantic (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Organic (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Wood Tavern is always a good go to, however their Charcutrie board left alot to be desired. The duck rillette was quite bland, the pate was too firm and neither whipped nor flavorful and the torchon was adequate. We shared a Halbut which was well done and perfect for sharing.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great food, service and drinks. Lively environment. Very consistent overall quality

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a treat at Wood Tavern! Great food and wonderful service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wood tavern has lost it.
Not going back.
Used to be a special treat.
Too bad!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Service was wonderful. Never felt rushed even though place was very busy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very noisy! Very noisy!Very noisy!Very noisy!Very noisy!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wood Tavern is our go to restaurant on College Avenue. Unfortunatley we are not alone; everyone loves this restaurant so it is exceedingly hard to get into. But always worth the wait.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We reserved a window table which cuts down on the noise (loud when full). The food was wonderful as were the desserts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My friend and I meet once a month for a
delightful lunch at Wood Tavern. Absolutely
top notch every time. Frankly I'm super
picky when it comes to dining out. I love
this restaurant and their sandwich shop, Southie,
which is next door serving marvelous soups, sandwiches, and desserts.

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

We enjoyed dining at the Wood Tavern! Service, food and ambiance were A+++++!

We tried the different salads - both melon/prosciutto and apple/butter lettuce salads were fabulous as were the burger and the halibut dish. Halibut was cooked perfectly! and the corn ragout was an interesting and tasty touch!!

The noise level was too energetic - seemed like it was easier to not have a conversation since we couldn't hear each other so that's my only negative remark but it wouldn't keep me from coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food is always excellent. Our sandwiches were huge in portion and accompaniments of cole slaw and pickles were delicious. The restaurant should attempt acoustics remedy as it can be impossible to have a conversation or very difficult.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

I requested the window table for two. It was my friend's birthday and she is moving out of town. I put the request on Open Table. When we arrived I wanted to make sure the hostess was aware of this request. She was super nice in telling me that the table is booked every Tuesday. I stated that surely a change could be made for this one-time celebration. She was so gracious. She took us to the table immediately and treated us like this wasn't an issue. We had a marvelous time and I will certainly go back. Everything was top notch! Thank you!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Delicious, precisely prepared dishes that are full of flavor; outstanding servers who give perfect descriptions and are timely and make sure diners are enjoying the food and experience.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The main dishes (pork chop, duck, and fettuccine) were all very tasty, especially the pork chop. We found the starters all uninteresting. The noise level was very high. The TV over the bar is not a plus. We were seated in a corner by the front door, which was open and cold. Our experience was significantly less good than the reviews implied. Maybe worth a visit for the pork or if you have a boisterous group!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was good, and the portions were generous. The service was very good. It was crowded and loud.

Tags: Comfort Food
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