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Wood Tavern

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6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618 (Alcatraz)
Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
(510) 654-6607
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 126
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
As expected

I had read good things, and it lives up to the hype. Started with the tomato salad off the fresh daily menu and then had the house made pasta with a real ragu. Both were very good, as was the service

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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DC
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had read good things, and it lives up to the hype. Started with the tomato salad off the fresh daily menu and then had the house made pasta with a real ragu. Both were very good, as was the service

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Louisville, Kentucky
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

San Francisco has an envious reputation as a city for foodies. The restaurant scene is extensive and diverse, with something for nearly very taste. That hasn’t changed, but the latest crop of new restaurants is blossoming just across the bay in Oakland and vicinity. Some instances are transplants. In 2001 the owners of Frascati, one of our favorite restaurants on... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This restaurant although excellent does not have the vibe of a tavern. Is that a fault? Difficult to say considering they excellent bar selection and their amazing food. As a matter of fact, this lively restaurant is a trendy option not distinctively decorated but in all fairness that became irrelevant after being well taken care by their staff. We went... More 

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This was our first visit to Wood Tavern. Our friends had wanted us to go for a long time and we were not disappointed. We started with splitting the short rib pasta which was out of this world. Amazing flavor and the pasta was cooked to perfection. I then had the pork chop and I have to say it was... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

this very busy place has some of the best food in rockridge. the single biggest drawback is the level of the noise. it is all but impossible to carry on a conversation without shouting. older patron seem to give up talking in favor of simply sitting and staring straight ahead while consuming the delicious food.

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wood Tavern consistently offers good quality food served with a mix of comfort and innovation. Service is always professional and friendly. Reservations are highly recommended far in advance especially for weekend dinners.

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Oakland, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Fresh ingredients, well prepared. Service good. Chicken, sandwiches and cocktails are always good. For a less formal experience, check out their sister restaurant, Southie, next door.

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Nashville, TN
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Not overrated! Great service - order the Levian bread to dip in olive oil, yum! Arugula / feta salad and the melon cucumber salads delicious and fresh. Roasted chicken over potatoes, spinach and red cabbage was crispy and moist. Try the Manhattan cocktail - stirred perfectly.

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Emeryville, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I usually come here only for lunches since there is quite a crowd at night for drinks and dinner. I had their great pastrami sandwich and just had a burger here. Very good ingredients and sandwiches are on a toasted baguette with a ton of skinny fries....I always have enough to share with my friend. It is a small restaurant... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This restaurant started out good and has remained excellent for years. The owners, Rich and Rebecca Wood, are outstanding and their staff are almost all long term employees. It shows. Impeccable service and wonderful food. Everything about this place is fabulous.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
    (Alcatraz)
  • Public Transportation: Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: (510) 654-6607

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?