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Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-6607
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Ranked #3 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Alcatraz
Transit: Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151
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English first
Moraga, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We've been here 3 times this this summer and it's consistently very good. The "tavern" name and this type of menu is trendy, but these folks do it exceptionally well. Their halibut, and their pork chop and their chicken are better than the others in this category. The small, energetic dining room is a fun place to be. The tables... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nine of us had lunch at Wood Tavern today and it was, as the title states, splendid!!! Please know that the ONLY reason for four stars, rather than five, was the noise level...were it not for that, this place would be very nearly perfect! We were on a tour elsewhere in Oakland that went overtime and I called to request... More

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Oakland, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Easy to reserve if you do it more than a week out. Great location and space. We have been going her for over 4years and the food is steady, service fine, although staff is rushed. We have spoken to the owners three times before about the acoustical nightmare they offer their customers. Each time they say they are working on... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great food, great service and great drinks! My only complaint is that they are always booked and booked for weeks out. You have to make a reservation or go for the limited menu in the late afternoon for a drop-in meal. One of my favorite places to eat on College Ave.

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Kensington, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I've been there a few times and came back for lunch today. The hostess and staff are super friendly. We sat at the bar for lunch and the bartender was totally nice and efficient. I had the baby lettuce salad first which is amazing. Very simple dressing but light and fantastic. I had the pan roasted chicken for an entrée... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Each month we seek out a restaurant never tried before. This month it was Wood Tavern in Oakland. Francisco was our server. Efficient and exacting in the small details of serving us and our guests. The menu is relatively small, but appears to be developed daily. The wine list is also not overbearing and wine prices appear to be much... More

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Berkeley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Make reservations, wait or sit at the bar first come first serve, because this is an exceptionally popular restaurant. For good reason. The name suggest a tavern experience, but as it turns out only in appearance. With two exceptional restaurateurs at the helm, service, food and wine exceed expectations. Try the pork belly in any one of the configurations offered... More

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I went to Oakland to visit my niece. I wanted to take her somewhere nice and found the reviews for Wood Tavern. Though we didn't have reservations, there was room at the bar and we were seated immediately. The gorgeous male bartender listened to my wine preferences and made a couple of suggestions. I setted on a barolo that was... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Stopped here for a quick dinner on the way to catch a flight in Oakland. So glad we did. We didn't have a reservation and it was packed, but we arrived early enough (5:30ish) to snag some stools at the chef's bar overlooking the kitchen. Great food all around, interesting, convivial scene and engaged and attentive staff. Nice wine and... More

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Oakland, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wood Tavern is the perfect spot. It has the warm feeling of a little neighborhood bistro, but has four star food and service. We've been a few times and never had a bad dish. Lunch is always great, try the cod sandwich - very tasty.

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