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Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-6607
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Ranked #2 of 1,069 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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128 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Oakland, California, United States
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It had been a while since I had dinner at the Wood Tavern, so I made reservations for my boyfriend, a couple of friends and I here. We had a wonderful dining experience. All the food was absolutely amazing. We shared a couple bottles of french wine, and started with the pork belly appetizer. It was succulent and incredibly delicious.... More

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Berkeley, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Just had a wonderful birthday lunch here. The cod sandwich was a real treat, as was the king salmon ( seared ). They know how to make a drink, and the dessert (complete with birthday candle) was lovely. I am going back to try dinner. This place is a FIND. Who says you need to drive the bridge to get... More

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The World
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288 reviews 288 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had an okay meal at Wood Tavern (6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618, tel. 510-654-6607, web: www.woodtavern.net) but would not recommend it and we don’t understand why so many people suggested we go there. It was very crowded and very noisy, even with its high ceilings. The tables were small and close together; we talked to our neighbors. That... More

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Oakland, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Best place for pastrami sandwiches and french fries. Amazing entrees for dinner. Eating at the bar is real treat. Bartenders are friendly and helpful. Best time to go is around 4:00 for late lunch/dinner. No waiting for a table or a stool at the bar. Never had a bad or even mediocre meal/experience. One of the best restaurants in the... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have been to Wood Tavern a number of times. It is so popular and so good that reservations are essential. This time our party had the Belfiore Burrata & Olive Oil Roasted Peaches, Summer Grilled Bread Salad, Pan Roasted Maple Leaf Duck, Sautéed Semolina Crusted Alaskan Halibut, Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop, and Summer Berry Trifle. As usual, all... More

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Moraga, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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