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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, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 121
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Quality food

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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20 reviews
10 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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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I stop by the Wood Tavern fairly often and am never disappointed. It's a hip little spot with a great vibe, attentive service, and a menu which changes often and is always well prepared. Beyond the amazing firsts and mains, the cheese and meat boards and the bar staff will keep you happy. Definitely recommend a visit and definitely recommend... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

A great place for a meal that is inspired and tasty. Always a great place. The noise can be a bit intense at night--if only people would speak more softly like in Paris restaurants.

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California City, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Had lunch with my son and husband...AMAZING service and food excellent! You have to make reservations especially Friday and weekends, get very crowed and it you might not like to wait...It is hard to find parking, so make some time to look for parking space as well

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San Rafael, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Recently friends and I visited Wood Tavern on our way to a music venue. We are so happy we did! Our server was awesome. Everything we had from start to finish was spot on. The chicken liver pate was so smooth and had a delicious lemon jam. The pork belly was exceptional and my friend wanted to order one to... More 

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Oakland, California
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33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

You can try for reservations on Open Table at 7 pm for Wood Tavern and never find a table open, even a month in advance. That's because they block out everything between 6 pm and 8 pm on Open Table and you have to call for a reservation. Other than the secret reservation system, this is one of my favorite... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Despite rave reviews from young family members, I was very disappointed. First, the wood chairs are hard and low to the table. The bar was so crowded with diners it is surprising they were able to reach food to mouth. This is not a white linen place, but paper placemats would be preferable to sticky wood. The napkin was so... More 

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Additional Information about Wood Tavern

Address: 6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Phone Number: (510) 654-6607
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American, Pub

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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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