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Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-6607
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Ranked #6 of 1,047 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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105 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
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English first
Anger, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

2 weeks ago I (from Germany) visited Wood Tavern with 2 colleagues (one local, one from France) for the second time. We had no reservation and had to wait for 1 hour, which was ok, becasue next to it is a beer house with a lot of different beers from around the world to explore. We got seated at the... More

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Orinda, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We always enjoy our dinner here, and the vibe is super friendly. We wish it were easier to get a reservation (book early for Staurday tables). The fact that staff never seems to change indicates that the management (Rich and his team) know how to keep employees and guests happy. We had rillettes to start followed by some truly excellent... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A group of 6 of us visited recently. The hostess was less than friendly but the server made up for the chilly first impression. The food was good, not great. Some dishes were outstanding while others were just ok. The pork chop was tough and the Caesar salad was not very good. Not up to the hype.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a place I could have happily eaten at every night during my trip. The food was simply out of this world and the bar was great. I honestly can't recommend this place enough just based on the food ... but the service was equally good and I really felt at ease here even eating alone. Best people watching... More

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This restaurant was the destination for my birthday back in 2012, and it was perfect. Four of us ate and ate and ate until they had to roll us out I to the street everything was sublime!

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Berkeley, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I got a very friendly welcome upon dropping in for lunch without a reservation and in spite of them being obviously very busy I was seated quickly and soon sipping on one of the best Virgin Marys I’ve had in a very long time. The barman here is brilliant. All the staff were welcoming and really on top of things.... More

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Piedmont, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I've had lunch here and there's nothing wrong with the taste or preparation of the food. The problem is that, for lunch, there aren't a lot of lighter menu items and the prices are pretty high. I'm not going to spend $20 on half a chicken at lunch. The Rockridge neighbhorhood has many other choices that fit my appetite better.... More

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Oakland, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Went with two friends and we all had different entrees. I ordered the chicken and the server said people come back for it time and again. I am going to be one of those. One of our party ordered the back cod and scarfed up every morsel. The only complaint from our third was that that the yummy hamburger was... More

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you can have one dinner or lunch out in Oakland GO HERE! It is the best. I recomend starting with the cheese and meat board it is beyond belief. For dinner their chicken is beyond belief. It is so good that I can't even believe it is chicken. I don't know enough to know how or what they put... More

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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is truly excellent. Good atmosphere but noisy. Must make reservations well in advance. Worth the wait.

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