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6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-6607
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Ranked #1 of 1,068 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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
BayPoint, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This restaurant is a breath of fresh air,with delicious food and very friendly service. I go back again and again!

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Oakland, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is one of our "go to" restaurants. The food is consistently delicious. Although most dishes are meat centric, there are always a few vegetarian and non meat choices on the menu. Atmosphere is fun and welcoming, and the bar is great fun for people watching. Restaurant is a bit noisy.

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We go out every year to a nice Christmas dinner, this time I had not picked and he surprised me by taking me here. He said he had yelped around and did research. He picked this place because it was rated the best restaurant in Oakland! Walking in the ambiance is dimmed lights, has that wooden decor hence the name,... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife, daughter and I met up with an old friend here for lunch. The food was perfect and even though the restaurant was quite busy, we never felt rushed. This is the perfect neighborhood gem in an active area not too far from the Rockridge BART station. We had a nice couple of salads, followed by wonderful sandwiches (BLTs,... More

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Michigan & Northside
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband and I chose to have dinner at Wood Tavern based on previous trip advisor reviews. We didn't reserve until the day before our visit, so weren't able to get a table until about 9:00 PM. We were told that we could probably be seated earlier as a walk-in at the bar, but we chose to reserve a table... More

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Oakland, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I recently went to the Wood Tavern for the first time. I sat at the bar, which I usually don't do but the place was packed. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. The bartender made me a special drink that was out of this world. The other people at the bar where long time patrons of Wood Tavern... More

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Oakland, California, United States
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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373 reviews 373 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 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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