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Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-6607
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Ranked #1 of 1,067 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
311 reviews 311 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 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
Senior Contributor
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 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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