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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 5
    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
The Best!

Consistenly exceeds expectations. Food quality is superb. Cocktails are creative. Wine list is very good. Best chicken live mousse in SF Bay Area. Tight quarters.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
BHHCalifornia
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Oakland
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Oakland
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistenly exceeds expectations. Food quality is superb. Cocktails are creative. Wine list is very good. Best chicken live mousse in SF Bay Area. Tight quarters.

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Piedmont, California
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is always hearty, happily presented and fear free of calories.Sit at the bar and chat with your neighbors. I bring old wines and share with the maitre d

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Thank Karl K
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I saw it was high rated on trip advisor, I decided to check it out and it was so worth it. Delicious food! Had the Brussel sprouts as starter and pork chops as main. Both incredible! Great atmosphere and very good service!

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Thank Beltassara
Oakland, California
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to get in, make a reservation far in advance. When you are lucky enough to be seated, you are in for a culinary treat. Recently we took friends who have eaten at the best restaurants in the world who after a first course of beets and brussel sprouts, had entree's of sea bass, and I had my... More 

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Thank boscoblake
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every dish at Wood Tavern is just delicious. The comfortable ambience and personable, attentive staff always make us feel welcome. The bar is fun and casually social. Eating at the kitchen counter and watching as the yummy food prepared is very entertaining. It's impressive that this has been going on for years.

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Thank Stanton K
Chicago
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Friends met to celebrate Christmas and six of us had a fabulous holiday lunch at Wood Tavern. We started the meal ordering a bottle of 2010 Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Syrah along with the Cheese Board and Butcher Block, both of which were fabulous! It was so good, all of us were tempted to double that order... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Invariably good food and justly popular, which means a reservation is required. It also tends to be extremely noisy, particularly in the evenings. Fine for a couple, hard to have a multi-person conversation. The service is excellent and the drinks as well. My husband is a big fan of their version of the Bloody Mary, served with a beer shot.

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Thank Shellio1
Oakland, California
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A great neighborhood restaurant that can easily be a destination place. Quality ingredients excellently executed. Solid menu, very good service. Not cheap, but not crazy either. Parking is a little tough.

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Thank Mark D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I had a business lunch here and 2as very impressed. Great service and a delicious lunch make for a near perfect meeting. Parking a bit of a hassle but not a deal breaker.

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Thank Calboy1972
Oakland, California
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wood Tavern s where we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and special events of any type. Or just wanting a wonderful meal anytime. Their cocktails are wonderful and change frequently. We like to start with the Butcher Block, a seasonal plate of four charcuterie choices, usually a rillette, a pâte, and salumi, and then on to one of several salad choices. Famous... More 

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?