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Wood Tavern

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American, Californian
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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
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
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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/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 96
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
What a Treat!

When we were given a gift certificate for Wood Tavern we had know idea what a wonderful treat we had in store for our dinner. Getting reservations on weekends proved to be difficult, but we were told if we got there early and were willing to wait, we would likely get a table in an hour or less... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Gay O
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Hayward, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Hayward, California
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

When we were given a gift certificate for Wood Tavern we had know idea what a wonderful treat we had in store for our dinner. Getting reservations on weekends proved to be difficult, but we were told if we got there early and were willing to wait, we would likely get a table in an hour or less. That worked.... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a nice surprise. We got a gift certificate and had no idea how good this restaurant is. I had the steak my husband had the pork chop. They were both excellent. The service was great. Our server was professional and friendly. I would highly recommend the Wood Tavern.

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Wood Tavern was on my to-do list for restaurants in the area, and it was a great experience. The food was delicious, the place was hopping, and it was fun to be able to watch the chef work! Great wait staff, who were attentive, but never made us feel rushed. The chocolate cake dessert was tasty, too.

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Santa Clarita, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Not only is the food in this place excellent but every aspect of the dining experience is great (albeit a bit noisy). The owners, Rebecca and Rich Wood, are incredibly kind and their staff is wonderful. It is a testament to them that their staff seems to all have been working here since the restaurant opened. The bar serves excellent... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

It's a little overpriced on some thing, but there is an extraordinary cheeseburger. The gem salad is also wonderful, as well as the soups. It's a real Berkeley spot.

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Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food excellent. Check. Location quaint. Check. Do the owners and staff take good care of you? Yes!! Such great service. You will be treated like king and queen.

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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is absolutely one of the best places to meet friends for lunch or dinner. The service is warm and inviting and knowledgeable. The drinks are interesting, and the food is both creative and comforting. There are choices for vegetarians, meat lovers, those on low carb diets, etc. The room is small but comfortable. It is the type of place... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Servers somehow squeeze through the tight spaces to take orders and get food to the table. Knowledgeable and friendly, they add a lot. My sandwich was good, though small, and the salad was fresh and well dressed. Perfectly acceptable, but couldn't understand why there is always a crowd outside waiting for tables that were booked, but not available at the... More 

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California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Can't say enough about the fab food. Just wish the acoustics were better. AND their other venue next door--SOUTHIES-- has the best salad ever that has become my go-to comfort food: their truffle oil bacon salad with poached egg. We can almost always get in here when Wood Tavern has a wait.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

The Wood Tavern is the kind of place we love. It's a small, welcoming, comfortable place with that neighborhood feel, great food, a solid wine list with many choices for less than $40/bottle and a well stocked bar. The service was wonderful with fast, knowledgeable and friendly servers. It has everything you want when you pick a restaurant. We went... 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, Californian

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?