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Wood Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618 (Alcatraz)
+1 510-654-6607
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wood Tavern is an excellent restaurant where the locals are catered to by the friendly, exceptionally trained staff. This wonderful restaurant is opening up a new location, on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, renaming the old Baywolf, 'The Wolf'! The food and the bar at Wood Tavern are so very excellent, I am excited they will soon have a second venue... More 

Thank gwenjoy
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is great, the food is always delicious and consistent. We came with a group and there is always something for everyone and food to share. It is a neighborhood favorite!

Thank Shirley N
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've never had a bad meal here. Favorites are the duck when it is in season and the pork chop. It's difficult to get a seat before 8:45pm without advance reservation. But living so close does have its perks. Lunch selection isn't as grand as dinner options.

Thank Chotown
Oakland, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wood Tavern is always hard to get into, which makes sense as it is one a just a few Oakland restaurants with excellent food and service and a nice wine list. (You can get the first 2 quite a few places, the last is much more challenging). Servers are friendly, the menu quite hearty, including homemade pates etc. In addition... More 

Thank stagaire
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great food and great service-one of the best burgers and pastrami sandwich in town! While it may be hard to get reservations, there often are spots at the bar where you can order off the full menu and enjoy engaging with the great folks behind the bar. Hard to go wrong here food wise, although it can be a bit... More 

Thank OAKtravlers
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128 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a few drinks and a basket of GREAT FRIES. We were treated as though we had ordered champaign and caviar...as though we were special, but also as though we were friends. I really enjoyed my experience here and the food that went by looked GREAT!

Thank alison n
Puyallup, Washington
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

After months of trying to get a reservation we were excited to take our clients to Wood Tavern. All were filled with anticipation. The location and ambiance were wonderful. We enjoyed the bustle of a lot of people in a small restaurant. It was packed - even the bar was elbow to elbow with people eating. Started with a cheese... More 

Thank Chad-a-Lack
SF Bay Area, United States
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

It can be hard to get in, but Wood Tavern is dead reliable -- the food will always be good and the service sharp. The owners are usually there, and the definitely are very professional restaurateurs. Best choice in the neighborhood.

Thank Wodtke
Marin County, California
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Popped in for lunch without a reservation and sat at the bar (after 25 minute wait). This is a popular place for good reason! Food was absolutely delicious - quality ingredients, perfect preparation, delicious and interesting combinations. Service was absolutely perfect - made us feel like we were regulars. Full bar and wine list is great - good choices and... More 

Thank Loebi
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

After dining at the bar, at a small table or the nice large round table in the back for 6...we have never had a bad meal or a bad time at Wood Tavern. Each dish is like it's been prepared for the first time...this crew cares about delivering a wonderful experience. Yes, the noise level is above normal, but in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
  • 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: +1 510-654-6607

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