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Wood Tavern

4.7
4.7
2451 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 654-6607

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Esteban Escobar

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 28 for semi-private parties. For buy-outs the Tavern can accommodate up to 40 for sit-down dinner. Contact restaurant directly for information.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Alcatraz

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.

  • Public transit

    Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,451 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Bay

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. d

    debc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    It was very noisy and the lunch menu was limited. Service was lovely and it's in a convenient location. My friend has hearing issues and so I won't eat there again when I dine with her.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    i forgot to ckny my bill they cgd ne corkage they bever cgarge citkage. been there hundreds of times
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped here here 3 years ago for a afternoon drink that led us to come back for dinner. The food, cocktails, service, and ambience were simply amazing. 3 years later we decided to go back during a nearby visit and I can still same thing today. It was so good revisiting.
  4. CA

    CustomerA

    San Francisco

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Best darn pork chop this side of Jerusalem. Server was wonderful.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Planned a special celebration dinner. Seated right away at a perfect, so I thought, window seat. Downward spiral ensued as a single young man proceeded to set up shop directly adjacent to our table. Apparently the restaurant gave him a folding chair followed by a barstool then a regular chair. COVID masking is again enforced in Alameda County. For the next 2 hours he sat 'reading the financial paper' and downing cocktails. If he swiveled his chair he'd be seated at our table, sharing his sneezing on our meal. Needless to say our special celebration was not special at all. The food was just okay, burgers and tons of salty shoestring fries. $16. cocktail was good as was the acme walnut bread. Chicken liver pate and tiny duck appetizer just alright. I don't plan to return. I asked the waiter and hostess why this guy was seated there for our whole meal. The waiter didn't answer, he walked away. Hostess said she would've taken care of it if I had told her! I was supposed to manage the restaurant !?! I'm not sure what the fuss is about regarding this place. Chez Panisse has nothing to worry about as far as competition. The restaurant kept adding chairs to his collection, bringing him right to our table side..wtf?!?
  6. DS

    DeeS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please return and keep fried Brussel Sprouts on the menu as soon as possible...
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Noise level was not great since we were seated close to the bar with a female patron who enjoyed a little too much wine and did not come with a mute button.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was excellent, food was amazing and desserts were spectacular! Loved the meal and the restaurant - will definitely go back!!!
  9. CD

    ChandlerDiner

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish sandwich never fails to be a winner. Come here everytime we fly into the area from Phoenix. This time brought friends with us. Wood Tavern lived up to my hype.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service!!
  11. KR

    KristenR

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service! Lively atmosphere. Amazing food!
  12. E

    Eric

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    SO’s scallops were fantastic; however, my burger was terrible! Excellent service, so I’d recommend the restaurant as long as you order anything besides the burger!
  13. O

    Outis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food: excellent. Ambience: same. Service: server was a bit abrupt. Food was promptly brought to the table. Expensive but worth the price.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and excellent food
  15. PS

    PeterS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always. Service was excellent, food as well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so special.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible experience. While the food was pretty good the ambiance is HORRIBLE. Small, enclosed dining room that is so noisy you can’t hear yourself think much less have a conversation. Kitchen is in the dining room. Waiters slamming dishes. It’s literally like sitting in a kitchen and listening to staff doing dishes.Horrendously slow and impersonal service. Terrible wine list by the glass. Extremely overrated and overpriced restaurant. Shouldn’t come close to a Michelin mention. Will never return.
  18. m

    mattheww

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great burger and 🍟
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I met a childhood friend here for dinner. I ordered a salad for my appetizer the flavors just didn’t blend together well it was some sort of spring mix lettuce with watermelon radishes avocado and a dressing I couldn’t make sense of. For the main course I ordered the pan roasted chicken which was too salty and served with burnt garlic confit. It was not an enjoyable experience in terms of the food. I was surprised to learn that this restaurant had earned a Michelin star. I’m not really sure how. The service however was Top Knotch. And the cocktails were good. I found a meal to be over priced for the way it tasted. But the ambience of the restaurant with this neighborhood feel and lively patrons wasn’t enjoyable experience
  20. JB

    JeanB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we ever had. The food was perfect as was the waiter. Cant wait to go back. Perhaps tomorrow. Would prefer it to b less energetic. Ha
  21. L

    Luv2eat

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!!
  22. DZ

    DaveZ

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and friendly, attentive service make this a destination restaurant, but you will pay corresponding prices.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place The food is always fantastic. The owmer is amazing. Everything is great. Everyone do yourself a favor and try Wood Taveen if you havent yet
  24. HS

    HankS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been here for some time and were delighted to see it was a still a great place for food and fun.
  25. KR

    KyleR

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service and atmosphere
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite birthday meal! 🍔🍸😋✨
  27. R

    Ramon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good food in a busy, noisy atmosphere. Food took a while to appear.
  28. JO

    JOSEPHR

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good. Prompt and attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. High ceilings made the noise level a bit annoying but not unbearable. A bit pricey bit well worth it for the food and dining experience!
  29. MF

    MaryFlew

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to have come! All the dishes I tasted were inventive and tasty. Great feel to the place.
  30. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very dependable, very convivial spot. While the menu selection is somewhat limited as to seafood and veggie selections, the food you get is excellently prepared. The servers are extremely knowledgeable and don’t miss a beat in recommending pairings of wine w/ food. Service is great. The noise level is perfect; a steady hum, electric and upbeat. Really, how can you beat this place? It’s comfortable and high quality.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner with the family!
  32. MF

    MoFlo47

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable spot in Berkeley. Food is excellent with a number of interesting choices. Service was exceptional without being overbearing. Highly recommended.
  33. B

    Bayareatraveler

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful food, great wines and creative cocktails, and terrific staff and service. Have enjoyed many amazing meals since Wood first opened.
  34. j

    juan

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Wood Tavern. Delicious food, helpful/thoughtful/attentive wait staff and fab martinis.
  35. JH

    JimH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Super flavorful risotto and the double pork chop was excellent to the last bite.
  36. KB

    KaliB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a terrific experience at Wood Tavern celebrating a special anniversary. The service was impeccable and the meal was scrumptious. We shared a bit of everything - rillette with toasts, wild mushroom risotto, butter leaf salad with honey crisp apples and a perfectly-cooked hamburger with a generous helping of herbed French fries. Washed it all down with a few martinis and topped it all off with dessert. The first dessert - a rhubarb tart - fell flat and was unimpressive. Noticing our disappointment, the server immediately brought us a delicious homemade ice cream sandwich. Perfect! Looking forward to our next meal at Wood Tavern,
  37. M

    Mojoo

    San Francisco

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very savory pork belly, poached egg, & lentils. Love the loaded pastrami on a baguette. So delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, and ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants.
  39. DG

    DavidG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Wood Tavern is a favorite go to restaurant in Oakland. The location is perfect with a great neighborhood vibe. The food is of great quality and outstanding. I always look forward to lunch and dinner at "the Wood"!
  40. PE

    PEGGYH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went with my son - he wanted more of an IPA choice but overall Good food - Nice people - nice drinks!

FAQs

Wood Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 654-6607.

Wood Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 2451 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alcatraz

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking until 6:00PM and non-metered side street parking available all day.

  • Public transit

    Rockridge BART is 5 blocks away. A major thoroughfare for bus lines, including the 51 and 151

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Esteban Escobar

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 654-6607

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 28 for semi-private parties. For buy-outs the Tavern can accommodate up to 40 for sit-down dinner. Contact restaurant directly for information.

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