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Wood Tavern

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6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1331 (Alcatraz)
+1 510-654-6607
11:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Sonoma, California
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Too crowded. Too noisy. Not sure if it is a sports bar or fine dining. Patrons all over the map in terms of demographics. Excellent wine list. Friendly service staff. Good food. Certainly would go again

Thank blue95476
Oakland, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Woods set the tone. Warm and welcoming and gracious. Success has never changed this. The burger is awesome. All the food is! Great atmosphere, always buzzing. We have loved it from the day they opened.

Thank Rockridge L
San Francisco, CA
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173 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was very crowded and noisy for lunch. I ordered the seafood stew while my spouse had duck confit. Our assessment--just okay. The stew had some fish but needed more of the other ingredients. Did the restaurant run out of clams and mussels? My spouse's duck confit got an okay nod, but nothing dazzling.

Thank Calif0rniadreamers
Fort Lauderdale
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421 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taken here by a friend who lives in the neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of this place. Had one of their specialties, roasted chicken, very different from the standard fare. Be sure to make a reservation.

Thank Jared F
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114 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A well cooked meal with great ingredients served in a warm and friendly restaurant. You wish this restaurant was closer to home and not quite so popular so that you could truly stop in and have a drink, or a snack or a meal anytime. But alas, too many people have discovered how great it is. Book early, as soon... More 

Thank MarcyMarkOakland
Oakland, CA
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wood Tavern consistently turns out delicious dishes. Everything they put on the menu is well thought out and beautifully prepared and presented. One of my favorite appetizers is their brussel sprouts. Some years ago, when I had not eaten them in years because I thought I didn't like them, someone talked me into ordering theirs and I've been eating them... More 

Thank LetsgoOakland_11
Oakland, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and a good selection of wines and beers. Ambiance is terrific and the owners, managers and staff are the most welcoming and friendly imaginable.

Thank Gordon P
Lafayette, Ca
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269 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my friend had seafood stew and it was excellant and I had chicken and it was great. My friend had a salad and it was good. The service was great and they left us alone to talk. My only knock is that it is noisey.

Thank Lesley H
Oakland, California
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We like to come here after a day of hiking. We like sitting at the bar and sharing the charcuterie plate with glasses of red wine. The burger is absolutely delicious. It can get crowded but service is always good.

Thank rickemmanuel
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I walked in early on a Tuesday and got the last seat at the bar, and all the tables were full. The decor, atmosphere, and staff immediately let you know that this is an upscale tavern. The beer list was small, but local and tasty. The bartender was busy, but attentive without being overly-so. When I go to a new... More 

Thank Elliot S

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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
US$21 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1331
  • 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?