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Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

New American Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
North Oakland, Oakland
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    Sherene T.
    "Crispy pork belly with whiskey baked beans"(3 Tips)
    Musa D.
    "Must try the Pork Chop & Butcher Block dish."(2 Tips)
    Tim A.
    "Gnocchi, pork belly, and lemon cucumber salad are all must haves"(5 Tips)
    Sarah E.
    "The pork chop and the pork belly are amazing!"(7 Tips)
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  • butcher block
  • pork
  • steak
  • confit
  • sandwiches
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  • Musa D.heart icon on user image
    Musa DoMarch 18, 2017
    Amazing food, beautiful interior design, friendy staff & professional service. Must try the Pork Chop & Butcher Block dish. 🌎Visit me at to follow my food journal.
  • Gabi A.
    Gabi AshmanFebruary 14, 2013
    Chicory salad and NIMAN ranch burger with mouth-watering fries... will def be coming back to try out some other items on the menu (re-tip from earlier post...stupid autocorrect changed Niman to Human)
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussApril 15, 2019
    California cuisine distilled to its most accessible level. Everything is pretty tasty. Maybe you’re tired of burger recommendations, but here’s another: it’s on baguette from La Farine!
  • Pamela W.heart icon on user image
    Pamela WagnerMarch 2, 2018
    I love going to this restaurant for special occasions. Had their pork chop! It was fantastic! Make sure you swirl the meat in the best tasting gravy!!
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyNovember 19, 2017
    Their cocktails will get you drunk fast. Can be a good or bad thing, depending on your self-awareness. Really great food. Sit at the bar for immediate service.
  • Suejin K.
    Suejin KimAugust 1, 2013
    Crispy pork belly- the summer version includes salty, spicy watermelon. I'm coming back here for the winter version. The duck is fantastic as well.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DayApril 6, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Food is always on point. Super nice staff. You’ll always make a friend at the bar...sometimes when you don’t want to.
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    ScottNovember 10, 2018
    SO many great choices. ALL good depending on your preferences. Great atmosphere. Exceptional service.
  • Hilary C.
    Hilary CrowleyAugust 27, 2014
    Great ambiance and warm layout. A place you're happy to be.
  • Craig V.heart icon on user image
    Craig VillamorMarch 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic burger, nice atmosphere, well stocked bar. What's not to like?
  • Emmaheart icon on user image
    EmmaJuly 19, 2018
    My favorite restaurant in the East Bay. Everything on the menu is delicious.
  • Simon G.heart icon on user image
    Simon GibsonMarch 1, 2019
    Awesome service and very good bartenders. Sit at the bar and ask for recommendations.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YMarch 1, 2015
    Go for lunch -- can be loud for dinner. Love the duck confit and pork belly here
  • Paul W.
    Paul WilliamsFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Highly recommend the cocktail, Obi Smooth.
  • Scottheart icon on user image
    ScottFebruary 3, 2017
    1/2 chicken, apple and butter lettuce salad, pecan ice cream dessert
  • Lily H.
    Lily HamrickDecember 19, 2016
    Sitting at the bar for a drink and a bite to eat is an easy way to enjoy this place
  • Bedi
    BediJuly 30, 2016
    Andreas cooks there and he cooks well. Go there and pork chop and steak yourself!
  • Theresa N.
    Theresa NelsonMay 8, 2010
    Superb food, great atmosphere, bar seats overlooking the saute station are great fun, even without a reservation you can arrive early-ish and get the full menu at the bar. Read more
  • Ayin A.
    Ayin AyinMay 18, 2013
    Had the pork belly and the half chicken-- both were perfect!!! Love it!
  • Morgan M.heart icon on user image
    Morgan MarieFebruary 18, 2016
    Best service, best food, best cocktails! Best ambiance!!!
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 17, 2012
    Sophisticated spot. This place is very popular so arrive early. Amazing roasted chicken!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Grab a seat at the concrete chef’s counter if you are a fan of close up cooking and how butter is supposed to be used; over, and over, and over again. - Inspector
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LinFebruary 14, 2014
    A side of shoe string fries is a great compliment to their sandwiches
  • Tim A.
    Tim ArmandpourSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Gnocchi, pork belly, and lemon cucumber salad are all must haves
  • J.P. D.
    J.P. DohertyFebruary 16, 2013
    Grilled Skirt Steak sandwich. Best sandwich I think I have ever had in my entire life.
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    The food was excellent but the Southie Affogato was amazeballs.
  • Benjamin C.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin ChristianMarch 1, 2014
    Nice vibe. Good wine. The sauces on the meat are way too rich. Couldn't finish the meal. Drowned in butter.
  • pj c.
    pj calihanSeptember 3, 2011
    Salads are always amazing and the butcher block is the perfect cholesterol rush after spending quality time with my PT
  • Sherene T.heart icon on user image
    Sherene TanApril 9, 2015
    Crispy pork belly with whiskey baked beans
  • joanne
    joanneFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    if there are no reservations on opentable, call them. or nab a seat at the bar right at 5:30. the half chicken is divine, as is anything pork. competent cocktails too.
  • Bryan S.heart icon on user image
    Bryan SchembariNovember 19, 2013
    The Hot Pastrami Sandwich is divine. Get it with fries!
  • Russell L.heart icon on user image
    Russell LJuly 3, 2015
    You can give this place a pass if you're vegetarian. But if not, apparently it's quite good!
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BobeldykAugust 7, 2014
    The full menu is served at the bar, no reservations required.
  • Sandy C.heart icon on user image
    Sandy ChiaoAugust 7, 2014
    Ribeye, roasted chicken, fish. All good!
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas StangaSeptember 1, 2014
    Order a half size so you can try more than one.
  • Nick F.heart icon on user image
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Best beef and barley stew I've ever had
  • Sherene T.heart icon on user image
    Sherene TanApril 9, 2015
    Burrata with artichokes
  • Cassie D.
    Cassie DestinoJanuary 17, 2010
    Without a reservation (or even with!) on a Saturday night be prepared to wait but they'll bring you drinks from the bar and it's well worth it!
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BareFebruary 15, 2013
    Everything you need to know: Old Speckled Hen on tap.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LittleSeptember 13, 2014
    So good! Save room for desserts.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BrackFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for lunch and order the Pastrami sandwich- buff said. Great beer,cocktails,and wine selection- love the 'Woody' Bloody Mary
  • John M.
    John MunozJune 3, 2013
    Make a reservation, this place gets busy.
  • Bernardo N.heart icon on user image
    Bernardo NocktonJuly 13, 2023
    Pork chops; sautéed calamari
  • Raoul B.
    Raoul BaddeDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Jose is the older of the two bartenders. a little salt and pepper hair. ask him for his favorite drink
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CaballeroJuly 28, 2013
    Pork chop and chicken entrees take 40 minutes to cook!
  • Brown Estate
    Brown EstateFebruary 11, 2011
    Our 03 cab sauv can be had by the glass here at our favorite Oakland hot spot!
  • Chloe B.
    Chloe BenjaminDecember 28, 2012
    Try the Pork and Barley Soup - The boy likes!
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop
  • Sofya M.
    Sofya MulenokFebruary 27, 2014
    Steak was amazing!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HempelApril 16, 2011
    Excellent food if you can get in -- sit at the bar.
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