The Wolf - Oakland

4.6
961 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Following a refresh by team behind Wood Tavern and Southie, this updated Piedmont classic offers elevated French-Californian fare and wines by the bottle or glass. The spacious, airy interior features modern furniture and old-school charm, and there’s a bustling neighborhood vibe.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was slow even with a half empty restaurant, the starters are worth skipping over (the little gem salad is just bad, the mushroom soup forgettable, oysters poorly shucked). The duck is good (although it arrived cold) and the scallop dish was the saving grace. Our server was really sweet and the restaurant is pretty but for the price it was incredibly disappointing. I won’t be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Very relaxing environment.

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e
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places! Food, service, including the pacing of the experience, all great, making for a comfortable, relaxing night out. Thanks!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Dau

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P
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated promptly upon arrival...always a plus. Remodel is well done...subtle, refined. The service was excellent, with our server very knowledgeable about how the dishes were prepared.
The food was cooked excellently, with octopus not being the least bit chewy. Brussels sprouts, fried with “special sauce,” were excellent.
Unfortunately, some other dishes, though expertly prepared, tasted “soulless,” without that special something that personalizes the style of the chef...a flaw, but not fatal.

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PF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We came for the Valentine's Day prix fixe meal. Our waitress took her time coming to our table and then when I had questions about the menu since I'm 7 months pregnant, she didn't seem to understand the questions that I was asking to determine which dishes I'd be able to eat. At one point she cleared our appetizers and then came back a minute later to ask us if she had just cleared the first course or entree dishes. It was upsetting that she couldn't remember what plates she had just taken away when it was only a 3-course meal. My husband had to repeatedly try to flag her down to ask for the wine list again so that he could get another glass of wine. She also never came back to check on us after our entrees, since another server brought out our final plates, so we were never asked if we wanted any coffee or tea with our dessert. It was disappointing to be going out for a nice meal to celebrate Valentine's day, just to feel ignored.

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NN
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good as always and our server was attentive and nice.

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D
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding seafood stew! Wonderful salad with gem lettuces, grapefruit and pine nuts. Perfect in every way.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food per plate, but didn’t always go super well together. Great place though, I’d just recommend asking for some guidance from your server.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Two very loud drunk men at the bar was an unpleasant introduction. No one from the restaurant said a word to them or asked them to lower their voices. I couldn't hear the person right beside me over their sloppy misplaced machismo.
We had reservations, and were seated on time, but our food took waaaaaayyyy too long to arrive - like an hour from placing an order to having it arrive. The restaurant was empty by the time it came. Food was tasty, portions quite small. I certainly did not feel like our dining experience was a priority at this establishment.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to this place since it was Bay Wolf, so didn't know quite what to expect. In fact, it was lovely, thoughtful and everything was delicious. We had gone with the family to celebrate my wife's birthday and they knew and remembered. We'll go back again!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here recently for a special occasion. The food and service were all top-notch. Definitely recommended.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good welcome. Willing to move my party when we discovered we were seated too close to a party of 6 extraordinarily noisy celebrating women and could hear nothing. This is a noisy restaurant anyway, but food and service are excellent.

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MS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal with friends—the polenta the hamburger was very good. Service was excellent but the noise level made conversation a little difficult at times.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and experience!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall was good- wasn’t wowed by our main courses. The appetizers were all very nice. Service was ok. Wine list ok. Location is nice and the restaurant itself is relatively cozy. Not sure I would come back.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. Waiter never did take our order; we ordered through the hostess. The lunch menu is very limited: salads, one pasta, sandwiches, including burger. Ordered a medium rare burger and got a well-done one. Gave up.

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O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wolf is solid-these folks know what they are doing!!! The food is delicious, the service is outstanding, and the ambiance is elegant and welcoming. This was my second visit, the first time I went for an anniversary dinner with my husband, this time for friend's bday. I had the endive salad and scallops with risotto - fanstastic!

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PB
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All three diners were completely happy with menu and choices made and served. Will be delighted to return.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a "first date", it was perfect, the foos was delicious and the wine the server suggested was exquisite.

Very hall...will go back again.

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G
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I DID answer twice-- the site kept disappearing.

Did you find my answer on the amazing Octopus and Sauce, and my husbands's delicious corned beef sandwich. The Restaurant is a REAL TREAT!

-- WE enjoyed meeting the new owner (charming and very pretty)
THANK YOU

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall we had a delicious dinner at The Wolf but we were put off when we were seated outside on a chilly evening. Though we were under a heat lamp, there was a cold draft and we couldn't take off our coats. We asked for another table but the maitre d' said he didn't have any alternatives (despite the fact we had made a reservation and had said this was a birthday dinner). Not a great start.

When the waitress came to take our order a few minutes later, she asked how we were doing and we admitted we were cold. She inquired and said there would be a table available inside in about 10 minutes. We ordered and a few minutes later were escorted to a table inside.

We ordered three appetizers -- carrot soup, seafood sausage, Brussels sprouts -- and one main dish of scallops and everything is fantastic and well presented. The wait staff provided extra plates and bowls for sharing and service was excellent.

I'd recommend The Wolf but if it's a cold day or night you might want to request a table inside.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bay scallops - Our waiter was very knowledgeable about wines, allowing us to try some, and educating me on Rieslings. Decaf coffee was not great, but overall, it was a wonderful dinner!

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

With a front door open to the street, it was drafty on one of the coldest evenings of the year. The corkage charge is excessive. That being said, the food was very good and the service was outstanding. One of our guests is very gluten-sensitive and our server was fantastic about recommendations and substitutions. Some of the best service we've ever had!

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wolf is an excellent restaurant on Piedmont Avenue. Once again the wood family Richard and Rebecca have an all star restaurant. We will return.

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TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus and duck were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. The wine was a shade expensive for what was being served, but the selections were good and it was a great experience overall. Perfect noise level to hold a conversation as well.

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MR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great upscale yet casual dining with a solid wine list.

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server could have been more attentive to our needs but fair overall

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JA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Four of us for lunch...all chose the salmon salad, one requested special dressing due to allergy, which was no problem. The salad was great, but The fact that we all chose the same dish is a good indication that the lunch options were far too limited. Other options were not very appealing. As the host, I was delighted to find a very nice and reasonably priced bottle of Pino Blanc from Alsace...wines from that area tend not to be offered and, in fact, are hard to find in local wine stores. It was a hit at our table. We liked our seating and appreciated the knowledgeable and flexible wait staff.

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GN
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and kind servers and staff. Even though I arrived later than my reservation and my friend arrived much later, the restaurant accommodated us and didn’t give us a surly attitude so common in Bay Area restaurants. They also stored my luggage for several hours. Plus, the food was fantastic. Pork belly and octopus were both amazing.

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M
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience as always at the Wolf.
Rodrigo took great care of us and all food was right
On the mark, ftom brussel sprouts to burger. Manhattans
Top notch as well
Will be back soon

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Have not eaten here under the new name and management, but used to live in the neighborhood and went back to check it out. I loved our table, which was quiet and romantic, even though I had to ask for it after the hostess wanted to have us sit next to a raucus table of 6 at first! Loved the food, portions were so big we had to take some home but it was great their morning with eggs! Perfect, friendly, attentive but still casual wait staff allowed us space but still we felt very attended to. I would wonder if the menu choices open up a little next time-- Will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was like being at an upscale Wood Tavern. The ambiance was great and we were seated by the front windows which open but there were great heaters. The food was good but entrees were some what limited. It proved to be a unique and great dining experience.

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EG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically energetic and lively spot for drinks, exotic eats or a romantic date.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance for an anniversary dinner! Romantic, delicious and classy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the service was great. We would definitely go back. We loved everything we ordered.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. Pleasant experience. Have been coming here since BayWolf days. Still great. Will be back.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was impressed for a dinner meeting the acoustics were not a problem. The service complemented the meeting nicely. I would not hesitate to return, either for business or pleasure.

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable. Oakland chef has really found her footing here. Service was professional and decent

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, wanted to experience something new. We all were delighted with the atmosphere and food. I have told others to go.

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