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Wood Tavern has established itself as one of the go-to spots in Rockridge by dishing out appealing California cuisine, such as arugula-asparagus salad and seared ahi over roasted artichokes and peppers. The menu, which changes daily, is matched with an exciting list of wines by the glass, local beers, and cocktails. Dimare’s juicy pan-roasted half chicken, served with fingerling potatoes, is irresistible; his ribeye steak is also perfectly executed. Top ingredients are in evidence here, from sweet butter and fresh bread to the roasted almonds on the cheese platter. Still, the food occasionally falters: A hot, pressed porchetta and Brie sandwich needed something sharper than glazed onions to counter its rich ingredients. Service was sweet on one visit, glacial on the next. Lunch Mon.–Sat., dinner daily.
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