About BayWolf

Michael Wild and Larry Goldman

Michael and Larry

Michael Wild and Larry Goldman (with partner Michael Phelps) opened Bay Wolf in September of 1975, when the East Bay culinary ferment had barely begun to bubble. The timing was lucky, and so were they; at the time none of them knew anything about running a business. “We had more experience with eating,” Michael remembers. “We were naive.”

But through determined instinct, a little trial-and-error, decades of hands-on experience in the kitchen and the front of the house, and an unwavering adherence to quality, Michael and Larry and their dedicated staff realized their vision of a local, owner-operated bistro in the tradition of the best regional restaurants of Europe. A large and loyal following grew up with the restaurant through the years that followed.

Bay Wolf today is a casual, welcoming place, still housed in the friendly converted Victorian on Piedmont Avenue where it served its first meal 37 years ago. It’s a destination for superb, simply-prepared dishes showcasing the finest local, seasonal ingredients and an original, ever-evolving wine list at surprisingly affordable prices. Under the attention of the effortlessly professional staff, first-time guests quickly come to feel like regulars, and regulars like family. Michael and Larry have built a neighborhood joint with a world-class reputation. Come be their guests tonight.


Chef Louis Le Gassic

Louis LeGassic

Chef Louis Le Gassic finds inspiration working with the best ingredients available. Originally from the wilds of New Jersey (where from the age of five he raised his own produce), he has put down strong roots in the Bay Area since the late 80s. A self-taught cook, he honed his culinary skills in the kitchen at Oliveto from 1988 to 1994; then at Enzo’s Meats in Market Hall until 2001, where he perfected meat selection and butchering skills.

Louis joined Bay Wolf as a line cook in 1997, and in a little over two years rose to become Chef. His travels in France and love of the Mediterranean repertoire are immediately apparent in his deft touch with subtly updated classics.

3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland CA 94611, 510-655-6004
Serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30