In a few weeks, I'll be taking my uncle out to dinner. His idea of a great meal is House of Prime Rib in SF, but I don't want to eat there since I don't like eating beef, and I found their creamed spinach just horrid. A couple times, I've steered the direction of the dinner, once ending up at a Peruvian place on Broadway and another time at a Mexican place in SF (which wasn't serving Mexicali/Tex Mex so he didn't like the menu). After the dinner, he said that the food was "interesting" (meaning he didn't like it) and that we should have listened to him, the House of Prime Rib would have been better, etc. Other times, when he has chosen the restaurants, we've ended up at chain restaurants.
Is there anywhere in Oakland (possibly close to Jack London Square (edit) ) with a nice atmosphere that you think both my uncle and I would appreciate? Would the Wood Tavern be a good place for us to try?