Meritage at the Claremont
Meritage at the Claremont

Meritage at the Claremont

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meritageclaremont.com/
  • Phone: 5105498510
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday through Saturday 6:30am to 11am
    Sunday 6:30am to 9:30am

    Sunday Brunch 10:00am to 1:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    Lounge: Tuesday through Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Fridays/Saturdays nights Bob Falstein, and Sunday Brunch George Johnson.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Domingo
  • Public Transit: The nearest BART station is Rockridge, approximately 1.5 miles. Guests can take a taxi from BART or board the #49 AC Transit bus and disembark at the corner of Ashby & Claremont Ave. The Concierge desk at the Claremont Hotel can order a taxi for you when you are ready to head home.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of self-parking and valet available.
A word from Meritage at the Claremont
Meritage offers seasonal cuisine matched to the primary characteristics of distinctive wines and features ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. Large and small plates are offered for each dish, allowing for variety and flexibility in dining and the menu is organized by suggested wine pairings. Meritage also offers a seasonal tasting menu showcasing one ingredient highlighted throughout each course.

In addition to its dining room showcasing panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, Meritage features a lounge and bar, perfect for a casual glass of wine or small bite to eat. Enjoy breakfast daily, buffet brunch on Sunday or dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Create a legacy of your own at Meritage!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Meritage at the Claremont reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (69)special occasion (60)romantic (38)great for brunch (37)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (30)neighborhood gem (24)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (15)great for lunch (8)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Long time diner
    CitizenClark
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been having Sunday brunch here since 1964. Since our wedding in 1980, my wife and I come each year and subsequently as each of our 2 children have been born (1982 & 1987) they have joined us each year for Sunday Brunch near our Wedding Anniversary date (8/9). This year each of our children brought their significant others, both of whom had their first Claremont Sunday Brunch, and each just loved it as much as we always have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced
    Didi
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Meritage is a beautiful location and the service is good, but everything is way overpriced and the food isn't great. I would recommend just going to the bar for drinks and enjoying the view, which is the best part!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but nothing special.
    KhoaNguyen
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went to this restaurant based on recommendations from the web. This is an old fashion restaurant with good service and decent food choices. It's worth to eat here once but there is better options around.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience for my Mom's bday
    Esta
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seven of us dined at Meritage for my Mother's 75th Birthday and it was a great experience. The food was excellent, the service attentive & great, the view from our table spectacular. My mom was very happy with the experience and my brother's and I give it high ratings. It was a special occasion and a great evening all around. There is nothing we would have changed about it, it was perfect. Thank you Meritage!!! We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place
    luvtheview
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've eaten at the Meritage twice recently and it's been a great experience both times. Excellent food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Experience
    FrannieC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I can't say enough about our experience at the Claremont Hotel Meritage Restaurant for Sunday Brunch. It was a special birthday for my 94 year old mother and her first visit back since 1945. The staff made her visit so extra special. We had a table with a beautiful view of the bay. She was welcomed with a dozen beautiful roses and a custom dessert plate was prepared just for her. The food was delicious with something for everybody. The presentation was elegant, the atmosphere beautiful and relaxing with live piano music. Who could ask for more. Thank you to Manager, Shannon; Hostess, Summer; Waiter, Robert; Bus service, Zachary. You all were so awesome. We will never forget this special day. We will be back with lots of family and friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    For some reason the dining experience didn't impressed me. Maybe it was because of the server John was so unpleasant. The service was lousy I don't know if there was a specialty that day. He asked "what's for dinner?" Seems so informal to me provided that it is a decent place. Maybe he could have ask what brought us in the hotel that night was special for my fiance and could have make the night extra special. Anyway it's something to experience but not worth coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, view, and food
    Rick
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed the well executed main dishes and delicious desserts. The service was very attentive, and the views of San Francisco were gorgeous. The food isn't cutting-edge, but is innovative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodluverVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very quiet on a Wednesday evening - hotel seemed pretty quiet too. Hotel restaurants have it tough - they have to appeal to visitors, while still trying to draw locals. For most folks from elsewhere, Meritage would probably be a very good stop - classy decor, good view, interesting and well-prepared food. For locals who enjoy the bounty of fine East Bay restaurants, Meritage is a "meh". No buzz in the dining room; view is nice, but we see it all the time; and the food is creative but combinations are a little forced. E.g. the scallops with coconut was a bit odd and too sweet. The straightforward roast chicken, however, was terrific. Overall, nice place, but for the price i would go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dissapointed
    SS75VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Will try the Meritage again when they get it together. The kitchen was overwhelmed by a 50 person wedding party in the dining room and good took way to long to come out. The waiter apologized and gave an explaination about the sales department not coordinating with the kitchen. It is a really nice location and we would try again in a few months.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant food and atmosphere
    brklygrl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Historic views and modern fresh food- would highly recommend! Chef was meticulous and his passion shines in the food (all of it was fantastic)- thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    iballen2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was a fantastic experience. Two disturbing concerns. 1) The menu posted on their website was different than the actual at the restaurant. We went specifically for roast duck but it was unavailable. 2) We had to pay for parking. After spending over $300 for dinner it was a bit much.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything as expected and more.
    JoeValdes
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Meritage delivered complete perfection on my visit. The food was outstanding, service very personable, and a great ambiance accented with a live pianist. I could not be more please with my past visit and will be returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night Out
    baydiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I had a wedding anniversary dinner at the Meritage as it seemed like a great place for a special occasion. It had great atmosphere with a pianist in the foyer, a large fire place at one end of the room, and panoramic views from the windows. The night we went there was a spectacular sunset that was wonderful. On the other side of the room was a large group celebrating a birthday and they all appeared to be having a good time. The food is very good and affordable so it could be a regular place to visit but the architecture and views from the windows have me leaning towards the being a special occasion venue.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meritage was fantastic
    4youandme
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything about the Meritage was fantastic. Most importantly the food was outstanding and we will definitely b going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a lovely breakfast with a lovely view. Service was great, althorugh it slowed a little as thinsg got busier. Great food and wonderful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Even better than I thought it would be. We love this hotel.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always excellent
    Zolo
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This place is like stepping back into time, when manners and service mattered as much as the food. You don't need to wear a suit and tie, but you want to dress up when you come to this place. The wait staff is attentive and courteous. I have never had a bad meal here, and often they will suggest wines that would go good with the specific meal. The view from the Oakland Hills looking across the bay to San Francisco, the Golden Gate and points north and southward make it a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champagne brunch for special occ
    cestlavyboheme
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great service, great view. Reservations were the best bet for the best view. Food was great, fresh and varied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food/View/service
    exercisetoeat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great dining experience at Meritage. The food is consistently very good, the atmosphere is great and the service is always very good. We're lucky that our great club also has great dining facilities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casualdiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great brunch, great service and very nice atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anoj
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Brunch was amazing - more food than you could imagine and lots of choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu limited for Special Diets
    PFcanoe
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Re food, this menu had few gluten-free and vegetarian options, and sauces (eg. day boat scallops) contained sugar. Other than those few squabbles, I had a lovely time. It's a terrific, quiet place to talk and be heard:)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Its a great place to have a romantic dinner - you couldn't find a better atmosphere or view. Scott the chef was the sous chef for Thomas Keller of Bouchon (Vegas) AKA French Laundy. The food was good but I guess we expected to be blown away. The wait staff was very nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JackVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was good and beautiful view of the Bay and City
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch celebration!
    Sparkie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Mario gave us great service- champagne always filled and our every need was met. Favorite food were the crab, pates, bread pudding and the amazing vegetables! Thanks for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Change
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great to see the new Menu and 'return' to a more typical fine dining format. Everything we ordered (party of 4) was superb, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neglected
    SpectorVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant needs a chef with a vision and drive for excellence. Great venue but unfortunately, the food world has passed it by. The hotel's owners are missing an opportunity to create a great restaurant. Unless it is revamped, not worth a try.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tency
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great scenic view for our Father's Day Brunch would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my parents here for breakfast on Father's day and my parents enjoyed it. We got sitted with the really nice table including a nice view. It was very relaxing and not hectic at all compare to some of the fancy restaurant we've been to. The food was good, although not very much selections. I also have made a special request online for a vegetarian dish for one person, and that was not addressed when we arrived. So, one person in our party, who was a vegetarian, had to be subjected to whatever is on the menu and felt a little left out. The hostess was not very welcoming and seemed dismissive. The waiter was polite but did not offer additional drinks. We had to go our way to ask for refill. We felt being rush out of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Event
    Dperer
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Good food, great ambiance, a bit noisy, and quite pricey. Also, the bar and restaurant at the hotel are not connected either physically or administratively, so drinks at the bar cannot be put on the dinner bill, and the bar is a hectic scene. Dining room has great views, especially at sunset.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful memory!
    dodgerman
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Celebrated my 60th BD with family including kids at the Meritage Sun Brunch - 1st class service & food & overall experience! Felt like royalty - a wonderful memory!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptuous!
    MeetToDine
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Iconic location for a truly spectacular brunch. Superb service, lovely view and if you are looking for a "complete" brunch menu you'll find it here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We enjoyed everything except the wine and liquor prices which were much higher than we find at most of the fine restaurants we frequent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch!
    Lola
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Beautiful views of the Bay, delicious food prepared with high-quality ingredients and care. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at the Claremont Meritage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This one of the best brunches, I have ever had. The food was fantastic and the service was incredible. I would highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderfuls meals and Sevice
    oregondiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Hats off to he crew. have beeen here many times ov er the years. For Breakfast our server was Mamood who is exceelent and wonderful. For dinner our server ws Ceasar, another wonderful employeee. Five stares to all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breakfast
    Foodforthesoul
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We ventured here for breakfast after booking a reservation a day in advance and the only booking showed a 1030am slot open. However upon arriving there, the restaurant was practically empty. The service from staff was very helpful and informative with it being our first visit to the restaurant. The woman who said she would have our ticket stub validated never returned so we had to seek someone out to have that done. Otherwise the busman and the waiter were extremely courteous and made the breakfast very enjoyable. Also, the view is amazing provided it isn't a particularly foggy morning. Hopefully we will be back for dinner soon to see the city lights at night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expensive breakfast, small portion.
    Dianalovestoeat
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    the restaurant seem to be short staffed the morning we were thereand we had to ask for a couple things that they forgot twice. The atmosphere is beautiful, view is amazing! breakfast is very expensive for what you get very small portions;. Although I knew that going into the restaurant. I wanted to experience the Claremont Hotel. We did not have the branch but it looked amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    ILoveFood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is very rich but delicious! The service is OK, nothing special but the food more than makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 868 reviews are from the Meritage at the Claremont reviews archive.