Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paragonrestaurant.com/berkeley.html
  • Phone: 5105498585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily - 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Paragon Panorama Room can accommodate parties of 20 - 50 people for dining and up to 100 people for cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Paragon Private Events 5105498591x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Friday and Saturday night, 8pm - 11pm
  • Special Events: Consider Paragon for your next special event. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, wedding or baby shower, rehearsal dinner or full wedding, we have the perfect location, menu and private dining offerings to fit your needs. For more information, contact: catering@claremont-hotel.com or 510 549 8591.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: AC Transit, 1 mi. from Rockridge BART
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 hours of complimentary parking with validation at private lot; $9 valet parking.
A word from Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Paragon is a neighborhood gastropub serving ingredient-driven, honest food, craft beers, unique cocktails and eclectic wines. Located inside the landmark Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Paragon features upscale gastropub cuisine designed by Chef Marcos Sanchez, plus a large selection of hand-shaken cocktails, craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Our famous outdoor deck offers beautiful vistas of the rolling hillsides and on a clear day, a beautiful vantage point of the entire San Francisco skyline. We feature live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.
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Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (62)great for outdoor dining (56)great for lunch (30)special occasion (28)good for groups (19)great for brunch (18)neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (13)romantic (11)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • TOO NOISY
    NeekaNani
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    OUR PARTY OF 6 REALLY HAD A HARD TIME CONVERSING. THE NOISE LEVEL IS SUCH THAT IT REALLY DIMINISHES THE AMBIANCE. ADDITIONALLY WHEN THE ADJOINING ROOM OPENED TO A GROUP THE NOISE REALLY HIT THE CEILING. I THINK THAT SOME MODIFICATION IS NOT TOO MUCH TO HOPE FOR.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    AlamoBVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was very good. That being said, so much work is needed on everything else. The server got our order wrong. We had to ask for good wine glasses. The hostess was frosty. They have all these communal tables. The decor is blah. The list wine needs more choices. We often go to the sister restaurant in SF and it is much, much better!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dmrm
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had wished to eat outside, but the rain prevented it. The hostess was great, put two tables together for the four of us right by the window, so still had the view, and a wonderful lunch. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still going strong
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Paragon is a wonderful respite and yet is a vibrant place to meet for drinks and some food. Went for a late and leisurely Saturday lunch. Waiter was friendly, patient and accommodating. We asked if the chef could do a vegetable plate and we got a really nice medley.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changing
    SuMo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been a fan of the Paragon for years. The view is phenomenal, the bartenders are really cool, and the burger and mac n cheese are among my favorites in the Bay Area. Lately, it seems that there have been changes in staff - particularly management - and perhaps the kitchen as well. The service is not as great as it seems that the waiters are covering more tables and just don't have great attention to detail and follow thru. The menu items are changing too. In the past 3 visits, I've had the Sonoma chicken and each time it's been different. I'm missing the consistency of the experience and knowing what to expect. That said, I can't imagine going anywhere else for our family celebrations or special evenings out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There's so much potential here but it doesn't seem like anyone cares...from the hostess to the servers no one really seemed to care about a thing. No one seemed happy- they just appeared to be going through the motions with very little interest in customer service. It's a shame because the food was good as was the presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great views...
    livinglifeat60
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    how else would you celebrate a BIG birthday but on a night out to a very special and memorable place with good friends. So I picked the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel. It is one of the biggest and most notable landmarks in the bay area and we didn't have to cross the bridge. All six of of gathered on time, we were greeted and seated right away by friendly and welcoming staff. Food was creative and prepared well - ahi tuna and roast chicken were good - and served with generous portion of fresh and well-cooked veggies! Overall, a nice place to have a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoors and food!
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Gorgeous day and sitting on the outdoor patio is unbeatable. Great food. New menu is excellent except ginger juleps no longer listed. Asked the waiter about them and he brought then to us and delighted us! After a great time in the spa, lunch here is perfection. The Fairmont has bought the Claremont and things should get even better at this fabulous spot. Also appreciated the birthday dessert that was brought at the end of the meal as originally requested. All in all, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad attitude service
    Am243am
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went for my Mom's birthday. Mentioned it to the hostess and pleaded with her to seat us outside. She refused and said it was for VIP's. So we weren't good enough. The waiter was disinterested - he didn't even ask us if we wanted dessert. I regret making Paragon the destination for my mom's birthday lunch
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Word to management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant has arguably the best view of the city, after going there for the last nine years I still find the service lacking and attention to the customers needs needs to be improved.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled cheese disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We recently dined at the Paragon restaurant and all in all enjoyed our meal and time there. The waiter was attentive without hovering, the noise level was low (very important as two members of our party are hard of hearing), the view is beautiful. The grilled chicken and spinach salad was very generous and very much enjoyed as was the heirloom tomato salad. The grilled cheese on the other hand was a disappointment. It may seem odd to order grilled cheese at the Paragon but it was a cold, grey day and grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup sounded perfect. The soup was quite nice, but the sandwich was dry, barely toasted, and overly full of cheese. I would return to the Paragon, but would go for something other than grilled cheese.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner on the patio
    JBCN
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Paragon did a fine job. I had a Saturday reservation, but the dining room was not out of hand and it appeared that one could be seated on 30 min or so. The lounge and interior is more refined than the casual patio where we sat. The seared Ahi was excellent and the flat iron steak was season well and cooked perfectly. Missing from the menu were the mussels and lamb, but there were other options. The $12 cocktails while pricey for my budget were very good. The staff on the patio were casual and extremely friendly which was a nice surprise considering the surrounding high end hotel with more formal staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • magnificent view
    outtolunch
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Took a business colleague out on a bright sunny day for lunch. It was an impressive choice at the Claremont hotel. View was spectacular. Food good, price reasonable. Would recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bar, not so at restaurant
    Rjcampy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I made reservations two days in advance for four and asked that we be seated outside. We showed up five minutes early and were told that there was no outside seating available. We decided to wait, sat at the bar - received good service there - and finally were able to get a table outside after about an hour. It took fifteen minutes to get acknowledged, the waiter was swamped but appeared aloof. We had to ask for dinner ware, drinks, etc. Given that the prices are expensive I would say not a good value. It's a shame though because the Claremont is a neat place even if old.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    dws37
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went on Saturday night to hear the jazz. The restaurant was so noisy (and we were sitting towards the back of the main room) that it was almost impossible to hear the music. The food was ok, I wouldn't recommend going in light of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fine, but...
    litgeek
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I planned a working breakfast and lunch for three people; I visited the hotel in advance to insure our specific needs could be accommodated. My pre-planning was ignored. We were escorted to an unacceptable table at breakfast; at the time, there was only one other party dining. We were able to change tables . At lunch we were seated adjacent to the bar at a table for eight, despite a confirmed reservation and watched multiple groups be seated outside which is where I requested we dine. We waited 45 minutes for any acknowledgement by the wait staff. The plus side is the food was good and the validation for reduced parking was a pleasant surprise. Just keep your expectations in line.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had my birthday lunch there, and my family and I loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ignored
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We arrived at 2 for a late lunch. We were ignored at each step to the process and had to push for attention repeatedly - wine order, food order, food delivery, check, pay - everything took forever. If you are open, be there! If not, close the doors!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was our second time dining at Paragon and will be the last. We were staying at the hotel so it was convenient since Meritage was closed on Sunday. Our server barely paid attention to us and was very slow. We had to flag him down to place our order. My husband I shared a pasta dish which wasn't good at all, in hind sight we should have sent it back to the kitchen. I didn't eat most of mine. When we were through with our meal the server ask how dinner was and I told him not good. He didn't apologize or say anything.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fell flat
    Peggy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been to Paragon many times (only cocktails, brunch and lunch) and always had a nice experience so didn't hesitate to volunteer it as a place to have dinner with friends. Great cocktails and bar service before dinner. Uninspired food and terrible service at dinner though the burger, fries, salmon and ribs were good. I won't beat them into the ground, but the experience was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats, stunning view
    RLDa
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Paragon at the Claremont Hotel never disappoints. The menu is small, but the options are varied. Everything was delicious--from cocktails to dessert--and the stunning view of the bay makes everything taste even better. Make sure you leave time to tour the lobby and public areas of the hotel; the architecture and the old photographs on display are part of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ctoneVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food and service have gone downhill. The view remains unspoiled, but something as basic as a 'burger seems to be a challenge for the kitchen. The experience leaves no desire at all to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good, but...
    BudsTaste
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Service was good, but for these prices, you'd expect great. The food was good, but for these prices, you'd expect great. The location was great so I guess that's what you're paying for. We were there for lunch, and sat outside on a nice sunny day. I liked our waitress, but she wasn't as attentive as I would expect. I waited and waited for my second glass of wine which she did deliver to me with apologies and an extra long pour from the bartender. So no harm done. We had the time, so the lax service didn't matter to us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PFcanoe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    too noisy with the live band, weekends, sitting outside. Arrive early enough/reserve ahead for great views and food outside!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View non pareil - food not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I ordered chicken caesar - nice dressing, but not a whole lot of salad; service was good. Tomato bisque was excellent. Others seemed to enjoy there lunch as well, but no one was ecstatic over the repast...wonderful views, relaxing time, good service, just a bit of a truncated menu; I have had decent eats there, but nothing to write home about (it is an outdoor viewing establishment primarily), but certainly some refocus in kitchen couldn't hurt - we will come back because the view/ambience is delightful - better if food was on the same plain.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Dinner Success!
    mfowler
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The staff at the Paragon were very helpful and accomodating as we planned our wedding dinner. We pre-ordered all the menu items, wines, champagne, etc., and delivered to them our wedding cake. Upon arrival, we were greated promptly and lead to our private dining room. The cake was displayed on the table, and they had also used the seating plan and place cards that we provided. Our waiter was in close proximty all evening, but did not hover. He kept the evening flowing smoothly without any interjections from my new wife or myself. Our guests and ourselves had a wonderful experience. I would recommend the Paragon highly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Lunch-good view & service
    beckette
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went here with friends from South Africa for a meal before their flight home. The view of the Bay Bridge was good and the service and food appropriate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels and Frites
    CRDiRVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had lunch with my fellow mussels-loving friend this week at Paragon. The mussels were fresh, tender, and bathed in a fabulous herb-garlic broth that kept us dipping the bread long after the mussels were gone. Terrific frites to complete the French vibe. Also, the caesar salad was perfectly chilled, crisp, with just the right amount of fresh-tasting lemony dressing and croutons. The view of the SF Bay from the terrace and the dining room were spectacular the day we were there (minimal fog).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lazy lunch
    Linda
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I made a reservation for lunch, expecting a busy lunch crowd. the restaurant was very busy with indoor & outdoor seating mostly full. Service was slow, which suited me since we were taking our time & having a 2 hour lunch! Food was great & tasty
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekday Lunch
    Parke
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Came here for weekday lunch. Luckily we had some time to spare because even though we had a reservation, we were required to wait for about 15-20min for a table (to sit outside). After we were seated, service was slow and sloppy, the food had a nice presentation and was tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really?
    Notreallyfussy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    When we arrived, no table was available on the deck, although this had been requested weeks in advance. So, we were seated at an indoor table with a semi-obstructed view. One guest was served the wrong salad; then the wrong salad went away. Much later, the main dishes came to the table before the right salad did, then they went away to allow the right salad to be served. Then two main dishes came back; the 3rd stayed in the kitchen. Hence, we had to eat our lunch in shifts. No bread was served until explicitly requested. No dessert or menu was offered until explicitly requested. The salmon looked good, but the pasta dish was undistinguished. I think of this as a destination restaurant, but this experience really soured me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not return!
    smlh1984
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Came for dinner for our anniversary. Our waiter came over right away and rudely asked my husband to move his menu so that he could set down the bread, no friendly greeting, no please or thank you. Our drink orders were taken right away which he promptly returned with and a pitcher of water. This was the only time we saw him over the next hour until our food came out. He never came to offer us more drinks, refill our water, nothing!! Almost left without eating because we were so frustrated but decided to stick it out because we had heard good things about the food. The food did not disappoint, although the waiter got my husband's order wrong. Apologized after dinner when he saw we were markedly annoyed, but too little too late!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch spot
    jnapa
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Surprised my mother for her birthday lunch. Service was excellent. View was beautiful. Food was good and the ambience was lively without being too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Past due date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We came for the soft shell crab dinner, it was the last day of the 7 day event and the crabs should not have been cook, Maybe for the past three days. I grew up back east and love eating soft shells. I know what fresh and stale taste like, they were stale. In contrast the oysters as fresh as they get tasted as though they came straight out of the water, perfect
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch Review
    MoragaBill
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    After I made the reservation I read the generally terrible reviews and almost canceled. Four of us had an incredible lunch for an anniversary celebration. The service was impeccable, It was clean, The chicken wings could have been a little crispier but good, The Spinach grilled chicken salad and Skirt steak salads were tremendous. The grilled chicken sandwich also great. The view is beautiful and unimpeded. Sit outside if not to cold and you are able. We were not able to. Decent although not super deep beer selection. Overall a very good experience. $112 for four with one beer. I could see at night if it were crowded that the situation might be different. Enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner77
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I especially recommend the Paragon for out of town guests. The view is spectacular and the lunch very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very poor.
    Otis
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food was too salty and they forgot the dressing on the salad. Very busy and noisy. Tables packed too close. Great view though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    llmurray
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I live behind the Claremont and find Paragon a great place to meet with my neighbors though I took a friend that day who had never been there. He loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices high but Nice Setting
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Prices seemed to have risen again. But nice setting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay
    hukilau
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Was looking forward to a night out after having to cancel dinner on our anniversary. Unfortunately, the wait for the deck was 45 minutes at 8:30 PM and there were many families with kids, which is what we were trying to get away from. Disappointing even as late as it was. Food was okay, not memorable. Still love the pear cocktail though. Only one of us could enjoy the view due to how the tables for 2 are arranged. I think I'm over Paragon as a romantic option.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 668 reviews are from the Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa reviews archive.