Lovely at the Lake
My boyfriend and I had never been to the Lake Chalet. Lunch on the dock on the sunny Sunday we went was the perfect end to the weekend. The food was great, the waiter was really friendly, and we saw an egret and loons on the water, too!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great lunch. Dessert was amazing!!!! Compliments to the chef for such a well rounded menu.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband's steak was done to perfection. My seafood and our guest's dishes were perfect as well. We met at at the bar and enjoyed the happy hour prior to being seated. My husband's Old Fashion was his best EVER and my Lemon Drop was a great balance of tart and sweet. Great view from the bar, too. We will be back for sure. This is a wonderful restaurant with excellent views, food and wait staff.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Lake Chalet
I really enjoyed eating for the first time and everything was nice. There were a few issues namely the lighting. We went for dinner and the lighting was so dim we could hardly ready the menu. We had to use the lights on our cell phones to make our choices. I'd like to be able to see my food clearly when it comes out. Also it was a Tuesday and they ran out of the Apple Blueberry Crisp. Oh well it's still a very nice restaurant maybe I can try it next time--and I'll bring my flashlight :O)
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love The Ceviche
Great food matched with great service and awesome weather!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I scheduled a last minute birthday brunch for a friend, knowing that Lake Chalet would be a great, upscale place to have a small group convene for a celebration. It met my expectations, and sat us where I requested, which was nice. Always a treat to visit Lake Chalet.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday lunch on the deck
Outdoor seating offers spectacular views and wonderful sensation of being surrounded by sun and water. Indoor seating lacks warmth and individualized lighting. Food was delicious, definitely improved over my last visit.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dinner date spot!
I had a wonderful dinner, great service and incredible view. I was on a date and our waitress, Jennifer was fantastic. She gave us time to chat before coming over and was aware the entire evening of when to come over and when to just sit back and see when we might be ready for something else. Jennifer gave us great recommendations on drinks and meals. The view was very romantic and a perfect date spot!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Great Service
While Lake Chalet is a little pricey it does have very good food and the wait staff was great. That said, my tea water was not hot and our table was set with only napkins and forks. We helped ourselves to knives from an adjacent table.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
25th Anniversary Celebration
At the suggestion of a dear friend, we chose the Lake Chalet as a romantic spot for our 25th Anniversary celebration. We started out with a gondola ride on the lake which was blissful. Our restaurant experience was outstanding. Everyone, from the front desk hostess through the server (Dana) was welcoming, courteous, and professionally attentive. The food was memorable, and the bar and wine selections should satisfy the most exacting tastes. Truly first class - we look forward to going back for a meal and drinks on the dock.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pefect meal on a pefect day.
We had lunch on the pier on the lake. What a view, and the food was much better than I had recalled. Excellent service, too. A little pricey, but worthit.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always bring visitors to Lake Chalet for great dining and panoramic views of Oakland's showcase, Lake Merrit. I also celebrate special occasions here. Its one of my favorite restaurants.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took a friend who works nearby to llunch here, and we ate out on the deck, where the view and weather were idyllic. We both ordered a goat cheese salad that was very good and a cheese plate that had some nice fruit chutneys. The fruit crisp we shared for dessert was amazing---bright fruit flavors, and not too sweet.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, a winner.
The Lake Chalet is a bit of a compromise for my family, logistically that is. We live in San Francisco and have a small child, my parents are older with some health issues and live in Oakland. So we meet for dinner at the Lake Chalet, which means we can start early, with plenty of time for visiting and get on the road early enough to get everyone to bed on time.
The service is always excellent. The food is quite good; there are enough options to make everyone happy; and the kitchen can accommodate special requests.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience!
Beautiful view, attentive service and fine food, A culinary gem.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at brunch was quite
The food at brunch was quite unexpected and delicious. The short stack pancakes are a MUST have. The service is excellent and non-intrusive allowing us to relax and chat uninterrupted. It was delightful!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
west coast dining
I enjoyed the experience and look forward to going again when I can afford it.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for reverse HH with friends and had a marvelous time! Amazing food and awesome drinks. We'll be back!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food and Beautiful View
We went there for a special dinner, just before sunset. The light on Lake Merritt waned as we settled in to order. The waiter was friendly and suggested a few things. We selected from the menu: a lovely mixed greens salad, vegetables, polenta, and a dinner
of cod, prawns, and clams as we watched the Lake change into a reflecting pool... the lights twinkling as the evening came on. The Chocolate cake desert was perfect. The noise level can be irritating and prevent conversation at many of the new restaurants in the revitalized area of Oakland - but not at The Lake Chalet. We were able to dine next to each other, take in the beautiful view, and enjoy a really delicious meal at our own pace.... I recommend it!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our friend's 40th bday at Lake Chalet. Our waitress that night was so helpful with our questions with the menu and very friendly. I love going to a restaurant where they serve you and greet you with a smile. The service was excellent and the food was great!!! I will definitely recommend and tell all my friends about this restaurant. ;)
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very very good. All the seafood was super fresh. Waiter was very knowlegable & provided excellent service. We will be back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
historic gem, restored so
historic gem, restored so well. nostalgic place with contemporary take. chris was informative, fun waiter.
i'll be back!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to the Lake Chalet to celebrate a birthday. The staff went out of their way to make the event special for the birthday girl and the others in the party. We had gone their for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful cocktail called "Kick Start your Heart". We couldn't remember exactly what was in it and it was no longer on their menu. Our waiter Avery was able to find out what exactly was in the cocktail and it was just as delicious as the first time we had it. It was a great night!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall great place
I have gone to business lunches here a number of times. Great central location in Oakland, easy valet parking for the busy exec, quiet, water views open up more expansive conversations. Really great service - attentive but not lurking. Food is consistently good. Perfect business lunch spot.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome views excellent staff...
The food was amazing, we had calamari , and salmon deviled eggs for starter. Then shrimp pasta (I forgot the name, and a blacked fish sand which for the entree. All of which was amazing. Our server Avery kept us smiling the entire night, he had a great personality and even better service!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great setting for a special
Great setting for a special occasion. The service was friendly and timely. We will return since the reason we came was the food and the view...it was just what we expected...very good.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most excellent service.
Two nights ago, my partner and I visited the Lake Chalet for our two year anniversary. I wanted to give her a great romantic experience where she would be pampered. Also, we are new to the Lake Merritt area and wanted to see if all the rave reviews for this restaurant are true. I concluded that they are absolutely true! Every single person from the Hostess to the Bartender and most especially our server, Avery were amazing at making us feel welcome and like royalty. The food was immaculate! the crab cakes and kind salmon are true seafood delights that made our evening delicious in more ways than one. I loved the bar area with the view of the lake and the magnificent cocktails. I hope everyone can enjoy the perfect experience that we did!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Tuesday at Lake Merritt
With a friend in from London, we wanted to show off Oakland at its all-around best. Maybe not the best food in town if you're a foodie, but the intelligent, creative effort throughout the menu at The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is obvious, and our food that evening was uniformly very good, especially my appetizer, a new-take-on-an-old-favorite, pork spareribs, and a very satisfying vegetarian risotto with corn and chanterelle mushrooms for my entrée. Our British friend's Scots girlfriend loved her fish and chips, a pretty good test, passed with flying colors. And of course, he setting and view across Lake Merritt is perfect for whatever you want it to be -- romantic, scenic, fun. A new favorite for a good time at a good price.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish & Chips
Great service, views of the, lake and excellent fish & chips.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for everything but creme brule
The experience was outstanding for everything except the worst creme brulee of our lives. Fantastic otherwise.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A view in Oakland?
Yep, they got it. When you're sitting at a table at The Lake Chalet, you kinda imagine that you're in a totally different locale. I found the service to be extremely attentive and kind, the food to be very good (better than I expected) and the atmosphere of the place to be extremely enjoyable. I will be back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, wonderful view
A little disappointed with the food--indifferently cooked salmon on a hamburger bun. But the table looking out over Lake Merritt was wonderful, and the waiter was courteous and helpful.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice meal at Lake Chalet
Our group of three hadn't seen each other in decades and the Lake Chalet was a wonderful spot for us to catch up and enjoy a relaxing meal. The view is lovely, the waitstaff were attentive, and the food was good.
BRUNCH - order the beignets. They are awesome and the fudge dipping sauce is extraordinary. There's a berry sauce too, but it was more like juice than something "dippy". My goat cheese and mushroom omelette was good. I appreciated that it wasn't a huge omelette but it was more firm than I care for. The roasted potatoes were crispy and delicious!
We were there over two hours and did not feel rushed. It was a great day for us and we're so happy we went to the Lake Chalet.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, really good.
Only problem we encountered was that nuts were not listed in the ingredients in our salad. They were apologetic and vowed to remedy this, and have me a new salad. In this day and age, not listing nuts is just crazy.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very nice restaurant
This is a very nice restaurant with a nice view of Lake Merrit in downtown Oakland, The restaurant has been remodeled to resemble a Lake/Boat house. The indoor seating is very nice, and there is a large outdoor patio with lots of seating. The restaurant and patio provide great views of the Lake. While we were dining, there were gondola on the lake. The food here is very good, but the menu is a bit limited. We ate dinner to celebrate a friend obtaining a new job. The food was good, including burger, steak, chicken and fish. Dessert was also great. I highly recommend and am going to a reception for a friend there this afternoon
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location great views of Lake Merritt . Had a nice sofa by fireplace. The oysters were delicious !!!
Service was excellent. Food was superb. Well presented. Friendly staff,very efficient.
I would return. Would like to try out door seating when the evenings are warmer.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great date
Amazing views, a great lunch, strong drinks and a great server really makes this place special. I ordered the fish and chips which were mouth watering however the fish was a bit bland. The batter made up for it though with a great crunch and flavor. My girlfriend got some kind of chicken with mashed potatoes which were so good. We also started with crab cakes and were my favorite part of the meal. The ambience was great but I was expecting outdoor seating after placing a reservation two days in advance. Other than that our server was great and gave us the privacy we needed.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed a late lunch with a group of good friends from high school. Two people in the group had returned for the visit after moving to the South. (The food was good, service was pretty good and the drinks were great).The ambience was phenomenal and it helped that it was a beautiful, sunny Fall day. We capped the afternoon off with a gondola cruise around Lake Merritt. I think everyone had a fantastic time.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Bday Dinner
From the time we arrive to valet it was great. Greeted with a smile and seated right away...on time! Was given the best seat of the house in the corner overlooking Lake Merritt, wow! Spectacular!
Had the scallops, amazing!!! And dessert fantastic apple/cranberry crisp.
Would recommend anytime and would come again!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside for lunch this time as the weather was perfect. I had the blackened fish sandwich which was so fresh and perfectly cooked. The spiciness was just right and the fries were cooked to perfection. Looking forward to my next meal there!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lake Chalet comes with it!
I liked the service, sometimes the less memorable service is better since they probably did everything enough to not get it wrong. The pan roasted chicken was amazing!!!! Nice interior and even was a good place for a party since one was there while we were dining and the noise was not overpowering. Good view of the lake if by the windows.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Experience All-Around
Great experience dining at the Lake Chalet as usual - service and food were outstanding, and my request for a booth was met. Best of all, they have Open Table! Both a time-save and big convenience! :)
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A favorite place for lunch
A group of us from the Oakland Museum choose to have lunch often at the Lake Chalet. You cannot beat the view of the lake, the service is usually excellent (last time the waiter had to do some mathematical gymnastics to divide the bill the way I wanted), we almost always get the table I request, one can have a real conversation because it is not noisy, the food is fine (although I desperately miss the marinated salmon appetizer which puts the "food" question to "excellent"), and we always leave feeling well served and happy. If you have never been to the Lake Chalet, you should definitely try it.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very enjoyable experience.
A very enjoyable experience. Food very good, great views, and friendly service.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday Dinner With Friends
We had a wonderful time from beginning to end. I had brought a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (since it was MY birthday) which we followed with a few glasses from the wine list. Food was delicious, our server was well versed regarding the menu, wine list and had a great sense of humor - in addition to being completely unobtrusive when we were in conversation among ourselves at the table. It was a very special evening, enhanced by great food and wine. We had a table near the window so we could enjoy the lights around Lake Merritt. I moved to Oakland in 1976, and it is a complete pleasure to see how the Lake Chalet building and the walk around the lake itself have been rehabbed and made beautiful. Brunch at the Lake Chalet is wonderful, too.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a perfect place for Thanksgiving. The food was great. The wait staff was welcoming and took very good care of us and our toddler. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a friendly atmosphere, great view, and really good food for the holidays.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our third Thanksgiving at Lake Chalet. This was also the best of the best. The service was world class, our server Felsha was friendly, charming and attentive. The entire staff made us feel like old friends. The manager stopped by the table to make sure all was well, which it was. Turkey dinner with all the fixings was marvelous.
Thank you again this year for making Thanksgiving special.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a wonderful place
Had dinner and drinks with some long time friends I hadn't seen in a while. We decided to come here and we all were very impressed. We will be back again soon.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great, yet again...
Great service, food and well-stocked bar - not to mention good ambiance and view of Lake Merritt!
Most everything I have tried from the menu was excellent and have definitely recommended for friends and family.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, the dining experience
As usual, the dining experience is always superb. It's a winner!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM