The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelakechalet.com/
  • Phone: 5102085253x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Michael Baker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have two beautiful private rooms and semi private spaces for events, banquets, receptions or meetings at the Lake Chalet call 510-653-8282 x7010 or email events@chaletmgmt.com for details.
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment on the dock three days a week.
    Taco Tuesdays 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 3:00pm-6pm
    Please contact The Lake Chalet at 510-208-5253 for monthly schedule of entertainment.
  • Special Events: Gondola Servizio provides authentic Venetian Gondola rides on Lake Merritt right from the Lake Chalet! Contact them directly to make your reservations for a romantic gondola tour to go along with your dinner! (866)737-8494

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th St.
  • Public Transit: The Lake Merritt Bart station is 6 blocks away.


    14th St & Oak St - (0.17 miles) — AC Transit #13


    Jackson St & 17th St - (0.21 miles) — AC Transit #59
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: On site parking lot and street parking. Valet every day at Lunch and Dinner Weekends after 3pm.
A word from The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Reservations are only accepted for ala carte dining in our Lake Room Dining Room. Reservations are not accepted for the Pump House Bar or the Dock's outdoor seating. Seating in those areas is on a first-come, first-serve
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is an Oakland Restaurant located on beautiful Lake Merritt and offers indoor and outdoor dining over the water. We serve a diverse menu of contemporary Californian food with a focus on seafood that's full of new takes on old favorites.
Several dining areas make up our restaurant and offer something for everyone. The Pump House is a casual indoor setting that offers our entire menu; the Pump House Bar is an 80-foot-long marble-topped bar that looks out of huge windows onto the Lake; the Lake Room juts out over the Lake and offers a more traditional dining experience; the Dock offers outdoor seating on the Lake with bar service and a limited menu; and the Gondola Room will host private events.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (193)great for outdoor dining (154)special occasion (128)great for lunch (102)good for groups (96)romantic (91)great for brunch (88)neighborhood gem (86)fit for foodies (46)vibrant bar scene (44)hot spot (27)kid-friendly (26)late-night find (20)notable wine list (14)Show More
  • Great food
    JoVal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Salad/dressing very tasty.....entree outstanding....dessert so delicious! Drink was a BIG rip-off. Obvious bartender did not know how to make drink (Lemon peel for a chocolate martini? Really?) I would have preferred they just told me they can't make it instead of charging $12 for a crappy drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gathering Spot
    des315
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nice place to grab a drink and some nibbles after work, or as a prelude to a night out. Food is so-so, and pricey, so I expected a little more. The salad we had was over-dressed and wilty. Parmesan fries - fries with some parmesan sprinkled on them, nothing to write home about. However, the deck and waterfront ambiance create a hang out type vibe and there were some pretty people. BONUS! They have a parking lot in a hard to park part of Oakland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice lunch
    mehmehmeh
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    nice lunch--nice view went right when they opened--fish was fresh, service was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoy lunch outside but skip dinner
    Foodie2
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We came here with a group of 6, 3 of whom were from out of town. We sat inside for dinner. The view is lovely, service was attentive but the food was very ordinary and not worth the gigantic price tag. We have been here for lunch and sat outside on the dock and that was much more enjoyable because the lunch menu is more casual and reasonably priced AND you can enjoy the setting at Lake Merritt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place to Dine
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Lovely setting and plant. Food is fine, a little pricey for lunch, but nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Avery was the best waiter
    lynnelizVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Avery was a terrific waiter - or as he said - host....The food was great and it was a beautiful day to view the lake. I have found the Lake Chalet to be on and off in past visits. I was really happy today was an on day and I hope it is a sign of a change.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • BIGFOOTPAPA12
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time . A great time. Service was great and food was good.i want to thank Kristen for being such a wonderful waitress.polite,quick and great customer service skills.thanks Kristen for a job well done.to all the staff, thanks for a good time. Martinez family
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent ...
    Marko
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Unique to find an 'entire' dining experience these days. Lake Chalet delivers everytime for us, great food, professional friendly service and excellent ambiance. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely 4th of July
    OaktownMomma
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet dinner for two on the 4th of July with a beautiful lake view. The bar is in a separate area - which was very lively, and fun to walk through to our dinner. Food was solidly good, friendly hostess. Seared scallops, mixed salad, fries, delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful setting
    RCW946VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We brought out of town visitors to the Lake Chalet for lunch. It was a picture perfect day for outdoor dining complete with mild temperature, little wind and sunny skies. Sailboats enhanced the view, all and all creating a great setting for enjoying good food and visiting with friends.
    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.
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable!
    Pepper
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Was greeted with happy, smiley people who were very personable, introducing themselves and me to other staff. Food was great, my little group of 3 shared the calamari, wings, ceviche, and vegetable salad. My 2 guests had the berry lemonade which they thoroughly enjoyed. Great place to dine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Office Going Away Party
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were eight at a round corner table with a beautiful view of the Lake. Most of us ordered the prime rib dinner special. It came with a shredded lettuce salad that was tasteless. We asked for more dressing and blue cheese. The balsamic was off balance__ too much vinegar. The prime rib was mediocre at best. The scallop entree was a very small portion. Calamari appetizer excellent. This pretty restaurant is best for drinks and appetizers--go for happy hour, not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable quality, great scene
    Goodcooking
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    On a sunny day, great to sit out on the expansive dock.. Service is good. Food is good. Alway enjoy a meal there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good 4 Out-of-Towners, Meh 4 Locals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    A bit dissapointing in regards to the overpriced, nothing special, food. Service was great and the outside view was nice, but nowhere near a value in terms of food to price point. You can find way better food all over Oakland, in larger portions, better plated, more inventively seasoned and better priced incarnations. I can say, "been there, done that" and move on to greener pastures.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch for 5!
    EmpireEats
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I love coming to Lake Chalet because the ambiance is fantastic. This past Sunday, I invited some friends out, since they've just had twins and have been inundated with babies for the past month or so. I figured they could use a break. We and a couple of other friends hung out at a table near the end of the deck, overlooking Lake Merritt. After a few drinks, we enjoyed a leisurely meal and some great conversation. Our waiter didn't rush us, which I appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise abatement please
    Skriva
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The only thing that marred our delicious lunch was the incredibly LOUD noise emanating from the two very large parties seated in the dining room with the rest of us who were trying to converse at normal levels. I would suggest to Lake Chalet that they seat these kinds of celebratory gatherings in the separate party room and let other diners enjoy their meal and each others' company without the stress of having to shout over the raucous hilarities issuing from the 20 to 30 partygoers nearby.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The venue is such a treasure
    OaklandNative
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    but once again the service disappoints. I often get second looks when walking down the street, but I always feel invisible in this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lake Chalet is a treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've often had lunch here--both indoors and out on the pier during warm weather. Everyone falls in love with it. One friend drives over eagerly from San Francisco just to enjoy lunch outdoors with great food and beautiful views.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OaklandfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We live nearby and have in the past enjoyed taking visitors there. Dinner this week was an embarrassment. The service was bizarre though our server was trying very hard to overcome what seemed to be kitchen mix ups and was appropriately apologetic. Dinner salads were served before the starter salad. The crab and shrimp Louis salads were the worst I have ever had, little seafood but with fruit...very strange, sitting on wet and stringy lettuce and very small for the price and lack of crab and shrimp.. However, the pasta and the turkey salad were fine as were the desserts. There appeared to be enough servers in the dining room, but they spent their time talking to each other not checking on the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 134 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2131 reviews are from the The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • Unique Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    On a gorgeous day in the Bay you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The patio is beautiful and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cooksdayoff
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The salted chocolate pot de crème is outstanding! I've now ordered it three times and I look forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spring 2014 Review
    Mydinner6
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I like the view of the lake. You're almost guaranteed to have a nice view of the water. It's a nice restaurant right in the center of Oakland, with decent prices, which is a draw. I think however, that the food is just average. Lake Chalet should strive to maintain the Bay Area reputation for high quality, gourmet food, especially seafood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful views and great ambiance
    Rosh78
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I loved this restaurant. Great views, the food and wines are good, they had live music and it's close to the Bart (around 10 minutes or less), which is great because you don't need to drive. We would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting
    CT46VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had Saturday afternoon lunch on the outside terrace. It was very nice and peaceful. The service was extremely slow and food, steamed clams, turkey salad, bloody mary just so-so. Parking around the lake is horrible, so use their valet parking $6.50.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, poor service, cold food
    calicookVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Beautiful location on Lake Merritt. The food was overpriced, came out cold; Mahi Mahi sandwich was bland (though colored like it was supposed to be cajun). Fries were cold and lacked salt. Burger was edible, but overcooked. Margarita was good, but 90% ice and seemed about the size of a double shot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the deck!
    KAlice
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have had small family gatherings twice at Lake Chalet. Eating on the deck on a sunny day is most enjoyable! Staff very friendly and accommodating, food very good, view of the lake charming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Olivier
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very pleasant experience and most tables indoors have a water view. The patio has wonderful views over Lake Merritt. Good quality dishes and preparation. Not a "foodie" experience, or exotic. Good set up for groups, parties, family events.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at lake's edge
    Zingal
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The ambience of The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is so relaxing and on top of that the food and service is wonderful. The view of the lake and the Oakland Hills makes one think they are somewhere other than Oakland. This is a gem! The food is fresh and wonderfully tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lakeside Lunching
    PrettyTensious
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The Lake Chalet offers great views of Lake Merritt and the surrounding neighborhood skyline. Food is really tasty and reasonable for the setting. The only caution: don't head here for lunch if you're on a tight schedule. Instead, take the afternoon off and enjoy the food, drinks, your company and the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A gondola ride and dinner at the Lake Chalet Restaurant make for a wonderful date!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good option
    ACharlesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The Lake Chalet is one of my favorite places. They have excellent food and an awesome staff. This time I have two suggestions: 1. At check in, reservations should be acknowledged in the system right away. 2. Even on the dock seating area, this is still a restaurant and dogs should not be allowed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service?!
    JWS1VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This place has an epic location - beautiful view overlooking the lake. But the service was TERRIBLE and seems to come from a general apathy from the top. The hostess was rude and useless despite our reservation we has to wait almost 40 min for a table inside when there was plenty open tables outside which was our preference. The waitress was ok but in the end quite a few items we're forgotten and not a considerable comp. Food was good but not sure it's worth the time wasted on slow poor service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    Anthony
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The view was great. The only drawback is that there were several food items that were out. Our waiter had to place our order 2 times because his first attempt didn't go through for some odd reason. They were also out of the beer that was on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, not great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were seated outside, beautiful view. Not many other diners, took a very long time to be greeted once sat, once drinks were ordered it took a long time to get them, they forgot part of our order & breakfast came out at different times for only 4 of us. The food was good for some reason the service was slow. Friendly though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good brunch
    CaptainVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had brunch at The Lake Chalet. On a beautiful day, it's a beautiful experience. The restaurant offers parking, which is very welcome in this area. Food was fine and the service was most excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Oriented Wait Staff
    Hoopono
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I enjoy this place because it has a pleasant feel about it. The food is good and the service has been excellent One caveat. Do not park on the street if you can avoid it! The free parking lot is usually available but on occasion does fill up. The City of Oakland has some very aggressive non auto friendly regulations and they will nail you on almost any infraction.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the patio
    Reservations
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Perfect setting on the lake. But not always warm enough. Wish they would invest in patio heaters. Not a great wine list. Food is so so. A Gem for the Oakland area. Valet parking helps too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinerdc
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Perfect evening! Special family occasion, specific dietary restrictions accomodated (no gluten or dairy) for of our diners, table overlooking the lake as requested in the reservation, not rushed, and at a reasonable price. Can't ask for more than that.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a taste improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Taste of food was improving bit by bit since the opening, and finally when I dined on 5/20/14, salmon & mussel. wow....... surprise. Finally food tastes as good as the view. My guest had steak with french fries. It was good, though I prefer thicker fries than the skinny ones you served. I went back with other friends on the same day for the happy hour and had house red wine $6 with no expectation, but it was a good fruity wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinning on the water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Beutiful spacious place , some dishes are excellent , others just ok .Service is adequte . views aregreat
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate