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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
222 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (183)great for outdoor dining (151)special occasion (119)great for lunch (98)great for brunch (97)romantic (93)good for groups (86)neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (44)vibrant bar scene (42)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (23)late-night find (19)notable wine list (12)Show More
  • Best restaurant by Lake Merritt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Can't beat the setting by the lake. Food was very good as well served in casually posh ambience, making this spot ideal for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise on the lake
    BurghardtVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I actually thought this would be a tourist trap and was pleased to see it wasn't. The setting is beautiful, the room is handsome, the food was quite good and the service was terrific. I liked the valet parking but my one negative comment was the distance from the car and the stairs were a problem for my guest. It was an older person who has limited mobility and this was a hike. It actually would stop her from coming again or bringing a friend with a similar impairment. If you were allowed to drive to the front door, there would be zero complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lake Chalet
    AnchorageDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Don't visit Oakland without a stop at the Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt -- great food and fantastic views make for a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great night out service was a little absent. Waiter from other table helped out. Food is very good, fresh oysters, salmon and scallops were all very good. Nothing to win a Michelin star, but very good dinning experience. The bar specially drinks were quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rox131
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love Lake Chalet and our server was amazing but this was the second bad experience I had with an entree. My chicken was drenched in way too much gravy with odd herb flavors that just did not seem to match the dish well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The view was just lovely, food excellent and the service outstanding. Definitely my new favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was spot on!
    jesjes
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Best scallops and roasted chicken I've ever had! Highly recommend these dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent, except for French fries which arrived cold. Service was bad. Waitress, who was pleasant, was just not any good. Our reservation was for 1, so wasn't crowded. Still took almost an hour from seating till food arrived. Drinks didn't arrive for about 10 minutes. Coffee was not offered until after dessert was served, then only because we asked. We could see coffee near us, but still took about ten minutes to get and was old. Had to ask for check and wait for its arrival. Everything just took way too long.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not enough staff this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    There simply was not enough wait staff on this Monday at lunch. There was a wedding party of over 20 people, a party of 7, our party of 8, two parties of 4, and a party of 2. There appeared to be only two waiters for the entire room. Our waiter very nice when at our table, but he was spread too thin to check-in on us, and we had many unmet needs - we needed (lots) more wine, our ice tea was room temperature so we needed ice, my salad came with dressing when I asked for it on the side, had to beg for dessert menus, never got refills on coffee... the wait staff simply could not service everyone in the room. Thankfully it is a beautiful room, so you get a nice view when waiting for service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit was a good one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great service, a nice view and dinner special. Perfect for a date night. The only thing I would change is better bread for the appetizer while waiting for the main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unhappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went on Friday evening. Waited almost 40 minutes for appetizers. Never did get our entrees. Left feeling very hungry after watching the tables that came in after us get served. Have been there often for both business and pleasure, but won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place to Dine
    CLK8
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were given a gift certificate, and were looking forward to going. I read the reviews and several people where not happy. But we had a wonderful time. The food and service was excellent. I wouldn't change a thing and I would recommend it to all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food ... good service
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had a great experience at Lake Chalet. The bar and restaurant servers were very attentive and provided great service. I had their specialty of the evening, which was a Cod dinner, and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • letseat2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We took out-of-state friends and they were impressed. The large seafood appetizer plate was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely experience
    dogwoman
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was good, the service was better and the view of Oakland'd Lake Merritt was lovely...especially as the sun went down and the lake's necklace of lights came on...the lake ws quite peaceful as the gondolas went by the window....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oakland's hidden jewel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a fabulous lunch - our server was great and the food was wonderful. A perfect meal for a birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CPAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wonderful special salad. Rib starter was dry and overcooled. View wonderful
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was good, service above average, the drinks, cocktails were not good. All of us felt the drinks were below average. The price was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    foodie6
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The weather was outstanding the evening we arrived and the views were amazing. Restaurant is nicely appointed. We asked to be seated outside and we were. The service was so horrible that after our appetizers, we asked for the check and went to another restaurant. We had to ask 3 times for an item and twice for the check. It wasn't even that busy - it seemed as if our waiter couldn't be bothered with us. We actually commandeered another waiter and he was a bit more helpful. I was disappointed as it was our wedding anniversary and we were wanting a special night out. I thought of this restaurant because I had been there for lunch once last year and the food was good but service was slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so disappointing -- had to leave
    blitz56VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A lovely setting, but everything else about the Lake Chalet was a disappointment. We left after finishing our pre-dinner cocktail without ordering and went to dinner someplace else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent All Around
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service, food, ambience, all excellent. We had a 515 dinner rez followed by a 630 gondola ride. Although some of our group was late arriving, we were seated on time and ordered apps for the group. The crab cakes were great, but the roasted steamed clames were wonderful - we kept asking for more bread to soak up the leftover broth. Excellent mojitos (Havana style on request - well done) and lavender lemon drops from the full bar. The wine list is short but covers a lot of bases - they did have what IMHO is the best red blend - Phelps Insignia, and in the lush 2009 vintage. Entrees were all very well done. My halibut on a bed of pureed and chunky brentwood corn and summer beans was perfectly done. "Better crab Louis than at ..."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Delight
    just4fun
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have been here 3 times in the past 2 months for group special occasions. We dined out on the dock and the view, weather, food and service were fabulous in every way. I especially like the fantastic desert they serve (compliments of the Lake Chalet) to the birthday people. Not your run of mill scoop of ice cream with a candle but a chocolate bomb that is soooo good and big enough to share between 3-4 people! And if you have time, taking a gondola ride before your meal is a real treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely poor service
    suzanneVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The service was about the worst I've ever had anywhere. I arrived a little early with my party and was told by the hostess to go to the bar until the table was ready - there were many tables available as it was early evening, so it seemed like it was a ploy to sell drinks - very unnecessary. Then, about 10-15 minutes past my reservation time, the hostess came up and asked if we had a reservation - she told us to come back to the hostess stand and then led us back by the bar and to our table...very inefficient and unprofessional. The wait staff was inefficient-it took more than 1/2 hour to get wine and another 1/2 hour to get 3 of 4 hors d'oeurves served. Everything about the service was slow and inefficient the whole night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taco Tuesday!
    GreeneyedfoxxVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had the day off and met my mom for a late lunch. The Taco Tuesday deal is fantastic! $3 tacos, chips and margaritas for $4.50-$5.50 from 3-6. This is also their regular happy hour, so you can indulge in that as well. My mom had the mahi mahi tacos from the HH menu, $12 for 2, and she really liked them. I got the vegetarian and the chicken taco from the Taco Tuesday menu and they were delicious and filling. I also enjoyed my regular margarita. This is my third time here and the view and location is great. Regular menu pricing can get expensive, so I'm happy to find a deal here to bring me back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I enjoyed it, however...
    michelle94577
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was quickly served (Mahi Mahi Tacos) but my companions food was served too quickly delivering undercooked chicken on a salad. Seems a rookie mistake for a restaurant that has such high end offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    SFnativeFoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived at Noon on Sunday and our host sat us down we had a great waiter and great brunch food. Eggs Benedict are excellent as well as salads. Fun place to celebrate a birthday with great views of the lake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just good, and no wait
    fiftyishfoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We wanted to brunch in Oakland with our son (on a Sunday), and there are some fabulous restaurants around town for that, although few of them offer reservations. Not only does Lake Chalet take rezzies for brunch, if you get there early, you can score a deck table. Lemon Ricotta pancakes, Crab Cakes Benedict and plenty of coffee - just what we wanted. We were impressed enough to pencil in a dinner date in the future, to try the seafood. As part of the 'chalet' group (Beach Chalet in S.F.), it is a more polished establishment than the entrepreneurial (and good) restaurants popping up all over the city. So some of the urban vibe may be missing, but not having to wait 1.5 hours in line was a HUGE plus! Would brunch there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mmmm
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was better than last time I was there about a year ago and it was OK before. Noisy-----people over 60 can't hear one another!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful time on the dock
    Katy73
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a group of 6 and one dog who was welcome on the dock seating area which was surprisingly huge. High end furniture and design added to the natural beauty of lake merit and made us feel like were on vacation at a resort. The food was wonderful, my husband enjoyed the "best wings he as ever had" and the house brewed beer. The service was excellent, super friendly and attentive even bringing our dog a water bowl and biscuit. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lake Chalet Oakland
    Thankstocooksandwaiters
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We love coming here to dine, especially for brunch. The view of Lake Merritt with the expanse of sky and water dotted with boats, red umbrellas covering the wooden pier for outdoor diners, lovely dark wood casual luxe interior decor, super nice friendly waitstaff and charming Italian import/local gift shop: geez, the food doesn't even have to be good! But it is: the lemon ricotta pancakes are the best I've ever had, served with fresh berries and crisp dry bacon. Excellent coffee! I've had the crab eggs benedict and the beignets in the past and can add them to my favorites. Next time, seafood and mimosas! My only wish is for more places like this in Oakland! Great place for celebrations, largish groups as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a scenic restaurant, with the unique ability to schedule Gondala service. I made a reservation for my husbands birthday. Rather than seating us in the main dining room, we were seated in the overflow area which has no view and is near the bar. While the food was good, the delivery was choppy, with my brothers soup coming before our appetizer and drinks taking over 20 minutes! To be fair, the food itself was fairly good. At the end of the evening, we shared our disappointment with the Assistant Manager. She admitted that the restaurant had 2 weddings which created some of the issues. She took off for dessert and drinks but the evening was spoiled.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.