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

The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelakechalet.com
  • Phone: (510) 208-5253
  • 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: Californian, Seafood, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.

Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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 ...""
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Lovely setting and plant. Food is fine, a little pricey for lunch, but nice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "On a sunny day, great to sit out on the expansive dock.. Service is good. Food is good. Alway enjoy a meal there."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "but once again the service disappoints. I often get second looks when walking down the street, but I always feel invisible in this restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "On a gorgeous day in the Bay you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The patio is beautiful and the food is delicious."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The salted chocolate pot de crème is outstanding! I've now ordered it three times and I look forward to the next time."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014