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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
  • Email: info@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.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lake Chalet has two private dining rooms. The Gondola Room can seat 120 people and more for a standing reception. With a private kitchen and bar the Gondola Room is perfect for larger events and receptions and features 180 degree views of Lake Merritt. The Executive Dining Room seats 30 and is great for meetings, family gatherings and other smaller events. The Executive Dining Room features a fireplace, a big-screen TV and views of Lake Merritt Park. Larger events can be arranged to take advantage of our Dock and other dining rooms and outdoor areas.
  • Private Party Contact: Lara Truppelli (510) 653-8282 x7010
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Dining at Lake Chalet for the first time proved to be a very enjoyable experience. My daughter and I went there for Sunday Brunch. The food was delicious, the view and ambience were great and the prices were very reasonable. Though our waiter seemed to somewhat new at his job, he was very friendly, professional and attentive. Only one little problem, my coffee was not hot, but they quickly remedied that when I brought it to their attention. I definitely will go again for other meals and recommend this place to my friends. I really appreciated the valet parking!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is my favorite spot for good views, well prepared food, and attentive service. On a sunny Sunday morning for breakfast with friends it is especially great. Usually quiet enough for conversation during the day time meals. If you love Oakland, the Lake and good food I recommend Lake Chalet."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This restaurant has a lovely view and nice ambiance....and I should stop there. This was my second time and will definitely be my last, unfortunately. Our service was so bad that by the end of the evening two managers were involved. Our cocktails arrived (after about a 15 minute wait) sporadically and incorrectly. The appetizers required another long wait and were lukewarm. We were lacking one napkin and, after asking and waiting, got up and got one ourselves. Other issues kept arising without any satisfaction, too many to count. This restaurant will survive in spite of the poor service because of the location. However, with so many amazing restaurants in Oakland we're fortunate to have the choice to go elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our dining experience at Lake Chalet was wonderful. We picked a perfect day--we enjoyed sitting outside, the food was delicious, and the service couldn't be better."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Sitting on a dock on Lake Merritt at Lake Chalet is one of the best ways to experience brunch. Crew teams practice around you and glide across the water. The sun is out. The birds are flying or floating nearby. The food is California fresh: salads that seem to come from the nearby farmer's markets, ricotta pancakes that are fluffy and light, beverages that are thirst quenching or invigorating. Coffee that is strong. One might forget the crime in Oakland at this restaurant's piece of paradise."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and the ambience was lots of fun. However, it took us almost two and a half hours to have a main course and a quick coffee and we are not slow eaters. Our main courses took over an hour to arrive after we had ordered. We had to cancel the desserts we had ordered as we had a concert to make. This was an early Sunday evening and the place was not full - can't imagine what it must be like on a busy Saturday night. Our server would disappear for great lengths of time."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were there for lunch after the Oakland Police Department's graduation. As an OPD employee with friends who graduated, we were extremely pleased with the table we got with the wonderful view. The food was delicious and the wait staff was great. The only small improvement could've been with the initial seating. We had reservations, we were on time and still had to wait 15mins to be seated. Other than that the lucnh was delicious and the experience was pleasant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It had been years since we'd eaten at the Lake Chalet. The last time it was just okay. The menu was unremarkable. Crab cakes, potato skins and the like. But on this last trip? Oh, Man! I had the best filet minion I'd ever had. My fiancé had a whole sole that was on the specials list, that was also amazing. The sides we ordered, grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes, were also outstanding. The mashed potatoes were very smooth and buttery. And the asparagus was perfectly cooked. For dessert we ordered the apple croustade which was very good. However, the lemon pudding cake we ordered was also one of the best desserts I've ever tasted This place has quietly transformed into one of the best restaurants in the East Bay."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I took two colleagues out for a birthday lunch... the food was outstanding, as usual! Although I have dined here previously, they had not. They both affirmed that they will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This place was recommended by a friend. The food is very good. The service is great. The view from the edge of Lake Merritt is quite nice. The waiter was excited about new items on the menu and truly seemed to care about our dining experience; he was very patient during our indecisive moments and helpful with choices. Our bread basket and water were kept full; used dishes were removed promptly. The fresh oyster selection includes several types from both coasts. We enjoyed an elegant, well-prepared meal in a classy setting."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have dined here many time and always enjoyed and had a memorable great time. When you first opened your prices were too expensive and the portions too small. Now the menu items are served in ample portions the food is very delicious and affordable. I've enjoyed every dish."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My wife and I visited the restaurant the first time before a warriors Sunday game. Loved the location on the lake. Had no idea the space opened up to a HD view of the Lake in its backyard. The service was terrific. Attentive, accommodating and nice. We had the calamari, lightly breaded, fried to perfection. I had a dozen of the oysters and my wife chose their signature burger with parmesan fries. Both dishes were well received. Great happy hour. Drinks were very tasty. Overall, a wonderful experience for no expectations in the beginning. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Waiter was really inattentive and took very long for simple things. Waited 20 minutes to get our drink order. Food was worse. And they weren't busy at all. We parked our own car in valet and still had to pay. Food wasn't that good. It would be good for having a glass of wine on the dock and that's about it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I am not a cranky reviewer, this was just an awful restaurant experience! Imagine a seafood restaurant that is not only out of the fish special, but also all the fish on the menu, and in fact ALL THE ENTREES on the menu except a pasta. It was not until after our appetizers arrived and were devoured (followed by drinks, followed by some bread - unusual sequence, but forgivable) that the manager arrived to announce that they were terribly sorry for the unusual situation but they were out of basically everything. Shortly after, he rushed back to say they'd "found some salmon" from the fish supplier - not very encouraging! Charming ambiance, views, and staff could not make up for the lack of FOOD, and we left for a nearby hamburger spot."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The atmosphere is energetic, service was slow on our visit. Part of our meal was forgotten then delivered after finishing our entree. The entrees are good portions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Valet parking was a nightmare. There was only one valet and he couldn't handle the traffic coming and going. We waited 25 minutes for him to bring our car. In the rain. Not acceptable. Friends from out of town were disappointed. There are better restaurants with great food for less money and easy parking. Love the view of the lake but you pay for it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We arrived at Lake Chalet early (15 minutes) and was told that my name was not on their reservation list. I showed the hostess confirmation of my reservation. The hostess noted that this has happened several times before (I would wonder why they have not corrected it). The hostess said they would seat us, but it took another 20 minutes to find us a table (she was on the computer for quote awhile). During the whole process there was no remorse or apology. I got the impression that it was Open Table's fault. Fortunately the meal was worth it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Staff was so kind and so attentive without being overbearing. We really enjoyed ourselves. The cooking was good, it's just that the menu is pretty basic."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love the openness of Lake Chalet and watching the sunset and the lights come on around Lake Merritt. On Sunday evening, we sat and watched the moon rise as we ate dinner. There's nothing I don't like about Lake Chalet. Even if it's really busy and the service is a little slow, the ambience is so pleasant that you can just relax and enjoy taking it all in. I've been there a number of times and never been disappointed. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I meet here with family and old friends, because the food and atmosphere are always very good. About 50 years ago I used to come to what was then called the boathouse which the scene of many family parties. Now I combine new and old memories in this beautiful, historic building on the Lake Merritt."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner with a lovely view of the lake. We ordered fish (2) , crab, pasta, steak and dessert. Everything was flavorful, lots of zing from citrus, peppers and other seasonings. Great beer options. The chocolate pot de creme was amazing, The only reason I did not rate the service higher is that it is paced slowly and our server had to wait a long time for our bar items. Server was otherwise helpful and attentive. We took an out of town guest and he really enjoyed the whole experience, from watching the rowers and gondoliers glide across the lake, to the necklace of lights and the moon rising, to the great food and overall happy ambience of the place. I highly recommend the Lake Chalet, just go when you can take your time."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We ordered a variety of appetizers (for sharing)... everything was simply delicious!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Actually, I'm happy to say that the food has improved in recent months at the Lake Chalet. I've been eating there for years, but I've noticed that the last two times I've been a guest, the food has been much better than in the past. Good work! Keep it going in that direction!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excitedly arrived 30 minutes early for an 8:15pm dinner reservation for 3. Did not get seated until 9:15pm. Spent $100 at the bar waiting, and another $150 for dinner. It was not worth the wait. I think all the waiting dampened our mood :-("
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have never had a bad experience here - the food is great and the service is awesome. Can't go wrong with any seafood choice - I personally love the the salmon dishes. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great lunch and/or dinning experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "One hour to get entrees and then crab was hot to touch and in a messy sauce, making a terrible job of getting the crab for my wife. Poor overall and expensive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "So, I can't tell you that there aren't occasionally mistakes, but Lake Chalet staff are ALWAYS accommodating and generous, whether there is a mistake in a plate sent from the kitchen or a last minute request by our party."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The staff is very personable from the Hostess to our waiter. The food was served promptly. My guest and I shared the Buttermilk Fried Calamari, Roasted Winter Squash Risotto & Organic mixed green salad. We were very please with the seasoning on all our dishes. Don't go to this Restaurant if you are in a hurry! I enjoyed the relaxed pace of the restaurant I didn't feel rushed or neglected!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dining experience at Lake Chalet. We have eaten there many times, and have held birthday parties there as well. Our server, Morissa, was an absolute gem! Thoughtful, attentive, kind and responsive; she was just fabulous. Our drinks and dishes were prepared exactly as we ordered, including a few idiosyncratic requests. We look forward to going back very soon."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "staff and management clearly making an effort. the convenience of this location to my office makes it a "default" location. thanks to all"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Booked a reservation here for the boyfriend's birthday dinner. It's local and I love the romantic scenic view of the lake. Service was great and we had a great time. Will try happy hour here one day."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Great place for a relaxing brunch overlooking Lake Merritt. Service was excellent. Parking was easy. Food was good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "had reasons to lunch here three days in a row, it appears someone thought I was a reviewer, hastened to assure I'm just a local customer. service for all three visits markedly improved over visit a couple of months ago, give it 5 stars...being picky the clam chowder was curdled on two visits, but everything else was wonderful. Daily special got rave reviews from my guests... quality of experience definitely worth the cost this time around.... thanks keep at it..."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I note a concerted effort to make the service work...good going. staff was attentive but not cloying, and everything was timely and appropriate."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Happy hour drinks and food was fantastic. They have special areas where you need to sit in order to take advantage of the specials so be aware before you sit down. The view is mesmerizing. Service was great. They made our 20th wedding anniversary special (too bad it rained, oh well). Definitely coming back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My only concern was my left overs were taken to the kitchen I think and boxed up out of my view and provided much later. I am not sure if anything inappropriate happened but I was not able to see. My suggestion if the customers request to keep left overs, it should be packaged in front of the customer or let the customer package up themselves. Other than that I will be eating at The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill again and again."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Have been here before, but dined outside. This time, we chose inside on a Saturday. Surprised to find it Brunch Only on Sat. Too pricey for quality of food. Eggs Benedict - eggs overcooked, not enuf sauce. Canadian bacon superb, however! Beignets for starters: very disappointing, altho hard to say why? Maybe didn't rise enuf? Two things made the experience less than great: * two tables over a party of five had finished their meals but kept drinking, and shouting. They really were extremely loud. The waitstaff seemed unprepared to find ways to rein them in. ** Overall, just too pricey."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a lovely dining experience, from the upstairs dining area with wonderful lake views to the deck dining in warm weather. The food on last visit was very nice, particularly the appetizer dishes, although the desserts are not up to the standard of the rest of the menu. A great place to bring out of town guests to show off this beautiful city and enjoy a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Probably the best meal I've had at a restaurant in a LONG time. I got the PAN-ROASTED MARY'S CHICKEN: Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Spinach, Herb Pan Sauce, had a little bite of each component it was so... Balanced. I don't mean to sound silly, like I am a master chef. The Caesar salad, I wouldn't get again, no croutons! I like the crunch when I'm eating a salad. My guy got chowder which he said was really good, even had some bit of bacon in it. For his entree he got the Salmon w the Clams. It was good, especially the clams. He wasn't a fan of the coconut rice. The service was great! Our server was very sweet & knowledgeable. The view was very pretty. Only thing, we didn't know they had a lot! If you need parking, call them!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "As soon as we walked into the restaurant (me and my girlfriend on valentines day) we noticed right away how nice the decor was. The hostess was quick to greet us. The good was great, we were waited in right away and did not have to wait long for our food. I expected longer wait for our food because of how busy it was. Overall I am very happy for picking this place and definitely would come back and also recommend this place to my friends. Great staff."
    Dined on 2/14/2014