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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
  • "To celebrate an older cousin's birthday, we first took a gondola ride on Lake Merritt and after docking, enjoyed brunch on the deck (pier). It was a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon. Between us all, we tried the eggs Benedict, fish and chips and the chicken sandwich. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we shared a couple of desserts. The birthday boy received a free one complete with candle! It was a lovely afternoon made complete by the great ambiance outdoors, the good food and fine service."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Thewaiter was very helpful, food mediocre. I paid 1.50 for two tiny pieces of avocado. Dessert good but not exceptional. In general, good but overpriced. The waiter at the bar was very accomodating in giving us change for large bills."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We had dined at this restaurant with business clients many times. We always enjoyed the experience until 8/27/2014. The food was of its usual standard, not excellent but not bad. However, we had never encountered such bad service- not entirely the server's fault. It appeared that there was only one server on duty at day, for a table of 20+ guests, our table of 6, plus regular diners. We must have waited for at least 20 minutes, could be longer but I stopped checking my watch after a while, before our server showed up! That was after we signaled to who appeared to be the manager. The service was way too slow. There is slow but this was REALLY slow to be unacceptable!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The menu offered a wide variety of seafood, to include a locally sourced fish of the day. The wine and beer list was enough to accommodate any palate. The stunning view of Lake Merritt provided the perfect garnish for the evening."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Our group of 4 had a fantastic leisurely lunch outside on the dock overlooking Lake Merritt at Lake Chalet. It was a Tuesday afternoon and not crowded, a beautiful sunny day. Food was great all around, we had the fish tacos (yummy), the fish of the day (salmon), fish and chips, and a steak. All were delicious. The portions are generous but not too much food, and the fish comes with salsa and yummy sauce. Can't go wrong here. Took some time for our check to come but service was attentive and friendly. We will be back for the brunch."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We had brunch outside and really enjoyed ourselves. The Crab Cake Benedict was great and the service was really attentive. Justin was a gem. Outside of the plastic glassware (a necessary evil of being by the lake I suppose) it was a really nice experience."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Meet a friend I had not seen in a while. It was a perfect place to catch up and enjoy the scenery."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This was my second visit for dinner - this time with guests. Generally, the Lake Chalet is working: ambiance, view, large rooms; solid foodie-menu; full bar and respectable wine list. What hasn't come together based on these visits is execution of service. The wait staff appears to be fully in tune with diners addressing the menu and wine list thoughtfully to plan out the meal and that's where it gets left. Courses do not come up with proper timing; drink requests have to be repeated; attention after order placed lags. Not sure if it's a staff training or staff turnover issue. Will return for a third visit and hopefully all of this will be better."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "It took 20minutes from sitting down until water and bread arrived at our table despite asking for it. It seems like this place is really badly run with 3 or 4 servers constantly gathered around the bar area chatting together and not paying attention on what is happening on the floor. After food arrived nobody came to check or ask if we needed another drink. I had to wave to get their attention to order another drink and that took 10mins to arrive. I also ended up walking up to the server with the check as no one was coming to get it. Servers were pleasant and accommodating but not at all attentive or interested in working it seemed. Great location, OK food, terrible service. I wont be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "When the weather is lovely the outdoor tables are excellent."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Have been here 3 times. Consistently good service, menu accommodates varied tastes. Good for well-behaved children, not not little kids. Views are lovely. Wine list is not overpriced. Fresh local fish is great. Only negative is that daily specials are a la carte and they don't mention that. Need to order rice/pasta/etc separately. Fish and chips was excellent for my teenage son. Brunch is great but too crowded."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Lake Chalet was a great place to eat with the boss and co workers for lunch. The food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. It was also a plus that the weather was just right. The only thing we could complain about was they ran out of clam chowder and that was one of the things we were looking forward to."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Our server was very nice and helpful. However, took over 50 minutes for our food to arrive at the table after ordered. Prepare for a long wait."
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This was my second lunch visit to Lake Chalet, and it won't be my last. The indoor dining room is open and spacious, with an excellent view of the lake. Seating is also available outside on a large deck with umbrellas for the sun. The food was very good (I had pasta carbonara and my companion had the whole fish special), and there was a nice selection of wine by the bottle or glass. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We lingered for quite some time over cappuccino, and never felt pressured to give up our table. Lake Chalet has easy BART access (I came from the City to dine here), and is close to both the Museum and Chinatown, making it a great place for lunch and/or dinner on a day trip to Oakland. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Very attentive restaurant staff --- everyone from the front desk, support table service staff, and waiter. Friend and I mentioned that it's for her birthday. After dinner while looking that the dessert menu, Kevin, the waiter, surprised us with a dangerously yummy chocolate granache cake with candle. The two guys who handled valet parking were friendly and directed me to the public parking lot for Lake Chalet. View is very pretty before sunset. My dinner order of pan fried halibut was a bit overcooked."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Horrible service. They told us they ran out of bread. They never talked water or asked how the meal was. We told them there were 3 birthdays but when they brought dessert there were no candles. The waitress came to table holding the dessert and asked " who ordered the deviled eggs? " we didn't know what to say. I won't be returning and won't recommend this restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The view was just lovely, food excellent and the service outstanding. Definitely my new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Best scallops and roasted chicken I've ever had! Highly recommend these dishes!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We took out-of-state friends and they were impressed. The large seafood appetizer plate was excellent."
    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...."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Wonderful special salad. Rib starter was dry and overcooled. View wonderful"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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
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