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: (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: 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (168)great for outdoor dining (126)special occasion (113)good for groups (91)great for lunch (90)neighborhood gem (83)romantic (81)great for brunch (68)fit for foodies (52)vibrant bar scene (34)hot spot (29)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (16)notable wine list (16)Show More
  • always a great place
    Clinton
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I did not like the sea food linguine. Salmon in the pasta was bad though. Everything else was ok
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, professional service & lovely views!
    EastBayTom
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We arrived at 3:30 PM on a Friday for a late lunch. * Definitely recommend the valet service for it is only six dollars and keep your's car safe. Started off with a few Pinot Noirs & the service was awesome. We had butternut squash soup, kale salad and the seafood fettuccine and all or decadent healthy and impeccable. The staff was attentive humorous and professional. We ended it off with a nice dessert wine that the server recommended and it was a nice cap to the meal. The host even volunteered to take our picture along the water. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food on the Lake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Windows on three walls provide a panoramic view of Oakland's Lake Merritt and her surrounding sights. It is very special to sit here at this revived historic restaurant. Had a great business luncheon. We split an entree, and a server brought it to us already split on two plates. The food came quickly. Our serving person was very attentive and friendly. Food was very tasty. I enjoyed the Caesar salad and the grilled salmon in a wonderful light sauce over shredded Brussels sprouts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisit experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    It was my second visit to try out, and it is a good atmosphere by the lake at night with shimering lights reflected on the water. The Condola roast beef was great and the wine was also good. Four of us dined and they haven't eat there and enjoyed a good food and the service. They only thing was special treat for a birthday was missing. it would have been a perfect choice of place to celebrate special occasions had they offered a little something to make a special day even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for any occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I have been here several times now, each time has been great. The food is excellent the service friendly and prompt. Its a nicer restaurant with a casual atmosphere. Perfect for a birthday dinner with friends to a romantic date. We had excellent service. The food was tasty as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    AllysonVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I ordered poached eggs and received hard boiled eggs. I asked the busboy to return the eggs to the kitchen. In a few moments, a woman, who was not our server, delivered three new eggs to me that were so under cooked that I couldn't eat them. Our server removed the dish from our bill but the point was we went there to have a nice brunch. My husband's eggs were poached perfectly so clearly they knew how to poach an egg.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Lake Chalet
    Loves2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I met a friend for lunch on a surprisingly warm November day. We dined outside overlooking the lake. It was lovely. We both had salmon which was quite good. We felt as if we were on vacation. I plan to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and location!
    Theresa
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great and friendly service and the food-- always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DrJackVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Right on Lake Merritt, the ambiance in the evening is almost magical: mysterious crews practicing on the water and appearing and disappearing in the dark; a ring of lights rimming the lake with shimmering reflections. The service was excellent. The food was OK.but not outstanding. The setting made up for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sheri
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    On a nice day, it is wonderful to sit on the deck. We had shrimp salads which were quite good, but it would have been nice, if we were offered bread. The waiter could have been more attentive. My complaint, however it might be small, is when adding the price of parking to the bill, there is additional tax as well as expected tip. The parking attendant is also tipped. I don't think parking should be taxed nor added to the expected amount for tip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FlalmencaG1
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The beautiful view of the lake is great! The Hostess was cheerful and upbeat and the server was attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love the Lake Chalet. It's a regular favorite with good food, great service, and reasonable prices. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent place to view the Lake
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I was very pleasantly surprised at how lovely this restaurant is right in the middle of Oakland. Wonderful food & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2lilpiglets
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The reviews for Lake Chalet has always been only luke warm and has been going on for a while - it's such a shame for such a beautiful place - management has never taken time to correct this to make this place a better dining experience for their customers. My evening at Lake Chalet was very nice because we had a great waiter. I love how he greeted all his customers beautiful people and was extremely pleasant to work with. Prime rib was good and a great deal. Oysters were also good. Sat by the windows and had a great view. All in all, I did have a great nite here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location is the Draw
    foodluverVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great location, with outdoor seating on the lake. As a restuarant - very unremarkable. On a very quiet night, with many empty tables, the host seemed unclear about where he would seat us, and kept us waiting 10 minutes in the bar while he went back and forth to the dining area. Menu is standard stuff, and food execution mediocre - caesar salad is just greens with too much dressing; flounder entree was too sweet; salmon was quite good. Cocktails were a bit cloying. Service OK but nothing special. Overall, come here for the view - and we've been told that Taco Tuesdays are fun - but as a food event, I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JunebugVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Innovative and delicious cuisine in a fabulous setting
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Lake Chalet
    Jack
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The weather was perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch outside at Lake Chalet. The menu offers a good variety of typical American brunch entrees and the mimosas are an excellent companion. Service is attentive and personable. Valet parking makes it easy getting in and out. We'll be going again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    Patron
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very unfamiliar with Oakland restaurants, but wanted a nice place for a birthday dinner. The selection of The Lake Chalet was influenced first by their large selection of oysters, a favorite of the guest of honor. Second, the location was important, as was the available valet parking in this area short on street parking. The food selections, with lots of fish choices, was the deciding factor. The four of us had three different selections. Two chose the daily special, a locally sourced petroleum sole. The fish was well prepared and deboned table side. One had the pan-roasted salmon, which was a hit. The final dish was seared sea scallops, which were done perfectly. Would definitely return to try other elements of their menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the mark....
    Bobo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    There is just something missing with this place. From the delay in seating us with reservations (we appeared to be the only one's waiting). To the delivery of less than hot food and their attempts to correct it only made things worse. Staff seemed professional and attentive but the little things just kept adding up. Unfortunately it becomes one of those places where you shrug your shoulders and say "well we tried it and there's really no need to try it again."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was okay, reservation trouble
    skeetra
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brought my out of town guests here for a nice view of Oakland. The food was pretty good but they seemed not to really acknowledge we had a reservation when we walked in. It was a little confusing but sounded like OpenTable reservations might not be as honored as phone reservations because people are more flaky, or maybe the fact that we'd made a same day reservation made us second class. Not totally clear, but it was an embarrassing start to the evening, and sad for our out of town guests who didn't get to enjoy a view. We got shunted to a back table and seemed to be overlooked by servers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great setting
    pantera
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great setting especially if you can get a table outdoors, but even indoors has very nice feeling of being on the water. The food was edible, but nothing more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great views top food
    UCity63
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    All of the service staff were very friendly, welcoming, and attentive. The view overlooking Lake Merritt was outstanding. Wish the food would be as good! Cocktail was weak, and Arnold Palmer was way too sweet. Fish of the day, whole sole, was delicious, fresh, tender, in a tasty tomato sauce with clams. Kitchen did not accede to my request to substitute green veg for potatoes, but food was so slow coming out that we did not have time to get the order corrected. My companion had an extremely lackluster and disappointing Seafood Louie, which was extremely overpriced as an entree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mellow Lunch on the Dock
    UrbaneVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our Lunch on a warm sunny Friday in September was serene and mellow. The food was excellent quality but the skimpy portion was overpriced. You're paying for the ambience which is fine unless you're hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • N/A
    None
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Please refer to my private comments below for my review. I do not want to post a review online. I find it a bit annoying that I have to complete this portion in order to be able to submit my private comments.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was on spot
    Coloradocruisers101
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We had lunch here 9/2014 and had a great meal. But, the service was really bar none. Over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A+3B=Fun
    Architect
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We celebrated my parents' anniversary and 3 birthdays Sunday over brunch and lunch. The corned beef hash with 2 poached eggs was small, but filling. The bananas Foster French toast and fish and chips looked huge. A complimentary birthday dessert followed. The BBQ rib appetizer was a practically meal for one. The good food pleasant service and a cozy room are usually.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please do better!
    eatitall
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been to the Lake Chalet several times, so I know they can do better. The service was abysmally slow. The begniets were comped, since it took them more than half an hour to get to the table, arriving after the meal. Asked for extra crispy bacon; the bacon that was served was limp. We asked for it to be replaced, and it was, with bacon that was extra greasy right from the grill, and totally flacid - no crunch at all. Lemon ricotta pancakes were off; gummy and no lemon taste in evidence. The Bendict was good, and the Mimosas delicious as usual. I love the upstairs dining room, and want to be excited to come back. I will be back, but if next time is like last time, sadly it might be the last time. I know you can do better, I've seen it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Bobh
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The restaurant is on Lake Merritt and we went at night. There are lights around the lake that reflected on the water and since we had a window seat, the view was amazing. The food is very good, although not cheap and everything is a la carte. We had good service and the room was very spacious and quiet. There is a large outdoor seating area on a pier that extends into the water which would be great on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 star
    Ro917
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    i like the place, its just our table where we seat. make sure you request a table when you reserve, because we had a bad table. but my food is GREAT!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent service
    ServiceFreak1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm a periodic customer. Usually great food and service. This time, service on deck not so great. Eg, served soup w/o spoons; took a while to get spoons, thus chowder wasn't hot by time we could eat it. Ordered coffee after lunch which came in to-go cups w lids!!! Was this a not so subtle message to leave? And coffee was so old and bitter, couldn't drink it. This was first time the dining experience was disappointing so mabe just an off day at the chalet?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    chick
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great place for dining out sat right on top of lake merritt parking is difficult
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    SueJ
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Brought 2 couples for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time. The food & service were excellent. My husband & I have been her several times. Our friends will now be coming back also. We took lots of pics outside to remember this celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We sat outside--beautiful
    KimF
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Large group, good service, excellent food. It was a beautiful day, water-side dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to chill in Oakland
    grtplace2chill
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The chopped salad was great and my friends enjoyed the French toast and Crab dish. Nice breeze that day with lots of energy all around. Highly recommended for a weekend get-together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular location, Good food
    travlinbrit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sitting right on Lake Merritt, next to the Gondolas and sculling clubs, this venue is a great spot to relax on a warm evening and watch the grebes, divers and other water fowl right off the deck. Decent food at a reasonable price. Good beer on draft.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant on the lake.
    Risa
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We highly recommend Lake Chalet. We have eaten on the dock for lunch and the food, weather and view were perfect. I can always get a great vegetarian option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of Lake Merritt
    jw424
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    View is awesome since it is right by the lake. Their dining room on second floor is quiet and romantic; the bar on first floor is more causal and vibrant. Food is not bad, but our scallops were simply too salty. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • noise level with kids too high
    wynanddine
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife's birthday. Almost perfect. Too many loud kids for a romantic evening. drinks were great. Food delicious. You can't go wrong with the location and view. making reservations is a cinch online. This is a gem restaurant. Wait till you get a view of the inside. Thumbs up for this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Oakland restaurant
    suns
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Even though I live in Auburn, I like to stop at Lake Chalet on my way home from visiting Santa Clara (South Bay) & it's a convenient place to meet my son. We usually have either Brunch or Lunch. The view, food & service are excellent. We've tried other restaurants in the area but always come back to Lake Chalet. I appreciate the valet parking & it's convenient to the freeway. I never hesitate to recommended this restaurant to my friends since it consistently lives up to my high standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, poor service
    JoeyD
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was very good but service was poor. Unfortunately a large wedding party took precedence over our party of 3. Getting drinks and an order in took forever. Been better in the past. Wasn't that crowded inside otherwise. Maybe cutting back on servers?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.