The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel
The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theterraceroom.com/
  • Phone: (510) 903-3771
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

    HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm

    DINNER: Monday - Wednesday: 5PM - 8PM;
    Thursday & Friday: 5PM - 9:30PM

    BRUNCH: Saturday: 10 am - 1:30 pm
    Sunday: 10AM - 2:30 pm
    (Reservations are highly recommended!)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music every Thursday and Friday. Never a cover charge! Enjoy a great meal, great music and dance the night away!

    Join us in the lobby as Vivian Perry serenades you while you sip on one of our specialty cocktails.

    Many more live music acts to come! Check the calendar on our website.
  • Special Events: Live music every Thursday and Friday night. No cover charge!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th
  • Public Transit: We are within walking distance of the Lake Merritt and 19th St bart stations.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Coming Soon!
A word from The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel
We are Oakland's most romantic and beautiful lake front restaurant, set in a 1920s art deco supper club with panoramic view of Lake Merritt. Come enjoy your choice of fresh fish, juicy meats, fresh and local vegetables and our delicious cocktails!

With Happy Hour Mon-Thurs, 5 pm - 10 pm, you can enjoy 2 for 1 wines by the glass and $5 well drinks. Then head into our dining room for a delicious meal.

On the weekends, come enjoy brunch featuring our Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.3
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (32)great for brunch (20)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (17)good for groups (17)special occasion (15)great for lunch (13)hot spot (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • It's just fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Whatever you ask, the answer is "just fine". Other than the lovely view, nothing out of the ordinary. Everything was just fine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different Menu
    Dancer
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Not the usual menu when the live band is there. Smaller portions & higher prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We found "Chops" very enjoyable for my husband and I and for my 89 year old Dad and his date. The view of Lake Merritt is great and the food delicious. We all appreciated our filet mignon and salads, wine and amaretto sours. This was our second visit and was as gratifying as the first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but needs updating
    Jimmy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Very nice and knowledgeable wait staff. The place Just needs some money invested in updating the decor
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the worst brunch meals ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The view was nice, but service was spotty and inattentive. My dish of chilaquiles was awful. The eggs were overcooked, hard and the rest of the dish was a mess with crazy big chunks of chicken and heavy sauce. The only saving grace was the waffle, which was shared at the table. There was a jazz band playing, which was quite loud and my friends and I had to shout at each other across the table. Even after voicing our concern to the server, nothing really changed. In fact, the music got louder. I will never be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly Poor
    Quill
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I have lived in the area for over 70 years. This was the first (and last) time I have been to this restaurant. In its heyday, it may have been a fine restaurant...but it is not so today. The view is outstanding, the food was terrible. The shrimp in the cocktail tasted old; the Caesar salad was sparse and had very little flavor. Steak was acceptable but nothing to write home about
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food lacked flavor
    Lucy7083VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I ordered the salmon with pasta and while the fish was perfectly grilled the rest of the dish lacked seasoning. My friend ordered meatloaf and it was very dry and lacked seasoning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic Views with Historic Vibes
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This restaurant is great to bring the whole family to! A historical Oakland gem with fabulous views of Lake Merritt! Service is always wonderful and the food too! Thank you for being vegetarian friendly as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely venue for a romantic dinner
    NJBill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Terrace Room has a very lovely view of Lake Merritt, enhanced by the full moon. For Valentine's Day they had a nice jazz band playing oldies but goodies. The dinner special(s) were good, but nothing to write home about, and the servers seemed to be a bit overworked, although pleasant and friendly. I'd go back there again on a less crowded night to sample their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    elmach
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I decided to go come here for the hallmark holiday last minute. We arrived a little late but they still honored our reservation. Our server, Christo, was great. With the restaurant being so busy he was still able to provide us with great service. The food on the Valentine's Day menu was ok. Nothing great, but not bad either. I would like to come back to try their regular menu. Oh, they also had a live band playing which was pretty cool. The view from our window seat was really nice as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mighty scrumptious, very pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    mighty scrumptious, very pleasant space. made a spectacular 1st impression of Oakland for my folks visiting from afar. definitely a more white-haired crowd, but that don't mean it ain't a proper spot: it sho nuff is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch Find in Oakland
    DeuxCentsVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I've lived all over the Bay Area for most of my adult life. My friends and I are in the habit of going to one historic hotel in Oakland if we wanted a great view and brunch in Oakland. After going to the Terrace Room this past Sunday, I may not return to the other hotel, or at least not as often. The room is charming and comfortable; the lake view is calming and beautiful; the wait staff are attentive, patient, and knowledgeable; the music is perfectly selected and played for a lazy Sunday afternoon; the menu is diverse and interesting with something for everyone; and the food is tasty and filling. It was simply a glorious experience. More information about the parking situation would be helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch with a view
    firsttime
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    I thought the menu I had was mediocre for a fancy looking restaurant, and the price was a bit high.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Expierence
    csdstyleVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I have been to the Terrace Room many times and brought out of town friends here before because it is a great location with great views. However my most recent experience was extremely disappointing to say the least. Cold food, incorrect orders, time spent waiting for our food....in the end we left hungry and had to have our entire bill comped for the inconvenience. It is unfortunate because this was my go to spot for brunch. I doubt after this experience I will likely not be returning to the restaurant even after years of faithful patronage.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great place
    Prodo1
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We really like this place. I think it is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The service has always been very good. The wait staff go out of their way to take good care of their customers The food is decent I had the steak & fries for dinner - the steak was a little thinner than I expected but it was flavorful. The place has lovely view of the lake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Terrace Room
    Kate
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    View and ambiance was very nice. Good place for a meeting. Food good, not fabulous, but pricing good. Service was terrible. Had to get up from the table several times to find the waitress to take our drink order, our food order, to get a drink refill, to order coffee, to get check. When we complained to the manager got "Sorry, we are busy today." They weren't...tables empty. Took over 2 hours for lunch and we ordered only one course.
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  • We were fairly disappointed
    ShaunaVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We were fairly disappointed with our brunch. We have had brunch here before and it was great, but this time it was off. We were hoping to show our SF friends a great Oakland experience and this fell short. No butter with the grits and they were fairly tasteless, the home fried potatoes were overcooked and also tasteless, and the Classic Joe had just a piece or two of spinach and was also bland. Chintzy butter on the English muffin. I was afraid to ask our friends how theirs was, they didn't seem to enjoy their meals and we were too embarrassed by our choice of restaurant. We may come back to enjoy the view and hope this was just one bad experience, but won't bring friends back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This was my third time brunching at the Terrace Room, after first being introduced to the place as the location of a friend's wedding reception. The location by the Lake and view of the Lake are perfect, and although they have a small menu, they had something for everyone (hearty, meaty options, vegan options, and sweet and savory brunch items). Everyone in my party really liked their food. There were also a pianist and standing bassist playing jazz in the background. I'll definitely go for brunch again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Too expensive for what you get. The view was great, but not enough to justify the price of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for 2 at the Thanksgiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Dinner for 2 at the Thanksgiving Day buffet came out to 124 dollars. The food was mediocre at best. Should have gone to Lake Chalet a few blocks over instead.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thanksgiving buffet
    alameda
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Food was okay. Roast beef was good. Some of the other side dishes were too dry. Live band was nice, not too noisy. Mainly seniors eating at the restaurant. Felt a little out of place with our 5 year old. We were probably the youngest family there for dinner. Waitress seemed friendly but did not return our credit card and we left without realizing it! We left 2 messages about our missing card but no one bothered to call us back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Went here for thanksgiving and loved it. Live jazz band was great, the view was amazing and the food was tasty. Friendly staff too. I'd love to come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Thanksgiving day
    Bill
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Today, Thanksgiving, I came the Terrace Room for the first time. I was impressed by the staff's professionalism and the extra effort in hospitality The food was good. Even though they automatically add 15% gratuity to your bill, I tacked on another 5% because of the exceptional service. The only reason I did not give this restaurant five stars is because I thought the food overpriced. Their web site lists meals as $30 or less. My bill came out to a total of $69, including one drink. It's a good thing I came with an empty stomach because I pigged out on second servings and desserts.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No doggy bag for paying customer
    TAXESGAL
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I realize that restaurants serving buffets don't want you to have a doggy bag as it encourages you to pile on the food, however, I went back for a taste of the salmon and more of the wonderful steamed vegetables including brussel sprouts. I must have taken a 2 ounce portion of salmon (I cut it in half with the spatula before putting it on my plate) and two tables spoons of vegetables. Being a Weight Watcher, I realized my eyes were bigger than my stomach after one bite of salmon. (My first plate was average 2 oz beef, 2 oz turkey My waiter brought box to a couple at the table next to us. I asked for a box I was refused. I was told they were resident. Hotel was not serving supper. I hated to see my food thrown away, yet I was denied a box.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrace Room
    profman
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Fantastic views, fantastic staff all around, food just OK.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the atmosphere!
    InternationalFoodie1VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Terrace Room has great environmental qualities. The room os all glass and has a stupendous view of the Lake and passing scene. Its very light and open. There was a man playing the piano and singing old 50's tunes by people like Nat King Cole. The Music was beautiful. The price for lunch including 2 strong cocktails was super reasonable. We had burgers, which were tasty, But the reason to go to The Terrace Room is for the atmosphere. I was told that Friday nights there is live jazz and dancing. I will go back again and again. Remember the food is okay, really good enough, but the room and music is the star of the show.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique in Oakland
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Once a nightclub, now a slightly faded but still classy dining room for the residence hotel, Terrace Room has a revamped kitchen that is doing some outstanding meat dishes. Food is not fancy in concept, but neither is it fashionably scant. The salads lightly dressed (yes!); the lamb tenderloin, flatiron steak, and pork cutlet were nicely handled. Note that kitchen tends towards the more well-done side; I specified "rare side of medium-rare" and it came a perfect MR, whereas spouse's "medium-rare" came to the more done side. It's a good, modestly priced meal with fine grilled meats and properly dressed salads; plus a great view and classy old surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunches not interesting
    overthehill
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    I will be happy to give a review. I had checked the luncheon menu ahead of time. That menu did not appeal to me. It is OK if you want a salad for lunch. OK if you like burgers. I saw nothing that appealed to me. I took my two guests there because the dining room is pleasant, the view is great, and it was a short walk for me. The cream of mushroom soup was very tasty, but high on calories. I will return for brunch sometime, but not for lunch until there are more interesting items on the menu. a guest on Oct. 17. 2013
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Shared dining
    Opinionated
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Unbeknownst to us, the Terrace Room is also the dining room for the seniors living in the hotel, not a retirement facility. That was a pleasure, not detraction. The servers and hosts were all the more kind and friendly. The food was NOT institutional in any way--the salads were fresh and well-constructed, the fish and chips crisp and not greasy, the pasta tossed with a tasty melange of vegetables and peaches. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy spot for dinner or brunch
    LakeguyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I love the old school feeling, the Art Deco, it's very lovely. The views of the lake are superb. Food is very tasty and chef is creative. I never get bored of the flavors. Service is very friendly though it can be painfully slow at times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Saturday afternoon
    Joanna
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Received the table I had specifically requested (1/1) and was pleased to see Vince as my waiter. The service was much improved from my last visit and the noise level was conducive to having a conversation with my companion, without having to shout. I will continue to come to The Terrace Room for another brunch and possibly an evening venue, as you now offer jazz!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    nwiggins03VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We chose The Terrace Room for our day of wedding brunch with the groom and his groomsmen. They gave us a great table, had excellent service, and got us in and out in a great time as we had to stick to a tight schedule. the food was excellent. I had the Red Crab Scramble and many had the steak and eggs. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic spot
    BallroomSuperDancers
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We really enjoyed the Terrace Room. Food was delicious, room and view were great, band (CHOPS Big Band) was high energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view & decent food
    Prodo1
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    This was our second visit to this restaurant and we really like the place. The view of the lake is unobstructed the setting is very nice & the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch by The Lake
    BenthereB4VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The Terrace Room formerly of the Lake Merritt Hotel is a lovely room with a great view of Lake Merritt. Parking is a definitive issue as street parking is all that is available. The menu is eclectic and the selections are very good and the portions are good size. My lunch guest and I split an Ahi salad that was more than enough for each of us and very tasty. The dressing was especially nice. the Chicken Vegetable puree and Tomato Bisque soups were delicious. It was nice to be served a soup that was not clam chowder on a Friday afternoon. Neither of us had wine as my guest was working and I was driving. The coffee was very good and the service friendly, prompt and, courteous. The hostess was very congenial and efficient..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet up with
    Tefree
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Great place to meet up with friends for Sunday brunch. Bottomless mimosas and/or Bloody Mary's is a plus, view of Lake Merritt and nice ambience. Everyone liked their food they ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable brunch venue
    Eatswell
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    This was a birthday celebration for group of 5. Enjoyed the unique twists on brunch fare, great service-pleasant, attentive. No rushing you out the door. View of the lake is gorgeous. Quiet, pleasant experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderfully Magical
    Mkey
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    I have been going to the Terrace Room since I discovered it over five years ago. It is a lovely dining experience from the menu, to the excellent service and the view of Lake Merritt. I feel as I have gone back in time, not only because the Terrace Room in the Lake Merritt Hotel dates back to the 1920s, but also because of the dining experience. I would rate it five stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We are getting married at the Terrace Room on August 17th and went for a final taste of the menu, to really get a sense of what it was like to enjoy a meal there. It was as expected -- beautiful views of Lake Merritt, great, welcoming service, and excellent food by Chef Neil. The salmon and the pork loin were what we had Friday night, and they were excellent. The salmon was perfectly done, with a vermouth garlic butter that enhances the flavor without being overpowering. The pork loin is extremely flavorful with its fruit-based topping. We already knew we loved the mushroom ravioli from a previous visit. Can't wait for the wedding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is lacking. It's slow
    Maya
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Service is lacking. It's slow and you often have to ask the server for things like water refils, bread, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate