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: 5109033771x
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (34)great for brunch (19)special occasion (17)romantic (17)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (10)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was really surprised by this place. The menu offerings were great for brunch - we had a smattering of foods like baked quinoa, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash. We liked the bottomless mimosa offerings. This is somewhere I would take guests in town to for brunch and perhaps for dinner to see the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    mosersaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The view was beautiful! If I didn't have any plans to eat or receive decent service at this restaurant I would give it 4-Stars! Our food was never sent to the kitchen by the server. We were asked to pay for our 3 mimosas, which seemed a bit rude after not putting in our order. The half-hearted apology from the server left me pretty empty. Also, this is not a kid-friendly restaurant (which is fine).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1 of my favorite places for Brunch
    Laur811
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    great food and choice.Endless mimosa and bloody marry.great service and customer care!10 stars place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE
    831foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There is nothing I dislike about this place. Twice now (once for my bachelorette and over last weekend) this place delivers on brunch. Bottomless mimosas or bloody mary's for 16.00 you cannot go wrong! The coffee is delicious and those mini muffin and preserves they give you when you sit down are amazing. Highly recommend the biscuits and gravy for brunch.. the crab omelet is also a great option.. as is the chicken and waffle. Thus far there everything our parties have ordered have been stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Brunch
    tahoefoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed a nice saturday brunch at The Terrace Room with a friend. My only complaint is that the poached eggs on my benedict were overcooked and the bottomless mimosas were quite pricey, but I think you are paying for the location. Otherwise the view was beautiful, service was great and the little muffins w/ jam they served us while we waited for our food was a nice little touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Location, Questionable Service
    5stupidform
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Got seated at a nice table and was impressed when the water glasses w filled within a couple of minutes - I drink water and will often base my tip on how much attention was paid to the water glass. It was probably 10 or 15 minutes before someone got around to taking a drink order, which took at least another 10 minutes to arrive. More waiting before we got to order food, and then more waiting and waiting for the food to arrive. And nobody came by asking if we needed another drink, had to finally flag someone down for that. The more waiting and having to wave my hat to get attention for someone to come and bring the check. By this time I started getting vocal and it ended up with the manager coming over and taking $30 off the bill.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ContraCostaFolks
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we had a great evening : the seating arrangement, the menu and the food, the lovely 16 piece bang and dance floor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gotadance
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Quality has gone down. Ravioli has gone from 5 to 3 pieces for $16. Ceasar salad was limp and UNWASHED.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh, But the View!
    OaktownMama
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch at The Terrace Room. The complimentary muffins and jam were quite delicious, the bottomless mimosas were fine and not watered down, and my lobster omelette was good. In general, the food was above average though nothing spectacular, but who cares in that spectacular dining room?! The service was great: our server even knew a lot of the history of the restaurant and hotel. All in all, fantastic brunch spot and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet Brunch
    Parke
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A Saturday brunch here was quiet and fun, and bottomless mimosas made it even more fun! A gorgeous view of the Lake, the crowd is definitely on the senior side of things. The food is good and there was someone playing jazz on piano that added a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a gem
    technicolorbrit
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Beautiful place, delicious food, great service, wonderful piece of history, great music. Was an all around gem of an experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrace Room vibe good, but slow
    Anondiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The ambience was great, but the waiting time for everything was pretty noticeable and irksome. Who I thought was I main server didn't check in on us at all and I had to keep looking around for other servers to ask questions and remind someone that we had asked for the check some time ago. It wasn't terrible, but something I'll keep in mind for the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • won't be back
    jennyGVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Nice view of the lake paired with good service doesn't make up for the food quality. everything that was ordered was delivered burned or very well-done. Bottomless bloody Mary's/mimosas are super weak.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    SQOakland
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I love to eat here, mainly for the view and the happy hour. The only thing that's a bummer is that they don't serve happy hour if you're in the restaurant area, you need to be at the bar. Otherwise, this place is a really nice place to go for dinner or brunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This site
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I don't understand the purpose of this site that gets between me and where I want to go. It's a nuisance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and Food
    Deedee
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Beautiful setting and the live jazz swing band awesome. The service was incredibly slow from the beginning, but picked up as the evening went on. The food was terrible. Portion size was embarrassingly small. Price were high. I have been there twice for an evening of dinner and music with different friends. I had to apologize for the food, slow service and portion of food. I would return for after dinner drinks in the bar and music, but never again for their dinners.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet weekeday evening dinning
    good4u
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We appeared to be the only diners who weren't resident or visiting residents on a Monday evening. But the food was good, the view amazing. This is a hidden jewel and deserves more business
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Overall rating is less than excellent because they ran out of food that we had ordered. Poor planning on the chef's part. Otherwise the service and ambiance was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My experience
    HoneyB13
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My experience here was awesome!! Our server Jube was fantastic!! She was very attentive and did not allow our bottomless mimosas to get close to the bottom lol :) The chicken and waffles were amazing!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatview
    thegardeningbarVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Serving their demographics well. I made reservations here after looking at the menu and seeing they have 4stars. I will enjoy this restaurant when i am 85 but not a day younger. As we were brought to our table we noticed the median age was well above 75 and out table was surrounded by walkers from the surrounding tables. The food itself was okay, nothing to brag about. We ordered steak and egg, the steak was order med rare and came out well done. The French toast was diner average nothing special. My eggs Benedict was tasty but everything was served with bland homefries made from russet potatoes. The view is beautiful. The service is attentive. This restaurant potential to be that must go to restaurant but the food is just mediocre.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel reviews archive.
  • Scenic Brunch
    dining4fun
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The Terrace Room is an excellent place for larger group brunches. Everyone in the group enjoyed their food and the 1920's style ambiance of the restaurant. The eggs Benedict with home fries was delicious and the Mimosa's were prepared with just the right amount of orange juice and bubbly. The large windows lit up the room and provided great views of Lake Merritt. The staff was very friendly, polite, attentive, and accommodating to our large group. I would recommend The Terrace Room for brunch and will definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dinner with Chops
    nasturtium
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We dined at the Terrace Room primarily to listen to the jazz band, Chops, which is excellent. We loved the music and dancing and the general ambiance created by the gracious layout of the space and the magnificent urban view. Frankly, we weren't overwhelmed by the food. Neither of our dishes showed either the thought or the preparation that would have warranted the prices. We had a fragrant and full-bodied Chardonnay by the glass. The per glass price was excellent. We will probably return for the music, but will order from the bar menu rather than the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Experienced0613VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I chose this restaurant for Easter brunch BECAUSE of the bottomless Mimosas & a la carte menu. Easter Sunday was different, it was buffet. Overall the experience was good. The french toast was hard, the bottomless mimosa was mentioned at the end of my meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great view and good service
    Jerry
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I took my husband to dinner for his birthday. We like going to a neighborhood restaurant and have been here before. The service was excellent. The meal was tasty, on the home style side. The view was incredible and we felt like we were in a beautiful private space. I especially recommend this restaurant to locals who are looking for a little escape from chaos.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Band at the Terrace Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I had the salmon, she had the sirloin. Both were excellent. I liked the German chocolate cake more than she did only because I favor coconut. The live music was wonderful. So was the view of Lake Merritt. Big crowd that night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.