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About Meritage at the Claremont
Meritage, Claremont Club & Spa's signature restaurant, offers refined steak and seafood dishes amid stunning Bay views. Fresh seafood, cut-to-order Japanese Wagyu, California grass-fed beef and USDA Prime cuts are paired with locally-sourced ingredients to create a contemporary and elegant menu. Meritage also serves breakfast daily and is home to a lavish weekend brunch and holiday events.
The Meritage Lounge is the perfect spot for a casual glass of wine or small bite to eat.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Californian, Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
GRAB & GO BREAKFAST
Wednesday - Sunday: 6:00-10:30 am
Monday - Saturday: 6:30-11:30 am
Sunday: 6:30-9:30 am
DINNER & LOUNGE
Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00-10:00 pm
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Sunday Dec 3rd and Dec 17th 2017
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
THANKSGIVING BRUNCH 2017 / CHRISTMAS BRUNCH 2017
Thursday Nov 23rd / Monday December 25th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buffet, Bloody Mary Bar, Pianist and Balloon Artist.
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER BUFFET
Sunday Dec 24th
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER *Elegant five courses holiday prix fixe menu, Live Music. Vegetarian and Vegan elegant five course menu available.
Sunday Dec 31st
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$149 * Wine Pairing $55
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have plenty of self-parking and valet available.
The restaurant preferred rate is $2.00 for the first two hours, after two hours normal rates apply
The nearest BART station is Rockridge, approximately 1.5 miles. Guests can take a taxi from BART or board the #49 AC Transit bus and disembark at the corner of Ashby & Claremont Ave. The Concierge desk at the Claremont Hotel can order a taxi for you when you are ready to head home.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Meritage offers two spectacular rooms for private gatherings of 10-50 people. The Meritage Private Dining Room seats up to 50 guests while the Alumni Room caters up to 32 guests. Both offer great wines, farm fresh food and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay.
Meritage at the Claremont Ratings and Reviews
We were looking for a nice and relaxing place in the East Bay Area to have brunch with the family the day after Thanksgiving. We selected the Meritage based on a recommendation.
The Claremont hotel was stunning and had that old world elegance. Great view and a relaxed environment. There were eleven of us and we ordered a full range of items - corn beef hash, eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, etc. The food was excellent albeit pricey. However, the beverages were a disappointment given the prices. The orange juice was not fresh squeezed (Tropicana?) and the coffee lacked aroma.
Despite the beverages, we enjoyed our branch and the hotel.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at Meritage. The ambiance was beautiful, and the service was excellent. But for $120/person, we expected much better food quality. Many of the buffet items tasted stale, uninspired, and underseasoned. In particular, the desserts were a disaster. The pumpkin pie, which should have been a standout for Thanksgiving, was virtually tasteless. The cookies seemed like they came from a supermarket. Overall, the food was a major disappointment.
While we enjoyed the setting, and all the staff were professional and friendly, we will not be coming back to Meritage.
Meritage used to exude class. It was the kind of place where you could take a business associate or a date, or celebrated a birthday or anniversary, knowing that you would be treated well from start to finish. The food is still good, but the service was informal nearly to the point of rudeness, and the overall experience no longer justifies the excessive prices. Other than love you, I really can't imagine why anyone would go there for dinner.
They stopped serving their famous Sunday brunch without notification. They are serving an overpriced mediocre breakfast with horrible service. The restaurant also seemed to attract very loud people striving to be noticed at the Claremont. An enormous disappointment.
Unfortunately, we ordered the seafood platter and spent the next 24+ hours suffering.
We are two strapping/healthy 40-50 somethings in our prime with NO allergies whatsoever.
I emailed the Meritage at 4:30 in the AM (following the meal) to warn them to look into the matter in hopes this fate would not befall another. I followed-up again with email to the Meritage again on the following morning. 8 days later I have yet to receive any response...
Apparently, I have an opportunity for contact with this "opentable" portal; I do not expect any response. In any case, the attempt to prevent another from this fate has failed. Or has it?
In my last email I stated that I would not be dissuaded from dining there again (But, I would not order any seafood) alas, this lack of response and/or carefully or their patrons has caused me to rethink a return there any time soon. I would not recommend this restaurant.
The halibut was way overcooked and we suspect it was prepared and delivered in error to the table next to ours, then held in a warming oven for the next unsuspecting order - which, unfortunately was our table. Very poor, disappointing meal service for such high prices. We will not be returning.
Four of us had a very pleasant Sunday brunch. All of the food on the buffet was tasty, the dining room is very pretty, we had a nice view by the window and there was ample selection. I wouldn't say it was the best Sunday brunch buffet I have gone to, but overall it met our expectations. The selection is not huge, but it had what these buffets normally have, such as omelet station, ham and roast beef, several salads and main course, dim sum, smoked salmon, etc. I did like the way they had the desserts: each one was a miniature, so you could sample many different ones and they were all good.
It was an 80th birthday and we went for the food and the service. We were not disappointed. A lovely sunset view of Berkeley/Oakland, beautiful night--parking is gated with self- and valet parking--with an adjacent night spot all situated in the lovely Claremont Hotel. Meritage is a place for an extended stay of a meal--not for a bite and dash--sometimes expectedly slow to relinquish the works of art. And enjoy the hotel. The food can be high end and justifiably the price. The service is personal--and worth every bit of a large tip. I was a bit confused about how to put together courses but our waiter helped--that is, the items can be large helpings so you don't want to overdo the order to leave room for dessert.
We enjoyed our experience at The Claremont and having dinner at The Meritage was the icing on the cake!
Our server John was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. He made suggestions and we had a fabulous time enjoying the beautiful view. We especially liked that we could talk to each other and hear without a noisy restaurant. Very intimate setting.
My husband started with the oysters. He always loves the west coast fare and liked that they served a few from the east coast too. Fresh.
I had the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were huge! Cooked to perfection and the Bloody Mary sauce was exceptional.
We shared a ceasar salad which the kitchen split for us. Very classic and tasty.
For our entrees my husband ordered the halibut, again cooked perfectly and served with a delicious sauce.
I had the scallops. They were swimming in a very flavorful broth with fresh clams and were silky smooth. So delicious!
So glad our server John suggested the chocolate soufflé. It was out of this world. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and John brought out a tray of chocolate covered strawberries on a happy birthday plate. Nice touch. A wonderful way to end the evening as we watched the picturesque sunset fade.
Can't wait until next time❤
We had breakfast there the next morning and the avocado toast is to die for! You must try it.
A beautiful dining room in a great property in a grand old landmark hotel. I noted it was my wife's birthday and that was acknowledged by the waiter who was very nice!
Nothing else was done. No candle even in the chocolate soufflé we ordered for dessert. We had an early reservation and were not offered a window seat.
We informed our waiter of a tomato allergy and that we needed to be sure to order food without tomato or tomato sauces. He checked and assured us the lobster appetizer was ok as was the veal chop. We ordered those. He recommended the veal which was cooked in the French terminal bath and then seared.
About fifteen minutes later a very nice hostess came by and said she understood the dietary restriction and unfortunately the oyster sauce had tomato. OK, omit the sauce. And, the veal had a tomatoes sauce. Seating us in an empty dining room despite a reservation had taken ten minutes so we were now eager for food and did not want to redo the order.
The lobster was served cold on a beautiful bed of shaved ice and was beautifully cooked. Three heart leaves of romain lettuce accompanied it with what could have been a bit of mayonnaise. They had no alternative sauce.
The veal was. It medium rare as ordered but took a good 25 minutes post finishing the lobster to arrive. It was a classic perfect medium cook which for veal is a bad plan. It was tough and clearly had spent extra time somewhere. The best they could do for a sauce was a bit of a vinegar based sauce they use for the octopus item. Not a great compliment to veal (sold at "market
So, to help out the Fairmont that has taken over the property: one tablespoon butter: one shallot finely chopped, one clove garlic finely chopped. Two pinches felt ground flour, a pinch of salt a dash of pepper and half glass of red wine, a half cup of water or meat broth or chicken broth. Melt butter, gently soften shallots add garlic whisk in flour and let cook for two minutes, deglaze
Who is managing the floor? Service was terrible; no one (hostess, buses, servers) seemed to be on the same page. We waited too long for menus, water, drinks, ordering, and especially the meal. This place seems stuck in the 80s. Needs some updating and sprucing up. Won't be back.
Meritage was nice. Perhaps a little pricey for the portions and staff available that night to assist us. Service was off to a slow start but improved after a conversation. It was a Wednesday night so I can understand this in part. Food was great but a little over-priced. With considerable pricing, ALL things need to be on point. All in all, it was a good experience and I'd go back. Atmosphere was nice and dark and offered views of Berkeley and S.F. in the distance.
One of a few places that still does a weekend buffet brunch. Would be nice if it was Saturday and Sunday because long waits for reservations with just Sunday. Great if you score a window table for the view. No raw oysters this visit like they had on Mother's Day. Varied menu offerings allows everyone to find something they like.
I have had brunch and dinner at Meritage several times. It's a favorite among my group of girls friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and later migrated to the lounge for small plates and cocktails. Yes, it's pricey but in my opinion well worth it! Thank you Zachary for being so attentive and so amazing! Cheers! Of course we will be back!
As a Professional Hotelier and Top Trip Advisor Contributor I just confess I was thoroughly impressed with my entire experience at The Meritage.
I took my Husband out for a Birthday brunch our experience was superb. Thank you for the special birthday amenity.
Great classic hotel, wonderful views, good food, decent wine list, but $48 for a thin 3/8 inch ala carte slice of Prime Rib is not worthy of this restaurant. Service was fantastic. They need to increase their portion size on the main course to get me back more than once a year. They could also use some additional fish options, sea bass, halibut , etc.
Quite an outing for my Mothers' Birthday! Quite proud that I selected and completed the visit to this great Hotel. I would highly recommend the Claremont for a special occasion or special event. Enjoyable and well worth the time spent! Bravo Claremont and Meritage!! Encore!
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