Grand Lake Kitchen - Dimond

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PE
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to neighborhood. Food is just as good as original. Menu is small but a nice mix. Great bar. Some nice outdoor spaces. Worth the visit for an event or everyday meal.

C
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The tables inside are way too close together, you can clearly hear the conversations on both sides and it feels like you’re crammed into a sardine can. A man also came over to our table what seemed like every 5 minutes to ask if everything was ok, interrupting our conversation multiple times. I appreciate good customer service, but that was really overbearing.

OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were excited to try out GLK; however, we must say that the experience was a disappointment. The service was especially slow (which echos a lot of what other reviews say)--our food took incredibly long. Moreover, I wouldn't say the dishes were particularly memorable or noteworthy. I highly doubt I'd return to this site.

NT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to the Chabot Science museum to see Mesmerica.....what a great restaurant to start the evening with! We sat outside, very friendly staff and everyone LOVED their food! I had an Italian sandwich and it was perfect, from bread to meat and all the right accessories! Open faced Salmon sandwich, perfect and a Mid Eastern plate, again, all the right stuff! We shared the Asian cucumbers, yum!! We live in Marin or this place would be added to our spinning wheel of where are we eating tonight!! Excellent find!!

DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Slow as molasses service, although our server was very nice. The couple at the next table waited over an hour and then were told that the waiter forgot to enter their entree.
Both my friend and l agreed that the wine selection was poor. We sampled a few wines and they were just OK. We agreed—we won’t be going back—and the marginal wine list has a lot to do with it.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful large and bright. Service was outstanding. The food was disappointing for dinner but I’ll try it again.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Excellent service! Beautiful and comfortable restaurant. Highly recommend.
We’ll be back!

LT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

CH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu has something for everyone! I like this location much better than the one on Grand only because it is larger and parking is easier!

M
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our second visit to Grand Lake Kitchen Dimond was improved from our first visit. Food was well prepared, appetizing, and correctly priced. Our only issue was with waitstaff who were not as friendly as previous experiences at both of the locations. We still recommend either location for lunch or dinner.

A
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food, though good quality, was overly salty. Since this is a new second location, I'll give them another chance.

SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met for Brunch and loved the food- great addition to the neighborhood- love the hours and location

JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live just around the corner and went for my birthday with friends visiting from England. It is really well designed, which makes an impression as soon as you walk through the door. Very nice and efficient staff. The food and drink were delicious. Super diverse crowd with a great ambiance. I have already booked again and will be returning with good friends for another birthday celebration. So glad Grand Lake Kitchen is in my hood!

JS
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great people, we enjoy the space, food is consistently good and interesting. Would be great if they could strike a deal with the hamburger joint across the road for parking however. Uber is always a good option. It has become our go to place.

A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the new GLK location. It's so much bigger and while I live across the street from the original, think I'll be spending more time here. Minor concerns, its very loud. There should be better acoustics in here. We came to half full restaurant and cold barely hear ourselves. Also, my husband I ordered the same dish. His was well, mine medium, and we were served each other's steaks. Maybe just a flag, a toothpick, something to easily indicate otherwise, all was good. Great waiter!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Drinks were great, service was friendly and efficient. Food was really good. Lovely staff. Welcoming atmosphere

OD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the salmon dish.

B
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; great cocktails; great staff. Really comfortable place and easy parking.

CH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The worst eggplant dish I’ve ever tried to eat and I was charged for it even though I sent it back. Boring dry burrata ( how???). Good wine and nice server but so many dood errors I think I’ll go for drinks in the future.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The bartender was amazingly slow. We were there at five and the restaurant was nearly empty. We waited at least 15 minutes after placing our order to get our martinis. We had a charcuterie plate (mediocre) and fried green tomatoes (good). I had the chopped salad which was good and a large portion. Another of our party had the pork chop which he liked but was disappointed in the Anson Mills polenta. The carrot cake was dry and crumbly. If you really like carrot cake, don’t order it.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to the Dimond district/Fruitvale area. Fun, contemporary comfortable space, pleasant and diverse staff and the food is DELICIOUS! I was worried it would be too loud to hear my companion across the table because the tables are close together and the space has a lot of tile/hard surfaces that can get noisy, but it was fine. Didn't have to yell at all. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and explained specials well. Overall a nice outing in the Dimond, will definitely return again.

P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Limited menu, $14.00 hamburger, $28.00 Pork chop, SLOW service. Food was good but I felt it was overpriced.

SF
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, GLK does it again! In their new location in the Dimond District of Oakland, they have grown up! From their smallish yet incredibly welcoming location on Lake Merritt, GLK now offers a full size restaurant that can rival any other in Oakland. The beauty of this is that even though the location is new and big, but they were able to conserve the taste of home cooking and the welcoming/personable service. I love GLK and I will try to bring to them as many people as I can.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

GLK in Dimond is the recently opened second location. This is more of a dinner venue as noted by the number of people. However, this upscale diner needs a new bartender that doesn’t ice down the $12 cocktails (which also need more alcohol balance), trained wait staff that actually care about service and protocol, and a menu that actually serves dinner. The current menu is the same as the other location which is brunch spot. It’s a diner serving up a $25 salmon and $32 steak without asking how you want your meat cooked.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Love the new location. Great diner feel.

K
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience are great and it is a new neighborhood hot spot. Make sure you make reservations and are wanting to enjoy a leisurely meal. We ate here twice and enjoyed their dishes and drinks! We had the Manhattan, the Porter, the IPA, mermaid lemonade, ginger pup, green light all were great! As far as the food, bone marrow was good, side mixed green salad and outstanding and moist were the rib eye steak which melts in your mouth, pork chops moist and tasty, roast chicken cooked to perfection, eggplant parmesan, and the king salmon. For dessert we had the tasty carrot cake and Dole Whip! Only glitch was the second time we had to wait at least 15 minutes for our food and so that was longer than usual but it was worth the wait.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails! Love the interior design and so happy to have it in the neighborhood!

HN
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Grand Lake's menu and the relaxed neighborhood feel of the Dimond kitchen. The take-out option is cool, too. Welcome to the 'hood!

Z
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this new location in my neighborhood! Been going to the original location on Grand Ave for years.

You’ll notice no deli service in this location, plus as they’re just open a month or so, they’re still working out the service aspects and supply. They were out of several menu items when we arrive for a Friday evening dinner reservation and the service was much too slow considering only half the dining room was filled and there were no events in the private banquet room.

Food and drinks here are A++, outstanding! Definitely worth the price for a casual meal or a date night. Nice city parking lot across the street too so no trouble parking.

All in, I’m going to love this place and I’m sure the service will only get better from here. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there for a friend’s birthday. We had the bone marrow, which was ok. The bread it came with was amazing, but the marrow seemed a little under-rendered. The table next to us has the fried green tomatoes which looked great and I’ll try that next time. I had the rib eye, which was great. Well seasoned and paired perfectly with mashed potatoes and greens in a gravy. We ended the meal with a iced coffee, which was very delicious.

DR
New England
49 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salads are made with fresh and tasty ingredients. 4 dinners, 4 salads, all excellent. Roast chicken is something I will order again. Carrot cake was the best desert. Will definitely return.

NA
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood haunt. Got all the things you need. Ambiance, really tasty food, great drinks and an accommodating staff. It's a bit on the pricey side, so not somewhere affordable to dine daily, but a great treat a few times a month.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've enjoyed the GLK at the lake. We're so excited they have come to our neighborhood!!

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our first visit. It was busy, but still comfortable and casual. Although the service was good, it was not outstanding. The GLK Burger w/ carmalized onions was excellent, and the fries with it were also very good. We were disappointed in the chopped salad, however, as the dressing was very mild, and the difference in piece sizes between the romaine lettuce (large pieces) and the other ingredients (corn kernels and other very small items), made it difficult to fork a variety at one time. Overall, we'll return, as it's in our neighborhood and we want to continue to support it as a new business, as well as try some other items on the menu.

B
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! New location is very comfortable. GLK burger, Italian, Romano beans. Fabulous.

FI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Second time. Not so great as one would believe. Dirty seats-I cleaned them off; browning mint leaves-I thought I only served them at my house; small pours of wine at regular prices; and whiny waiters in the corner. Easy fixes all! So, they are mistakes not to make. Hopefully, things'll get better!!!

o
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I would recommend with warning about noise level. Dinner hour on a week day; not screaming kids, but very bad acoustics. We were unable to hear each other even when speaking loudly. Food was good, selection limited, wait staff were outstanding.

TR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was delicious!! The food is as good as their original location on grand Avenue. Those Reuben fries are evil but oh so good! It was pretty noisy when we first got there, A couple of large parties were present but after they left it was much better. The service was OK but that could be because we were’s all the way in the corner by ourselves. Can’t wait to try the gf porcini mushrooms French toast 😋

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place - staff are great and the food is amazing

AC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu with outstanding service. Space is light and airy with various seating areas. Noise level is fairly high (this was at lunchtime).

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