Grand Lake Kitchen
WEEKDAY BRUNCH AND DINNER 7 NIGHTS A WEEK
We accept reservations for parties up to six (6)
Larger parties are accommodated on a walk-in basis only
Our dining counter is full service dining and always available on a first come first serve basis.
We are able to hold a reservation up to 15 minutes.
If you are running later than that, please see us at the host stand and we will do our best for you.
Requests for outdoor dining are welcomed but not guaranteed.
There is metered parking along Grand Avenue and a paid parking lot at the corner of Grand and Euclid.
Please allow extra time for parking as our neighborhood is very popular!
Have been here several times and usually have great food, but this time the food was awful and on my toast was dust and on my boyfriends chilequiles was a hair. Hopefully this time was just a miss.
Great place for casual dining, lots of good selections of beer, cocktails and food. You can have a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon for dinner if you'd like. I was impressed. The food was prepared well, arrived in a timely fashion and the server was nice. They also made some excellent music choices, well done Grand Lake Kitchen. I would definitely come back anytime I'm in Oakland.
It was a good first time there, although our server was not really very helpful. She didn't check in on us or make sure we had everything, we had to find her and wait for her each time we needed something. The food was good though and we will definitely be going back.
Food and service excellence as usual. Always a great choice.
I adore their Chilaqueiles - they make them without the eggs or dairy for me and it is exceptional - just delicious. May never get anything else there again.
Great menu of imaginative tasty variations on classics, like Porcini Waffles.
I’ve eaten here many times and am always satisfied. I was very disappointed with the chilaquiles, however. The tortilla chips were left way too crunchy, and there wasn’t enough salsa verde. The chips are supposed to be limp and saturated with sauce.
Love this neighborhood gem. High quality food. Super nice team from the wait staff to manager to bArtender.
We always get the bone marrow when they have it. It’s just meat butter on some great toast. Had the veggie pot pie also - slightly under-seasoned, but the crust was awesome. Wife had the chicken - very good not great. Service would’ve been 5 stars but we were seat right by the front door on this cold, windy nite. There was an empty table for two in the back, but the hostess didn’t seem to want to walk that far. The wait staff made up for her though. Will come back again (and again)
Very disappointing. Ambiance very much lacking. Also, very limited menu of perhaps 5 entrees. No side salads offered at all, only entrée salads, so one doubles the cost. Busy and seemed very understaffed. Little attention was paid to our table after placing order. Never came back to see how we were doing; never asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. Based on your rating I expected much higher quality and service.
Smoked fish tower with cocktails, properly well cooked steak, a more than comforting matzo ball soup... with great service.
Just had a delightful meal. Looking forward to returning to try out more of the menu
As a minority tea-drinker, it’s hard to expect this in the US ... however, if they want to be better, I have to mention that the tea was so lukewarm and was too thin. For the amount they charged, this was not acceptable. I happen to notice the brand of tea they use, so if they prepared it right with the boiling water and with the right amount of tea bags, it would have been fine. For a hip cafe like this, I would expect much more!! I hope the restaurant staff will see this comment and make changes. Thank you!
really like the place. comfort food and good local vibe
Burger was undercooked. Everything else was good.
Fabulous food in a wonderful, fun restaurant. Great location, took a walk around the lake after brunch.
Food was ok- nothing particularly special or interesting. The place felt sort of dingy. Floor was greasy. Good Mai-Tais. Would come back for the cocktails if I’m in the neighborhood.
Great food, a bit pricey, but sitting outside is nice. They were friendly for kids even if the menu isn't quite designed for it.
The food was not very good. Staff was nice and attentive.
We are so fortunate to have GLK just blocks from our house. It has been our "go to" since May and David opened their door! It just keeps getting better and it started out great!
A friend in Virginia decided I needed Jewish penicillin. About 45 minutes later four bowls of GLK matzo ball soup arrived at my doorstep. Manna from heaven!
Since then I have lunched there. The decisions were hard. The food delicious. We asked about dessert. Only one choice at lunchtime: the cinnamon mini-donuts. Do it.
Fresh, local ingredients make every plate a delight. Always have a great meal here. Neighborhood gem. Eat here and then walk Lake Merritt. Love this place!
This gem is unpretentious, moderately priced, and a good rendezvous for friends or relatives. I can walk here, but if you drive, the neighborhood parking lot is only a block away. Half the time, a street parking space seems available within steps of the door. Portions are reasonable and it’s fun for a full meal, or an afternoon coffee and something to munch. Casual dress, of course.
Excellent food and service
Birthday brunch at GLK was perfect. Always good service, delicious food and a lively, laid back atmosphere.
Just fantastic !! everyone is so nice and the food is delicious.. this is our go-to place. so glad it's so close.We can't WAIT till you open in the Dimond ! Thank you so much !
Food was good. My friend noticed that they overcharged for the wine which was listed at $10, but showed up as $13 on the bill. They apologized, but that’s pretty inexcusable and think they should have waived the cost of one glass or offered something for a nasty error.
Met a bestie I hadn’t seen in awhile for a late lunch. GLK was the perfect place for this!
Attended right after lunch. Great staff very welcoming our server was great! No wait for seating. Food was served fast and the drinks were great. Pleasant open atmosphere.
Lunch with a friend. Tables are very close together, and it’s very loud, but the food and service were great. Love the menu and uniqueness each menu item offers. Yum!
Been eating here for years. I love the ambience and the service I get and the food is stellar
Not very good. We ordered matzo ball soup which was too salty; an azian chicken salad which had large chunks of cabbage difficult to chew and very little chicken, a pork sandwich which had very little flavor, and brussel sprouts which at the bottom levels sat in a pool of cooking oil. Disappointing overall.
We come to GLK often and have always enjoyed it. This last visit was not up to par. Sandwich not up to usual standard, and the matzoh ball soup a bit oily.
We will continue to go, but hope GLK is not getting too popular.
The food and service are fine but the noise level is deafening.
The only thing was the bathroom was pretty dirty. Other than that, fabulous.
We really enjoy Grand Lake Kitchen and have been many times! On this occasion we took some friends here for dinner before we went off to the Oakland Speakers' Series at the Paramount. The food and service was great and Joshua was our server and he was knowledgeable, attentive just enough, and very pleasant. The place can get a bit noisy if it is very crowded and we lucked out on that too at our chosen time. We shall be back again and again!
Really enjoyed dinner at Grand Lake! We went for a friend's birthday and the food & drinks were amazing! The donuts were AHHHMAZINGGG and I will definitely recommend everyone to try that.
Pro tip: Dip it in their ice cream!!!
My first time being here and it was a good experience. The chilaquiles verde was really tasty and so was the mimosa. I would recommend new comers or anyone else to reserve a table because it does get busy, even on weekdays. I will for sure come back!
Love the atmosphere overall! Warm and inviting. Had a very nice lunch, we were sorry to miss the brunch but will definitely go back for it. Staff was professional and welcoming. Had Matzo Ball soup, it was amazing. The Caesar Salad with tuna and the poached egg was excellent as well! Just one note. I love.....pickled anything, but found the touches of pickled items on items to be a bit overwhelming. Such as the picked red onions on the Italian sandwich. They overpowered all of the other flavors. Also, I had a spicy virgin Bloody Mary and it was so tart/lemony I couldn't finish it. So if the lemon is part of the tomato juice mix, it needs to be toned down a lot.
It was a nice experience.
The service was incredible!
All the staff smiling all the time!