Grand Lake Kitchen

4.5
375 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
PLEASE NOTE SAT, SUN, AND HOLIDAY BRUNCH SERVICE IS 100% WALK-INS; NO RESERVATIONS.

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.

PARKING
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!
What 375 People Are Saying
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2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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F
San Francisco
203 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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RD
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellence as usual. Always a great choice.

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b
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great menu of imaginative tasty variations on classics, like Porcini Waffles.

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L
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood gem. High quality food. Super nice team from the wait staff to manager to bArtender.

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WL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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)

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

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LL
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smoked fish tower with cocktails, properly well cooked steak, a more than comforting matzo ball soup... with great service.

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AC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had a delightful meal. Looking forward to returning to try out more of the menu

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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d
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

really like the place. comfort food and good local vibe

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AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Burger was undercooked. Everything else was good.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a wonderful, fun restaurant. Great location, took a walk around the lake after brunch.

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c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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PH
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was not very good. Staff was nice and attentive.

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BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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CS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch at GLK was perfect. Always good service, delicious food and a lively, laid back atmosphere.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !

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M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met a bestie I hadn’t seen in awhile for a late lunch. GLK was the perfect place for this!

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SP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been eating here for years. I love the ambience and the service I get and the food is stellar

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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BK
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service are fine but the noise level is deafening.

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TA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only thing was the bathroom was pretty dirty. Other than that, fabulous.

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n
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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DN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a nice experience.
The service was incredible!
All the staff smiling all the time!

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