Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt

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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.

WE NOW HAVE TWO LOCATIONS! YOU ARE BOOKING A RESERVATION FOR OUR LAKE MERRITT LOCATION.

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 428 People Are Saying
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OT
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit: great service and food. Good options for vegetarians as well. I had tried to eat there previously, on a weekend morning, but had been deterred by long lines. This time I met for lunch and made a reservation in advance. Perfect! I’ll be back and look forward to sampling more of the menu.

e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is such a wonderful neighborhood spot! Love that they take reservations for lunch1

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s definitely more a brunch and lunch menu, but the food is still great for all times of the day and the service is very attentive. Solid cocktail menu as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice, not many veggi options, everything we ordered was delicious and well prepared

r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to eat at GLK for brunch.

DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food... what else do you need?
Oh... maybe there roasted bone marrow and grilled bread

ES
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

favourite neighborhood place, at once old-worldly and very hip. delicious everything.

B
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Consistently good and we like this place because of their use of fresh ingredients, nice presentation and good tasting food.

TJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I take people I care about to this place, people I on whom I wanna make an impression, without ever seeming to try. At GLK I don't have to—they always come through. Classy but comfortable. Wear anything. As ever, the food had some yummy surprises and hit the mark at every point.

Only wish: turn off the TVs at the bar. I love you, GLK and you're better than that.

NV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I love this place. The food is always fresh and delicious and the staff is outstanding. They go out of their way to be helpful and make you feel welcome.

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Will not recommend for now but It is a 50/50 need a GM to clean up few things with service, menu, wine list. Definitely some potential but not there yet will see how things evolve in short term.

FL
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had seen this place on Check Please on KQED, so we thought we'd give it a try. We made reservations and three of us went for dinner. The staff are very nice, we were seated quickly. Mostly the food was just OK. The Sunday Chicken which takes 45 minutes to prepare was the best thing we had ($50 is perhaps a little steep? Came with salad but nothing else, like potatoes). The fried green tomatoes were cut in quarters instead of sliced and were undercooked. The grilled corn wasn't bad. The matzo ball soup had way too much dill and the ball was kinda golf ball heavy. The Reuben fries was pretty darned awful. The bone-in pork chop was also just OK. Their fresh donuts for dessert were very tasty. Don't think we'll be back for dinner, but we might try them for breakfast/brunch.

M
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Casual diner, good prices and portions, fab matzah ball soup and bone marrow.

OT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ran out of what we wanted but everything else was good.

MN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really liked it. Interesting and very good food. Only real negative was that it was very noisy and hard to talk. Otherwise a fun spot with a very hip Oakland vibe.

O
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really wanted to like this place. Unfortunately, my burger was way overcooked and dryed out. The place has a nice vibe, but if you can't even get a burger right, no way would I come back. Also, I think in general, it is very overpriced for what you get.

v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

the french fries were fabulous. the oyako sandwich wasn't as good as i hoped and the bread was way too much. i ended up eating my egg salad with some crostini we got with the burrata appetizer. the donuts were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Small portions. Meh. Service was ok.

The avocado toast has two poached eggs. One had a hard boiled yolk, one was perfectly runny. There were three pieces of avocado that were rotting.

Flavor was lacking.

h
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really loved this place because I used to live near here back in the mid-80s so have a great fondness for this area. The ambience of GLK brought me back to those days and I really miss the culture and vibe here. We went during happy hour and wow what a deal! We were SO impressed with their small global wine selection as well as their fantastic cocktails. Watermelon sangria on a hot day, need I say more? We had fried green tomatoes, tuna mac, persian cucumbers, and donuts and we ate each tasty morsel. I hope we stop in again soon so I can try more things on the menu.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Grand Lake Kitchen...and I only learned about it a couple of months ago! The food, the service and the options are excellent. The Chilaquiles Verdes is my favorite dish and they do it well! My friends had the Cali Salad plate and the Sandwhich option on the brunch menu and all raved. I loved our wait person this time as well as the last two times and each time was different. I can't say enough good about this place. Homey, tasty, strong flavor of Oakland...no feeling that the inside of the restaurant doesn't reflect the City...Delicious diversity and a feeling of being part of the best of the Oakland Community as well as feeling as though the food is truly nourishing and healing as well as unbelievably well prepared and YUMMY! Definitely go and check them out. You won't be sorry. Make sure you have plenty of time on a weekend for brunch to put your name in and go wander for an hour or so before your table is ready. So worth it!!

JA
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option in Oakland. Try the French toast. Good value and atmosphere

NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here for a social dinner on a Wednesday nite and it was packed at 6:30. By 8:00 it was half empty for those who like to eat later. Very lively environment, a bit noisy for our group with the music and such, definitely for older people a bit challenging to talk and hear over the music a bit but for those looking for this kind of ambiance, nice. My wife and I ordered the Fish Tower which for those not looking to eat too much, was excellent, excellent, excellent!!! For a later light bite, loved the combination of fish, bagel chips and fresh cucumber slivers and the salmon, trout, etc. dips. The rest of our party was really happy with their meals too, even with the slightly smaller menu offering. Good diversity of items though. Would definitely come back here, just wish the music was a bit lower, next time, will aim to sit outside curbside for that.

AB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was great. Service was ok. Restaurant was not clean however. Food scraps on the floor everywhere and general dank feeling. Terribly messy toilets.

AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A cozy neighborhood dining at a prime location with quality food and welcoming personnel.
The good thing about them is they provide deliciousness 7 days a week, morning through evening.

AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the staff was friendly! Will be back :)

c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GLK is unique. it has food that you just can not get elsewhere. also it has the most amazing hip (does this date me) clientele. the food is prepared wonderfully, comes relatively fast, and the drinks are not chintzy.

c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Meh. I don’t get the hype. Slow service, drinks took forever then felt rushed at the end. There are too many restaurants with good service to cram into this loud place. Must be putting all their efforts in the new location. :/

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So great! It was my first time for a going away dinner for me. Bummed I waited so long to try this place as I’m leaving. Amazing food especially the fried green tomatoes and Reuben French fries. And prices were so good for the Bay Area.

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

So good.... always want to go back. The avocado toast and donuts are my favorite!!

C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent and good value...had pork belly sandwich and a couple boozy slushies, left full and happy, yummm!

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

it was great

HV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and it’s. A great location. At first the music was too loud but it seemed to get more quite over time. I’d definitely eat there again and recommend. Service was fine.

B
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a reliable choice, Grand Lake Kitchen never fails to please. Would love an alternative burger like turkey or chicken. The menu seems small on occasion, particularly for dinner entrees.

f
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really cool place with very good food. Only complaint was that the bar service was slow and did not keep pace with the food. Long wait for drinks/wine came after meal was done

L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the bone marrow, the burrata, asparagus, polenta, chickpea stew, blue cheese burger and pork chop. They were all so good, but the pork chop was spectacular. It was the best pork chop I've ever tasted, so juicy and flavorful. Service was great as well. And we could actually could hear each other at a normal voice level. This will be a go to restaurant for sure.

R
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

y'all are becoming my new favorite spot. excellent friendly timely service and delicious food with a wide variety of choices

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Will be back.

f
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A homey place with a buzzy vibe and interesting menu. Lots of choices, whether you want small plates, munchies, big dishes, whatever. Good vegie options. Polenta and snap peas made a great combo. Vegetable Pot Pie was a hit, and the hamburger is great. Fun neighborhood spot.

s
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is yummy, creative, modern and eclectic. Staff was really great, friendly and helpful.

P
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The Chinese chicken salad had very little chicken in it. For $14 I was very disappointed !

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