Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt
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.
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!
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.
This is such a wonderful neighborhood spot! Love that they take reservations for lunch1
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.
very nice, not many veggi options, everything we ordered was delicious and well prepared
It’s always a pleasure to eat at GLK for brunch.
Great service and good food... what else do you need?
Oh... maybe there roasted bone marrow and grilled bread
favourite neighborhood place, at once old-worldly and very hip. delicious everything.
Consistently good and we like this place because of their use of fresh ingredients, nice presentation and good tasting food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casual diner, good prices and portions, fab matzah ball soup and bone marrow.
Ran out of what we wanted but everything else was good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Great option in Oakland. Try the French toast. Good value and atmosphere
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.
Food was great. Service was ok. Restaurant was not clean however. Food scraps on the floor everywhere and general dank feeling. Terribly messy toilets.
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.
The food was great and the staff was friendly! Will be back :)
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.
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. :/
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.
So good.... always want to go back. The avocado toast and donuts are my favorite!!
Always excellent and good value...had pork belly sandwich and a couple boozy slushies, left full and happy, yummm!
it was great
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.
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.
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
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.
y'all are becoming my new favorite spot. excellent friendly timely service and delicious food with a wide variety of choices
Excellent food and service. Will be back.
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.
The food is yummy, creative, modern and eclectic. Staff was really great, friendly and helpful.
The Chinese chicken salad had very little chicken in it. For $14 I was very disappointed !