Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt

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388 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.

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 388 People Are Saying
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HH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious... so yummy, I had the avocado toast and their donuts... loved them both!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is absolutely amazing. Menu always changing.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Not sure of they tag team tables here because it hasn't happened in the past. Our initial waitstaff was pretty inattentive and seemed slightly annoyed when we asked to place an order for drinks then appetizer. We didn't see her again after that. Our next server was great though. There were a couple minor issues like my friend's steak wasn't cooked to preference and my salad came without any dressing but we worked it out. Would definitely come back but might sit at the bar the next time, great service there. The Seelbach cocktail- highly recommend.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Vegetarian pot pie did not taste good. It had a sour vinegar note.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it all!

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service, good food, save wait time by doing a reservation which lets you know to switch times if one is not available... but the folks that are patrons are cool, you can stroll to the lake for the 10 minutes you wait. Baby friendly too. I like outside. Food is great!

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PW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. Serving staff personable efficient accommodating. Right by the lake for a walk after. A perfect restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mid day lunch. We had a seat on the sidewalk. It was pleasant. The staff was attentive and the food was good. The view was of the busy street and overlooking the park. We enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy eating here, the staff is friendly and courteous. However the pickled veggies they put on the table are of limited attraction to most people. I recommend changing that up to something else.

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C
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delectable pork belly sandwich and boozy slushy, friendly service; GLK never fails to please!

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g
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little disappointed that they had discontinued a couple of the cocktails (Sazerac & Vieux Carre) from the menu that were listed on Open Table. Beer selection not that good. Food OK. Ambiance was good.

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed about the limited selection of dinner items

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b
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I usually get the chillaques without the dairy. I love it. It this time it was bitter. Everything else was good.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
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
209 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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 on May 19, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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b
San Francisco
47 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
19 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
14 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
13 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
6 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
5 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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