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Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt

4.6
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486 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We now have two locations to serve you. You are booking a reservation for our LAKE MERRITT LOCATION.

**COVID UPDATE**
We are currently seating for OUTDOOR dining only
~We are closed on Tuesdays for now~
You must not be sick and wear a mask to dine with us. Please see our 'booking policies' for more information on we can all do this safely! We appreciate you!

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 contact us and we will do our best for you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 486 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good neighborhood restaurant with an excellent bar. Get the fries with all the stuff in them. Delicious

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vipCorsetiere
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the seared scallop risotto - amazing! Wonderful truffle taste, the ultimate comfort food. As always, service was friendly, and the cranberry manhattan boozy slushy was lovely.

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Suzie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The savory French toast is out of this world delicious and such a unique blending of textures and flavors. Second time I’ve been there, ordered it both times and was thoroughly delighted with it!

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howardhuge
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, not incredible. My daughter tells me brunch was excellent. One of our other diners said dinner was quite good.

TD
vipThyme2Dine
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grabbed a late lunch - sorry to miss my favorite (savory French toast) but enjoyed sampling lots of veggie plates

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Tate
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food! Great service! I appreciate that you can make reservations during the weekdays.

PF
vipPiaF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It's got a great local vibe, great location (next to lake) and the food is consistently good.

PF
vipPaprFiend
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food is interesting and tasty generally but service is a bit aloof and slow. Wondering if success has lead to a crowd management mindset rather than welcoming hospitality. I recommend the savory French toast, but ask for dressing on the side - it came dripping in oil which made it difficult to taste the porcini in the rest of the dish.

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BertramC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truly great time. The service was impeccable - attentive but not intrusive. The food was well presented and best of all was delicious. We’re already looking forward to our next visit. We love the neighborhood and it was very pleasant walking around before dinner.

Thanks for a wonderful experience.

LH
LaurenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Good food, pretentious/snotty service. I don't need to go to a restaurant where my presence is viewed as an inconvenience. Our server was rude and not friendly at all. I'll spend my money elsewhere.

EM
vipEmilyM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best local place for brunch.

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WineandDineOaktown
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I used to love this place, but my last 3 visits have been very subpar. This trip I had a meatball sandwich. It was fine. Mostly bread, hardly any meatballs or sauce. Served on a white plate with nothing else on it. No side, no garnish. Depressing. For $13 plus tax and tip? Friends salad came dressed when she asked for dressing on the side. Last visit I had the pastrami rueben fries. They were pretty much In edible. The meat was so fatty and the fries were so soggy. Cali mixed plate is usually really delicious, but the last time I had it, the salad was too salty too eat. Too many good places to eat. Three strikes, you’re out for me GLK

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vip1CHS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Restaurant was smoky. Service was ok. The waiter was very nice, but the service was rushed. Food was just mediocre.

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Saltydog
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed supper here before attending a house concert nearby and found everything great. We'd dine here again, and likely will.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service excellent. Food was great. We had the scallops and risotto. Very tasty. Good neighborhood place.

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vipNinaW
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It certainly lived up to it's reputation! Food was delicious, everything was super fresh. We had lunch in less than an hour, yet it did not feel rushed at all. Our server was able to make great recommendations on the food and the wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was a nice mix of comfort food and healthy food. Everything we ordered was amazing. Cocktails were ok

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DivineFoodLover
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the special fixed price dinner during restaurant week, which we have done in the past, and as always, it was delicious. The brisket was melt in your mouth delicious, the mashed potatoes so smooth and rich, and the turnips were beautifully caramelized. We loved the chicory salad, and the dressing was perfect - not too much, not too little. One of us got the Prosecco with the dinner, which we shared, and the other one got the tiny hot cinnamon sugar donuts that were the dessert, and we split those. Perfect.

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LaMarS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savory French Toast is a delicious experience and the service is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Food is amazing, but bring a coat door stays open even on cold days. Make reservation small diner gets really busy most. A must try is the bone marrow!

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elizaio
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I'm working my way through the menu because I was blown away by the first two times I came (first time, I had the scrambled eggs. Second time, the kale with persimmon seasonal salad). I then ordered the GLK burger (at the Diamond location) and was totally underwhelmed. The burger size was small and not very tasty.

The last time I ordered the Cali plate with tuna. It was good but meh. I could get similar quality in many other places and for less $$$.

So, all in all, it started off with a bang and has since fizzled a bit.

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Maria
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The donuts are a treat not to be missed!

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vipCZ89
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Try the GLK burger!! This place has great brunch and I gave it a chance for dinner. Did not disappoint at all either. They have a lot of good options and will definitely come back!

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vipCorsetiere
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on New Year’s Eve. Sad they were out of boozy slushees, but that just gave us an excuse to try some of their excellent and creative cocktails. As usual, food (multiple shared plates for grazing) was wonderful, service warm and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

NYE! Great food and great service!

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Nosher
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was our anniversary and we were blown away by the sweet personal touches. The staff hand wrote a beautiful card for us and greeted us with drinks on the house. The food was quite good and a very good value.

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vipChris
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Grand Lake Kitchen! They have great brunches, but it gets very crowded on the weekend, with long waits. But it's worth it.
I also like dinner at GLK. Four of us recently had an excellent meal sharing fried plantain to start, and a mix of the rock cod, harissa stew and the gnocchis. All the entrees were delicious. The service was great, too. Originally, we'd booked outdoor seating, but it was too cold, and the team found us an indoor table.
Grand Lake Kitchen is one of my favorite places in Oakland. Worth visiting any time of day.

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vipamyy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Small restaurant with a long bar. Made a reservation for 3, wouldn’t get me seated until other 2 showed. They had me stand by the open door when it was freezing to wait to be seated. The bar was full when I got there. Service is mediocre (order takers, not dining guides) and more casual cafe style, though the menu is more formal bistro vibe with Jewish, American and European dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We loved the food at Grand Lake Kitchen but our entire experience was awful due to very slow service, the inability to hear each other talk, coupled with the seating of a party of 3 drinkers (not ordering food) at a 2-person table next to us - effectively placing a loud party right on top of us. Go with a young group who don’t mind shouting or waiting an hour for food and you’ll be fine.

JM
vipJeromeM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good atmosphere and good service.

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vipslcfoodie
Salt Lake City
47 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us had the chorizo scramble. One got the eggs Benedict and another the avocado toast. Food was excellent. Have some fresh donuts for the appetizer.
Charming little spot and we all agreed we would go back next time we are in town!

JE
vipJE23
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food and accommodation service for dinner. Lighting at night is brutal though

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GraceO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I almost always get the savory French toast which is out of this world. If I for some reason miss the brunch menu, which lasts until 3pm, I get the chicory salad with tuna. It’s an excellent salad that leaves you full and very satisfied. Other things I like on the menu are the Ruben fries, doughnuts + soft scramble. You pretty much can’t go wrong here, so enjoy!

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vipEmilyM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Can't beat the matzah ball soup. Perfect for neighborhood brunch or light supper.

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vipTrestle
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good healthy food, reasonably priced. Our server that took our order was barely alive. He had low energy but the other servers were good.

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vipcharltonh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellently prepared but more than that it is different. I had the bone marrow. Excellent but different. Who serves bone marrow? My bloody mary was large, filled with pickled veggies, and had a big shot of booze. I will come back and back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fast, efficient, and staff was so friendly!

CO
ClaudineO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful brunch at Grand Lake Kitchen. A group of friends were gathering to celebrate a birthday. The service was excellent. The food was spectacular. We never felt rushed to leave. It was a cozy, intimate meal. Highly recommend!

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Cakes
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The hostess was so nice and made us feel welcome and right at home when we walked in. The waitstaff was lovely and took the time to go over things on the menu. The food came out quickly and everything tasted wonderful. Great spot to meet up with friends or family for a tasty meal.

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vipCorsetiere
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the ambiance is not fancy, chose to come to this neighborhood gem to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. As always, excellent food (stuffed ourselves on bone marrow, burrata, avocado shrimp toast, braised cabbage, green goddess kale), delicious boozy slushies (cranberry Manhattan, mmmmm), friendly service. We were way too stuffed to consider dessert, but when I mentioned that it was our anniversary our sweet server surprised us with a scoop of ice cream with a candle. A lovely comfort-food-filled celebratory feast!

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You can order delivery directly from Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt using the Order Online button. Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 922-9582.

Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt is rated 4.6 stars by 486 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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