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The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

2405 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (2645)
  • Special Occasion (2558)

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Dine right on the water at The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill. It features scenic views of Lake Merritt whether inside or out of the dock. This restaurant serves up fresh seafood and other tasty fare created by Executive Chef Michael Baker. Buttermilk fried calamari, crab cakes and spicy chicken wings make pleasing appetizers. The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill offer entrees like grilled fish tacos with mango tomato salsa, seared scallops and linguini with clams. Fresh salads, scrumptious desserts and platters of raw seafood are also on the menu.

Owners Gar and Lara Truppelli opened The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill in 2009 for guests to partake in a wonderful dining experience in a contemporary, casual atmosphere that's ideal for gatherings with family or friends. It features live music and hosts private events, such as weddings. This lakeside restaurant also serves brunch, offers daily specials and has a happy hour.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 208-5253
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Michael Baker
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Private party facilities
The Lake Chalet offers six stunning and unique Banquet Spaces for your enjoyment and perfect fit. From panoramic views of Lake Merritt to upscale and warm private dining options to exotic outdoor options, Lake Chalet is honored to help you impress with your next event.
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Private party contact
Events Department: (855) 955-2456
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We have two beautiful private rooms and semi private spaces for events, banquets, receptions or meetings at the Lake Chalet call 510-653-8282 x7010 or email for details.
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Cross street
17th St.
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Parking details
On site parking lot and street parking. Valet every day at Lunch and Dinner Weekends after 3pm.
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Public transit
The Lake Merritt Bart station is 6 blocks away.

14th St & Oak St - (0.17 miles) — AC Transit #13

Jackson St & 17th St - (0.21 miles) — AC Transit #59
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Live Entertainment on the dock three days a week.
Taco Tuesdays 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:00pm-6pm
Please contact The Lake Chalet at 510-208-5253 for monthly schedule of entertainment.
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Special events & promotions
Gondola Servizio provides authentic Venetian Gondola rides on Lake Merritt right from the Lake Chalet! Contact them directly to make your reservations for a romantic gondola tour to go along with your dinner! (866)737-8494
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChrisM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2015

Delicious food and spectacular setting - especially with a full moon rising over the lake.
Service also pretty darn good. Glad I brought my friends to share the experience

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 22, 2015

Enjoyed a nice brunch. The view of the lake was nice. Food was pretty good, not quite as good as the prices might make you think it should be. Wait staff was very attendtive and friendly. Only real complaints are having to pay $7.75 for their valet parking, plus tip of course. And the cost of the drinks. Sorry but $13 for a Bloody Mary is ridiculous.

vipVive (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 22, 2015

It took 20 mins to waive down our server to greet us and take our drink orders. Then another 20 minutes before he came back to take our order. Then it took close to an hour for our food to come out of the kitchen. Not once did our server come over to check on us or let us know the status of our order. We had to flag him down continuously to refill our water or re-order drinks. Our server never looked over at our table so we could flag his attention. Instead we ask all the other servers to get his attention. AWFUL!!!!

Anonymous (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

This was a "thank you" dinner for my mother and all of her support. I selected the Lake Chalet because I thought it would be a wonderful experience for the both of us. From the time we entered the valet parking, to the host at the front desk, to our servers, everyone was so friendly. It made us feel very special.

The wait staff was very accommodating with suggestions for dinner and desserts. The food was amazing, my hat goes off to the chef. My mom had the scallops and I had the salmon, OMG, delicious. Afterwards, we weren't going to have dessert but we changed our minds. They have mini desserts which are amazing little bites of heaven. I had the butterscotch pudding with carmel, salt and whipped cream.

So, if you are ever at Lake Chalet, you will find that it is a wonderful place to go for any occasion with family or friends.

Catalina (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We were there for dinner and enjoyed a very positive experience.

The only downer was there was background music which amounted to noise simply because we couldn't hear it above the normal sounds of conversation in the dining room. It would have been better to have no music at that point.

The Crab-cakes & Buffalo Wings were excellent! Our meal, service & all else was excellent & will definitely return & recommend you to family & friends.

vipall4food (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

Sunday brunch/lunch looking out over the lake was perfect. The fish tacos and the pulled pork and egg dish were delicious; we will definitely want to go back (across the bridge from SF) to experience more of the menu. And the outdoor dining area looked very inviting--for a slightly warmer day. I can imagine that evening dining would be beautiful, especially preceded by cocktails out on the extended deck.

viprhoma (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2015

It was just bland. The seating was mixed up and not what I had requested when I made the reservation (though it was available, but not offered). Food was OK, but lacked imagination, bland and room temperature. Fish overcooked

vipACharles (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

Came for the fish and chips and we were not disappointed. As usual, the food was great, the atmosphere was beautiful and the service was fantastic. So glad the dock is open for outdoor dining again.

vipfoodie16 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2015

restaurant with large windows giving wonderful views of Lake Merritt and real Venetian gondolas. Excellent attentive service. I had the best Cesar salad with delicious flavorful grilled salmon. They offer a variety of appetizers, seafood, salads, etc. There are regular and mini desserts. I had the latter: pear sorbet with almond cake and poached pears. The flavors were marvelous. Valet parking is available.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2015

Four for a Sunday brunch serviced on deck - absolutely delicious eggs benedict, omlets and excellent drinks. Quick service but had to order at inside bar and bring utensils to our table because of deck closure for repairs. Would definitely go again for brunch or lunch as a twosome or a group.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

We really paid extra just to be seated in a less traffic area. The view was through windows and the staff looked at us as though we didn't belong. We could hear the happy hour crowd but we couldn't order from that menu. My burger was great. Nothing special. I support Oakland that's the only reason why I would recommend this place at least go once in your life.

vipMRD1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

This place in amazing. Mixed drinks was the only slight flaw.

Anonymous (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

The views from the restaurant are beautiful, especially if you go just when it's beginning to get dark outside. The twinkling lights add to the atmosphere when you are dining or just having a drink. This is a good place to hang out after work for a quick meal and a drink. But it also has many places to dine, upstairs or outside which can also make your dining experience a night to remember. I would definitely recommend this place if you are in the Oakland area.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2015

Food is really subpar. Service is great, though. Good view.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Ambience and service were superb. But the quality of the food left us both wanting more. The price you pay is for the view, not the food itself.