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About The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel
PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR RESERVATIONS: http://www.theterraceroom.com/go/
We are Oakland's most romantic and beautiful lake front restaurant, set in a 1920s art deco supper club with panoramic view of Lake Merritt. Come enjoy your choice of fresh fish, juicy meats, fresh and local vegetables and our delicious cocktails!
With Happy Hour Mon-Thurs, 5 pm - 10 pm, you can enjoy 2 for $10 wines by the glass and $5 well drinks. Then head into our dining room for a delicious meal.
On the weekends, come enjoy brunch featuring our Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys!
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
DINNER: Monday - Wednesday: 5PM - 8PM;
Thursday & Friday: 5PM - 9:30PM
BRUNCH: Saturday: 10 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: 10AM - 2:30 pm
(Reservations are highly recommended!)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Thursday and Friday. Never a cover charge! Enjoy a great meal, great music and dance the night away!
Many more live music acts to come! Check the calendar on our website.
Valet Parking Coming Soon!
We are within walking distance of the Lake Merritt and 19th St bart stations.
Louis Le Gassic
Private Party Facilities:
Our panoramic view encompasses the blue-green of Lake Merritt and the lush Oakland hills. A special treat for evening events is the Necklace of Lights, which is a chain of lights on ornate Victorian light poles that surround the entire lake. We provide all food & beverage.
Private Party Contact:
Elizabeth: (877) 926-5983
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Live music every Thursday and Friday night. No cover charge!
The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel Ratings and Reviews
This place was great! The server was one so friendly and attentive. The Pork Porterhouse was amazing and so was the Cucumber Basil Gimlet. There was a jazz band playing and some couples got up and danced, which was cool. You don't see that anymore! We got the Figs with Bleu Cheese to start, which were average. If they were warm, they would've been bomb. The Chocolate Mousse was tasting, but average as well. I couldn't get enough of the Pork Porterhouse though, and my boyfriend enjoyed the Chicken dish. It's right on the lake, with a great view from any spot. A gem of Lake Merritt. Not really a young crowd, but we're in our late twenties and loved it. If you appreciate the 1930/40's feel and wanna swing dance a little between bites, this is a fun spot! We felt like we were just taken back in time.
The Terrace Room is the prefect antidote to Hipster Fatigue in Oakland! The large airy dining room perched at the tip of Lake Merritt is unpretentiously elegant, though managing to be warm and welcoming at the same time. We have dined here for years now, proud and eager to share this lovely spot with our family and out-of-town visitors. The vibe is Art-Deco-era. but its timeless appeal bridges all generations.
The Terrace Room has a gorgeous view of Lake Merritt. Dining room is spaciously laid out and has a great ambience. A local jazz trio group played some straight up great jazz on Thursday night that had people up on the dance floor. But the kitchen seems to have no clue what it's target market is. Prices were high and led us to believe we would be eating well. $10-12 for appetizers, $20's for most entrees. The mixed green salad was puny, overdressed and extremely cold. The Caesar salad was UNDER dressed and dry. Fried calamari was not greasy, but heavy on the batter. For entrees, they cooked the beef rare, as requested, and it was delicious! The halibut, on the other hand, was served in a BOWL of watery broth -- truly the most unappetizing looking piece of fish swimming around in pale liquid -- and tasted as dreadful as it looked. Bland and fishy. The building also houses an independent living facility, and the menu items reminded me of independent living dining menus I've experienced elsewhere. Not quite hospital food, but not generally designed for consumption by a wide range of the eating public. The wine list was serviceable and the wines we had were quite delicious, though --again -- pretty pricey. I was told that the cocktails were not very good -- watery and not flavorful. The Terrace Room has fantastic potential. But it needs to decide who it is serving. Does it want to serve the residents and their guests only, or does it want to draw diners with a fabulous menu that matches the view, making it a true destination dining establishment? I'd go back for the music. Nothing else until the kitchen makes some major changes.
We enjoyed the great brunch food and bottomless mimosas/bloody marys with a medium-sized group. The service was very attentive about the drinks and food with a slight mix-up with the leftovers. We liked the live music jazz band that was playing that morning.
With bottomless mimosas and bloody marys the terrace room is a nice place for weekend brunch. Chicken and waffles is very good. They tweak the menu monthly so there are the standards and then some specialties. Service can be a tad slow but once you order your meal it comes pretty quickly.
The Klipptones were scheduled to play at the Terrace Room. So, I made a reservation and asked for a table near the stage. When I arrived, I was escorted to an amazing table, that was not only near the stage, but also looked out on Lake Merritt in Oakland. As the band played, the sun slowly set and twilight turned into an evening, with lights sparkling on the water behind the band. The dance floor filled up with each new arrangement. It was an amazing night. The restaurant selected the band, which was perfect for the old-school ambiance. It felt less like a restaurant and more like a walk into a better, more optimistic past.
The Terrace Room has amazing food and I dare anyone to be disappointed. Endless Bloody Mary's & Mimosas at brunch now is a great way to relax on a weekend. Staff is very friendly and low key. Food came very quickly. Gorgeous view of Lake Merritt. Various events weekly like music, trivia nights, neighborhood appreciation night, happy hour and more. I do wish I received the emails I sign up for so I have more notice about events and that their website was kept more up to date. They could do a better job marketing themselves but perhaps they are happy with the current level of business. ??
The Sunday brunch menu is most creative and extremely tasty. Not to mention, bottomless mimosas and/or bloody Marys. Yes, you can switch back and forth between to two for the same price. The Father's Day brunch featured a build your own bloody Mary bar: fresh strips of bacon, turkey bacon, assortment of pickles, fresh sting beans, onions, jalapeños, pepperoncinis, garlic, hot sauce assortment, and more. Yum!!
I've been to the Terrace Room often - it's my "go to" spot in Oakland. The view cannot be beat! The pianist/singer who was performing in the lobby sounds EXACTLY like Nat King Cole, and sang his type of music. The service was a bit slow, but I was with good friends and we had a lot of catching up to do, so that was OK. Food was great as always - tasty, reasonably priced. Parking was readily available on the street. I'll be back again, for sure!
Really, really warm! This place doesn't have A/C. The food is good, but I left half because I was so uncomfortably warm, I didn't want to stay any longer! The service was pretty good- efficient, but not really friendly. Overall, I'd return- on a cooler day!
Visited this location last Friday to listen and dance to The Kliptones; they are great! The room is nice, with a good view of Lake Merritt.
The food, however, was so-so. The bread was stale, the Caesar salad needed more dressing, the skirt steak was lukewarm. The profiterole dessert was one large profiterole. The shell was hard and the ice cream filling very frozen, so it was a challenge to eat.
I've been 2x so far. The food was consistent, but the service this time was a cut above the first time. My date and I were conspicuously the youngest people in the place (except for the staff), and some of the clientele can be a little impatient with the staff (unfairly so), the view makes up for any shortcomings in the ambiance.
The restaurant was too loud to talk to my romantic date whenever the band plaid. The chicken was under done and had to be sent back. So I waited a good 15 minutes to eat the rest of my ravioli. The service was prompt and attentive. The, really, only bright spot. I would stay at the bar if I go back.
The Terrace Room is a classic gem. Great service: friendly, prompt, and nice. The view of Lake Merritt is great. The mural of Oakland in the 1950's is worth seeing. Even the ladies room was very well done! The Ravenswood Zinfandel was delicious. The berry tart dessert was different and delicious. A wonderful evening in a beautiful setting with great service!
Went here for Easter Brunch and the service was horrible. We were seated and completely ignored by the waitstaff for 20 minutes. After going through the buffet line, we had to ask the hostess if we could get water and coffee at our table. The waiter reluctantly came by to give us our beverages. And were then promptly ignored. We had to clear our own table, as none of the waiters came to remove our plates. Had to speak with the hostess again to get our check, since the waiter was totally absent. Then they overcharged our bill by $40. All in all it was not a good Esster brunch. The waitstaff gave horrible customer service, and we will never go back.
Because of the small room size and the 1920's decor acoustic entertainment such as traditional jazz combos or "period" small orchestras (e.g. Paul Price's) fit the Terrace Room better than amplified ones (e.g. Medicine Ball Ensemble) to allow easier conversation. The food was not quite as imaginative in presentation or taste as could have been expected from menu descriptions. Next visit I will be sure to come in "tails" rather than a double-breasted suit in an attempt to encourage other male patrons to upscale their clothing choices ;-)
Fast service ordering. Food was good i had greens and fried chicken with waffles. The greens were tender but bland the bacon in them was too fatty. The syrup was not hot. The cheesy grits were perfect with 2 poached eggs on top. My daughter had saracha nachos they were very good but not temperature hot either. Waitress was nice but not on top of the mimosas and she let her pitcher touch the glass so i wondered how many other glasses had been touched while pouring and that killed my desire for another. The room was bright and tables nicely set. Everyone was enjoying their Sunday. Maybe i will try it again. I loved sitting under the open window with my daughter.
There's s new chef at the Terrace Room! He came from Bay Wolf when it closed and the menu upgrade has been awesome. The menu changes frequently unlike the past seasonal menu that was static. There is new staff too, perhaps he brought them along. I love the ambiance, very old-Paris feel and the view of Lake Merritt might be the best in Oakland. I can't speak to the brunches and buffets. There is live jazz and big band music a few nights a week and lots of dancers follow the bands. It's hard to converse when they play but the rest of the time the restaurant has the best sound quality imaginable.
We originally came to this place because of bands and swing dancing on Thursday and Friday evenings. It's a great setting overlooking Lake Merritt. Then we tried Sunday brunch. Food is good, priced a little high if you were intending to go here often, but great for a special brunch overlooking the Lake (probably everything could be 30% cheaper to come in at the range of the neighborhood places like Lakeshore Cafe, Mama's Royal etc.). But the view is great, they have the linen and ambiance that goes beyond the other places, so that's what you're paying for. They have a jazz combo playing for Sunday brunch. We'd like it more if they kept the dance floor open for the brunch since the combo is playing standards and it would be nice to take a turn around the floor while waiting for the food to come. The place is problematic since it really is only open Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday brunch - the rest of the time this is apparently a retirement hotel where the residents only are eating in this beautiful room. So if you're thinking of brunch on Saturday morning or some other evening, you are out of luck. Service was friendly and eager to please, while being also kind of down home and ingenuous - might not impress someone from SF but we liked it. Food has lots of nice descriptions but in reality it is breakfast food. It may have gruyere cheese instead of swiss, but it's still an omelet and tastes pretty much the same. If it is $14 instead of $9.50 you have to decide that the ambience is worth the difference - which it is if you are feeling romantic or trying to impress the family. But breakfast for two is likely to be in the high $30's instead of mid-$20s.
As we have in past years, we went to The Terrace Room for Valentine's Day dinner. We were disappointed for the first time. The food seemed a bit off from what we normally experience and the pacing of the meal was as if they wanted to turn the table over as quickly as possible. We were still eating our first course when they brought our entree.
Interestingly, the best part of the dinner were the dessert items which we actually took home and enjoyed later.
Had always wanted to go to this restaurant because of it's location on Lake Merritt. However we will not return. Puff pastry was soggy, lamb was almost raw, polenta was warm, but not fully cooked, and my desert was unrecognizable. Wait staff was friendly, but somewhat disorganized. Lovely view from the dining room, but cannot recommend this restaurant.
Spent an evening with my wife- we were celebrating our 20th- though this was valentines day- the service was excellent= the atmosphere just right- we were not rushed by our waiter;
the food was wonderfully prepared- we shared each others meals and the recommended wine pairings lent well to each course!
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