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The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

514 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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!)
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Phone number
(510) 903-3771
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Louis Le Gassic
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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.
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Private party contact
Elizabeth: (877) 926-5983
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet Parking Coming Soon!
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Public transit
We are within walking distance of the Lake Merritt and 19th St bart stations.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Live music every Thursday and Friday night. No cover charge!
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
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Debbie94597 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2015

Very happily surprised to find this restaurant. It is very resonable and the food for brunch was great. It was so pleasant and the view was fabulous. Bottomless Mimosas were very enticing as well.....LOL

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

Vegan dish had bacon in it! . Reservation was ignored and we waited 35 minutes for a table although others were seated. Seating staff was haughty and uncooperative. No apologies or adjustments offered for the problems. Only the waitress was nice although did not offer anything for the food problems. The food was only fair.

ContraCostaFolks (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

Good menu. Our waitress was excellent. But dont count on getting your seating preference request honored.

Leslie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

We had not been to the Terrace Room in years. It is still lovely, with well spaced tables and the beautiful view. Our service was excellent. Good cocktails. Food is basic American and was very tasty. Portions are small, but that works for us since all six of us are over 60. Was quiet and very conducive to conversation until the 17 piece big band started at 7 pm. The few numbers we heard were great -- lots of people dancing. This is a place for "adults", not the 20-30 year olds.

vipBelgo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

Not the finest food I've had, but it's a beautiful setting, with all tables having fine views of Lake Merritt, and it's a quiet, fairly romantic setting.

Sophia (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

The best things about the Terrace Room are the wait staff and the setting overlooking Lake Merritt. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. I would recommend the Terrace Room as a nice place to have a meal. However, the food is only fair. The descriptions on the menu are wonderful but the actual food doesn't come up to its description. For example, the chioppo I had did not have crab. The swan profiterole was stale.

ButterflyStar (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

The staff was wonderful, service was quick, view is amazing, and the food is delicious! Love any place that has bottomless mimosas (or bloody mary's) on the menu.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2015

Although I was hoping to see Rodney, singer/piano player, there was a very good trio playing which was a very pleasant surprise! The view is always spectacular and we had a window table, Kevin, the host, saved for us. He is fabulous and we had the same fun, waitress who goes out of her way to check with the kitchen about making sure our requests can be met. It's really the service and view that makes this a great place to go!

vipglovesm (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

This is one of my favorite places for brunch because of the food and food options. We enjoyed the bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's also. The service is normally great, but we had a fairly slow and distracted waiter.

Mikki (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2014

I came here with my girlfriends over the holidays and it was very nice. This was my first time and I love the dining room atmosphere, set-up and the view. They also had a big Christmas tree set-up, which was very nice to take photos by. The food was ok but I would definitely give it another shot. The view is what really makes it worth it though! A great view of the lake! I would definitely recommend to check and try this place out at least once.

vipJodi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2014

Great brinch menu. Try the home made flat bread dish! Old world building and well prepared cusine. We will be back!

vipOaklandNative (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2014

For years I have driven by the Terrace Room promising myself that someday I would stop by. With family in town for the holiday the Terrace Room was a convenient drop in. Was I surprised! The room has a stunning view of the lake of the lake. Service was prompt, friendly and helpful. With some members a tad slow in deciding the server was patient to a fault. The wait was worth it. The menu had a wide range of options all of which were very tasty. Best of all there was a quartet playing selections from the Great American Songbook as well as a range of other favorites. This brought out the dancers which was a floor show onto itself. Check it out!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

Awesome brunch. Great service. Fantastic view of Lake Merritt. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. What's not to love?

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

We had a very disappointing meal. The kitchen just does not have it for quality. The food was extremely disappointing. Service was marginal. We noticed the waitress hands with missing nail polish and chipped nail polish on the other fingers. Achhh.................. Too bad as the building and the view are priceless.

vipFoodie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 16, 2014

We went to brunch with a friend on Sunday to the Terrace. As you walk in there is a nice jazz ensemble playing and you have a great view of Lake Merrit. A great first impression.

Unfortunately, poor service spoiled those initial feelings. We waited an exceptional time to receive our order, only to have to return one item as it was cold. I'm not sure if the problem was with the wait staff or kitchen, it was never explained.

In an area with other options, I'm not sure we will return.