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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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Top Tags:
  • 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
What 514 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Kitchen was very slow. Took 45 minutes from time we ordered to delivery of meal. And no one compensated us with a free drink or a pre-meal bite. Disappointed in the kitchen time management this time around.

SandraM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

I always enjoy taking friends/relatives here for lunch...GREAT view, quiet, and generally good food. Unfortunately the bill was incorrect; I was charged the dinner price for one entree instead of the lunch price, which I caught before paying. They apologized..a computer error. Love it when Rodney Bell is at the piano...playing and singing! This place is a gem and I particularly like how they make a birthday celebration special by serving a complimentary dessert with a lit candle!

BonnieW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2016

This is a great spot for brunch. The bottomless mimosas are a great value. The servers are always happy and hard working and the view can't be beat!

tomh (Yosemite)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

overlooking Lake Merritt. very good live band for dancing, or not. Food is well prepared. A very friendly staff. Dramatically undersubscribed.

vipJR322 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Visited for a Saturday Brunch. I would say the food was "nothing special" though certainly no problems with it. The Bloody Marys were potent and view on Lake Merritt was very nice. A nice place to stop if you're in the area.

MrsC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

The ambiance is wonderful and so were the quaint furnishings and setting. The food was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Our Sunday brunch was delicious, the view was gorgeous, and the jazz trio was icing on the cake. Our server, Natalie, made our dining experience more enjoyable. She was knowledgeable, cheerful and upbeat. Looking forward to going again.

ChrisD (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Walking into the Terrace Room is like walking into the past. I was there many years ago and it still looks the same. The food was ok as was the service. There wasn't anything special about it that I could write about other than the fact that the views of Lake Merritt are beautiful.

vipOutdoordiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

Beautiful view from this restaurant. I had no idea that the Lake Merritt Hotel is an independent senior living building....imagine my surprise when I walked in there! It was, however, delicious, our waiter was terrific, the view from our window seat was outstanding, and it was fun to have lunch there.

TiraB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

My only 3 critiques were that our food took 45 minutes to come out, the restaurant was hot, and The Jack London Omelette was too salty.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

Food is great here. We loved our chilaquiles is excellent and also the lax. Service is great.

vipsunnyside1 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

The Terrace Room on Lake Merritt is a hidden gem. They have a great happy hour & many nights have "no cover" live music. Really good music! Fun bar food!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

I have been wanting to come here for over a year. I finally got to here for my birthday & it was worth the wait! I appreciate when a location creates a need for people to elevate their attire. The Terrace Room is a well appointed room with spectacular views of Lake Merritt and DTOakland. This a treat I will be giving myself as often as possible!

Thena (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

What a delightful place. I will be back. I think that's the best eggs Benedict I've ever had.

The wait staff was friendly, charming, and accurate, but slow. I think they were overwhelmed. It took a long time to get our check.

Please get another coffee resource. Dreadful coffee. I do recommend the fresh orange juice.

vipKaren (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

The room and view are lovely. The service and food were marginal.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

We had a wonderful time at The Terrace Room. The view is beautiful. The live music is romantic.

Rose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 9, 2016

Old world charm with outstanding, friendly and most importantly, unpretentious service. Very unique and special spot.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We went for the Mother's Day Brunch and were generally pleased. We had gone last year and LOVED it so we choose to go again this year. Though we did enjoy ourselves (service and ambiance was GREAT!) we felt that it was lackluster in regards to the food options this year.

There were many more food choices last year including a carving station - which is a buffet brunch staple and our favorite part. (I made reservations last year and so I have a copy of the menu in my inbox to reference)

I don't know why the choice was made to offer less this year but the downsized menu was immediately noticed by my family. Also..the price per person was higher this year so the smaller menu is even more questionable.

Not sure we're going to go back next year but if we do I'll check the menu offered before doing so.

Extra: The waitress we had was amazing! The piano player was talented as well a funny.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

Wonderful staff. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. The band was a little loud on this particular night, but that was a small price to pay for the overall experience!

SSfood (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

The food here was mediocre, but that was far out weighed by the atmosphere of the place. The unlimited bloody mary's and mimosas option was fantastic. They were able to easily fit a large group for my brother's birthday.