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Meritage at the Claremont

41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-8510
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Ranked #38 of 598 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Domingo
Transit: The nearest BART station is Rockridge, approximately 1.5 miles. Guests can take a taxi from BART or board the #49 AC Transit bus and disembark at the corner of Ashby & Claremont Ave. The Concierge desk at the Claremont Hotel can order a taxi for you when you are ready to head home.
Description: Meritage offers guests a small and large plated menu using the highest quality ingredients from many local purveyors and artisanal producers from around the U.S. which when combined with the culinary expertise of our Chef de Cuisine, Scott Quinn, dishes are created that are both exciting and satisfying. Our passion for local fare is showcased throughout Meritage’s breakfast, dinner and bar menus which offer small and large portions encouraging diners to explore and share.
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72 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
San Carlos, California
Top Contributor
338 reviews 338 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My fiance and I had breakfast here after spending the night. The breakfast was a pleasant surprise as to how good it was. I ate the best ever huevos rancheros and he had poached eggs on short rib hash. Everything was artfully arranged and full of flavor. The juice was fresh squeezed. The coffee strong, and our waiter Mahmoud was... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Had breakfast twice during our stay at the Claremont. The griddle cakes were by far the best item on the menu; the "hash" is one I will avoid next time. Pleasant service and never an empty coffee cup.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I am not sure if it was bad luck, or they don't listen to you. we ordered wheat bread and received white, then we ordered a plain bagel and received a sesame one. Once it can be a mistake, but twice????

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I loved the Meritage restaurant, located in the Claremont hotel. The food is very creative and delicious. They have a unique concept of pairing wine with each item on the menu. Also, most menu items can be ordered in appetizer or entree size.

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San Francisco, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We booked a table for four of us to celebrate Mother’s Day. On the Meritage web site the Sunday champagne brunch was listed at $59 per person. A week before Mother’s Day, we received a message that the brunch would be $99 per person plus tip, tax, and parking. (Two hours are validated). We did keep the reservation thinking that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Great space, great bar, enjoyed the live music in the evening. Stop in for a few drinks, you will have a nice time.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Meritage is a special restaurant in a wonderful stately, old hotel in the Berkeley hills. This is our go to place for special occasions and have always had a superb experience. We dined at Meritage last week for a special birthday and we were treated so graciously. The views of the San Francisco Bay Area are awesome....we try to time... More

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Stockton, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The wine and food pairing was awesome! The menu offered different and interesting choices and the waiter was very helpful with our decision of what to order. We were very happy with the food and desserts!

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Los Osos, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Our experience at this place ranks "worst in a lifetime". Ridiculously high prices, openly hostile server, awful food--and, it gets worse. The very pricey "dungeness crab appetizer" had no detectable crab in it--just four 3/4" deep-fried cubes of what appeared to be potato puffs with a bit of salad. The entree portions were very small, and, again of low quality.... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Have to say this is an amazing place. The food was excellent and the views were amazing. I love buffets and have been to a lot (vegas, etc) but the one at the Meritage just stands out. I wanted to take my special girl to a nice meal and this place totally fit the bill. Service, food, and everything. Mr... More

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