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The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

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French, Bistro
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1800 Madison St, Oakland, CA 94612-4638 (17th)
We are within walking distance of the Lake Merritt and 19th St bart stations.
+1 510-903-3771
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Oakland's premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper...
Oakland's premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper club with panoramic view of Lake Merritt. We are open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Brunch is available on Saturdays & Sundays. The Terrace Room is also a unique venue for your Wedding, Special Event or Corporate Event. Experience the grand tradition of a Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Lake Merritt. The classic art deco design of this unique venue brings you back to the charm and elegance of years past.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Romantic and good food

this is one of the most beautiful spots in Oakland. They have great healthy and reasonably priced food. the service was good. Bartender not so good but was not charged for the wrong drinks

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Renee S
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

this is one of the most beautiful spots in Oakland. They have great healthy and reasonably priced food. the service was good. Bartender not so good but was not charged for the wrong drinks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Setting: At the hotel. Nice view on lake Merrit. Nice ambience with live piano music in the background. Parking your car could be a potential issue. Food: Red cabbage salad with fresh greens and ravioli. Salad was very tasty, while the ravioli could have been from Costco. Beverage selection was good. Also a great desert! I would return.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went their to listen to a friend play jazz as I hadn't been there before I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try it., The views are breathtaking and the building is grand. Refurbished from its original structure but still charming and cozy. As far as the food, I went for the HH menu. I had fried calamari... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I have been coming here for the Y's yearly volunteer dinner and the food is always excellent and the view is fantastic! I always look forward to celebrating here. The food that we had is not on the menu so I suppose it was a special menu for our party. We had a choice of beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian.... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The happy hour menu is a treat but also the Terrance Room has music and of course incredible Murals of Lake Merritt. food is great, service outstanding and a local jewel

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Enjoyed a business dinner here just by chance. My colleague works nearby so we were looking for something close. We were pleasantly surprised! The building alone is worth visiting. The restaurant is on the dance floor adjacent to the bar. Our table was on the stage. We had an unobstructed view of Lake Merritt - spectacular! The food was much... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I found the Terrace Room by accident while sitting by Lake Merritt. It is slightly hidden but if you look up you will see the bank of windows and tables. It is a quiet and roomy restaurant that has excellent service and good food. I also have been to their happy hour (Monday through Thursday) that has a variety of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Well, they're consistent! I could repeat the July 2013 review word for word. The view is great. and the interior is just too 1930s for words. Service was friendly. About the food, the less said the better.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a beautiful restaurant in what is now a senior living facility (!) but still has the charm of an old art deco hotel, at least in the public areas. The view of Lake Merritt is outstanding, as is the ambience - the decor, the big band, and the handful of patrons who danced. But the food was terrible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Met Easter Sunday morning with family after the Saturday confirmation of my niece who's attending UC Berkley---and they found this great little place called The Terrace Room in the bottom of an old art deco hotel overlooking Lake Merritt in Oakland. The food was outstanding, as was the setting and atmosphere and our waiter Mark did a pretty terrific job... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1800 Madison St, Oakland, CA 94612-4638
    (17th)
  • Public Transportation: We are within walking distance of the Lake Merritt and 19th St bart stations.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-903-3771

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Oakland's premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper club with panoramic view of Lake Merritt. We are open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Brunch is available on Saturdays & Sundays. The Terrace Room is also a unique venue for your Wedding, Special Event or Corporate Event. Experience the grand tradition of a Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Lake Merritt. The classic art deco design of this unique venue brings you back to the charm and elegance of years past.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?