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The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

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1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612-4521 (17th St.)
The Lake Merritt Bart station is 6 blocks away. 14th St & Oak St - (0.17 miles) — AC Transit #13 Jackson St & 17th St - (0.21 miles) — AC Transit #59
510-735-9047
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Overpriced but yummy

This spot is right on Lake Merritt. When the outside area is open during warmer times of the year, it's quite beautiful and romantic. The food is all yummy, yet you can't seem to help but to feel like you are paying way too much for everything, including the most basic of drinks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
setarehvatan
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This spot is right on Lake Merritt. When the outside area is open during warmer times of the year, it's quite beautiful and romantic. The food is all yummy, yet you can't seem to help but to feel like you are paying way too much for everything, including the most basic of drinks.

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Thank setarehvatan
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is not worth the trip. It's acceptable but you wont remember what you ate the next day. The real reason to go here is a sunny afternoon for happy hour. Have a couple of drinks out on the dock in the sun.

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Thank Mark H
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Service is great, food is quite good, and has a fancy atmosphere. A little overpriced, so come for a birthday or other celebration. Overall good restaurant and a great spot.

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Thank nina r
Ventura CA
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We had the most attentive and friendliest service from our server, Marissa. A great experience with tasty food and unbeatable lake views. $$$

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Thank CoastRider
Shanghai, China
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95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I was disappointed with my experience here. The whole purpose of coming here is to enjoy the outside views. The outside dining areas were closed off for service in the evenings. One could eat out there but would have to serve oneself. Our dishes were cold and bland when completed. It took over 15 minutes for a final check to... More 

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Thank prettykey
Nieuwendijk, The Netherlands
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382 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This restaurant is located on a beautiful location on Lake Merritt. The restaurant looks very chic (to American standards) and also the service is at a high level. Prices are high but both the drinks and the food are worth it, given the beautiful location and the view over the lake, especially from the terraces.

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Thank Fedor-and-Rivka
San Francisco, CA
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83 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Lake Chalet focuses on seafood prepared and served on the shores of Lake Merritt. My party opted to sit outside and we had a wonderful view of the lake. Fish tacos (one of the house specialties) were enjoyed by two of our party. Another enjoyed the seafood omelet. Service was a bit slow on a Saturday in October; we thought... More 

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Thank PGarcia
Oakland, California
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

After a few disappointing experiences, I decided to return to sit on the deck on a beautiful day. The ambience didn't disappoint - but once again, the food left a lot to be desired. Calmer was lukewarm and could have easily been nuked rather than cooked to order. Bar was understaffed so it wasn't possible to pick up a drink... More 

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Thank ebk16
San Francisco, California
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We had delicious crab salads and iced tea on the outside deck overlooking the lake. Relaxing! Good food and views.

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Thank Kate B
Danville
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Once you get inside, it's cavernous with one of the best views in East Bay. A wonderful and relaxing view of the lake. It was pretty crowded the day we showed up (Octoberfest), but we managed to get very personal service and the food was well above average. One of the sweetest surprises is the valet parking in front and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612-4521
    (17th St.)
  • Public Transportation: The Lake Merritt Bart station is 6 blocks away. 14th St & Oak St - (0.17 miles) — AC Transit #13 Jackson St & 17th St - (0.21 miles) — AC Transit #59
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-735-9047

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?