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The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

#25 of 1,053 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612-4521 (17th St.)
+1 510-735-9047
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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235 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by this restaurant for a delightful early lunch with a scenic view of this lake. We enjoyed the calimarri starter and for the main course we had the fish tacos. We started with excellent bloody Marys. The service was also very good The restaurant was empty when we arrived but packed when we left. Obviously this is a... More 

Thank Stephen F
Lafayette, California
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523 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Lake Chalet dozens of times and have always had a nice experience. The facility is quite nice and the views of Lake Merit are unmatched. And yet, each time I come, I feel the restaurant is a 4 - very good but just slightly shy of the fine dining experience I always hope for. And... More 

Thank LightFighter
Gothenburg, Sweden
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiten with my wife just for quick bite. Lovely view, attentive personell. Enjoyed the sun shine on the sea veranda

Thank ngskjellen
Berkeley, California
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

looking over lake merrit and seeing the lights was an added plus to a quiet dinner at lake chalet; there is indeed something for everyone on the varied menu. the portions are large but one can dine on the small side if choosing correctly. the seafood tacos were a hit as were the shrimp deviled eggs. service was a bit... More 

Thank janetperlman
San Diego, California
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139 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch after taking the kids to Fairyland. Parked right across the street for free, as opposed to the valet. Love the location right on the lake! The kids menu was very plentiful and very good, and our food was excellent (boneless ribs with polenta, butternut soup, and hamburger). Favorite drink by far was the fresh pomegranate lemonade-... More 

1 Thank yolofam4
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I've heard they have great French toast but I was there for taco Tuesday. It was good but not great. The drinks were cool and our server Samuel was exceptional.

1 Thank fungShea
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I've been to Lake Chalet before for an office Christmas party and the location is stunning. Gondola rides are available, but it's been too cold each time I've visited, though I would definitely suggest doing that. So, this time I came on a Sunday evening, there were 5 of us, the restaurant was rather empty, we didn't have a reservation... More 

2 Thank RJ J
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

More than once perfunctory service, at table and at bar. Happy hour food really mediocre at best. Its like they don't have to try because of the beauty of the setting and the building itself. Drinks only is your best bet

2 Thank Josette K
Sacramento, California
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230 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

While on a walk around the downtown area we came across the Lake Chalet right at lunch time on a beautiful Saturday. While it was busy with three special events and the usual Saturday crowd, we were quickly seated on the outdoor deck right on the lake edge. The menu offered a good selection of brunch items as well as... More 

1 Thank chaslin19
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I really want to like this place. It looks great, the view is amazing, the drinks are good. I'm a local and live close by so I've been here several times at different times (brunch, late afternoon cocktails, dinner several times, etc). For drinks with a view you can't go wrong. The oysters are great as well. Don't waste your... More 

2 Thank Bob S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
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: +1 510-735-9047

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