Review: The Lake Chalet


1520 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 208-5253

Red umbrellas in the summertime, crackling fires in colder months. A gorgeous lake view and the sounds of passing gondoliers singing in Italian. Fine wines, local brews, crunchy tacos. These seemingly disparate things all come together in lovely harmony in Oakland, where the good folks who transformed San Francisco’s Sutro Gardens into the Beach Chalet have done it again with Lake Merritt’s municipal boathouse, now decked out with mahogany and marble.

Whether you’re in the mood for stylish (try the sleek dining room), cozy (enjoy lake views by the fire in the Lake room), or casual (head out to the dock patio), the Lake Chalet has something for you. The unpretentious menu offers plenty of seafood options with some bar food favorites like tacos and burgers. Or just enjoy a specialty cocktail and the shimmering lake. The possibilities are endless.

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Take BART to Lake Merritt station.