Review: The Meritage at The Claremont

41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-8510

The historic Claremont Resort has long been a Bay Area beacon of glamour, its picturesque white turrets peaking out from its perch in the Oakland Hills. The resort’s elegant restaurant, Meritage, opened in 2009, the latest in a long line of Claremont culinary legends.

Like its predecessors, Meritage feels like a sumptuous treat, from its breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay to its decadent menu (think seasonal, contemporary California takes on old-fashioned fine dining staples). hallmarks of the “vintage modern” decor include rich Mahogany, cool marble, original arches, and over-sized chairs.

And this we love: The wine-driven menu is divided into a white wine page and a red wine page, with a focus on California wines and chef-suggested entrees to pair with them (from $14 to $32). For those on a budget, nibble on treats from the bar menu or settle into a cushy club chair with a signature organic cocktail.

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Take BART to the Rockridge station. Take Bus 49 to Claremont and Ashby and walk to Tunnel Road.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at