Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt
We went for the special fixed price dinner during restaurant week, which we have done in the past, and as always, it was delicious. The brisket was melt in your mouth delicious, the mashed potatoes so smooth and rich, and the turnips were beautifully caramelized. We loved the chicory salad, and the dressing was perfect - not too much, not too little. One of us got the Prosecco with the dinner, which we shared, and the other one got the tiny hot cinnamon sugar donuts that were the dessert, and we split those. Perfect.
Savory French Toast is a delicious experience and the service is great!
I'm working my way through the menu because I was blown away by the first two times I came (first time, I had the scrambled eggs. Second time, the kale with persimmon seasonal salad). I then ordered the GLK burger (at the Diamond location) and was totally underwhelmed. The burger size was small and not very tasty.
The last time I ordered the Cali plate with tuna. It was good but meh. I could get similar quality in many other places and for less $$$.
So, all in all, it started off with a bang and has since fizzled a bit.
The donuts are a treat not to be missed!
Try the GLK burger!! This place has great brunch and I gave it a chance for dinner. Did not disappoint at all either. They have a lot of good options and will definitely come back!
Went on New Year’s Eve. Sad they were out of boozy slushees, but that just gave us an excuse to try some of their excellent and creative cocktails. As usual, food (multiple shared plates for grazing) was wonderful, service warm and friendly.
NYE! Great food and great service!
It was our anniversary and we were blown away by the sweet personal touches. The staff hand wrote a beautiful card for us and greeted us with drinks on the house. The food was quite good and a very good value.
I love Grand Lake Kitchen! They have great brunches, but it gets very crowded on the weekend, with long waits. But it's worth it.
I also like dinner at GLK. Four of us recently had an excellent meal sharing fried plantain to start, and a mix of the rock cod, harissa stew and the gnocchis. All the entrees were delicious. The service was great, too. Originally, we'd booked outdoor seating, but it was too cold, and the team found us an indoor table.
Grand Lake Kitchen is one of my favorite places in Oakland. Worth visiting any time of day.
Small restaurant with a long bar. Made a reservation for 3, wouldn’t get me seated until other 2 showed. They had me stand by the open door when it was freezing to wait to be seated. The bar was full when I got there. Service is mediocre (order takers, not dining guides) and more casual cafe style, though the menu is more formal bistro vibe with Jewish, American and European dishes.
We loved the food at Grand Lake Kitchen but our entire experience was awful due to very slow service, the inability to hear each other talk, coupled with the seating of a party of 3 drinkers (not ordering food) at a 2-person table next to us - effectively placing a loud party right on top of us. Go with a young group who don’t mind shouting or waiting an hour for food and you’ll be fine.
Good food, good atmosphere and good service.
Two of us had the chorizo scramble. One got the eggs Benedict and another the avocado toast. Food was excellent. Have some fresh donuts for the appetizer.
Charming little spot and we all agreed we would go back next time we are in town!
Delicious food and accommodation service for dinner. Lighting at night is brutal though
I almost always get the savory French toast which is out of this world. If I for some reason miss the brunch menu, which lasts until 3pm, I get the chicory salad with tuna. It’s an excellent salad that leaves you full and very satisfied. Other things I like on the menu are the Ruben fries, doughnuts + soft scramble. You pretty much can’t go wrong here, so enjoy!
Can't beat the matzah ball soup. Perfect for neighborhood brunch or light supper.
Good healthy food, reasonably priced. Our server that took our order was barely alive. He had low energy but the other servers were good.
The food is excellently prepared but more than that it is different. I had the bone marrow. Excellent but different. Who serves bone marrow? My bloody mary was large, filled with pickled veggies, and had a big shot of booze. I will come back and back.
We had a delightful brunch at Grand Lake Kitchen. A group of friends were gathering to celebrate a birthday. The service was excellent. The food was spectacular. We never felt rushed to leave. It was a cozy, intimate meal. Highly recommend!
The hostess was so nice and made us feel welcome and right at home when we walked in. The waitstaff was lovely and took the time to go over things on the menu. The food came out quickly and everything tasted wonderful. Great spot to meet up with friends or family for a tasty meal.
Even though the ambiance is not fancy, chose to come to this neighborhood gem to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. As always, excellent food (stuffed ourselves on bone marrow, burrata, avocado shrimp toast, braised cabbage, green goddess kale), delicious boozy slushies (cranberry Manhattan, mmmmm), friendly service. We were way too stuffed to consider dessert, but when I mentioned that it was our anniversary our sweet server surprised us with a scoop of ice cream with a candle. A lovely comfort-food-filled celebratory feast!
Food was excellent. As was service. It’s a favorite place for brunch.
Wonderful neighborhood spot. Have been here for breakfast several times. Dinner did not disappoint. We were here for a business dinner with some folks in from Chicago. GLK was perfect for a relaxed, unpretentious meal that delivered. No problem conversing with the moderate noise level. The menu is filled with elevated, fresh takes on deli and diner food including lots of well-prepared, savory vegetables. My husband and I both ordered the Local Rock Cod (Cornmeal dusted rock cod, carolina gold rice, roasted okra, swiss chard, chorizo jus) - so rich with flavor and texture!
Bone marrow was absolutely delicious, apple sangria was great, gnocchi were very good, chicken was ok. The last one was supposed to be the star, as it was so much better last time we had it. Hence, 4 stars for that visit unfortunately. Will keep coming back for sure!
No B’Day treat😞
Hands down, the best brunch in Oakland. Can be noisy outside, but great people watching.
Second time I've been to GLK and the food is just amazing.
Deceptively simple but delicious.
My only peeve is the noise level but that's because I'm getting old ;-)
Arrived during happy hour which was a great way to try a few things and enjoy a couple cocktails. There were three of us and we shared so many appetizers that we ended up inky sharing one other entree. Deli salads were great. The gnocchi are perfect and the Reuben fries... agh! ❤️
I love Grand Lake Kitchen. Just wish they would turn the music down a bit, especially for brunch and lunch. Its a bit loud for me personally.
Reliably delicious food in lovely setting!
Awesome meal! We had been for brunch a few times and finally decided to try GLK for dinner and it was great!
I love the food at grand Lake kitchen, it’s fantastic! The seafood tower is one of my favorites and the chop salad with a scoop of chicken salad on top of it is absolutely delicious! The service is super friendly, and they even offer gluten-free bread. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area for brunch or lunch
Lovely restaurant, beautiful presentation of delicious hand-crafted food. Easy parking. Amazing place.
Birthday brunch wit GFs. Some new items on the menu were delicious and we always love the donuts.
The food was quite over-seasoned other than the fried green tomatoes. The corn was cooked poorly. The chocolate mousse cup was also grainy and strangely salty. The rhubarb strawberry pie crust was soggy. The cocktails were quite good and service was average. I’m not sure I would go again though I have had better experiences there before.
Great brunch / lunch menu, lovely to sit outside with a Lake Merritt view.
I’ve been visiting this location for numerous years and have always enjoyed yummy food!!!
We’d made a weekday lunchtime reservation and were seated very cordially and promptly. They were robustly busy and we had to wait a bit for the waitperson to take our order. After waiting for 25-30 minutes for orders which required no cooking, our waitperson approached to ask if we’d like anything else. The friend I was with immediately responded with “our lunch! We haven’t had anything yet.” The waitperson was very apologetic and our meals came shortly thereafter.
I ordered the smoked salmon sandwich which was delectable! Served on toasted bread (some type of levain as I think they were out of rye)with just the right amount of cream cheese, topped with capers, red onion and chives, I unhurriedly savored every bite (a plus - we never were rushed to finish). My friend ordered the chopped salad which she devoured with pleasure. We both had iced tea which was very good.
Grand Lake Kitchen is wildly popular for a reason - overall, they’re very, very good, and I will definitely go back. I do think it would be helpful if they were to hire at least one or two more waitpersons for their very busy times.
First time visit: great service and food. Good options for vegetarians as well. I had tried to eat there previously, on a weekend morning, but had been deterred by long lines. This time I met for lunch and made a reservation in advance. Perfect! I’ll be back and look forward to sampling more of the menu.
This is such a wonderful neighborhood spot! Love that they take reservations for lunch1