Best of the Best around Lake Merritt

The Jewel of Oakland, Lake Merritt, encompasses 155 acres of land with a circumference of 3.4 miles. It’s clear to most locals that Lake Merritt is so much more than an estuary, but a gathering place for events, an excellent spot for photography, & a enjoyable destination for exercise. Aside from these options, Lake Merritt’s provides close proximity to a number of delectable restaurants and outstanding bars. Need inspiration to check out the surroundings of the lake? Well keep on reading.


Drone View of Lake Merritt
Drone View of Lake Merritt

Grand Lake Theatre

This is THE SPOT near the lake. With a history that stretches back almost 45 years, the Theatre has been awarded the best place to see a movie in the Bay Area for 3 years running. $5 movies all day Tuesday.

Burma Superstar

Burma Superstar has really exploded in recent years as its original location has expanded into 4 different locations around the Bay. Luckily enough there is one in close proximity to the lake providing Oaklanders the opportunity to savor some Burmese cuisine. Inside tip –> Tea Leaf Salad is off the charts


Arizmendi Promise
Arizmendi Promise
Grab a slice of pie or joe and post outside


Whole Foods

I mean its not a proper restaurant but being aware of a full scale grocery store within walking distance of the lake is a game changer for anybody on a picnic day at the lake.

Lake Chalet 

A classic upscale Lake Merritt spot provides restaurant goers with a lakeside retreat and some delicious offerings. For those on the lower end of the budget, hit this spot up on a Taco Tuesday for Happy Hour from 4 to close for excellent taco and drink prices.

Lake Chalet Drone
Lake Chalet from above


Mad Oak

Outdoor patio, rooftop bar, and an extensive draft list. Hard spot to beat especially when surrounded by friends and animals. Yes, pet friendly. Cheaper options around but the vibe and setting is definitely worth a stop in.

Athletic Club 

One of Oakland’s newest Bar, The Athletic Club, is one for those who want a good dosage of viewing options to take in any sport offered that day. With a plethora of Tvs, 10+ beers on tap and variety of food options, The AC is a solid spot for your drinking pleasures. The  original AC started in SF and has done so well, the East Bay was lucky enough to put one one in. If you go with enough people, and or thirsty enough, order a Bathtub of beer. Yes, a BATHTUB.

The AC
The AC, one of the newest additions to Oakland


The list goes on for days but who has time to read all that without missing the beauty of being there. If I missed anything comment below so I can add it. I know I missed a lot but the full guide will be updated as we go.


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