Lake Merritt: Best of the Best around the Lake

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 gorgeous area for events, an excellent spot for photography & a enjoyable destination for exercise. Besides these outstanding points, Lake Merritt provides close proximity to a number of delectable restaurants, outstanding bars and other local entertainment.

Lake Merritt, Oakland

Need inspiration to check out the surroundings of the lake? Watch the Drone Video below

What can I find around Lake Merritt?

Restaurants & Bars

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

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 locals the opportunity to savor some Burmese cuisine. Insider tip –> Order the Tea Leaf Salad. I rarely eat salads but this is class.


Grab a slice of pie or joe and post outside

A local favorite for the masses. This CO-Op serves up a different pizza of the day sourced from local farms and whips up some delectable pastries. Like the photo above, grab some food and drink and post outside.

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’s Lower Pac Heights but has done so well, expansion was necessary. 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

Other Things around the Lake

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. Read all about the Theatre here: Bay Area Drone – Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre

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.

Whole Foods

The reason why so many picnics flourish at Grand Lake. Only two blocks from the lake and with more options than The Cheesecake Factory menu, Whole Foods has got you covered for all your needs.


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