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The Beach & Park Chalet Restaurants

San Francisco , CA
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LOCATION

1000 Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121 US (map)

PHONE

415-386-8439

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ABOUT US

The Executive Dining Room or EDR is Located next to the Pump House on the South side of the main building, the PDR is an intimate private dining room that accommodates up to 30 people... Read more
The Executive Dining Room or EDR is Located next to the Pump House on the South side of the main building, the PDR is an intimate private dining room that accommodates up to 30 people for a seated event. Our PDR boasts views of Lake Merritt park, large flat-screen TV, and a private wood-burning fireplace making this room perfect for business meetings and presentations, friendly gatherings and smaller group dining events.

The Gondola Room sits atop beautiful Lake Merritt with three walls of windows providing breathtaking three-directional views. This private room can seat up to 100 people (or up to 150 for a standing reception) and includes a full private bar, hardwood floors perfect for dancing, a balcony overlooking the dock below, and direct access to the park creating the perfect setting for any special occasion. Call us today about your upcoming holiday events, wedding reception, wedding rehearsal, birthday celebration, company picnic, bar/bat mitzvah, reunion or any other group event.

History

The building that today houses the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is located on the shore of Lake Merritt which was originally a tidal estuary formed by several creeks. The Lake gets its name from former Oakland Mayor Samuel Merritt who oversaw the damming and clean-up of the estuary in 1868. Funding the project with his own money, Merritt laid the groundwork for the urban sanctuary know today as Lake Merritt.

The Lake was further transformed into a recreational park around the turn of the 20th century when roads and paths were built. In 1925, the Lake got its famed Necklace of Lights.

The core structure that has become the Lake Chalet was constructed in 1909 as a high-pressure salt water pumping station for the Oakland Fire Department. John Galen Howard designed the original concrete building.

In 1913, Walter D. Reed designed two additional wings which were built to serve as a municipal boathouse and the Lake Merritt Boathouse was born. The expanded structure included locker rooms, a tea room and several restaurants and became the spot from which boating excursions and regattas were launched.

The original pumping station remained in operation until 1955 when building was converted to offices by Oakland Superintendent of Parks William Penn Mott Jr. who moved his staff there from downtown.

The Lake Merritt Rowing Club has used the lower south wing of the building for their activities since 1961.

A public/private partnership between the City of Oakland and the Chalet Proprietors made the renovation and rejuvenation of this building possible. A process that took place over 5 years.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, opened in August of 2009, was created by veteran restaurateurs Gar and Lara Truppelli (Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant and Park Chalet Garden Restaurant in San Francisco). The opening of Lake Chalet coincided with the 100th anniversary of the original structure and represents a significant milestone in the history of the building and the neighborhood, a fact warmly noted by Oakland Mayor Ronald Dellums at the ribbon cutting for the restaurant.

The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is proud to be part of a rich Oakland history and will continue to be the city’s destination for good times and even better food. Read less

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Meghan & Chris
Wedding:
11/1/2014
4.6/5.0
We had our rehearsal dinner at the Beach Chalet and they were great! Food was delicious, great portions and the view from sunset cove was AMAZING. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and we had a view of the sunset on the beach. Perfect.
We had our rehearsal dinner at the Beach Chalet and they were great! Food was delicious, great portions and the view from Read more...
We had our rehearsal dinner at the Beach Chalet and they were great! Food was delicious, great portions and the view from sunset cove was AMAZING. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and we had a view of the sunset on the beach. Perfect. Read less
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KikiLing
Wedding:
11/21/2009
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience at Park Chalet. Even though the Event Manager changed from one person to another in the middle of our planning and after our contract was signed, our event was executed flawlessly. We were worried about the bathroom condition b/c it is open to the public but the staff did an excellent job and kept it in great shape! We would recommend the Park Chalet to any couple considering it for a reception venue.
We had a great experience at Park Chalet. Even though the Event Manager changed from one person to another in the middle Read more...
We had a great experience at Park Chalet. Even though the Event Manager changed from one person to another in the middle of our planning and after our contract was signed, our event was executed flawlessly. We were worried about the bathroom condition b/c it is open to the public but the staff did an excellent job and kept it in great shape! We would recommend the Park Chalet to any couple considering it for a reception venue. Read less
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Jennifer Bandaru
Wedding:
11/10/2007
5.0/5.0
Beautiful setting. Exceptional food and value.
Beautiful setting. Exceptional food and value.
Beautiful setting. Exceptional food and value. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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