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Things to do in Lake Merritt

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile heart-shaped shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate and mingle daily. This tidal lagoon is also home to the oldest designated wildlife refuge (1870) in the United States.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Theme Park
“A magical theme park, a special place. Grownups must have a kid to get in. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Taco Tuesdays. Beautiful deck for happy hour or Sunday brunch. Drinks are pricey. Food is decent. Beautiful views. Gondola Rides (inquire about times/prices)”
  • 94 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Intimate and casual with a small outdoor seating are in the front. Try the chilaquiles and french toast.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great brunch, lunch and drinks! Don't forget to check out the outdoor backyard patio!”
  • 74 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
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“Best Ethiopian food ever! Friendly service, walking distance and on the way to the lake!”
  • 46 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Yummy drinks and good food on Lake Merrit. If you drive, the trick is to park in the lot under the freeway (across from the Grand Lake Theater) and walk up one block ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
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“Your friendly neighborhood bar with great DJs & live music on certain nights.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Herbs & Spices Store
“This apothecary-style spice shop has everything you need for a vibrant, fragrant and flavorful meal. Owners John Beaver and Erica Perez have created a unique spot with specialty spices and blends for every palate. The shop occasionally hosts events and they sell excellent kits like the curry lovers gift box and a finishing sea salt sampler.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Coach is a former Japanese baseball coach. Sushi is decent but not life changing but you cannot beat the drinks.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“If you have a taste for cajun seafood, then you can't lose at Rockin Crawfish! The menu offers a variety of options, from jambalaya and shrimp to crawdads, clams and oysters, to gumbo, buffalo wings, chili cheese fries and more. Satisfy that hankering for New Orleans fair right here in Oakland near the Lake!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“Best burritos and tacos in Oakland! Open late, cash only. I try to call ahead and pickup so I don’t have to wait around, no seating area. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“You can rent boats, kayaks, and even do a gandal tour of Lake Merritt from here. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Church
“Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ the Light - the entire Cathedral Center is a beautiful and welcoming gathering place to experience liturgy, arts and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Oakland and the Bay Area.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our go-to spot for watching games and enjoying a pint. Local "hole-in-the-wall" bar with good patrons and generous bartenders. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“Quiet, chill wine bar with very friendly staff, board games, and bottles for sale!”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Taco Tuesdays. Beautiful deck for happy hour or Sunday brunch. Drinks are pricey. Food is decent. Beautiful views. Gondola Rides (inquire about times/prices)”
  • 94 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Intimate and casual with a small outdoor seating are in the front. Try the chilaquiles and french toast.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great brunch, lunch and drinks! Don't forget to check out the outdoor backyard patio!”
  • 74 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
“Best Ethiopian food ever! Friendly service, walking distance and on the way to the lake!”
  • 46 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Yummy drinks and good food on Lake Merrit. If you drive, the trick is to park in the lot under the freeway (across from the Grand Lake Theater) and walk up one block ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Coach is a former Japanese baseball coach. Sushi is decent but not life changing but you cannot beat the drinks.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“If you have a taste for cajun seafood, then you can't lose at Rockin Crawfish! The menu offers a variety of options, from jambalaya and shrimp to crawdads, clams and oysters, to gumbo, buffalo wings, chili cheese fries and more. Satisfy that hankering for New Orleans fair right here in Oakland near the Lake!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Best burritos and tacos in Oakland! Open late, cash only. I try to call ahead and pickup so I don’t have to wait around, no seating area. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

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