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The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

Oakland Wedding Venue
1800 Madison Street at Lakeside
Oakland, California 94612

Contact: Catering Department
Phone: 510/903-3580
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Why We Like This Place

Time has been good to the Lake Merritt Hotel. After three renovations in ten years, this classic 1927 Art Deco landmark is now filled with furnishings and accessories that enhance the building’s striking architectural features.

The décor includes plush axminster carpeting, the design of which was inspired by a vintage fabric containing both a geometric pattern and exotic flowers in chestnut, gold, red and green; walls painted in a rich terracotta color; wrought-iron chandeliers; overstuffed Art Deco furniture covered in jewel-tone mohair fabric; and Lloyd Loom wicker chairs and cocktail tables.

The restoration extends to The Terrace Room, the hotel’s restaurant and one of Oakland’s premier entertainment sites. Twenty-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire front of this grand space offer an enchanting panorama of Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park and the Oakland hills. During the day the multilevel restaurant is bathed in light. At night, it has an intimate, almost cabaret feeling, and the view of the lake is spectacular: The dark surface of the water perfectly reflects the glittering Necklace of Lights gracing its perimeter.

The Terrace Room features a semicircular hardwood dance floor, and a sizable mural along one wall depicting Lake Merritt as it appeared over 40 years ago. A shiny black grand piano and Art Deco fixtures are nice finishing touches. In addition to its great location along Lake Merritt, the hotel provides a wide range of services, many of which can be specifically tailored to your special event.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 230
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 350
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 230

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Terrace Room holds 150 standing and/or seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room accommodates 230 seated without a dance floor, 200 seated with a dance floor, or 350 standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Terrace Room seats 230 without a dance floor, or 200 with a dance floor.

Fees & Deposits

A $1,500 nonrefundable security deposit is required to reserve your date. An estimated 50% payment is required 2 months prior to your event and the balance is due 1 month prior. Full seated service, including food & beverage, starts at $30/person. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. Any menu can be customized.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: no
Meeting Equipment: podium and microphone available
Parking: on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: Lake Merritt, Oakland hills, cityscape
Other: event coordinator on site

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Conference Center


Alcohol: in-house, or BYO wine and champagne only with corkage fee
Music: amplified OK with volume limits
Smoking: outdoors onlyno rice or confetti
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required for vendors
Other: no food or beverages in lobby; no rice or confetti

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BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


For special events, year-round, Saturdays and Sundays 4pm–1am (call for details). Note that The Terrace Room and Lounge are also open to the public for dining:The Terrace Room hours are Monday–Friday, 11am–2pm for lunch and 5–8pm for dinner (9:30pm on Thursday and Friday). Additionally, The Terrace Room serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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