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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

Special Offer or Discount

Book your January, February, or March 2018 wedding and receive $1300 off the room rental.

Certain restrictions apply. For more information, please contact the Catering Department at 510/903-3580.

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: 220
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 220

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

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room accommodates 220 seated without a dance floor, 190 seated with a dance floor, or 300 standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Terrace Room seats 220 without a dance floor, or 190 with a dance floor.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable $1,750 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 $35/person. Tax, administrative fee, and gratuity are additional.

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

AV/Meeting Equipment: podium

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: banquet captain 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 only

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: required for vendors

Other: no food or beverages in lobby; no rice or confetti

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