The Terrace Room at The Lake Merritt 1800 Madison Street at Lakeside • Oakland • California 94612

The Terrace Room at The Lake Merritt

1800 Madison Street at Lakeside
Oakland, California 94612

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

The Terrace Room, with its beautiful Art Deco ballroom and panoramic views of Lake Merritt and the lush Oakland hills, is one of Oakland’s premier venues for weddings and other special occasions. During evening events, the view is even more mesmerizing thanks to the Necklace of Lights, a glittering string of lights that encircles the lake in an enchanting glow.

Built in 1927 and recently renovated, The Terrace Room retains the feeling of a bygone era with details like the custom three-foot bronze pendant light fixtures and original wrought-iron elements. Although the plush carpeting is new, it’s Art Deco-inspired and perfectly complements the room, as do the elegant Chiavari chairs.

The wall of 20-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that extends along the entire front of this grand space treats diners to a bird’s-eye view of the lake, Lakeside Park, and the distant hills. Throughout the day, the multilevel restaurant is bathed in natural light, while after the sun sets it has an intimate, almost cabaret feeling. And, of course, there’s that spectacular nighttime view of the lake with the Necklace of Lights reflecting off the dark surface of the water.

Other features you’ll appreciate include a herringbone-patterned walnut hardwood dance floor, a gleaming black grand piano, and a large mural on one wall depicting Lake Merritt as it appeared over 40 years ago.

In addition to its enviable lakeside location, The Terrace Room provides a wide range of services, many of which can be specifically tailored to your special event. They serve upscale American cuisine with a choice of menus, and you can rely on the professional and accommodating staff to help coordinate every aspect of your celebration.

The Terrace Room truly is a one-of-a-kind venue. It’s a place where you and your guests will experience a bit of Oakland’s historic charm, along with exceptional food, great service, and lasting memories.


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Engagement Special!
Book a June or July 2023 weekend evening wedding and the ceremony fee will be WAIVED!
If your event does not have a ceremony, you'll receive an additional hour of event time for free. Must book by March 31, 2023.

All-Inclusive Micro-Wedding Packages
Available Monday–Friday from 3–9pm, for 15–50 guests

  • 1-hour ceremony in the Terrace Room, and reception in the Lakeside Room
  • Display hors d'oeuvres
  • Buffet meal
  • House wine and coffee station
  • Tables, Chiavari chairs, flatware, glassware, linens, and npakins
  • Cake cutting
  • Speakers and microphone

All-inclusive pricing starts at $2,700. Pricing is comprised of the ceremony setup fee ($300), the Lakeside Room rental ($300/hour with a 3-hour minimum), and food & beverage ($100+/person).

Available Saturdays January–May 2023 have a food & beverage minimum of only $6,500! Please contact the venue for availability.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $200–2,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Event duration
  • Weekend and holiday rentals range $2,000–2,500 and include exclusive use of the full venue for 5 hours.

    Weekday rentals range $200–380/hour with a 2–4 hour minimum and vary depending on the space reserved & time of day.

Ceremony Fee
  • $850/event
  • Ceremony rehearsals are $200 for 1 hour, and scheduled for weekday afternoons.

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $800–9,000/event
  • Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
Additional Info
  • A 12% gratuity, 11% administrative fee, and tax will be added to the final bill.

    Security is additional and starts at $250, depending on the guest count & overtime (exceeding the 5-hour allowed time frame).


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 0
Reception Seated 200 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

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

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room accommodates 200 seated without a dance floor, 190 seated with a dance floor, or 250 standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Terrace Room seats 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$




BYO with corkage fee

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


For special events, year-round, Fridays & Saturdays 5pm–midnight and Sundays 6pm–midnight. The Terrace Room Restaurant and Lounge are also open to the public for dining: Wednesday–Friday, for lunch 11:30am–2pm; for dinner Wednesday, 5pm–8pm and Thursday & Friday, 5pm–9:30pm. Happy hour is Wednesday–Thursday, 5pm–10pm. Additionally, The Terrace Room serves brunch Saturday 10am–1:30pm and Sunday 10am–2:30pm.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
  • Restaurant
  • Lake

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Hills
  • Lake
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: Chiavari chairs provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
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


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house, or BYO wine and champagne only with corkage fee (750ml bottles)
Music: amplified OK with volume limits
Smoking: outdoors, but not within 25 feet of any open windows, doors, etc.
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required for vendors
Other: no food or beverages in lobby; no rice or confetti


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