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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Micro Weddings in The Lakeside Room

Hosting a wedding with 50 or fewer people? Opt for The Lakeside Room!

Lunch | Monday–Friday 10am–2pm
$150/hour with a 2-hour minimum | $800 food & beverage minimum

Dinner | Monday–Thursday 5–9pm
$250/hour with a 3-hour minimum | $1,000 food & beverage minimum

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $300–2,700/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
    • Event duration
  • Weekend and holiday rentals range $2,200–2,700 and include exclusive use of the full venue for 5 hours, scheduled between 5pm and midnight.

    Weekday rentals range $150–450/hour with a 2–4 hour minimum and vary depending on the space reserved & time of day.

Ceremony Fee
  • $850/event
  • Ceremony rehearsals are an additional $250, and scheduled for weekdays. A dressing suite is available 2 hours prior to the start time.

    Ceremony-only options in The Terrace Room are $2,500, and available any day of the week at noon for 50–160 guests.

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $800–9,000/event
  • Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $50/person and up
  • Pricing applies to lunch or dinner menus; hors d'oeuvres, late night bites, and bar is priced separately.

    Bar packages range $26/person for a 1-hour beer and wine bar to $59/person for a 5-hour premium bar (consumption and cash also available).

Additional Info
  • A 12% gratuity, 11% administrative fee, and tax will be added to the final bill.

    Security is additional and starts at $300, 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; the Lakeside Room holds 50 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room accommodates 200 seated without a dance floor, 190 seated with a dance floor, or 250 standing guests. The Madison Room accommodates 100 seated and 120 standing; the Lakeside Room accommodates 70 seated and 100 standing.

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–Sunday 5pm–midnight and weekdays 10am–2pm and 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 settings available:

  • 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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