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The Terrace Room

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About The Terrace Room

The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt is an enchanting and historic wedding venue located in Oakland, California. Your guests will enjoy the unique ambience of this 1920's-era former supper club, with its enchanting Art Deco ballroom and breathtaking panoramic views of the blue-green waters of Lake Merritt and the lush Oakland Hills. With spectacular food, amazing views and extraordinary service, The Terrace Room provides a memorable event for all your wedding festivities.

Facilities and Capacity
Built in 1927 and recently renovated, The Terrace Room offers spectacular décor from a bygone era, including plush new Art Deco-inspired carpeting, wrought iron chandeliers, overstuffed Art Deco furniture covered in mohair and Lloyd Loom wicker chairs and cocktail tables. Their unique Art Deco ballroom features panoramic views of the area and the Necklace of Lights at night, a chain of lights on ornate Victorian light poles that surround the entire lake. Available event spaces include the following:

  • Lakeside Room
  • Madison Room
  • The Terrace Room

Services Offered
The Terrace Room offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. Their entire staff is professional and courteous and will assist you in coordinating all of you’re your wedding details. Event services offered include the following:

  • Event planning
  • Chairs, tables and china
  • Wheelchair access

The Terrace Room serves upscale American cuisine and offers a variety of menus to choose from. Executive Chef Jack Andrew’s philosophy is to incorporate local and regionally grown foods whenever possible. If you prefer, their chef will work with you to personalize a menu based on your personal preferences.

Other Services
The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt is an ideal location for hosting private parties of varying sizes. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events, such as engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. This venue is also available for hosting corporate meetings, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Originally called the Madison-Lake Apartments, The Lake Merritt Hotel offered apartment-style hotel living in Oakland along the shores of Lake Merritt. In 1934, luxurious hotel dining was added to The Lake Merritt Hotel (now known as The Terrace Room). The restaurant soon became a hot spot in the city, attracting big name stars and dance orchestras.

The Terrace Room is located on Lake Merritt in Oakland near attractions such as the Oakland Museum of California, the Grand Lake Theatre and the New Parkway Theater. This venue is located just blocks from the Bay and a short drive away from San Francisco.

4.6 out of 5.0

11 Reviews for The Terrace Room

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Married on 05/26/2007

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

They were wonderful! They worked with us on everything and even gave us cost-cutting advice when we let them know how much we were trying to pay for everything. The venue was beautiful and perfect - ... Read more so much of our family was from out of state and they were blown away by the view of Lake Merritt and all the deco glory of the space. They even worked through a staff change with us and worked really hard to make everything work.


Married on 12/01/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Great venue!

The Terrace Room is a gem in the heart of Oakland that was the perfect venue for our wedding. The food was delicious (we chose the buffet option), the service was great (Candi Zamora, the coordinator ... Read more was such a pleasure to work with!), and the location was the best part. Beautiful during both the day and night, the view of Lake Merritt was stunning through the big windows and added a unique touch to the restaurant. I also loved how the interior design and steel frames in the dining area added a hint of nostalgia. It was the perfect venue for a party of 150 guests. It felt small enough to feel close with everyone, but still big enough where our guests did not feel cramped. Candi the event coordinator was an absolute pleasure to work with. With always a gracious smile and positive attitude she was responsive, diligent, and accommodating to our requests.


Married on 10/05/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Lovely reception venue

My husband and I had a beautiful wedding reception at the Terrace Room earlier this month. Candi and her team were great to work with and very responsive over email. The Terrace Room is beautifully ... Read more located over Lake Merritt with lovely views, and the food was fantastic, which was really important to my husband and I. During our tasting, we met with the chef who was really eager to make sure the food was what we were looking for. Everything was delicious, from the appetizers, to the plated dinners. We felt that the pricing was quite reasonable for a reception venue, and it was great that the Terrace Room had everything we needed, from seating, to linens, and we didn't have to rent anything. We would definitely recommend the Terrace Room to other couples looking for a lovely wedding venue in Oakland.

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