Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Meritage at the Claremont

41 Tunnel Rd. Send to Phone
510-549-8510 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A fresh look keeps the vibe young at this luxurious restaurant, without sacrificing the Claremont’s prestigious dining history.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Breakfast & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features

* Click here for rating key

Dining room at Meritage at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA

Meritage at the Claremont Restaurant Review

: Changes made in 2009 to the main dining room at the historic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa signaled a changing of the guard at once literal and metaphorical. An extensive renovation breathed new life into the famous spot. Funky wallpaper evokes the kind of vintage-meets-contemporary design best seen in Palm Springs. The most radical changes, however, are found on the far from old-fashioned menu, divided into two pages: a white wine page and a red wine page. Patrons read the menu horizontally for suggested couplings of entrées and wines. There are no appetizers, instead every item on the menu is offered as a small or large plate. Most dishes are solid, such as the crab cakes and short ribs, the latter melting off the bone. A flatbread topped with salmon, however, fails to taste like anything more than just that. We also recommend the seared scallops in a truffled nage. Though the TCHO Chocolate Tasting is the most eye-catching dessert, it’s the medjool date cake, a small pyramid of spongy, moist cake served with eggnog gelato, that steals the show. The wine list focuses on California winemakers and offers many options by the glass in full or half pours.

User Ratings & Reviews for Meritage at the Claremont
 
San Francisco Top 10 Restaurant Lists

Discover the top restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in SF here!

Discover the best restaurants in San Francisco for sushi, steak, a romantic night out and more



RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.