Hanging out by Lake Merritt is a city-wide pastime, and an afternoon at Lake Chalet, a rite of passage. The popular restaurant and lounge right on the city’s famous lake serves things like oysters, fried chicken, and risotto on their stunning dock patio. The food doesn’t always live up to the beautiful setting, but when a visit to Lake Chalet is more about drinking strong cocktails and relaxing near the water, it’s a detail we can easily forgive. The ultimate power move is to come here on Taco Tuesday for $3.50 fish, chicken, asada, or veggie tacos, and $8 margaritas.
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