Meritage at the Claremont

Meritage at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel has only been open since 2009, but it’s already earned a stellar reputation that’s on par with the historical Claremont resort it resides in. 

Welcoming hotel guests and locals alike, one of the biggest draws to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is its breathtaking view of San Francisco and the bay — snag a table by the windows if you can. The food and wine selection outshine even the twinkling lights on the area’s famous bridges. 

With new chef Scott Quinn at the helm, the seasonal, farm-to-table menu gets a refresh. Every item is offered in a small and large portion and is paired with a complementary wine from the bar’s extensive list. Not in the mood for a full meal? Sidle up to the mahogany bar and grab something on the Sips and Bites menu in the restaurant’s lounge, where a pianist tinkles the ivories Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The dining room is a lively scene. It’s filled with resort guests and often couples or families celebrating special occasions, and locals also frequently stop in for dinner.

• The lounge area of Meritage has a slightly swankier vibe, with its deep mahogany bar and plush leather seats.

• The live piano music on evenings harkens back to the days when the resort used to host famous performers including Louie Armstrong and Count Basie.
Things to Know
• Meritage is located in Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel in Berkeley, California. To get there, enter the property through the main parking entrance on Tunnel Road. Walk straight through the resort’s main lobby and the entrance to the restaurant will be on your right.

• Meritage is open for breakfast Monday through Saturday from 6:30 to 11 a.m. and Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The restaurant serves its traditional brunch buffet on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meritage is also open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The lounge opens one hour earlier and closes one hour later on those same days.

• There is no official dress code at Meritage, but the style is business casual. Shorts and flip-flops would definitely stick out in the elegant, low-lit dining room, but it’s still Northern California, though, so there’s no need to get too gussied up.

• The last Friday of the month, the restaurant has prime rib and whiskey specials.
The Food
• Dinner offerings are upscale California. Think cracked Dungeness crab with sauce Louis, roasted halibut with sweet corn and black garlic, or lamb ribeye with polenta and swiss chard.

• There’s also a variety of steaks on the menu and classic steakhouse sides like pureed potatoes, creamed spinach, and macaroni and cheese.

• Brunch highlights include a farm-fresh egg station and bloody Mary bar. Specialties include lemon soufflé pancakes with Watsonville raspberries and Tahitian vanilla bean brioche French toast with orange butter and passion fruit syrup. 

• A kid’s menu is available at breakfast and dinner with child favorites like roasted tomato and mozzarella flatbread and French fries.

The Look
• With its low-lighting, dramatic columns and stunning bay views, Meritage has a romantic, elegant feel — especially at night.

• There is an historic vibe to the Claremont hotel — it was originally built as a private residence during the Gold Rush.

• The patio makes an ideal place for watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean, just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.
Getting There
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, California 94705
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