Cuisine

Meritage offers guests a small and large plated menu using the highest quality ingredients from many local purveyors and artisanal producers from around the U.S. which when combined with the culinary expertise of our Chef, dishes are created that are both exciting and satisfying.

Our passion for the local fare is showcased throughout Meritage’s breakfast, dinner, and bar menus which offer small and large portions encouraging diners to explore and share.

Dinner highlights include: Ahi Tuna A La Plancha sweet chili hummus, toasted almonds, preserved navel orange, mint salsa in the Light Whites category; Crispy Calamari smoked shitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, fine herb emulsion in the Fruity Reds category; Niman Ranch Grilled Pork Chop crispy haricot-vert, wilted collard greens, vadouvan, spring onion soubise in the Spicy Earthy Reds category; and the Filet Mignon boulangere potato, cabernet essence, point Reyes fondu; in the Full body Red category. Indulgent desserts include the Tcho “Pier 17” chocolate tasting, the Fuji Apple Éclair raspberry, blood orange, candied pecans and a tasting trio of local artisan cheeses.

The “Sips & Bites” bar menu features playful and comforting dishes like Kobe Beef Mini Burgers with all the fixings on a toasted sesame seed bun and Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Dates, marcona almonds maytage blue cheese. Breakfast specialties include Bananas Foster Pancakes with caramel, banana, granola, whipped cream; Tahitian Vanilla Bean Brioche French Toast with currants, caramelized apples, orange butter and Spring Poached Eggs asparagus, oyster mushroom, toasted brioche, wild arugula, avocado salsa.

On Sunday, the tradition continues with an elegant brunch buffet inviting guests to spend the day enjoying great food with family and friends in a fantastic setting.

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The Restaurant

Two-story high ceilings, original arches, and columns welcome you through the dramatic entrance.

An inviting Mahogany bar with a cozy lounge encourages lingering over a glass of wine and enjoying small plates and music every night. 

The farm-to-table concept is shown through wine racks and fresh seasonal ingredients displayed through the glass as you enter.

The main dining room provides guests with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, leaving you with an experience to remember.

Born of a golden era, dining at the Claremont has always recalled images of gracious living.

As early as 1916 the Garden Room “high atop the hill” offered fine cuisine and historic, elegant charm.

Renowned for its grand buffets and holiday soirees, the Garden Room offered a dining experience as fine as any city hotel and hosted famous performers such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Tommy Dorsey.

In the 1930s the Garden Room was flanked by a large porch where guests would sit, walk and admire the surroundings and spectacular surroundings.

Throughout the years the Claremont continued the tradition of fine dining, opening Jordan’s, the resort’s Four Diamond award-winning restaurant in the former Garden Room.

With unparalleled views of the twinkling Golden Gate Bridge and the California sunset, Jordan’s brought an atmosphere of relaxed elegance to Berkeley.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and an acclaimed weekend brunch, Jordan’s offered California cuisine with a decidedly French accent highlighting ingredients indigenous to Northern California.

Multi-course Tasting and Vegetarian Menus highlighted the bounty of the region and were matched with an extraordinary wine list.

Gazing out at the lights of San Francisco, Jordan’s quickly became a celebrated dining destination in the Bay Area.

In the fall of 2009, Meritage ushered in a new era of dining.

The current concept celebrates the marriage of wine and food by offering contemporary Californian cuisine with an extensive selection of wines available by the taste, glass, and bottle in a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for the grandest of fetes or the most casual of dinners.

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Private Dining

The Meritage Private Dining Room

Just a short stroll through the main dining room you step into the spacious Meritage Private Dining Room with a stunning view of both the San Francisco cityscape and resort palm trees.  

The room is perfect for a business dinner or any social gathering that appreciates relaxed yet refined service, fine wines and great farm-fresh food.  Capacity of 75 for receptions and 50 for seated occasions.

The Alumni Room

Adjacent to the Meritage Lounge, the Alumni Room offers the warmth of mahogany paneled walls and spectacular views of the resort and Bay. Take a stroll through the decades with eclectic framed photos of Cal Alumni and memorable university events.

This room is perfect for lunch, reception, or dinner.  The capacity of 50 for receptions and 32 for seated occasions.

Claremont Hotel Banquet Rooms

The Claremont provides luxurious accommodations for you and your guests and ideal venues for weddings, family celebrations, corporate dinners or holiday parties.

No matter how intimate or lavish, casual or elegant, our team of planners can handle the details while you enjoy having it all come true. 

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The Wine

The Meritage wine list has been created with our culinary philosophy in mind. Food and wine are intended not only to complement each other but to inspire one another as well.

This is an integral part of the dining experience at Meritage.

With over 190 selections to choose from our wine list complements the food with a substantial backbone of the highest quality American wine producers without excluding a representation of classic and new European producers, including Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany.

This list received the coveted Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 9 years running.

Our list of 18-featured wines by the glass offers a selection of wines that change to accommodate our seasonal menu changes.  The menu is laid out like a wine list and is designed to pair with specific wine flavors.

There are 6 categories of wine styles on the menu, each with 3 dishes.  These are the chef’s recommendations of what goes well with a particular style of wine. 

All glasses are available in half and full pours to give our guests flexibility to try a variety of wines with their meals.

At a time when the selection of wine can be daunting and intimidating due to the sheer quantity of extraordinary wine available, our list offers novices and wine connoisseurs a perfect blend of wine and food.

There are wines for every taste and price point.

Tasting enjoyment, cuisine pairing strategy, and a generous cross-section of affordability make the Meritage wine list approachable and an integral part of an extraordinary dining experience.

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