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Lake Chalet is brought to you by the people responsible for the popular Beach Chalet and Park Chalet right across the water in San Francisco. This elegant restaurant is situated right on Lake Merritt, so you're sure to have delightful views while you're here. The menu consists of mainly seafood and grill items, but all with various global and contemporary influences. Lake Chalet's bar also offers a variety of creative and tasty cocktails, which are made even sweeter during their twice daily happy hours, when drinks and appetizers and small plates go on special. On a nice evening, sit outside and watch the gondoliers go by as you enjoy your sundries.
Scott's has become somewhat of a Jack London Square institution, serving up the freshest seafood alongside the best views of the bay. Scott's has been voted best brunch for their Champagne Jazz Brunch on Sunday mornings. Don't miss this opportunity to sample the freshest the bay has to offer, and finish it off with a stroll along the waterfront.
There aren't too many places in the Bay Area that serve up peel-it-yourself seafood. The Rockin' Crawfish just happens to be that sort of place. The menu features crawfish (of course), as well as crab, shrimp, clams and oysters. You choose the seasoning and degree of spiciness. When your food arrives, be sure to don the bib they give you. You'll also make good use of those paper towels! The atmosphere is lively and fun, so this is a great place for family gatherings (as long as nobody's squeamish about shucking critters from the sea!).
Marica Restaurant is truly a dining option gem. The menu highlights California Cuisine, with most ingredients being organic and sustainable. The specials change frequently. The mussels appetizer is a favorite, as are the dollar oysters, and you can't go wrong with the lobster, rib eye, and chocolate souffle. Marica Restaurant also features an affordable prix fixe three-course dinner; be sure to check their website to see the choices available. Reservations are recommended.
The decor is generic Chinese restaurant, but the food is anything but average. The menu includes only seafood and vegetarian dishes prepared with care and with quality ingredients. Wheat gluten and textured vegetable protein take the place of beef, chicken and pork in spicy Kung Pao "Chicken", toothsome Sweet and Sour "Pork" and a succulent Tomato-"Beef" Stir-Fry. If you prefer seafood, the fresh Sea Bass Grilled with Ginger & Lemon Grass is a house favorite with the locals who pack the place, as is the selection of crab entrees. The service is efficient if a little brusque.