The Gardens at Lake Merritt
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
The Gardens at Lake Merritt is the perfect spot to bring a date. The Gardens have all sorts of intimate and cozy gardens to take a stroll around. A great spot to bring a first date or a place to go for date night for couples who just want to get away. Lake Merrit is such a gem in Oakland, many are not aware of it’s existence. Lake Merrit is the first nature preserve in the nation. Thirty years before any nature preserves. It has a natural estuary, a bonsai garden that has a 200 hundred years-old potted bonsai, the oldest in the country. Plus the gardens has so many spots to enjoy the lake.
1520 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
For a very sweet spot for your sweetheart, have a meal at the Lake Chalet. They serve oysters, salmon, chicken wings, calamari, shrimp on a skewer plus non-alcoholic guava and pomegranate drinks. The Lake Chalet has two Happy Hours, the first from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and the second runs from 9:00pm to midnight. That’s twice a day to be happy and before you go to bed!
Just steps from the Lake Chalet, Gondola Servizio brings a little piece of Venice, Italy to Lake Merrit. Gondola tours are available seven days a week for day or evening tours with an advance reservation. You may also reserve a romantic wine and cheese package or indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert package. Reservations strongly suggested.
Pier 5, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
Just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant ferry building and financial district as well as minutes from major conventions centers. Lafitte can make your date into a truly unique culinary adventure. With daily changing dishes that showcase a new take on Contemporary French that utilizes fresh local ingredients. Lafitte is the perfect location for all your private and intimate dining needs.
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