A Bit of History

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 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.