Skool
Skool

Skool

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.skoolsf.com/
  • Phone: 4152558800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30 pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    *Skool will not take or honor Open Table Reservations for Happy Hour, Happy Hour is only in the bar area.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Moto Nagano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater and tend to private events and hope to meet all needs of each specific request for a special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small private patio than could seat 10-12 and have a large redwood and resin semi-private table in the corner of our space.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy 4152558800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of De Haro St. and Alameda St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We ample street parking during late afternoon, nights and weekends.
A word from Skool
Skool restaurant is a fish-focused restaurant with Japanese flair. We are committed to serving the freshest dishes with special attention to local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Skool in located in sunny Potrero Hill and has a warm and welcoming large private patio. Skool's full bar serves up great artisan and seasonal cocktails in addition to beer, wine, sake and much more.
Skool serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Skool also has 'Detention Hall’ our version of Happy Hour at our bar and patio. Come be a part of our Skool at the corner of Alameda and De Haro in the Design District of Potrero Hill.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Skool reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (27)great for lunch (26)great for brunch (20)romantic (17)special occasion (15)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dine about town FAIL!!!
    Notimpressed
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ridiculous amount and taste of dishes for the price. Dinner for 2: 1 glass of cheap wine, 1 martini, 4 tiny pieces of cured salmon, small overcooked cod and 1 scoop of orange sorbet....OVER $105.00 !!!!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very noisy, difficult to have a conversation. Great food, very fresh and delicious fish. Great for getting close on a date - you're forced to lean across the table to hear each other!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has a gluten free menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very much appreciate their gluten free menu options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wensdaiVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    the wait staff and kitchen seemed a little lost. the waitress was MIA most of the time and didn't come to check on us. service was slow and no one came around to refill our water. there were pieces of broken shell in our oysters and food wasn't as good as on previous visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic SFO Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Skool offers a fantastic gluten free experience with wonderful local fish fair. The wine list and drinks were expertly selected and crafted. This is a restaurant you do not want to miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Culinary education
    FerliseVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Aptly named, these chefs prepared farm fresh produce and "right off the line" seafood,wonderfully with layered flavors and unusual combinations (for ex. black sesame seeds in a coconut milk custard). Sea bass or rainbow trout on a bed of black rice pilaf was sublime. Many sashimi offerings but plenty of choices for non-sushi lovers like me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had a lovely afternoon - great food - mussels were fabulous - very attentive service. And the pudding dessert with the coconut cream topping is a must have! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Love the outdoor patio and you can't beat the $4 Mimosa's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome little find
    dargason
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went at 2:30PM on a Sunday and the place was full, but not packed. Oysters were fresh, benedict was great, squid ink pasta was amazing and the mussels were delicious, though need to come with much more than the two little pieces of bread for soaking up the sauce. Servers were quite pleasant, though the time we waited to be greeted, have our orders taken and food to touch down afterwards was quite long (I am a recent east coast transplant, so maybe that is normal in California). Finally, major points for having a dog friendly patio. We will definitely return with our dog!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Horrible service except for the bus boy when he arrived. Good food when it finally arrives. Good attention to dietary restrictions. Way too LOUD!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    So enjoyed the oysters! The Nicoise was different, but good. Appreciated the kale shot before the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sad experience :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My experience was below average. We had a table of 9-10 ppl & waited 10+ min to get more water & 15+ min to order our main course. We tried repeatedly to flag other wait staff to help us & they seemed to intentionally ignore us. I went there specifically for their UNI Flan & they said they only had 6 flans to start the day and sold out by 12:30p. Terribly disappointed. Later, the busser hit my friend w/ a patio umbrella, & denied doing it after we told him. No apology offered. Lastly there were A LOT of dogs. I love dogs but 1 table had 2 dogs which kept barking, growling at the neighboring table's dogs. I found dog hair in my salmon benedict (gross) and the bread they used was as hard as cardboard. Not a good day at Skool.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why did I wait to try Skool?
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I booked it a couple of weeks in advance for a work dinner with 8 people. In short, everything was great, except that I won't book a party of that size again. The table where they sat us was not really big enough for 8 people, and they said that that was the biggest table they had. It was tight (and we were 2/3 men, 1/3 women.) Other than that, the food was great, as was the service. I'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    CLJLVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was my 2nd visit to Skool. The food was great both times. Must eat recommendation is the uni flan...to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smart Move
    Scruffiedog
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I just luck into this spot the food was great and the service was the best . Went for Easter brunch and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants for brunch in San Francisco. I'm addicted to Squid Ink Spaghettina! It's not traditional Japanese food, but I appreciate the use of Japanese ingredients and cooking methods. Food is always beautifully presented as well. There is something for everyone on the menu, and the restaurant is kid-friendly. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • funday sunday brunch
    BoLovesFood
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    What a great place for food, friends and fun. Sunday was a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the scene. The food is always spot on and no better bloody mary's in the city , plus how bad could it be with a piece of crispy bacon to top it off..who needs celery sticks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This place was a hit. I would say I had a similar experience with Saison in terms of refined dishes. As I am Japanese from Japan, I could tell they used the ingredients only Japanese chef would use, like Nikki (Japanese cinnamon) in the Coconut milk panna cotta. The ambiance was good. Although I was surprised by some groups who brought their infants. Luckily they didn't cry to break the mood. The location was actually a little sketchy, yet easy to park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Fun place for groups. Owner really friendly and food tasty and different. Ambiance and wait staff great. Nice outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    fitndineVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great food - kobe burger, salads and fresh seafood with an japanese twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was OK but expensive
    Bouffe
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    It seems Skool raised the prices recently, for a standard brunch at least. The squid ink spaghettina was very good though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was very good and the kitchen takes food allergies, restrictions, sensitivities very seriously and goes out of the way to make tasty substitutions. I think the server could have been friendlier. My 3 year old son was with our group and I needed to order something additional for him as well as ask for smaller cutlery so I waited and then finally went to the register to put in the extra order (was able to find smaller forks and spoons myself). She acknowledged my request but wasn't very friendly about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cocktails, excellent brunch
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Pleasant outdoor patio, inventive cocktails, delicious smoked salmon eggs benedict for brunch. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A beautiful day for brunch...
    Charlie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The outdoor area is amazing!! The food was ok. Maybe I just ordered wrong, I had the steak and frittes. It just wasn't what I expected. A friend of mine had the salmon eggs Benedict and it was a little salty. The other two had the jerk chicken and waffles and that was Delish. All and all I would def go again. The sangria really hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem in an unlikely place
    Rory13
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We were renting an apartment for a few days in San Francisco and the owner recommended Skool. At night it did not look like an area where there was much going on, but we were delighted with the whole experience. The food is Japanese inspired, light and delicious. We would recommend this venue to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    tominsfVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Was recommended by a friend and went on a Friday night for dinner. Seems more of a bar than a dining place. The bar was really crowded and there is no partition or separation from the dining area from the bar. Despite the dining room being virtually empty we were seated next to the bar area. Our table was continuously bumped by the people coming and going from the bar. The dining room is all hard surfaces without any table clothes so is really really loud. If you want to go someplace and don't want to have to talk to your companion this is a good choice. You can't hear anything. Ordered cocktails, one was a cosmopolitan and they made it with grenadine instead of cranberry. Food was just ok, fish was very oily. Would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this spot!
    Sarita
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Japanese food meets Cali cuisine, who knew this could work AND be soo good?! I highly recommend it. Went with two girlfriends and would have sat outside if the weather was nicer. The squid ink noodles with seafood was delicious, as was crab spread and risotto. Excellent flavor all around, I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual food choices. Good
    jjs1
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Unusual food choices. Good parking. Cooperative staff. Pretty loud when @ capacity. Felt rushed as table was booked after our party. Would like to try outdoor seating for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy, hidden gem
    CASF
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Innovative food, wonderful ambiance and great service! Off the beaten track which means easy parking and serious diners Enroll me in year round skool!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff need to pay attention
    seonaid100
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I love this restaurant, normally. Over the years of my custom they have consistently delivered with quality food and attention. However the last two visits have been poor. Last visit they got my flatbread order wrong, i waited 5 minutes then a different server brought the same wrong order back, and by the time i got the right order, everyone else was almost finished eating. Also on this visit I watched the wait staff stand in the kitchen area folding napkins when there were clearly customers who were looking for attention, including our table. Snap out of it Skool, i don't want to put you in detention, but it's looking likely.
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  • Still great
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    I hadn't been to SKOOL in awhile and just had a great return experience. Wonderful service, fresh, innovate food and great cocktails and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    JakeVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Been here many times. The food is always great and then menu creative. Staff is friendly and attentive. I eat here whenevre in town. BRAVO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice burger at lunch. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Nice burger at lunch. Very nice local spot..Burger made my to 25 in the city list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Service was slow. We say for 30 minutes before they even took our order. I might expect this at dinner but not for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic califrnia cuisine!
    traceVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great vibe. Organic and gluten free options. Best fish. Great service and ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was tasty. We enjoyed
    glovesmVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food was tasty. We enjoyed the sake offerings with our meal. The prix fixe menu of hamachi was perfect followed by the striped sea bass with crunchy, fatty skin. The lentils were a bit al dente to me with a tangy sauce that didn't pair as well as it could have. The mussels were tasty, but very gritty. I had to stop eating them because I kept finding pebbles and sand. Quite awful. And I love mussels. The desserts was just vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Nothing to write home about. I would only eat fish here as that seems to be their specialty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second time at
    Tokyo331
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was my second time at Skool, and there won't be a 3rd visit. The mussel dish was smelly, I could not finish it...
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  • Looking forward to another visit!
    FarahRamaVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The menu looked interesting and we managed to make a booking on Opentable for a Friday evening, that was a good start. We tried a few cocktails at the bar before the hostess requested that we adjourn to the table so that we wouldn't hold up her seating plans. Well, she didn't exactly say that but the hint was not lost. It was nice of her to offer alternative seats at the bar. We started with fresh oysters and deviled eggs. The Chef's selection of oysters were really good! We finally decided to share four of the appetizers- Fish Sampler and Uni Flan were the best! The fried Baby Eryngii was a great alternative to regular fries. The dessert, however, was forgettable. Will we go back? Definitely! We haven't even started on the entrees!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We liked swim in your Skool
    SoPickyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We were impressed with the ambience. Job we'll done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Outstanding service. The wait staff was on top of our every needs...without us having to ask a thing! The food was great, as usual!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate