Skates on the Bay
Skates on the Bay

Skates on the Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://skatesonthebay.com/page/home
  • Phone: 5105491900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-3:00pm
    Brunch: Sat: 10:30am-2:00pm; Sun 10:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Mon-Thur: 3:00pm-10:00pm, Fri 3:00pm-10:30pm;
    Sat: 3:00pm-10:30pm, Sun: 3:00pm-10:00pm
    Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-6pm
    Late Night Happy Hour: Mon-Thur 9pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our new Private Dining Room offers groups (60 seated and 70 standing) the opportunity to enjoy their special event in a glass-walled private area, without compromising the breathtaking views that Skates on the Bay is known for.
    please contact us for menus and availability.

    Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.
  • Special Events: Our new Private Dining Room offers groups (60 seated and 75 standing) the opportunity to enjoy their special event in a glass-walled private area, without compromising the breathtaking views that Skates on the Bay is known for.
    please contact us for menus and availability.

    Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Ave.
  • Public Transit: The AC Transit, #9
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free public parking located across the street.
A word from Skates on the Bay
Skates on the Bay is known for their fresh market ingredients, innovative menu, and spectacular views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco.
This beautiful and historic waterfront gathering place for fresh seafood and unmatched views of the San Francisco Bay, recently completed (April, 2012) a major interior design renovation, including the addition of a new raw bar, glass-walled private dining room and innovative menus. Originally opened in 1983 in the Berkeley Marina, the reimagined Skates on the Bay is a stunning restaurant to enjoy cocktails at sunset, late night Happy Hour, weekday lunch, weekend lunch or brunch with the family or dinner with a date any time of year.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Skates on the Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
306 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (274)special occasion (175)romantic (123)good for groups (93)great for lunch (93)fit for foodies (71)great for brunch (65)neighborhood gem (41)vibrant bar scene (41)notable wine list (31)kid-friendly (30)hot spot (26)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved the view not so much the food. Good, friendly service but the food left a lot to be desired.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tim was our waiter and he gave us excellant service and explained the menu perfectly. The view was amazing as was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but fair service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The appetizers were great but the prime rib was dry and tough. The waiter did not get our orders right and the crab was served when we were almost finished eating. We end up taking it to go which was Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    love2dineout
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I brought some out-of-town guests who had not been here before. I had not been here for quite awhile, but it is one of the very few restaurants in Berkeley with a nice view. The table was a window table, so that was as I had requested, although I don't know that they honored my request, or if it was just simply available, since there were several more also empty. The waitress was good, but not terribly attentive. However it was getting busy, so that could be somewhat excused. The menu was limited and the food was just okay, nothing remarkable. It was definitely not as I remembered from previous visits, although it has been quite awhile, but it used to be one of my favorites. I would come again, but keep in mind that it isn't great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went with a group of 4 and everyone had a wonderful dinner. Special praise for the cedR plank salmon, steelhead and sushi. As always, love the crab and artichoke dip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent spot!
    JCCCA
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Outstanding food and service. I have dined there 3 times and each has been a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    rotorman
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Came in for dinner and meeting relatives. Sat in the bar for an hour taking in the views until we could be seated at 5:00. What can I say - the drinks, ambience and meal were great. I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful view of the bay
    inconnueVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Scheduled a business lunch meeting, and requested quiet window seating. The soup/salad or sandwich combo was wonderful, and the service was quick. The crab/artichoke melt sandwich was decadent and the clam chowder was good. The french onion soup was very heavy with cheese. The hamburger was tasty, and the crisp fries that came with the burger and crab melt was terrific. Would definitely come back with the family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fish & Seafood
    sunnyside1VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Skates is always consistent. The food is always really good. Sundays are not the best night though as they are out of a lot of specials. We managed to find something really yummy on the menu. But Stephanie made our evening very special with very attentive service! She is a real asset to Skates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at Skates dozens of times. Ray, a former waiter of ours at another location, became one of the manangers, so we'd stop to say hi and eat. This past weekend was very disappointing. I have the Tillamook cheddar cheese and ham omelettte - it had no Tiallamook chesee - something white and gooey. My wifes eggs florentine had an english muffin that was as hard as a rock. We did not get our usual bay side table instead seated as far back as possible. We are in our late 60's and were very disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special night...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Brought a date here for his birthday and had a great time. The sunset was perfect with a window side table. Tim was a great waiter and the food was great, as usual. Thank you for being so accomodating. He was impressed and I was happy to create a memory with him at a place I can always count on to make it special.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food
    Thyrn
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Weather was spectacular so used Open Table to find a place we had not been to that offered a view of the water. We settled on Skates. Excellent view and the food was very good. Really a universal atmosphere good for most occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible and overpriced food
    Larkspur
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been going to Skates for years for the view and for a convenient meeting place for East and North Bay friends. They continue to increase prices for average to poor food. This time it was terrible. The calamari was like the left over crispies on the bottom of a pan with no taste of calamari in them whatsoever. I was with a group I only see once a year so didn't want to make a scene or spoil the mood so didn't send it back. I wanted my friend who was visiting from Ohio to see the view and the setting, otherwise I learned it is not worth coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pirate Queen
    PirateQueen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First.. although I had requested a window seat when I made my reservations, I did wait in the bar until a table came open... who knew you could not reserve the window at the same time. Bartenders knew how to make a proper martini. I started with the frito mist.. really good... wow! I had the best waitress and she was fabulous and steered me to a steak and seafood combo since I missed the dates for the surf and turf special. I went with recommendations for mashed potatoes, filet mignon, asparagus crab combo and the sauce on the side. The peach cobbler was not up to par (4 stars for dessert) Chefs! Make sure they peaches are ripe and sweet or if green as these were, cook longer with added sugar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome
    Amanda
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I'd had a lunch at Skates before this dinner. I really like the food and the beautiful window scene. When my friend told me she would come here and ask me recommend a restaurant, I mentioned Skates. We spent a wonderful night here, everything was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skates on the Bay/Excellent
    MichiganG
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great staff our waiter was very helpful and made excellent recommendations, Great Food, that treated us like special guests. The view of the bay is excellent and is great at sunset. General Manager took the time to come over and make sure that everything was up to our satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Anniversary Celebration
    Harmony
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I booked our reservation for our special anniversary through Open Table. The hostess and waiter were alert to our special requests. Perfect service! I enjoyed my scallops. My husband didn't like the kim chee in his short ribs. The view of the sunset over the bay doesn't get better than it is here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Ocean View
    DaraDimples
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Brought my daughter for dinner after attending the San Francisco Symphony afternoon performance. We arrived about 5:15 PM on a Sunday evening. The service was prompt and gracious. The food was excellent and piping hot. We both enjoyed the wine selection and the gorgeous view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must go to restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If you have not been to Skates it is a must. Best bread, service and food. Lovely view of the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Enjoyed the view and cocktails. The food was good, but the dishes were luke-warm when they arrived. Our waiter was attentive but new, and got a little distracted when things got busy. Took awhile for wine to arrive with the entre. Overall, a good experience. Still one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area. I have to complain about the prices a little, almost $200 for a dinner for two hurts. Two cocktails and two glasses of wine for $50, ouch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skates was great! Must visit!
    DiningDad
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Breathtakingly beautiful view. The food was equally spectacular. A comfortable, upscale spot. Mix of dressy, 'date night' couples and families with kids. Carpeted and quite. Friendly, attentive, non-intrusive wait staff in bar and dining room. Host/ Hostess equally attentive and accommodating. Appetizer: Crab Artichoke Dip, seriously rich and delicious. Main courses: Seared Scallops (her) and Cioppino (me). Beautiful presentation both. The one bite of Scallop I got was delicious. Perfectly, melt-in-your-mouth prepared. The Cioppino was excellent: generous with ingredients. Tons of crab! All excellent. Good selection of by the glass wines. House made desserts: Key Lime Pie (me) Peach Cobbler (her). Again, both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overall great experience
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had reservation for 8 at 8pm on a friday. We arrived about 10 mins before 8. We were warmly greeted, the hostess inform us there will be about 15 min wait because the table we were to be seated at was by the window and currently occupied but had a back up table if we decided not to wait. We were okay with the backup table and decided not to wait. Long story short, The food was excellent and came to us in a timily manner...given it was a packed house, so we didnt mind the wait. Service was also good but the only problem I had was that the gentlemen that served us... I understand that it was extremely busy and slip his mind and forgotten to refill our drinks but we were thirsty. Haha but service was great overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Yoda
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was exceptional slow. Waiter seemed to forget us often. One dish was over-cooked.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    EvePro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The only complaint we have was that the server was a bit rude, although knowledgeable. All the other servers we had before were really nice, courteous and sometimes funny. This girl was a little defensive about any question or simple request we would make. Other than that, food was yummy as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view
    PenguinVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food is good, great view ; very noisy; not the place To go for conversation.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dolmaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Cedar plank wild salmon: a culinary delight! A side dish for the eyes: the Golden Gate Bridge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Luncheon
    GoGiantsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Such a great venue for gathering friends from out-of-town (and locals too) for the beautiful view and to enjoy a yummy lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location
    RichardA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our second visit to Skates, both to celebrate our wedding anniversary. On our first visit we made a reservation, and we were surprised to see a small note at our table congratulating us on the anniversary and we received a nice dessert. This time, there was no acknowledgement of our special occasion, which was disappointing. The room was full, as would be expected in a location with a nice over water view, so the noise level was a bit elevated, but not bad for the amount of people. Drink prices are high as are the prices for entrees, however, the food was very good. I would characterize this as a special occasion location, so the prices can be a little high, but still be a good value for what you get.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was pitiful
    Jimmy0
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My open-faced fish sandwich was 90% cheese & only 10% fish. My seafood bisque tasted like it had been made by machines on an assembly line~with no human touch, e.g. Tasted like it was poured out of a can into my soup bowl. I was ashamed that I brought 2 out of town guests to the lunch with me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time!!!
    willie1227VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went to Skates on the Bay after my daughters recommendation. Had a great time! First of all the view is amazing! You can see the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate with San Fran sitting right in the middle. The food was excellent! Had great service (ask for Garette!) and amazing fresh cocktails. We'll worth a visit if you're in Berkeley or even Oakland.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I've had my car window broken while I've dined there before. I am happy to see security on the premises.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made the reservation for a reason
    britneyspears
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I asked for a window seat 30 minutes before sunset, but we were sat away from the window 30 minutes after. We waited over an hour for food that was dry, but flavorful. My date made me promise that we'd never come back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PerfectBayView
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Here's where to take out-of-towners to show off the beautiful bay! The birds and boats add enhancements to the gorgeous view of the bridges so that it's hard not to be looking out constantly. The staff are always very friendly and ready to help with special requests. Skates is our go-to place for family occasions and celebrations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changed the menu horribly
    Horrified
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant for a number of yrs on and off. My last experience was terrible. The menu has been under construction its nothing like it use to be. Something's change is not good. I was embrassed it was my daughters 14th birthday. I had a party of 7 glad no one else decided to come. It was not at all what I had experienced in the past. So embarrassing food not cooked properly. With several of the dishes ordered. Sent them back to the kitchen. By the time we did get something my appetite was gone. 😖😔
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coming back for more
    Lance
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We eat at Skates several times a year. This time, we came for a "Trio" special they were offering: Steak, Prawns and Lobster. I'm usually not a huge fan of specials such as this, but I have to say, it was fantastic! Steak was perfect, the 1/2 lobster was so fresh, sweet and perfectly prepared and the prawns were incredibly tasty. I never cease to be surprised that Skates, which could get by on just the view, has great service and consistently great food!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bon Appetite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had not been to Skates in over a decade. My nephew wanted to celebrate his birthday there. We had a great window seat . . . a man in a canoe waived his ore at us as he paddeled by. We ordered the Sushi and it was AMAZING. We topped lunch off with the Berry Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie . . . . absolutely magnificent. I plan on visiting Skates again in the very near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    HungryinSac
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our niece and boyfriend got engaged while visiting us in Berkeley. We chose Skates as the place to have a celebratory dinner. The waiter was courteous and humerous - the table was wonderful and the food excellent. Thank you for helping contribute to a special evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow visitors, treat yourself
    fewreviews
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Skates is on piers over the lapping water with a world-class view of the Golden Gate, the Berkeley pier, Mount Tam, sunset, and the lights of San Francisco after dark. Watch sailors go in and out of the Berkeley marina, watch sailboarders, watch watch watch. The crab and artichoke dip appetizer is a must. Flavors, colors, and textures are all terrific. No false notes in the service or food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dennisedwardlee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have dined at Skates on the Bay many times and it has always been a excellent experience. The food is excellent as well as the service and of course the view of the Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything was great for this special occasion (best friend's birthday)! As our ex-Governator said (to paraphrase), "Ve'll be bach!"
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate