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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Skates on the Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
327 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (290)special occasion (204)romantic (128)great for lunch (108)great for brunch (102)good for groups (95)fit for foodies (60)vibrant bar scene (50)neighborhood gem (48)notable wine list (40)kid-friendly (37)hot spot (29)late-night find (20)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Good food with a view
    CaptainJohn
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The title covers a lot. The beautiful room is above the bay on pilings, and the view covers the bay bridge and the Golden Gate to Angel Island. Service is wonderful and not intrusive. Food is excellently prepared and a bit on the conservative side. A delightful dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    An ambiance set off by an extraordinary view of Bagdhad by the Bay joined to the Marin hills by the ever present delight of the Golden Gate describes our dining experience at Skates on the Bay. This was offset by the delightful crashing of the surf below as we sat in utter amazement of the most beautiful cityscape in the world. Our meal reflected the nuances of an experienced/knowledgeable chef in presentation, flavor, and quality. Service was outstanding in that the staff was not "hovering", but was subtly nearby to tend to our quality dining needs. Our server elicited well thought out suggestions regarding the menu, explaining the specifics of each meal inquiry and ultimate selection. We highly suggest this memorable dining setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a 6pm dinner reservation with business associates from out of town. The view of SF was perfect as expected. The food and service was great. An overall pleasant evening. However, glad it was a business dinner because it was on the pricey side...$500 for four people with two bottles of wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great scenic view and nice sea food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We celebrated the last night of our vacation trip to california at Skates on the Bay. We enjoyed some great seafood. Sushi as an appetizer and the Cioppino as main dish (very good). They also offer a good wine list and a long list of international cocktails
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Report
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This beautiful setting was marred by several things. We were placed at a small booth that was hard to maneuver! Waiter was pleasant and seemed competent. We received our wine, bread and a split salad promptly. However, 55 minutes later, Nothing! We complained to a passing person (not our waiter) and food promptly appeared. The scallops dish was perfect but the salmon dinner was not. The fish was cold and raw! We complained to the manager who kept passing. He offered my spouse soup. He gladly brought a requested (comp) instead as requested. Eventually the same plate came back. The salmon and the side veggies appeared torched. The fish was now ok but the sides burnt. We were offered free desserts which were delish. We will not return!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average with amazing view!
    TheoswifePVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    nestled ON the bay in berkeley, the views are beyond!! the food was eh. crab and artichoke dip was greasy and oily. entree salmon was so overcooked that it was very hard. the mahi was good. the halibut special tasted like nothing. literally. lively place. would come back for drinks and snacks at the bar but probably not dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary By The Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great Food, priced higher than most.But worth every dollar in tast. ElizabethT was fantastic. In service. Also nice meeting the dinner manager Jerry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, & view
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Amazing service, great food, wonderful scenery. Very romantic spot to done & enjoy amazing food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Lunch
    ItsBeenGreat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I went to skates for a special occasion, my retirement! Everything was impeccable! Made reservation online, I asked for and received a window seat with a great view, service was outstanding, food was terrific and to top it off, the waiter brought us a complimentary dessert to celebrate my retirement! Party of two, me and my boss!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    kate21
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What a wasste of money! Food portions were miniscule and not good at all. I will say our server was great. The location is great too; you feel as if you are actually in the Bay. A word to the wise-save your money and stay away- i know that I will never return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunset Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a beautiful view to enjoy for sunset dining as you view both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The seafood is fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good response to special request
    TMarie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were a party of 5 and had excellent service. The server and kitchen responded to a request for no salt and served a superb dish. I was disappointed in the King Salmon on the plank I ordered. The piece was significantly uneven and small in comparison to 3 other orders at our table. The sauce was highly salty and there was no starch with the fish. The others in my party had a beautiful crab sandwich and generous portions of the steelhead salmon. A much better order at 19.00 versus the 23 for my small salty one.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Entre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had great expectations for this restaurant, Unfortunately, they were not met. I had the lobster roll entre. Everything about it was disappointing. For $25. or so, I expected a larger serving. The meat itself was bland and had too much mayonaise in it. Even the roll was not tasty. I would have appreciated another side dish option other than potato chips. I believe that there was a mention of a lobster salad on the menu that came with it, but I did not receive that. I really should have sent the entre back in retrospect.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    food and the timing of wine and appetizers through dinner went very well and didn't feel rushed. Wait staff was great. Only thing disappointing was that I had requested a table in front of the window, when I arrived I saw three tables open. I went to the hostess desk and said I will sit at the lounge and have a glass of wine in the Lounge for my date to arrive. He arrive 15 minutes later. When we got up from the lounge to the dinning room tables were now not available. I told the server that when I checked in at the hostess station I would wait in the lounge.Hostess should tell the customer that its a possibility if you go in the lounge you could lose the table. I would have had the choice of waiting for my date at the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Barb
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was easy to reserve. We were met with pleasant help upon arrival. My request was honored. The wait staff was patient as we. Took a long time making up our minds. I had not been to Skates for about 10 years and was very pleased. My expectations were surpassed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somebody Stopped Caring in 1989
    BourbonandboysVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When they can't even keep toilet paper in the women's room at lunch time when the restaurant is less than 1/4 full, you can't expect anything else to be tended to. While the surroundings are stunningly beautiful, the interior is beyond dirty, the food is horrible and the service is a joke.
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  • All Around Great!
    woohooVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    WE have been here several times, and enjoyed it every time. This time 5 of us we celebrated my husbands birthday, and had a window table in the middle window section. The food was excellent...all of us said it was great along with terrific atmosphere. But our server Jeremy made the evening exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Berkeley Marina Dining Gem
    JG44
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As always, this established gem at the Berkeley Marina area is a great spot for a special occasion. The view (especially at sunset), general ambiance and energetic vibe are all top notch. The food is not superior to other restaurants in the same price range. However, the service and over-all vibrancy of Skates make it a great dining destination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Window seats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went there with my girlfriend I specifically asked for window seats n also when I made the reservation online. When I got there the window seats will be another 30 minute wait. So we decided to sit in the bar by the window. As soon as I sat I see four people in the dining room being seated by the window.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service and view were outstanding. We were disappointed with the food, though. It was cold and unappetizing. It was our anniversary and we had guests from the Midwest who were looking forward to great seafood. We had to apologize for the let down on the food. We all loved the window sunset view and they did comp our desert for special occasion. Desert was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was excellent as always. The atmosphere is energetic. The view is fabulous. The server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamallama
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The view was lovely, the service was friendly, but the food was terrible!! Everything was coated in a sheen of "butter", the crab artichoke dip was heavy on the mayo, extremely light on the crab. I ordered the gnocchi with crab and lobster, and there were literally no identifiable bites of either, plus the gnocchi was terrible prepared. I was truly unable to eat it, and it cost $30! I'm happy to pay a lot for a good meal, but that was the worst food I've had in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jane
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Lovely setting for weekend brunch, very relaxing. Perfect meeting place for out,of town visitors as well
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • World-Class Prices
    notthrilled
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Party of three. We were seated at our reserved time, but it took a long time for our server to arrive. She was pleasant enough and the appetizers and drinks came reasonably quickly, though they initially delivered an incorrect salad order. The appetizers were tasty, but the portions were small. The main course arrived very late and not all at once. My wife had to wait an extra five minutes or so to be served. Finally, we only ordered a single dessert for our son, but they delivered three desserts (at first we though perhaps the other two were comps for the slow service -- but rest assured, we were charged). The quality of the food was decent, but not nearly memorable enough to justify the prices, and the service was not up to par.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fees
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Two of our party split an main entry. We were charged $10.00 for doing this on our bill. We were not informed of this at the time of ordering. We did not notice the charge until we arrived home and were reviewing our bill. We usually dine at sister restaurant Horatio's and are never charged this fee. Very poor of Skates to do this.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Hostess did not accommodate to my reservation and gave unwelcoming attitude. Becky was very rude, and would forget about checking on our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impt. difference in seating areas
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've always enjoyed Skates --food, socializing, view. This time we sat in a new arrangement between two large tables-one table wasn't filled until the end of our meal --the other table had 8 boisterous-laughing people during our entire meal/ hour, who had already finished with eating/ drinking, and not receiving a bill for 45 min. I had asked to be seated at another table, because of the noise and no heat. After heating up the area in 15 min., we were served and not offered a change in seating, unfortunately. Didn't enjoy my meal. No interest in returning to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing and Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love that the menu has new items every time we visit. The wait staff and hostess staff are super friendly. The manager stopped by to ask how our meal was. When they found out it was our anniversary, they comped our dessert. The view is outstanding. Great placed for a nice dinner on the bay or something romantic and special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    JnJBerkeley
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Were meeting another couple (wife for the first time) for a late dinner. Had requested a window table and mentioned that we were celebrating both a Birthday and an Anniversary that evening. When we arrived (a little late as usual) other couple were seated in a corner window table with a fantastic view. A perfect setting. Food and service were both excellent, waitress was friendly and did not rush us at all. Topped the evening by giving us complementary deserts to celebrate. Have been there several times and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic view
    SFvisitor
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The main attraction here is the amazing view. The food was good, but I was a bit disappointed in my turkey sandwich. Couldn't find the avocado and it was deli-style turkey. The service was pretty good, and we were not rushed at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honest review
    soso
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great view of the Bay and San Francisco and the service was excellent, however the food was good but not outstanding and was over priced. I would go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Shake Down on the Bay"
    2outonthetown
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    View-Excellent, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate, Richmond Bridge all with in view. Food-Awful!!! Worst ever!!! If you come here for the view just linger over drinks at the bar. Then go eat somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dolmaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food with a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice View, Surprisingly Poor Food
    Conniemik
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My friend enjoyed her French toast, but the eggs benedict and potatoes my friend and I ordered were horribly seasoned and over-salted. One of the worst meals I have ever had at a restaurant. I have had decent meals at Skates before so I was very surprised on this visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Picky
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been here several time. The food is consistently good and the view can't be beat. We take our out of town guests here so they can have fun watching the boats while having a good meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JCeats
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Some of the freshest seafood I've ever had. nice combinations tasty cocktails
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was great, service/people were great, and the view we had at the requested table was amazing! Zero complaints here :) We had a great time there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SF Bay View and Bloody Mary's
    RiverdivaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It's all about the view and the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar! The view can't be beat as the restaurant walls are virtually floor to ceiling glass and the entire building sits on stilts directly over the water with sweeping views of the city of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar is awesome! It has simply EVERY condiment you could possibly imagine to add to your Bloody Mary, including...wait for it...BACON! It also has a multitude of hot sauces available, from mild to atomic. The clam chowder is also delicious, however in general, the food is just average for the price. The staff and servers are very friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic water views!
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    At a window seat, you'd feel as if you could reach out and touch the sailboat gliding by. The service is excellent. Attentive but not hovering. My coffee cup stayed filled. The server comped us one of our appetizers because she noticed the excessive wait for its arrival. Ordinarily, I would have been impatient about the delay, but it was a special occasion on a Sunday afternoon so we didn't mind the leisurely pace. The Seafood Louie was wonderful and had a generous amount of crab and shrimp. The prices are not bad considering the superb view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night Restaurant
    Dani
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my second time at Skates, and while our first experience was nice, this time was even better! We encountered a rude hostess last time, but the food and the wonderful view made it worth returning! The service was absolutely amazing! There were quite a lot of people waiting because it was a Saturday night, but they came out offering glasses of champagne on the house. When the food was taking a little longer than expected they brought a bowl of clam chowder for my boyfriend and I to share. And in a congratulations to our anniversary, we also were given a free little dessert with a candle! The food is delicious, the service is attentive, the view is always wonderful, and mood feels just right. I would recommend it for any date night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.