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 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (56)good for groups (27)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (19)romantic (17)special occasion (16)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great lunch spot
    Alibongo
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great neighborhood spot, food is creative, delicious and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bland, bland, bland
    RRSmith999
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was very excited upon arriving at Fish as the decor and outside terrace were quite pleasing and well decorated. Very nice ambiance. It went downhill from there. The hostess didn't smile once and my open table remained empty for 15 minutes while I waited at the bar. I had to fetch her to ask if I could sit down. The service didn't get any better. But the food was the biggest surprise. Even the fries had no taste. I really thought I had found a a diamond, but in the end it was only cubic zirconium
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service took away from our lunch
    jasoninsf
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We went for a business lunch. Service was slow. The menu said that bread was available upon request. I requested it but it never came. The mussels were big but the broth was watered down and had little flavor. I probably won't go back.
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  • No $1 Oysters No Uni Flan
    N2GoodFood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Main attractions as prominently displayed on the website and in-restaurant marketing materials were not available. We dined at 12:30pm (1 hour after brunch started) and were told both were out. Nobody dining seemed to be having either brunch oysters or uni flan, so there had been no mad rush on the dishes. Restaurant had ready-made business cards offering a complimentary "small plate" on the next visit, so this tells me these "outages" occur frequently. Feels like bait and switch, especially since we were suggested to have the $19.50 plate of 6 oysters; and along with just medium service and nothing special with the other, somewhat overpriced dishes, don't see the need to go back. Same afternoon, went to Waterbar with plenty $1 oysters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chella
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was divine. I highly recommend the Squid Ink Spaghettina and the Uni Flan. Not a fan of the dessert menu. Ambiance is very impressive. Service was subpar. We had to flag down our server whenever we needed assistance. I would come here again for the food, just not on a Friday or Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food, great atmosphere
    winenighter
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A group of 6 plus 2 dogs had a lovely shared meal at a patio table between two heat lamps. The service was great, the food was yummy, and the ambiance was fantastic. Would recommend and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find!
    Phyllbarb
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was our first visit and we were so glad we went. The food was unusual but everything we had was extremely tasty and flavorful. There were 3 of us and we had three small plates( mushrooms, uni flan and squid legs) and two large plates ( fish sampler and the spaghettini in squid ink. ). It was the kind of meal where felt completely satisfied by what we ate. The servers were very friendly and skilled. Another plus was it was in a neighborhood uncrowded in the evening and street parking was easy-very unusual in SF these days. We also thought the setting was really nice, like an oasis in an industrial neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for the neighborhood
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had the squid ink spaghetti (***), the burger (**), the huevos rancheros (***). Loved the modern and home-like interior. The mimosa was very tiny and didn't have enough champagne. In the end, I really liked this place given its location. Prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still as great as ever
    LimeyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our sixth or seventh time to Skool, and it continues to totally deliver. Fresh, vibrant flavors, beautifully cooked seafood, inventive dishes. Must-order items include: Uni flan, mushroom "fries" (like fries, but made from thick, delicious mushrooms), whatever fresh fish special is on the menu, and squid ink spaghettini. Good wine list, very comprehensive bar, lots of energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FABULOUS!!
    NewfavoriteplaceVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were looking for something in this neighborhood and chose this for its location and the menu looked good. It is spectacular: Fabulous flavors, unique preparation, beautiful presentation, perfect food temperature, delightful freshness, ample portions and interesting cocktails. The dishes are served one at a time, which is right for the cuisine. The server chose the perfect order for the dishes based on, what must be, good familiarity with the menu. There is no downside here. We ate everything we could and were very pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the check turned out to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch crowd crunch means bad lunch
    EdoErgoSumVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Got to this place at 12:35 pm for a 12:30 pm lunch reservation. They were so busy that we weren't seated until 12:50 pm! So given that we have to head back to work in an hour. We had to hurry our order and hope the food comes out quick. First, waitress took another 10 mins before coming to us. The squid ink was served in a soup broth. While the squid ink spaghetti didn't wow, the soup was tasty and was a hit. However, skip the baked black cod. It was oven-baked to death and came out dry and bland. For the wait and the price, I expected a lot more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad reservation time
    Danny
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had an 8:45 reservation for a restaurant that stopped serving food and drinks at 9:00pm? That is absolutely ridiculous. Why accept reservations 15 minutes before closing? Unapologetic about it is even worse. We looked forward to a casual dinner and were forced to order immediately upon entering. And only could get 1 drink before the bar closed. Never again.
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  • Food was great!
    Dennis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Japanese fusion food. Great tasting and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a fantastic lunch at Skool
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Came here with for lunch with a friend and had such an amazing time. Everything we tried on the menu was so delicious. Uni flan was to die for, creamy rich goodness, the eringy fries were chubby little mushrooms battered in corn and served with a spicy dipping sauce. The favorite dish of the day was the squid ink spagettina, an absolute must try. They were very accommodating as we had my dog with us they sat us on their beautiful sunny patio and even had a bowl of water waiting for my pup. The service was very genuine and attentive. Will defiantly come back and bring my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KnowSF
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Eclectic menu. Wish there were a few more mainstream selections but what we ordered was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had the veggie patty and now as good as I have had in the past. Little disappointed since this is a great go to in the neighborhood for client meetings.
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  • Lovely patio for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good food, good service and great dog friendly patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative fusion menu
    chocomint
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food is exceptionally delicious, with great customer service. Worth every cent I spent there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I had ordered something else
    SVCF
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I ordered the Saba filet sandwich as part of the lunchbox special which I did not care for. It was very fishy. The soup that came before was absolutely delicious - a potato cauliflower blend. My friends both loved their choices - the tuna melt and the veggie patty. Definitely want to go back and try something different.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish...but noisy
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner was delicious! The service was ok, but it took some coaxing to get there. My father is hard-of-hearing, and while the restaurant is beautiful, it is very loud! We asked to be seated outside, which was still noisy and hard for him to hear around a large table for four. We asked to move to a smaller table so that he could participate in dinner conversation. The staff thought this odd, and let us know...took a long time to get our drinks and the first round of food. The meal finally started flowing, drinks and food were all enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our Tuesday evening dinner took 3 hours....painful. Only 2 servers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skool is not a restaurant
    foodishappinessVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Just awful. Flies and gnats huddling in the corner we were sat in. There is no customer service. 1 host and 1 waitress frantically running around trying to serve everyone, failing to do so. Started with oysters. After waiting too long for drinks, the other appetizers, and ANY service in general we decided to leave. This is not a dining establishment, it is literally attached to a school. Skool is obviously not managed at all, little-to-no money is put into staffing, which sadly means it's probably a cash cow. Again, just awful.
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  • Great Space But Overpriced
    Delroy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were there for brunch. Dinner may be different, I hope. Pros: great space and location. Good service. Cons: overpriced ($18 for so so steamed mussels! the burger was good but seam overpriced as well)
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  • Nice Surprise
    Idioglosia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised at finding this restaurant. I am not from San Fransisco and was trying to find a restaurant that would help me with lactose intolerance and gluten free. The staff was very accommodating. The rest of my party could eat anything and they enjoyed the food also. We happened to be there during their weekend brunch. The presentation was lovely. We were able to sit outside under umbrellas on a beautiful sunny day in San Fransisco.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best restaurants in SF
    colin
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Easily my favourite SF restaurant. The food, the drinks list, the staff are all fabulous. Of particular note is the squid ink spagghetina - probably in my top 5 favourite things that I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better!
    DineDivaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The menu changed to more variety and thoughtful creations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great for parties of three!
    Rick
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Not great for a party of three since the host will try to seat you at a table designed for two. Putting aside the fact that three pairs of legs will not fit comfortably under the table positioned next to a glass wall, try ordering three plates, with drinks, glasses of water, etc...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Please have dinner here.
    sfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I think they do a brisk lunch business but evening are quiet in that area. I live nearby and I want this restaurant to be here forever. I'm not a person who gives five stars easily, so please don't see that as a negative. I did, however, give 5 stars for ambience because the garden deck is one of the most pleasant environs I've ever dined in. The interior is good too, though the seats are not meant for lingering. The food is fantastic, and so well prepared. I'm generally skittish about anything approaching "Asian fusion," but every dish I've had there has been a beautiful melding. The specialty cocktails are exemplary too. Just go, please?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uni flan amazing
    Eats4me
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great meal at Skool. A must is the uni flan which was a first for us. Yummy unusual flavors with great texture, a must! Trout and Sea Bas were fabulous and a plentiful portion as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Skool
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    nice decor. intersting menu. food didn't agree with me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd time's a charm
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Not just the 3rd time; the other two as well. This place is just great if you're looking for an authentic, down-to-earth, dining experience, this is it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 571 reviews are from the Skool reviews archive.
  • Good food with a fresh twist
    Sheztek
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is my second time there. I brought a friend to enjoy their food. As always, they are friendly and nice. We noticed a bit of dirt/residue on the plates and glasses but it wasn't that bad. Their food was great. It was fresh, seasonal and well-balanced. Their drink menu is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful and delectable.
    darlingberna
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Love this restaurant - their Uni flan alone is worth a visit. Their house-cured fish platter is also fantastic, and I enjoyed the mushroom fries and sweet, delicately flavored oysters. Our main courses were the mussels, squid ink spaghetti, and rainbow trout - everything was beautifully prepared and our guests who dined with us from France on our most recent visit were blown away by the experience. It's very easy to do boring Asian fusion, but their use of flavors (curries, spice, soy, bonito) is extremely well balanced and interesting. The only drawback to the restaurant is that is it very loud and therefore hard to have a conversation with your dining companions. But the noise is worth it - we will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    ChelseaVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I have been coming here for years and am so glad that my job has brought me back to the neighborhood. Skool not only has wonderful friendly service but an amazing spread of food. I am also delighted to be able to sip a glass of Sauv blanc on the patio at lunch time or happy with friends and take in all atmosphere has to offer. They are dog friendly too! Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And your little dog too!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'm not sure why I waited to long to try out this restaurant. It's near to my gym and I drive past it frequently. Once a friend invited me to join, I had to come back a second time. I brought my dog along for the second visit and I'd say it was an even better experience than the first. Great food. Great service. Very sweet attention to my pouch and a charming and cozy outside dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine About Town
    1wheelgrl
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Skool was a very interesting restaurant. Food was great, drinks were great, service was a little slow between courses but with a great atmosphere, no where to be and a good friend to talk to we didn't notice too much. It was a little expensive for my normal budget but was doing dine about town so it was fun to splurge a little and a great place to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portero District find
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    What a pleasant surprise this restaurant was! The patio was inviting and beautifully landscaped. (We didn't eat there this time but will next time!) Three of us took advantage of the early bird special which allowed us to select an appetizer, entree, and a glass of wine, sake, or sangria. What a deal! I shared the kale salad and cerviche with my husband. Both were excellent. I liked his duck better than my bass, though both were delicious. The fourth person in our group got the Dining About Town special (about the same price as our dinners) and got an appetizer, entree, and dessert from the set menu. I want to back for a late summer dinner and enjoy the patio, heated by the sun or deck heaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ceviche to Die For
    SnowthangVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A truly superb meal. My friend and I shared a beautiful Scallop Sashimi...pristine and sweet. Then came the Butter Fish, Langoustine and Mango Ceviche which I'm keeping digits crossed stays on the menu long enough for me to get back there and have an order all to myself, no sharing. It was balanced and totally delicious. Then the Chef's Risotto and an order of the sauteed veggies. The risotto was just so good...Petrale Sole, Manilla Clams, Country Ham and Horseradish Butter with a texture that was textbook perfect. Just so I don't come off sounding like a relative of the chef, there could have been maybe a whiff more horseradish flavor, but highly recommended. Guess I'm gonna have to consign myself to a session of "Summer Skool".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun experience
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was my second time at Skool, and everything was pretty darn good. We came with nine people for a birthday, and we requested the large table in the back with the bench seat. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. It's great that the menu offers such a wide range of items and price points. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Skool!
    BreakawayBabsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I (and our dog, Myles) have been frequenters of Skool for a few years. It is a wonderful restaurant: excellent, excellent food, attentive and kind owners and staff. We especially enjoy any and all of the seafood dishes, as well as the tasty burger they serve at brunch. And to top it off, their dog-friendly patio is comfortable and fun. (They also make gluten-free dog biscuits, so your doggie can join you in enjoying Skool.) GREAT restaurant/bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic