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Skool Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.skoolsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 255-8800
  • 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 (415) 255-8800

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Japanese fusion food. Great tasting and excellent service."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Eclectic menu. Wish there were a few more mainstream selections but what we ordered was excellent."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Good food, good service and great dog friendly patio."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Food is exceptionally delicious, with great customer service. Worth every cent I spent there."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our Tuesday evening dinner took 3 hours....painful. Only 2 servers"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The menu changed to more variety and thoughtful creations"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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?"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "nice decor. intersting menu. food didn't agree with me."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the quality of the food at Skool - unusual, creative, thoughtful, and delicious! We had the tartare and the spaghetti and loved them both. Nice people, too. And they have a reasonably priced, quite good house wine! (If you want to be able to talk to your dining companions without shouting, sit on the deck -they have heaters -or at the bar."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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 !!!!!!!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very much appreciate their gluten free menu options."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Love the outdoor patio and you can't beat the $4 Mimosa's!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
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