Skates on the Bay

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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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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night menu: excellent
Service superior
View from our window table at Sunset of Golden Gate Bridge plus multiple sailboats : magical
A great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Business was slow, dining and service was great!

HG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was fair.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went very well. The best part is if you get a window seat you can see 3 bridges.

KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food good as always. We sat in the bar area and I noted that the physical space is starting to look shabby. Walls could use a coat of paint. I changed chairs as the seat of the one at my table was really stained by some unknown past liquid.

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Skates is a go to for special meals. The menu offers something for everyone.

PW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love to see the sunsets while having great, personable service and fabulously prepared food.

N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful location. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. We had the scallops and crab cocktail.

E
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing and very attentive. The food was delicious and the ambiance was great.

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Skates has been on the Berkeley Marina for 36 years, so they obviously do something right! It's a wonderful venue for special occasions, the view is spectacular. We lunched on a Saturday in March, having made reservations for a party of 6 a week in advance. The place was jammed with people, and we ended up waiting 40 minutes beyond our reservation time, in order to secure a window table. It was worth the wait as a rainy Saturday turned into glorious blue skies by the time lunch was served. The crab/artichoke appetizer w/fresh baked bread sticks was the biggest hit. Also enjoyed the crab roll sandwich, the ahi tuna, and eggs benedict. The restaurant, being super-crowded, was noisy, and the service slow, though the waiter tried very hard to be attentive. We'll return again, but try to avoid the weekends.

H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was ok- could have been better.

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

When I arrived early the staff wanted to sit me on the bar area, but I was there for a leisurely lunch with a dear friend. I asserted myself and was quickly seated at a window table in the restaurant. Our server was Ebony and she did her best to please.
The seafood Louis is light on the salmon and prawns but is very large with lots of green lettuce hard boiled eggs asparagus four or five small stalks!

KB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service very good and ambiance is hard to beat.The almost 5%living wage tag that they tack on you bill is very grating as the the prices are very high.Berkeley reataurants for the most part do this.I will continue to patronize this place but,maybe not as much.

K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch and excellent service!

SB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Lobster Bisque and Lobster Rolls. Lots of fresh lobster in both. Bisque is best around.

MB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’ve been to Skates many times and it is usually a good experience. Our server, whose name I did not catch, made a regular Sunday brunch a joyous occasion. She was attentive, charming and anticipatory. The absolute best service we’ve ever had. Kudos to her and to Skates - keep her please!

N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went for a date night dinner. There were a lot of big parties there and it was pretty loud inside. A lot louder than I’ve noticed in the past. The food was good and even though they ran out of the dessert we ordered, we were offered something else. We will definitely return!

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Food a bit pricey for value. Don’t mind spending money for good food but 35 for three shrimp, noodles and a sprinkle of crab meat. NEVER Again

r
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very crowded and noisy when we got there, but things eased up a bit after we were seated. Caesar salad was only okay as it didn't contain any anchovies and when I asked for some the server said they don't have any!!
The grilled salmon was delicious as was my wife's prime rib. The desserts were both disappointing.

HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We like Skates for the spectacular view and easy parking. It's one of our "go to" places for family celebrations, trying times, and visiting relatives. There are many places in the East Bay with better, more interesting food but Skates is pretty safe and reliable, which is hard to find in many waterfront restaurants.

ES
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and very tasty food. Wonderful service. Overall, a lovely dining experience.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening!! Food and service was great

A
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I hear with cochlear implants and it was way too loud for me but as usual the view is wonderful.

WR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ask our server several times for some small item and it was slow to come or not at all.

C
Sacramento
49 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant with an awesome view of the Bay and San Francisco. Best place to take your friends and family visiting from other states that do not have ocean close by.

d
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite appetizers is the artichoke crab dip served with warm crusty focaccia bread: delicious! The Black Cod and the baked Mahi Mahi were superb. The dessert gets an A+: cheesecake with a layer of double fudge cake, topped with raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries: out of this world!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service at the bar was great and the food was fantastic. Our bartender was awesome, she was very attentive and knowledgeable regarding the menu and the offerings!

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Loved the ambiance and our table. I was disappointed that my food was not hot. I felt like it had sat for awhile before coming to the table.

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Appetizers, salads, 3 of 4 entrees and desserts were very good (mussels were OK but a bit shrunken). Waitress was cordial, but appetizers came out late, and both wine selections were unavailable, about which we were told as food was being served.
Window table was very nice, but on a busy Saturday night, very noisy.

b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had crab stuffed mahi... fantastic food! Can't wait to go back!

B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious dinner and acceptable service once waiter took us into his area after noticing that we had not been approached. Entrees served before we had finished salads and never asked if we cared for another cocktail. Views are fabulous but felt a little rushed.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went here for the view and for good food. View was great however the food and service was below average. It took us over10 minutes to get a glass of wine and we had to ask the server multiple times about it. The food was below average but with upscale prices.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Skates on the Bay! It was my normal server who did amazing as usual. The food was good but took longer than usual. The manager was friendly and accommodating. A downside is they are now part of The Landry group. It is now use your points or loose them. I have a lot of points that transferred (I was saving for a wine paired dinner that is now not offered) but I was not able to use my Birthday reward because I would have to use my other points too. 😢 Love the restaurant but it is a loss now that the are a Landry

BY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The service and the food was really good.

KB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was inconsistent, ranging from hovering to needing to be asked for things, e.g. would think he would ask if we wanted ketchup when fries are delivered or cream & sugar when coffee is delivered.

The view and ambiance never disappoint. 🥰

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the sunset and the city. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was excellent.

JN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Skates on the Bay is a really special SF and Berkeley treat. You can't beat the view; the food is outstanding and the staff is exceptionally professional, friendly and welcoming. Their lobster bisque is second to none and also one of the very few places where you can order it in the Bay Area with the delicate pastry and extra lobster on top. The experience is very special overall and it is always a delightful adventure.

PF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super table by water!

RM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Phenomenal. Food and atmosphere was wonderful! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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