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Skates on the Bay

4.3
4.3
6344 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Skates on the Bay is a beautiful and historic waterfront gathering place for fresh seafood and unmatched views of the San Francisco Bay, offering lunch, brunch and dinner dining year-round. Originally opened in 1984 in the Berkeley Marina, the reimagined Skates on the Bay now boasts a modern and stunning decor, a new Raw Bar, elegant Private Dining Room and innovative local-driven menus.

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Booked 83 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 549-1900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Karsten

  • Catering

    View our catering menu on our website. Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Dining Room offers groups (72 seated and 80 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. For menus and availability call (510) 898-5005 or submit an inquiry.

  • Private party contact

    Trina Walkama: (877) 285-4124

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    University Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    The AC Transit, #9

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,344 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Scenic View

  • East Bay

    Scenic View

  • East Bay

    Most Booked

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  1. N

    Niko

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    very tired dishes. we used to cook this way about 30 years ago. lovely service and friendly staff. make sure to ask for brunch menu - that is ages less!

  2. C

    Cardinal

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Very loud! Hard to her others at our table between loud music and hard surfaces. Food was disappointing... OK but NOT memorable. They brought the Bunch menu at dessert time. Our reservation was for Brunch.

  3. JM

    JaeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and the view for the price is unmatched

  4. ES

    ElinaScotch

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Food and presentation was good. The service was pretty good.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a nice evening to enjoy Sunset and delicious meal on the water. One drunk customer made a scene that upset my sister-in-law and other people.

  6. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Service was very good. The view was very nice as the weather was sunny. Food quality was good. A little pricey but good for special occasions.

  7. S

    Sheri

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The food was good, the ambiance was great. The server tried but the service was slow, staffing??? He was very pleasant and tried to be attentive but was slow.

  8. GL

    GiovannaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Skates on the bay is not good anymore A lot of changed Food services and quality of people

  9. CP

    ChristyP

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great server and food

  10. EC

    ElisaC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The server did not live up to my expectation. The food was great except for the clam chowder. We didn’t like the taste of it. Service could have been better. The view of course is amazing. The lady that took us to our seat is not S friendly as well.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Did not honor reservation. Waited 20 minutes to sit down. After sitting down, waited 45 and no one served us. Had to leave and go to another restaurant.

  12. TC

    ToussaintC

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Came for graduation celebration. Very nice views including some of San Francisco. Reception was great and accommodating- we called ahead because we were late due to prolonged ceremony pictures and they handled it graciously. The calamari appetizer was huge and tasty and the clam chowder was excellent and unique. But the BLT and other entrees were heavy and a little - not a lot but enough so - on the greasy side. I wasn’t inclined to box any leftovers. Service was reasonably attentive. And the place was clean but the seat could use newer cushion for support. I may come again and just have specific items and drinks.

  13. SJ

    ShelleyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great views, excellent service and good food. You can see 3 bridges from this location.

  14. PB

    PamelaB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The view is always wonderful from Skates even if the fog rolls in. We ordered the calamari, a mixed salad with raspberries, goat cheese and pecans and a great halibut dish with peas and risotto cakes. Everything was delicious and well prepared.

  15. s

    sdboy

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Went here primarily for the Happy Hour and the view. They offer fantastic views of the East bay with San Francisco and the golden gate on the horizon. The Happy Hour menu selections are diverse and very reasonably priced at $4-$10 so there are lots of options. From the Happy Hour menu We ordered the Ahi Roll, Brussels sprouts, Crispy Cauliflower and the calamari and they were all very good. For drinks we had the old fashioned (terrible), the Moscow Mule ( excellent) and the lemon drop (excellent). My waitress did a fantastic job considering that they are severely short staffed here. My waitress had to serve the entire lounge/bar area of the restaurant, so that was about 25 tables. She was the only waitress on duty in the lounge/ bar area. So kudos to the wait staff here for trying their best and keeping a smile! The management of this place needs to hire more staff because the volume of patrons is at the point now where their business will suffer tremendously if the low levels of staffing aren’t addressed

  16. B

    Bunny

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Excellent view. Seemed understaffed and poorly managed. We waited 20 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation . Some tables had tableclothes others did not. Dining room chairs needed to be recovered and refinished. Our lunch arrived 25 minutes after we placed our order.Our french fries were very salty. We did not experience the Skates on the Bay dining that we did when the restaurant opened up many years ago. Would only return for the view and a drink. Hope our comments help to change things for the future. Good luck.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Best Key Lime pie in the Bay Area!

  18. CH

    CindyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    Belated Mother’s Day Brunch. The service was terrible. The food was good, except only of 2 guests food was served. The waiter failed on every level. Dirty water and iced tea glasses with no ice. The order was not correct. No dressing on the salad. No checking in on table. We’ve been coming here for years and this was the worse service we’ve ever received.

  19. W

    Westsidediner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We reserved a table at Skates on the Bay for our daughter’s graduation dinner on advice from a local friend. It was an exceptionally busy day for the restaurant, but our late evening reservation kept us out of the fray. Our food was a little slow coming out, but think they were just catching up, so no complaints, we enjoyed conversation over leisurely cocktails and bread. The view was wonderful, our food well prepared, and our wait server was excellent, she made our celebratory dinner feel special. Thanks, Skates, we’ll definitely return on another visit!

  20. RA

    RestaurantAdventure

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend this beautiful spot! Food was absolutely delicious!!

  21. F

    Frisco

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was very good but restaurant is dated and needs upgrading. Service was efficient and friendly.

  22. KA

    KAREND

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food and service was outstanding. Unfortunately, items on menu showed a price that somehow differed from final check. Just be aware of.

  23. JS

    JamesS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    Very slow lunch service. Waiter spilled a drink on the table & all over our clothes. No comps were offered until we asked. The manager never came by to apologize or acknowledge the incident. Not the experience we had prior to the pandemic. Sad experience.

  24. ET

    EleanorT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Skates on the Bay has one of the best views especially on a clear day with a beautiful sunset. Can't go wrong with the location. The food was delicious as well.

  25. F

    Firesign

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Skates is always reliable for well prepared food. we were able to sit at a table by the window. At noon on a weekday it was not crowded. I overheard hostess tell a guest in front of me that they were short staffed that day and it did take quite a while to get three salads and a sandwich. Three of us were happy with our salads. They were fresh, although lacking some of the ingredients those salads are traditionally made with. My friend who ordered the open faced crab sandwich said it was mostly mayonnaise. Small things stood out. I was given my coffee order without a spoon, the waiter spilled wine when he poured, my friend whose was having a birthday was given a complimentary dessert but we were not offered dessert menus. The waiter was friendly and courteous otherwise. I think he was making the best of being overworked. I was surprised that given the location of this restaurant and the prices they could charge, they were very reasonable.

  26. MW

    MattW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience to eat food was excellent I would go back again and highly recommend to others

  27. NA

    NATASHAY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely location - can't beat the view of the Bay and bridges. The food was very good and the service staff was great. We got forgotten for a little while (at the beginning) but then our waiter was very attentive. My crab sandwich was great but fries could have been crispier & warmer. Nice to have a restaurant located centrally for folks coming from San Francisco and other locations south/east. Highly recommend!!

  28. AY

    AaronY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good date night place. Used it for both date night and Mother's Day.

  29. KK

    KyriakosK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Overall excellent service, good food, lively place with beautiful view.

  30. D

    Delighted

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I had our Mother's Day meal at Skates this year and had the wonderful experience from the server, the food, and of course the view!

  31. H

    Heinrick

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Minnie who was our waitress had only been doing it for two weeks did a nice job. Was pleasant and very helpful in choosing our meal. Our appetizer arrived at the table fairy quickly. The appetizer used to be served with foccasia bread, this time it had toasted baquette that was hard. The clam chowder and lobster bisque when it arrived was luke warm. Our entrees arrived and my prime rib was a little dry and the potatoes and kale was luke warm. My wifes meal was not hot either. The grits and fried green tomatoes along with the prawns were luke warm. My lemon drop martini was great.

  32. CJ

    CJones

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    This was my second planned visit to Skates on the Bay in 2 weeks. The first visit was to celebrate my birthday. The clam chowder with crab was horrible. It taste like it was canned soup. My shrimp linguini was overcooked. It took 30 minutes to receive our soup. My husband did not receive his soda until after we finished our meal. Horrible service. The second visit, which we reserved weeks earlier, was to celebrate Mother's Day. Our service was better. The asparagus dip was wonderful. The bbq grits were good but my daughters chicken was overcooked. The ambience is always wonderful but the food and service has been lacking.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    The food quality is subpar. Little effort in the food and menu is uninspired.

  34. MB

    MaryB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Difficult to get a reservation for the time we wanted. Service was very slow and unenthusiastic. The salmon dish, tempura whole crab, risotto with shrimp lacked flavor. Not a good value at all for the price. The wagyu beef dish was undercooked for the order of medium rare.

  35. LF

    LovesFish

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    A disappointment and I wouldn't go back. We paid $108 for two pieces of halibut; no drinks or dessert or appetizers. The food was very slow coming out. The vegetables were undercooked (not great with brussel sprouts) and the fish and rice were nothing special at all. I could have cooked something much tastier at home. I was so bummed, cause in the past I had good experiences at Skates! This was so expensive; even though the view was nice I will not be returning.

  36. NK

    NonieK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience! The service was spot on, the food was fresh and delicious. We had a marvelous time celebrating a birthday and long-term friendships!

  37. JS

    JimmyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food was so delicious and service was great. The server was so attentive and making sure we was ok. First time I’ve been there and would differently go back again.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful sunset with delicious seafood and great service. Lovely date night.

  39. J

    Julia

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We went to Skates to celebrate my only daughter's 30th birthday. Seafood was EXCELLENT. My husband's steak was cooked well, however it was literally a small ball of meat, with 3 average sized potato wedges, and 5 slim stalks of asparagus. Drinks and dessert were also excellent. Timing was protracted between interactions with wait staff, especially between ordering and receiving dessert. All staff were polite and friendly throughout. We were seated at the window which was fabulous, watching sail boats against the backdrop of sunset; Skates has a stellar view of the SF Bay.

  40. JV

    JoshuaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was great. Server was fabulous. Only thing that was wrong was the charge for ice cream on the dessert which was not included with the Molten Chocolate that was give to us. Other than that great experience, food, ambiance and view.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Skates on the Bay using the Order Online button. Skates on the Bay also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Skates on the Bay also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 549-1900.

Skates on the Bay is rated 4.3 stars by 6344 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Skates on the Bay

100 Seawall Drive Berkeley, CA 94710

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    The AC Transit, #9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Karsten

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 549-1900

  • Catering

    View our catering menu on our website. Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Dining Room offers groups (72 seated and 80 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. For menus and availability call (510) 898-5005 or submit an inquiry.

  • Private party contact

    Trina Walkama: (877) 285-4124

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