Skates on the Bay

4.4
6219 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6219 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mohammad
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Fish and chips was greasy and many foods from Menu were no longer available.

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Conrad
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Superb food - we only had fish. Weak cocktails, so we added wine. Very noisy with a nearby baby shower party. Little social distancing between tables - a bit worrisome. We knew it was pricey from past visits, but it had gotten yet more so. GREAT water views.

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BerkeleyLocalite
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great place to go one of my favorites. The sushi just wasn’t the greatest. Could have been fresher with more crab.

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WilliamH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was spotty! Menu limited!
Ambiance always good! Value considering above moderate!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome setting, seafood linguine very good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Our server didn’t come over for like ten minutes. Another server picked us up. Good birthday dessert.

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vipLarryL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, quiet, lunch with a fantastic view.

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EduardoC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The lady manager in charge didn't respect my tete a tete request of getting a better waterfront table despite my three days in advance reservation, previous phone calls and the existing of better empty waterfront tables.

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TrudyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good was good, great views but the service was so slow.

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Pescetarian
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the view from Skates so that is my main reason for going there. The food is good as well, as is the service and spacing between seats.

JM
JanetM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the years we have always enjoyed Skates on the Bay and our last visit was no exception. Our reservation was set and in a few minutes we were greeted and led to our table with a magnificent view.
My brother and his wife were with us as a special treat. They were so impressed with the ambiance, food, view and exceptionally well trained and congenial waitress.
We noticed the interior and exterior of the restaurant was sparkling with new paint and the booths and chairs had new coverings. Well done!!!!
Such a lovely place to enjoy a wonderful meal and take in the view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date and any special occasion. The customer service was awesome, the food outstanding and the ambiance romantic and relaxed. The quality-price ratio is good. Will definitely recommend and will come back soon.
Because of all this and more great and competitive attributes Skates is already proud for, don’t forget to make an appointment before you go if you ever want to experience any of these in this outstanding place. They are usually tight on space as everybody solicit them. Enjoy!

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kurtp
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

price was little high. you supposedly had a special going on for $ 25 per person, nothing was mentioned. it was on your Easter web page.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, views were outstanding, and the food was delicious. Ordered the crab and artichoke dip (of course), filet mignon, and seafood linguini. I apologize but I failed to take pics of the food.

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StephanieH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food cold have been hotter. The oyster with the hang town fry were very small. Otherwise no complaints

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Tess
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come for the gorgeous view and delicious seafood.

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ccrider
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great location - view is amazing. People working are super nice. Love it!

MS
MikeS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! What a great view from your table of the bay.

FD
FunDiner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Easter Brunch. Service & food was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today is Easter and we absolutely enjoyed our brunch at skates. The customer service was outstanding, the menu varied, refined and delicious and the prices more than reasonable for what you get! Would definitely recommend and will come back soon!

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BorisT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Restaurant was not busy , service was lousy, took ten minutes to open our wine , which I ended pouring my self all night long , when I made the resv I requested a window table , that didn’t happen , I stated it was our anniversary, it was never acknowledged, no one ever checked how we were doing. We got charged for sparkling water we never order. Bread was never brought to the table. Just a horrible experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Skates has done an amazing job with reopening after a year of shutdown due to COVID-19. We were so happy to be back!

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vipd123
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful view, great service and delicious food... what more could you ask for!?

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null
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great to be out again. We were able to sit at the window- always a plus.

AM
AnnaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The manager is so wonderful every time we go. He is so great and enthusiastic! Food is always fabulous, we missed having a full menu but still had a wonderful meal. Our waitress could have been a little nicer but overall wonderful dinner.

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KaoriF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were waiting for reopening! Menu has changed no there is signature salad so I hope it will be back. Prime rib and salmon dinner was great! We can’t wait to come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Screaming kids! And the management did nothing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

View is outstandingly beautiful, however food is so mediocre. We waited in line to be seated for our reservation which took minutes as there was only one person as the host. The service started off good but once we put in for the appetizer, she took off. Once the entree was brought out she completely disappeared. Seared tuna had minimal flavor, as well as the dessert was nothing like on the menu. Ordered a chocolate dessert with goat cheese, raspberry, & pistachio, was instead brought a vanilla ice cream with chocolate. Take the extra few minutes to drive to San Francisco and sit along the water at a place with better food.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be able to sit down and eat eat in a place you enjoyed. Was treated for my birthday and had the corner window seat in the bar seating. View was GREAT, staff was GREAT, food was GREAT. Only problem is their selection of Tequila is VERY limited, was told they have not gotten up to speed with ordering. I put in my request.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the ambiance was great and the view - to die for. I can highly recommend this Restaurant. Can't wait until they go back to a full menu to choose from.

KB
KirkB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service has degraded considerably. The servers reminded me of Dennys. Its a shame really. The food and ambiance is a 4 star

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EdwardT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Although my filet was prepared as requested, It was very bland in flavor. It had a good appearance but was not savory

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PatrickL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I don't even know where to start. Ordered the steak medium rare and my client ordered the chicken. After 45 minutes my steak was brought out, well done. After several more minutes my client was informed that his chicken was taking a little longer than normal. I ate the now cold steak and my client was forced to get his to go as he had another appointment. Our sever was very nonchalant and not overly concerned about my meal or my clients now to-go meal. I will never return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great. Location is amazing. Waiter was AWFUL.

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vipAppreciated
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to dine at Skates again. The food was great, the service was great, and I appreciate the manager being so involved in taking care of old customers. It was worth the 225 miles round trip.

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FDotLeo
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my experience at Skates! The staff was amazing and the food was PERFECT! Stuffed chicken is the winner!

JB
JerryB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, prepared perfectly.

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WendyH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice lunch, atmosphere with less crowd felt comfortable. Views were amazing, just a nice day to enjoy lunch with great company. The service was awesome and food too.

CD
CoriD
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is absolutely breathtaking and the staff was very professional and friendly. The food came quickly and was fresh and so yummy. We will absolutely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great customer service. Food was relatively good, salmon was slightly overcooked.

FAQs

Skates on the Bay does offer 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 4.4 stars by 6219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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