Skates on the Bay
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Skates is one of my favorite places in Berkeley but it wasn't quite up to par on Thursday. I ordered the seafood salad but this time it came without the piece of salmon. I didn't check the description on the menu and assumed the salmon was still a part of the entree -- seems they added more cucumbers and tomatoes to fill in the plate. Waitress made several mistakes about who ordered what -- not as professional as previous times. I also noted on my reservation that it was a special birthday but nothing special was done and maybe the restaurant has done away with this practice.
The previous time I went a man came around several times to ask if everything was ok and it was. This time no one asked nor did they seem to care.
Will probably go back to Skates but am thinking about going to Scott's in Oakland-Walnut Creek for special occasions.
The only thing that kept me from 5 stars was the meal was slow in arriving, but with a number of large groups it was understandable and the wait staff apologized and still kept tabs on how we were doing. Will definitely be back again.
Head the advice to remove all valuables from your car. A locked car is not a deterrent for local thieves. Still, the restaurant experience is worth it!
Wonderful experience! Delicious food! Great service!
The parking and location were very convenient. I was there to celebrate a college graduation for a late lunch. The restaurant was moderately busy and our table was ready when we arrived. Despite the fact that I notified the restaurant in advance that this was a special occasion, there was nothing special done by the restaurant or staff. The waiter was fine but acted like he just wanted us to be done so he could get to the clean up and go home. Our food took a very long time to arrive and was ok. If convenience is what you need, this restaurant is fine. Plenty of parking and food is okay.
a lovely place to go to for brunch. Needs more vegetarian options for lunch and dinner
The hostess was rude and clearly unaware of how to navigate the system as she kept insisting we did not have a reservation and wanted to see my email confirmation. She further wanted us to wait 15-20 mins because she could not locate the reservation, by stating "well, since it is only the two of you, can you take a seat and we can seat you in 15-20 minutes." My reservation was set for 7:15 pm, it was now 7:20/7:25. It was only on my insistence, that I refuse to wait 20 mins to be seated, that we were seated within 5-7 mins. Service by the young lady who seated us and checked out bag was good, the waiter was ok, did seem a bit rushed, everything else about the night was poor.
It is located at the Berkeley Mariner. Parking is adequate and across from the restaurant. On a clear day, one can see the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Waterfront. Sunset is usually beautiful. Unfortunately, we were there during a cloudy day. We did not have to wait for long to be seated since we had a reserved table. The service was excellent. The food was nice though the main course portion was smaller than expected. I highly recommend it for small parties especially for students at University of California at Berkeley.
The view is fantastic. Food b drinks great value.
Pleasant dining atmosphere and great views from most tables. Our server was so-so: hard to find, brought some appetizers long before others, didn't listen carefully to us. The food was tasty though, and adequate in portion size.
I brought my new high schooler son there as a congratulations for his finishing middle school and the table behind us decided that needed to fight that day. I’ve gone there for drinks and it was fine but not bringing anyone here again. Food was ok!
Really nice place. I didn't expect Skates to be as good as it was. The views are wonderful and I thought that might be the high point. But the food was also wonderful. The service was excellent even though the place was very busy. We were really impressed with Skates.
We have dined at Skates for a number of years but lately, especially the last two dinners within the last ten days, both my wife and I had upset stomachs after dining at Skates. The stomach discomfort subsided a day or so after dining at Skates. Plus the food preparation has declined. We may give Skates another try in the future.
Totally enjoyed my first experience at Skates. The food was delicious and even though it was overcast, the view was amazing. Definitely will need to go back to try some of the other meals.
Great space! Great food!! Great staff!! Amazing views!! I will return more often!
Very nice relaxing atmosphere, the food was delectable. Very pleasant servers
Excellent Service and Food was Great! Views of San Francisco and the North Bay are Lovely!
First of all, my steak wasn't cooked well, very disappointed.
Great location on the bay. Service was good but not great. Servers were attentive but seemed disinterested and more task oriented than engaged with us as customers.
Come here only for the beautiful view. Don’t expect quality food. I’ve dined here a few times and I don’t think I’ll return. The lobster bisque was salty and the BBQ prawns was way oversalted! The duck chilaquiles is mundane. On past visits, the crab Louis was comparable to a grocery salad.
Wonderful Mother's Day lunch. Crab and artichoke dip was excellent. Well done ginger pear cocktail. There was a good kid's menu. Awesome panoramic view of the Bay, SF skyline, GG bridge, can't beat it! We all had a lovely time.
Early Mother’s Day
I made this reservation to celebrate mother's day.
My mom enjoyed the food, she had the Cioppino.
The service was GREAT from the door to the table. But I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by the table/ambiance. We were seated at a large round table without a tablecloth (other smaller tables all had tablecloths). There was no kind of centerpiece - I felt like a flower or two maybe a couple of votive candles would have made it look and feel better.
It felt like I was at any other run of the mill restaurant.
This was a one time experience for my family - I don't think that we will be back.
We had a fabulous time--TJ was an amazing waiter. Beautiful setting and good food and drink. The only negative was that the lunch menu lacked any sandwich or burger option, but when we asked, they said that we could order a burger. TJ could not have been any nicer, more attentive, friendlier or more kind--he is the best!
Cecilia was awesome. She's done everything in her power to make us feel special. Thank you, Cecilia.
Food was delicious, service was efficient and attentive.
The setting was perfect. Waitress did a very good job. Food was fabulous. We were waiting for another guess to joy us who was running a little late and did not feel rushed to depart. Outstanding Evening!
We'll executed continental meals with California accents and seafood.
The food and the service by our waiter was excellent. I requested a table next to the window for an early mother’s day dinner, picked the restaurant, time and day around their view. But didn’t get a table by the window, i said it was in my reservation and they said they couldn’t give us the table because we were late. We were 7 min late. It was a Monday...the place was half empty, nobody ever sat in the table with a view.
Excellent as always! Regular stop on our Bay Area trips
Yes, the ambience is lovely ... relaxing sitting by the water. I took my daughter there for her 60th birthday and was impressed by the birthday dessert ... very festive.
We had to wait long for our drinks to arrive ...the waiter was slow in delivering the appetizers. He was very pleasant.
It;'s a lovely restaurant with a fantastic view of Marin and San Francisco. The food was very good, fresh and tasty. The service was decent. the seating in the restaurant is good.
I always forget how fantastic the food, drinks, and service are at Skates! Must go more often.
You couldn't even cut the prime rib it was like a brick and the other prime rib was fatty
We had a very pleasant evening. The service and my martini were excellent, as was the window view.
We found the menu a little limited, because of our tastes; but the halibut and steelhead meals we ordered were very good.
Great seafood with an outstanding view of San Francisco Bay. The service was excellent, and the tasty dishes were prepared quickly. I especially enjoyed the cioppino.
Overall a very nice evening. I was celebrating my retirement and it was a perfect experience. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We were in no hurry and there was no pressure to clear the table. The food was great, as always, and it was a beautiful evening overlooking the Bay.
Very professional, helpful service to get my 102 year old mother to the table near the window. Patient while waiting for my brother to arrive with his fiance', with good service and excellent views!
My favorite restaurant ....beautiful views...fabulous drinks....terrific food....