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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I asked for a window seat and didn’t get it

LS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We wanted a nice view and we got it! Service was very good! Our waitress was Corinne and she was patient and answered all our questions regarding menu items.

d
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skates on the Bay is my favorite restaurant! The food is excellent, the service is great - and the view is fantastic. I also like the fact that the restaurant gives you a $20 credit for your birthday. Cheers!

m
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoy Skates, one of my favorite go to places in Berkeley. I got the Steel Head and as always was perfect.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing. Make sure to get the calamari and the crab and artichoke dip. Life changing.

JB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Skates in the Bay has gone downhill. It used to be a much nicer restaurant. There are signs everywhere about car break-ins, even on the front doors. Hostess was terrible. Hardly anyone was in the restaurant and we arrived at 4:30 ahead of our 4:45 reservation. She would not seat us even though the place was only 10% full. Server was very good. Food was just ok. My salmon was over-seared, almost like crispy chicken and the fingerling potatoes were hard. The server did comp a glass of wine to make up for it. The Bay view is nice, but passing all of the homeless tents to get to Skates is not. Not their fault, but they are not in a nice area anymore. Way overpriced. $215 with tip for 3 entrees, one soup, one salad and 2 glasses of wine with tip. Will not go back.

BV
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I was expecting to be very impressed. We weren't. Common comment among the five of us - the fish was soggy. Grilled salmon sandwich - salmon soggy. The three who ordered Fish & Chips - the fish was soggy. The monkfish dish - soggy. Bread pudding dessert - no whisky/alcohol flavoring so disappointing.

The service in the bar and in the restaurant ... great.

The views of the bay ... amazing.

One of those places that I'll check off the list and probably won't make a trip back.

e
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu is good.

DJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to dine here, the food is great and the servers are always pleasant. The only thing I’d like to see is for the city or all of the areas restaurants get together to fix the road leading to Skates.

MD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the kung pao calamari and have been back several times just to get our fix. I had the petite seafood Louie and it was ok, not much crab and one shrimp. The bread is warm and very good too.

LB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been eating at Skates for several years and it can be iffy. We had a wonderful time there yesterday. The Eggs Benedict were the best I've ever had and Ruben was very friendly and professional. I hope they can keep it up.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was tasty. Halibut was a bit over cooked. Vegetable maki was hard to eat - fell apart when picked up.

BW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The views are amazing and the management genuinely cares about ensuring great guest experiences.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Vance our waiter was pleasant and professional.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The brow was beautiful and the food good. We were celebrating my brothers birthday and he had a wonderful dinner. The price for the entrees were a bit pricey but the food was good, however I had one problem and that was desert when I ordered the key lime pie and the waiter came back and said they had just ran out i don’t understand how a upscale restaurant like Skates can allow this to happen. Other than that we had a good dinner, by the way i had no dessert.

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The best view in the East Bay, good food and cocktails with very nice service. We will return often.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best view on the
Bay.As the sun sets and the sailboats race by your window you are viewing a menu with many good choices of seafood,beef or vegetarian.The wine list was full of good choices and the waiter prepared to make good suggestions.The entrees were in the $35. Range but the portions large and included side vegetables.I look forward to going back for both the spectacular view and the food.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We've come to Skates many times over the years and have been satisfied with the food and service. This time was different. The lobster bisque, which my wife loves was congealed and tasted like it had been reheated too many times. A big disappointment. She also ordered a dragon roll and sent it back- the sushi rice was hard and cold and the tempura shrimp was dried out- this was inedible. e monkfish was good but the lentils and other vegetables were barely luke warm.
We were disappointed and surprised.

m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessert with candle was a lovely touch!

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for joining us on a special occasion and we hope to serve you soon here at Skates. Best, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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Y
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter recommended the Kung Pao Calamari as an appetizer. It was absolutely delicious! The view of the sun setting behind the hills of Marin was exceptionally beautiful. We enjoyed every minute of our experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing
Cocktails well balanced
Server was great and very attentive.
We had the pork belly over grits for app and prime rib rare and the filet mignon black and blue as our entree. Mmmmmmmm, perfectly cooked.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation process was simple and efficient via restaurant find on Google Maps. Hostesses were pleasant, wait staff was attentive and the food was great!

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hello LerondM, Thank you very much for your kind review. We hope you would join us soon for another great dining experience !!! Best Wishes, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for a fabulous dining experience, this is the place. Outstanding views, delicious food, and exceptional service!

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello MaryM, Thank you for this wonderful review, It is reviews like yours keep us going every day and trying to make it special to all of our guests... Best Wishes, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Beautiful view of the Bay, esp. at sunset. Food is good, very pricey.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch on Labor Day. My partner wanted eggs Benedict and Skates, was hosting a brunch on Monday although that is not a day that they usually have brunch so we were excited to go.
Although no one came to the table to check on us Jeremy eagerly came over to be of service until someone was available and that was really helpful because we had sat there for a while. Once assigned, Ruben was a great server it was a great experience.

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hello, Thank you for being to understanding. We are glad to hear that even though the service started slow but we were able to provide you with a good dining experience. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. Have a great day !!! Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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h
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and beautiful views.

B
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as usual. Seated right on time. Prompt service even though the room was packed. Food was outstanding and was perfect for our order. View was outstanding . We spend our anniversary each year at skates (this was our 50th anniversary) Only one complaint was that when I got home I realized that my rewards credit was never given to me.

DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally charmed! Our dining experience was smashing. Our server, Cole, was perfectly attentive and offered great recommendations for both food and drink. All of us dining enjoyed our meals, drinks and dessert immensely. Views are astonishing. Thanks Skstes for a fab time.

d
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skates on the Bay has been my favorite restaurant for many years. The food is always delicious but the view takes the cake!

AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fail to deliver the best food, service and ambiance. I always recommend friends and family to go to Skates for the best of everything:)

BE
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were given the table with the most beautiful view -- in a corner with windows on both sides overlooking the Bay, the boats, and the (fogged-in) GG Bridge. Excellent cocktails and a monkfish entree made the day for us.

SZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I would recommend Skates for the view, cocktails and dessert not so much for the food.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Skates while staying in Berkeley! It’s one of the best views of The Bay while eating delicious food!

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your kind review, we truly appreciate it. We hope you have a great day !!! Best Wishes, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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CG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The sushis were excellent but was a little bit disappointed about the cheesecake...

LJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winning experience. Oceanside table, plates were as delicious as they were beautiful and the service was good too.

Skates on the Bay
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hello LadyJ, Thank you very much for this kind review. We hope to serve you soon here at Skates !!! Best, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I used to be a frequent diner at Skates when I lived in the East Bay in the 1980-1990s. I was very disappointed with this recent dining experience. Here's why:
1) Having to drive through all the homeless encampments and piles of trash at the freeway off-ramp at University was very unsettling.
2) Our server was not very friendly. Also, kept trying to upsell at every opportunity. When we asked questions she was very curt.
3) Food quality was okay, and relatively expensive.
4) Two of the three stalls in the Ladies Restroom were either out of order or needed attention.
5) Pros: Parking was easy and hostesses were friendly and helpful.

m
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was excellent but boy does this place need a makeover. Smells bad and looks like no money spent on updating the dining room or the rest rooms.

Skates on the Bay
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hello mbdiner, Thank you for your honest feedback. We recently got brand new flooring and our restrooms are scheduled for a renovation in the next couple of months. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We hope to provide many more good dining experiences here at Skates !! Best, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Skates. The bay view is spectacular and the service was very good. I had the large Seafood Louis and it was fresh and delicious. My husband has Steelhead Salmon served on a corn salad which was also excellent. I had a glass of the house wine which was very good.
There were several large parties there celebrating birthdays. The noise level was more than usual, but not obnoxious. I look forward to going to Skates on the Bay again.

Skates on the Bay
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hello SacSue, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you had such a great dining experience here at Skates. We hope to serve you soon. Best Wishes, Sarper Oztemiz General Manager

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LA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Skates in over 10 years due to moving away from the area but I had a meeting in the area and agreed to meet at Skates for dinner. There was 4 of us and we were seated right by the glass wall ... my guests were pleasantly surprised by the view. But they were blown away by the quality of the food and the service. Overall a great experience and I would highly recommend it for ambience, quality of food and the service. Parking is alway easy.

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