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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Ambiance and server experience were great. However, the 16oz prime rib I ordered was so overcooked that I’ve only taken 3-4 bites, barely finished. Requested to be cooked in medium rare but had pretty much well done. It was really tough to eat. Definitely very disappointed about it because prime rib is pretty much my fave things to eat when it’s available and served at a restaurant... very unfortunate.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Izvestia always had a good time whenever I visit Skates. It’s a good place to catch up with friend, have a date or girls night and everything in between. The only thing I would suggest is expanding the dinner menu just a little add a few more option it’s a little limited.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Was celebrating my girls birthday and decided on skates on the bay. Upon entering we were left standing at the front desk, while the hostess continued on her computer for several minutes. It was not until I asked if this was where we check in that we were directed to our seats. The appetizer ( crab artichoke dip) and soup (clam chowder) were tasty. But the main courses were less than satisfactory. The prime rib looked beautiful but was awfully chewy. My girl got the bbq shrimp which was just a bit bland. Also, I made clear we were celebrating a birthday but we never got any dessert. The ambiance was lovely but ultimately I will not be returning.

PB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Skates and hope that it does not close as part of the Restaurants Unlimited bankruptcy proceedings.

JJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ALWAYS TAKE MY OUT OF TOWN GUEST TO SKATES. THE VIEW IS FANTASTIC, THE FOOD IS GOOD.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 7 of us went here for a friend’s birthday and it was phenomenal. The service, food and view are amazing. We were there on a Tuesday night so it wasn’t too crowded either.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family went for a birthday dinner. The food was excellent and our waiter was very friendly and helpful.

M
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good Food Quality, the AC is a big disadvantage. ..

OH
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Skates is a classic 'on the bay' restaurant that has maintained quality and service for many years by being well staffed and understanding the experience their patrons are looking for. From the special occasion and Sunday brunch crowd to business lunches and a great happy hour bar they make the most of their location and seafood theme. Being in the East Bay with a view towards the SF skyline allows for better prices and free easy parking for this style of restaurant outing. It's easy to to get to from the City and all E Bay locations as well. Add a stroll around the Berkeley Marina afterwards and you will feel like it was a special occasion.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was okay. The lighting was very stark.

LW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, our server was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu and pairings, view was spectacular. Definitely would recommend and return!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but our car got broken into in the parking lot. Sketchy area for parking.

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a special night for our parents and everything was exceptional. Our server was engaging and always checking back to make sure our meal was good and drinks were refreshed. She was superb. The view is best around! Unfortunately, we would not have come from San Rafael if power had not been turned off near us. It is sad though that area just outside of restaurant and gorgeous view is littered with trash and homelessness.

B
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu of fish. Micheal, our server, was outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere!

LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, service was excellent and dinner was delicious! We will be back !

BL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great seafood, not cheap but not super expensive for Berkeley. Awesome view. The Dungeness crab cocktail was beautifully presented and a good amount of crab.

SR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. The view is beautiful. It is very noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service
Excellent food and view of bay

HS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good wait staff. Always a go to for a special occasion.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating another year with our best friend.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My group and I have been to Skates several times. This time, our server’s name is Ebony again! She remembered us from our previous visits and greeted us warmly. We specifically requested her service from Management, and it was very accommodating. Not only is she very charming, Ebony has an uncanny ability to remember each person’s order without writing down everything. We received very friendly and prompt service. The only disappointment was not being able to be seated at our favorite round table in the back corner by the windows. That particular table seats five people; we had seven in our party. Each occasion to Skates is well worth our travel time.

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!

k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Skates by the Bay. The view is great and the ambiance is good, which makes this a great place for a date or for a business meal. I often take clients here for dinner.

RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Best view in the area. Our meal that evening wasn't as hot as I would have liked and we never got any bread which I think is offered and we asked for however.

VM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view can not be beat, you look at the bay and the golden gate. Service and food was also great.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My good friend Claus and I had dinner at Skates on the Bay. The sunset was spectacular. The food and drinks were excellent, as was the service. We both had a very good time as we caught up on things. Skates is easily my favorite restaurant in the East Bay area.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food and great ambiance - serving staff did a wonderful job - ine thing I noticed the tenderloin medallions have gotten very small - Amal smaller than they used to be.

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The location is spectacular- the views and sunset are amazing. Beautiful location and very nice inside. We were at UC Berkeley for parents weekend and wanted a nice dinner with our Bear and local friends. Service was outstanding- very attentive and professional. Bar service was quick and food came out quickly. Our only issue was the food itself. Calamari app was overly sweet and breaded. Sushi was very good and fresh. Salads were heavily dressed but good. Get the dressing on the side. It was entrees that left us unimpressed. Ahi tuna was very bland / little flavor. Applewood smoked salmon special was dry and again sides and salmon were dry and flavorless. A sauce would have made a huge difference. My bear had the seafood bucatini and that was very good. The bill was very high for one round of drinks and dinner so maybe go for the view - sushi and drinks.

KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

That night skates was having some problems with service. The steak that I ordered medium rare came well done. However they brought back a new steak cooked medium rare very quickly and did not charge me at all for my entrée! Overall a great experience having a great dinner and watching the sun go down over the Golden Gate Bridge.

PS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and an incredible view-Sunset is the best! Perfect location near Marina area

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and I brought family for dinner because we had a great experience here before. And skates did not disappoint. Seating was fast. Host was friendly. Server knew his stuff and provided great service. Food was delicious. Zero complaints. Will definitely return.

LZ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Way over-rated restaurant - Might be worth it during the day when one can enjoy the view but once it's dark outside you would not know the difference from being anywhere else
The greeters were totally unfriendly, we were seated at the very end of the restaurant in a corner surrounded by empty tables and stacked chairs as if the section was closed; the atmosphere was uninviting; the service was efficient but the food was just OK; one of our guests was vegetarian and the only option the waitress offered was a bowl of veggie and rice, she couldn't care less about trying to help him find something that would meet his diet and would make him happy.
The overall price value was terrible...

MI
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Location was outstanding and service exceptional. More vegatbles and less carbs would be great.

M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

With Berkeley’s homeless problems on full display and a roadway to the restaurant buckled and bumpy the outside atmosphere is disturbing. The restaurant has been at this scenic location for years and is not responsible for the outside issues. They have done everything possible to port warning signs and will even store your valuables while you dine. Still it was distressing and disturbing to see the changes.
Service is gracious and the menu is varied. My lunch “monkfish with lentils and Carrots was too salty. Hi

E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is definitely a place to go for the views, service, and ambiance!! Great for a special occasion. Very romantic!! The food is good but needs some improvement in terms of quality and taste. I prefer the appetizers over the entrees. I definitely recommend dining here...having drinks and appetizers...and watching the spectacular scenic views!!

d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

great view and attentive and friendly staff. However, execution of food could be better, especially with the temperature. Most dishes were not hot when it arrived at the table.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good
Visit this restaurant and celebrate your birthday :-)

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We bring our family & friends here for a meal when we pick them up from the airport. It’s a pleasant welcome experience for them, the food, service, and views of the city and the bridges. Our favorite in Berkeley, for sure!

DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch there and it was perfect. Good food, not noisy, it was easy to hold a conversation and a nice location. Service was very nice also and prices were fair.

DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food! Waitress was a bit OCD by checking in with us every 5 min but her service was excellent otherwise. $105 for brunch for two, before tip, is a bit rich IMHO but can’t beat the ambiance. Excellent experience and window table to boot!

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