Skates on the Bay
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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.
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.
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.
I love Skates and hope that it does not close as part of the Restaurants Unlimited bankruptcy proceedings.
I ALWAYS TAKE MY OUT OF TOWN GUEST TO SKATES. THE VIEW IS FANTASTIC, THE FOOD IS GOOD.
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.
My family went for a birthday dinner. The food was excellent and our waiter was very friendly and helpful.
Good Food Quality, the AC is a big disadvantage. ..
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.
The food was okay. The lighting was very stark.
Food was delicious, our server was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu and pairings, view was spectacular. Definitely would recommend and return!
Food was great but our car got broken into in the parking lot. Sketchy area for parking.
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.
Extensive menu of fish. Micheal, our server, was outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere!
Beautiful view, service was excellent and dinner was delicious! We will be back !
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.
We had a wonderful lunch. The view is beautiful. It is very noisy.
Excellent food and view of bay
Delicious food and good wait staff. Always a go to for a special occasion.
Celebrating another year with our best friend.
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.
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.
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.
The view can not be beat, you look at the bay and the golden gate. Service and food was also great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and an incredible view-Sunset is the best! Perfect location near Marina area
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.
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...
Location was outstanding and service exceptional. More vegatbles and less carbs would be great.
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
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!!
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.
Visit this restaurant and celebrate your birthday :-)
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!
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.
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!