Skates on the Bay

4.3
6384 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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 6384 people are saying
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeY
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first visit, had been on radar for years but never had a chance to check them out and then COVID struck. Scouting for a place to take our out-of-town guests to later this month, and we've now settled on Skates'. Nice view, super friendly staff, decent food despite the reduction of selections from the pre-Covid menu. One negative: the black napkin was covered with white lint.... proof that it went through wash machine, but white lint on black napkin in direct sunlight of late afternoon was not a good first impression. That was forgotten, however, by the mid way through the dinner. Food was good, and the light had gotten darker so the lint were no longer noticeable.

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ProfConnoisseur
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My son, 7 year old grandson and my husband and I ate at Skates, as it was near the hotel where my son and grandson were staying. The child's fish and chips was perfect for the 7 year old. The seafood linguine was good - not exceptional but ok. The two fish dishes my son and husband ordered (ahi and salmon) were very nicely prepared but the amount of fish they received was exceptionally small. Both were hungry after they ate their dinners! We did not order an appetizer or soup or salad, and perhaps we should have. The creme brulee was delicious for dessert.

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Mike
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice experience at Skates - unmatched views all around and excellent food and service. A bit on the pricey side, but worth the money. The menu is a bit limited due to the pandemic, but they’ll be coming out with the full menu in a couple of weeks. If you can make it here, it will be an excellent dining experience.

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vipfrdiner
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

All of our dishes had no taste

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KathyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect evening for a window table. Food and drinks delicious. Wait staff efficient.

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Leona
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was friendly, while professional. The entire atmosphere felt good. The entire staff seemed to want us to enjoy ourselves and that they were glad to be able to make that happen. I have dinned at Skates for years, but the food yesterday was superb- every bite - for all three of us. The chef outdid himself.

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Shilla
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smell of trash outside was so bad . A little dirty outside.

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JavedD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Food quality overall is very mediocre. Bread quantity not enough. At this rate this restaurant is not setting itself for success.

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emiko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Our server got our appetizer order incorrectly but graciously brought us what we had originally ordered. He very kindly split our salad per our request; the salad was surprisingly very small though! Crab dip is delicious!

Still, it has a nice ambiance and is a very convenient location.

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JulieT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food and service but the restaurant can use updated entrance flooring (slippery when wet). The staff needs to maintain the cleanliness of the restroom.

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Dick
Puerto Vallarta
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

a little noisy for us old folks.................................................................

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The only reason why I am giving it 2 stars is because our waitress was a sweetheart. I ordered the salmon plate and it was bland and too expensive for the taste. The portions were small. The sides were not tasty at all the oysters were end bland as though they bought them from an oyster farm. Since I cut out alcohol (which is one of their strong suits, I have no reason to go back again. Oh, and notice the hole in the napkin!

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NancyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday with friends. Wonderful window table and superb waiter. The crab-artichoke dip with foccacia bread and the bib lettuce salad were outstanding, the Caesar salad a disappointment. Key lime pie for dessert was superb.

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vipsunnyside1
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The halibut was outstanding. And the crab & artichoke dip us always a winner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We arrived an hour early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us with a table by the window. Our waitress was amazing and the food was delicious.

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LeonardandCarol
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Skates on the bay is awesome! Wonderful food, great service and awesome views. Highly recommend!

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked the attentive server who waited on me. So rarely are they this attentive and checking to see if I liked everything.Ionly tip 20 percent for this type of service

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AntonioF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will return to Skates on the Bay. Everything about tis place is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner with great service and excellent food. What a great view!

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Benjie
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food great as always. Nice quiet dinner. Service was slow to start, but finished great.

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GOLFLACO
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Although, we were sharply on time, we had to wait 30 minutes to be assigned a table. Once seated, the waiter delayed 10 minutes to approach. Food is ok, but I was not pleased with the experience. They seem to have problems with the late reservations (8pm!!).

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SFtraveler
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service, great views, amazing food, really cool drinks, 10/10

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vipeatemup
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is can't miss. The service is outstanding and the food is even better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has such the perfect view of the San Francisco skyline. And the food is good. It’s a nice place to celebrate!

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JDoubleU
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was amazing! The decor needs work. The service was great. The server really made sure we were comfortable and taken care of.

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vipMedley
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

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Smiley
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Skates always provides a perfect environment to enjoy a delicious meal while looking out over the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. When the wind is blowing, the view is especially wonderful.

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vipOldBlue
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were glad to come back to a place with great memories.

Now a Landry's property with a 20 year lease in hand. Best view in the bay area!

Hostess was friendly and effective. Waitress was new but very serious and did a good job.

Nice to see something open and available that we knew so well.

Kitchen was veryu good, bar even better.

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Evieeatswell
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great place for lunch. We were greeted warmly and seated quickly. The service was good. The waitstaff were attentive. We had a great experience and will be returning soon. Easy to access and plenty of parking.

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Cloveralis
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good and the view extraordinary. Our only issue was the too few waiters. Maybe it's the Covid times. The ones we had worked as hard as they could to make us happy.

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ChioppinoPilgrim
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a dramatic view! Super helpful server. Festive atmosphere.

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SharonD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view, excellent food. Couldn't ask for anything better.

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SharlynB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The view and ambience were great. The food was mediocre. I’ve been to this restaurant a few years ago and I remember the food being better. It wasn’t terrible but for the price it was ok at best. The service was terrible. We had a waiter that kept us waiting for 25 mins before we even got to order drinks or appetizers. He was so terrible he didn’t even introduce himself. Finally Alexis (another server) stepped in and took our order. We sat down at 8:25PM and it was nearly 8:50PM when we got to order anything. Throughout the whole meal the original server did not check in on us and kept forgetting our order that we had to flag down other servers for. At the end, we were rushed out. The server left the check at our table without us even asking for it. There were only a handful of tables at the time and the place wasn’t busy at all. The original server spent 10 mins chatting up another customer who had already paid and ate and completely ignored us. There were only 2 people on my party. I would have some understanding if the place was busy but it wasn’t. Would definitely NOT recommend especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion. There are lots of great places in the Bay Area with better food and service.

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ChuongV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Not fresh seafood. We had the recommended Seafood Liguini, and the shrimps and the crab meat were not fresh at all!

Nice view of the ocean.
Will not come back .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Poor service. Asked to have cheese on side and up w cheese in salad . Replacement offered. Had yo ask for bread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Celebrating sisterhood

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CleveL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic. Everything about Skates beat my expectations

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Seems like this place is skating on its excellent location. The view of the bay from the table is unbeatable. Unfortunately, everything else about this restaurant was mediocre at best. Service, although friendly, was slow and extremely poorly trained. Our menus were left on our table for the entire meal. I never received a spoon to eat my linguini, nor did anyone check with us to see if we needed anything to make our meal better. We did have our waiter tell us in the middle of our meal to “take your time”; certainly we were taking our time, this is the sort of service I’d expect at a $5 diner, not a place that charges $40 for a small plate of pasta. Empty appetizer plates stacked beside us while we were eating our main dishes, and overall it seemed that the service was new and spread too thin. Food was ok. I could make a better cream sauce at home, and the cioppino sauce was uninspired. Definitely overpriced for what it was. Come for the view, but don’t expect a fancy restaurant experience for the high price you’ll pay.

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vipRonald
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Skates on the Bay. Everything was excellent.

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Linn
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our 53 wedding anniversary. I really wanted us to enjoy a restaurant dinner. Some places were closed for the 4th of July. A friend suggested Skates.

Although the window table was not ready when we arrived (customers still using), they had chairs where we could wait .

At first my husband did not see any main menu item that appealed, but I asked if they had a special entree which the waitress then told us was fresh Halibut and bacon rissoto. I had that and my husband decided to get the calamari appetizer and grilled ceaser salad with shrimp. We were please with the food.

Then because they knew it was a special occasion, the waitress brought a piece of walnut crust coffee flavored pie which was on the house. A gracious touch.

Also the manager came to each table to thank patrons for coming.

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 4.3 stars by 6384 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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