Skates on the Bay

4.5
6295 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 6295 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarcosB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Leo was a great waiter gave me and the wife all the time in the world. It was her Birthday and she was quite Happy. Thank You

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MarkK
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My only complaint is that my steak was not cooked to my desired doneness. Even after a stressed to the waiter when I ordered how I wanted it as I had the same problem at a previous visit.

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supperwithsugarboo
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

our server was excellent. she was able to accommodate special entree requests and completely attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my seafood salad. Our birthday boy was happy. We had a great time.

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DavidS
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed taking my 93 year old father out to eat in a restaurant on the tail end of Covid. Well spaced tables. Great view of the bay. Good cocktails. The wine list is also good. The halibut special was outstanding- may go back before they run out. The seared ahi also excellent.

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Felyda
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Gregory was the best! The wait time for food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect early brunch for my wife and me on Mothers Day. Great food - as always - and impeccable service. Thank you, Skates!

JM
vipJamesM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother’s Day celebration with my mom the food was amazing. Mimosas and the the view were terrific too. Skates is one of my favorites, always a wonderful time and great service. My mom tried the omelette and she loved it. No espresso so I took a baileys coffee which was great too. Thank you Skates!

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emeraldw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was great. Would have been nice to have better seats with a stroller included. We were seated towards the back without much of a view

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 27th birthday w| 5 of my beautiful sisters ! The service was impeccable & the food was great . I can not wait until the COVID stuff dies down so they can continue to add back to their menu ! Overall I had a wonderful experience w| a beautiful view 💕

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CathyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful view, and an exceptional staff make it a pleasure to be here.

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vipRustyG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, superb view, excellent staff. A real treat

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LeoA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Every thing was quite good. The service was a bit forgetful, but that was understandable given the long closure due to the pandemic.

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Tommy
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view of SF and bay is beautiful (I sat at the bar and was unable to get a table on the glass, but was fine).
The Clam Chowder was better than Dead Fish's.
The chicken salad was great - chicken tender and well flavored.
The Parmesan dressing was homemade and a very nice.
Overall a good experience.

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DeborahL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated by a window and had a fabulous view. The tables are spaced appropriately. We ordered the California roll, Parmesan Caesar salad, and salmon. Everything was delicious, and the service by Romel was perfect. I noted in my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, and Romel brought a complimentary dessert at the end of our meal. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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SaraL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, view. Server seemed to be new but was very friendly

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GalilaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

A lovely restaurant but the prices are just way too high. We had a good meal, but with such a limited menu and extremely high prices, we are unlikely to return.

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Jooj
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Overall, it was a great experience except the cocktails are very overpriced. It was $14 for a cocktail and it wasn’t even a full glass. And I didn’t even taste any alcohol. I usually only drink one cocktail, but this one definitely didn’t have enough alcohol in it. I don’t mind paying more money for a good cocktail, but I want a full glass and not an insufficient amount of alcohol.

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lindas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Wasn’t what I thought it would be. No I would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love the view!

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Courtneyd
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for hosting my birthday we loved it will certainly return

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DYL4517
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The seating was on time but it took 23 minutes for the server to take the order and another 25 minutes for the meal. Everything was bitter salty and overcooked. Oysters had shell pieces. They could have been very delicious food but because of over marinating and over cooked, the food experience was the worst around this area. Fast food places provided a lot better food. Definitely will NOT recommend a lunch or dinner, especially for a special occasion. The lunch just ruined my 73-years old sister’s birthday celebration. Very disappointed.

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DanielP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The food on the menu online was not the same as the menu at the a tule restaurant. The view is awesome and the service was great

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vipCaliforniagirl
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed! The view is unbelievable, the service was great, the food was delicious. It was quiet and spacious. Ample parking. Loved the hardwood floors they had in there- they looked new. Overall, I will come back regularly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though the weather was gloomy that evening, my date and I still enjoyed our time there. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were Seated promptly. The Large room easily accommodated social distancing guidelines. Britney our waitress was very personable,attentive and fun. It was a very nice experience for our first time eating inside at a restaurant since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Free parking was an additional plus.

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ShelleyM
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari and seafood linguine grilled salmon. Great dessert.

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Patm
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere, service and view were great. Food was pretty good, American wagyu steak was a bit tough. Halibut was pretty good as well.

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vipBayAreaLover
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The locations/views are amazing at Skates. But honestly, I expected a broader menu and certainly more fresh seafood selections. There was no grilled fish available, only sushi. A bit disappointing overall.

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Foodietwo
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice getting out again. Food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful stop- I love this hidden gem!

TK
TobinK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was foggy on the bay, the view was still magical.

EA
vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had the Seared Ahi Tuna, Fish & Chips, Crispy Calamari, Crap & Artichoke dip. All dishes were very good, as was the view.

JA
JayAugustin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

From beginning to end, as a professional Hotelier, I was appalled and wholeheartedly disappointed with the lack of service and professionalism that I experienced during this visit. What a truly terrible occurrence.

TC
vipTwoCalBears
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Skates has always been perhaps our favorite East Bay restaurant--wonderful view, great drinks, excellent service and quite good food. Despite the limitations on the menu and staff, we had a wonderful time during our first visit to the dining room after being vaccinated. Our server, Windy, was terrific, and we loved the policy that allowed us to dine without masks after we were seated: the dining room looked like it did during pre-pandemic days!

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vipniekonthemove
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It seemed everyone had an April 17 birthday when we visited :) The kitchen was bringing out lots of (complimentary) cake & candles.

Food was excellent: we had the dip and the oysters and main courses were seafood linguine and Nicoise salad.

Service very attentive, and appropriately adjusted for COVID. The use of gloves by waiters is overrated as that protects the waiter, not so much the guest (unless gloves are constantly changed?)

We enjoyed our dinner a lot.

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Randall4015
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This venerable restaurant hasn’t really come back yet. The service was just ok and the food was not back to what it once was

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vipCheryl
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the Seafood Linguini and it was very good. The service was very good also. I was happy to be able to eat inside of Skates on the Bay.

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ElizabethB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband went on a Friday night at 6:45pm we had reservations for date night. They sat us at the nicest table with the best view, our server was amazing! And the food was delicious! We had a great night!

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 4.5 stars by 6295 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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