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Skates on the Bay

4.2
4.2
6675 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 91 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 549-1900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Karsten

  • Catering

    View our catering menu on our website. Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Dining Room offers groups (72 seated and 80 standing) the opportunity to enjoy their special event in a glass-walled private area, without compromising the breathtaking views that Skates on the Bay is known for. For menus and availability call (510) 898-5005 or submit an inquiry.

  • Private party contact

    Trina Walkama: (877) 285-4124

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    University Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    The AC Transit, #9

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,675 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Great for scenic views

  • East Bay

    Most Booked

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  1. BS

    BlaineS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Long time to get bread. Had to request soup spoon to eat chowder with. Dipping sauce for calamari tasted like bbq. Sauce. Suggest Vietnamese style dipping sauce as alternative or in addition to house dip. Brittany was lovely server. Thanks for refill of Diet Coke.
  2. R

    Rhta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Reservations at 11:30 a.m. Door padlocked until exactly 11:30 so our party had to wait in the cold. Chowder soup served lukewarm. Sent back to reheat.
  3. B

    Benjie

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for 15+ years and the food was great as usual. Our server, Chelsea, made the experience great. Clear night and view was a plus. In my opinion, the host station did a very poor job. They sat about 7 tables at the same time for Chelsea. She did a great job even though all tables were at the same stage of their meal. She had no help and there could be no routine serving. As shown, she had the final check for all tables in her hand at once. Other than this, which slowed service very much, we loved coming here.
  4. j

    joeandgrace

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our go-to place for celebrations for decades. It’s consistently great. Excellent food, beautiful service, and you only have to mention a special occasion once and they will remember it and make it special. Great setting too. It’s not too many places that have been able to maintain high standards; this is one.
  5. O

    Owen

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    It took waaayyyy too long for the entrees to come - 40 minutes? Yikes
  6. K

    Kaybcee

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Wonderful service. Beautiful view of the bay at sunset. A bit pricey but the food was terrific.
  7. n

    ninab

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a bit lower on the amient music, as we're musicians in classical style but love good jazz. Just lower volume because my friends and I like to go someplace with lovely ambience and talk with out having to raise our voices. Great service! Paid attention to every detail Lobster Bisque was fantastic!
  8. LN

    LaurenceN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our choice for a day after Thanksgiving dinner for six. We had a Bay window table and arrived a little before sunset, which was spectacular. I had linguini with crab and shrimp, which I enjoyed immensely. My wife had the Seafood Trio which she lso enjoyed. We saved room for the Molten Chocolate Cake and I enjoyed it with a Cappacino. The service was superb. We love this place!
  9. PL

    PeterL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really excellent and generous portion of traditional Thanksgiving turkey supper, good service, and you can't beat the view of San Francisco Bay!
  10. JR

    JoeR

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service of a very delicious meal. And the view can't be beaten!
  11. T

    Toasty

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Incredible view of sunset over the Golden Gate! Food was very good. It is expensive, but then there is the view ... Service was slow, but so what? Time to chat and enjoy the view. A little noisy.
  12. WH

    WendyH

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect table for a panoramic view of the bay! Our server was on point and very helpful with suggestions. The clams were outstanding, kung pao calamari could serve more than two for an appetizer and the drinks yummy.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Streak is on point and lobster soup is delicious
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We were treated garbage. We had 7:30 reservations. The hostess told us it would be 5 to10 minute wait.We left at 8:30 because she said she didn't have a table for us. It was getting late,all the other restaurants were getting set to close. We were celebrating out 20 year anniversary.
  15. SC

    SherlynnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't remember eating at any finer or more beautiful location than Skates on the Bay! This was my first visit and I brought my Mom who was visiting. When we arrived it was perfect timing for the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge - just stunning! The food was delicious and the service wonderful. Will never forget this experience and will definitely return!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    This is a very special place for us as we got engaged here and we do come here to celebrate our anniversaries. We were somewhat disappointed with our experience: 1. Service was not good maybe shortage of servers. we never received a drink that we had asked for and our server was missing in action at times. And we had to keep asking for water to be refilled. 2. And our food was average. Salmon and the shrimps were good but the jasmine rice was old, cold, dry and crusty. We did mentioned it to the server. Based on our previous visits to this place, we expected excellence but we were disappointed.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Service/food was really slow
  18. M

    Mark

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Food used to be better. Calamari was very good but Ahi pieces were too large and thick with unimaginative sides. Focaccia is no longer served, now replaced by some sort of white beead. Service was terrible for an average Sat night (we were there 2.5 hrs)
  19. R

    Razorback

    San Francisco

    296 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    296 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful view! Ok meals. Very nice waitress.
  20. w

    wyatt

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Gorgeous view during daylight hours. The cocktails were reasonable and tasty; the menu varied enough for everyone's taste. Our server, Martha, was friendly and observant. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  21. 1

    1vipeater

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Soup was amazing, fish was good but rice and vegetables were cool not warm or hot. Waitress went MIA no one to refill your water and took a while for check. Desserts were to go and had to have them sperate the cake and the topping. Would think they would have done that especially with whip cream. Next day went for lunch which was good but again the waitress went MIA and she apologized and said she was helping the bar get caught up which is crazy because now you lack service with your tables.
  22. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Views. All around you on the water views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Gorgeous. Good menu with fresh ingredients and pretty good food. Not a food destination except the views are spectacular and unparalleled around the area. It’s a unique vantage. Server was lovely and we had a lovely brunch experience.
  23. DS

    DaveS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Chelsea as our server, she was amazing. Great food, wonderful view.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a date…!!
  25. d

    dineoutoften

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, a little pricey but substantial. Some creative dishes. The views are wonderful.
  26. JO

    JONATHANh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, with a high-ceiling dining area, no cell phone reception was a plus! Cozy fireplace in front of the bar, but it's usually busy. Nice view when there is sunset or moonlight.
  27. KS

    KeithS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely view from the window table. Very friendly, helpful and accommodating waitress. Friendly staff. Nice birthday dessert. Love Skates.
  28. J

    Judi

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Servers and manager get 5*, food excellent, view of Golden Gate beautiful.
  29. DS

    DavidS

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dined alone in memory of many dinners there with my father who has recently passed. The food and wine were as I remembered- interesting and well prepared salmon with a decent wine list. The views were unbelievable with crystal clear skies and the sun setting in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge, from our perspective. A moving experience.
  30. i

    imut

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and good food with great views of the city and bridges!
  31. i

    idah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love everything about it. Good food Good service. Available parking lot.
  32. J

    Jeff

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Exceptional food. Impeccable service. It’s been awhile since we had ventured to Skates- it was even better than we remembered.
  33. VB

    ValerieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Everything was wonderful, the view, the service and the food, BUT, the bathroom was disgusting, no toilet paper in one stall and no toilet seat covers in another. The garbage was bursting and it was a mess.
  34. CD

    CatherineD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    I was very disappointed with the service. Our server was incredibly slow. Our server brought the wrong drink to one of us and when I asked for coffee with my dessert, he responded "that dessert doesn't have anything to do with coffee. I then repeated myself stating, I know that, I asked for a cup of coffee with my dessert. My dinner was also disappointing. I order the prime rib, and half of it was ALL FAT. I was also disappointed in the vegetable. I thought I'd get standard veggies, broccoli, green beans or something of the sort. The vegetable was brussel sprouts. I HATE brussel sprouts. Seems like the standard veg shouldn't be brussel sprouts. I will say, I should've asked, however I would have never imagined nor have I ever received brussel sprouts for the veg.
  35. D

    Doctorrumbaba

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our menu items(steamed mussels, baked artichoke and cheese, and cioppino entree were very tasty. The list of beers on tap was impressive and the view of San Fransisco Bay was superb.
  36. PD

    PaulyD

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The view is outstanding, the food was very impressive, service was really good. I’d highly recommend this restaurant. Get there just before sunset An amazing view of San Francisco
  37. F

    Flyhigh

    Seattle

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely sunset and view. Worth everything. Meal and service was great. Was a Saturday night of a Cal game so crowded and noisy but people having good fun.
  38. EL

    EveL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really good food, spectacular view, wide array of options on the menus. For those of you not swimming in IPO stock, it's possible to enjoy a meal here and keep total on the check reasonable.
  39. PS

    PatrickS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    wonderfully friendly service and a nice dinner with the best views in the east bay. A wonderful place to celebrate.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service needs vast improvement. Our waiter walked past us the entire time without actually asking or providing service when clearly we were ready for dessert or ready for plates to be taken away. Then, we were rushed to go after we paid. When our entrees were served, there wasnt even an effort or offer to remove our appetizer dishes and silver. Food was so so. The ambiance and noise level was definitely great. However, since we were treating a nephew and his girlfriend, it wasn’t a good experience over all.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Skates on the Bay using the Order Online button. Skates on the Bay also offers 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 4.2 stars by 6675 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 91 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Skates on the Bay

100 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    The AC Transit, #9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Karsten

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 549-1900

  • Catering

    View our catering menu on our website. Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Dining Room offers groups (72 seated and 80 standing) the opportunity to enjoy their special event in a glass-walled private area, without compromising the breathtaking views that Skates on the Bay is known for. For menus and availability call (510) 898-5005 or submit an inquiry.

  • Private party contact

    Trina Walkama: (877) 285-4124

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