Skates on the Bay

4.4
6348 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
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Father’s Day

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RevDr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was excellent overall!!

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rickC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Was stunned by the limited menu
and shabby appearance relative to my visit last year. Im sure it Covid economics and they will be back with a great ambience soon. Definitely will go back

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RichardT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible. We arrived on time and were seated reasonably promptly. But, we waited more than we should have for the waiter to come by and then we waited well over 30 minutes for them to bring the drinks order and evern longer to get the main course. We got some half-baked explanation for the delay but no offer of compensation - not even a free drink! Really poor. No class. And it's not cheap. We won't be going back.

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PhilH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was excellent. However the restaurant was understaffed. It took too long to get a drink and too long to get our food. NEITHER was our waitress’s fault.

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vipromantic
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halibut special was superb
A perfect day and perfect window table to enjoy it!

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AlishiaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, good drinks & outstanding service. The Grilled Salmon was delicious.

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BarbaraR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab and artichoke appetizer was delicious as was the calamari. The crab and shrimp linguine was outstanding. Of the seven of us it was considered the best entree. View is lovely.

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vipdavidc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem, to be able to have that great view of the bay and watch the sun go down. Food was very good and the service first rate.

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vipdennisk
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Great location - Hostess's are extremely accomodating and helpful! Our waitress was so nice - Chanita. The view is excellent, we had a lovely corner table. Our appetizer - the kung pao calamari - came out quick. Our salad came out another 20 mins later. But after 1 hour, still no entree. We mentioned to Chanita that we had to make a flight and she came back within 10 minutes with our order that we had 2 bites of and had to run. All in all a mixed experience. This is a large restaurant that is very popular, so hopefully this is not the normal service here.

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MarciaL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a bit too crowded and in some areas like the middle it was barely 6’ apart

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JimO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would have preferred a table in not so direct sunlight at 5 pm. My hosts did not like the sushi and were refunded. I thought the food was good and appreciated the birthday dessert.

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RobinE
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone and everything was perfect! I loved our waitress and our food/drinks were perfect.

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vipJeanH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out oft owners were blown away by the view. They also were impressed by the food and service.

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billr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Understandable limited menu. The available items were good. The restaurant is understaffed so long waits for orders. Our waiter had several tables and it seemed as if ours we’re not on his radar

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SteveR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love eating here! What a view! They are being very diligent with continued Covid-19 protocols. The food was delicious, service wonderful, and the hostess is very helpful.

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VisitingBerkeley
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views, good grilled salmon, nice wine selectio.

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LarisaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Really disappointed - expected so much more for the price

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TonyaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Lunch was good at Skates. It's a good idea to review the menu before going because the menu has been shortened ( condensed due to COVID). Some of your favorite dishes may no longer be available. The service was good and the dishes we ordered (calamari, sushi roll and the blue cheese, candied walnuts salad) were all great.

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RichardC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Skates was great! Already looking forward to the next time.

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Redwood
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife had the Nicoise, I had grilled salmon. Both were very good. I like the way the vegetables were prepared: cooked enough, but not too much. Highly recommend the key lime pie for dessert.

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AlyssaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant I took my Husband for his birthday and the waiters were so nice and amazing. Will be back again!

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MichaelK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Skates has really gone downhill. Rundown place. The view is the one plus. Food bland. Middle of our meal we had a new server - not a word from anyone about it - and service was poor.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
209 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Skates is in bad need of upgrading, she is showing her age. That being said, the food is still very good. Started with Crispy Calamari and a Prawn Cocktail, then the Seafood Bucatini and the Fish and Chips, finished with the Key Lime pie. All dishes were very good. The service is NOT back to pre-pandemic levels, but getting there.

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pllucas
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience4

It is so unfortunate that Skates on the Bay would not do anything to protect their patrons that eat at their restaurant in Berkeley. We stopped here for lunch on Friday, June 4, 2021 as we traveled through town. We came out to our car and our window had been smashed in. There was another person’s car that had his window broken too. We feel we were targeted because we both had out of state plates.

If this is such a high crime area why wouldn’t the restaurant provide security for their parking lot. If we had known how bad it really was, we would not have stopped here. This restaurant is in an isolated area with people just hanging out in their cars waiting for restaurant guests to go inside the restaurant( and yes, we saw them sitting there after we came out). If there had been security in the parking lot, this would take care of the problem. The police were called and they didn’t even come out because it happens so frequently.

Do not stop here to eat because you will most likely be targeted as well..

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me& my mom had lunch there to celebrate her having her replacement kidney surgery in April . We had great time ,we had not been there in a very long time. The food was delicious and the only thing is I ordered the salmon and my mom ordered the clam chowder with bacon and crab I wish I would’ve ordered what she got because I don’t like asparagus and that’s the only vegetables they had. But the service is great I love looking at the water we could see the bay bridge from there and Alcatraz!

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vipJaazJ
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst dining experience of my life!!!! We came out from lunch to find our car broken into and property stolen! Computer bags, back packs, luggage!!!! It was a $15k lunch!!! So not worth it. Use to be a favorite place years ago. But, times have changed and so has the element of the environment. DON'T GO WHILE TRAVELING!!!! I will never go back there again.

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Great
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for lunch. Good food, good service, superb views.

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Lola18
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation party

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BruceJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Open Table's reservation screen offers times before the restaurant actually opens. I was looking for a 1:00 lunch reservation, and the screen said there was nothing available for 2 hours. I tried again, and the screen said "technical difficulties." Much later, I noticed that the restaurant doesn't even open until 3 PM. So the reservation system is very confusing.
Also, the reservation telephone number rang, but wasn't answered, and the recording said voicemail box is full. So I went to a different restaurant instead.

When we actually went to Skates, we had a wonderful meal and dining experience.

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JackR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There's not a bad seat in the house.. Great vista throughout. Nice menu. Their bar menu is especially entertaining. Reservations are a must.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Prompt, courteous, friendly service from the wait staff and hostess, enjoyable food (crab artichoke dil was excellent) with a great view. Tables spaced well apart for covid safety.

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vipJessica
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The location was across the bay on the water which was very nice. The Calamari appetizer was yummy.

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JosepfW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was very good. The service a little slow due to staffing. But very good service. Waitresses were very bubbly and accommodating. Will definitely go back. Great place for a date or just a night out celebrating with friends.

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Seun
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, good service, quiet, affordable. Reservations was fast and easy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was not tasty. It was salty and overtly oily. And all ready sauce used. Not at all classy or flavorful. It was pricey.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a great time , food were excellent, service were super ! I am so happy you have re-opened for in-door dining !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting to enjoy a great meal and sunset even when it was cloudy and windy outside...host was especially helpful in finding a table for our desired sitting

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mystikmike
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We booked a table for two for our anniversary and noted this on our reservation. The food was OK - especially the focaccia bread. Main dish portions were heavy on the sides and light on the proteins: my wife had the ahi and I had the yellowfin tuna. On both plates we probably had 6 slices the size of a 50 cent coin. Desserts were okay but in past occasions the wait staff brought out something to celebrate our anniversary. I did see desserts being brought out for birthdays so perhaps this was just a service error. Whatever. This place has seen better days.

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 4.4 stars by 6348 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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