Skates on the Bay

4.3
6386 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was superb

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hukilau
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful sunset and view of bridges, SF, water, etc. Food was good, service was attentive, although our waiter was a little curt. Hadn’t been in years. Beautiful setting! Room in back with glass windows where wedding reception was going on. Great location for special occasions. Very enjoyable.

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pfinn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

long wait for our dinners. husband ordered prime rib medium rare. came out still mooing. sent back. came back burned to a crisp. finally got it right but i had almost finished my dinner by then (we had been seated for over an hour). waityer, Gilberto, kept checking with tables behind us. did not check back with us - sent others with the various undercooked/overcooked meat. manager offered us jim's beer free. it was $6. prime rib was $45.

been here many times. always previously had good experiences. the view was lovely.
not sure what went wrong or what happened to our waiter.

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PhilC
Portland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Prim rib was aa lil under cooked. Asked for MR and it was mostly rare.

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AdrianneF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food has always been delicious. The toasted bread for the dip was to hard but our waiter brought softer bread

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JoanneR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Gas was off in entire marina

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ToniK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place. Food is great and such a relaxing experience. Highest rating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. The server are so kind and respectful.

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dequeen
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful waitperson, very attentive, it did take a while to get food, we were there at opening and didn’t get food till 45 min later.,

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a beautiful view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

View was spectacular. Great food. Service was slow, though not the waiter’s fault. They seemed understaffed, which is common nowadays. It’s a great place to eat if you’re not in a hurry.

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JackS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful place, the food unfortunately missed the boat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, lovely ambience.

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JordanH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, chocolate dessert comped for my friend’s birthday. Initially a little slow to get drinks and bread on the table. For the small number of patrons on a Tuesday night we were all bunched together. Would have appreciated some extra distance from other diners.

Relaxed non rushed atmosphere, beautiful views of the bay, definitely recommend this long standing hidden gem! Get a window seat at sunset for an unforgettable experience.

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vipSadden
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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JimC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Ordered draft beer, no draft beer, ordered oysters, no oysters, ordered prime rib "as rare as you have" only had well done......walked out

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FrugalSenior65
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was excellent and served in a good time frame. Loved our table and felt safe with the virus due to enough distance between tables and checking for vaccines at the beginning.
Either acoustics were not great or it was pretty busy but we had a hard time hearing each other, granted we are seniors.

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Sony
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice and we felt safe as tables were socially distant! Great air flow and very festive atmosphere! Mask were worn appropriately by all staff! The good and drink were delicious! Great choice!

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Coltrane
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My party enjoyed the dinning experience. The bread was very good and our wait person was very attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Thank you Skates on the Bay staff.

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SocorroS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! We had so much fun! Met our son's girlfriend for the first time and celebrated New Year's Day and my husband's birthday. I'd love to go back some day!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve brunch with sisters

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vipDinaTheDiner
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice table by the window near the fireplace. The food was great except the California roll seemed like it was filled with canned tuna mixed with Mayo. But the oysters, walnut shrimp and broiled romaine with crab were excellent. The tuna roll was fine too. We ate the whole thing! Great service.

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SERGIOS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hostess service bad, cold areas, air conditioner not working, regular meal quality, expensive. Nice view, good waitress service.

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Myles
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Our service was not attentive that night.
My request to be seated next to the window was not granted and saw a lot of empty seats next to the window that night.

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vipAfterXmas
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice way to spend the afternoon with a friend. Service was very good and so were the food and beverages. Wonderful appetizers before a meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good

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FishK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. The ceiling was ugly. I understand it is hard time to fix it during holiday, but I felt cold wind too.

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vipbonvivant
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. Good wine list.

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DebbieU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kung Pao Calamari appetizer was amazing!!

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JonA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere was fantastic! The Christmas menu and the one chicken dish on the menu left much to be desired. The chicken was bland. The rice was also bland and the carrots were over cooked. I would consider stopping in when the regular menu is present but, more as a last resort. It’s unfortunate considering the service and and setting!

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FoodieTib
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Salmon tasted bad, was undercooked even though we asked for well done. Portion on the small side. Prime rib was rare, not medium rare and 1/2 of it was fat. Service poor.

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JulieO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner! The focaccia bread is a great start and my filet mignon was perfect! My guests seafood was fresh and delicious as well
Save room for dessert! I highly recommend the chocolate bourbon cake! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner in a beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food2service2ambience5

It wasn’t all that expected it was cold inside drafty and the food portions were small

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Catalina
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit! Amazing views, super friendly stuff, delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Restaurant opened at 12pm, but they didn’t open until 12:08pm and it was quite cold outside (winter time weather plus the restaurant is near the water so you can imagine). Had to call the restaurant three times before someone answered the phone (I called during the time they should be open).

Food was ok but my creme brûlée was a bit cold.

Also tried to ask me for proof of vaccination twice which I didn’t like.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual.

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melissap
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor food quality. Too pricey for what we got. The food was cold soggy. Small portions. The crab "sandwich" was crab toast.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. My sister's hamburger fabulous. The biggest downside was our window table was also next to the entrance to a set of bathrooms and the overwhelming smell of the air deodorizer passed through two doors. It even permeated my coat I had draped over the back of my seat. Took me until almost the end of our lunch to figure out what it was. I would avoid the far end of the dining room next time! (And the restaurant should use a less odiferous product.)

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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 4.3 stars by 6386 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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