Skates on the Bay

4.3
6337 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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Benjie
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a windy, rainy night, we at dinner at Skates. The food was outstanding { we had the seafood trio). The burnt wedge salad was also outstanding as the flovor of the dressing makes the dish. Our server, Elizabeth, was friendly, efficient, generally made our dinner better. We spend alot of our special ocasions at Skates and I think our seafood trio topped them all. We also took an order of Chipino home and enjoyed it the next night. We highly endorse Skates as a destination resturant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service. It was a rainy day so the views were limited but we enjoyed watching the choppy waves from the storm. Place is a little run down. It’s been 15 years or so since our last visit but the food was very good and I would have enjoyed the view in a clear day.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Best food experience in a long time. Five stars to the chefs…

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HollyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was so delicious! I had the Seafood Trio and a salad with blue cheese / it was all I could do to keep from licking my plate! Don’t forget your vaccine proof!

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KrisF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Amazing views of the bay however... As soon as we walked in, we noticed a large fly zipping around the bar area. I had a fruit fly in my water, and another kind of insect in my cocktail. Gross.

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JB1968
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Haven't been there in years, the food was good, but prices were crazy! I know we are in a period of inflation, but I'm wondering if the price increases are benefiting the workers or just building wealth for the owners.

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KimM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food but very noisy. Hard to hear our conversation.

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Carmela
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with gorgeous views of the city and bridges. Food was great, a little pricey, you pay for the atmosphere. Attentive service, overall a wonderful experience.

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was awesome my boyfriend had a great dinner for his birthday

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DianeF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Was disappointed in Open Face Crab sandwich. Not as fresh or good as I remembered. One friend said it upset her stomach.
Bread was stale on sandwich of friend.
Love Skates, and hope these were flukes.

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Love2BBQ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We got the seafood linguini which was excellent. The artichoke dip was tasty as well. The filet was not seasoned enough in my opinion but the vegetables that came with it was good. We also ordered the roasted mushrooms and that was a great choice.

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vipHungrymama
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

3 of us dined at Skates on a relatively quiet Monday. We had checked the online menu and saw they were serving the roast beef dinner. We arrived and discovered the roast beef is only served on the week-ends.
Naturally we were disappointed! We urge Skates to change the online menu.
The salad with apples, nuts, and cheese, the calamari, the mussels, and the key lime pie were as good as always. Frankly, we missed the roast beef.

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CasperC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Need to be inform about having your proof of vaine

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful site by the water! Good service, great food and wonderful hospitality

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time! Good precautions with covid.

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MarkH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I give it a "B" grade overall. My girlfriend chose Skates for her B-Day dinner. Beautiful place. Amazing views of the ocean especially a window seat like ours. The cocktails we ordered were just "meh." Same with lobster bisque. Wagyu steak was highlight. Very juicy & tender. Creme brulee was average. We will come back again more for the view than the food.

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JimmieH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Requested to be seated by the window and was seated by fireplace. Would not relocate when requested.
Questioned how wanted foodcooked
Hosted was abrupt about mask position in middle of a conversation.
Chairs were very uncomfortable.

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vipnancyc
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Though we sat by the window, the window cover was broken and I had to sit with the bright afternoon sun in my face the entire meal. No one offered me a dessert menu when we made it known it was my birthday. My chicken dinner was fine but the seafood trio was way over cooked. The bathrooms were smelly and littered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

10 year anniversary!

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vipHOLLYA
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location with picturesque views and romantic atmosphere. Vast menu with something for everyone. Both of our plates were delightful and our server was very professional and friendly. We will definitely be returning again.

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vipWarrenF
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service excellent, the food good, ambiance good! However upon entering the restaurant there was a very fowl smell which I wish they could get rid of because it is off putting and unappetizing.

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DavidW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful sunset dining at Skates. Exceptional food from Prawn cocktail, salads and the Thai prepared Ahi beautifully served and every bite delicious. Nate our waiter was well versed on the menu and we took his recommendations for cocktails and dinner choices and were happy we did. The Key Lime pie was a perfect finish. You will need a proof of vaccine card and matching id is necessary for entrance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner.
Window seat
Delicious food. Served by chef. Piping hot, cooked just right
Pleasant service

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Michael
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The waitress and bar man appeared to be over burdened with work.
The salmon sandwich was mushy.
The coffee was cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for my brother’s birthday. The waterfront location gives a nice sunset view. The service was prompt and food came out in a timely manner. Our server did a great job. We liked the food that we ordered.

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DouglasH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Been there before and have always enjoyed it! Was wife's birthday, got the window seat we asked for, watched the Blue Angels perform, and the food was good, but the service a little slow but efficient.

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DonaldG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We again enjoyed the view and the food. The service was first class - timely and helpful. We'll go again.

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KitsilanoFave
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and view were great. Prices seemed higher than merited. Bathrooms needed attention - missing toilet paper in some stalls. Staff were friendly but seemed a bit overwhelmed at times. The sunset made it all worth while.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great and food was very good really enjoyed ourselves

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I’ve been going to Skates since the mid-1980s, which was when Skates opened. Today, with 37 years under their belt,I was not expecting such poor front of house and back of house functioning today. Skates on the Bay is a well-seasoned Berkeley icon!

Our three entrees arrived *before* any of our appetizers. Our food runner was quite surprised. As she was about take the entrees back to the kitchen, she asked about more drinks, one person ordered a beer.

I then talked to our server, who claimed that we had canceled our appetizer. NO — we had ADDED an additional appetizer. I asked him to make sure that the kitchen did not put our entrees under a heat lamp, which would ruin our meal. Our server wasn’t sure whether the kitchen would comply. Seriously?!

While waiting for our appetizers, no beer arrived. Wouldn’t you think that the restaurant had now made TWO bungles in a row, they would at least want to get the drink right?

After waiting some more, they brought ONLY ONE appetizer. And still no beer. When I pointed this out to the food runner, she was very caught off guard.

Finally, the second appetizer arrived and my friend got his beer. Still no beer. What? As this second food runner turned to head back to the kitchen with our entrees, I asked him to please, please make sure our entrees were NOT sitting under some heat lamp. To please bring the beer that was still missing, and the second appetizer as soon as it’s ready.

TWO BITES IN, the entrees showed. Overcooked, the battered fish now the color of a football. My crab sandwich now covered in a helmet of melted cheeses that hardened.

Skates has been here for 37 years. This should. not. happen at an iconic restaurant. There were plenty of open tables when I arrived and they plenty of staff on duty.

States has made itself known as a special occasion restaurant. Our reservation indicated special occasion.

Don’t ever go for a special occasion, or with anyone important to you.

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vipMelanyB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful views and location but the food quality as always was sub par.

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Beau
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, great food and waiter service. Highly recommend Skates on the Bay.

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sharid
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Restaurant is beautiful and views are outstanding. Service was awful. Three of us were in at 3:00pm on a Friday afternoon. No one was at the front desk and it took almost 5 minutes for the Hostess to notice us. Once seated or server was timely, greeted us and took our order. She delivered our beverages around 3:15 then we never saw her nor anyone else until I flagged another employee at 3:45 and asked if he could check on our food and our server. She stopped by and told us our food was almost ready. At 4pm she brought 2 of our 3 entrees and told us the third entree "fell apart" while it was being plated but would be right out. I shared my entree with our 3rd guest and luckily because their entree did not come out until 4:15. I did not take time to speak to a manager because we were heading to an event in San Francisco and were now behind schedule. When the bill came there was no attempt from our server to accommodate our inconvenience in any way nor was there any sense of urgency or apology.

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vipMaryG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went to Skates for lunch yesterday for the first time in a while. I had a mediocre cheeseburger that was overcooked. My husband the tuna dish that was quite skimpy. Service was on the slow side. Skates is not the same as pre-pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Good not good, way Too expensive for what we got.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

You can’t beat the view. But a seafood restaurant that only offers three kinds of fish on the menu and one isn’t available… very disappointing.

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Kikay
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time during lunch!
Magnificent view and great service!
Pasta with shrimp was delicious!

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AnnaR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious menu, helpful and kind staff, beautiful views

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. A little wait for service after the order was taken

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Skates on the Bay is rated 4.3 stars by 6337 OpenTable diners.

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