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About Skates on the Bay

Skates on the Bay is known for their fresh market ingredients, innovative menu, and spectacular views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco.
This beautiful and historic waterfront gathering place for fresh seafood and unmatched views of the San Francisco Bay, recently completed (April, 2012) a major interior design renovation, including the addition of a new raw bar, glass-walled private dining room and innovative menus. Originally opened in 1983 in the Berkeley Marina, the reimagined Skates on the Bay is a stunning restaurant to enjoy cocktails at sunset, late night Happy Hour, weekday lunch, weekend lunch or brunch with the family or dinner with a date any time of year.

100 Seawall Drive
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH 11am-2pm Jan 1, 2018
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-3:00pm
Brunch: Sat -Sun: 10:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Sun-Thur: 3:00pm-9:00pm, Fri & Sat 3:00pm-10:00pm
Bar: Sun-Thur 11:00am-10:00PM Fri & Sat 10:30am-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-6pm

Cross Street:
University Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 549-1900

Website:
http://skatesonthebay.com/page/home

Catering:
Our Private Dining Room offers groups up to 74 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.
please contact us for menus and availability.

Email events@skatesonthebay.com for details.

Parking Details:
Free public parking located across the street. We ask that you please do not leave anything visible inside your car.

Public Transit:
The AC Transit, #9

Executive Chef:
Ryan Karsten

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Throwback Thursday Menu available every Thursday thru Nov 17th
Featuring Old Favorites from the past

Private Dining

Our new Private Dining Room offers groups (60 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.

Skates on the Bay Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (125)
Scenic View (120)
Special Occasion (87)
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Good for a Date (69)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Romantic (55)
Worth the Drive (51)
Good for Groups (47)
Great for Lunch (39)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Casual (34)
Bar Seating (30)
Fun (30)
Business Meals (30)
Great for Brunch (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Healthy (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Seasonal (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Disabled Access (14)
People Watching (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Great Beer (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Live Sports (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant evening with friends

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were going to see Shen Yeun at UC Berkeley.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great venue for good food. Great service and excellent drinks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Open Table was great at finding us a table! The restaurant was recommended by a friend, so my expectations were up. At first our server was quite attentive with recommendations and offerings. We ordered a bottle of wine and their fabulous focaccia bread to start. The wine came, the bread never did...we had to wave her down to get attention. Someone else brought our dinner and my steak and praws (which I splurged on because it was my husband's birthday) were cold and over-cooked. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to spoil the birthday by complaining...but since our server forgot about us, I never really got the chance to anyway. My husband got the salmon (his favorite) and it too was over-cooked. All in all, we made the best of it and enjoyed the rest of the evening. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we saw a sign saying don't leave valuables in your car. I thought nothing of it really until we left (I never do that anyway). As we were walking to our car, we saw several parking spots with broken glass in them. Our car was fine, but now I more fully understand the sign! I will not go back to this restaurant even though the view is great.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a lovely experience celebrating a friends birthday. Our server Amber was excellent and most attentive. She was also most charming.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Skates is great for the view but the food is uninspired. It’s a shame.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Pleasant setting & view for a nice lunch with two friends. Food was good and service was outstanding! We'll be back ...

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

We really enjoyed taking our family of 6 to Skates on the Bay to celebrate a family milestone. Our kids are between 11 and 19 years old and all found food they enjoyed. The restaurant was pretty expensive, but not unreasonable for such a nice restaurant with amazing views of the SF Bay.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Skates. Great food, great service, wonderful view of the Bay from our window table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and ambiance very nice; felt that waiter was pushing more food items on us than we were interested in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Ambiance and service was really good. I was disappointed in the food .overuse of onions in dishes where I felt they didn't belong . Also we ordered a fruit cup and the portion was minuscule . Poke had too much lettuce, not enough fish.
Also, coffee was not of the best quality .

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food is not worth the money you spend (even with the coupon they sent).
There’s many other restaurants that costs way less and tastes better.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Made reservation in the morning for 6pm. Got there and was seated right away at the window seats full view of the Bay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been going to Skates for years but our last visits have been disappointing enough that we probably won’t go back. Some entrees were overdone, some underdone. The waiter was very engaging but distracted by too many big parties.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We've been going to Skates for many years. We always enjoy ourselves.

I have been disappointed with their dessert menu, though, and wish they'd bring back some of my favorites. Two stand out to me. First of all they used to have a creme brulee trio. One regular, one coconut, and one chocolate. It was always such a treat and kept me coming back. The other dessert I really loved was the bowl of three different flavored scoops of sorbet. The flavors varied and were always so fresh. Perhaps they even made them? What a delight. Most of the desserts now are just one serving of one thing which yes, are tasty, but a little boring.

Thanks for asking for my input. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Once again, Skates did not disappoint! How could it? The view across the Bay is spectacular, and was complemented by attentive service and the best food. Thanks, Skates!

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great views and friendly service..food stands up!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The mussels and oysters were excellent!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was poor in many ways. Quality of food was mediocre at best. Location is great but nighttime view was masked by bright decorative lights. All of these comments are magnified in light of prices that are on per with or above those charged by the really fine restaurants in this area.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a very delightful time and it was an excellent choice for a New Year's Day dining experience. The view was supreme and the service very attentive and friendly. We all enjoyed our Seafood Tower appetizer and individual Entrees that were well-cooked and presented. I would recommend Skates for a very nice family dinner or dinner with friends, especially nice for a special occasion!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Unfortunately this was not a good experience. Even after having reservations it still took about 10-15 minutes to seat us. Once seated and orders placed it took close to 40 minutes to be served. Once the food came it was Luke warm at best.

Thanks

Jerome Pinkett

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was wonderful, food was great, view spectacular. A very enjoyable night.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our first time to this restaurant. We were able to easily get a reservation for New Year's Eve. It is out in the Bay off of Berkeley, right over the water on a pier with a great view of SF and the GG bridge. Friendly greeting and staff and a pretty good seafood selection. Lobster bisque was tasty but, as is too often the case in a lot of restaurants, way too salty. Why do they do that?
Only 2 oyster selections: Pacific and Humbolt Kumamotos. Luckily, our alert waitperson let us know the Kumamotos were $31.00 per 1/2 dozen! We stuck with the Pacific oysters ($16 per 1/2 dozen), which were fine. The vinagrette with the oysters was, unfortunately way too sweet, almost inedible. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious but the haricot vert served with them were almost raw. My sea bass was cooked medium rare but strangely, it was a little tough. The New York Strip steak of one our party's choosing was very good. He had the surf and turf - only complaint: there were very few shrimp on this steak and shrimp combo. Only other thing: the restrooms could stand a remodel/upgrade. I would go back again, though.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Years Eve and the food was delicious! We ordered the following: Bibb lettuce salad, NY strip and prawns dish and the BBQ prawns with cheddar cheese grits. Best grits I've had in California. The ambience was very nice and although it was night time, the view of the city was spectacular. The view must be perfect during the day. I would highly recommend Skates.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Been a here several times. Nice view during the day. Requested window seating but was not able to accommodate. The food is delicious. Good place to come too for a date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came for New Year's Eve dinner. We were seated quickly. Our server was efficient and knowledgeable. Food was very good. Easy parking. All in all, a very nice experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice NYE Menu. Great service We had early reservations do not crowed. Great table and attentive service

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place for a special occasion. Fantastic views.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We got there a few minutes early and were seated right away. We were lucky and got a table next to the window which overlooks the San Francisco bay. The menu had a good selection of items. The food was tasty. The only thing I didn't like was the dessert menu which consist of five items and none of them sounded like anything special that would make me want to order it and try it. So we skipped dessert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Skates is one of my favorite restaurants. I've been dinning here for over 20 yrs. Our recent dinner date on New Year's eve was even more special as my boyfriend proposed to me this night! As usual dinner was amazing as it always is. Only complaint I have is that my now fiance arranged our waiter Jason to record the proposal and he never pushed the record button😢. We didn't tell him this, we were a bit upset as it was a moment we can never have back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Skates.
And our server seas excellently superb!

HOWEVER !
We did call in advance to get assurance about the menu to be used for New Year's Eve lunch. We were told that the regular brunch menu (with a variety of regular lunch items) would be in use. NOT SO! Dinner menu and skinny appetizer menu was in use. We were looking forward to Fish & Chips - not on the menu! Our sever saved the day and advised that we could order items other than on the menu. We really enjoyed the Fish & Chips. Menu snafu resolved.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had family visiting for the holidays and wanted a nicer than average place to celebrate New Years Eve. We chose to do this (one night early) at Skates, and had a very good time. The seafood, wine and drink selection was very good, the service was prompt and friendly, and the ambiance was very nice. It was a perfect place to bring visitors.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The view is absolutely incomparable. The food is very good and prices are not out of line. And the service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrated a birthday and New Year's Eve, food/service/ambiance are excellent here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Great service. Awesome dining experience!

Skates never disappoints!!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food with fast and friendly service. The Key Lime pie was outstanding!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

good food and very lovely atmosphere down at the berkeley marina

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My family and I visited the East Bay for a special Christmas event and decided to reserve a table at Skates on the Bay on December 27. We would not recommend this restaurant. We were seated around 6:15 which was early for a 6:30 pm reservation. No complaint about that or the server. By the time we were seated, they were out of Scallops, Pork Loin and Root Beer - we were told after we ordered them. The salmon we ordered was a very small piece and dry. The salad was so overly dressed that it was not only limp but inedible. The prices for th efood were exorbitant for the lack of quality. The presentation of the salmon and vegetables on the plate was awful with over half of the plate with no food on it.

We had deserts for the kids to make up for the terrible dinner. The kids Sundaes were edible.

We dine out frequently and this ranks as one of the worst places we have been. Take you money to another restaurant and enjoy.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Beautiful Christmas night at Skates... enjoyed the drinks and dinner. View was awesome

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved the restaurant, our server Oscar I believe Was his name wasn’t attentive at all. Thankfully what I believe Was a good runner was much involved with our table then he was. It was a very busy night so maybe our server was overwhelmed, but the rest of the restaurant seemed to be keeping up well. I will Try again, hopefully with a better server this restaurant maybe come a favorite of mine. We came from San Jose to eat by the water and enjoy a nice time, which we did.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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