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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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4
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4.2

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 (86)
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Good for Birthdays (70)
Good for a Date (68)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Romantic (56)
Worth the Drive (55)
Good for Groups (47)
Sunday Lunch (42)
Great for Lunch (41)
Fun (34)
Casual (33)
Business Meals (32)
Great for Brunch (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Authentic (15)
Cozy (15)
Seasonal (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Healthy (13)
People Watching (13)
Disabled Access (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Disappointed in a usually good restaurant. The poke was delicious but the portion was minuscule. The salmon blt was dry without much flavor. Maybe Sunday brunch is not a good time for the kitchen

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·Dined 2 days ago

Had a chance to dine at Skates on the Bay during Restaurant Week. Food was good -- I found the flavors a bit one-dimensional, but the meal was great value nonetheless. We got a table by the window, awesome view and great service. Would recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We celebrated with the restaurant week 3 course menu. It was excellent! The manager and staff are very professional and accommodating.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The carpets and the upholstery on the chairs is old, tired and rather dirty. Updates are needed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Gorgeous view! The service was excellent and very friendly. A very nice experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

Your restaurant has been a favorite for us in last few years. You are so special. We drove from Sacramento to dine in your restaurant for our 28th Anniversary. Your management and hosts are the best. We were greeted by your hosts with Happy Anniversary wishes. In past, your servers were perfect. This Saturday evening was not up to your standards. I was hoping our server would greet us too with warm wishes. I hopefully a more special dining experience.
We are a little disappointed, but we will return. Your cuisine is excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Quality of side dishes has declined. Fish still fresh. You need a chef who can make dietary restrictive changes and make the food taste good. Restaurant in need of new carpets. Bathroom is very cold. Service is still very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

When the weather is right this location has views that are outstanding. We watched a beautiful sunset over the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. From the windows you can see the Bay bridge, downtown SF and the Golden gate bridge. Perfect views. Very romantic. Food was also very good. Scallops cooked perfect! Kung pao calamari was awesome. Ahi tuna had great flavor. Would go again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a fine experience, celebrate a birthday a half hour before sunset. That takes full advantage of the scenic setting. I wish better sea food selection, but appreciate the chance
to eat quite well in that spot.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Got introduce another friend to SkatesByTheBay and we had a wonderful time. We were seated right on time our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful. Our food and drinks were as great as always. We will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

15 years ago we moved to the Walnut Creek area from Alameda. Until then, we ate there once or twice a year for a treat - food was above average and ample quantities - not this time. Plates were barely warm, and no, there was no crown at 5 pm Tuesday. We may return for a drink, but unlikely anything else.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Hadn’t been to Skates for a few years. The seafood items were great, exceeded expectations. Our server was very attentive and friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Can't lose with this place. The view never stops being spectacular, the servers are wonderful, the seating is spacious and it is quiet enough to actually have a real conversation! Great food, too :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Waterfront, Tapas, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great place...our server was excellent. He really stayed on top of everything. And the food was very good. Wish there was less overcast so we could see more of the view but it was fun none the less.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very pleasant evening with friends

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

My overall experience was excellent. the food once the order was made came in good time and was hot and fresh. The menu is somewhat limited but the food is tasty enough with what they offer. Would recommend brunch, lunch and early dinner if planning on enjoying the ocean view. Darkness does nothing for it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were going to see Shen Yeun at UC Berkeley.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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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vip
 (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.

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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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vip
 (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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