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Skates on the Bay

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4960 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Sushi
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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
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Phone number
(510) 549-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Karsten
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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.
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Cross street
University Ave.
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Parking details
Free public parking located across the street. We ask that you please do not leave anything visible inside your car.
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Public transit
The AC Transit, #9
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Special events & promotions
Throwback Thursday Menu available every Thursday thru Nov 17th
Featuring Old Favorites from the past
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

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner May 13th - book your holiday table today!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 4960 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This was for a special birthday. I was greeted with cordial hospitality and seated at a great waterside table on a Sunday evening.

The waiter did not heard that I only had ordered a petite crab louis salad and brought me the main large sized one instead. I noticed it because the large was ordered by another member of my group and later he acknowledged his error and said he would only charge for the size (petite) that I ordered. I thought that was very gracious.

While this entree was not super with fish, there was a side dish of salmon fillets that belonged with it, which really made it a super salad. Thank you Skates.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

One of the best views in the east bay. The service is outstanding and the seafood is very fresh. Brunch and lunch offer limited options for vegetarians but there are great gluten free options including a gf waffle.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great place to go for a relax by the water meal.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We ended up bringing a bottle wine which they had a corkage fee of $20. For starters the oysters came out in a nice smoky display which made them very cold and fresh tasting! We also got the pork belly, it was my boyfriend and I first time trying belly we are now fans tasty great! My boyfriend got the cioppino and was in heaven the whole time eating it. I ordered the sirloin with wild mushrooms the meat was over a little over cooked and mushrooms were burnt, our waiter came to ask us how everything was and he could tell that I did not like the entrée so he offered to switch it to the fillet and have them remake it. Sooooo glad he did it was a million times better.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, ambiance, and view! We come here every year for our anniversary and a few other times throughout the year.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The server was very nice. However, she did get one order wrong and was a little slow.

The menu, to my surprise, was interesting but limited. I kept looking for more items to choose from.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Disappointed in the bread. What happened to the rosemary focaccia you used to have?
Also disappointed in the Maytag salad...so different now...no egg, slivered almonds...
Grilled salmon BLT could use more finesse. A big hunk of salmon does not work for a sandwich. What a mess it was to eat that.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was terrible, waited 10mins for someone to acknowledge us and the place was not crowded. Dragon roll tempura shrimp was not descaled prior to cooking.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I had not visited Skates in over 20 years and found the dining experience just as good or better than I remember.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Out of town friends connecting with childhood friend; our waitress kindly let us have a leisurely lunch, not rushed or bothered. Left her a generous gratuity as a thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great menu selections, great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Skates was great as usual. You, Open Table, however, were awful. Unable to cancel reservation arbitrarily made by your engine for April 11.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Last year we suddenly rediscovered Skates after about 20 years of not going there (we live very close by). We are foodies and eat out a lot both in the EB and in SF. We have now gone to Skates 3 times in the past year. This was on a Sunday night. We will not be going back again soon.
The service and delivery this time (and once before, we then remembered) are ghastly.
15 minutes to get someone's attention for a drink; 30 MINUTES for a drink to arrive; when other guests came to our table another 30 MINUTES for their drinks to arrive. Wine arrives in small carafes and . . . waiter doesn't think to bring glasses. Food order taken maybe 60 minutes after arrival. Comes out reasonably, I suppose, after 20-25 minutes (that's ok).
The food at Skates is very acceptable. Everything that we had was fine (lobster bisque, oysters, two different kinds of salads; halibut, seafood louie; mussels).
Perhaps the bar and the kitchen are issues along with a very VERY inexperienced waitperson. By the end of meal two senior appearing staff had rushed over to our table (without being asked) to help clean up and remove plates because they obviously were tuned into incompetence.
We're not going back. It is beyond stupid to not get a drink or something on to the table in front of folks as soon as you can. Then you can take time dealing with other things before getting involved with food. I kicked myself for not remembering that on one other occasion in the last year the service was of a similar quality.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We always feel special when we go here. The manager is attentive and so much fun. The Sunday blood Mary bar is a must! The best dessert ever disappoint.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The atmosphere is great, food was very good as was the service.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We were there to celebrate my friends 50th Birthday and they put us in a corner table by the bathroom. The waiter was nice but forgetful and clearly not enjoying his job. The food was ok, but they served the crab cocktail in shell, uncracked, and did not provide a shell kracker. A scallop dish that was priced around $40 had one medium sized scallops on it. The halibut dish at a similar price had clearly had the fillet cut in half. The floor under our table had food dropped on it that had not been picked up. And the decor and furniture had seen better days. The view was phenomenal as was the Elderflower Martini. The Pacific Ahi Poke was good. We would go back for the view and Martini but I likely stick to the raw bar and appetizer as the food just didn’t wow for the price.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had our 1st year wedding anniversary, the view was wonderful, food great and we had a wonderful night!!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

With exception to the food, we had a great time! My Chilean sea bass was horrible, no flavor, tuff, cooked too much, peas? the veggie smear must have sat out forever, Very disappointing meal for $21- Last year the lobster roll was on the menu which was delicious as well as the Crab fettuccini, this year not on the menu, no mention of it, no info if you had a lunch special, guests were disappointed with the Menu which is why everyone ordered fish and chips which were very small portions, oh well, had a great time and last years' food and menu were great not so this year.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a window table and the water was right there! The view was spectacular and our waitress was Nancy and she was perfect. She never rushed us.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The crab sandwich is just the hot crab dip appetizer
Pretty bad trying to pass it off as two items

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent first formal date experience!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was great as usual. They may have a different chef the dishes were a little different. The bar tender definitely made strong drinks

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Good seafood with a lovely ambiance. A nice place to go for a family dinner or celebration .

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Splendid food. Perfect sunset views. Good service. Def recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great bay view.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I hadn’t been to skates in several years, but decided to take my Mom here for her birthday. Had waterfront table, excellent service and ordered the right stuff. BBQ shrimp, Maui special and lobster bisque between us was delightful. Had a oyster shooter that was tasty. They even gave us tasty creme brulee with a candle. Great for special occasions and day time, or sunset views!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great waiter. Food delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We thorough enjoyed our meal and the service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing service from angel

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was disappointing but views are spectacular and service was good.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

All was excellent as always. Nikita was a very attentive server.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Had an amazing evening. Invited a good friend for dinner. Early birthday celebration, our waiter Michael made it extra special. Gave extra special service. Needless to say, my friend was amazed at the service, food and location.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Location is fabulous and the meal was good quality. However it is low in value as the prices were high relative to the overall food and location quality.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

we eat here at least once a month. Prime rib this day wasn't good and service wasn't the usual. Will come back as this is not tje norm.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Requested a specific table. That request was honored. “J” , our server was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Celebrated a friend’s birthday with class. It is always a pleasure dining with Skates. Service is amazing, as usual, and the food and drinks are to die for. If you love oysters, this is definitely the place to be.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was excellent, we were seated immediately for our reservation. Food was very good Ambience very nice

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was Easter Sunday so I understand the crowd but I don’t understand why

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was great except the prime rib was tough even though my husband ordered it medium rare. I was also disappointed to discover a 5% living wage service charge. I believe that the restaurant should pay its employees a decent wage. I shouldn’t have to pay a tip plus a svc charge.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came for Easter brunch and had a lovely meal. Our server Jason was especially delightful and very accommodating to our special requests.

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