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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:
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for Thanksgiving
TRADITIONAL TURKEY DINNER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS
Slow-roasted, Diestel Farms free-range turkey, chicken apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, chef’s vegetables, fresh cranberry relish and turkey gravy

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

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (136)
Waterfront (134)
Special Occasion (99)
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Good for a Date (85)
Good for Birthdays (78)
Romantic (65)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Good for Groups (53)
Worth the Drive (50)
Great for Lunch (48)
Casual (39)
Business Meals (38)
Sunday Lunch (36)
Great for Brunch (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Fun (29)
Happy Hour (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Cozy (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
People Watching (19)
Healthy (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Authentic (16)
Kid-friendly (16)
Seasonal (15)
Disabled Access (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Sports (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Great place 2 dine for any occassion. Inside if the weather's bad.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Our initial experience was mixed; good service but we were not impressed with the food. However, the manager may have convinced us to return. He was outstanding at recommending an appetizer and entree that we enjoyed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Went to Skates with someone from my Alma Mater and the staff were just delightful as I awaited her arrival.
I had the Petite Louie and it was just the right size for me and a side of Poke! Yummy

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Enjoyable. Very pleasant wait staff. Nice views if in the daytime.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We went for a birthday party and the staff was oblivious.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food and coffee. I had the lemon ricotta pancakes and they're handmade sausage. Both were absolutely delicious. My son had the Hangtown hash And he loved it very much.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The location is great . But the food is way below expectation. It takes them more 35 minutes to prepare the clam chowder soup. The food has too much salts.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Will not come back

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This place is so bomb. I highly recommend you to try it. The manager rocks!

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Views stunning for out of town guests who like to ogle the Bay Area goings on.
Food was OK, Service OK but not what it might have been.
We were there with out of town guests who liked it very much

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and ambiance. Staff were all helpful and friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww I really appreciate this experience I will never forget and I will be back! I don't see myself ever returning to olive garden. I used to frequent olive garden, not anymore. Its like I cheated on my" wife" ( olive garden) . I want a " divorce" , i have found better. lol my new girl friend( skates on bay) is so much more fresher and prettier .lol Even though it cost a little more it is all around better .

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Organic, Great Beer, Fun, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Skates on the Bay is well-known for seafood but also serves great steaks. The "Beef Filet Trio" is a good example: each filet was prepared in a different style and served with asparagus, fried onions, and potatoes. I hope this Trio will stay on the menu for a while!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Beautiful view of the bay and marina, great steaks/seafood, and even has sushi and sashimi.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a prime spot. Get there before dark to watch sunset! Lovely setting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good place

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Goid options, generous portions, great view of the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The manager was great and Micheal our server was fantastic

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Friendly atmosphere, excellent service & delicious food....also great service

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We came here to celebrate our anniversary. We made a reservation for two ahead of time, but at the time couldn't request a window-side seat. Once we arrived we checked-in immediately and were able to get our window seat after a 10-15min, which we didn't mind. We went right as the sun was setting and the view was just amazing. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice. Lighting is not too dark, but also not too bright. The service is impeccable.

Unfortunately, the food was pretty sub-par for the price you pay. ~$35 for entre. We ordered two appetizers, a beverage, and two entres. The Mussels we ordered tasted good, but after a few bites, it seemed a bit too rich to finish. The yellowtail sashimi we ordered was terribly disappointing as it came out seared! it pretty much tasted like canned tuna, with a super fishy taste/odor. The dish was $18.

Entres were okay, but seemed more like something out of an applebees. For a nice restaurant in a foodie city like Berkeley, the menu could use some overhauling. My ahi was cooked well, but the crust was waaay too peppered, so much that it overpowered the fish. The rice on my dish was slightly undercooked, but the flavors were excellent. The rest of the dish was not memorable.

The steaks were cooked medium well, but a bit tendony and hard to chew at times.

My Drink, Old Fashioned, was standard, and well made. I enjoyed it.

Skates seems to be getting a bit out-dated it seems.

I'll probably still bring my parents by the next time they're in town as they'll love the views.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The setting is very nice; the view is tremendous! The menu has interesting variety and some inventive dishes, but the food was just ok. The service was fine; however, unimpressive. The paper menus were very worn which contributed to an impression that this place is not on their A game.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Skates is a great place. Good food, fresh fish and the best view of the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge when its clear.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was amazing and I'd recommend to my friends

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Beautiful view of San Francisco. The food is really good especially if you
Like seafood. I had the pork belly with grits and a fried egg. It was heaven.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I came to Skates on the Bay because I have heard nothing but great things about this place! Of course it lived up to my expectations. My server Nicole was super friendly very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations. The food was fantastic as well my whole family loved all there meals. Since it was my birthday they made it special and we sat at a window table and watched the sunset which made it a very pleasant evening. Overall, my experience at Skates On the Bay was a very good one and I plan on coming back soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I was disappointed with Skates. We have been coming to this restaurant when we are in the area for special occasions. However the restaurant looks very tired and needs sprucing up. The food was also not worth the pricing...the clam chowder’s temperature needed to be warmer...the focaccia was not as tasty as it was in the past. I would rate the food as just mediocre... “Way over priced for what you get...” (we live 2+ hours away and were on our way home from SFO airport). Will probably choose another restaurant next time.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

ONe of our favorite spots in the East Bay -alway great food, great service and exceptional ambiance!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were celebrating my 9 month old son’s baptism and were so pleased! The staff was amazing with my son and they made everything so easy on us. The food was great, the views and ambiance are incredible and the service was terrific.

Tags: Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I haven't been to Skates in a few years and was excited to go with my parents when they suggested it. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I remember this salt encased prime rib that was delicious and tender. My prime rib last night was tough! Not what one would expect with a prime rib. The potato au gratin was so hard on the outside that I couldn't even cut it. It was hard and chewy and tasted like there was nutmeg in it . I believed it to be reheated. We paid $38 a plate for the prime rib and I can't tell you how ripped off I feel. Hopefully this was just an off night but I won't be going back any time soon to find out. Such a shame.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The margaritas with mango syrup we’re not very good. Wasn’t expecting a margarita in a Martini glass which were small.

The food was good but not outstanding and memorable

Not a great value for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The wait staff was outstanding! We were a table of 9 (family reunion) and Charlie and his helper (I wish I remembered her name) took excellent care of us.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food, good service, great ambience. Even though we waited for more than 15 minutes to be seated, 5 star for me.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Skates by the Bay is located at the Berkeley waterfront. There are adequate parking. The view is beautiful especially during the sunset hours. The service is excellent. The seafood dishes are very good. I ordered a pork loin entree for a change and it was very nice. I highly recommend it for special occasions or even casual dining.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Service was attentive and prompt. Food came out quickly and tasted fantastic. Excellent place to take you significant other out!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fantastic location with a gorgeous view of the sunset over the bay! Get there early so you can walk the pier before you eat: it is gated off after dark so we missed our chance. We had oysters and king crab for cold appetizers: oysters were good, but the selection was small. Entrees are generous, and well cooked but not exceptional. The chocolate decadence dessert was delicious and I got a very nice shot of bourbon (glad I did not go for a double). All in all a very nice place I’d be happy to return to when I am next in Berkeley.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our table was near the view, but the people on the right side facing the view was blinded by the sun. The waiter did not adjust the blinds. This was a table for seven.

Two out of three alcohol drink orders came out wrong, but corrected. One order was a cocktail that was watered down.

Bread was not served, even though we saw other tables with bread.

Three out of seven dinners came out completely wrong. There are few vegetarian options, and those were the ones that had the orders wrong. Two of them just ate what they got and we had to send one back. The waiter acted like it was our fault.

Finally, when the rest of the orders came out the three fish orders were undercooked. One person ended up getting sick later, but no one else did.

I took my husband to this place for his birthday and at least his meal came out right. He says it was average. Not worth the $360 price tag. I use to work at restaurants so I am always a big tipper. Now I wish I could take my tip back.

This was our first and last time we will ever go to this place again! Please do not waist your time or money.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful spot for a family get-together. Service was attentive and food was excellent!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service at Skates is attentive. The Seafood Louie used to be my favorite lunch item but lately, it has grown smaller. I have have been disappointed in the portion size on my last two visits.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waitress was wonderful and very friendly. If you have a view of the water that was great...if not, that’s a bummer. The food was fine...but I suspect you don’t go there for the food. Bathrooms need attention...floor was dirty (sticky?) and one stall was broken. bar had “that smell”, where the carpet really needs to be cleaned.. It was my moms birthday, and she had a good time, and that is all that counts.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We ate everything lol. Oysters, clams, mussels, salad, steak, shrimp, scallops...so good. Wonderful anniversary date night with my wife.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Organic
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