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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

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (136)
Waterfront (134)
Special Occasion (93)
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Good for a Date (76)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Romantic (66)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Worth the Drive (51)
Great for Lunch (51)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Good for Groups (43)
Business Meals (35)
Casual (33)
Fun (32)
Great for Brunch (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Happy Hour (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Authentic (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Cozy (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Seasonal (14)
Healthy (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
People Watching (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (3)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Great view. Atrocious food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Very nice. Food was very good. View Excellent. Our waiter was really good too and did not rush us at all.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I was requested a table by the window well in advance and I was not accommodated for a window table. So I was very disappointed on that factor.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I went here with my husband and son( 6 years) for my husbands birthday. We had a great time. We were seated at a table that was at a large window, near a fireplace. The ambiance in the room was perfect, the wait staff were friendly, professional and made us feel welcome. The food, Yes the food. IT was DELICIOUS!!!!! I had the crab and prawn fetucinnie, my husband ordered the incredible seafood louie with the BBQ prawns over cheddar grits and my son whose taste buds is not adventurous, had the cheeseburger off the kids meal. The Food was INCREDIBLY GREAT. I would recommend this to my family and friends who want to go to a great restaurant with great food and great drinks. We will definitely be back and soon......

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding service, great food and drinks. Can't wait till my next visit

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely view at sunset but very cold inside, especially by the window. I am usually warm not cold, it was too much for my 90 yo mom.
We moved to a warmer table. The waiter was good. He was available, informative, warm and knowledgeable but not overbearing or saccharine.
Everyone enjoyed their food. I had the steelhead which was delicious. Everything was fresh with balanced flavor.
Overall a good evening.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a good, dependable place for a meal any time it is open. There is a nice bar, comfortable dining area, and upscale and inventive menu items. Skate's is as perfect for the "everyone wants something different' group, as it is for people who like traditional dining with a twist. Plus, they have a KILLER view. Best in the Bay Area. Bring your out-of-town guests here.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent lunch...sat at a window table and had lovely views....will return again and again...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Despite being seated at a less than preferable table, we had delicious food served by an excellent waiter (I think his name was Brian....he sang well!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

I love the view- food is great and atmosphere is comfortable. i come here often to celebrate or just because I want a good bite of food and great vibes

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Good meal with great service. They treated us very well on our anniversary. Only downside was having to wait for a table even though we had a reservation; the wait was not to long though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a great meal. Celebrating my daughters birthday. Only one thing we regret. My mother, who loved her shrimp and crab fettuccine never saw her food again after asking for it to be boxed to go. No worries I'll just take her back the next time she has a craving.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We go to Skates from time to time, and have always enjoyed it. [There is a large bar area, but we always sit in the dining room.] This time we were entertaining a cousin from Wisconsin. We had great seats and a great view out over the Bay on a very clear evening. Our cousin was impressed by the food and also the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The setting is wonderful right on the bay, consistently competent food, friendly service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

First time. Would return to select from the regular menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great as usual, not the first time dine there and sure will not be last, been fan of skate on the bays for twenty years,

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great choice for our Valentine’s Day dinner! Made a reservation with plenty of time- it books fast at least for holidays. Food and service was excellent, and the atmosphere and view is always romantic.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We had reservation and were seated without having to wait, which happens almost every time to visit Skates. The food and service has always been great which is why we continue to return to it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentine’s Day dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Well the restaurant is always great.
But the last two times my wife and
I have been there. The short ribs were
Really salty. This time my pork chop
Was very salty. We aren’t use to much
Salt. I hope they change the salt on
The food. Because we love coming there.
Steve and Brenda.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

So lucky to have a view without trying! Absolutely loved the bloody mary oyster shooter!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We meet up once a month at Skates and are never disappointed with the varied menu selections!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were there for a joint birthday celebration. The crab & artichoke dip was so much better than I would have ever imagine...chunky and delicious and with copious amounts of their wonderful bread. We both had the scallops, which were extraordinary. I dare say the best I'd ever had. That night they were served with a spatzle, kale, and something else sauté...really delicious. Crème brulee for dessert was so creamy I never wanted it to end. We were both delighted with the whole meal. I want to go back this week!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great table by the window and the food and drinks were excellent. However, our waiter was MIA. We told him in the beginning we weren’t ready to order yet but he sure did give us a lot of time to ourselves. This restaurant means a lot to me because I met my husband her 24 years ago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to go on a sunny day in the bay. Delicious food with great views and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife’s 60th birthday. Staff and server were absolutely outstanding. Food was good. Table by the windows was great.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Overall not good, despite the great view. Several of us ordered the open face crab sandwich, which turned out to be just a crab melt - the menu description is very misleading. One of us suffered a stomach upset after eating such a very greasy "crab" sandwich. The clam chowder was tasteless, and to make matters worse I discovered after the leaving that I was charged $7 for added bacon, which was billed as included on the menu. Service was OK. Restaurant was over air-conditioned, so our party had to move to another part of the room. Vastly overpriced, so we made sure we ate as much as we could, despite the disagreeable food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very amazing. I asked for a window table which is really hard to come by at 8:15 but they made t happen and dinner was absolutely amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overpriced and undercooked. Fish was not very flavorful. Cool view though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We appreciated the creativity of the menu and enjoyed the flavors of our dishes. The view from the windows was excellent. We even saw longboat rowers go right by our window. We had one issue: the coffee and tea we’re not piping hot and several of our dishes were not super hot either. if a microwave has been nearby I would’ve zapped my dish for at least another minute! We were surprised at the uniformity of under heated food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Sweet experience but needs more dessert options !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had a great time. View is beautiful. We will be back. Service was good! Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I had the Steelhead with Risotto cakes and Brussels sprouts. It was great. My husband enjoyed his sea bass. The waiter was prompt and helpful. The view was gorgeous. We had a great sunset. I wish the wine by the glass selection was a little better. I’ve been to Skates about a half dozen times and have enjoyed every visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Perfect birthday experience! Thank you! ❤

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food better than a few years ago but still not great. Setting, however, fantastic.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Skates has become the go-to place for an annual cousin reunion. The location on the bay, the sounds of the waves as you walk over the bridge to the restaurant, the views, service, margaritas, and food are always excellent. On this visit we split the grilled romaine as a starter. For entrees we went with the specials of salmon with squash polenta cakes and the sea bass with mushrooms. Scrumptious! Both washed down with a margarita, great conversation, and a server named Nancy who was absolutely wonderful. Can’t wait to return for another visit.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We're locals but we hadn't been to Skates in many years. I don't know why though I'm sure one reason would be that on Fri and Sat Skates used to be incredibly busy. We went on Monday night and it was a pleasure. The food was of much higher quality than we remembered. Pacific oysters; ahi poke for appetizers; steelhead (grilled), kalbi ribs, prime rib, seafood louie for mains. Everyone was pleased. We had a full range of drinkables (one beer drinker; one cocktail drinker; one wine drinker (a very good Santa Barbara county Pinot); one teetotaler) and all were satisfied.
Add to this a very competent and friendly waitperson and the evening was more than satisfactory.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We ended up spending 3hrs there last Sunday evening because service was painfully slow. Took 1/2 hr alone for them to bring the bread. Food was good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were at Skates for the first time the previous Friday and loved it. We liked it so much, we took friends visiting from outside the Bay Area and they loved it like we did. Everything was great. The food would be good anywhere, but that view makes it even better.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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