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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 (130)
Scenic View (127)
Special Occasion (90)
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Good for a Date (71)
Good for Birthdays (63)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Romantic (61)
Worth the Drive (53)
Great for Lunch (51)
Good for Groups (46)
Sunday Lunch (42)
Business Meals (35)
Casual (33)
Fun (32)
Great for Brunch (31)
Bar Seating (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Authentic (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Seasonal (15)
Healthy (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
People Watching (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Great Beer (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 20 hours 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Great Valentine’s Day dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·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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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food and service!

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·Dined on February 4, 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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·Dined on February 4, 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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 (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 3, 2018

Sweet experience but needs more dessert options !

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·Dined on February 3, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 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 2, 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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on January 29, 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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·Dined on January 28, 2018

I have always had a great experience at Skates, and this experience was no exception! We were seated within 5 minutes of arriving, and our server was above and beyond. She gave us helpful recommendations and was fun to talk to when she came by with food or refilled our waters. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

All of the seafood was fresh.... lobster roll was outstanding and big. However, there was very little creativity. I have seen it all before and it was a little humdrum. Service was friendly but a little slow. Especially in clearing the appetizer plates. The view was spectacular from every seat.... cocktails were well made and after lunch the weather was great and you can walk along the bay. Overall solid and I will be back

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went to Skates for brunch on Sunday with a group of friends. Service was great and food was alright but not what we had hoped for. In previous visits was better food.
It is always a beautiful view and even more so that day it was a clear day.
Crab dip was great salads were good but special sandwich with prime rib was just alright.
Will still be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a great anniversary experience at Skates. Service was attentive and she provided enough information about specials, tastes, wines, etc.

Crab and artichoke dish was very good, bread was warm and soft. Enough for 4 people for a light appetizer.

Crab and prawn fettuccine was extremely good, heaping portions of real crab and large prawns.

Steak and prawn surf and turf was also very good, cooked perfectly. Could have had more veggies (asparagus spears), but still a large and filling meal.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service! We will continue to return to Skates when we are in Berkeley!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding steel head trout perfectly prepared. Our waiter was very charming and the sunset was spectacular!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and water view. Restaurant week prefix was a great deal!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wow, talk about a beautiful location! This was definitely the best deal that we found for restaurant week. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back for a special occasion; it was quite pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Skates was ok. The 'Lime Pie' dessert along with the service was hands down on point. The salad was not crisp or fresh as I expected. My prime rib was good and tender. The mash potatoes were satisfying, but not tasty. Check it out for yourself. You might like it.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Picked Skates because of it's location. Sunset was the most beautiful time! With a seat by the window, you can see all the way across San Francisco Bay to the Golden Gate and SF. Beautiful! Great food and very good service. Will go back again and again. Oh,and they have lots and lots of free parking.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Skates has been around a long time but I had never tried it even when I lived in Berkeley for 5 years. The view is beautiful of course. Food was surprisingly decent. Not 5 star but good enough where you are enjoying food with the phenomenal view. Sometimes restaurants on the water serve barely edible food but can get away with it for the view. Food was fresh, lots of seasonal/local specials (especially seafood), and our waiter was great.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Not bad but food over cooked, they comped one dish and dessert. Chef cam out and apologized.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The experience at Skates was excellent. The food and the service was top notch. We were able to have table looking out over the bay, which further added to the ambiance. Wonderful experience!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Went for happy hour on a Monday night. Nice decor with a beautiful view of the water. Free seating to the left if you don’t have a reservation. The place had a nice amount of patrons at 6:30. I would highly recommend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Not good. Terrible service. Kind of obvious that the waiter was having a bad day but that doesn’t give him the right to treat us rudely. I was hosting a guest and his wife that evening. Not coming back to this place. It doesn’t matter if the food is great as well as the ambience. Execution to the end is key.

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