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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

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

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (130)
Waterfront (129)
Special Occasion (86)
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Good for a Date (76)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Romantic (59)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for Groups (52)
Worth the Drive (52)
Great for Lunch (46)
Casual (42)
Business Meals (38)
Sunday Lunch (36)
Bar Seating (31)
Fun (30)
Great for Brunch (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Happy Hour (25)
Seasonal (19)
Authentic (18)
Kid-friendly (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Healthy (14)
People Watching (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Great Beer (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Live Sports (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place, great view, friendly staff!!!
Little on the expensive side.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I love Skates on the Bay, delicious food, many choices, great drinks and desserts.
Beautiful view, staff is friendly.
My place of choice!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Always a solid choice. Everything from surf and turf to sushi is outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great setting. Always reliable. They now have a guard in the parking lot and just one way and out, hopefully no more car break ins!! They don’t deserve to have the bad guys hurt their business!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Lunch and service were both terrific. Our server
Artesia was excellent. She had a great personality and was very efficient. A great meal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Pros: excellent food and ambience. Very festive for the holidays.
Cons: terrible service. Dinner reservation was at 6:15 & did not start getting food until 7pm. We had to ask for bread to tide us over until meals arrived. There was a large party table next to ours, therefore the tables nearby were ignored. Very loud due to large party celebrating. In hindsight, we should have eaten in the bar. The food was very good, once it arrived, however we were very disappointed overall.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great views of SF skyline very good food friendly staff. Service slowed down at the end.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

the food was enjoyable but the service was beyond lacking. Might have been a brand new server who should have been shadowing someone experienced.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was very good, the service very good, the view excellent by the window. Wear a sweater because I was freezing.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a wonderful time at the restaurant. The servers were all very courteous and polite and the food was awesome!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a great time, and the food was wonderful. Since one of our guests is vision impaired, we had a GSD service dog with us (very well behaved). Our guest and his dog were treated with respect and care. Thank you!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Fun, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great experience and server gave us free dessert for a long wait. We didn’t expect that and made our dining experience truly more memorable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Skates is a destination type restaurant as they have a spectacular view going for them. It's the main reason I go there. This time, it was my birthday and that was noted on the reservation as well as a reminder when we arrived. The birthday was only acknowledged with a "happy birthday" not the customary single dessert with a candle. That was disappointing.

I was anxious for a seafood Louie and remembered the previous time I had one, the flacid lettuce was disappointing as was the tiny amount of seafood. Well, this one was not much better. I got two shrimp, albeit decent sized and a scant amount of hair thin crab atop a small amount of chopped lettuce of some sort. It was the size of a dinner salad and I was still hungry after finishing and I ate it only because I was so famished. At $22 I thought I'd have a big salad. Others at our table had satisfactory food especially the wonderful clam chowder.

Service is very good here and I'm sure they have a new scrooge type policy when it comes to birthdays. Not the servers fault. I had several other birthday dinners and lunches this year and all of them served the birthday and candle dessert. Disappointing.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This is one of our favorite places for great food, great ambiance, and great conversation!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

I did not schedule my reservation on Dec 2 2017. My reservation is for Dec 23 2017 at 6:30. I hope when i get there I will have a table for my Birthday. I did this on Open Table. I've try to call skate to confirm my reservation but the line stays busy. I will be very upset if my reservation for that day didn't go though. Can some one email me let me know or confirm my reservation. Thank you so much.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Taking my niece out

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

GREAT views!!! Good selection of food. Pam our waitress was friendly and helpful

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very enjoyable place
Tasty food and cordial service

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great Beer, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Not our first trip to Skates By The Bay. Always a pleasant ambiance & the specialty cocktails are never disappointing. The dinner menus showed some wear, but that didn’t affect the excellent food. We were treating my father in law to an early Xmas dinner & show. He loved his petite Louie salad & dinner special the steelhead salmon. I thoroughly enjoyed the Pacific Sashimi Ahi roll. My husband chose the sea bass, but unfortunately, it was overdone because our server mixed up the cooked level with my father in law ‘s order. All in all, the experience was great!! We will be back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great place to meet friends for lunch. It is so convenient to meet people from Marin, Oakland, Alameda, Richmond. The best part is the free parking.
View is beautiful and relaxing. Food is good solid American food. Open faced crab sandwiches wonderfully rich. Service is always fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We are regular patrons and enjoy every thing about the establishment. Thank you for all and everyone's hard work. It has paid off. See you again soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fettuccine with shrimp and crab in parm cream sauce was dry and clumpy — asked for more sauce but there wasn’t enough sauce in the world. Sent back the Creme Brûlée (which they called Burnt Cream) because it had the consistency of rice pudding, not lite custard. Overpriced. So disappointed.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The servers did a great job of taking care of my 94 year old father in law.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went with my girlfriend to celebrate our anniversary. It was great and the food was wonderful.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We loved the apps we ordered, but we also ordered over a dozen oysters and every single one had shell fragments in it. We ordered about $70 worth of oysters and when we mentioned it to our server she apologized but did nothing for us. Considering how many oysters they sell I would expect them to be able to shuck an oyster better than the typical joe shmo.

The view is incredible at least.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We always enjoy Skates. Good food, great service, a beautiful view, delicious cocktails, and care is always taken with dietary restrictions. The crab & artichoke dip alone keeps me coming back. The one puzzling thing is how bad the reservations system is in comparison to the rest of the experience. We never show up without reservations, we arrive on time, and yet we have never once been greeted with "your table is ready" or even "your table is almost ready." Instead, it's always "it's about a 10 minute wait" or "there's one table in front of you." It consistently feels as if there's a disconnect between the luxury experience once you're seated and the Denny's 'get in line' experience when you arrive. But if you can forgive this, it's worth the drive!

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Out standing Thanksgiving dinner alone with the bread pudding.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My daughter and I went here for Thanksgiving dinner, just the two of us, and it was the best dinner I have had in a long time. The food was excellent even though it was a special menu for Thanksgiving and did not have all the menu items. The Thanksgiving dinner, which I ordered was excellent. The mussels, and crab dip with bread, both appetizers, were delicious also. The Moscow Mule drinks I had were perfect for the occasion, but the dinner my daughter ordered with the beef medallions was less to be desired. The meat was dry and the medallion beef pieces were extremely small for a $38.00 meal. I suggested the Thanksgiving dinner, but she insisted on having beef. I will without a doubt go back to 'Skates by the Bay' to have dinner or celebrate a special occasion. The view is perfect and one of the best in the Bay. Cheers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, People Watching, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I had not been to Skate’s for at least 8 years. Last time I was there I thought it was too dark and the food was not worth the price. Now, what a difference! Much brighter, good colors on the walls, Superb Service, great food and prices were fair. Not to mention the Awe Inspiring View of the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset! I will return for business meetings and also for family special occasions!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We go to Skates for Thanksgiving dinner and this year was not as good as normal. The quality of the food was good but some of our meals were not as hot as they should be and hence they cooled very fast. We were going to complain but we didn't want to spoil the event for our large group. Several drinks were also a problem and they need to get this part right as they are charging very high prices for drinks. But..........the view and ambiance trump all the problems and we would probably go back but not for TG dinner.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Authentic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner for four of us one had sushi two had turkey dinners and one had prime rib. The food was delicious four satisfied customers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Window seat definitely makes the experience.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving with traditional turkey and trimmings. Booked here because of Diestl turkey raised in Sonora, CA near my home.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Maybe it was just busy the night before Thanksgiving and this is not normal but it was Loud. We could hardly even carry on a conversation at our table. We'll try it again.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

All staff were friendly, helpful and doing their best to serve us well (group of six). However may be due to shortage of staff, the service was rather slow. We always take our overseas visitors there for lunch. Although food is good, but it seems the menu has not changed since my last 3 visits. Hopefully i will find new menu on my next visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a great meal, 3 of us had Crab Louis salad , only Dungeness Crab and lots of it. Excellent.
One of us had tuna on top of a mushroom gateau. Superb as well. Reservations are important . They really want you to be satisfied customer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very good food and good service. Great view of the bay.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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