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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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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

Waterfront (125)
Scenic View (120)
Special Occasion (88)
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Good for Birthdays (69)
Good for a Date (68)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Romantic (56)
Worth the Drive (52)
Good for Groups (47)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Great for Lunch (38)
Casual (33)
Business Meals (31)
Fun (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Great for Brunch (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (15)
Healthy (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Seasonal (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Disabled Access (14)
People Watching (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Great Beer (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tapas (3)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My family and I visited the East Bay for a special Christmas event and decided to reserve a table at Skates on the Bay on December 27. We would not recommend this restaurant. We were seated around 6:15 which was early for a 6:30 pm reservation. No complaint about that or the server. By the time we were seated, they were out of Scallops, Pork Loin and Root Beer - we were told after we ordered them. The salmon we ordered was a very small piece and dry. The salad was so overly dressed that it was not only limp but inedible. The prices for th efood were exorbitant for the lack of quality. The presentation of the salmon and vegetables on the plate was awful with over half of the plate with no food on it.

We had deserts for the kids to make up for the terrible dinner. The kids Sundaes were edible.

We dine out frequently and this ranks as one of the worst places we have been. Take you money to another restaurant and enjoy.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Beautiful Christmas night at Skates... enjoyed the drinks and dinner. View was awesome

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved the restaurant, our server Oscar I believe Was his name wasn’t attentive at all. Thankfully what I believe Was a good runner was much involved with our table then he was. It was a very busy night so maybe our server was overwhelmed, but the rest of the restaurant seemed to be keeping up well. I will Try again, hopefully with a better server this restaurant maybe come a favorite of mine. We came from San Jose to eat by the water and enjoy a nice time, which we did.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

They had a special menu for xmas day which was quite well rounded. I won't mention the atmosphere as that has been covered in all the other reviews. I ordered the peppercorn salmon and the spouse ordered the cioppino. We had the crab artichoke dip for starters then for dessert I had the gingerbread pudding and the spouse opted for the chocolate ganache. The salmon was not farmed raised but it was mediocre quality, too mushy for my liking. The accompanying green bean and fingerling potatoes were low-quality produce that had had a distinct mold taste. The appetizer was average, I would say about the quality of Applebees. My dessert was sickeningly sweet so I only ate the ice cream. The spouse did not like the salmon in the cioppino but liked everything else. Indeed the cioppino had a great spicy flavor. We picked the house red wine which was terrible. The bill was about $150 which is about average. I was just happy to find a place open for xmas other than dennys.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I came here on Christmas Day, which happens to be my birthday. The hostess and hosts were extremely nice and gave my husband and I a fantastic table /view right on the water. Our waiter was excellent, very informative and did not rush us. I was extremely impressed with the staff overall and the food was delightful! I will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a delightful Christmas Day meal! At first we were seated in the lounge-I was disappointed because I’d made reservations weeks ago & had hoped for a window seat. When I asked at the host station, they quickly moved us & we had a great table with a super view of the sunset. Our server Victor was great! Some of the other waitstaff are a little goofy but it doesn’t ruin the experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Disappointing Christmas Day dinner. Had trouble getting the server's attention. Were charged twice for calamari and salad. First time ever NOT leaving a tip.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas Dinner at Skates. I had Shrimp and Grits that were good. Husband and daughter had fis that turned out a bit dry. Bread was good. Wine selection was good and prices are correct.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Over done steak. Ok service. It was Xmas dinner for me and my wife

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a lovely dinner. Our server really tried, but she input our appetizers and my husband's entre incorrectly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I would go back for wine & apps but the food is pretty bad

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there on Christmas Day.
The menu was the dinner menu all day .....no lunch or brunch items.
But, the reason we keep coming back is the view. Sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Oakland Bay Bridge.
Food is o.k. Nothing outstanding, but adequate.,,there is room for improvement.
Previous visits the service was great......but our server this trip acted like she really didn't want to there. Never a smile.
We will probably return simply because my sister like it. But, food and presentation need work.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Steelhead Trout was superb, NY Steak was perfect, I've been coming her many years, it's always been flawless!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food with a view of the water. My husband was able to watch the game while we sat near the fire. Very friendly crew and very clean and festive atmosphere for the holidays. I definitely recommend the Crab Dip and Lobster Bisque.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was excellent like always ,but my waiter could have been better I felt like my family and I was on a prank show.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

OK - so it was Christmas Eve - the menu was very limited but the stand out for the evening was the service - attentive, respectful and courteous - the limited menu choices neglected to include a vegetarian option. Even when they called me to confirm our reservation, and I double-checked on the vegetarian dishes, I was assured that there would be plenty to choose from. When I asked the server about it, as there was nothing on the menu but a salad and one sushi choice, he hemmed and hawed a bit and then told that "they can make some vegetables over pasta in a red or cream sauce." I opted for the vegetable sushi as an entree - menu stated 8 pieces - what came was a lovely presentation of 4 larger pieces but it tasted like it had been made the day before...but as I mentioned, it was Christmas Eve...better planning on the part of Skates would have made it a lovely evening...thank goodness I loved the people I was with!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner. We were initially seated in the back room with a view of the kitchen and the large tv that was set up to be a fireplace. We asked to be reseated with a real view. Although the place was packed they were able to accommodate. The server was very nice and made good recommendations. Two of ordered the salmon and were told is to be prepared rare, which is perfect! However both were very over cooked. My husband ordered the pork chop. The sauce was delish but the meat required a steak knife. None of us ate our entire meal. The ambiance was great but the food...eh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went there for dinner to celebrate Christmas eve we were sat promptly. Unfortunately our server didn't come back for long periods of time we were left without drink dirty dishes on the table from our appetizers and we had to flag her down in order to get another glass of wine. The food for the price point doesn't add up I thought it was subpar my husband and our two adult children felt the same way the location is very nice and the setting. But for the price point and scale of the restaurant there are many other Seafood options out there

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Profoundly disappointing.
Reservation: Arrived and checked in - they didn't seem to know we had a reservation - which we had made weeks prior to Christmas Eve. Finally got sort of waived off into this area usually for large groups with a sort of dismissive air of - well you probably are just saying you have a reservation but you don't.

Seating: My open table notes say, 'please no tables in the middle of the room and prefer a booth'. So.... where did we sit? Smack in the middle of the room, closest table to the door so cold draft all through dinner - there were many, many other table options they did not chose to give us most likely because they didn't think we had a reservation.

View - couldn't see a thing because they had so many cheesy icicle lights hanging everywhere inside that the glare against the window didn't allow for the view of the SF city lights across the bay.

Food - Enjoyed the grilled romaine/ caesar salad very much. Lobster bisque was a large bowl of thick goo. Not at all a bisque - maybe a chowder? either way enough volume for 4 people. Ridiculous. Calamari appetizer was good. Companion meals were ok, not great. Focaccia bread was delicious.

Service - ordered appetizer and food at the same time. Assuming a restaurant of this level would stagger without having to be told - oops - nope. App came quickly, piled on by soup, salad and entrees all at the same time. Like being bombarded. 3 servers all at once and then standing there staring at us like we would be able to magically create enough room on our table for everything at once.

Honestly - for a restaurant of this caliber and price - I wouldn't come again and don't recommend you do either. Wanted a special Christmas Eve dinner, we knew would be a splurge - it was an overpriced disappointment.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The soup and salad came after the entry. IT was taken off the bill but it would have been nice to have had it before dinner was served. The server was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a great time, my husband and friends fined for Christmas Eve dinner and it was fabulous!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The remodel is gorgeous. The lights for the holiday were amazing as well. They have changed the menu and the changes were not very good. I had the salmon and it was oily and not very favorful. The chowder wasn't very good. I did enjoy my salad.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Disappointing main course, steak was well done then second round was rare. Could not hit medium with two attempts. We were offered dessert knowing we were not ordering anything else.

Upholstered seats were all stained, carpet dirty but their beautiful view keeps bringing us back. Next time only appetizers, skip the entree!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We just returned from dining at Skates for Christmas Eve dinner. Our waitress, Antwanette, was fabulous, attentive, polite, and courteous. Our table was right in the corner with a great view of the bay - the perfect spot for four good friends. (I had requested a table by the window and so pleased that we were able to be accommodated). We started with drinks, then salads, then entrees, and followed with ONE dessert. We were far too full to eat more! Everything was delicious. The prime rib was incredible and cooked perfectly. The New York steak was again perfect, and the salmon was just right. We split a Key Lime pie which was also quite tasty. Loved every minute of our dining experience - especially the food and location. Yes. A special evening and a special location. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fun, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was not cooked correctly, fish to long. There were five of us two dinners was cooked correctly . Service not up to standards

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Menu seemed dated and food was ok but a bit expensive. Atmosphere was beautiful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

we has a group of 8 nd ordered appetizer crab and artichoke it came it was a lot smaller than I recall. The service was lousy. We went to celebrate my daughters bday it will be my last time

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Of course the views are spectacular so I wanted to get that part out of the way first.

This was my first time here and was here for lunch. Amber was our server and she was perfect. I was meeting a friend that I hadn't seen in a while and she knew the exact right amount of service that we wanted. She was friendly and bubbly and knowledgeable of the menu.

We ended up both ordering the lobster bisque and shared a plate of sushi. The bisque was very flavorful with big chunks of lobster. The sushi was delicious and the presentation was amazing. I'm always nervous to order raw fish from a place I've never been but it was so good.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for good food and friendly service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The hostess seated us by the window which was wonderful though at night, can’t really see much outside. Our server, Michael, was amazing. I would come back again.!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was friendly and Christmas/holiday ambiance was beautiful! Gold stars to the hosts who entertained my little one while we walked around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Awesome views and delightful food -from appetizers to soups to main entrees.
In conversation with friends & family -Skates on the Bay (Berkeley) will be mentioned and encouraged to visit.

Will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Sunday Brunch menu with excellent food equal to the outstanding view of the Bay, coastal mountains. San Francisco, and two Bridges.
Not for vegetarians. Weekday menus have no vegetarian options on them.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a beautiful day filled with loving friends, laughter, stories, and wonderful service and delicious food. Skates is our favorite place for every occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was good. One friend had an issue with her fish and server immediately addressed the issue. The manager came to check on her.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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 on December 15, 2017

Food was just ok but the view is great and there is plenty of parking.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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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