Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com for details.
Free public parking located across the street. We ask that you please do not leave anything visible inside your car.
The AC Transit, #9
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
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
We actually visited Skates twice on our recent trip to Berkeley. Aside from its simply spectacular setting, the service, drinks and food were really quite excellent...and priced fairly. Having enjoyed restaurants at this location for several decades I would say this version continues to get better. If I was to have one minor complaint it would be that sometimes drinks come a bit slowly.
There was a problem with my friend's order, and my family got bread instead of English muffin with their Benedicts, without explanation, but my Benedict with crab was good and I got English muffins.
They views are great, the atmosphere is nice, and our servers were very friendly.
POORLY EXECUTED SORT OF OLD SCHOOL PSEUDO GOURMET
first off....we received bread which was like wonder bread with strange pieces of undercooked onions and garlic. My wifes lobster was okay but it arrived with a head w cloudy eyes staring up at us (not very appealing). My salad was drenched in too much so so oil dressing and my burger was topped w mushy stewed onions (no variety of texture).
This food reflected no awareness of the fresh innovative food which is the hallmark of San Francisco/ Berklee cuisine. MUNDANE MUSH W A NICE VIEW OF SF BAY
I've been to Skates many times, usually to bring out-of-towners to so they can see the two-bridge view. Although we had made reservations, the maitre d' wanted to us to wait several minutes so we could have a view table, which was fine. The four of us ended up at a table right at the window with a good view of the bay. After that, we seemed to fall into some no-man's land of service. We did not interact with a server for anything (no water, bread, etc.) for the next 15 minutes.It was very odd. Finally, someone came and took an order for hot crab dip and drinks, but not food. Then we waited some more. In fact, as I left the table to go to the restroom after about 10 more minutes, our server wished me a good afternoon. I said I was still waiting for our appetizers and drinks. I guess that got something going because when I went back to the table, our drinks had been brought forth. It was a little embarrassing to have to wait maybe 45 minutes to get anything, even water, at our table when we we were trying to do a little native show-off of the area. It seemed like the tables weren't being assigned properly or something.
The night my boyfriend proposed - a night we'll remember for multiple reasons. Didn't take our order for 40 minutes after being seated. Our wine didn't come until after our meal. My "pasta" was a scoop of pasta and a bowl of sauce with the roots of broccolini. The salad and ice cream were great - hard to mess that up. Could never find our server and couldn't even flag down other servers to order food, wine or dessert. Everything ended up taking so long we were the last table in the restaurant - had to chug our wine and leave half our dessert because they started cleaning! BF ended up proposing in the parking lot. Oy vey.
I would recommend but we had dinner on a Tuesday night with work colleagues. On Wednesday two of my colleagues (from Switzerland and Italy) went back for lunch (during the day!). While at lunch, their care was broken into and they lost everything. Luggage, computers, passport, and more. The area is not well protected and there are A LOT of homeless in the area. Hence, this could be the last time I go there. Too risky. This time the car was broken into. The next time could be a mugging or worse. Besides, you are in the bay area and there are plenty of other restaurants to visit!!!
We've been coming here for years as it is an ideal half way between our son and his family and my husband and I. However, it has become a place of disappointment when it comes to dining. Food is sub-par. Hot food served cold. Substitutions served without informing us, or simply omitted. My Cosmopolitan was served with sweet and sour mix....euuu. Rather than creamed spinich I was served wilted greens with garlic. My potatoes were garlic mashed...rather alot of garlic! Potatoes were listed as augratin. My son was excited to have grilled watermelon...nope, just not served.
Complaining to the manager? He was dressed in a dirty wrinkled shirt and pants hanging so low on his.... Not going to complain to someone who looked that scary!
All in all this restaurant is not what it once was. Dirty, loud, bad food...only the view remains the same.
Unfortunately the restaurant has fallen into disrepair. The carpet is filthy, the base boards are covered in black grime and there were ants on our table. Our cups had lipstick marks on them. The server, while nice, was under trained and when asked to describe one of the dishes simply said it was good. If the majority of your dishes are in the 38-48 dollar range, you expect a level of quality and ambience. The short rib dish was over cooked and dry, and the chef, put pickled onions on ever dish we had. The pork belly appetizer was over cooked boardering on burnt.
My spouse and I met with a wonderful couple we have known for over 40 years. We try to get together at least once a year. Skates was the best outing we have had in a long time not counting at each other's homes in Tiburon and Moraga. The staff was very, very attentive and at the same time cautious to intrude into our conversation and libation. Skates is a bit pricey but I believe they have a right to be. I have been to Skates easily several dozen times and the staff never fails to make it a pleasure. The various seafood plates we ordered were all perfect. I highly recommend Skates for any business or personal outing.
Celebrating an anniversary with my girlfriend, enjoying the view, when a wait person came over and closed the blinds. As she walked by a few minutes later, I asked her why she did that and her response was because someone complained about the glare of the sun off the water. I explained that we came for the view and compromised with the wait staff. We decided to open the blinds just high enough for my girlfriend and I to see the view. I was essentially hunched over to see out the window!!
About 10 minutes later, what I assumed to be a manager came over to close the blinds again!! I asked her why and she told me a customer was 'being blinded by the sun, and asked them to be closed. After explaining to her that we were on a date and came for the view, she closed the blinds and offered my a free dessert. I told her a free dessert wasn't worth my lack of a view, asked her to comp my drinks or a meal. To which she said she couldn't. (That was a lie.)
She put another customers request above my own. I advised her that the customers in question had other options:
1. Have the person in question switch seats with the person they were with, or
2. Relocate the person to somewhere else within the restaurant so that they were better accommodated.
She (manager?) finally relocated the couple to somewhere else in the building.
My concern is this:
Why was another customer's inconvenience (white) more important that my enjoyment of the view? I'm a black male and feel this was completely inappropriate. I would not have had a problem but no one ever asked us to close the blinds. AND WE WERE SITTING NEXT TO THE WINDOW!! The jumped at the opportunity to accommodate a white couple without talking with the black couple that had already been there for 30-45 minutes before the other couple showed up.
We came for the view. We can get severely overpriced food and drinks anywhere.
This was my first time at Skates and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Born and raised in the Bay Area, this really is a spot one should try at least once. The views are tremendous! Definitely come to see the sunset from the place. As for food, it was pretty good. Better than the average touristy fare and the service was amazing. Very attentive and personable too. The only thing was price. I would have to say, the prices of entrees average well about $34 per person. I'm all for paying for great food, but I'd say they put a pretty big addition for the view. That saying, the food was pretty good, service great and view fantastic. So all in all, I would definitely recommend coming, if you've never been.
Skates has been improving over the past few years. Service was excellent. The view was great and it was a beautiful day. Recommend early dinner. The wine we had was excellent and very reasonably prized. We had three different variations of the Louis salad, all Dungeness crab, Dungeness crab and shrimp, and Dungeness Crab, shrimp and salmon. Each was great and the serving generous. Since we were celebrating three birthdays the waiter gave us each a small creme brûlée complementary. Overall terrific, highly recommend you visit Skates on the Bay.
People at host/hostess station were not at all welcoming. Reception was very cold. The food was pretty so-so for the money. Our server was the only bright spot. She was excellent. I won't be returning here. In spite of the unique location, too many offsetting issues to make it worth a return visit.
The food was good but nothing to rave about. Honestly the biggest issue we had was with the hygiene of our server. He was profusely sweating and had very bad body odor. It was quite disturbing as you can imagine when you are trying to enjoy a delicious meal. We felt bad and didn't say anything but it negatively affected our experience.
We were allowed to share the $45 16 oz prime rib. It was divided for us by our waiter. Good deal for us seniors! We still had a nice portion of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. The meat was very tender and leaner than most prime rib. Our starter was the Dragon roll sushi. Prices are a little high but the food is very good and high quality. You get what you pay for. They are known for fresh seafood.
Our coffee was lukewarm. Our waiter collected all our cups and brought us new heated cups with nice hot coffee!👍
We will go again. The views are spectacular. We noted that on our last two visits, the restaurant was full at dinner. This tells you something.
Very nice ambiance but they were out of all of the food that we wanted to order. How could that happen? They are not a new restaurant, they must know how much to order. Out of oysters, fish and chips, ahi poke, special fish of the day and it was not late or a busy day! Disappointing.
Friendly staff, and beautiful location, but we ran into many little issues...... we had reservations for 745, we were seated at 810, didnt recieve our water or cocktails until 825. Our table was in the back corner directly in front of the restroom doors, and right next to an AC vent. We had to go back to the car for jackets and an extra baby blanket for our son. We had to ask for a bread basket after waiting far too long for water and appetizers. Waitress took our food order at 840, the waitress came back about 9 and let me know that they were sold out of the lobster. Wouldn't have been a big deal, but it was my 30th birthday and all I wanted was a nice lobster dinner on the ocean. I reordered a steak dinner with crab and mushrooms , at 930 we finally got our dinner , only they forgot the mushrooms, my husband's seafood fettuccini was incredible tasting, but you could tell that it sat under a heat lamp while my order was being redone because all of the noodles were stuck together in the middle of the plate and sauce had started to separate and the oil started floating on top. We ordered another round of drinks that took forever and they brought us two of my husband's cocktails instead of one of each. They were too sweet as well. They did bring out a nice little creme brulee with a candle which was a nice touch. It wasn't an awful experience, but we definitely expected more. Will probably not return.
The restaurant was great as usual, however upon arrival they had no record of the reservation I made through Open Table, even though I received a confirmation number. It was a very busy night and they were not able to accommodate the time we requested. The restaurant staff indicated that this is a frequent occurrence, where reservations don't go through from Open Table. It was so frustrating!
I have not been to this restaurant for at least a year so I was pleasantly surprised to see an updated menu, a full bar menu, and some gluten free and vegetarian options available. My friend and I were treating ourselves to a little fancy brunch in honor of her birthday. Our salmon appetiser was perfect with cocktails from the menu. The cocktails were consistant from order to order. Then we ordered from the seafood bar. We got all three poke offerings and sides of salad and fries. Perfect for sharing. The family next to us clearly ordered the brunch offerings and by sight alone I would order the pancakes and the eggs benedict the next time. The restaurant was busy and I would certainly recommend reservations for weekend events. There were lots of families and couples so its a great local spot for a nice meal out. Unfortunatley the heat wave and the smoke from the fires made it impossible to see SF, but there were boats on the water which were lovely to watch.
The ambiance is great, however the service is ridiculously slow. Slow in regards to reservations, where they said they would get me after I checked in, but they didn't since they lacked writing down my description and didn't attempt to get me and almost gave my table away, but luckily my husband checked right when they were going to give my table away. Then the server took 15 minutes to take our order and it took over an hour to get our food, the table that came 15 minutes after us even got their food 10 minutes before us, not to mention they messed up their table's order as well and the poor kid had to eat the dish or wait another hour for them to recook his food. The food was okay, for a seafood joint the prime rib was the best dish out of the 4 dishes, which 3 of the 4 were seafood. We went for a birthday dinner and told the waiter, which he didn't care for nor did he present any enthusiasm for my mother's birthday and they didn't even offer to do anything special when I asked if they had any specials for a birthday. The best thing there is the view, save your time and just get drinks at the bar and move on to a better restaurant for food and service.
Good service, good food, fantastic ambience -- right on the Bay with views of Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, SF. (View is better at lunchtime than at night.)
Although we had a reservation, they couldn't seat us until 10-15 minutes after the scheduled reservation time (8 pm on a Sat.).
Traditional seafood menu - not great for vegans and vegetarians, but there is a vegan sushi and they will make a vegetarian fettucine by omitting the seafood (be sure to ask for discount; they charged $17 whereas the normal price was $30).
So this is not my first time here. I have been to Skates multiple times before and it has always been good. So this review is more for management than anything else. This is going to sound very complainy, but for a meal that costs $60 per person (with tip and tax) there are certain expectations.
We made a reservation for 7:45, showed up at 7:35 and got seated at around 7:55, what is the point of making a reservation if you have to wait around for 20 minutes?
We got seated, and somewhat quickly the waitress came by and took our drink order, unfortunately we did not get our drinks for about 30 minutes. In the interim we also placed our order, ordering an appetizer/soup and the mains. And then we waited. In what seemed like forever, we first got garlic bread, and at the exact same time we got the main courses (well 3 out of 4). We only got out clam chowder after asking for it, and after we finished our meal.
So honestly, I don't think I'm ever going to back, which is unfortunate because as I've said I've generally enjoyed Skates on the Bay previously.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.