Skates on the Bay

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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.
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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Romantic AF

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

There celebrating my mother's 79th birthday. The only concern I had was even after making the reservation, and noting her age and she walked with a cane, they still sat us in the furthest corner of the restaurant. She had a long walk, which she was not pleased about, and neither was I. Otherwise, the food, beverages and ambiance were good. I would go back, but there would have to be more consideration.

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and view. I would go back for a drink and maybe appetizers, but not dinner. Four of us had four different meals, and none of us had good things to say about the food. Two meals were sent back and the clam chowder tasted like potato gravy. Been here before and enjoyed the food. Not sure what changed in the kitchen, or if just a terrible night. On a positive note, the service was outstanding (thank you Charles).

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was overall a very pleasant dining experience.

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MD
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. I drink a lot of water and my glass was never empty. I celebrated my birthday here and received a very special dessert. Our server gave us very good recommendations and we enjoyed our appetizers, dinner and desserts.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, the view of SF bay was spectacular and service was wonderful.

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SK
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is outstanding - couldn't get better. The food was delicious, although a little pricey. The service was above and beyond, both during the dinner and afterwards.

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OT
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was pleasurable!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

My lemonfish was partially undercooked. When I reported this to the server, she notified the chef who came out. He gave a vague apology and very casually asked if there was anything they could do. I declined as this had all taken so long. Having conceded that the fish was undercooked, I would have expected a bit more urgency or show of pride/care. There was a $4 credit on overall bill. Given that the menu item was $26, this seems laughable. Either do it properly, or not at all. That just seems petty and takes no ownership for a kitchen 101 error.

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TN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most things were great including the view, which our guest from Switzerland appreciated. It would be nice to have Onion soup added back to your menu.

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WS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server. Very sweet, friendly and accommodating to our every need. My food, the halibut was on point. Delicious, and flaky. Appetizers, flavorful. The view, was breath taking. Very pricey, but worth it for the full experience we had.

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J
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skates remains one of the best brunch spots in Berkeley, with an unparalleled view of the Bay.

Their Benedict’s are amongst the best, including a vegetarian one with fried green tomatoes and a kale Florentine - a very creative take on the typical Florentine and very tasty.

We went with a group of 9 family and friends, and no one was disappointed. Very responsive and professional service, without being intrusive, and while not inexpensive, the value was worth it.

With ample free parking in Berkeley, what’s not to like?

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RW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I don’t think we will ever go back

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JY
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Louie Salad which was very good. A good size filet of grilled salmon, two large shrimp, crab, asparagus and hard boiled eggs! My husband had the open faced crab sandwich which was also good but had to eat with a knife and fork. View was excellent and our server was on it!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t imagine a better dining experience in all of the Bay Area. Amazing!

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our father died recently and my sisters needed a happy lunch date. It was a good experience except for the bathroom stall being out of order in the women’s restroom and the large banquet room was being used for. Special event which created additional noise and people.

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the man, the food was great, the view was unmatched!

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d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner at Skates a couple of nights ago: amazing view, excellent service, tasty food well-prepared and well-presented. Not inexpensive, but reasonable for a meal of this caliber with such a fine location. So we went back tonight for an encore. View was the same . . . wonderful. Service was even better (way to go, Jonathan). Food was even better. Unusual and delicious halibut special. Bread pudding for dessert outstanding. This place is a winner. I noticed that there are lots of birthday parties and other celebrations here. I can see why. Will definitely come again, many times, I hope.

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AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant for groups of people who need room to spread out. Over the years we have dined with kids who need boosters, 1-3 wheelchair-users who need space, a grandma who brings her little emotional support dog, bigger kids who want crayons, family members who really need good stiff drinks to deal with other family members, coffee-drinkers in search of a latte, picky eaters who don't want spice, picky eaters who want more spice, omnivores looking for large portions, snackers who like bright vegetables alongside their deep-fried indulgences, loved ones who keep switching seats, and those of our party who are reliably 30 minutes late.

Really sweet and attentive staff, easy wheelchair access, lots of variety and good quality food for our different palates, and a view of the bay that includes parasurfers, sail boats, small yachts, and choppy waters.

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S
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

For us it is a truism that you can have a good view or good food but Skates was a winner on both counts.

We can two salads, steamed clams and steamed mussels along with drinks. We we right at the windows with a great bay view.

All the staff was friendly from the hostess to the manager. Kamill H gave us great service.

We will be back.

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E
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my anniversary on a Tuesday night. The food was DELICIOUS. The service was great and attentive. It was a little pricey, but the ambiance was beautiful .

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El mesero muy amable y atento. Ambiente callado. Comida 10/10 y atención rápida.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here! The food, views and service is excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way...from sashimi and sushi to Kung Po calamari to phenomenal wine to amazing lemon fish with caviar...a truly spectacular experience.

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TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I requested a window table but unable to fulfill the request.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well trained professional server and wait staff, excellent food and atmosphere

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and clean restaurant. The waiter was awesome and the food was delicious. I left out a satisfied customer.

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our birthday gathering Fay dear family friend.

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool staff. They were nice and friendly. I would go back and visit again.☺️

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! As was the service! I would highly recommend to anyone who loves food, particularly seafood.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food good and beautiful location on the bay. Problem is our waiter was always looking to up-sell during dinner. Always recommending the most expensive item, asked us 3 times if we wanted appetizers. Even though my sister told him she had shell fish allergy, asked her 2x if she wanted to add clam chowder. Got tiring.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The location is worth the price. However, considering the price of the food, I would have expected some good cuisine. Instead quality of the food (just some asian fusion cuisine adjusted to western palate) was below average. It’s a shame cause the location is so nice that it would deserve some good food. Except for that, service was excellent and personnel was super kind and professional.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

View is fabulous. Food is good to fabulous. pricey

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family get together

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AH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and beautiful restaurant! Service is great and the food is great.

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TM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We were given a great table _ corner for 6 - almost too large as with 'energetic conversations' it was still a challenge to hear each other. Wait servers were excellent - good job getting our orders and delivering ALL of our orders at the same time and hot! Multiple servers brought food all at once. Great technique!

Food was quite good - having the salmon burger and fries I would ask for a salad substitute next time just because it was all too filing.
I was particularly impressed that the hostess recognized the walkers, canes, etc and walked our group trough the bar to our table so that we could avoid all stairs! That was particularly courteous and thoughtful. Nice training or great insight by your hostess.

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AC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the perfect table for our family dinner. Lovely view at sunset. Our server was helpful and friendly , keeping a large group happy. The food was excellent, highly recommend it for a special dinner.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Must be paying for the view and not the quality of the food. My open face crab sandwich was almost impossible to cut with a knife. The salad that came with the combo was tasteless.

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Poor service detracted from the meal, forgot one appetizer, slow to clear the table, food came out at different times for our entrees. All cocktails tasted watered down

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