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980 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Cozy

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Skool restaurant is a fish-focused restaurant with Japanese flair. We are committed to serving the freshest dishes with special attention to local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Skool in located in sunny Potrero Hill and has a warm and welcoming large private patio. Skool's full bar serves up great artisan and seasonal cocktails in addition to beer, wine, sake and much more.
Skool serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Skool also has 'Detention Hall’ our version of Happy Hour at our bar and patio. Come be a part of our Skool at the corner of Alameda and De Haro in the Design District of Potrero Hill.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Dinner: Monday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

*Skool will not take or honor Open Table Reservations for Happy Hour, Happy Hour is only in the bar area.
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Phone number
(415) 255-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Moto Nagano
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Private party facilities
We have a small private patio than could seat 10-12 and have a large redwood and resin semi-private table in the corner of our space.
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Private party contact
Andy: (415) 255-8800
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We can cater and tend to private events and hope to meet all needs of each specific request for a special event.
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Cross street
Corner of De Haro St. and Alameda St.
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Parking details
We ample street parking during late afternoon, nights and weekends.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipDivebudee (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was great and we had a great time but the neighborhood has a high probability of car break ins. My car was broken into. Expensive repairs. SF needs to deal with this. According to the Chronicle, out of 81K break ins, only 13 arrests. Sad for the businesses.

vip2Picky (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Have been going to Skool for years, and it is a great spot for Japanese influenced Californian food with interesting & original options. Love the ambiance and service (not to mention, easy parking). My only gripe is that their menu changes very little - have seen the same dishes for 3 years now. Would be great, if they introduced some new seasonal options.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a fantastic brunch at Skool. We ordered the uni flan, the mushrooms, oyster shoots, house oysters, the squidbink spagettina and muscle - yummy. We has our dog with us so the patio was great, clean and comfortable. We are not SF native but taking a 35 mins drive is absolute must for food and service this great. A nice touch at the end was when they brought out some biscuits for our dog, so sweet, she liked it and we were delighted :)

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

A favorite place for lunch with friends. Tasty food, good service, lively atmosphere on the deck or inside the dining room.

vipNY2CA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful Asian garden, nice bar, friendly staff

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Lovely space and excellent seafood

SOUNTRU (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Angel is the best!!!!!! He took such FINE care of us. Be sure to ask for him.

Juicebox (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Great customer service by the Skool team! They took care of us and definitely provided stellar customer service throughout the meal. Impressed with their menu and glad we chose this restaurant to represent San Francisco to friends not from here!

Annoug (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

It was a beautiful day for outdoor dining. Food and service excellent. Will go again.

OpenTable Diner (Hamburg Area)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Host was extremely friendly and accommodating. Food was good. Drinks were good. It's not cheap.

vipKenM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Love this place! Great menu with so many different choices!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

I was driving my cousin to SFO so she could catch the red eye after I'd done an assignment with my therapy dog in the Richmond district. So I was looking for a nice restaurant with dog friendly outdoor seating for a quick dinner midway between points A and B. Skool fit the bill. I had sent an email to make sure that arriving with my sweet black lab would not be a problem. I was assured that he would be welcome. We were not only welcomed, but informed that customers with dogs were offered the Yappy Hour cocktail menu...and believe me, the craft cocktails are pretty awesome. There is much to recommend Skool. The bar, the patio, the menu, the service - all of which were exquisite. Don't miss the baby eryngii fries, lightly battered mushrooms with an amazing aioli for dipping. I had the salad nicoise with fabulous seared tuna - YUM! My cousin had a Moscow Mule made with peach vodka that was almost too good to be true. Too bad I was driving because I'd love to sample more from the cocktail menu. I live in Marin, but by hook or by crook, I will return to Skool for the ambiance, the warm atmosphere and the amazing menu - and I'll be bringing my dog. You should too.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

We've had good experiences in the past but our most recent experience had terrible service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Great place -staff, food and drinks.

vipGuilhermedico (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

We had Sunday brunch at Skool. I have dined at Skool and had brunch there on a number of prior occasions. I ordered the omelet, which happened to be vegetarian and was very good. My friend of many years ordered the special soup. He winced at his first sip and asked me to try it. I must say it was unusual, to say the least, with kind of an Asian but vinegary flavor. I've never seen my friend send a dish back to the kitchen but the waitperson was very gracious and substituted a fruit bowl. The outdoor patio is very pleasant, particularly on one of those warm late September days in San Francisco.