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About Skool

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.

1725 Alameda Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Japanese

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.

Cross Street:
Corner of De Haro St. and Alameda St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 255-8800

Website:
http://www.skoolsf.com/

Catering:
We can cater and tend to private events and hope to meet all needs of each specific request for a special event.

Parking Details:
We ample street parking during late afternoon, nights and weekends.

Executive Chef:
Moto Nagano

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.

Private Party Contact:
Andy: (415) 255-8800

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Skool Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Healthy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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 :)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful Asian garden, nice bar, friendly staff

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lovely space and excellent seafood

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 3, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great place -staff, food and drinks.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great, fresh seafood with really unique preparations. Great cocktails as well.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Bar Seating, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great drinks, food and ambience. The squid ink spaghettini was amazing as were the deviled eggs with crab. My friend had the halibut which also looked delicious. My drink of choice was the Soprano. Definitely pricey but felt it was worth the splurge. I don't know much about the desserts as the waitress forgot to bring us that menu, but it was probably for the best!

I will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Skool has both beautiful indoor and outdoor dining options. The food, drink options and service is wonderful. Dogs are welcome in the intimate outside area with water bowls provided, so bring your friends and fido for a great dining experience.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've visited Skool about 6 times in the last 2 years, and it has always been a place we have enjoyed to celebrate with our friends and even take our kids along. While we always enjoy the food, this time we left with a huge bill and feeling underwhelmed. The serving of duck confit was puny. While it was tasty, it wasn't worth $33 for two small slivers of duck breast. We had considered this our neighborhood darling, but we aren't going back again. For the price and quality, I'd rather go someplace else.

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

We've been eating out a LOT lately and found the bill was a bit pricey. Def more than the $$ rating by OpenTable. I've eaten here before,, great food and service, but seems prices are on average $1-2 more per dish and drink than similar establishments. $32 for small portion of halibut was painful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food and Ambiance was very nice. we had oysters that tasted like they were fresh out of the water. the squid ink Spaghettini was delicious. The Halibut superb and the service was very friendly. It added to our experience for a birthday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The chef sent out a half cup of soup to give us a taste. Very tasty.
I ordered the mackerel sandwich...without bread. Threw in a little more salad and fried mushrooms with cornmeal crust...That mackerel was fabulous and the mushrooms a real surprise. Great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Takes a long time to get lunch. 50 minutes to get food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This was my second visit to Skool. I came with friends the first time and loved it so much that I brought my daughter this second time. She loved it too. We will both go back.

I love the patio. It's quiet and they have heat lamps if you get chilly. It is a dog friendly restaurant on the patio, and we loved being with so many furry cuties.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Very creative sea food dishes with an Asian fusion twist. Get lots of different small dishes to share.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants in SF. We always order the Uni Flan, Erynggi mushrooms and Squid Ink Spaghettini. Risotto was also excellent, along with chicken wings and scallops.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very disappointed with food quality and menu options. I felt like eating at a high school cafeteria and paying high end restaurant prices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

great location when you want to meet some one coming from silicon valley to san francisco and they do not have to brave the downtown traffic...very nice food and great looking spot and you can hear the other person!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always a great experience. Excellent food and friendly service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great squid ink spaghetti. Love the soup base. But there needs to be some insecticide applied as we were confound with mosquitoes by the window. I killed at least 8 of them.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I love skool. I typically find it's a 5-star restaurant and I've come to expect excellence. Was surprise this time to find their eringyi fries under done. I also learned to never order a grapefruit mimosa from them. Pretty much grapefruit pulp dropped into champagne with little flavoring. I also got a side of two eggs for $3/egg. What I received looked like an egg's worth at most. On the bright side, their French toast was incredible, and my girlfriend talked about her Niçoise salad all day. A surprising mixed bag this time. I expect that it was just a one off day though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent service and food

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We were greeted immediately and seated in a reasonable waiting time, 5 minutes.

Our server was simply magnificent with his knowledgeable, low key, manner with impeccable timing on his part.

My guests were undecided and had several questions about the menu which our server handled in complete stride. He made us feel like he was a lovely person not only at his job, but in his own life in general. Now on to the food.

The presentation on everything we were served was exquisite. A big kudos to the back of the house. The delicacy and texture was perfect...smooth, unctuous, and above all, tasty. I do think that for the higher price point, the quantities really should be slightly larger, and honestly...not so chintzy. That was the one drawback. I would not recommend this place to people who expect quantity. My group are small eaters and even we though the serving portions were abysmal.

But the dinner on all other levels was superb and I would highly recommend this place to everyone, be they locals or tourists.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food and very dog friendly
Healthy
We had great service and a great time

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious seafood! Must get the squid ink spaghettina!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It was my birthday. The squid spaghettina was delicious and even though I'm not a spicy person, I'd still eat this dish again. We were fearful about our car the whole time but nothing happened to it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We love Skool! Shout out to the always-amazing Kelly. Thank you to Sasha, too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Always fresh ingredients you can count on. Great service!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Organic, Tapas, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Our server was very unfriendly. I contract caterers / restaurants for a living. The menu sounds amazing but the execution was poor for every dish we had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great service, food, and prices. And I'm a dyed in the wool New York City foodie!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was very good. Brunch was great! Poke bowl was tasty, and the bonito flakes on the fries were a a good touch. Great atmosphere with friendly staff. Just watch what you order, the price will creep up on you.

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