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Skates on The Bay

100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611
+1 510-549-1900
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (33 reviews)
“seafood” (74 reviews)
“clam chowder” (31 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to eat, great food. Right on the bay. If you want to eat in the main dinning room and not the bar, make a reservation. We were there on graduation weekend and it was packed.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank RonStroud
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

With restaurants, there is usually an inverse relationship between food quality and magnificence of view. Skates is no exception to this rule. Expensive and average food, but fantastic view. If you go, just have lots of cocktails and you won’t notice the food.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MzSandy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was great for relaxing with friends & family. We enjoyed great appetizers, drinks, and an amazing sunset view. Highly recommended for the waterfront views!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank cheryll38
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Cheryll38, we're glad you had such a wonderful experience with us! Thank you, and have a fantastic day!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to Skates for a Thanksgiving dinner with family, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I hadn't been to Skates for many years but the setting is a major draw, right on the Bay at the far end of the Berkeley Marina. Of course...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank roadtrip_ken_2017
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Roadtrip_ken_2017, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care. Thank you for choosing Skates for such and important Holiday. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 9 November 2018

Skates in The Bay is our go-to restaurant for seafood with a nice view of San Francisco and the Golden gate Bridge across the bay. Food is good and service is consistly good as well. My Mom loves this place and we have been dinin...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Richard G
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I met my sister at Skates for a brunch. We arrived at 11:00am when they opened so seating was no problem. Because they are soon to close for a week of renovations the windows were somewhat blocked with scaffolding, but the panorama of the Bay...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Martha L
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Ordered wine was not chilled. Were asked to wait. Meanwhile our starters were served. Bread only came after we had finished the starters. Still no wine. Then asked whether we should rather order another wine which would be available at a right temperature. Suddenly the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank KHofhansl
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi Khofhansl, we can assure you that we do not find this type of behavior acceptable, and we would like to address the situation you have described. We would like to work towards a resolution, so if you are willing, please reach out to us...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

The location and views of this restaurant are amazing. You can admire nicely bay area. Food is fair and service is correct. It s not a bad restaurant, however i would expect more a Wow dish.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bolicheboliche
Reviewed 7 October 2018

We greatly enjoyed our dinner in the bar. Drinks and food were excellent, as was the service. If you don't want to eat in the bar, be sure to make reservations.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Katherine E
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Pricey, but the view is pretty special on a clear night looking west across the bay. Nice menu focused primarily on seafood. Service was good for a large business party and the entrees arrived hot. Food was good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Redleg93
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1 March 2017|
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Response from Karen B | Reviewed this property |
We were there around 5ish on a Tuesday and it was happy hour whilst we were there.
Victoria G
25 December 2016|
Response from cjlulu | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I am unable to answer your question. I recommend you try emailing your question to the restaurant, or if possible call them directly. Good day to you.
2 July 2015|
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Response from Michaele2244 | Reviewed this property |
Skates does not have an outdoor eating area. It is built at the end of a point, with a magnificent view of San Francisco, as well as the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. I am certain there is no outside patio... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: The AC Transit, #9
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-549-1900
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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