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Skates on The Bay

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100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611 (University Ave.)
+1 510-549-1900
10:30 - 23:30
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Sun 10:30 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:30
Sat 10:30 - 23:30
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Santa Rosa, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Skates is located at the Berkeley Marina with a great view of the bay. The restaurant is nicely decorated. Our dinner entrees were nicely presented and flavorful, but a bit pricey. The service was fine. However, when the restaurant became very busy, it was sometimes difficult to get the server's attention. This restaurant is a great place for special occasions.

Thank Rob G
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten lunch at Skates on several Berkeley visits and the food is consistently good. Steelhead and other seafood dishes are superb and the Key Lime Pie is the best dessert in Berkeley!

Thank Peter S
San Carlos, California
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152 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Skates has a great happy hour cocktail and bar menu. Combined with a fabulous sunset view, this place is not to be missed! Get there early for a seat by the windows or the fireplace!

Thank dannyboytravels
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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249 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is in a great location, with 180 degree views over the bay, so you can see San Francisco, the Golden Gate, and all around, as you dine. The staff are pleasant and helpful. The food was quite good... not great, but good. The location makes up for it.

Thank Muadib84
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My gal and I were passing through town when my cousin recommended having brunch here on our way to the airport and WOW. These guys know exactly what they're doing. The seafood is top tier but it's the service that seals the deal. Granted, it's a nice place where one would expect well-skilled service but it feels more like royalty... More 

Thank Mike M
San Ramon, California
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I gave it 4 stars because the service was SO slow! I went in for a quick lunch and was there for 1 1/2 hours. I was half way done with my lunch before my glass of wine came and I had to ask twice. The clam chowder was great. I had the pork belly appetizer with cheese grits and... More 

Thank NDDoodle
Berkeley, California
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393 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Note: I am giving Skates a 3.5. Skates have been in existence for some time providing wonderful views from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Port Richmond, Mt. Tam, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco all the way to the Bay Bridge with some views of the East Bay hills as well and maybe a rainbow might get tossed in. Located at... More 

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Skates is one satisfying dining experience. Everything I've tried was delicious. The expansive Bay view is beautiful and calming.

Thank Sam H
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This restaurant has the perfect view on the Golden Gate Bridge. If you going there for dinner defiantly get a table on the windows to watch the sunset. The food seems also very fresh and it was delicious.

Thank 4surfgirls
Southlake, Texas
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Food was very good and generous portions. Nice atmosphere and view. Our server, Chris was excellent. It is so nice to have professional young people such as him serving as a waiter. This restaurant should make sure they treat him well.

Thank Dianna L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
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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Walnut Creek, California
Berkeley, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?