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Skates on The Bay

100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611
+1 510-549-1900
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (32 reviews)
“seafood” (70 reviews)
“clam chowder” (31 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
100 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710-1611
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Katherine E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has so much potential, but the service is extremely slow. The hostess couldn't handle three couples entering at one time. She was disheveled. Beautiful view of the bay and my Elderflower martini was to die for, super delish. Food wasn't great, just ok.

Thank Annie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived early for our reservation and sat in the bar to order drinks and happy hour appetizers. We waited and waited and waited.... no one came to serve us. We moved to the dining room and the manager gave our first round of drinks...More

Thank peggy b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is literally on the water. The view is spectacular. The food is passable, but nothing special. The service is friendly.

Thank Edward L
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Considering how big a restaurant Skates is, they do a marvelous job of training staff and serving well-prepared, flavorful, creative dishes. After work one evening my husband and I booked an early dinner to celebrate our anniversary. When we arrived all the window tables were...More

Thank StarLady99
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Starlady99, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Skates on the Bay. Looks like we better keep anchovies on hand to get that 100%. We sincerely thank you for the positive review, and look...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018

The seafood was fresh and the atmosphere was refreshing. The seafood Louie, Bucatnii and Ciopponio and grilled bbq prawns were absolutely delish! The clam chowder and Ceasar salad were excellent as well. We were very satisfied with our dining experience.More

Thank Michelle J
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Michelle J, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you again for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

I must admit it looks closed and like nothing is there from the outside. But inside is pristine and excellent views and clean bathrooms. We only wanted light lunch so 2 clam chowder and a salmon poke for lunch. Waitress not very attentive but not...More

1  Thank Mcoreo2
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Hello Mcoreo2, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback. We are truly sorry your server did not show you the care and concern during your visit she should have. You are clearly a very kind and easy going person who was...More

Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

The location of this restaurant is unbeatable. You feel as if you were on a boat on the water and there is no better place to watch the sunset on the bay. With a better chef this place could be amazing! Unfortunately the food is...More

Thank Ceci T
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Ceci T, thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We regret that you had a negative experience, and will use this as an opportunity to improve. Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care!

Reviewed August 19, 2018

Excellent food in a stunning location...shame it was very misty and the view across the bay wasn’t too clear (not the restaurants fault of course 😂). Not cheap, but definitely will return next time we’re in the area.

1  Thank CaptainJinja
Management R, Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Captainjinja, thank you for sharing your positive experience! Until the next time you're in town, take care!

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February 28, 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
December 24, 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.
July 1, 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
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
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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