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“Incredible View - Nice Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Skates on The Bay

Skates on The Bay
100 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
5105491900
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Ranked #53 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: University Ave.
Transit: The AC Transit, #9
Description: 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.
Auburn, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Incredible View - Nice Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A little pricey, but good! Great View - Bartender was nice - only had the Crab dip, but it was very good - a decent draft selection - look fwd to returning

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Matton B, Guest Relations Manager at Skates on The Bay, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Travelinscott29120,

Thanks for the kind words and review. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time at Skate's. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Cheers - The Skate's Team
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Midland, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great sushi, beautiful view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This place was literally "on the water"!! Such an awesome location with a beautiful view of sunset. I called ahead and the hostess saved a reservation for us on the water. The sushi was also wonderful and reasonably priced. We shared one of the specials on the menu which was the Halibut. It was good, but nothing special. I would come back to this place, but I would stick to the sushi menu text time.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Redmond, Washington, United States
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Good food, great view, friendly service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have eaten at Skates several times, when staying at the nearby Berkeley Marina DoubleTree hotel. The food and service are only exceeded by the view. Only complaint is that just before sunset the sun blasts through even their solar screen shades. But you wouldn't want to block the view of the bay anyway, and it doesn't last long.
Walk off the calories after dinner with a stroll on the old Berkeley Pier, right nearby!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Warren, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fabulous view and a great meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have been going to Skates for years. About fifteen plus years ago it was great. Then it got worse and worse, even though the location right across the Golden Gate Bridge was fabulous. The about five years ago it started getting better, and better. New chefs new menus, better and better service. Now it is four stars out of five for lunch and dinner. Last meal was a mixture of crab Lui and sushi for lunch. Superb. And view to die for. Recommend whole heatedly

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Wonderful location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Overlooking the city and bridges of San Francisco, this is a beautiful restaurant. Nicely furnished inside. Comes off as a seafood restaurant, but has other choices. Simple sophistication.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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