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“Fresh Seafood with a View”
Review of Skates on The Bay

Skates on The Bay
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Ranked #6 of 709 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
332 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Fresh Seafood with a View”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This historic waterfront setting serves up fresh seafood with great views of the Bay. It was the perfect stop to catch up with an old friend. We found the service very friendly, good drinks and great appetizers. The Market Fresh Fettucchini with Dungeness and Rock Crab was to die for. French onion soup was made proper. Great variety for fresh seafood. There is something for everyone as they also offer a raw bar, steaks and roasts. Portions were good and the atmosphere dark and cozy. Prices were in line for market fresh food. Great views with city lights everywhere you look across the bay. A wonderful dining experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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Berkeley, California
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful View, Slow Unprofessional but Friendly Service, OK Food”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Skates has been around Berkeley for quite a time now. Unfortunately for me, they are "on the water restaurant who's food is just okay but spectacular view".
Drinks were good and Wine list is decent. It took nearly 40 minutes to get them though. It was a Saturday busy 6 p.m. as we arrived an hour before sunset and figured we'd be out right after sunset. Because the delay in service we were there almost 3 hours.


We had the grilled romaine salad and the arugula salad. Everything was fresh on both but the arugula was overly vinegary and the goat cheese was not so good. The Grilled romaine was very good but they put too much dressing on it.

The fried Calamari and vegies was just okay and not that great. It was deep fried and nothing fabulous about it; just okay.

The Seadfood Etoufee was very very spicy. They should have warned us not to pour all the sauce on it as the spicy sauce was way too spicy. It was a good solid dish though but I thought for $29.95 they could have had more than two (large they were) scallops and seafood on the plate.

The crabmeat fettucine was very good and had a good amount of crabmeat. That probably was the best of all they had.

I would go back again but probably just for appetizers as I didn't think the food deserved the prices; we were paying for the view which when the sun went down goes dark!

  • Visited October 2012
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Sacramento CA
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Awesome food, service and view!!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I went to Skates after a day in the City and to celebrate my birthday. From the bartender making perfect drinks to the hostess calling us by name as she seated us and wishing me a "Happy Birthday", to our server providing superb service, to the food which was incredible, this was the perfect dining experience. Topping it all off is the unbelievable view. Just can't beat this place.

  • Visited October 2012
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Saint Andrews, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Seafood is not bad but the view is spectacular”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

This restaurant is located right on the bay and is known for its seafood. I was a bit dissappointed with the food but overall it was okay. I don't think the price we paid is worth it.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Kevin A
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Bay Area, California
Level 6 Contributor
263 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Great Service!!!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

I reserved through Open Table and asked for a table by the window...got it! My husband always likes to know right away what they are 'known' for - Waitress started out by telling us their signature dishes :) Service was great! Food was very good! Views - beautiful!

Visited August 2012
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