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“Wonderful location”
Review of Skates on The Bay

Skates on The Bay
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Ranked #6 of 700 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
“Wonderful location”
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
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English first
Houston, Texas
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Upscale food and price”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We visited Skates for a family dinner. The service was good, and the food was very tasty. The Garlic Muscles as an appetizer was probably the best dish of the bunch. The deconstructed Rocky Road was as wild ride for desert.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Ken M
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Sacramento, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Meh.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The view was amazing, the food? We expected waaaay better for the price. We got sushi so that was probably a mistake, sushi is best at a Japanese place.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Robin Y
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Berkeley, California, Usa
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152 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Skates used to be Magical”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Skates used to be my favorite restaurant. The view was incredible and the service was good. It could be great for a romantic meal or a great place to take out of towners. Sadly they have gone thru yet another change in direction. The prices have gone up and the quality has gone down. They removed some of the classic favorites and replaced them with nice sounding but higher priced poor substitutes. It seems like an example of a restaurant that wants to make more money per table and profit from turnover by raising the prices and lowering their expenses. We are no longfer loay to the New Skates on the Bay.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Bryan B
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Chicago, Illinois
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928 reviews
698 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“On The Water Upscale Dining”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Not inexpensive, with a world class view of the Bay looking toward San Francisco, with good service, and a fine wine menu, along with a fix it your self specialty drink bar, requiring reservations during busy times, this is a winning choice when your pocket book can afford your being pampered. Don't expect cell phone reception here over the water, this is Berkeley.

  • Visited July 2013
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