Skywater
Skywater

Skywater

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hiltonminneapolis.com/
  • Phone: (612) 376-1000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast 7 days: 6:00am (till Noon on weekends) Lunch 7 Days: 11:00am Dinner 7 Days: 4p to Midnight Happy Hour: M-F 4p-6p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Julian Grainger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Weddings, Galas, Major Corporate Events,and intimate family gatherings, the Hilton Minneapolis and Skywater can tailor to any type of function.
  • Private Party Facilities: Open to the Hilton Minneapolis Lobby, with seating 10 to 125 people in a semi-private setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Sabin 6123974804x
  • Entertainment: SWL features 14 HD Big Screens showing nostalgic music videos from the 80s, 90's and today. Plus, you can watch all of your favorite sporting events as well.
  • Special Events: Easter Day Brunch
    Featuring Chef Grainger’s Pit Ham and Curry Glazed Leg of Lamb Carving Stations, Poached Tiger Shrimp and Snow Crab Claw Raw Bar, Fresh Sushi Rolls, Atlantic BBQ Salmon, Omelet Chef Creation Station, Roasted Prime Rib and our Pastry Chef’s indulgent display of desserts.
    free SELF parking, and live Flamenco Guitarist Entertainment

    Adults $39.95
    Seniors $29.95
    Kids 6 to 12 $14.95
    Kids 5 and under Free

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th
  • Public Transit: Five block walk to the Hiawatha line on 5th and Marquette.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: The convenience of self parking in the hotel parking lot or the option of valet parking at hotel front entrance on Marquette Ave. Holiday Events typically offer complimentary SELF parking included in the price. Please check for details.
A word from Skywater
One of the city's top breakfast-brunch destinations, transforms to SWL & SWL's the Cove in the evening. the "Cove" offers Brilliant Daily Food specials from its Around the World Pizza Menu starting at 4p daily.
Specializing in hand tossed, herbed wheat crust and fresh ingredients,
These Around the World Pizzas will satisfy true enthusiasts.

Many vegetarian and gluten free options are available, as well as entrees like Bourbon BBQ Ribs & Chef's Turf n Surf.
Kids eat Free on Sunday’s & Monday’s (with the purchase of one adult entree, sandwich or ATW pizza, one kids menu item is free).

The HUB for GATHERING is at SWL (Sky Water Lounge). The "Cove's energetic sibling concept offers a $3 Happy Hour 4p-6p (Mon-Fri). Gathering and Indulging on Chef inspired sharing plates or a full menu of sandwiches and signature entrees.

Start your day the Hilton way with fresh, healthy and delicious offerings at the Hilton Buffet.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Skywater reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)romantic (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesome Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We did have a couple of minor problems however the food was awesome. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many changes
    goingouttonight
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is our go-to spot before Orchestra Hall concerts so web have not been there for several months. The menu has changed drastically with our favorite items gone. It seems like a high class pizza and sandwich venue. However with input from Manuel, our excellent waiter , we had a tasty meal. The noise level was so loud we had a difficult time conversing. The private booths in the back were not being used although we and several other patrons had requested them. We were disappointed in all the changes.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was frazzled
    foodie111VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was great! fire baked wings were amazing! Side of roasted beets with bacon were delicious! The server (Tim) was completely frazzled and did not seem to have the situation handled. He kept telling us that everyone sat down at once and that he "already spent too much time at our table" while we were ordering. The drinks and food took a long time to come. The place was 3/4 full, but not full. It was about 1030pm on a week day. Overall, I would come here again (since I was staying at this hotel).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu except for pizza is very
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Menu except for pizza is very limited for a hotel of this size
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was okay. Wild Rice Soup had little taste. Potato skins were frozen store quality. Bison burger was delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we had a reservation!
    Satisfied
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Was unexpectedly crowded so it worked out great that I had just gotten a reservation through Open table on the way to the restaurant. We arrived early and they were able to seat us as soon as our table got open. We even were able to add one person to the two of us. they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skywater pizza
    3moviegoersVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We chose Skywater for dinner before the orchestra. The pizza was very good. One friend had the Greek salad and said it was excellent. We will try them again for location, service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick dine B4 Home & Garden Show
    Tammy
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We ate in the lower level in the restaurant for the Friday night Pizza special. The pizza's were very good and love the presentation when they bring it to the table; they place it on top of a display piece in the center of the table. The flat bread crust they came on was very tasty. We had other tables glancing over at our pizzas and asking their server what we ordered! Great service and Great food. If you want the pizza special make sure you sit in the lower level of the restaurant as they do not serve them in the bar right now! Better yet, make a reservation as the Hilton is right in the heart of downtown so they are very popular. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My friend and I stopped in for a quick lunch and were amazed by the food. Great selection of items on the menu and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised that they were offering a new line of pizzas. They were fantastic. My kids were able to make their own pizzas which is a really cool idea. My husband and I had the Happy Hawaiian and Pear & Cheese pizzas with gluten free crust Great draft beer selection. Book a booth they are comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    They started a new pizza menu in addition to their existing menu. The California BBQ and Upside Down Italian were delicious. Gabby was our server and was phenomenal. He suggested the dessert shots, key lime was delicious. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    They've changed the concept a little with a fantastic new Pizza Menu. We tried three of the ten, and they were excellent. I recommend the Hail Caesar, California BBQ Chicken, and the French Porky-Fig. The Flat crust is just crunchy enough without being over done. Lots of cool ingredients on the pizzas. Plus, my kid was able to "make her own" pizza. Great value to with prices of the pizzas starting in the $6 range. We will back for Kid's eat Sunday's and Monday's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    mjune
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Went recently with some friends and we loved their new specialty pizzas! Our favorites were the French Porky Figg pizza with brie cheese and the Pear & All Spice soda...YUM. Staff was so friendly and accomodating, food was delicious. We will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Pizza Rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    They are featuring a brand new pizza menu. It includes some real cool flavor options. I think it was 8-10 different unique pizza options. Tried the French Porky Fig = Awesome. Tried the Italian Upside Down = sausage & spinach were unique & fresh and it had the sauce on top. Service from Dustin was very friendly and always smiling. Need to try this new place, they now call the Cove at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have enjoyed this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have enjoyed this restaurant before. It is very handy for Orchestra Hall. However in the time the orchestra has not been playing the menu seems to have really changed and the restaurant seemed terribly short staffed
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Sometimes going to a place you don't know can turn out not so good. That was not the case with my first experience at Skywater. A limited menu/special occasion dinner turned out to be better than planned. Food was great, atmosphere was a perfect mix of busy but quiet. We had a great time and will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Special
    buffdude6
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was exceptionally poor and this is coming from a guy who rarely criticizes food service. We were "greeted" apathetically by the hostess but were seated promptly. We were received by our waiter after about five minutes. He poured us each a glass of water with the list of entrée specials and proceeded to disappear for quite some time. He did not offer us a choice of beverage or simply a drink menu. After about 10 minutes he returned to take our food order. Our salad was delivered promptly, at which time we requested a drink menu. After about 40 minutes, we learned that our entrées were "delivered to the wrong table". Once my distain was expressed, the rest of the meal was spectacular. Good price and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selected this restaurant because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Selected this restaurant because of its proximity to Orchestra Hall which we attended for a concert. The food was good, not great, but there was a 35 minute gap from when we finished our salad and the main entree was served. The whole dining experience took nearly 90 minutes from initial sitting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day pre-fix dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great idea! Nice selections of entrees, salad, desserts!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Hugok
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The service is never consistant.consistent. This time it was terrible. Our server told us that he had to serve 30 tables.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After finally
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We went for dinner; my only problem was it took forever to grab anyone's attention and get seated. It wasn't that busy and there appeared to be ample staff. Things slowly turned around after we finally got a table. Sandwiches and sides are delicious, but portions are small and overpriced. We had a good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!!
    AliciaNicoleWebbVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The wild rice soup was amazing! Quinoa salad was unique and delicious..like a dessert! The salmon was perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under Staffed Skywater
    Nan11
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Was greeted by a wait staff that had no idea about reservations. We were seated by a Hostess and a bartender/waiter greeted us, He was the only staff person there. We ordered. More people showed up. We were served cold food and we were in need of more beverages. Not the fault of the Bartender/Waiter. They need to hire more staff!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The high point for me was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The high point for me was the wonderful service we had. The Greeter was lovely, and our waiter was wonderful. He was attentive, informed, and there when we needed him. The food was ok......for a buffet, which it was. Salad that looked like a bagged salad from the supermarket with a few grape tomatoes thrown on top. Prime rib was two thick slabs tossed onto a salad plate, and the baby carrots tasted metallic. Ambiance; None. Felt like I was eating at Denny's, but with very high ceilings.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • the food was decent, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    the food was decent, but the brunch was very high priced there were lots of servers available, but it took a long time to flag down our waitress each time we wanted something
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Brunch
    Barrimore
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Food was excellent. Staff were friendly but we had to be reseated initially. After that all went well. Excellent choice for the Christmas Day Brunch. Cost was about 10% higher (before tax and tip) than the advertised price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Christmas Brunch
    FirstTimeVisitor
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Skywater was an excellent choice for Christmas Brunch. The food was displayed very nicely, the staff was very friendly. The food choices were many and very good. I have and will recommend this restaurant to friends and family for future meeting places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waste of money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    there's 4 of us and they put us in a very small round table. they don't clear the table right away, 4 out of 5 glasses in the small table were empty and the waitress asked if we need anything.. hmm yeah, we need water. not a lot of food choices. not going back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though I'm local, I enjoy
    aprice
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Even though I'm local, I enjoy breakfast often at the Skywater. The Christmas Day brunch ($35) had most of the excellent offerings of the regular breakfast buffet ($17) plus premium shrimp cocktail, cheeses, desserts, cod, turkey and all the sides, and roast beef. Also the omelet station but with so much to choose from, I had to draw a line somewhere. Quality of the service was exceptional - I felt warmly welcomed. Lots of happy energy from the families and small groups. One party of around 15 knew the perfect solution to a holiday family meal: sumptuous variety, highest quality, enveloping atmosphere and service, and no dishes or cleanup. And the kids looked like they were having fun being more "grown up" in their best clothes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not realize that we only
    mother
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Did not realize that we only had buffet as a choice. We are not big eaters and would have preferred ordering from the menu
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!
    AYJYVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We waited 20 minutes for a server to tell us that he was not our server "this isn't my section" so we'd have to wait longer. When my husband got the manager, she didn't care either! Terrible!!! We were excited to have a nice meal after the holidazzle parade, and we did elsewhere. This restaurant should be closed down. Very disappointed and horrible representation of OpenTable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had a wonderful time, we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had a wonderful time, we come every year for Breakfast with Santa Claus the activities for the kid were great, made to order omelette and selections were wonderful. My family and I had a great time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast on the weekend is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Went before a Vikings game and the food and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Came before the Vikings game, and the food was outstanding. The Omelet station was filled with great selections, our server was very friendly, and the excitement before the game was electric.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It used to be better.
    BirderVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Too bad. Good location. Ariabata sauce was really putanesca. Not any spicy flavor or heat. The wild rice soup needed, at least, salt and pepper. The side order of beets came at the end of the meal. The server apologized when we objected, but did not offer Them on the house. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Went for Breakfast with Santa, which is every Saturday till Christmas. The service team is so cheerful with the kids. The Omelet Chef and Buffet were outstanding. The kids Candy Cane Lane was a great activity area. And Santa was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in the Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We went to this restaurant following a Sunday afternoon concert at Orchestra Hall. We were initially confused as the main dining room was obviously closed. When we found the hostess, we were seated in the bar. It wasn't really what we were expecting as the football games were on the many TVs and it was noisier. I was with my older parents who don’t hear well with loud noise. It wasn't as noisy as a true sports bar but still... The hostess explained that the dining room was closed on Sun eves and meals served in the bar. I wish I had known this detail when I made reservations. The servers were obviously busy but nice. After a slight delay in giving our orders the food arrived quickly and was actually quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for hotel
    Looking4Sunshine
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were staying overnight at the Hilton. This was a great option for us because we wanted a casual atmoshere with decent food and we didn't want to walk around dowtown. We were able to have a cocktail in the lounge before our reservation time and have our tab move over with us when it was time for dinner. Very hassle free! They even had a nice table tent on our table with our name on it, which I thought was a nice touch. It was a little chilly because we were near the front entrance, but it has been an extremely cold December. Next year when we stay at the hotel, we will try it again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but atmosphere was roug
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The location is in the lobby of a hotel, so it was very noisy and active. I made a reservation via OpenTable, but when I got there I found out that it really didn't matter that I made one - it was a "seat yourself" restaurant. The Dining rooom is only open during the day, so the 4 of us had to pull some smaller tables together to make a good seating arrangement. The food was great though, as was the service - would be great for a casual dining experience, not for something more intimate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanksgiving brunch
    Sally
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We enjoyed our experience at Sky Water -- both the 3 adults and 2 children. The atmosphere was fine, good food, parking easy and free, loved the appetizer bar. Desserts were fine; kids loved having cookies; no pumpkin pie???? We will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.