Skylark's Hidden Cafe

4.3
98 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Tasteful and sophisticated, Skylarks Hidden Cafe offers a diverse menu. From traditional to contemporary recipes, its menu includes items for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a late-night menu providing sandwiches, small plates and an array of desserts for the after-hours crowd. Also equipped with a full-service bar, Skylarks Hidden Cafe serves a variety of beers, wines and cocktails.

Offering an elegant decor, it is an ideal place for date night. Along with full-service dining, a number of special events are held regularly at Skylarks Hidden Cafe. This includes special happy hour promotions along with live jazz music and concerts throughout the weekend.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 98 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal French Toast Breakfast!

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SaraS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going for years, and I'm very glad they have an outdoor option in the winter, and that it is a good option!

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JuliaB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my birthday party. It was clear nice wind and heaters were working. Dinner was fantastic as was dessert. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Skylark! One of our favorite restaurants in all of Bellingham. We go there every time we get to come up and see our son who attends Western. The food is absolute delicious, the service is impeccable and the restaurant itself is interesting and unique. I’ve had multiple meals on the menu and have never been disappointed.

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DavidC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We made a reservation well in advance and arrived a few minutes early. There were many empty tables and yet we were seated right next to the kitchen entry! We heard clanging and kitchen talk thoughout our meal, which was barely warm. Not returning!

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RobertO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aside from the light flickers, it was another wonderful visit. The food was spectacular, the service was great and the ambiance was romantic. Perfect place for a date night.

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JuliaB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to sit outside but my other two friends were cold and wanted to sit inside. So we did. The server was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. Was quiet when we were there.

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LIsaC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Skyler is absolutely my favorite café in Bellingham. Got to enjoy a lovely breakfast out with my brother and sister-in-law. The service was excellent and friendly. And, as always the food was outstanding.

JB
JuliaB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers were friendly. Service was excellent

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Rusty
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decorated for the holidays, atmosphere was festive.

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KarolynC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Unusually inadequate service. Server was very pleasant but absent a lot. Food was very good & will assume this was an anomaly. Restaurant was not packed out, so I don’t think that was the cause.

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vipDebiT
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a joy to take my grandchildren out for a thanksgiving dinner which was as traditional as it was delicious

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We waited for over 10 minutes after being seated before anyone came to our table. Then they asked us to move tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Skylark's in different seasons and for different occasions, always a great experience!

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JohnB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went for Thanksgiving dinner. We had never been to a restaurant for Thanksgiving, and we had never been to Skylark’s before either. But they were reviewed well, so we decided to give it a try.

What a treat!

They sat us right away. The service was great, and the food was absolutely delicious! Everything we had was scrumptious - including dessert! We shared a slice of pumpkin cheesecake, and it was absolutely incredible! One of the best we have ever tasted!

Our thanks to the restaurant staff for sacrificing their Thanksgiving time to make our dinner special!

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JodyB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Super sweet server who’s birthday is today! Food and drinks were good and we’ll be back.

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Juliet
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I've been to Skylark's Hidden Cafe tons of time and looked forward to enjoying a Thanksgiving meal there with my 86-year-old mother. We arrived on time and were seated promptly. Immediately, we were assaulted by the extremely loud (somewhat obnoxious) volume in the room primarily coming from staff behind the bar and the clanking of dishes as the bus staff dropped plates into their tub after clearing tables. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk.
We asked twice and were denied the opportunity to change tables. We requested that the staff be asked to quiet down more than once. The hostess returned to tell us that the staff were doing their jobs best they can (a totally weird response). Sadly, we sat at our Thanksgiving table staring at each other unable to speak over the volume.
Instead of a leisurely meal, I wanted to eat and escape. Service was acceptable, but the food arrived after sitting for a time -- it wasn't hot. Not everything arrived on the plate, so we had to ask for missing menu items. The meal tasted fine, but it wasn't up to Skylark's previous standards.
Before we finished our meal, the check arrived -- a clear signal that they wanted us to vacate the table for the next customers. No waitstaff asked if we wanted to order dessert (pumpkin pie anyone?) or a post-meal cup of coffee.
We paid and once outside, I thought "what the heck was that?" We would have had a better meal with a better environment sitting in the middle of a pub on a Friday night. I can't imagine ever going back to Skylark's Hidden Cafe for their special holiday meal. Save your money, it's best that they stay "hidden" on a holiday.

Skylark's Hidden Cafe
Responded on November 26, 2021

Juliet- I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your experience and felt we didn't deliver on your expectations for us on Thanksgiving Day. It was the first time we have been open on Thanksgiving Day and were fully booked, along with several hundred take out meals. It was a record day for us and put a lot of pressure on all of us and systems. Hopefully we can take your feedback and build on it to create a better experience for all next time. Thank you for your feedback. Sincerely, Brad Haggen Owner

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and service at Skylark's Hidden Cafe was exceptional and really made for a festive Thanksgiving. Thank you to Ella, our server, who met our every need.

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KimB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside in the covered, open-sided heated area and it was warm, and cozy. The food was delicious and the staff speedy and efficient, not to mention, nice! I recommend Skylark’s.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast

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foodiegirl
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed our food (beef stew and French dip sandwich) and a side house salad that was very fresh. The only negative comment about the French dip is that the au jus tasted a bit like soy sauce, which doesn't seem right. However, the amount of beef in the sandwich was generous. The stew was especially good, with homemade mashed potatoes, which was comforting on a cold, rainy night. Service was slow but pleasant, and we love the atmosphere of the historic building and antique decor. We'll be back.

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Graham
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cocktails and appetizers were fine, however, we did not appreciate having our entrees served before we had a chance to eat our appetizers. Entrees were tepid in temperature. We will not be going back.

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dyebert
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cesar salad was tasty but romaine was passable, not really crisp. We both ordered oyster po’boys. Oysters heavily breaded, not battered. They appeared to be a frozen, breaded product, like breaded shrimp. Disappointing. The bun was a hamburger bun, a few days old. Fries were room temperature, dry and chewy. The cup of clam chowder was very good according to my companion.

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AliyahD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing. Their steak bites were outstanding and I loved the clams. Server was great and the place is really pretty.

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Ambiance
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

n/a.
Stroganoff was good,, but a bit dry and gravy dark, nit much beef, not quite creamy enough. Lovely service. Noticed you are now a higher priced ala carte menu. This will unfortunately and necessarily reduce the frequency of our visits. Love the place and ambience and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got lunch at it was great! I ordered salmon and my date ordered A French dip. Both were amazing; probably the best French dip I've ever eaten. Service was very friendly. The Smores martini and the pecan old fashioned were tasty and unique. Very nice experience and the building itself is quite classy. Would definitely return.

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food. Great music! Outside seating options. Welcoming and cozy

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JRDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was at noon and we were sat right away. After that it all went downhill. They tried to get the heat lamps working but could not get it to work. We and the other tables kept smelling gas and it was a bit scary. We did not get waited on for 15 min and our food came at 1:10, an hour and ten minutes after being sat; an hour after ordering. My chicken sandwich was stone cold and I sent it back. They brought it back in 5 minutes without the fries and they microwaved the whole plate, burning the bacon and cooking the avocado and Mayo at high. My chicken was hard from being cooked twice. We watched two other tables getting their food to go after being served since it was such a long wait. I can wait but this was bad and the food was not good. Plus they served a slice of tomato that was green and had the stem. Asked for my fries back which was my same fries that were cold from sitting in the kitchen.

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mildmanneredpharmacist
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow, but they were very busy and working very hard.

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vipDeeC
Anchorage
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio.

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suziem
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good not up to par.

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RichardH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we had a reservation for Sunday lunch, we arrived and were seated immediately. The staff was very nice and our server was very good. We were checked on by other staff at least a few times.
I had the California Omelette, which I enjoyed very much and the coffee was kept full.
We were seated in the back which also has a back door that leads to outdoor seating. As the weather was sort of cold/rainy, it was a little uncomfortable as people went in and out, so we kept our jackets on. This was our second time eating here, the first was a couple years ago, and we'll certainly come back as well as recommend them to others.

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DebraM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - I have to go to Skylarks every time Im in Bellingham!

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vipDavidS
Fargo
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, and wonderful service. The atmosphere is unique and relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. We were well taken care of by our server and the food was excellent. They seated us right away and the food arrived very quickly as well. Would recommend to anyone as a casual dining experience or for special occasions.

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JuliaB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and courteous staff, good quality food, great atmosphere.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great. Great location. The furniture was wobbly and the tables are very small. Our steak oscar meal was not great. The vegetables were undercooked (basically fresh crunchy), the risotto had a weird taste, and the crab on the steak was shredded canned crab. I think we will be back but for simpler items on the menu like their soups and sandwiches.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with nice servers

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Katie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicest brunch experience I’ve ever had in every way.

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MarieB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outside near the fireplace it was quiet and secluded. Rose gave us beautifully great service and accommodated my questions about the food by cheerfully checking with the chef. The table we had was far enough away from the live music that we could enjoy it but not talk over it. I have always enjoyed my meals at Skylark's but this was my first outdoor experience with them and it was really wonderful.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Skylark's Hidden Cafe using the Order Online button. Skylark's Hidden Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 715-3642.

Skylark's Hidden Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.