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Skylark's Hidden Cafe, Bellingham, WA

Skylark's Hidden Cafe

4.3
4.3
185 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (360) 715-3642

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Skylark's loft or large outdoor patio are the perfect place for your private party.

  • Neighborhood

    Bellingham

  • Cross street

    Harris Ave and McKenzie Ave

  • Parking details

    Street parking and several parking lots to the south of us.

  • Public transit

    Whatcom Transit Authority has stops nearby on Harris Ave and 12th St. Also, Greyhound, Bolt, Amtrak and Alaska Ferry have stations within walking distance.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Value

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Romantic

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

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  1. AI

    AnnI

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had brunch one day and dinner a few days later. Both were good, brunch was better. We would absolutely eat there again. Good service, fun vibe, good place to try!
  2. AL

    AaronL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portions were huge and everything we ordered was amazing. Victoria’s service was attentive but not hovering. Would highly recommend.
  3. L

    Lilu

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food was ok but the service was very slow. This is not my first time at this place and we always wait a long time for place an order, or coffee or service. 2 out of 3 orders were not the way we ordered.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    What a disappointment. We made a reservation for a group of 6 for New Years Eve. Upon arrival, we opened the door to the small entry way and waited to be seated. We were yelled at by the bartender “In or Out! Close the door!” “Go outside, you’re letting all the cold air in.” He was so rude and disrespectful. He avoided eye contact and ignored us the rest of the night. What a way to be greeted. If it wasn’t NYE we would have left immediately. However, we stuck with our reservation since everywhere else was booked and we had a big group. The appetizers were great. Our group had about a 50% success rate with entrees, with one meal having to be sent back for the correct item. We noticed a couple that was seated next to us who didn’t even get spoken too for a long time, and when their food came, they had to send it back as well. Our server was very friendly and the most pleasant part of our experience there. Overall, the restaurant may have “won” that evening with our large bill, but will lose in the end because all 6 of us will never return and will tell others of such a horrendous start to New Years.
  5. JP

    JordanP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Skylarks never disappoints! We loved the food and service! One person in our party didn’t like the pork bowl and said it was ok and wouldn’t order it again. Staff was on it and very friendly and attentive!
  6. MB

    MBryant

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    My husband ordered chicken with mushrooms and the chicken was too tough to eat. I ordered stroganoff, and a side of veggies. There was very little meat in the stroganoff, but plenty of fat. My veggies were never delivered, but my indigestion hit hard and stayed all night. The price was pretty high, and I would gladly pay it for a good meal out, but this was a disappointing waste of time and money.
  7. BW

    BreW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and good food. We went for brunch and there were several food options.
  8. JB

    JuliaB

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rosa was a great server, friendly and knowledgeable. She accidentally ran my card twice for my friend and I’s checks so then my friend found her and she fixed it.
  9. BM

    BonnieM

    Anchorage

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large party, great food & service
  10. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We love Skylark for breakfast and go there often. However Thanksgiving dinner was a huge disappointment. Granted we had 7pm reservations but from the moment we walked in the door it was like they couldn’t wait for us to leave. We ordered dinner and were served a huge plate of food just dumped on a plate where you couldn’t separate one thing from another. The turkey was good but the stuffing and gravy were so salty they were inedible. We were also told while ordering that they had run out of desserts yet when we walked out after dinner there were several tables enjoying their pumpkin pie, etc.??? Disappointing is an understatement.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had Thanksgiving dinner. The price was great for the set meal - only $28 plus tax. And their seasonal cocktails were tasty! Only complaints were the stuffing was too salty and gravy sauce was peppery. Overall, we had a good experience and enjoyed our dinner. We will go back again for the next year’s thanksgiving.
  12. ES

    EmilyS

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it!! Been here once before and it was fantastic, so I was excited for the thanksgiving dinner!! Food was superb and the cocktail menu is extensive, there’s definitely something for everyone.
  13. C

    Cindy

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I completely understand that it was Thanksgiving and everyone was working their rear ends off. However, our waiter was almost nonexistent and when he was around, spoke to us very abruptly and coldly. We didn't receive our entire dinner, and even if we did there would be nowhere to put it all on our tiny table. No offers to refill wine, no refills of water glasses. Assumed we didn't want to see the dessert menu. I'm sure their normal daily service and menu is much better. I just won't be going there for a holiday meal again.
  14. PC

    PatriciaColorado

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent thanksgiving meal, except the pumpkin pie and the chocolate decadence sold out, despite our reservation being at 4:45 pm! The apples were undercooked in the apple pie. Nice cocktails and meal though. 🤎❤️🧡💛🧡❤️🤎
  15. GB

    GregoryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was spectacular! Hosting staff was friendly. Waiter was very friendly and offered up a smile and great conversation on what was a difficult day for us. I want to give thanks to everyone there for such a spectacular Thanksgiving Day dinner!!!!
  16. E

    Elyse

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    I hate to write a negative review, especially over a holiday, but our food was terrible. What should have been a classic Thanksgiving meal was basically an extremely salty gravy soup with scraps. My partner and I couldn't eat it and left hungry. Worst we've ever had.
  17. DT

    DanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Perfect portions. Generously poured drinks. Friendly waitstaff.
  18. ST

    STEVENB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the wait staff was so friendly. The food was delicious. This was a special holiday menu for Thanksgiving and we hope they do it again next year.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived about 5 minutes before our reservation time and were seated immediately in a poorly heated tent. Our drinks were served quickly and we placed our order at that time. It was a special Thanksgiving dinner so the only menu option was turkey or ham. After waiting an hour without being served our meal, we left.
  20. DL

    DebbieL

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We love the food. Everyone in the party was happy with their meal. Our only complaint is that the manager, who was our server, asked us to leave because she said she had other reservations waiting. We picked this restaurant because of the casual atmosphere and ambiance as we were meeting friends we had not seen in a while. It felt like she valued others more than us. I have never been asked to leave a restaurant before and felt a bit insulted by this. We had recommended the restaurant to our friends who had never eaten there before and I have to wonder if they would come back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had a great time but noticed when the food came it was not “fresh” felt like it had been sitting on the counter for some time as meat had cooled and fries were room temp. Flavors were great and server was super friendly, but seems they may have been short staffed. Still wouldn’t stop me from coming back though!
  22. N

    Nipper

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our food was soooo delicious once it came. It took ages to be served. The risotto was superb. The wait staff was very pleasant. Love the ambience. We'd definitely go back again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My dad was up visiting. I requested the warmest seat in the house for my 81 year old dad and they sat us right in front of the fireplace. It was perfectly toasty warm for him. The service was above and beyond making a special Italian Soda and hot cocoa with Extra whip cream for the kids. The food was and always is spectacular! My husband and I went on our first date 28 years ago at Skylark’s and continue to enjoy this gem. Great job everyone there!
  24. PB

    PennyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    I was really excited about our dinner reservation. I had read good things about Skylark's and it was going to be our first time visiting. The ambiance was amazing, we were right next to the fireplace and all the wood throughout the building is beautiful. Unfortunately that's kind of were the good points ended for us. The food was not great. I had a fish wrap which was mostly dry slaw and huge chunks of cucumber. The fish was dry and hard. The artichoke dip was bland. Our server forgot to bring our drinks and the kitchen forgot the extra side of avocado for a dinner we ordered. The hostess was very nice and came by to check on us several times. Maybe breakfast or brunch is better there but for now I cannot recommend this place for dinner.
  25. NL

    NicoleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Did not disappoint! A must when in the area or as a destination! Very happy indeed!
  26. D

    Drycold

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Very disappointed with the food overall with the exception of the clam chowder which was fairly good. Our appetizer dishes came out after the mains. The tempura shrimp were cold and tasted like they came out of a pre-made frozen package. The restaurant is cute inside but the layout could have been better. Will not be going back again.
  27. MC

    MonicaC

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We got seated last Saturday and we waited over 10 minutes with not one person stopping by our table. The place was maybe half full and we saw servers at other tables but no one came to us. We ended up walking out.

    Skylark's Hidden CafeResponded on October 1, 2022Monica- I am very sorry you were seated on the patio and a server did not acknowledge you. We had two servers working the patio that afternoon and they made the mistake of assuming the other server was taking care of you. (You know what they say about assume). Again, I am sorry we screwed up and I did try to take care of you as I saw you leaving the restaurant, but I was obviously too late. I hope you give us another try some day. Brad Owner

  28. W

    Williwaw

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We asked for outside seating - it was a warm Fall evening, so very nice out. The patio faces west, so if sunny bring your sunglasses or a hat. The service was quick and friendly. The artichoke dip for starters - lemony and hot - was very good. One of us had fish and chips (great breading, not greasy), the other a french dip, and the third the scampi (not so great, shrimp was not browned, could have had garlic and parsley in it). It’s a friendly spot with a varied menu, we will continue to visit.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my 3 daughters here to celebrate a 21st birthday. It’s is a lovely restaurant with a nice cozy vibe. We went for brunch and ordered cocktails which were delicious. The restaurant was filling up fast and our food probably took longer than usual because there was a backup in the kitchen, but they were very attentive, always checking on us and making sure we had what we needed and updating us on our order. The food was amazing, very much worth the price. Can’t wait to go again with more family members!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Lovely outdoor ambiance and friendly service.
  31. S

    Suzie

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever we are in Bellingham to visit our son at WWU, we eat at the Skylark. Great food, atmosphere and the service is warm and friendly! Cannot speak more highly of this place!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Good wine and cocktail. Mediocre food. Waiter slopped sauce on my lap when serving my seafood linguini. Brought me extra napkins to clean myself up, so I suppose that’s a plus.
  33. DT

    DianeT

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We made reservations on Open Table and the only time slots available for two people were starting at 7:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, we checked the restaurant website and saw they had several openings starting much earlier in the evening. We changed our reservation to 6:30 p.m. When we arrived at 6:15 p.m., we basically were able to walk in as there were only a couple tables that had people sitting at them. My husband ordered the Seafood Linguine which had more clams and mussels than any other seafood. The garlic was so strong it was pretty much all he could taste. I had the California Grilled Chicken which was good, but really it's just a salad for $19. Service was good. Overall, the experience was okay. We most likely wouldn't go back as there are several other options in the area.
  34. n

    none

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Sunday brunch. Many choices from regular breakfast to Brunch favorites. Excellent beverage choices, too. Nice outdoor seating behind restaurant kitty corner from newly reopened Tea Room under ceramic store. Skylarks are open all day and we will be back soon.
  35. B

    Brenda

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Treated our two besties to dinner. Very nice outside patio with music playing at an enjoyable level, below in beer garden. Artichoke Appy good portion for four people, fish and chips very tasty, server sorry can't remember name very attentive. Pleasant evening all around. Would return.
  36. MH

    MattH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great breakfast, our service was great, and the ambiance was great. Couldn't ask for better for our group on Sunday morning.
  37. S

    Sheila

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Food not very good; luke warm at best. The waitress brought the soups and salads with the dinner. She told us we needed to let her know when we ordered that we wanted them before the dinner. I’ve never been to a restaurant that you needed to request that. Every place I’ve been those items are always served before the meal.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    They were sold out of the banana bread French toast among multiple other items. Sad that the whole reason I picked this place for brunch didn’t happen. We had the traditional Benny and the short rib hash. Both were ok but nothing special. I wish the potato’s had more going on, they weren’t crispy and could have used more seasoning and like green onions or something to make them tastier.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We were seated on the patio for dinner service. We really enjoyed the setting and the music playing in the nearby beer garden. The hostess told us the kitchen was behind but the timing for everything was perfect. Our server was efficient and friendly, although she wasn’t very helpful with the menu and didn’t ask if we like our food. We started with steamed clams and mussels. They were very good. My guest and I shared the Captain’s Platter and Pesto Alfredo. The pasta was decent but nothing special. The Captain’s Platter was a huge disappointment. The slaw was not very good and we didn’t have more than a bite before moving on to the seafood. The fish portions were tiny, not much more than bite size. Disappointing to share. The halibut was the smallest piece and very dry. The two oysters were quite large, too large to be palatable. This entree was made cheaply. I understand the cost per plate goal of the kitchen but this dish is not worth the price. I liked the vibe and service, next time I’ll get a burger
  40. PS

    PattiS

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. We split the Captains Plate and that was just the right amount for us seniors. Two of the items on the dessert menu were unavailable leaving virtually nothing to choose from so we passed. Very disappointing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Skylark's Hidden Cafe

1308 Eleventh St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harris Ave and McKenzie Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Bellingham

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and several parking lots to the south of us.

  • Public transit

    Whatcom Transit Authority has stops nearby on Harris Ave and 12th St. Also, Greyhound, Bolt, Amtrak and Alaska Ferry have stations within walking distance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (360) 715-3642

  • Private party facilities

    Skylark's loft or large outdoor patio are the perfect place for your private party.

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