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Skylark's Hidden Cafe, Bellingham, WA

Skylark's Hidden Cafe

4.2
4.2
159 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

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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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.

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Northwest Washington

    Group Bookings

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Lunch

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Outdoor Eating

  • Northwest Washington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MC

    MonicaC

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 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 4 days agoMonica- 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

  2. W

    Williwaw

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 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!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Lovely outdoor ambiance and friendly service.
  5. S

    Suzie

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 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!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 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.
  7. DT

    DianeT

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 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.
  8. n

    none

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 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.
  9. B

    Brenda

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 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.
  10. MH

    MattH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 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.
  11. S

    Sheila

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 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
  14. PS

    PattiS

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 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.
  15. BF

    BonnieF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Dan the Trivia guy was so fun! We had a great time trying to guess the answers. Our waitress was awesome, but I'm so sorry I can't remember her name. She was playing the trivia with us too. The music was a bit too loud for our conversation. Had my 91 year old mom with so it was difficult for her to hear us. However, she too had fun with the Trivia. She ratted us out that we googled the first answer. LOL! Mom got the Monte Cristo Sandwich. She did not like it. It's ok, you have to try it once. My friend and I had the California Omelet. It was AWESOME! Even good the next morning as leftovers. We are moving from Bellingham, so this was a great way to add to one of our great memories of Bellingham.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice establishment in a quaint part of town. Good food and top notch friendly service.
  17. L

    michaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice setting with outdoor seating with good food and friendly staff.
  18. w

    wonderful

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful lunch with friends from out of town-California Grilled Chicken Salads and California Omelets to eat. We were seated on the patio in the back in the shade under umbrellas and were allowed to sit and visit (for four hours!) almost undisturbed. The music started on Skylarks outdoor stage, and we listened to music until the dinner crowd arrived. Kudos for Skylarks delicious food, great waitstaff, and lovely outdoor venue on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Thank you Skylarks!
  19. JB

    JuliaB

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and chicken salad was great and my friend had the farmer’s veggie omelet and it was delicious. Thank you!
  20. SB

    SaraB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    We had fish and chips. Compared to a previous visit some years ago we were severely disappointed. The fish was sliced super thin and really over cooked. They resembled chicken nuggets. The coleslaw was dry and thick cut, zero flavor or dressing. Maybe stick to breakfast if you plan on visiting this place? I had a really good meal there for brunch about 6 months ago that was 5 star.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always exceptional food and service and our go-to for breakfast when we are in Bellingham.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Second time here. We love the atmosphere! The staff are super helpful and friendly. And the dining area is small and quaint with nice old school touches. The first time we ate here a few months ago the food was pretty good. Not “excellent restaurant” quality but tasty enough to be happy about our whole experience and want to go back. Unfortunately, maybe it was just a bad day for the cook or something, our meals were really off. I actually ordered the same thing I got the time before, the salmon and risotto, which was good previously, this time the risotto tasted really bad and the salmon was dry. I hate leaving bad reviews bc I know how hard restaurant work is, but to spend $30 on one entry that does not taste good (I forced myself to eat half the salmon and the asparagus was “ok”) … I just feel like saying something may help to encourage a fix here. Because the place is super great otherwise.
  23. HS

    HamSince1974

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    our server Maysee was awesome, as well as her assistant who greeted us, seated us and got us water, I add the last part because my Dad is very finicky about his water. Food was good, wine was good, and atmosphere was perfect, it was a very nice Father's Day dinner.
  24. DS

    DeniseS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Great food with huge portions
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Restaurant was out of a lot of the menu items. Won’t be returning.

    Skylark's Hidden CafeResponded on 15 June 2022We apologise that we were out of menu items. It looks like you visited Skylark's on Monday, which was the day after a large graduation weekend. Our next product delivery arrived the following morning, which unfortunately was too late for your visit. Again we are sorry and hope you give us another chance.

  26. AK

    AKMom

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was average. Service was excellent. Scampi was bland with watery sauce. Cioppini was better. Fish is purchased fresh but they freeze it before it’s used. No fresh fish served
  27. m

    mclare987

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place ! Good food, great staff and when it’s warm the outside dining is a must.
  28. JS

    JohnS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Service was super sub-par; Don't go near this place if you want attentive, considerate service. Our meal was ruined.

    Skylark's Hidden CafeResponded on 15 June 2022John- After our discussion on the phone, I apologize we found we were out of brussels sprouts after placing your original orders, which caused your wife to be unhappy. I understand she then wanted to order something different and we were not attentive with getting her new order placed in a timely fashion, which caused your meals to come out at different times. I'm very sorry this happened and hope the gift card will help.

  29. R

    Roadrunner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table for 8 was ready and waiting for us on a busy festival holiday weekend. Everybody loved their food - the crab cakes benedict was fabulous! Even better was the mimosa flight with basically four full size mimosas - yikes!
  30. l

    lovetodineout

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place for any occasion. Food is always first class. Love the wait staff always helpful and fun
  31. DM

    DarcyM

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I don't think they were prepared for Mother's Day, which led to a long wait for food. Usually, when food is taking a long time, servers come frequently to check on you, but that didn't happen. We sat for quite a while with empty water and drink glasses. They should at least be checking on you. Food, when it came, was acceptable but not outstanding. The plus was a lovely setting with a covered outdoor seating area and heaters. I know staffing is an issue at restaurants these days, so I will give them grace and try again on a less busy day. I have a feeling that eating here is usually a great experience, so I would recommend going on an ordinary day, and avoiding days when a lot of people go out to eat.
  32. SH

    SheenaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Food was pretty good and waiter was nice
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CJ was our wonderful server and the food was fantastic! We will be back very soon.
  34. S

    Seattlenerd

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined on a mid-week early evening, outdoors, so it wasn't busy. But the server was attentive and helpful, the food excellent. The outdoor seating was covered and heated. Very good experience.
  35. EP

    EmarieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super delicious! Staff had great recommendations and waiting skills!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Easter dinner spot! Sat by the fire. Couldn’t have been more perfect.
  37. N

    Noone

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Well I do not believe the staff were prepared for Easter it took an hour and a half to get our food and they brought food separately so some people were done eating while others were still waiting. my granddaughter ordered a burger from the kids menu and it was raw inside so they had to make her another burger, my food was cold and it got there after everyone was done. The waitress gave us dessert on her because of all the problems the dessert was delicious. But it was a bad experience that was the first time my family had went there. We were very disappointed with everything

    Skylark's Hidden CafeResponded on 20 April 2022We are very sorry you were disappointed in our service on Easter Sunday. We were fully staffed and things went well all day long, until around 1:30-2 PM when we allowed OpenTable to accept too many reservations, causing the kitchen to get behind for a bit. We know our kitchen does not have the capacity to serve both a full loft and patio at the same time, including the other dining areas. Unfortunately, we screwed up, and we apologize profusely and hope you give us another chance.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful easter brunch. Good portion great place to go back to
  39. JJ

    JosephJ

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect and the service is excellent
  40. EI

    EmInSeattle

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great brunch, good service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff 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 4.2 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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