October 29, 2013

Skyview Club, Kaukauna - October 25, 2013

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Needs Improvement
Wait Time: 1 hour wait, arrived at at 6:30pm, 4 in our party
Food: Good (the perch itself was excellent)

Price: Perch Plate was $13.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, walleye, seafoot platter, and other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include raw onion

Skyview Club
W1093 Hwy 96
Kaukauna, WI 54130


The Skyview Club was on our short list for some time, and we finally got the opportunity to check it out. We were pleased with the food, but not with the service.

We arrived at 6:30pm with four in our party, we put our name in with the host and headed for the bar. The bar area was quite crowded, which didn't surprise me much. We got our brandy old fashioneds, not muddled, and they tasted fine. Skyview Club is one of the few establishments to have their drink tumblers branded with their name, a good idea if you ask me.

We knew it would be a decent wait so we asked to order some appetizers and decided on the jalapeno poppers and cheese curds. We got them in a short amount of time and they were fried nicely and we enjoyed them. A few people didn't realize you could order appetizers at the bar because it wasn't advertised, something Skyview Club could advertise while people were waiting.

After about 15 minutes the waitress came around to take our order. I was thinking how fast we would get to eat, but unfortunately it was another 45 minutes before we were called into the dining room. We were glad we got the appetizers to tide us over after all.

It was a full hour before we were called into the dining room from the time we arrived, and such a wait is not uncommon for a good fish fry establishment, especially a supper club like the Skyview Club.

We were seated at our table, but there was no food or glasses of water in sight. We were seated and our waitress disappeared. It was a full 10 minutes until our food was finally brought out. This is one of the reasons I say the service needs improvement, don't seat us at our table without having the food either sitting there or coming out immediately after being seated (remember they took our order at the bar).

I was also disappointed that the waitress didn't ask if we needed water or any other beverages, especially as we waited for our food. We had to flag down a passing waitress to get water and she seemed agitated that we stopped her. There were several waitresses sprinting around the room in such a rush, seemed they were just seating people and dropping off food and not checking on the customers very much.

But we finally had our food, I was happy to see the meal came with rye bread, but the portion size was terribly small, and it did not include raw onion. The potato salad I chose as my side was good, nothing great, as was the cole slaw. But the perch! The perch was excellent! I very much enjoyed the perch and would recommend it to anyone. It was nicely breaded and cooked to perfection. It was a nice bonus to an otherwise good meal and poor service.

I thought Skyview Club was ok only because the perch was so good. The service was bad enough I am not sure I want to go back. If you're looking for a good fish fry and don't care about the service, they just might be worth a visit for the perch.