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Shoreline Lake Boathouse & American Bistro

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Address: 3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043-1341 (Formerly Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center & Cafe)
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+1 650-965-7474

A rarity, and a true respite, in Silicon Valley. Offering something for...

A rarity, and a true respite, in Silicon Valley. Offering something for everyone, it's the perfect place for a break from the office, lunch, water sports, picnics, events or kid/teen summer camps.

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A nice outing

We went for a short walk around the lake and loved the ambience The cafe was okay bit the food not really great I had ordered a hot chocolate bit it was served just warm The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for a short walk around the lake and loved the ambience The cafe was okay bit the food not really great I had ordered a hot chocolate bit it was served just warm The restrooms were filthy and really needs cleaning up.

Thank M-Dasgupta
Mountain View, California
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We bike down the Stevens Creek Trail to the Shoreline Cafe. To our kids the best part of the bike ride was getting onion rings at the cafe at the midway point. On good weather weekends there are long lines and the parking is almost always full

Thank DJ B
San Jose, California
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57 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

good place for outdoor activities like jogging, kayaking, sailing, cycling, kite flying or just relaxing on the lawn.. few tips :- 1) Boat club closes at around 4.00.. so if you interested in boat rides etc, reach early. 2) IN September/October evening time, you can see very colorful sky.. the sunset views are awesome.. 3) Pack your lunch & reach... More 

Thank Ajay h
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Excellent place to do picnic. I went with my family and they also have restaurants with delicious desserts. They have a place to celebrate birthday parties, team outings and get-together. Nice place for children and pets. Can do kayaking, boating and biking. They have small trails for elders and nice scenic view. They have free wifi as it is near... More 

Thank Harini B
Oakland, California
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232 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went for a walk around shoreline in one of the trails and ended up starving at 3pm so stopped at this cute cafe for a quick bite and we were happy that they closed at 4pm woohoo. We had the shoreline burger (which was great although the bun was a little big) that came with fries (happy me!!!), the... More 

Thank Heliana M
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'll admit, I did not eat there, but WISH I had, The food smelled fabulous! We went for a few hours to picnic and boat. They have canoes, paddle boats, and kayaks available for rent.

Thank CatCat08
Woodland, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Wish we could have explored here longer and rented bikes. Great place to spend the morning before seeing 49er game!

Thank Jackiekeene
Woodinville, Washington
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202 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Our company picnic was held here. The facilities and amenities were quite nice. The breeze off the bay made it very pleasant. I imagine on a summer day with no breeze it can get very warm. Suggest getting good directions because it was a little challenging to actually find the place.

Thank dsegleau
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the Lake Aquatic Center, it was quite spacious and peaceful even on a Saturday. Perfect place for picnics. Lots of squirels and some geese to watch out for. It was even possible to walk there from the center altough it's a bit of out there.

Thank Pia O
Lisbon, Portugal
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165 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were there end of the afternoon after a small walk on the shoreline. It was the end of the day, so there was not much choice, and certainly no healthy options. It's all about location, which is fantastic. Always something to see on the water, in the air or on the grass.

Thank Malveiradaserra

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