About Lark Creek Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Lark Creek Walnut Creek is located in historic downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere is light and airy, with American country charm, sidewalk seating, an exhibition kitchen, and the new Oakville Room seating up to 36 guests for private functions. The changing menu includes seasonal Contemporary American fare featuring traditional and updated recipes. Housemade desserts; local and regional wines.
Lark Creek Walnut Creek features American wines, including offerings on tap, by the glass and in half-bottles, with local and regional producers featured. Full bar; fresh fruit and fountain beverages.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
Mount Diablo Blvd.
$30 and under
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Parking is available on the street and in the convenient public parking structure above the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We have our Private Dining Room, The Oakville Room, that can accommodate up to 36 people seated and 50 people for reception. We also offer semi-private parties, accommodating up to 25 guests in the main dining portion of the restaurant.
Lark Creek Walnut Creek Ratings and Reviews
We've had good meals here in the past, but on this occasion, a mid-week lunch, the food was extremely disappointing. Soups were OK, but served lukewarm/cool. Our salads were a great disappointment.The turkey Cobb salad was quite a poor imitation of what a Cobb salad should be. The turkey was in slices, not cubes, and very thin, but heavily breaded for some reason, and then "griddled." A few slices of avocado and a tiny crumble of bacon and less than a quarter of a hard boiled egg broken up, did not leave much to enjoy here. The other salad, a Southern Fried chicken one, had dried out pieces of overly fried chicken atop not much in the way of greens. We decided not to risk dessert, and left for another place with much better food to finish up our meal!
Lark Creek has always been reliable and good. My friends came down from Davis to go to Lesher theater and we had brunch/lunch before the theater and they were very happy with the food and restaurant. It is a perfect place for theater goers as it is a short walk. They thought the outside seating looked good too but it is not warm enough yet. The waitress was very helpful and pleasant.
I ordered eggs, sausage and potatoes. The eggs were cold and some of the potatoes were not fully cooked. I asked that the eggs be reheated in micro and was told they didn't have a micro (really?) and could do another order which I didn't ask them to do. I think they took off the price of the eggs. Any restaurant can cook what I ordered and for less money.
My two friends ordered crab cakes and beet salad and were happy with their meal and desserts. Very small portions and high prices but they were happy. Hard to give an overall rating. I would not give a high rating but probably my friends would.
There were six of us, the service was fine, the food very mediocre. I got meatloaf that was dry, Brussels sprouts that were cooked too much and were flavorless and mushy. Three in our group got the Cioppino , it was covered with basil that overwhelmed the seafood flavor which was barely there to start with. Our waitress was great when she could get by, they had her working tables all over the restaurant. The location is central for where we wanted to dine, but, I wouldn't bother to make a second trip there...... One person was happy with his steak.
Our waiter was very nice on our visit, a birthday celebration on a rainy, but half-empty super bowl evening. The birthday "girl" was feted with a free dessert with candle and chocolate message. She also had the best dish of the evening, the pot roast, with ample portions, tender and done just right. The other two in our party unfortunately ordered the pork loin, which was somewhat dry, not very flavorful, and the portions accompanying it were quite small. A side of brussels sprouts was done well, as were the soup and salad. A "hot fudge" sundae for dessert had not fudge and not hot chocolate syrup instead. So we would give this place a conditional thumbs up.
This is the second time I came here for the prime rib. This one was cooked better than the first time, but the meal came out cold and the twice baked potato wasn't cooked enough. They did warm it up, which made it OK. Next time I think I'll have the paella , which is very good.
Our lunch was delicious yesterday, we each had the salmon. Our only complaint, although it is a serious one, is that the cocktail my friend had cost $16. I dine regularly in Contra Costa, the East Bay and San Francisco - always at top-notch restaurants, and we usually have a cocktail. NEVER has any establishment charged that much. It was a rough surprise at the end of an otherwise very enjoyable meal.
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Great spot in Walnut Creek. Most often, I enjoy coming here for lunch but love that there's always good service and good food. Very consistent. Threre's always great little touches, like for kids, they will always bring carrots, celery and ranch to snack on while waiting for their meal, and for the adults there's always a unique amuse bouche. And of course, at the end of the meal there's the pecan fudge they bring out with the check.
Food was consistent for what I have come to expect from Lark Creek. Menu selections are small but all are good choices.
We happened to be there on a half price wine night which was a nice surprise.
As far as service, our server was wonderful and attentive. But our dishes were delivered by two different people. The first one that delivered our soup was horrible. She just dropped the soups down at our table and didn't utter a word but her whole demeanor was just rude. The second person who brought our food was the hostess and she was a sweet as can be which made the contrast between the first server that much more apparent. I hate to mark down the review due to her but it really stood out.
54th anniversary celebration. Food great! Wait staff pressed early on but more relaxed later. Loved our waiter's humor! Dry Rob Roy best EVER. Only have on anniversary. Lark Creek is our anniversary destination...................................... not disappointed!
A birthday dinner was not enjoyable due to two factors. the menu was not friendly to people trying to have a small (senior & dieting) dinner, and the menu choices particularly the pasta, were unappetizing. No senior menu was offered and no substitutions offered either. service was uninspired. the desserts choices were also unimaginative the second reason this was a failed opportunity was due to a super loud party next to us who were screeching and drunken and no effort was made to either offer us another table or to mitigate the noise Very frustrating!
We are regular patrons of Lark Creek for many years. This particular evening was among the worst we have ever had and it was not awful, just not what we have come to anticipate. We were there to celebrate a birthday and using a gift certificate that was given to us by a client. The bill was $170 for three people. The noise seemed considerably above the norm and to the point that we could not hear each other across the table. We were seated in a booth opposite the kitchen where we had been on several occasions before. This night the shouting of employees about to go through the door to the kitchen was so loud that it startled us several times and the general distractions of the area were annoying. Our waitperson got the job done and was not particularly congenial, attempted to push drinks early on (we finally told her we were non-drinkers), and seemed to be rushing us to finish up at one point. Perhaps she was new to the restaurant and she did not have the graceful manner of most all of our previous service persons on other visits. At times the service felt a bit like a diner, not a fine dining experience. One time, something was slung onto the table, not placed with any caring.This is the first time that I have ever felt that I might not want to go back. Feel sad about that as we have spent so many special occasions there, had wonderful experiences, and taken out of town guests because of how much we love the place. As an aside, the parking in downtown Walnut Creek was miserable on this Saturday evening and seemed worse than usual. Perhaps the solution is not to go on Saturday night and see what is different next time. Time will tell, I suppose.
We were seated in bar area by window and then couple with a child came. The toddler started crying and then complaining and screamed once or twice. One couple seated at the table next to us moved and then we left without ordering dinner. The manager told us that they "allow children" (which is fine) but didn't offer to move us to a different location - just shrugged his shoulders. I would have stayed if offered another seating choice but that was not an option. Our waiter seemed pleasant but stayed away from the area.
Our group of 8 dined at Lark Creek for a business appreciation dinner as the consensus choice of restaurant for the occasion. Everyone was happy with their meals including appetizers and desserts. Great menu, excellent food, great service and perfect atmosphere (not stuffy and not too casual). Definitely recommended for meals with clients or a nice date night.
Two burgers were ordered, one medium and the other medium-rare; however both came out medium-well. The meat was dry and tasted as it may have had bread crumbs or some kind of filler mixed into the patties. Completely overpriced for $23 each! Paella had good flavor and lots of seafood, but the seafood was overcooked and rubbery. This was probably because it was cooked under a broiler, rather than over a flame. The fried chicken on the paella was fantastic. The pork loin was pretty good, but not good enough to order again. Run of the mill corporate restaurant. For the value and quality, I would go to a farm-to-table restaurant, which has higher quality foods, better prepared, and for about the same price.
Very good as usual - The Penne Pasta is what I usually have if I'm not too hungry. The pasta is always done just right - not too hard - not too soft. Never have to add additional cheese to what is served on it when it comes to the table. The staff at Lark Creek knows their menu and you can tell they have tasted it themselves. Go.
I was disappointed in the restaurant due to the food. Service was very good. The New York steak was surprisingly thin, which always makes it difficult for the cooks to cook to a medium rare. It was also tough, perhaps due to the fact that it was almost medium well. The side dishes were okay. Also the paella wasn't that good as the shrimp tasted as if it were boiled and the whole piece of fried chicken was unusual for paella.
Overall, the restaurant was average.
We usually have a great meal. We were there on New Years Eve and was great. We Celebrated my husband's B-Day and he was looking forward to the prime rib. It was thin, dry and lacked the usual flavor. I told the waiter about his b-day and no special candle on our dessert or mention or wish. Sad!
Welcoming host and hostess, always a plus these days. Very attentive server. Manager checked on table. Very good food, brought out in timely fashion. Reasonably varied food and wine menus, white tablecloths, pleasant ambience. I thought Lark Creek had taken a step back but this visit indicated otherwise. Worthy of an upscale restaurant experience in Walnut Creek.
I invited five friends to join me for dinner to celebrate my birthday. I wanted to limit the selections and the restaurant created a custom minute that was at each place setting so my guests could order from it. The food was very good and my friends all told me they had a great dining experience. Very accommodating and service-oriented reataurant.
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