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About The Lark - Santa Barbara
The Lark pays homage to the history of California train travel and tributes the treasured and long gone Santa Barbara Fish Market, built in the 1920’s as a commercial fish processing plant, shipping their seafood products throughout the state by rail. With an imaginative yet approachable menu created by the gifted Jason Paluska, The Lark celebrates everything found around Santa Barbara County – wineries, farms, ocean and natural beauty. The stunning design strives to connect to the past and the future, using discovered objects from the past and blending them with modern, urban and industrial materials to spectacular effect.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, American
Hours of Operation:
5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Late Night Bar Menu available
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking available or use nearby street parking. Substantial parking is available at the Santa Barbara train station, just a block away.
Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Contact our Private Event Manager at 805-705-8895 or email Aran Klingensmith at email@example.com
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Delicious and unique food and beverages. Lovely setting, especially outside. However, our experience was ruined by our server. He was morose and not helpful. Our last entrée arrived about 25 minutes after all the others and we had to inquire if it was forgotten. We even had to refill our own wine glasses as the server never once offered to do that. We were shocked. It's a pretty high end restaurant. I am hoping he just did not feel well. I noticed the servers at the other tables were very attentive and very pleasant. It was also a 60th birthday for 3 of our guests and the hostess put a card on the table indicating this. The server never acknowledged the birthdays or offered a dessert/candle - we did not expect a free one, just some little festive touch would have been nice and was expected.
Made a reservation and was seated immediately. Ambiance is great and inviting. Cocktails were delicious and appropriately priced.
Ordered the spicy duck wings and brussel sprouts which were phenomenal. The sprouts are a MUST for everyone, even if you don't normally care for brussel sprouts. Also ordered the broccoli and blood orange salad and the tomato salad, both were light and tasty. Ended the meal with the lamb confit which was good but I wouldn't order it again. The dessert menu wasn't thrilling so we passed on it.
My one complaint is the speed of the food delivery. It was rapid fire items until I asked the waitress to hold the next two plates (we had three plates on the table and hadn't even touched one of them yet). And a few minutes later a food server came over with the next plate which I told her we weren't ready for and the waitress was supposed to stop the plates. The other tables around me were also full of plates which had yet to be touched. So be clear with the waitress if you want a slower meal and/or don't order everything at once (though I was told I should and that the kitchen would "stagger the dishes appropriately").
It was a different setting than I expected. This restaurant's menus are more like Tapas. We still enjoyed their meals. The food presentations were very good. Their portions of each menu were a lot smaller than other tapas restaurants looking at how much costing for each menu.
This restaurant would be fun place for just getting together with friends for small appetizers and drinks.
Not for those with a gentle palate! The food here is very creative, interesting and very good. BUT - IT'S SPICY! Almost everything on the menu has chiles or peppers in it. Inventive combinations and excellent preparation, but 4 out of the 5 dishes that we got were spicy.
The food is really flavorful and well-prepared. The portions in most appetizers/snacks and entrees will easily feed two and the menu is designed to share. We split the Cast Iron Chicken (crisp, delicious skin) and the steak and took home enough left overs for dinner the next night! Both were delicious. The standout, though, was the Brussels sprouts. Fabulous.
Delicious food and creative combinations. We tried: California spin on pimento cheese - pimento toast app very good. Wedge salad made with baby hearts of romaine, chunky bacon pieces, pecans, really delicious blue cheese crumbles and excellent vinegrette to go with ( recommmed this!). Lakes version of ribs with sweet tea bbq. Yummy! Great place.
Our dinner here was very sub par. The food was just ok. The heirloom tomatoes and the cornbread were very good but the hamachi crudo was not great and neither was the carbonara which the server raves about. We asked the server to take a photo as we were celebrating a birthday and she told us to hold on and came back to do it only 30 minutes later when we had our food. She was not very attentive to us and honestly didn’t do much.
The evening began beautifully with a warm welcome and birthday well wishes. Drinks were very good. It is a family style dining experience so good portions can be split two ways easily. Salad arrived and was very good until the moment I saw a strand of hair just beneath my wife’s fork as she was about to take her next bite. Our server apologized profusely but the damage was already. The main course arrived and with exception to the portion of scallops was very good
Huge portions, nice menu, tasty food.
Some of the dishes have more flavors going on than needed. The diver scallops themselves were delish, but the accoutrements and their ingredients were a bit overpowering and complex for the delicacy of a scallop.
Definitely plan on sharing an entree like the ribs.
I liked the wedge salad a lot, but my husband didn't like how it was deconstructed.
Overall, very good though.
Noise level is high.
We had two couples and ordered seven items - cornbread, brussel sprouts, little gem salad, salmon, crab au gratin, scallops, and pasta carbonara. The first five dishes were great and the last two were good. The scallops were a bit overwhelmed by the chili sauce topping, and the carbonara was a little thin (not quite rich enough). That’s still a very good batting average and the service was exceptional, so maybe an A minus instead of an A. We will certainly return to this restaurant.
My friends and I were celebrating a birthday, and the Lark did not disappoint. Pretty much every dish was on point, but the duck confit wings were pretty much our favorite. We could probably just eat three or four orders of those and be happy. Other highlights were the Niman Ranch ribs and the grilled broccoli. For dessert, we ordered the milk and cookies which were the perfect night cap. The Lark gave my friend a white cake for her birthday, which seemed strange until we tasted it. Not usually a fan of white cake, but it was so perfectly made and pleasantly surprised us. Definitely will be coming back, whenever we are back in Santa Barbara.
This restaurant has become a must for us whenever we end up back in Santa Barbara. Service, ambience, and the quality/creativity of the food are consistently excellent. I especially appreciate the wine list, which features a good selection of local wines by the bottle and a wine by the glass list that is better than that of many restaurants. We'll keep going back!
Great food. Only drawback is that we were promised by our server that our selections would be carefully paced. Instead they arrived one right after another. We had to track her down to ask her to slow the pace down. Felt rushed, like they were trying to turn the table.
The Lark is a unique find with fabulous food and excellent service. The dishes are intended to be shared family-style with the table, which adds to the fun and conversation deciding what to order and who gets the last bite of any dish.
Everything we order was beautifully presented and DELICIOUS. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere, but is quite noisy as a result.
Simply: BEST RESTAURANT IN SANTA BARBARA. Comparable to a top New York bistro, yet more reasonable, friendly, accommodating, pliable and ebullient. No food snobbery, just people excited to share astounding cooking with a determined local, artisanal dedication to ingredients. It is the THE place to bring out of town friends, and a great place to dash down and eat for us.
Restaurant is hip and food is excellent. We had reservations for dinner. It was my first time at restaurant. We had drinks at the bar then they seated my partner and I in the confession box in the far back corner of the restaurant. Pretty awful seating location. One person sits in a wood box and the other person stares into the box. We would have stayed longer if they hadn’t sat us in such a terrible location.
Lovely meal and atmosphere as always and the food was excellent. The pacing was a bit off as everything came pretty much at once which is the first time that's happened to us. Pacing is vital when eating family style so would prefer if that didn't happen next time but we had a great time and will be coming back soon.
Had a great meal at The Lark. Initially a little bit of a rough start trying to get in.... were seated late 25min past our reservation due to how busy the restaurant was. Wonderful Ambiance, we sat out on the covered patio. The food was amazing and price point was good. The staff were not-so-friendly but the service itself was good. It's a sharing menu and portions are large. Overall a good night at The Lark.
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