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.
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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Contact our Special Events Director at 805.284.0370 or email Sarah Zwisler: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
We visited Santa Barbara for few days an ...
We visited Santa Barbara for few days and decided to have dinner at the Lark. we are so glad we did. we loved the idea of family sharing style.
Great meal. outstanding service. Love the location. Food well plated and delish. I went for dinner and loved everything. The portions are just right, food is savory and tantalizing dessert.
we highly recommend this place to all of our family and friends. Will come back again.
The food was amazing and the server was ...
The food was amazing and the server was great at helping us order just the right amount of food. The drinks were delicious! We were celebrating my husband's birthday and our 1year wedding anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make us feel special. We'll definitely be back!
The Lark has always been our favorite pl ...
The Lark has always been our favorite place to take people to show visitors the best of Santa Barbara. It seems that the resturant has become more factory than special cuisine. Our past experience was not great with slow and difficult service... She was very nice but did know any local wines. The biggest issue was the food. Normally, the food is explained when it is placed on the table. We had appetizers way before i received my warm death door martini. Not sure how this happens... The brussels sprouts and asparagus were good. We enjoyed the crab gnocchi but the whole roasted chicken was disappointing. I think that our friends were not impressed and this had been their 4th time in a matter of weeks. I hope that The Lark regains some of the specialness of when it first opened.
I liked the beginning of our eats but th ...
I liked the beginning of our eats but the food quickly became very heavy southern, too sweet, too salty, oily, overloaded with BBQ flavor. The 3 dishes we had tasted alike. We were told that the Brussels sprouts were "amazing". Why does everyone say that at every restaurant we go to... and I fall for it every time!? I have yet to taste AMAZING Brussels sprouts, other than ones that are steamed just right with a bit of salt, pepper and butter. They were described as crispy, but the crunch lasted 1 second and then they tasted soggy more than anything. Maybe my taste-buds are too spoiled.
I am from the east coast and have a discriminating palette. I have eaten in the finest of restaurants worldwide.
Disappointing experience after reading t ...
Disappointing experience after reading the reviews and making a reservations for or trip to Santa Barbara. The food is trying way too hard and is unenjoyable to eat. The service was very average as the bar seating crowds out the bar service. The only redeeming part of our evening was the cheese platter.
Finally, one of our dishes, the gnocchi, was clearly over salted and inedible. We told our server and she offered us a free drink to replace the untouched meal of $33.
This was our 6th visit to The Lark and v ...
This was our 6th visit to The Lark and very disappointing. Our server (David) didn't begin to live up to what we've experienced in the past. His conversation was hard to understand, he was no where as personable or attentive in his service including forgetting one of our platter dishes. We had praised the many positive virtues of The Lark to our visiting friends and were a bit chagrined at the end of the evening.
Amazing place to check out for people st ...
Amazing place to check out for people stopping into Santa Barbara. Love the farm-to-table menu -- you have to try the boneless short rib. The dining area is spacious and beautiful and relaxing. The service was excellent and would come back in a heartbeat.
So tough to get a reservation so had a l ...
So tough to get a reservation so had a late dinner but was so completely worth it. Food was amazing... almost every single thing we ordered was fsbulous. Not a fan of the octopus (which I was really excited about) - really lacked flavor. But everything else sooooo great. Recommend the brussel sprouts, gnocchi and jidori chicken - seriously amazing.
Loved the ambience and the service, but ...
Loved the ambience and the service, but did not enjoy the food. We tried four different dishes. All were way too heavily spiced. Not hot spice, just funky spice like mesquite-flavored ice cream. Seems like the chefs are trying to be too edgy and burying the natural flavors of the food.
Consistently a remarkably outstanding re ...
Consistently a remarkably outstanding restaurant. Excellent food- one of those few places where you actually eat those items not high on one's own personal culinary scale and yet everything tastes great! The service is top notch - timely but unobtrusive, friendly and competent. The restaurant has always been packed with locals and visitors alike - a friendly energetic crowd. The restaurant is Santa Barbara upscale - elegant but with a very relaxed casual style which means you can be equally comfortable with a blazer as with shorts and a nice casual shirt. It's a must for foodies in or visiting Santa Barbara.
This is a great place! Since we hadn't ...
This is a great place! Since we hadn't been there before, the waiter guided us through menu and how to order. Family style...good proportions. What I like is that she cut us down from 4 dishes to 3 saying it was going to be too much...Perfect choice. The food is really good. Im not a vegetarian but one of the people next too us was. The restaurant accommodated well and adjusted menus to fit their needs. Food was fresh and delicious.
Each time we have eaten at the Lark we h ...
Each time we have eaten at the Lark we have been most pleased. The food is original and delicious. The staff is very attentive to your needs and conscientious without being obsequious.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and informal, which we really appreciate. No dressing requirement!!! The decor is funnily funky. It is our favorite restaurant in town. We like to bring our friends and family there.
If a concoction of pork belly, fried pig ...
If a concoction of pork belly, fried pigs ears, and stone fruit, sprinkled with peanut brittle (yes peanut brittle) sounds interesting, you are only half right. Interesting and absolutely spectacular tasting!!!! I also ordered a signature cocktail called the "Aviator," not because it makes you high, LOL, but presumably because it has a lovely sky bluish-purple hue from the violet liqueur. The food here is eclectic in all the right ways. I highly recommend The Lark!!!
We had the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Yell ...
We had the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Yellowtail Hamachi Crudo and House Made Gnocchi & Dungeness Crab. All in all the food was solid, but nothing spectacular. For three tapas dishes and two glasses of wine, we spent about $120, not worth it for the price in my opinion. Have had similar meals down in LA (Mudhen Tavern, Laurel Hardware, Little Sister) that were half the price.
I love the Lark! When my peeps come to v ...
I love the Lark! When my peeps come to visit, I am delighted to take them to the Lark. I appreciate that as popular as it has become over the last few years, the food and service are consistently wonderful. My only minor negative would be the wines by the glass options. I am personally a martini drinker, and the Lark bar makes among the best martinis in town...but, on my most recent visit, by BFF wanted a glass of white. I suggested the Jaffurs Viognier as it is more satisfying than any Chard's on the by the glass menu. A reach towards Central Coast wines by the glass would be a bonus.
This is our second dining experience and ...
This is our second dining experience and it was amazing. It did seem to take quite awhile for our dishes to come out - but I appreciated having them even spaced out so we didn't get too full. I only wish we had another few people at the table so we could have tried more dishes. The Hamachi Crudo was delicious but the Sea Bass in the pea broth was like Santa Barbara in a bowl. Delicious - I'm still thinking and dreaming about it! Wonderful flavor, crisp crust on the fish and the pea broth was filled with all types of delisiousness...white beans, green beans and topped with fried zucchini blossoms. It did not disappoint and we WILL be back once again!!
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