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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 Special Events Director at 805.284.0370 or email Sarah Zwisler: email@example.com
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Food was not tasty
Innovative cooking is usually great
Here they took great local ingredients amd smothered in all sorts of creamy or sweet sauces that added nothing ahd detected a lot.
Service Not particularly nice or welcoming Not knowledgeable about wines
Lots of better places vote with your feet and stay away
Decoration and ambiance is nice
Lets just hope this goes bankrupt abd new owner puts in good friendly staff and deploys ingredients better
From start to finish our experience at the Lark was perfect. Our server was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the menu, the chef, and the restaurants history. All of us, including our 12 and 15 year old boys, enjoyed every bite. The plates are fun to share and come out when ready. Make sure to save room for dessert bc they are not to be missed!
The Lark is unquestionably the finest restaurant in Santa Barbara, the place to take out-of-town visitors and the one restaurant that has a sophistication, depth and style that would match almost anything in a big city such as Los Angeles or Houston.
On this particular visit, the service wasn't exceptional and our table was in the midst of lots of commotion. But ever since this restaurant opened, friends have been driving for hours to partake of its lovely outdoor tables, its free popcorn appetizers, its often miraculous desserts and its gift for making brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, salmon and everything else you think you know singular and new.
Nowhere in Santa Barbara is likely to be cooler, tastier or more worth visiting.
Food quality was solid. It was creative and tasty. The amount of food you received for the price was not great. We paid $30 for a small bowl of pasta which didn't feel like a value. Ambiance was typical farm to fork, metal chairs and refurbished wood. Service was not good. Waiter spoke really fast, mumbled and seemed generally uninterested in being our waiter. One drink was ordered and took 20 minutes to be delivered. We were done with our meal by then. Unfortunate as this was a special girl reunion dinner and we'd heard great things about Lark.
The Lark has a cool vibe and is located in the "funk zone" of Santa Barbara which means there are art galleries and wine bars nearby as well as the wharf. The restaurant is lovely. The hostesses were charming and attentive. The service was excellent. Our server MacKenzie throughly explained the sharing farm to table menu to us and made suggestions for some fun signature drinks. It was my birthday. While the food was outstanding I was surprised that a farm to table restaurant in California has no vegetarian main dishes. They do have 3 snack dishes and a couple of appetizer sized dishes without meat but no mains. And if you are vegan forget this place there is nothing on the menu. When I made the reservation I called the restaurant and asked if they could make their parpelldella pasta without pork belly since my son is vegetarian and they said no problem. My husband only eats fish as do I and there are many fish dishes in all sizes. So we ate well. Our server also said they could do the main pasta dish and make it without the pork belly. When we got the dish it was smallish and made without the pork belly but we were charged $30 as if we had the pork belly on the pasta. $30? Really? That's fairly obnoxious for a small plate of pasta. But it's important to re-state we still had a great time, phenomenal food and fantastic service. So we gave a good tip and moved onto the night happy we experience the Lark.
The food, service and ambiance were fantastic. Loved each and every dish we had and the fact that it was served family style. The Wedge Salad was so good, I could have stopped there.
However, I'm happy we had the good sense to have the scallops and short ribs. Yum!
After several visits the food has remained interesting and good, if a little pricy. The bar is good although service can be slow. It is generally crowded and noisy inside but is better outside, although the view is of the car park. A good addition to the funk zone.
The Lark has a unique approach with a creative menu. Ordering several plates of different items, served & shared in interval timing -- allowing you to focus on each item that often has additional delights on the side. The server was helpful to gauge the proper quantity of items ordered. We indulged in some unique cocktails to start. The brussel sprouts are fabulous. The scallops are another standout.
We wished we would've had 5 more minutes on each plate; the next one came a wee bit too soon. The tables are small and then all of a sudden there was no room. The bar area was really loud, so we're glad we requested "outside." The propane heaters are scattered about; we were grateful they responded to our request to turn them down a bit, as it got very warm. The service was very good with everyone assisting each other. The Lark is lots of fun and we really enjoyed how well they are doing great food very differently.
I was slightly disappointed as I had been to the Lark two years ago and had an excellent time. We asked for an outside table when we made the reservation and again at the host desk and were brought to a very cramped inside table while I could see several open outside tables. I asked if we could sit outside and after an slight bit of attitude were sat outside. We then sat for over 15 minutes while I tried to get a servers attention. When I finally did she seemed shocked that I would ask for service. We ended up with a great server who waited on me two years prior. The food was hit and miss but the drinks were awesome. It has gotten very loud, extremely cramped and the staff seems to have developed a "I work at a trendy place" tone. I love that the owner does a lot for the community and women owned businesses but probably won't be back.
food was great but service was the most rushed we have ever experienced.....the server was dumping our next course on the table before we even finished the prior one......we were literally having plates piled on top of each other on our small table. it felt like they were trying to rush us through our meal to flip the table.
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