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 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
The overall experience was good except t ...
The overall experience was good except that it was too pricey for the amount of protein in some of the entrees. For example, the scallops were fabulous but there were only three of them. There were four of us. The short ribs also didn't provide enough meat for $28. Lots of inexpensive fillers to make it look like a lot of food. I.e., rice and zucchini. But what was served was very delicious and fresh. I will go again but I'm not inviting my husband.
Everything was amazing!! However, the se ...
Everything was amazing!! However, the service was slower than previous visits. I'm not sure why, as it was an early Wednesday night, not super busy at all. Our drinks were the only thing that took forever, iced tea and a glass of wine. This was the best meal we've had here out of many! Gnocchi with crab and chorizo was incredible!! Enjoy!
I went with my wife for dinner to "the l ...
I went with my wife for dinner to "the lark". Our expectations have not been met. The service was excellent, but the food very disappointing. First of all, the kitchen is not able to prepare at the same time for all people on the table their meals. So the concept is to share all ordered meals. The issue with this is, that you'll have to have the same taste.
I had ordered Gnocchi and my wife the 72 hours roasted ribs.
The Gnocchi were overcooked to death and tasted like a sponge full of water. Only the diced Chorizo offered some taste to the Gnocchi. The ribs looked like prepared in the "sous vide" style and not roasted, but I can not proof this. The ribs came with a few potato chips, pimentos and zucchini - I guess 3-4 of each. The ribs tasted good, but without any sides it is more a starter and not an Entree.
Overall, heavily overpriced for the quality you'll get.
The food service was good, the food deli ...
The food service was good, the food delicious, healthy, and very unique. BUT the drink service was unacceptably slow. We ordered drinks right after sitting down, but didn't get them until after the first course was served 15-20 minutes later. We enjoy a drink prior to food, but not at the Lark. All else was good, but they need to change their bar system.
They were willing to seat us earlier tha ...
They were willing to seat us earlier than our original 7pm reservation but then tried to stick us at a tiny outside table with a small child nearby. But as soon as we told them we were not happy they moved us to a much more spacious and nicer table inside.
Three of us loved this restaurant, but o ...
Three of us loved this restaurant, but one couldn't get past that they were out of the only two seafood mains by 8 PM on a Sunday. Come ready to share--the more dishes you taste, the better. Especially loved the carrots--like no other carrot dish I've had. All dishes were full of flavor and unique. Loved the atmosphere--perfect for outside dining. Loved the chicken dish, but waitress insisted the small would be enough for two, because it was huge. Yes--very filling with lots of mashed potatoes, but only four small pieces of chicken for four of us. We would have been better getting the large and losing a different small plate.
A really wonderful experience here. We h ...
A really wonderful experience here. We had a great waiter who made the evening really special for us (we had just got engaged). The food was delicious - portions were very big, better for sharing family style than just between two people. The we really enjoyed the carrots and the brussel sprouts. The short rib also tasty - just expect it to be pan seared med-rare rather than a usual slow cooked short rib. Loads of food - no room for dessert! Used to LA/NYC prices so this felt like a bargain!
We found the food over-salted and contri ...
We found the food over-salted and contrived. The tomato and mozzarella salad and the short ribs were good but the other three dishes were very average at best. i would suggest this restaurant for a group of 6 or 8 as long as guests have similar tastes. It is ALL shared plates and that was not clearly noted on the website.
the wine selection we very good and interesting. there were complaints about the selection of hard alcohol.
We managed a really early booking on a b ...
We managed a really early booking on a booked-out night and were so happy to have the extra time to digest before sleep... roasted carrots dish was our favorite, we felt so pious eating this delish and healthy dish. But we needed to quash the pious high with the crab gnocchi and the delicious lamb belly, whoa incredible. NO ROOM for dessert. But perfect.
The food was definitely good. The servic ...
The food was definitely good. The service, however was extremely disappointing. Our server would disappear for lengthy amounts of time. We asked for dessert menus and it took 20 minutes to get them. By that time we just wanted to leave.
The Lark is my go-to restaurant in Santa ...
The Lark is my go-to restaurant in Santa Barbara. Superb, inventive, eclectic cuisine at very reasonable prices. Excellent service. The downsides: Must reserve in advance to have a chance of getting in... can get too noisy... not walking distance to most of the theaters in Santa Barbara... But these are all quibbles -- you just can't beat this place.
We are quite impressed with our dinner o ...
We are quite impressed with our dinner on a busy Saturday night. With our 6:30 p.m. reservation, we were seated right away although there appeared to be a wait for walk-ins. Our waitress was very cheerful and accommodating. She recommended a starter, a salad, and an entree for the two adults to share. (Our kids each ordered a pizza from the verbal kids' menu.)
All of our food was very good, and we especially loved the melon salad! Definitely planning another visit soon.
My wife and I loved The Lark. The food ...
My wife and I loved The Lark. The food was fantastic (not your typical menu ideas). Everything was imaginative, delicious and beautifully presented. The staff was warm, friendly, knowledgeable and added to the wonderful night. Our waitress, Kara, was terrific. It was our first time there and she guided us through the whole experience, and made the evening even more wonderful.
We are certainly planning to go back.
We attended to celebrate our just marrie ...
We attended to celebrate our just married friends. They made special recognition of our friends and took special care of us. Although based on the overall attitude I think they treat everyone like special guests. Each course was delight and the server was wonderful and making recomendations.
The service at this restaurant is abisma ...
The service at this restaurant is abismal. My wife and I were seated at a table that was so tightly packed that for her to get in and out of her chair required me to get up, move my chair, and then move the table so she could get out of her seat. When we asked to be moved to a different table we were told there were no available tables to move us to. Even though the next two couples that were to be seated in a similar table complained and were moved. Every single table was served a bowl of their popcorn when seated, we were not. The server was so busy with other tables that she barely had time to answer questions about the menu. When it came time for desert the menu it was thrown down on the table and she quickly departed. When the bill came and we asked her to validate the parking ticket, she returned with the bill and stated it was too busy for her to go and get it validated. Good tasting food is not enough...
The dishes were not only delicious, but ...
The dishes were not only delicious, but beautifully presented. It is a great place to share dishes among friends. We especially enjoyed the duck confit and the "wedge" salad. The outdoor patio was a nice place for conversation. The only thing we would have changed is the chairs which are very uncomfortable. Chairs with a cushioned seat would have made the experience more enjoyable.
The food here is delicious, the menu is ...
The food here is delicious, the menu is creative and the atmosphere is hip. This visit, the service bugged me a bit. Granted, these are nit-picky complaints, but there are a lot of great restaurants in SB, and sometimes the smallest things will make you choose one place over another. My first issue was with our wine service- if your going to keep my wine chilled somewhere where I can't pour it myself (it was HOT! In SB last week), you better be able to ensure I'm not waiting for you to fill my empty glass, which happened throughout the evening. Had to ask other staff a couple of times. The other issue just came across as lazy and unappreciative of their customers. My wife wanted to take her after dinner coffee to go for our walk back, but was told their sister restaurant that has them was closed and they couldn't get a to-go cup. Well, on our way out, low and behold, staff was going in and out of that area and could have easily gotten the cup. Again, nit-picky, but it still has me aggregated. All that ranting aside, we would go back. Just needed to get it off my chest I suppose.
The service was superb and the food was ...
The service was superb and the food was outstanding. I found the restaurant seating to be a little on the crowded side at first, but ended up forgetting all about that. When the first table I was shown to wasn't exactly what I'd had in mind, I was offered another not long after and very graciously. Our server was very knowledgeable about food allergies and made absolutely certain that my son's meal was completely dairy free, which is, of course, extremely important to us. We shared our tuna and lamb courses which were done to the perfect temperature. Couldn't decide which one we liked better. Dessert was decadent. Wine list was full of good selections from the local AVAs as well as others. The craft cocktails were also excellent. Completely enjoyable experience from start to finish. Most foodies, wine geeks, and anyone who just wants a great meal in a casual atmosphere with great service will be blissfully happy here.
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