About The Lark - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Traveling with friends- sitting in a boo ...
Traveling with friends- sitting in a booth was an awesome way to have a conversation yet still soak up the vibe. The service was attentive, knowledgeable, and super friendly. Each dish that came out was Instagram-worthy and delicious.
Inexcusably salty. We had the brussels s ...
Inexcusably salty. We had the brussels sprouts, pimento cheese, duck confit, and scallops. The brussels sprouts and duck were painfully salty. We will not return despite good service. Too expensive for ruined food.
First time to Santa Barbara. Hotel recom ...
First time to Santa Barbara. Hotel recommended the Lark. Made a reservation that night and it was excellent. Had the roasted Brussels sprouts and tartare. Excellent service. Great menu and wine and cocktails. Went on wine tour the next day and another couple was there at the same time.
Inventive food served family style. Outd ...
Inventive food served family style. Outdoor seating has heat lamps/fireplace to keep you toasty. Every fishes is well thought out with perhaps a few too many ingredients. Particularly enjoyed the roasted carrots and the lamb belly. Service was top-notch and friendly. Would have given it 5 stars but for a sparse bone marrow dish.
We've been to the lark dozens of times ...
We've been to the lark dozens of times and always enjoyed food and service.
This time we were seated in a new room --noisy, cold, uncomfortable-- and
service was nothing like the service we've been used to over the years. In future
would refuse to sit anywhere but the areas we know well. It was punishment to
sit there with large noisy parties at the next tables.
Great Food, Great Sercive, and Great atm ...
Great Food, Great Sercive, and Great atmosphere! Overall fantastic experience. Wibe of a casual restaurant with the food and service of fine dinning. Exquisite detail in every single menu item with fantastic flavor combinations. New fav spot!
Very interesting restaurant in the "new" ...
Very interesting restaurant in the "new" Funk Zone area of Santa Barbara. Lots of little wine tasting bars around and some art galleries.
The restaurant, I feel, is over priced including their wine list. Food is served family style, and is really different from the norm. Their are some amazing choices including some fusion dishes.
Overall an interesting place with good service. Nice outdoor seating and ambiance. Glad I went to try it out but, not sure that I would go again.
We were recently here for the 5th or so ...
We were recently here for the 5th or so time. The food, as always, was outstanding, and this time the service, also always excellent, outdid itself (our server was Mike). 1/2 hour before we arrived for our reservation, the restaurant experienced a completely unforecast, unexpected and intense 15-minute rain downpour, causing what must have been chaos for the outside diners and as a result the entire kitchen. As we arrived outside seating was again being reopened, and we got a great table by the firepit. Mike made sure he got the manager to bring a mixed drink that had been held up at the bar. We ordered several dishes together to share, and no doubt due to the rain disruption they arrived at different times. When our bill arrived we discovered the bone marrow dish (expensive but delayed) had been taken off our bill. Everything a world-class restaurant should be.
It was a great night. A bit crazy since ...
It was a great night. A bit crazy since as we sat at our table prior to ordering it started raining very hard and the canvas canopy was not waterproof. So needless to say many people had to either move tables or deal with some dripping. We did the later and the rain stopped after a bit and we proceeded to thoroughly enjoy our meal. It was fun to share and have all of us taste the various dishes we tried. Probably the only disppointing dish was the beef platter. It was beautifully prepared, but very expensive and not much actual beef on the platter. Our favorites of the night were the brussel sprouts, the little gem salad, and the cobbler dessert.
My girlfriend and I spent our one year a ...
My girlfriend and I spent our one year anniversary here and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing as always but what stood out to us was our server, Matt. He did an exceptional job and was very attentive to our needs and had great recommendations. He made the experience that much better.
The complimentary valet parking was wond ...
The complimentary valet parking was wonderful, since it was lightly raining. Our reservations were at 6 and we were seated right away. My ONLY complaint was that we were seated in the middle of the room. I expected a better table since we did have reservations. But we were not jostled or bumped. It felt in
The food was excellent for my husband and I but too complex for our daughter's palate. The servers were amazing. At once point it started to thunder and then lightning. We watched as servers quietly carried snow white umbrellas to the patio and ushered the outdoor diners inside. There was a sudden downpour but the servers were calm and helpful while moving the food and people inside.
Our daughter attends college in SB and we visit quite often, so we will definitely be returning to the Lark.
AMAZING! Great service and exquisite din ...
AMAZING! Great service and exquisite dining! Try the carrot salad and the Brussels sprouts! The Oaxacan nigroni was perfect with the popcorn given to the table! But the duck that was the best thing I've ever tasted at the Lark!
The cuisine was a culinary genius and sp ...
The cuisine was a culinary genius and sparked your whole palette. Service was amazing, professional, and personable. Our waiter, Bill, knew the menu inside and out, and seemed so passionate about the food and his job. We tried several of his menu recommendations and they were sublime. It was definitely the best choice for our 10-year anniversary dinner.
We were seated outside, and it was a bit ...
We were seated outside, and it was a bit cold. There were no heat lamps nearby. I thought it was kind of strange to be sitting outside for such an expensive meal. The food was very interesting, with many ingredients per dish. The brussel sprouts were the best, as were the desserts. The hamachi was oddly paired with celery and pomegranate seeds. It was a lively scene so it was worth going but I probably wouldn't go back.
Reservation was at 8:45 and they already ...
Reservation was at 8:45 and they already ran out of items on an expectedly busy night so we found ourselves compromising with another dish which to our surprise came out a little cold. Other than that, it was a good overall experience.
My husband & I enjoyed all the food we t ...
My husband & I enjoyed all the food we tried here. They recommend sharing several different dishes (4-5 for two people). We started with their famous Brussels sprouts with dates, before moving on to rainbow carrots, duck confit, and scallops. Everything had a delightful mix of surprising flavors.
We were recommended to The Lark by a nic ...
We were recommended to The Lark by a nice young man at a tasting room on the wharf. So glad we were able to make it happen, this place can get busy. The best food I have probably ever had. What a fantastic meal, enjoyed every bite. Hats off to the chef! Innovative and tasty. I woke up the next morning hoping for some more of that scrumptious corn bread.
The ambiance on the patio was fantastic. A memorable experience. The prices were not outlandish. I would recommend this and will be visiting again if I make it back to Santa Barbara.
I usually don't write reviews like this ...
I usually don't write reviews like this but it's something my spouse and I were discussing days after our dinner so I figured I'd write in. Upon arriving to The Lark I walked up to the front desk and was greeted with "Can I help you with something?" in a condescending tone. As I work in a service industry, I take to heart not being greeted warmly or even being asked "do you have a reservation?", which I did, or "welcome to The Lark". It seemed like the hostess was confused as to why I was standing there when, clearly, I was seeking a table to dine at. Our waiter seemed extremely disinterested in speaking with us, and it's odd for The Lark since we always had such great service. I'm not really sure what his problem was but he mumbled and was less than thrilled to be speaking with us. I'm not sure if he was having a bad night or what but it seriously made us consider not returning to The Lark. I don't even know what his name was because he was so disengaged with us. Other than that we had a nice time but it was just odd.
the staff was friendly, helpful and flex ...
the staff was friendly, helpful and flexible as we changed our reservation time twice. The cocktails were seasonal and quite agreeable. Snacks, salads, entrees and desserts were delectable. Special note for the Rosemary cornbread - we had three orders it was so good!
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