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: email@example.com
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Would have liked the server to explain a ...
Would have liked the server to explain at the beginning of evening this is a shared plates format. Following our meal ( which was excellent just a lot of food) server mentioned in passing plates are for 4 people. Thank God I didn't clean my plate!!!
Other than leaving " food drunk", very good spot.
We sat outside in the rare SB rain - und ...
We sat outside in the rare SB rain - under cover, with numerous heaters. It was beautiful and the food was fabulous. Must get the roasted brussel sprouts! Great attentive service as well. Only disappointment was when I called to make a reservation for 9 people and they would not / could not do it - very un-accomodating. Went there with 3 of us instead. Their loss.
We go every year and have yet to be disa ...
We go every year and have yet to be disappointed. You know you're in a good spot when you're close to where they pack in all the tourists and yet the locals come for a bite and a glass. Great wine list, knowledgeable staff and consistent and innovative gastronomy. All packaged in a Santa Barbara casual charm. A winner.
Was really looking forward to a great me ...
Was really looking forward to a great meal considering the incredible word of mouth. Very disappointed. Service was slow and inattentive. Plates piled up. Food was just ok at best. Not a truly memorable or 'wow' bite of the entire evening (and we ordered 5 plates.) Would not go back or recommend. 2/10.
We so enjoyed our meal at The Lark - wha ...
We so enjoyed our meal at The Lark - what a great find! The atmosphere is lovely and warm, with lots of beautiful textures. Our server was just the right balance of familiar and attentive and made great recommendations for wine pairings. The Rosemary cornbread was LIFE changing. The Brussels sprouts were the best we've had anywhere, and the entrees (harissa chicken and homemade pappardelle with mushrooms, squash, and pomegranate seeds) offered really beautiful flavor complexities.
We live in LA, but will come back to SB just to eat here! Highly recommended.
Second visit. I was wow' d last summer w ...
Second visit. I was wow' d last summer when I visited for 1st time. Menu was incredible. This visit was full of expectations that never got met. The menu was little too limiting esp for family style, salt heavy and not delivering completely on flavors, and wine list too expensive for what it was. Don't get me wrong , Lark is full of amazing potential to keep delivering like my first visit and atmosphere plus service will win me back. I will also add the dessert we had "cheesecake " was freakin outstanding and we wish the rest of meal had been equally enjoyable.
Visiting the Lark is a must for anyone c ...
Visiting the Lark is a must for anyone coming to Santa Barbara who wants to experience the best, most creative food in the Funk Zone.
There is a variety of seating options, from a big shared bar height table to small antique confessionals for an intimate special dinner (recommended!) - they also have an outdoor seating area and wine bar next door if you want a wine experience before or after dinner. No detail is left unnoticed.
The food is really inventive - the brussels sprouts and little gems salad are two of my favorites. The drinks are killer. Every main course I have ever had here has been delish. And they serve this amazing seasonally spiced popcorn when you are seated that I always want to try to recreate at home.
Great location, amazing decor, nicest staff , always a memorable night.
I went here to celebrate my birthday. We ...
I went here to celebrate my birthday. We were surprised by my parents buying us a round of drinks by the waiter handing me a birthday card. The drinks and food were delicious - My favorite was the steak tartare. We sat outside next to the fire but it wasn't too chilly. Overall a very fun experience.
The food is served family style - my hus ...
The food is served family style - my husband and I have very different palates and since the plates are meant to be shared it was very difficult for us to order and have us get what we wanted - they should mention that it is served family style on the menu page and not on the page about the restaurant -
It is very noisy and it was very difficult to hear our server much less each other
The food is unfortunately overpriced for ...
The food is unfortunately overpriced for the portion/quality you receive. The brussel sprouts were the best part, but other than that, it wasn't very good. The popcorn they brought out had so much cumin that it was all you could taste when eating it. We ordered the butter lettuce and fairhill farm's apples with the lamb belly. The apples were practically non existent and the lettuce pieces were way too large and soaked in a vinaigrette that had far too much vinegar overpowering any other flavors. It was terrible. The lamb belly was decent at best, but definitely not worth what you pay for it. If you're looking for dining with similar cuisine, I would highly recommend The Black Sheep, the portions are similar but the food quality far exceeds that of The Lark. The service was impeccable, which did make up for the lacking meal.
We were pretty disappointed. The food w ...
We were pretty disappointed. The food was okay, that's it. It wasn't great. Our waitress was the best thing about the whole night.
When the manager came over to ask us how things were, we informed him that the porcetta was waaay too salty. He came back with some unacceptable response like, "oh, that's a very salty food". We all know it's not. It's all in the way it was prepared. Since we were with our famous world renowned nephew chef, he knew more than anybody. The manager should have apologized and offered a free dessert, or to compensate us in some way. He did nothing. It was just wrong.
Bottom line--we will not be going back and won't recommend it to anybody else.
Went on a chilly but clear Saturday nigh ...
Went on a chilly but clear Saturday night and the restaurant was very lively and packed! Our group tried and loved the Brownbutter rosemary cornbread, Brussels sprouts, sacallops (spicy!), flank steak and creme brûlée. Nothing about each one of these was typical or standard, so many layers of flavors and presentation. We had been at wineries all day so we didn't have wine there, only a cocktail. Lots of servers, a different one brought each dish as it was ready and explained in detail the ingredients! They were very busy and moved pretty fast but still great service!
The place is beatiful, the food was grea ...
The place is beatiful, the food was great, very tasty and high cousine techniques. We had the Grilled Spanish Octopus with roasted cauliflower, blistered grapes, arugula, toasted almonds, squid ink, grapefruit, rosemary - it was delicious and the octopus was cooked to perfection. We also shared a Smoked Foie Torchon. The spiced pistachio crumble was perfectly matching the Foie without covering its taste. Had 2 IPAs for drink, both very good. Service was attentious without being annoying. Great place, would go again and recommend to visitors who are in Santa Barbara.
Nice ambiance, inventive food the crispy ...
Nice ambiance, inventive food the crispy duck was great would have been perfect if the biscuit was cook through. We ate around it and it was so large it was fine. Crude was nice and wedge salad was really good. Highly recommend!
Went here based on decent Yelp reviews a ...
Went here based on decent Yelp reviews and some local friends recs (though others did not recommend it). Space and ambiance is decent. Like a trendy gastropub feel. Service was not good. Despite an enthusiastic almost m TGIF bubbly attitude, the server plainly lacked good service. The food unfortunately sounds better than it is. The portions feel too big and are ambitious but flavors don't always work together. Winter pears was interesting but felt like it was trying too hard and wasn't that good. Octopus was ok but not as good as what's served at most similar places where we're used to. Lastly, the pappardelle. I wanted to like it. First one was warm at best. Had to be sitting there forever. Asked for it to be hotter. For some reason, the whole dish was remade making us wait more. Fair enough. And on the remake, a curly hair. Enough said. Hopefully unintentional. Manager was apologetic, but I can't recommend this place.
Finally we had the chance to book dinner ...
Finally we had the chance to book dinner at The Lark, we have heard so many positive reviews and our dinner did not disappoint. I love that you order items to eat family style so that we all were able to sample the interesting dishes from appetizers to entrees. Everything was beautifully plated and delicious. The ambiance is warm and welcoming with repurposed items even a confessional that is a table for 2! I can't wait to return.
Got a reservation early and was seated p ...
Got a reservation early and was seated promptly. Service was very good even though the restaurant was quite busy, this was on a Sunday. They were well staffed. The food came out quickly and we were happy with the presentation and quality of our selections. We especially enjoyed the brussel sprouts, carrots and pappardelle dishes.
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