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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 received exceptional while dining in ...
We received exceptional while dining in the Bar area. The Pork Belly was excellent! Great wines too!
Wait staff was somewhat rude and unprofe ...
Wait staff was somewhat rude and unprofessional - especially the bartender.
Haven't been to Lark for a while. Food ...
Haven't been to Lark for a while. Food is very good. Service is good and atmosphere is fun. I do find the introductory speech irritating. Once server has asked if you've been there before they still go into their condescending: "Just to remind you... our food is meant for sharing... blah blah...blah". It feels a little bit like a cult and not a restaurant. Otherwise very good.
Very dynamic and wonderful space. Menu w ...
Very dynamic and wonderful space. Menu was full of great options to satisfy any craving or dietary proclivities (vegan, veggie, paleo, carnivore, etc.). Heard rave reviews of Lark from friends and it did not disappoint. Service was mediocre but food made up for it.
Everything was excellent until we came t ...
Everything was excellent until we came to the after-dinner tea which is a featured item on the dessert menu ("rare teas") but handled badly as the pot was overstuffed with leaves and there was no way to pour off and not just keep steeping. It became inedibly bitter. This relatively minor thing marred the evening especially as it was the final thing and we went away grumbling instead of happy.
We were very excited to arrive at the La ...
We were very excited to arrive at the Lark having seen so many great reviews. It's a well designed space, nice looking and really comfortable. We had a new waitress? She was really informative, it was her first night and the manager stood over her shoulder all night, a little unnecessary I would say. The food timings were good but after we finally selected the wine (we were quite particular) it took a very long time to receive the first glass and then my boyfriends glass stood empty for sometime. The wine was extremely expensive for what it was, I enjoyed it but overpriced. We had the asparagus to start which was delicious, nothing to fault. The Texas red fish was our choice for main, the fish itself was well cooked and really nice but the sauce was overpowering for the whole dish, textures were good. The waitress was too keen to remove our plates before we had finished, too eager to get the next customers through the door. I do not think I would go back which is a shame but I hear Santa Barbara has many other fantastic restaurants.
Restuarant was great, food was wonderful ...
Restuarant was great, food was wonderful as always but our server was not friendly and acted impatient
The food was outstanding. Interesting ta ...
The food was outstanding. Interesting takes and blends of flavors. I love that you share dishes,as then you get to taste more items. If I can still rave about how unique and delicious the wedge salad was days later,you know it was good. My only complaint would be that they brought the dishes out too quickly. We were still savouring one dish,and another came right out. They should be spaced a bit better. I will definitely return whenever I'm in SB!
Food was superb. We had brussel sprouts ...
Food was superb. We had brussel sprouts with dates, sesame and lime. The sprouts were a little too charred for me but it was a good dish. We had 2 entrees - THe Lark Charcuterie and gnocchi with Dungeness crab. The Charcuterie dish had a pork rillette which was a bit fatty as well as a porchetta - which was a blend of different types of cuts of pork, shredded and made into a paste that was good with the crusty bread. It also had a salad as a good complement to the meat. The crab dish was my favorite - the gnocchi was very tender and so soft , the sauce was creamy and rich and the oranges on top complemented to whole dish very well. For dessert we chose the goat cheese profiterole which was not too sweet but the filling was so creamy and decadent I wanted more. The profiterole itself had a great flavor. I would say it was an excellent meal.
I love their food! 6th time there. The B ...
I love their food! 6th time there. The Brussels sprouts are great, along with the gnocchi and crab dish. We loved the wild rice fish dish as well with their home cured sausage. Fantastic!
Sat on the patio. Service was incredible ...
Sat on the patio. Service was incredible, food was amazing!
Terrific eclectic menu. Service was top ...
Terrific eclectic menu. Service was top notch. Lived up to all the rave reviews. Try the connected wine bar too.
Amazing experience. Wow.
Amazing experience. Wow.
Delicious food with unique flavors and v ...
Delicious food with unique flavors and very nice presentation. The reservation was spot on. We sat outside on a cool evening, near the fireplace. My only suggestion would be to improve the metal chairs. They were cold to sit on and and a bit uncomfortable, but don't let that deter you from going to The Lark, everything else is exceptional.
Our son graduated from UCSB, thankfully ...
Our son graduated from UCSB, thankfully a month ago I thought about getting dinner reservations. They were booked for Saturday night. So I made reservations for Friday night after reading the reviews. I think we got one of the last reservations it was for 5:30. Well we came hungry. There were 4 In our party. We ordered the deviled eggs, oysters, brussel sprouts to start everything was delicious. We really loved the brussel sprouts. Oh and the charcuterie board was very good too. Then we had the wedge salad, gnocchi's and the lamb. I feel like I am missing something. The gnocchi's were delicious. My husband felt they were a little rich but the rest of us really enjoyed them. We were very satisfied. As for the dessert we didn't try anything. Nothing grabbed us.
We live in San Diego and will definitely be back!
Exciting dishes, with fun twists on American classics. Very balanced, and impeccably prepared with fresh and interesting ingredients. The service was top notch, and the patio offered a quaint and romantic setting.
Good food, ecclectic decor, very hip right now
Although The Lark became very noisy as the evening progressed, the experience was great fun and worth it. The menu offerings contained some interesting combinations of ingredients, and all the ones we tasted were quite good. The bar scene is a great source of entertainment, even if you're simply watching it. The bar was packed the night we went, tons of 20 and 30-somethings, all dressed to impress. Wait staff was good even if at times overwhelmed.
Fun bar scene, excellent food locally sourced very innovated menu. Very attentive and well informed wait staff. Good wine list. Always enjoyable.
Overly complex dishes. Some ingredients ...
Overly complex dishes. Some ingredients made no sense.
Great food. Very creative. The mix of ...
Great food. Very creative. The mix of favors just baffle the mind. Oysters with Meyers lemon granita. Carmelites gulf coast prawns with clams, pancetta, and smoked cherry tomatoes. Slow roasted lamb ribs with Medjool date carmel, salsa verde, crushed pistachio and felled pollen. OK I am sure I miss something, this was amazing. OMG worth more visits.
One of the best restaurants I've ever ea ...
One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.
The restaurant was great! They sat us on ...
The restaurant was great! They sat us on-time, had a special hand written note thanking us for celebrating our anniversary with them, gave us a free glass of champaign for a toast (and a bottle of water when they realized I was pregnant ;). Service was fast and pleasant and the food was SPECTACULAR!!
Great spot for a date or special occasion, the food was amazing and the service was even better. Make a reservation for sure
A Decent Place - If You've Been Everywhere Else
After hearing much buzz about The Lark from my friends and coworkers (who are like myself locals), my boyfriend and I decided to try The Lark for a casual dinner date. The Funk Zone location was exciting but parking was limited or expensive (a rarity for Santa Barbara). The vibe of the place was electric, bohemian, vibrant, rustic, and modern. The noise level was too high, but for a night at the bar, that might be a good thing as the bar sounded fun and the drinks were good and fairly cheap. That said, service was a big letdown. First, our table wasn't ready when we got there on time for our reservation and we had to wait about 10 minutes. Second, our waitress was decidedly unfriendly and inattentive. She visited the table about 4 times and her slow service made the whole experience take nearly 2 hours for a casual dinner. She never smiled once and was rude after she realized we were only getting like 70$ worth of food instead of the 200$ she tried to sell us. The food was really good. The Brussel sprouts and the pimento cheese in particular were great, but everything felt as though the chef was trying too hard to reinvent the wheel instead of letting good food speak for itself. The prices were a bit higher than the food was worth, but nothing outrageous. All that said, I'd recommend trying The Lark if you've been to every other restaurant in Santa Barbara but for better food and service, restaurants like Finch & Fork, Blush, and Intermezzo are definitely much higher on my list of Santa Barbara's best. If The Lark could get its wait staff in order, it would be a lot better - but even then other restaurants have better (and often better-priced) food and atmosphere.
Brussels Sprouts were delicious! Food w ...
Brussels Sprouts were delicious! Food was great!
Food was excellent. Waiter was awesome with his recommendations.
We went here with some friends who have never been to Santa Barbara and it was our first time to the Lark. It did not disappoint everyone in our party is willing to try new things our only problem was that we ordered so much food we all became so full because we didnt want to let any food go to waste, so we had quite the tummy aches for the rest of the evening due to our overeating. But everything was great cant wait to go back.
Excellent, Creative Food
We had an excellent meal at The Lark. We shared the Brussel Sprouts, vegetable tartine. Gnocchi and squeezed in the Banana Cream & Hibiscus dessert . All of the dishes were very good and the gnocchi and dessert were outstanding/innovative. Service was very good at first, but waned as the meal went on and the restaurant got busier.
My mistake - eat inside
If you get a chance make your reservation for inside. Love the food.
Consistently shines. The seasonal chang ...
Consistently shines. The seasonal changes to the menu are all excellent. Portions are large, service is attentive despite the crowds (this place is packed even at 5 PM). A great place to sample the flavors of the central coast.
The service was amazing and we have had ...
The service was amazing and we have had better meals at The Lark before. This time, there was an issue with too much salt on our dishes. That said, this is really an amazing spot! Beautiful location and quite special.
Absolutely excellent fresh vibrant food ...
Absolutely excellent fresh vibrant food and fun relaxing atmosphere.
Server was very knowledgable about food ...
Server was very knowledgable about food preparation and ingredients.
Loved the Brussels sprouts, Paloma drink ...
Loved the Brussels sprouts, Paloma drink, short ribs, pork belly AND crab dishes! Sharing a bunch of items with friends is the way to go here :)
The Lark is a must for anyone looking fo ...
The Lark is a must for anyone looking for an incredible meal in Santa Barbara. Service is great and all the food is fantastic. I will be back many more times!
A very unique experience. Great food ser ...
A very unique experience. Great food served on wooden planks or platters so everyone can share their order with everyone at the table. Or you can enjoy the food yourself. Reservations are highly recommended.
Consistently excellent and creative food ...
Consistently excellent and creative food quality and presentation, good service, great venue and ambiance. Definitely one of the better restaurants in Santa Barbara. I highly recommend.
I've been here many times, the food neve ...
I've been here many times, the food never disappoints , the presentation is unique, service is great. Everything was delicious and prepared well, octopus was dry abit
There is nothing like The Lark in Santa ...
There is nothing like The Lark in Santa Barbara that puts the whole package together--delicious, innovative food, good service, a beautiful, vibrant environment. Chef Jason Paluska's food is amazing--layers of flavor and all the ingredients so fresh. We shared the asparagus (our friend, a caterer, said it was the best she'd ever had), the wedge salad (so good!), the charcuterie board that was the perfect blend of pork, spice, pickled vegetables and charred bread, the shrimp and clams with potato puree, then sadly had no room for their desserts. The only complaint in the otherwise flawless experience was the busboy didn't refill our water until we asked the waitress. But, The Lark is one of, if not THE, best restaurants in town.
The brussel sprouts were amazing! All the dishes we had were exeptional
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