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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
The vibe of this place is great and honestly, had it not been for the MICE, we would highly recommended. It's a packed restaurant. We were seated in a tiny corner outside near a bush. The seating is TIGHT and the next table was inches away from us. About half way through our dinner both us and the table next to us saw a mouse run from the restaurant, under us (my dress moved) and into the bushes. Ok, it was gross but I understand. I switched seats with my husband and we tried to move on. Then our final entree came. I really couldn't eat it, but I tried. Then, another mouse (or same nose) squeezed it's way thru the fence that we were literally an inch away from and dropped three feet and ran under our table again. At that point we decided we were done eating. We moved inside to finish the other half of our bottle of wine. When our bill came, we thought, they will probably comp this meal because that was absolutely crazy (they kept saying "this has never happened!" Instead, they comped nothing and we were slightly stunned (didn't say anything but we're shocked) they removed the cheapest item from our bill (Brussels sprouts). In NO WAY do we expect a free meal, but this was truly a ridiculous experience and most ceertajnlh prevent us from reccomending to others.
Great food--imaginative and delicious. Enjoyed the small plate, sharing idea. Cornbread and brussels sprouts were particularly memorable. Staff/service was very pleasant, friendly, efficient, and easygoing. Busy ambience that we found very enjoyable. We were from out of town but went on a friend's recommendation. Would definitely go back next time we're in Santa Barbara.
My wife and I had a fantastic meal at the Lark. The food was creative, delicious, and perfectly cooked. The Brillat Savarin Triple Creme Brie was amazing and different from what we have had anywhere and we have traveled to and eaten in every corner of the world.
I would go back for that alone, but that was just the beginning. Both my wife's Slow Roasted Niman Ranch Ribs and my roasted ocean trout (think salmon) was perfection. The fish was not overcooked for a single second as so many restaurants tend to do. The skin was crispy and inside was like butter and the ribs delivered as well.
We ate at other top ranked restaurants while in Santa Barbara but the Lark is the one we will return to first.
Loved the atmosphere and the food but the service was serious lacking. Our waiter was arrogant from the start and gave us very little attention. We ordered 8 dishes for 4 people and they were all brought to our very small table at the same time. This made it difficult to enjoy a well paced meal. We sat with all of our dirty dishes and empty water glasses for quite a long time. It was in unfortunate experience because the restaurant was lovely!
I was really excited to eat here and had made a reservation for my birthday. This was my only night in town and I made the reservations weeks in advance - I was seated on-time - in a back corner far away from everyone in this weird booth where I felt shunned (to be fair I had asked for quiet as it was only me but this was a bit much). The server greeted me and was friendly enough and I placed my order of scallops but then he NEVER came back. An assistant brought me some popcorn to the table (their version of bread) but I never got my water. The ONLY drink I had asked for. I saw my server walk by a dozen or more times - still no water. At all. Nothing to drink and no eye contact. I sat for probably 15-20 minutes and just left. Very disappointing. I went back to my hotel, the beautiful Four Seasons, and ordered room service at 9pm. :(
The cornbread and brussel sprouts were amazing! I'd highly recommend them. I guess the main dishes on the menu change per season, but these items have remained. We had the shrimp & grits and ribs. The grits were buttery and smooth without feeling heavy and the shrimp were nice and large. Ribs were very flavourful and meat fell off nicely. Dessert was good, but not great! Cheesecake isn't like your traditional cheesecake, so if that's what you're craving you'll be disappointed. The chocolate creme brulee was the winner out of the two, but not sure about the combo of the passion fruit ice cream that went with it. All those items fed 3 women perfectly without feeling overly stuffed :)
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