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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
Have you ever had to eat dinner with a blanket around you because the patio heaters were to few? Or that our party of three never received one of their dinners? Well, that was our experience with The Lark. The food was good but all the other distractions and weather doomed our eating excitement. Dress warmly hope you get your order correctly served.
Made reservations and arrived on time but we were sat by the door and the bus/computer station. There were many empty seats. Pimento cheese came with insufficient toast. Radicchio and butter lettuce salad was over-dressed and poorly composed with huge pieces of radicchio and too much of it. The butter lettuce was completely wilted. The duck confit was very good but barely warm.
I really wanted to like the experience but I'm a good cook and expect more for that high a price point.
If you are a foodie, The Lark is a must. Every item is amazing. Throw a dart and you can't miss. Don't miss the cornbread or famous Brussel sprouts. (or deviled eggs when on the menu) Had ribs this time and their flavor was delicious. The deconstructed Creme Brûlée was superb. Excellent wine list and great cocktails. Menu changes frequently, so don't rely on web.
The Lark hits the spot. The food is creative, sometimes too much so, but it is interesting without being silly. The brussel sprouts - indeed! - are quite tasty. The beet salad is good, and the shrimp with grits a bit much. But I like the wine and the vibe. Not too busy after 8:30pm. Pay a visit if in SB.
I always enjoy eating at The Lark and I am thrilled that the weather is finally cooperating so we can once again eat in the lovely outdoor patio area. The food is incredibly flavorful and always served hot and perfectly cooked. Special Kudos to the kitchen staff for continuing to experiment with flavors and food combinations while keeping our favorites on the menu as well.
My husband and I had such a fabulous meal here. We were originally sat outside, but then asked to move inside because it was very windy and cold on their patio. The staff took very good care of us and accommodated our needs. The cocktails really blew us away - inventive and well balanced. The food was incredible. Seasonally inspired, well executed and the family style plating made it great for sharing which is the only way my hubby and I dine. We will be back - and hopefully soon!
We ate here on our last night of a two week trip to Santa Barbara. It was highly recommended by friends who live in the neighborhood. We loved it. All the food is served family style and the waitress made sure we ordered just the right amount of food, which I really appreciated. Anyway, plan to eat there next time we are in Santa Barbara.
WOW. It is a real pleasure to dine at a restaurant that has all their stuff together!! We did not like the first place we were seated, so immediately we were reseated in an outside area with heat lamps - the perfect spot. Our server was very experienced and professional. Every dish from the kitchen was plentiful, the perfect temperature as well as tasted exceptional. We would very strongly recommend this restaurant as a MUST when in Santa Barbara as it was our last night in town and the best dinner meal and service during our three days.
Incredibly, incredibly slow. Server hardly touched our table. It was probably 5 minutes before he even stopped by to give his intro and ask us what we wanted to drink and then we sat a solid twenty minutes between courses with nothing on our table. I'm not sure if he forgot to fire our courses or what happened but he acted like this was normal dining behavior and didn't even apologize for the awkward wait. When the food did finally come out each time, it was fine (nothing spectacular) but we did enjoy the vibe and decor of the restaurant. I'm not sure if we were just there on a off night so if we were local I would maybe give it another try.
This was my third time dining at The Lark and it has been spectacular every single time. It is without a doubt the best restaurant at which I have ever eaten. You can't go wrong with any dish, and you absolutely must trust the menu. The depth of flavor is second to none. Most recently my wife and I ordered the oysters, the porchetta/burrata, grilled octopus and the grilled lamb belly. Each one forces you to savor every single bite as you try to comprehend the heavenly flavors in your mouth. The cocktail menu is equally fantastic... you may want to plan ahead with a DD and dive in.
Overall, this place is a must every time we venture up to SB from LA. The most recent meal stuffed us and with a cocktail each, cost only $135. We have spent far more and gotten way less memorable foods... you will not be disappointed.
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