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, 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
My fav restaurant in SB since they opene ...
My fav restaurant in SB since they opened. The plates are a really good size. Only negative on this visit was the busser never brought our take away box. We couldn't finish our last plate and I was looking forward to having it for lunch the next day, but Had to leave to meet friends and couldn't wait any longer.
Too many ingredients that didn't go toge ...
Too many ingredients that didn't go together whatsoever. Seems like they added ingredients "on a lark". Hence their name I guess. Way too pretentious for the location and the environment. Foodies may like it but I needed several anti-acids afterwards. Server was the only redeeming thing about the place.
Excellent food, excellent service. Our s ...
Excellent food, excellent service. Our server was very helpful in guiding us through the menu and how much to order. One person in our party has a food allergy and she knew exactly what he could and could not eat and double checked with the chef on a couple items. All dishes were prepared perfect and tasted wonderful. We will definitely be back.
The Chef did an outstanding job! The foo ...
The Chef did an outstanding job! The food was fresh and bursting with flavors of incredible food combinations. I love the share platters and the fact The Lark uses fresh local products. The service was great and they made sure we had an incredible experience. I highly recommend them for your dining experience!
Amazing seasonal menu - if fall in Calif ...
Amazing seasonal menu - if fall in California were a meal, that food would be it. I split the cheese charcuterie, beef tartare, Seared blue fin, peanut butter/ganache and sweet potato beignet with a friend. While there was a strong fall theme in the food, the tastes were innovative and not at all obvious or "kitschy." My favorite was the sweet potato beignet with butternut squash ice cream dessert - it reminded me of fall in the Midwest, where fall for me was sweet potato pie, cider mills and donuts, and warm food to get through cool weather. My only critique is portions were huge but on the other hand, a great value for the food quality.
Seemed like everyone in Santa Barbara wa ...
Seemed like everyone in Santa Barbara was at The Lark the night we dined here- very busy and vibrant!! This gives it a great atmosphere. Fortunately we were seated in a booth which blocked out a lot of the noise. The food was interesting and delicious with a unique spin. Highlights included the heirloom tomato panzella and the seared ahi tuna, although all dishes were fantastic. The cocktails and wine were also great and staff were warm and friendly. We will definitely return during our next trip to Santa Barbara and highly recommend to others!!
Had the 72 hr ribs and they were not rib ...
Had the 72 hr ribs and they were not ribs but strips of over charred beef w no flavor... 12 oz platter that may have had 7-8 oz beef..at $42.00!!!!. they recommend med rare but how are they cooked for 72 hours and be medium rare? Wait staff had attitude and very loud... dont think they are as cool as they think❗️
Food and service top notch. Nothing abou ...
Food and service top notch. Nothing about The Lark was negative. Outstanding meal that we'll be talking about for a long time. Our waiter Matt knew everything about the food and his recommendations on both the food and drink were spot on.
Great, intersting cocktails. Octopus was ...
Great, intersting cocktails. Octopus was an amazing combination of flavors. Pate and charcuterie board was definitely a share...delicious but better for 2 or 3. We sat outdoors by the fire and it was delightful, although last time we had apps at the bar and loved that experience as well.
Despite the organized chaos at the recep ...
Despite the organized chaos at the reception desk, the quality of the food is very good and the service, on this visit, was exceptional. Creative, distinct and flavorful, the menu items are often one of a kind and almost always hit their mark. How to make a bone marrow dish stand out? Add someJalapeño jelly that hits the right balance of sweet and heat and a crumbly rosemary cornbread. Brussel Sprouts that have become ubiqitous carve a unique flavor profile with deft additions of medjool dates, garum, sesame, lime. Completely satisfying and delicious. Well worth a visit for diners looking for a fun atmosphere, with exceptional staff and unique flavor combinations. One singular word of advice; this is an opportunity to share and try to make the dishes arrive as they "Fired" in the kitchen giving everyone a chance to share is it comes to the table. In addition the wine list is fairly priced and has some very nice selections.
We live in Los Angeles, but we include L ...
We live in Los Angeles, but we include Lark as a "go back to place" everytime we are in Santa Barbara. This year the food was just as fabulous as it was last year. The ambiance and food is outstanding! We cannot wait to come back in the near future.
Made reservations at The Lark about a mo ...
Made reservations at The Lark about a month before coming to SB for a bday vacation after a quick google search of "best rest in SB" and it did not disappoint!!! Between my BF and I we split 3 items and it was perfect. Granted we had an appetizer of shark bites at a nearby funk town brewery that we're amazing... so their suggestion of 3-5 plates per 2 humans is pretty accurate. 5 if you're starving, 3 if you're not just looking for a satisfying dinner. We had yellowtail with pomegranate seeds, celery and hazelnuts an heirloom tomato/arugula burrata, and a short rib with roasted veggies. All of which were fantastic. Favorite was the heirloom tomato dish simply because of its freshness. Would highly recommend this place for a rustic, casual, tasty dinner in SB!
Amazing find! First time there and foun ...
Amazing find! First time there and found it by chance scrolling through the restaurants on Open Table. I haven't had my taste buds tantalized in a while and I REALLY enjoyed our dinner. Each menu choice had amazing depth without being too over the top. The short ribs are a must, the root vegetable puree really brought the dish to new heights. My only bummer was there wasn't enough bone marrow on our "From the Ranch" menu choice , I can always go for more! Wyatt our service was fun yet professional making our anniversary dinner even more special. Don't miss the goat cheese profiteroles for dessert a great end to a fantastic meal. The Lark is a must if your dining in Santa Barbara either as a local or visiting from out of town like we were.
Not entirely sure what the hype is all a ...
Not entirely sure what the hype is all about. Menu is okay, the short rib is presented as and tastes like a steak. We were handed our bill before being asked if anyone wanted anything else like dessert or coffee or another drink. We had to mention we needed steak knives to cut the meat. Maybe it was an off night but don't see the need to go back. Ever.
Was good food and experience, and I woul ...
Was good food and experience, and I would go there again, but there was so much hype about the restaurant and I feel like it fell short of all the hype. I think that the location is what makes it good, in the middle of the funk zone. There are way better restaurant experiences on state street.
Noise level is very high. Music that sho ...
Noise level is very high. Music that should be background is very intrusive. More like Chinese water torture. Between the not so great service, late seating with a reservation, really irritating music and menu that hasn't changed much in three years, we will be going elsewhere!
Spent several hours dining. Food was int ...
Spent several hours dining. Food was interesting - unexpected combinations - but felt main ingredient was weak and on the pricey side. Staff was friendly and made us feel welcome. The service was slow - which could present a problem if one didn't have hours to dine.
We went to the lark on a suggestion from ...
We went to the lark on a suggestion from friends from Denver who have several restaurants and had just visited here and loved it. We were not disappointed! We had the tomato/burrata salad, ahi tuna, and duck confit....all incredible. We arrived early for our reservation and sat at the bar. Great drink options! Also nice wine menu. All diverse selections with things not just from California, which seems to be the trend along the coast.
We loved all the unique combinations of ...
We loved all the unique combinations of ingredients. Crispy Brussels sprouts with dates and sesame seeds - amazingly delicious! Dessert was a chocolate ganache, peanut butter cake filling, bumbleberry crisp combo artfully displayed on a platter. All food comes on big platters to be shared family style. Candles on wooden tables and wooden chandliers with low lights, firepits outside.
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