Lark Creek Blue
Lark Creek Blue

Lark Creek Blue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.larkcreekblue.com/
  • Phone: (408) 244-1244
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday- Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

    Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chad Greer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olsen
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is convenient covered and underground parking, as well as surface lots and street parking.
A word from Lark Creek Blue
Santana Row welcomes a new dining destination this summer with the launch of Lark Creek® Blue which opened its doors on August 1, 2012. The restaurant features sustainable seafood, extensive oyster selections and a variety of globally-inspired seasonal dishes under the direction of Chef Chad Ferry. Lark Creek Blue is housed in the space formerly held by Yankee Pier, which had its last night of service on Sunday, July 15, 2012. The space has been completely renovated to offer casual, contemporary design with a circular raw bar, open kitchen and ample covered patio seating, perfect for warm summer days and nights.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Lark Creek Blue reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (80)fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (36)special occasion (35)great for lunch (31)romantic (22)hot spot (18)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Comfortable setting at Santana Row
    localcoupleVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Enjoyed a leisurely meal. The waiter was inattentive, but we just wanted to hang out anyway. The food was good, but not over the top. We mostly liked having a nice dinner then walking around Santana Row and looking at Holiday decorations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We have always had a great experience eating at Larkcreek Blue for brunch and lunch. We appreciate the commitment to sourcing seafood in a sustainable way, and the staff have always been very professional and attentive. This is one of the very few times we've been in for dinner. The oysters were, as usual, fresh and tasty. I would not recommend the seafood gumbo, which I found to be fairly thin and bland. We were seated in the large back booth where the uncomfortably bright lights above make the already very exposed seating even less pleasant. Given our much better experiences eating here at other times of the day, we will continue to recommend it to friends as a brunch/lunch spot. And I'm sure we will be back to give dinner another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BGFoodie
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Our server was quite nice, however I wish that the host had mentioned to her that it was our anniversary. She did not make it that special for us on our special occasion. We did go on the night of the tree lighting so I can't speak for noise level. However, I wish that the manager had told the people just standing in front of the tables in the dining area to move. They were in the way of the guests and the servers and made it unpleasant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good food and excellent service
    Janiel
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Enjoyed sitting outside during Sunday brunch/lunch time and watching the crowd walk by at Santana Row. The menu was great and our food was super good. Especially liked our server Trevor who didn't rush us and was well informed about the menu and offered great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class and Friendly, Too
    sfdiner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to discover Lark Creek Blue, a restaurant at Santana Row where we frequently shop but rarely dine. Pre-movie on a Saturday night we expected crowded, noisy and mediocre and what we got was completely the opposite. Amid weekend shoppers and clubbers preparing for their busy night, Lark Creek Blue was a pleasant oasis of professional, friendly service and exceptional food. Although late, we were whisked to our table in this comfortable, upscale restaurant where we were treated to delicious food and wine. Noted for a large oyster selection and fresh seafood, we tried a little of each and every course was beautifully prepared and presented. Our main courses were carefully plated with vegetables and extras which is appreciated in this day of ala-carte everything. When our server heard we were running a little late for the movie, she quickly wrapped up the service and presented our reasonable bill. We loved this restaurant and will definitely return, feeling as though we just made a great discovery in our own back yard. Bravo, Lark Creek Blue...we really enjoyed our evening with you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for lunch
    suz1155
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food, service outdoor seating were great for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DinnerAndAMovie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were very late for our reservation due to miscalculation of when our movie would end. However, they were able to accommodate us at one of the communal tables. My cosmo was excellent and the swordfish was delicious. Three of us had the swordfish and one of us had the gumbo and that was great too. The calamari for the app was light, flavorful, and delish. The portions were a perfect amount. I like leaving a restaurant having finished my dinner and not feeling too full - a tribute to the flavor and the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service
    Nima
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I made a reservation for our anniversary. They prepared a very nice table for us. The service was very poor however. We didn't have a waiter! The asst manager was taking our orders and then we had other waitresses check on us. My wife ordered the salmon and it came cold. Of course, there is no waitress to complain to, so we had to wait. Then when she finally came and told her, she took the half eaten salmon, went to heat it up, and brought it back! At the end, salmon was taking off the bill. But I was just expecting a better service from this restaurant.
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  • We were disappointed...
    JeninSanJose
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We recently met friends for dinner at Lark Creek Blue and by far the best part was the company! We were greeted warmly by the staff and elected to sit in the 'bar' area while we waited for our friends. The friendly bartender provided a thorough overview of the drink and oyster menu and was very attentive. While none of the food we had was bad, it was just average and incredibly overpriced. We don't mind spending money for a good meal with good service (and do so often) but this meal was lackluster at best and far too expensive for the food and service we received. We won't be back.
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  • Great Food, Great Service !!!
    jojo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Family of four, when we ask to be transferred to another table no questions ask we got the booth. Very quick service and very polite. All servers are willing to help, you don't need to wait. Food are perfectly cooked and served. Waits are willing to help out with different choices and can explain what the items are. Favorite starters are bone marrow and calamari. Favorite entrees are lobster spag, gumbo and swordfish. Dont forget to order different kind of oysters, they are so fresh and taste great! We ended the night with cafe and creamy crunchy chocolate tart. The best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The seafood is great, recommend the prawn cocktail, and the oyster menu is great, a real gem is the blackened catfish. Highly recommend the Lemon Meringue Pie. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • something different
    nightout
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I both had seafood dishes that were a bit out of the ordinary. They were not super flavorful but were unique, interesting and worth the trip to a new place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and fabulous food
    sueoss
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This place had a really good assortment of unique apps to share, really good main courses and of course a varied wine list including decent bottles for $30 a piece. The dessert menu was amazing - unique again! and I guess the menu is seasonal so they are constantly changing it up. We sat outside and the ambiance was great, energetic and active with people walking by. The service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special
    npeats
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We picked this because the reviews were good and we wanted to eat at Santa Row. We started with oysters and drinks which were both good. Our main dishes were just not that great. They were bland and nothing notable about them. Service was surprisingly slow considering that it wasn't very busy (I think it was an issue with the food not coming out from the kitchen). The people were very nice and the ambiance and setting were also very nice.
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  • Slow and cold
    mfalaise
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We waited a long time for our food (20 minutes for our entrees after our salad plates were cleared). And then the food was cold. The server checked back, and she did take it back to the kitchen, but my new plate still had cold items. Disappointing for an upscale restaurant with prices to match.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location
    scumom
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Having dinner outside in October was a treat! Our waitress was very pleasant and had good suggestions. Unfortunately the food was a little bland tonight. I have been to this place a few times and usually have tasty meals, tonight was not the case. Had the ahi tuna w/cappellini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mostly great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    ceviche and heirloom tomato salad with Ahi were both excellent. Blackened fish tacos were bland; rice and beans were not worth eating. We gave feedback to our waitperson who sent over the manager. He made an adjustment on the bill. Service was excellent; waitstaff attentive and worked well together.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Fantastic
    carpediem53
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great food, great value, excellent service. I have eaten there twice and will go back each time I visit San Jose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lark Creek Blue
    MarMir
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Delicious food. Our service was great. They are very accommodating with substitutions and we always find what we want and like on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeds All Expectations
    carpediem53
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A full sensory dining pleasure, ambience, food, service 5 Stars!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit or Miss
    RedLady
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our party of four had high hopes for this restaurant. Unfortunately, the service was unremarkable as was some of the food. Someone in my party ordered the roasted chicken, but returned it because it was dry & rubbery. The grilled salmon was forgettable. My husband said his gumbo was ok. My other friend thought the vegetable lasagne was delicious. We all agreed the best item we tried were the chickpea fries. For the $220 we spent, there are many other restaurants to choose from in the area, Lark Creek Blue will not be among our next choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    MissMiaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love this restaurant; the food is amazing (especially the mahi mahi ceviche!!) and the ambiance is perfect for a nice dinner night with friends or for a date. If you sit outside you can enjoy the fun scene at Santana Row as well. Service staff was so nice! Very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu which was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great first time experience
    Diiva408
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food, the ambiance, the service was all great. They were very accommodating and their oysters were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic!
    looking
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Brian was the right man for the night! the bone marrow appt. was a waste of my money.....I overlooked it because I was on a second date with a hottie. I love bone marrow and so does she....she ordered it......but it was cumbersome and not enough to butter a bread crumb. Everything else was perfect.....we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food - attentive server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was very good - all items were fresh and had lots of flavor. The server was very attentive and offered good suggestions to resolve questions or concerns.
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  • Last two visits were disappointing
    5918y
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service has been indifferent and inefficient. My husband and I have enjoyed our food, but out friends have not. My food was cold and lacking the potato part of the entry. I sent it back and it was quickly served warm and with the potatoes, but with no apology or grace. Management needs to take a look at policies and practices of food and particularly, the service. This was my "go-to place for a special occasion". This is no longer true. I am disappointed because I feel like I have lost a good friend. Please train your waiters to be gracious again or hire more help. Make sure all of the components of an entree are served together, and be sure to serve your food warm. By the way, we sit on the side patio, which is very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls' Night Out
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Outside dining on a great evening to celebrate two birthdays and had a very attentive waitress and delicious food!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • susieq
    susieq
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time there. Great experience. Everything was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My guests were very pleased with the food - service was good. We were having a meeting over dinner and were a bit rushed with orders. Food was served fresh and tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Seafood restaurant
    Nora
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice seafood restaurant in the heart of Santana Row. Food is very good and served with careful design and creativity. however it's a bit pricey for what they serve. The menu is kind of short and there are not too many options to choose from. Service is great. Waiters keep coming to ask if all is OK, to my taste too many times... In general it's a nice restaurant to have dinner at.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Stephie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a fun place with great food! The Lemon pie is awesome! Would love to see fish and chips on the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $288 meal for 4 people +tip
    DateNight
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We thought this restaurant was going to have good food. We ordered the steaks and lobster pasta. The lobster was fishy tasting Maine Lobster should be sweet and not rubbery. The steak was flavorless and all our steaks were cooked more that we each asked for. 1 of them had to be sent back. Order you steak rare if you want medium. Our main dishes were not very good. We did like the oysters. Their signature drinks were really good just come here for the Moscow Mule. Our waitress thought we gave her a $100 tip but we just needed change so we could tip her properly. It was awkward. We decided to have dessert and after dinner drinks somewhere else because we were tired of paying good money for just OK food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lochness
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The shrimp salad was a disappointment. The lettuce leaves were a dark green and I can't eat dark green leafy vegetables. The avocado slices were old. They advertised heirloom tomatoes and I thought that would be included but no. So dark green lettuce leaves, avocado and shrimp with a thousand island dressing. I make a better shrimp salad. Last Thanksgiving they advertised a lobster special. When served, it was stuffed with shrimp and a little lobster. I will never go there again.
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  • It has everything going for it!
    SweetBasilVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Distinctive & unusual food! The best pesto chx sandwich I've tasted. My friend loved her hamburger w/apple smoked bacon w/ sage fries. Yumm I don't even care for watermelon but you must try the appetizer>>>>amazing! our waiter was really knowledgeable, attentive & just really nice.. and how lovely to eat on the street in a vibrant surrounding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just okay .. was great before
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was wonderfully presented, but taste was lacking. Service was just okay. we've been to the restaurant when it was a 5 star rating ... something has gone missing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Seemed understaffed
    nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Although we had 5:45pm reservation, while seated, we waited for 30 mins before someone even approached us for ordering. We were trying to make a movie, so it seemed rushed. They split our dishes which was nice, but did not seem sensitive to our timing. Food was ok, nothing special for the prices. Did provide a birthday dessert which is always a lovely touch. Dessert was good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited seafood
    SpecialEvening
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had the salmon for lunch, at a pricey $28.00. It was good, but would have been better in a lighter sauce. The service was terrible. We waited for everything. The food was hot, so the backup must have been in the kitchen, not with our waiter. If you're not an oyster fan, and you want some seafood, the menu is very limited - basically there was salmon, salmon salad and fish and chips. I will not be returning, even though the ambiance was outstanding since we sat outside at Santana Row.
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  • I would not recommend.
    Lginoc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I would not recommend this restaurant. They were out of 3 if the four things we wanted to order on the menu. Our server was average at best. One meal came with a large black hair and was sent back and not returned. We had to ask for it to be removed from our bill because they were not professional enough to remove it. Would not return.
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  • Extremely Slow Service...
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We generally receive outstanding service when dining at Lark Creek Blue, but for some reason it took forever to even get a staff member to come to our table and take our drink order! Apparently, the restaurant was short-staffed the night we dined (8/23) and we paid the price for the lengthy delays. The restaurant needs to hire more staff in order to keep customers returning to their establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit - good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first visit to Lark Creek Blue @ Santana Row. I'd been to a couple restaurants in SF and had good and not so great experiences. The food was quite good and the wine was OK as well. Portions were small'ish - but generally filling - so not an issue. The seating was not inviting nor relaxing - thus a lower score on ambience. I will go back to try other dishes knowing that the seating may be an issue.
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