Lark Creek Walnut Creek
Lark Creek Walnut Creek

Lark Creek Walnut Creek

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.larkcreek.com/walnut_creek/index.html
  • Phone: 9252561234
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Bradley Ogden and Scott Wall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mount Diablo Blvd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street and in the convenient public parking structure above the restaurant.
A word from Lark Creek Walnut Creek
Lark Creek Walnut Creek is located in historic downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere is light and airy, with American country charm, sidewalk seating, an exhibition kitchen, and the new Oakville Room seating up to 36 guests for private functions. The changing menu, created by Chef Scott Wall includes seasonal, farm-fresh American fare featuring traditional and updated recipes. Produce, meats, poultry, fish, and other products from local ranchers, growers, and fishermen. Housemade desserts; local and regional wines.

Lark Creek Walnut Creek beverage service features 125 American wines, including offerings on tap, by the glass and in half-bottles, with local and regional producers featured. Full bar; fresh fruit and fountain beverages.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Lark Creek Walnut Creek reviews from OpenTable diners
298 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (130)fit for foodies (118)special occasion (117)great for lunch (109)great for outdoor dining (97)great for brunch (84)good for groups (74)notable wine list (56)romantic (47)kid-friendly (31)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (7)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Great service
    Patty
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service was great. The food very average. Nothing was just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • EXCELLENT with one exception.
    gzzz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    HAVE THE HEIRLOOM GAZPAUCHO SOUP SERVICE EXCELLENT AND CHARMING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service!
    ElleDee
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was amazing! Heirloom tomato salad, brick chicken and devils food cupcake all superb. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Place to Meet
    SusanK
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our family has been meeting here for special occasion lunches for several years. It's the perfect location for family coming from San Jose, Napa, San Rafael and Sacramento to meet and celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. The staff has gotten to know us, and the service has been exceptional. Even when we linger for dessert and another cup of coffee! Haven't even mentioned the food yet, which is why we selected Lark Creek in the first place. Delightful menu and fabulous food from small to large plates. Can't praise it enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Blakemont
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Very attentive service and food was good as usual. The butterscotch pudding was the perfect way to finish the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our "go to" restaurant in WC. Food and service are always first rate....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    MM1969
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was a bit disappointed. The food was OK...service lacked enthusiasm. Maybe a better place to go in the evening. I hate it when the appetizer plates are lifted and the entree is set down immediately. Everything seemed rushed. The brunch menu was good for breakfast...but it was hard to choose a lunch entree that was more than a sandwich. I had paella....it was average, lacked seasoning and not overly generous with the seafood and only 1 small piece of chicken. The calamari was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lark Creek a huge disappointment
    63YearFan
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lark Creek's been my "old reliable" go-to place for family and friends meals there at least 15 times in the past 2 years. NO MORE. I need to find a new "old reliable" after my experience Sunday. I decided to treat myself to brunch. I requested a quiet table, but not in Siberia alone in the back room. I specifically went to Lark Creek because they are in the middle of their annual Heirloom tomato season, and their gazpacho is the best …. at least it once was. This time the gazpacho was overly salted to the point of being all but inedible. I asked that my Caesar salad be "lightly dressed." What arrived was dressing with a pile of soggy lettuce. I sent it back. My chicken sandwich was dry & ordinary. A truly awful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed this time
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been coming to this restaurant for many years and normally love this place. Unfortunately this visit was quite the disappointment. On this visit we were celebrating our anniversary. We had gone to Lark Creek on our first date so this seemed appropriate. The food was creative and wonderful as usual, but the service was beyond horrible. The lack of attention by our waitress was evident at every step of the way. Drinks were slow in arriving, our entrees were delivered to our table with the appetizer and salad plates still on the table. When the entrees were delivered we had to ask for the dirty dishes to be removed and for cutlery to be delivered to our table. The waitress was just invisible in all aspects of this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomato celebration
    MaryK
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We met friends there specifically to try their heirloom tomatoes of the season. Must say it was disappointing. The tomatoes seemed less than flavorful and the mozzarella was subpar as well. Our entrees were fine but not stellar. We love Lark Creek but think this may be a miss? Our waiter was very good, although it was a busy night so things were a little slow. Ambience was very good and our overall experience was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lark Creek is worth finding
    MikeCurtis
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We regularly rely on the staff at Lark Creek to create and serve terrific food ad wine. Jeff is an amazing waiter if you can get him. Creative new dishes or standard favorites never disappoint. They are great with special occasions, birthdays, Anniversaries etc.. Once you try it, you will make this a regular stop when you visit Walnut Creek's amazing downtown area. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Walnut Creek
    jaxupra
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We go here for lunch at least every two weeks. September is their heirloom tomato month, and we both had BLT's. They were sensational.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We find Lark Creek to be consistently good. The chef's special with salmon, salad, and dessert is my favorite dish. It never disappoints. Great place to enjoy good food prepared to perfection. They are a go to place no matter what the occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent food. The paella was so flavorful. Enjoyed their heirloom tomato salad but the main course was the star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lark Creek Walnut Creek
    2women
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    2nd visit & disappointing-wait person seemed resentful to serve us. She was slow with everything, and not cordial. She refused "passport" discount that accepted before because it was a 'holiday'??. I still like the place, and consider it a central meeting place. Food is fine. Service seems to be an issue with Lark Creek restaurants-service is just uneven. I stopped going to original Lark Creek, in Marin, because of the uneven service. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HikerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Tamale pie,Fuji Apple salad, meatloaf (a classic), halibut, all delicious and a place where they remember returning patrons...nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    fredhin
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was great. Our waiter Daniel is outstanding. Easy going, put us at ease, and helped us pick the right entries. When our daughter laughs and orders her own food, we know we got a winner. The meatloaf was awesome and the fried chicken was as good as grandma's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something for Everyone
    TJ2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The brunch menu was varied enough for the 4 picky eaters in our group. All of the entrees turned out well. Especially liked the French toast with strawberry compote. We also liked the seasonal heirloom tomato festival menu items featured - bruschetta and omelet. Waitress could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place for Special Occasion
    bubba
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last week and decided to dine at The Lark Creek in Walnut Creek. The food was very good. The wine was excellent and service Was very attentive. Great menu selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a fly in the water
    Evor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Only problem was that my daughter found a fly in her water. Wait staff was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fantastic!
    Dabnor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service is amazing! The food, ambiance and selection are just what you would expect at a top notch establishment! Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What Happened
    EilizLampVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This used robe a great place. The food was covered in sauces and just kind of blah. I / we were very disappointed
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  • Business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The restaurant appears to have gone downhill in the last couple of years. Food was mediocre. Service was extraordinarily slow. Led to a 3 hour dinner that should have been more like half that.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The ham was absolutely terrific as was the Egg Benedict
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Brunch
    EemBeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    From the Blueberry Muffin to the French Toast and Eggs Benedict brunch is terrific!!! Oh and French Press coffee that will knock your socks off!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Bit Lacking
    2RetiredFoodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've had both lunch and dinner here numerous times, but feel the experience has gone a bit downhill. Our waiter was overly friendly and not professional. Service was fair and disjointed. Second courses were brought to table while we were still eating first one. Waiter asked what we wanted for dessert while 2 of us were still eating main course. Waiter said we were his last customers of the evening and he wanted to leave work. Wait staff had no idea who ordered which dish. Table was very small for 4 patrons. Prices are very high and not competitive. Get a 20% off coupon foom Costco!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum as always!
    LeeshyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lark Creek is my "go to" place for a special dinner with my hubby. They had a special caprese salad on the menu, made with heirloom tomatoes and in house made mozzarella. It was sooo good, the tomatoes were nice and ripe, just the right amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and basil of course. Our entrees were delicious, we had the meat loaf. Our server, Amy, is newer, but you really couldn't tell. She was attentive without being obtrusive. And, the butterscotch pudding, as always, was to die for. Love this place, always look forward to going. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • been here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Once again...great menu...great food...great ambience...upbeat...friendly...a true winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • REREVIEW OF LARK CREEK WALNUT CREEK
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our son was with us for our lunch at Lark Creek. He is chef for Tender, the fine dining restaurant at the Luxor in Vegas. He did an internship at Campton Place under Bradley Ogden, and of course when Bradley was in Las Vegas, they kept in touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service lacking
    WCFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've eaten here many times.. The food is always delicious and the service is usually great. Unfortunately this night we had terrible service. A friend was in from our of town so we were having a little reunion with other friends.. Our waitress didn't seem to know how to open a bottle of champagne, then took a long time to even get her to come take our order, and then did not check back w us very often. We ended up being there for about 3 hours, and not because we were lingering w conversation... Service was slow.. Anyhow, food was great but when you go to a more expensive restaurant, you expect great service as well. Hopefully the waitress was just having a bad night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our "go to" restaurant in Walnut Creek for 20 years. The food is always delicious, service friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere very comfortable. We enjoy dining at the chef's counter to watch them cook.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great for a celebration
    Babz
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We celebrated a friends birthday and were very pleased. Our waiter was fun and very informative and attentive. The food selection was interesting and delicious. This was our 1st time and we will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Waitress slow to deliver cocktails/wine. Had to ask multiple times when we would get wine. Poured our own wine for refills. Very inattentive. With help from other waiters food came quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RP333
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Waitress was unaware most of the evening. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alway great evening
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I love going to The Lark Creeek as the food and service is always outstanding. I was made to feel very special as I enjoyed my Borthday Dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Walnut Creek Escape
    MariaRDHVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were visiting a friend at John Muir Hospital and wanted to have a chance afterward to visit and eat lunch. We were pleased that Lark Creek was able to take us at 2:00. The food was very good and the the service was good. The waitress was a bit slow, but very nice, and it was not busy. We never did get the requested bread basket. Our water was filled promptly by the bus boy. But all in all, a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I had date night at Lark Creek. The food was incredible. I would particularly recommend the paella. The service was wonderful. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and also wine pairings. I like the half carafes of wine on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had heard about this place but never had a chance to dine here...after this dinner we will be back for sure! I had the Halibut which was amazing and my husband had the meatloaf...everything was fantastic and it was cooked to perfection! Our service was great which just made the experience that much better... I highly recommend Lark Creek we will be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just okay
    Ageprof
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Pretty typical experience for this restaurant. Nothing spectacular. The food was fine. The service was just okay. Absolutely no recognition of our anniversary even though we had noted it in the reservation and told the maitre d'. Same thing when we came previously for a birthday dinner. Hard to believe this restaurant is related to Lark Creek Inn or One Market.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eileen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Never had a bad lunch at Lark Creek Walnut Creek. Fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate