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 1000-Point Tables
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lark Creek Walnut Creek reviews from OpenTable diners
288 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (121)special occasion (119)fit for foodies (115)great for lunch (108)great for outdoor dining (94)great for brunch (88)good for groups (68)notable wine list (51)romantic (46)kid-friendly (30)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The ham was absolutely terrific as was the Egg Benedict
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • larryq
    larryq
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, outstanding service. We will be coming back to this one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1 out of 2 ain't bad
    elizcaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We ordered the salmon and the meatloaf. The salmon was beautifully done and was very delicious. The bread was great. My Husband is a huge meatloaf fan. His meal was overcooked and the sauce that purported to be a home made BBQ tasted like ketchup and vinegar. That was pretty disappointing as it was the main motivation for going to Lark Creek. Can't say I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Eager to Go Back.
    poindexter
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were seated in the corner table next to the kitchen door - the walls funnelled all sound to our table - so loud that conversation was difficult - avoid this table! Calamari appetizer was tough and rubbery with heavy breading. I had the Thursday Special - Organic Turkey Dinner - turkey was bland and flavorless; yams, mashed potatoes and dressing served cafeteria-style in a lump as though shaped by ice-cream scooper. Turkey Dressing had cloying sweet flavor; no evidence of spices in other dishes. I didn't finish my meal and didn't take it home. Service, though, was excellent. So was my Raspberry Lemonade. But the food was not what I expected from Lark Creek. Not eager to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mid-week dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I haven't been here in at least a year and always enjoyed the food, so some friends and I decided to meet for dinner at 6:30. It was PACKED because apparently they were running a 1/2 price wine promo. Two of us had salmon, prepared differently, which was very tasty. Another friend had the roast turkey special (with yams, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce) that she loved. I was sorry that I was eating virtuously because it looked delicious. While it is usually a quiet and pleasant place to sit and have a drink and dinner, the place was really busy. To their credit, they had a lot of servers and the food was good, hot, and generous. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable quality
    Fancygirl63
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Lark Creek Cafe continues to remain a "very nice" restaurant with excellent food and service - for any meal of the day - without breaking a fancy night out budget.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie75
    Foodie75
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I thought this was an excellent restaurant, with better than average food. Prices are on the high side, but not necessarily for this area. While the service was gracious and helpful, it was very, very slow. We were offered dessert menus but had to decline because our 2 hour parking was expiring. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry and enjoyed visiting during the wait, but service was slow. It was half price wine month, by the bottle in July, so that was a bonus and because we were not in a hurry, made the wait less annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    WBEC
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We arrived for our 1:30 lunch on a weekday. The restaurant was surprisingly noisy for that time of day. However, our server was attentive and welcoming. One of us had paella on a bed of risotto. All was eaten with enjoyment except for the risotto with the comment that it was just a bit oily. The flavor was appealing, however. The other had the halibut on a bed of corn. Every bit was relished. All in all, an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    localdiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Well done. A great lunch. Food was excellent and first class service by Jeff, our waiter. Cheers!
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  • Lark Creek is EXCELLENT!!!!
    TomW
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I found Lark Creek on OpenTable and my friend and I decided to give it a try. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience! The food was outstanding, the service excellent, and the price was right for the quality of everything we experienced. I have ZERO complaints or criticisms and I'll definitely eat there again. I HIGHLY recommend this excellent restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WolfieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were there on a Monday night. restaurant was busy and the noise level was high. Very hard to hear person sitting across table from you! Acoustics are bad and have always been bad at Lark Creek.Thought they had done something about it. I had to ask twice for bread. Salad took over an hour to get. service was very slow. Food when it arrived was delicious. I had the low calorie special and it was wonderful. Fruit on sorbet looked a little tired tho. Others had Paella which was wonderful
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have eaten at Lark Creek Café many times and the food is always amazing and the service was excellent ! Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the neighbors
    Bill
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have dined at this restaurant for years and enjoy it. We took our neighbors for dinner as a thanks for watching our home in our absence. All was fine with the exception of my salmon which was barely recognizable as fish. I did not say anything because I didn't want to spoil the mood. All else was just fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and food
    TJHOOPS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Always enjoy the food and atmosphere at Lark Creek. Good service and good food, never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistency
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lark Creek is consistently good. We enjoyed salmon, halibut, mac and cheese, caprese salad. All very tasty, prepared to look beautiful and served properly. Will continue to return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been dining here since the restaurant opened. It's our favorite spot in Walnut Creek.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was terrible--Food & drink delivery was slow & out of sequence--Our waitress was gruff--We actual sent back our drinks because they were delivered after we finished dinner!! Our dessert menus were thrown @ us--Can't imagine we will ever go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My food (the healthy prix fixe) was delicious. The salad was perfectly dressed, the grilled salmon was tasty and the sorbet was flavorful. My husband's corn soup and BBQ chicken was good, but his polenta was cold and graham cracker (S'mores) tasted stale. So I loved it, but my husband didn't.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very bad night
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My Family and I went for dinner on a Sunday night. There were nine of us. Our food was terrible and our service was poor. I ordered the fried chicken and it was burned. Our waitress was very rude and unpleasant. This was a bad dinner for everyone.
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  • Great local find
    TootsVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was the first time my husband and I came and we will definitely go back. We started with a couple cocktails and they were delicious. I had a martini and my husband had their special edelflower sour. I had their half chicken and it was to die for. The barbecue sauce was so good. It came with a sweet corn polenta and I ate every bite. My husband had the halibut and he said it was delicious. For dinner our server Nathan recommended a Pinot Noir. I am a big Pinot person and it was perfect. We were full but our server recommended their butterscotch pudding. We decided to try it. It is the most smooth creamy not too sweet pudding I have ever had. He told us they use real scotch in it. I would go back just for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    mhd12
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've been coming to Lark Creek every July for a friend's birthday (and half price wine month) for years. The food is fabulous and the service is always top notch. My only disappointment is that the vegetarian pasta has been the same all this time. Actually, most of the menu seems the be same as it is every year in July. But I guess when you have a good thing going, you stick with it. The tamale pancake was devoured as soon as it hit the table. The flat bread was surprising flavorful for how simple it looked, and was also a hit. I know we will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    foodieluv
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have had great experiences with Lark Creek in the past...this experience was a huge disappointment. We went for my son's birthday dinner and the pot roast lacked flavor (I only took 2 bites) and the pasta, which is usually my son's favorite also lacked seasoning as well. Service was not what we are accustomed to at Lark Creek.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dinner
    surfngrandma
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Even with early open table reservations, we were seated between the noisy bar and the bathroom. The food was good, not great. Several had the filet and they were OK. The meatloaf was dry. The wait staff was not very attentive as we had to hunt him down just to give our order. I think going at five o'clock is too early!! I had eaten here many times before and was always satisfied, but for our special dinner to be so disappointing, I will not be returning.
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  • First Local Heirloom Tomatoes
    PapaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    had a delicious heirloom tomato salad right from farms in neighboring Brentwood. Delicious! Halibut was the best. Very reliable and delicious dining!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HikerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our go to place. Friendly, efficient staff, good food and comfortable setting. Heirloom tomato salad with balsamic to start. Halibut with succotash as the main course. Could not have been better!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.