Lark
Lark

Lark

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.larkseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2063235275
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Spring St & E Marion St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lark
Welcome to Chef John Sundstrom’s Lark, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier, artisan-focused restaurants. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Lark offers a warm dining experience meant to be shared with friends and family. Our menu features small plates of locally-produced and organic cheese, charcuterie, vegetables, grains, fish, and meats, all prepared with a signature focus on flavor and quality. We work with local artisans, farmers, and foragers to serve the best of each season, bright and intense with summer and spring, rich and heartening in the winter and fall.
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Lark reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)special occasion (89)neighborhood gem (81)romantic (77)notable wine list (29)late-night find (10)hot spot (9)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best dinner we had in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We tried Rays and Ivers but they came no where near lark in terms of food or service. An excellent menu and service and a lovely space. I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lark is a Spark
    DiscerningVerne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great and inventive food. Timing of plate delivery was perfect. Way too noisy and disruptive to complete enjoyment. Acoustic tiles woul blend well with exposed rafters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    cabgoesleftVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything was excellent. Food, wine, all very very good. ok, the service was fair. not great. But overall, really, really good! Definitely go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and a value wine list
    George
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I took finicky visitors from Japan and we were all very impressed with the quality of the food and the great bang for the buck wine list. A very lovely evening all around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Lark has lived up to its reputation as one of Seattle's great restaurants. The concept of small plates served family style is such a refreshing way to dine. Ambience, wine list, service were all terrific. But the main event was the food - sublime. It was an evening to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great start, but service declined
    Raybandenver
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Dinner for five got off to a great start, very appealing food presentation and quality, pleasant service, etc. But, during the course of the evening, as more tables were filled, service dropped from an 8/9 to a 2/3. Correctable, but at this price-point it should not have happened!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    Leslie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We expected the small plate menu, however we were shocked the prices. The chair I was sitting in was so rickety that I was sure it wouldn't last through the meal. For the kind of money they charge the furnishings should have been a higher quality. Would not recommend to anyone. There are so many good restaurants in Seattle there isn't any hyping about this one that would justify going back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    REMlck
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A fabulous find. Interesting, well prepared plates. A nice variety of choices. Outstanding service. Finding a wine from Gratallops, Priorat on the menu made a good evening great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner spot
    JohnR7
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding and interesting small plates served family style. Clearly not just another nice restaurant but something special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Totally Underwhelming
    ZRDave
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Tapas - small plates at entre prices. Food was OK but way over priced for the serving size. I ordered the King Salmon ($25). Dish consisted of 2 oz.portion of salmon, about 4 quarters of a small potato, a few thumbnail pieces of mushroom, and about 5 baby string beans in a nice sauce. One of those restaurants where you want to stop for a burger on the way home after spending $100 for dinner.
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  • Perfect Punctuation
    HungrySeeds
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    After a wonderful Seattle Sunday spent watching a show at the Paramount and exploring the city's downtown area on foot, we headed to Lark for our 5:45pm reservation. The hostess and Sam, our server, were unhurried and warm. We ordered the heritage tomato salad, burrata with cherries and beets, sauteed wild mushrooms and the hanger steak. Superb. Well timed. And we just couldn't pass up the dark chocolate panna cotta. Also, I have to say the music this evening was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    martindining
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was very good, a bit salty. Portions are small but two portions per person are enough. The type of dishes are "specialty," and you can only find them in restaurants like this one
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loudness overwhelmed the good food
    culinatorVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It took a while to navigate the best way to order from the menu. While we were encouraged to order family style, some dishes did not lend them to sharing, but the food was very good. Unfortunately, the smallish restaurant was packed and extremely noisy, to such an extent that it negatively impacted our overall experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hapyneko
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    it was my first dinner at Lark but I impressed so much for all dishes. I like much more than Tom Doyuglas dishes. My VIP guest fro TYO had also impressed all your food. The both of us paurchased your Cooking Book. I like to back Lark again because you are so good. After I read your book my tears were coming. I also like you use local foods from NW. I like to know you don't like to use any foods material from oversea like Japan?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stands out from the Crowd
    7thSx
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    With so many great restaurants to go to in Seattle and perhaps limited days at your disposal how do you decide? In our case we were recommended by the restaurant voted number one. There can be no better recommendation and we were not disappointed. We were made to feel genuinely welcome, full and helpful explanations of the excellent menu was given by staff who were mtivated to ensure that the meal would not be forgotten. And it won't be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to it's reputation
    MKONCAPHILL
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'd heard so many great things about Lark, and they still exceeded my recommendations in every way. The servers were intelligent, discreet, attentive and helpful. They proactively came up with a number of options for my vegan girlfriend. The food was beyond excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was over salted and burned
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were really disappointed with our meal. Everything was over salted by the chef. I could even't eat one of the salads it was so salty. Three of our dishes were also burnt. Our fried artichokes were black as was the nectarine tart tatin. The dishes were ambitious but poorly executed. We were very disappointed particularly given the price of our meal. I would not recommend Lark.
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  • Spot on!
    OntheGoutTrain
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our final meal in Seattle and we went out with a bang! We found Lark in several "Best of" lists, and decided it would be worth crossing town for. Except for one joyfully intoxicated salesman across the room, it was pretty quiet even as it filled up. We had an excellent, graceful server who interacted with us beautifully, pacing the meal perfectly for us, and very patient with us and our list of questions about ingredients, educating us without any of that haggard foodie pretense. The meal was sublime. One dish was just "meh", but I can't remember what it was because the rest eclipsed it (it was not even remotely bad!) Seattle has an abundance of good food, but next time I'm there I may skip a new experience and come back here for a repeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a cut above
    BenE
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    everything at this restaurant is stellar! My family (party of six) had the five course Evergreen Tasting option from the menu. Stellar service, Stellar food, Stellar space! I'd recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • DELICIOUS
    SDSD
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was really good- all dishes we had were very tasty and memorable. Simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Family's Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been going to Lark a couple of times a year for the last four, or so, years, and have loved the experience each time. The food is outstanding, the sharing is fun and the staff is knowledgeable, thoughtful and attentive. It is spendy for the size of plates you get, but the quality of the dishes make it well worth it. We always take our kids (now 13 and 15), and the staff has never ignored them or talked around/down-to them. That is a huge deal when trying to get kids to try new things, and speaks to the professionalism of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Fabulous place!! Amazing food. The eel was amazing and the farro was heavenly. Service was outstanding and everyone was very friendly. I will be back next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My 3rd time to Lark. Food is consistently excellent, as well as the service. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The full menu shines
    Shaz
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I had eaten at Lark twice before, but always as part of their fixed course/price menu as part of restaurant week. This time I went for whatever looked most tempting from their full menu and my dinning experience went from just good to phenomenal! The braised octopus, the foie gras, the Wagyu tartare. It was all top notch. Not a single miss all night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Evening
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything was right. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. I think it was the owner that waited on us and he was superb. We like the small plates due to the diversity of flavors. Several of our plates were knockouts - all were good. Good wine reasonably priced. This was our second time at Lark and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had a great meal at Lark last weekend. Food was fantastic and our server was great at making recommendations since it was our first time at lark. I highly recommended for dinner and happy hour. The space is amazing and quiet.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have died
    FrequentflyerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food...limited but good wine selection...service was very friendly, but forgot about severe legume allergy. As a result, could not eat one dish! By the way, chair very uncomfortable.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what we expected
    hungryi
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It was our first visit to Lark. Sadly, not what we expected. The warmth and graciousness we had read about was missing, the service rather impersonal. We had the 5 ourse tasting menu. The soup was excellent. The lardo wrapped toast much anticipated turned out to be a tough tasteless disaster. We had come to savor lardo on a recent trip to Italy. The salmon delicious, but on my plate only one tiny taste of the mushroom my husband raved about. The ragu was very good, but the house made pasta owner cooked. Desert delicious, but my decaf espresso too strong and bitter, the lump sugar never dissolved. In all not the experience we had looked forward to.
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  • Spot on for date night
    testflight
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Romantic ambiance matched with great food. Service was good but there was a mix-up on the order (ordered tasting menu but received 3-course prix fixe, which was fine) and we were presented with the wrong check. Easily resolved, but not ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pace Yourself
    shadowtraveler
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Lark resides in a modest, quirky building in the heart of downtown Seattle. Their menu is built around small, shareable plates, all very good. 10 for our party of 4 was perfect. While the food was excellent the pacing was not. Lark suggests the table order everything at once. Do NOT do it! Dishes arrived at intervals and in a sequence that was clearly aimed at making life in the kitchen easier not maximizing our enjoyment. There was rarely any pause between plates and they often arrived together in unlikely combinations. You either had to mix together uncomplimentary tastes or finish one while the other grew cold. In short, by all means go to Lark, but consider your menu choices and order them in small groupings of your own design.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful experience.
    Oliver
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A great balance of service, food and drink. Not inexpensive but appropriately priced for the experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the moment we stepped into Lark restaurant until out departure 2 hours later, our dining experience was absolutely superb. We were greeted warmly at the door, sat in a comfortable booth, had very friendly, prompt service, the food was FANTASTIC, the wines were great and our waitress made the lovely gesture of providing an extra dessert as she knew we were celebrating an event. Can hardly wait to return!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food @ its best!
    kend
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Excellent food; the sweetbreads were outstanding. In house bread outstanding as well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly memorial meal and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wonderful surprise. Interesting menu, superb food and excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminds me of Rover
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I went to Rover last year and will never forget the tastes, yet I seem to maybe have been reminded of it again with Lark's dishes! Really good and reasonable prices as well, will definitely be coming again soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Excellent food and good hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Everything is so delicious and the server is so kind and a very friendly.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High standards? Lark nearly perfect
    GrandmasAndGrandesToquesVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Most dishes were impeccable. Extremely high quality, attention to detail, absolutely delicious. Service was a bit uneven, but main server was superb.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous, as always
    John
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    There is nothing to dislike at Lark. In this small space, the chef/owner has managed to create a very intimate and warm environment. But the very best part of Lark is the marvelous food that is presented to you in thoughtful, moderate proportions. Billed as "small plates", there is nothing small about the selection available or the taste of those selections the diner chooses. My wife and I dined alone this week, but in the past we have taken our infant granddaughter with us, and we have been welcomed every time we have dined at Lark. Melissa and her fellow servers are very knowledgeable about the entirety of the menu, and their service is professional and timely but unhurried. We cannot recommend Lark highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good price
    reeeeen
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A fine dining experience at the right price. Knowledgeable waitstaff, and delicious food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Lark
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderfully, delicious and creative small plates. The small plates were good to share with 3 people. It's good that they have a prix fixe menu which looks good. But we opted for the small plates to allow us to taste more things. Lark is now making their own bread and it's delicious.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate