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
146 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (118)neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (80)romantic (76)notable wine list (37)good for groups (16)hot spot (12)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great spot for date night
    cateb
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food at Lark is always really delicious and the service is perfect. I love coming here for a nice dinner out. It's expensive but the food is such high quality that it seems worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a special night out
    haveforkwilleat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Lark has a cozy feel to it with rustic cabin like architecture and low lighting. The food we had during our dinner was excellently prepared with attention to detail in the presentation. Portion sizes were enough to make you feel satisfied over 3 courses but didn't leave you feeling overly full. Given the prices, you are definitely paying for quality, not quantity (this is not meant as a criticism). The service is good but what I would consider standard for this type of dining. Nothing was bad about the service at all, but I wasn't wowed by anything. It will go on my list of restaurants to go back to for a intimate dining experience once in awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seattle Restaurant Week at Lark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I felt like we were rushed through dinner. Courses came out too fast. We ordered a cheese course to start and had barely touched it when our appetizers came out. It was SRW but we still hoped to have a special experience (we ordered extra items & 2 bottles of wine). I had heard great things about Lark, the food was great but the service really fell short of expectations. The Arctic char was cooked perfectly and the huckleberry ice cream and pear tarte were delicious dessets.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always return
    Olddogsarethebestdogs
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    While we now live on the east coast we always eat at Lark when we are in Seattle. It has held up incredibly high standards for food and service. It is in many ways the essence of seattle and we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    k2013
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    As always, the food was excellent and the service was very warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely dinner fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The cheese was amazing! We shared the carrots and tomato salad which were both amazing! Then we shared the squab (small bird) which was not as good as we expected but it is most likely an acquired taste. And the eel, which was also not or favorite but also may just be an acquired tast . Service was amazing and it comes highly recommend from us. (Just not the squad)
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting friendly different
    ifdhs
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    interesting place to dine since its location is by a university, but with friendly and informative wait staff and co-owner involved in serving and making sure guests are attended; the different atmosphere created a wonderful experience with decently daring type of ingredient in the food choice. dfntly will come back and recommend to try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Guitartom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food, nice ambience. Friday wasn't super busy, so I specially appreciated that we didn't feel like we had to leave immediately after we finished eating because there were no other people waiting for the table.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dwlicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was amazing. Service was okay not bad just okay. Although he did pair our dishes quite well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional meal
    Irene
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was perfect, portions just right. Wine list was interesting but not overwhelming. Service was friendly but not invasive - wait staff was very sensitive to timing. We definitely plan on returning for special occasions and just for a great meal out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie from Ballard
    jsfoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was superb as usual. On our last visit, the squab with radicchio and bacon roasted black figs was a wonderful pairing. I would love to know how they prepared the radicchio as they were able to remove the bitterness that I find unpleasant in cooked radicchio. Haven't found anything I haven't liked yet. Their pairings are unusual and the flavors are layered. Noise level was higher on our last visit then normal (is usually moderate) - but the restaurant was filled to capacity with several large parties. Didn't distract from the wonderful food or the superb service. Looking forward to seeing the new space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We all did the 5 course meal and while the servings were small, they were flavorful and rich. It was nice to leave not completely overstuffed but certainly full. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An anniversary dinner must!!
    ejddseattle
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Tried the bounty tasting menu, recommend the 5 tasting for only $15 more....paired with a great bottle of wine, it was a night to remember!! They were also very accommodating to make any dish dairy free! Very great restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Likegoodfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've had the Lark cookbook for a while. A gift from a friend. This is my first chance to get to the restaurant itself. Everything was absolutely delicious. I over ordered and over ate and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and simple
    Pripri
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You have to order about 3 dishes per person at least, so we ordered about 6 dishes between the two of us. The green beans were surprisingly tasty! And so was the wagyu beef. Other highlights was the octopus with farro! I loved all the 6 dishes, the server was very attentive and polite and it was just a cozy, small restaurant, which made everything feel unpretentious yet romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Towners
    LGSC
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    . LARK had been recommended to us when we visited Seattle. The only negative of the evening was finding the place. We had the address, but because we didn't know the area, we initially overshot the address, and did not readily see a sign on the building. That said, when we got inside we were warmly greeted, seated at a choice table, and well served. First, we had a recommended wine &cheese. They were great. Then, we each had one of the entrees. I had the salmon. It was tasty with a complementary sauce; just enough to add to the fish, but not overpowering. My husband had the steak, he loved it. Overall, it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food!
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant was such a treat. My husband and I were visiting from San Diego and I picked it because it's on the iDine program. We took the bus and walked quite a ways just to come! The menu looked unique and decadent and the food was exactly that. We chose to go our own route and not do the prix fixed meal. Wagyu tartare and foie gras were our favorites. The cheese menu was lovely, one of my favorite foods! The service was attentive and knowledgeable. The decor was rustic/simple but romantic and nicely done. I have not one thing to say negative - except that there isn't a location in San Diego :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding All Around
    AirplaneNerd
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We came for a fancy romantic night out and were not disappointed in the least. We ordered the Five Course Chef's Bounty and every dish was outstanding - each better than the last. The wine suggestion paired very nicely as well. Service was fantastic and pacing of the courses was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming,charming, charming
    14lochlassVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A delightful experience!! We highly recommend the Chinook Cabernet Franc to compliment your dinner. Delicious food, wonderful service and a very charming atmosphere. A dining highlight of our Seattle trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Seattle
    foodycat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in Seattle of late, for sure. Small but inviting dining room, with a nice mix of casual and special touches. Very attentive staff that seem to enjoy their team approach. The menu is built around small plates in several categories. We chose 1-2 from each section and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Best French 75 I've ever had. Will definitely return first chance I get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding service and food
    PaulSeaOneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Lark serves outstanding food and is easily a top three in Seattle. The flavors are creative, fresh, and just yummy. The service is really dialed in to visit your table when you need something and to stay away otherwise. It's the only Seattle restaurant I trust to not press me on timing when I want to linger. The menu is not traditional starter/main/desert and is more small plate oriented so have some fun creating your experience or go with their suggested tasting menu. Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite spot on Capitol Hill
    winnerwinnerchickendinner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've been going to Lark for special occasions and to treat ourselves for years, and we've always loved it. It just seems to get better and better. It's wonderful for seasonal dining- Chef Sundstrom is awesome at making every ingredient taste like the perfect version of itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing, honest!
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    in from out of town to visit a friend from graduate school. we had a great weekend of food adventures. by far, hands down, the best-- lark. menu was amazing. server was so helpful. would recommend 3 dishes per person, and definitely share! do it big folks, order anything you want and i promise you won't be disappointed. gnocchi, salmon, octopus, tuna, squab, cheese spread, cheesecake, do it. you won't regret!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem
    OrangeMan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant, tucked into a neighborhood next to Seattle University, is fantastic. In a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic Tapas-style food is served. The sautéed wild mushrooms are the best any of us at the table have EVER had, including two of us who are not lovers of mushrooms! The lamb was incredible. The salmon was as flavorful as you will ever taste. This is one of top 3 dining experiences I have ever had. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dinner we had in Seattle
    Happytravels
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    hot spot
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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?
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    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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet