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Lark Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.larkseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 323-5275
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My 3rd time to Lark. Food is consistently excellent, as well as the service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Most dishes were impeccable. Extremely high quality, attention to detail, absolutely delicious. Service was a bit uneven, but main server was superb."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A great balance of service, food and drink. Not inexpensive but appropriately priced for the experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent food; the sweetbreads were outstanding. In house bread outstanding as well."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful surprise. Interesting menu, superb food and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Everything is so delicious and the server is so kind and a very friendly."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "A fine dining experience at the right price. Knowledgeable waitstaff, and delicious food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a small, romantic sweet spot - with a gorgeous menu of small gourmet plates. The service was spot on, and the food...well, I'm a foodie and was impressed. By far the best Seattle meal we have had. The seared fois gras was divine, as was the asparagus dish. My taste buds were very very happy. I like that the portion sizes are small to medium, as i find quality over quantity is something value."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Well thought-out menu, excellently prepared food, and great service. They were also very accommodating for special requests and, despite a small by-the-glass wine list, provided wonderful options. Only slightly disappointed in the dessert list, which seemed to try to hard (really? Panna Cotta served with ice cream and a bunch of other stuff...when the rest of the menu was so simply elegant...). The cheese selection made a much nicer post-dinner option."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lark is a charming neighborhood restaurant with incredibly prepared, seasonal artisanal food. It's a wonderful place to share delectable, yummy dishes. Absolutely outstanding. A MUST!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We (group of 5) went to Lark for the first time for a birthday celebration. The service was wonderful and we felt welcome. The food choices were all unique and well thought out -- all of the flavors seemed to really compliment one another. We had a great time and I'd be happy to go back again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "There are lots of unusual menu items (sweetbreads, octopus...), the adventure of which we normally enjoy. Somehow we were not excited about any of our choices. And for the prices I expected to be. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We went for the 5 course dinner and loved it! This is definitely the restaurant to choose if you want innovative dishes with lovely, familiar flavors."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Loved the small plates. Particularly the foie gras! Simply amazing."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My request for a quiet table for two friends to talk was perfect. We lingered, perhaps a bit too long, but never felt hurried by the staff. The food was as always excellent!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "we hope to be back soon. YUM! we loved the veggies. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was our first big dinner while visiting from Chicago. While we enjoyed most of our food, service was off the entire night. Our server wanted to course the meal out. No big deal to me; however, 4 of our 6 items came in the first 10-12 minutes, to the point of everything not even fitting on our table. Fortunately, the adjacent table had just left, allowing us to share their recently vacated space. The next course came 20 minutes later. Upon completion of that course, we sat idly for 15-20 minutes before the final course even came out. A couple of dishes stood out negatively and a couple positively. For the price and value, I'd expect more positive. Management is welcome to contact me for more detail."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From first course of oysters and liver parfait, to vintage Tokai and chocolate Madelines, this is a must for foodies and all others that love and appreciate great inspired food at its peak, and knowlegable service. Well done Jonathan! John"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was a great place to go if you're looking for amazing flavours. Portions are small, which is to be expected from this high quality of food, but each dish was perfect - each taking you new places. Great service, always looked after, and food arrives in a timely manner. Highly recommend as a date spot, or for foodies."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. It consistently offers delicious food, wonderful ambience and excellent service. It was perfect for a birthday dinner celebration. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We went to Lark for the first time last Saturday night to celebrate our 29th anniversary and we could not have picked a better place! The service was exceptional and the food was different and delicious. With a "small plates for sharing" format, Lark is a great place to sample very creative foody oriented delights from a chilled asparagus soup to faro prepared so deliciously that even I enjoyed it (normally my mantra is: "vegetables are not food, vegetables are what food eats!") The ginger-coconut mussels were exceptional as was the wagu hanger steak (this is a must try item - most delicious steak that I have had in a long time! Lark is good for groups who like to share but it is not a large venue so reservations are a must."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Small plate concept worked perfectly. Staff suggested the order of the dishes and the pacing was perfect. Food quality and taste was the highlight."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • " We were in Seattle to celabrate my wife's birthday, and Lark made the evening something wonderful to remember, WOW!! First trip to Lark, guarantied to not be last. Thank you so much PS - first time in memory that all four deserts were equally fantastic and couldn't choose favorite!!! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I am a bit of a foodie and Lark knocked my socks off. Everything from the starters through dessert was not only unique but absolutely delicious!!! I will definitely be back ASAP! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Everytime I've been to Lark (5-6 times), it's been spot on. Tremendous variety of flavors, thoughtful service, relaxed ambience."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I love French food, and I love tapas bars, so I suppose it's no surprise that I really enjoyed Lark. We had a cheese plate (excellent cheese selections), caviar and potato tartlette, duck leg, steak tartare, terrine of foie gras, and gnocchi. All were very good, and presented quite nicely. Service was leisurely but fine for a weekday date night. They would benefit from a cocktail menu (though they have a full bar) and the wine list was quite short (red glass pours were particularly lacking), but we had a lovely Washington syrah. Overall, if you like French food and trying a variety of things, it's worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Date night with the wife and our first visit to Lark, but probably our last. Six dishes, one bland, three interesting and two spectacular. The Sweetbreads were very well prepared--soft but chewy texture and excellent meat flavor. Servers need some training: After the first glass never once did a server pour our wine! Worse yet, were asked no less than five times "How are things tasting?" Would they serve food at these prices that didn't taste good? As a former waiter, I am a stickler for good service, and once again I was left disappointed by poor service that unfortunately is all too common in the Seattle area. The old wood chair was very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've been to Lark once before this weekend and, at the time, we loved it. The restaurant is really beaitifully designed and we remember loving the food. This time it was kind of mediocre. We ordered an octopus dish that was overlooked and rubbery and the octopus tasted old. The halibut was fantastic and the other stuff was just fine, but not memorable. The server was very sweet, but green and didn't know much about the wine list. Given how many amazing restaurants there are in Seattle, I'll definitely choose differently next time I'm back in the area."
    Dined on 4/18/2014