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
145 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (81)romantic (74)notable wine list (37)good for groups (16)hot spot (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Continued excellence
    Sparky
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Everytime I've been to Lark (5-6 times), it's been spot on. Tremendous variety of flavors, thoughtful service, relaxed ambience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French-Style Tapas
    GrantBVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First and Last Visit to Lark
    Mortimer74
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    Oystersdaily
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING
    DshawVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastico!
    ItalianGirl
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I think Lark is my new favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and the presentation is beautiful. This was my second time at the restaurant. My husband and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening; fine destination
    bonbon
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    From the enthusiastic greeting at the reservation desk to the presentation of the bill, Lark is simply a very special place to dine. Chef Sundstrom has a beautiful way with food - the use of ingredients and the presentation cannot be beat. I have recommended Lark to out of town friends and their experience mirrored our own - a lovely meal in a charming setting. I have Chef's cookbook and have gifted copies my foodie children and we love it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything fabulous
    pdx2ktm
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We went to Lark for a business dinner. It has great vibe. The tables are charming, lighting soft, there's spare between tables and everything we ordered (and we ordered lots) was exceptional. The people we brought to dinner from Seattle had not been there, but eat out a lot and thought it was possibly the best meal they had had in Seattle. The waitress was also great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner in a long time
    HJW1987
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on a Lark
    Lorin
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I visited Lark during Restaurant Week in Seattle and really enjoyed the experience. My guests and I were very impressed. Our table was ready when we walked in, perhaps our meal came a little too quickly, but it was absolutely outstanding. ! Lark was very accommodating to requests for a gluten free meal and there were several choices on the special menu and regular menu. The three course menu had several items to choose from in each course and we were all very impressed with every one. We all had the pork loin and it was very delicate and could be cut with a fork. The desserts were unique and delicious as well. My guest commented about the excellent service and that they would love to go back and recommend Lark to others.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Seattle Restaurant week
    Suzy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We enjoyed the meal. Had the pork loin, very good but a little salty. Pineapple tart delicious. Good house made crackers and bread. We could have enjoyed some vegetables with the pork if it had been offered.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing for First Date
    dhartono
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    It was amazing dinner date. Love the good and the service. They noticed it was my birthday so they put candles on my dessert which was nice of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    Sadsap
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Perhaps restaurant week menus are ill fated, but nothing about the three course dinners my girlfriend and I had knocked our socks off. When I spend more money and ingest more courses than I normally would, I want it to be a new and interesting experience. None of the food was bad, however some was bland and in general underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner!
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Lark is a cozy and comfortable neighborhood gem. There are cocktails and a good wine list. The food is incredible! Artisanally prepared with the finest ingredients, creative combinations of flavors and just yummy!!! The plates are meant to be shared which we love! Pacific Northwest tapas .. One of the most memorable dining experiences on ages! LOVE Lark!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LuLu
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday as well as to try Restaurant Week on a Sunday evening. The food was absolutely terrific and the service was so nice and so considerate and pleasant. We sat by the window and enjoyed the street view. Wine was very good. I highly recommend Lark for a lovely evening dinner. I would avoid Friday or Saturday night due to the parking challenge but Sunday evening didn't prove terribly bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Experience
    Fischer22
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The spinach and wild mushrooms dishes were fantastic! Just wish we got a bit more of them... Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Austin
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday, as well as a surprise proposal. Not only was the food excellent, but the service was outstanding. We were sitting next to a couple of regulars so we had the pleasure to mingle with the owner. Truly a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy and Delicious
    SeattleGal
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Lark is a romantic gem with outstanding offerings. Small to medium plates skillfully created. The halibut was to die for! Perfect for an evening out with your loved one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capitol Hill great small plates
    WallasweetVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food is great, seats could be a little more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding quality...unique
    JayP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Outstanding quality...unique selections...great gem in the heart of the city
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisitley prepared food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was our first visit and won't be our last. We don't live in Seattle and searched Open Table for a good restaurant within walking distance of our hotel and Town Hall. We were very impressed. Every dish was a delight. My husband had the halibut and raved that it was the best he ever tasted. We also liked the format of ordering several small dishes that we could share. The staff was familiar with the wine list and made an excellent suggestion for us. The atmosphere was both charming and relaxing. Next month, when we return for another performance at Town Hall we know where we will be dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite like it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The portion of each dishes is small to medium, which is perfect for us to try variety of dishes just by two people. The artichoke salad was OK but other dishes such as sunchoke soup, yellow snapper carpaccio, and hanger steak were all impressive. Will try again when they update their new menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of the better tapas restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    i reside in olympia and was in seattle to attend a comedy show with some friends. being the foodie i am, i usually try to go to a well reviewed restaurant in seattle whenever i have the opportunity. we ordered several item such as squab, lamb shoulder, whole sardines, raw artichoke salad, and cheeses. with the exception of sardines, all the dishes we ordered were quite exceptional. sardines were just mediocre and i will not order it again. service was really nice and our wait person was very knowledgeable about the food items the restaurant offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A magical anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My wife and I ate at Lark for our 7-year anniversary. The food was rustic, delectable, divine and delicious. The servers were all so kind and attentive. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend the 5-course meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good but hit or miss.
    foody51
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food was good but hit or miss. Gnocci was great. Mussel dish was tasty but one mussel was very sandy. One potato dish was undercooked and cool in the middle. Cheese selection and bread was very good and wine was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, so so service
    AndyCVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Nice little small plates. Each plate was excellent. However, the service was lacking. They need more servers, on a Friday night our server was running around all over the place and was ignoring us for long stretches of time. While many of our dishes came out on time, our main plates took almost 30minutes to come out. A great food experience tarnished by problems with service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Many great menu choices
    SoCalGeofVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We dined here on a visit to Seattle. Parking can be a bit of a challenge in Capitol Hill, so arrive early. The dining room had a rustic, dim, romantic vibe. Seating was a combination of a wooden banquette along the wall and wooden chairs (no cushions, although I never felt uncomfortable in the chair). The menu has a wide variety of options. We chose five plates to share plus dessert, which were served in courses: pork lomo, sautéed wild mushrooms, hash brown potatoes topped with clabber cream and paddlefish caviar (yummy!), artic char, lamb shoulder and dessert. Everything was exceptional. Definitely ask your server for help in choosing your menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, service not so great
    BadKittyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Loved Lark in the past; great food/service. Ordered 2 appetizers, grain course and then meat course as the main. Asked for each course one at a time in the order received. Our "meat" course wasn't a meat course but a pasta. Our grain course was gnocchi and even worse, they brought out the meat course with the gnocchi. The two didn't go together well and it was disappointing using the same plates for two uniquely different dishes. A great server would have mentioned something when we first ordered. Didn't like the eye roll when I asked for a cappuccino with dessert. Didn't like feeling put off cause I can't drink alcohol either. Why go back when great food & SERVICE can be had everywhere else in town? Makes me melancholy for the old Lark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, but expensive.
    2foodguys
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was excellent, but expensive. Menu is decieving. They actually recommend you order 2-3 plates to share per person which drives up the ticket price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James Beard nomination well deserve
    seattle1177
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went to Lark for dinner based on its James Beard nomination and we weren't disappointed! Food is served family style and although our server said she could bring the food out in a specific order or together, it came out as it was ready. We started with the Land Jaeger & two mustards, then came pomme de terre "Robuchon" (not exactly like Robuchon's - not enough butter) - but mashed potatoes on their own? I think it should have come out with our main courses - duck leg and hangar steak. My dinner companion wanted his steak rare, but the chef cooked it as he wanted, medium rare. We also had the spinach side dish. They also had a 3 or 5 course tasting menu which we may try next time. Booth was a hard wooden bench seat.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would return because of
    Camilla
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I would return because of the lovely ambience..great service..and impeccable combining of flavors in each of the small, but ample Dishes. Favorites were the "special" salad with complex, delicious dressing..and the octopus and the wonderful new almost sour Dough bread that they make in house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Overall Dining Experience
    Will
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I went to the Lark on a date. We shared two small dishes (liver pate and steak tartar), two entrees (octopus and duck), and one desert (bread pudding). The liver, octopus, and bread pudding were outstanding. It was probably the best break pudding I have ever had. The steak tartar was good, but he cracker served with it eclipsed its flavor. The duck was a bit boring; just a leg of duck with nothing special about the flavor. The service and ambiance were excellent. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience there, and I would definitely recommend it.
    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.
  • Up and down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This place has a huge menu and a great vibe. Service was excellent in describing our dishes as well as accomidating some allergies. Food had some hits and a miss. The lomo was cured wonderfully, the lamb shoulder just the right amount of spice and the coconut sorbet a great combination. The octopus dish had great flavor but the cooking of the octopus itself needs work, I have never had it that chewy. I know from experience how tricky it can be but I would have never let that dish out of my kitchen. There was no communication of the cooking temperature on the squab dish. I know it comes down to new vs. old school but it was on the very rare side. Once again great flavor but technique needs work. Overall we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, great food with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Good service, great food with original "twists"; parking is miserable that area in general and a little loud as the evening picked up. I would go back in a heartbeat though and would recommend Lark to anyone looking for something a bit different than the usual bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    meck
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    It had been over a year since I went to Lark; it is a bit of a trip to get there but for a friend's birthday we made the journey across town. Parking was an utter nightmare - we were ready for a cocktail when we walked in. Even though we had booked reservations we were seated in the awful table by the door kind of separated by a fabric curtain. We were not happy with the seating - there was no alternative for us. Service was mediocre; the waiter left too long gaps in between checking in on us - we were told they could make any cocktail only to find out they were out of St. Germaine...As recalled, food was really delicious. Not sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so fantastic
    Steve26VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Every time we come we love it. There are always little twists that make things special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.