Tavern at Lark Creek
Tavern at Lark Creek
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Tavern at Lark Creek

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernatlarkcreek.com/
  • Phone: 4159247766x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30-2:00 Dinner: Monday through Friday 5:30- until closing with Saturday, Sunday 5:00-until closing. Full Bar continuous from opening.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Wright
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltimore
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet in adjacent lot.
A word from Tavern at Lark Creek
The Tavern at Lark Creek represents the next chapter in the life of the historic, circa 1888 Victorian Murphy House; a Larkspur landmark. Designed to appeal to diners looking for value, fun and great ambiance, The Tavern at Lark Creek seeks to capture the more casual feel diners look for today. High-backed cherry chairs and period oak tables surround a grand Carrera marble-topped table beneath a giant skylight, providing lots of great seating options for parties both large and small in the main dining room. Oak tables fill the cozy bar, which offers artisanal cocktails and wines from our proprietary tap system. The wood oven has been renewed, along with the garden. A dramatic lighted display case in the entryway welcomes diners. Chef Aaron Wright and Culinary Director Adrian Hoffman’s menu focuses on value, while remaining true to farm-to-table sensibilities.
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Tavern at Lark Creek reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Good but
    MDL1234VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was good and server very personable but very long periods of time between courses that bordered on irritating. Don't know what the problem was...probably something In Kitchen
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time waits for no one
    gastrologist
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Enjoy going to tTavern, but Sat was subpar. My apéritif was served after the dinner wine. Server was aware enough to say it was on its way. The time between small and large plates >20 min. The med-rare burgers were served med with lukewarm soggy fries. Didn’t complain because we didn’t have time for a new burger. Thought an hour and a half would suffice, but it ended up being 2 hours. I wish it didn’t matter, but we had a babysitter that needed to be home by 9:30. On a positive note, the beet salad was outstanding and the mac&cheese fondue was delectable. The lamb fusilli was excellent. Don’t have enough free time to give this another shot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bradley Ogden
    AnnabellaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We came to Lark Creek especially because Bradley Ogden was making a special appearance. We were not disappointed. The food was outstanding and it was nice to get to chat with Chef Ogden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    MJHS
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We had a lovely dinner. There were some problems with a new waitperson, but the restaurant was more than gererous in making it right.
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  • An OK experience
    grampscVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Marin has such a limited amount of really good/fine restaurants that this one is welcome, once in a while, it does have a nice atmosphere and best of all is the food which is very good, it is a leader in a county where it isn't hard to be a leader.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food I had was good (salad)
    Goodeater
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    The food I had was good (salad) to mediocre (over cooked pasta). My husband's meal was really good (salad followed by short ribs). So, the food, on balance was quite good, except my pasta. The prices were fair.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and quiet brunch
    SFDiner
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    My husband and I went there for brunch. The service was a little slow (the place was not busy) at first but got better later. The caesar salad was excellent. Eggs Benedicts dish was good. With the big sky light in the middle, it is a great place for brunch. Very relax and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Lets You Down
    joemnaro
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Love the food, ambiance and service at Lark Creek Tavern! I have never been disappointed with a meal and could sit there for hours visiting with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food & place, poor service
    caltuckers
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Relatives were in town from east coast and had one night to spend in Marin. We chose Lark Creek Tavern as the place they would experience truly delicious Marin dining. Our party of 7 had a very nice table, enjoyed lovely meals with great wines. Our service, however, was very poor. Our server consistently interrupted our conversation to "check" on us; she butchered the cork of a very expensive Merry Edwards Pinot, and then didn't allow us to taste it - poured full servings to everyone. I'm not a wine-snob, though my sister is a Napa Valley winemaker, but we would have appreciated the courtesy of tasting the wine first. I'm not sure our relatives noticed, but we, locals, were very disappointed with this service at an A+ restaurant. Too bad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unfortunate experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I LOVE the Tavern -- have had many parties there. Just took important clients & most of the staff were very accomodating. Even had to move tables because more clients showed up. That said, our server was horrible! She missed appetizer requests -- and that was okay. We gave her our credit card early so we could pay -- and she forgot she had it. I could forgive all of that -- but not what happened to my client. My client has food allergies and she looked like she took the time to take every detail of her order down -- then when the rest of us got our meals, my client's never came. When we asked she shrugged her shoulders and said she was sorry. Said the kitchen was closing and asked if she should have them stop and cook the meal! REALLY!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always an enjoyable experience!
    mduys
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We have been going to Lark Creek for years to celebrate special occasions and we always find it a lovely experience. We especially love the patio dining whether it's for brunch or dinner (with heat lamps). Recently, we celebrated my sister's birthday with brunch on the patio. I had the most amazing mushroom bisque!! It's also a great venue for all ages.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was quite good but very, very
    ShirazVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Four of us dined here on Friday night. We had dined here a few timed but do not recall it being as noisy as it was on Friday. We could barely hear each other. The Tuna tartar was a nice size but lacked a firm flavor. I had to add lemon. The Beet salad was tasty and quite large (perhaps 2 people could have shared it). The Caesar salad was OK. For the main courses, the lamb fusili was quite tasty and enjoyable. The trout was rated as just OK, nothing to write home about. The sweetbreads were apparently very good and tasty. This is obviously a very popular restaurants and the service was excellent. It was a pity that the noise level was really loud and spoiled the dinner for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gave it another try, bad idea
    Cav86VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We went to Lark Creek for our anniversary and had a terrible experience. Although the restaurant was half empty when we arrived for our reservation, they tried to seat us in the middle of a brightly lit room next to a large group. No thanks. After "putting out" the hostess by asking for a different seat, our service was spotty all night. The food was just okay. Particularly disappointing was a salad that arrived with dressing only. Apparently you can request more items, but I wasn't asked if I wanted them. Unless you are 65 or over (which appears to be their main fan base) there are many better options around!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Jill
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    When I'm willing to travel 45 minutes to have a great dining experience, you know it's good. This is my go to place for whenever I want to feel the cozy, nurturing experience of being surrounded by redwoods and be served with friendly attention and fabulous seasonal food. Besides, it's one place I can count on to understand my gluten intolerance and I have confidence in being taken care of all around. For anyone that enjoys locally grown food and a chef that knows how to harmonize flavors, I suggest giving it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & wonderful ambience!!
    nicname
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    A GREAT restaurant for a romantic dinner! The bar has beers & wines on tap and makes great cocktails. The menu has seasonal specialties, and the kitchen uses pastured meats at a reasonable price. The polenta ragout was incredible, and the roasted chicken was 5-star. The wild mushroom bisque didn't come how we ordered it but was still good. Dessert was buttermilk chocolate cake w/cocoa nib ice cream, just as delicious as it sounds (beautiful too!). Our waitress was very attentive & friendly and provided smooth service with a smile. Overall, our favorite was the polenta & the least favorite was the chocolate cake. You know it was an amazing dinner when the worst thing you had was a delicious piece of buttermilk chocolate cake... ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    HungryGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    The Monday night fried chicken special was EXCELLENT. Also notably good: the soup du jour and the fish. Our server Colleen was wonderful: quick, efficient, warm, friendly and unobtrusive. She made a great meal even better!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The original Lark Creek restaurant!
    RavenVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The Tavern is an exceptional dining experience. This evening I had their awesome burger with blue cheese. My girlfriend had the Prime Rib (which is only available certain nights). She was very excited as that's her favorite. Both meals were exceptionally prepared and extremely delicious. It's a rare treat to go to the Tavern as it's an hour and half away from my house ... and a commute through SF. However, it's very much worth it. I have dreams of one day gathering a big group of friends in their upstairs private room. Oh and we finished of dinner with a great chocolate cake! Oh and I forgot ... the bread they bring to the table is awesome and accompanied with a lovely salted butter. MMMm .... go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant Choice
    valbar
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Out of country guest & she was very impressed with the service and the food, it was a big hit. My halibut was cooked to perfection & my friend had the short ribs. Look forward to my next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & Dancing Fun
    Mangianita
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    The Dine & Dance Tango night began with Happy Hour (ask what's included in lowered prices). We 6 dancers had fun learning to Tango like the Stars from an excellent teacher. A generous 3 course dinner: choice of two salads, three main courses, three desserts. Caesar salads featured full leaves of romaine; the spring garden salad came in a huge bowl with just the right amount of dressing. My chicken arrived perfectly moist, covered with a light sauce, surrounded by baby potatoes, baby carrots (not out of a bag), and miniature parsnips. Mixed berry crumble with vanilla ice cream looked amazingly large, but we consumed it all--delicious. Our efficient, professional server, made the evening a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rude
    respect
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    receptionist did not care if we waited even though we strived to be on time and we were the only customers at the place. then she gave us a table that we could hit our leg on and told us even though the receptionist had the entire place to offer us. scones were not good
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  • Friday night dinner
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Received very good service until near the end of the meal towards dessert. Waitperson disappeared. Seemed to be serving the bar area in addition to the dining area. Food was excellent as expected.
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  • understaffed?
    chops
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We had a 6 pm res. on a Sunday evening - arrived earlier than planned at 5:30 - practically empty dining room yet we were seated next to a pole at a small two-person table when we could easily have been given a larger table. Service was ridiculously slow and we understood a bit because of a wedding & reception being held on the grounds, but even so, the dining room was not full when we were there. Unfortunate experience since we don't dine often in So. Marin & chose the Tavern over many other nice, moderate restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved sitting outside. Service
    evieVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Loved sitting outside. Service a bit slow. Food good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a classic!
    datvVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I've forgotten how good this place is! What a beautiful atmosphere, terrific service from Amanda, and the brunch food we had was terrific. I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I Tried it.
    Timelessman
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Our 7:30 Sat reservations were ready. The place reminds me of the inn in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn". Refreshing, homey feel. We ordered the beet salad and corn chowder to start. It was a cold chowder, which my date didn't expect, but she reported it as good. My salad was delicious. I had the salmon with black rice and my date had the lamb fusilli. Both dishes were absolutely outstanding as was our cream puff-like fruit dessert. The only negative was that the servers didn't seem up to the standard of the rest of the restaurant. We weren't offered after dinner drinks with our dessert and they made us feel somewhat rushed throughout the meal, which is a BIG NO NO for me in an otherwise fine dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect evening
    dlama
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The souffle appetizer was delicious, rich so perfect to share.The beet salad was not something I would order again, the beets overcooked and flavourless. My steak was phenomenal, cooked perfectly and melt in your mouth flavour. The ginger beer was disappointingly sweet with no spice. My waitress was great and took it back without a hitch. The other disappointment was the Butterscotch pudding, no butterscotch flavour! I let our waitress know and she again was completely understanding brought us the chocolate cake which was delicious, the coffee was outstanding. Amanda gets an A+, the meal a B
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite standby
    nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    When I say it's our favorite standby - after trying new restaurants, it's always a pleasure to dine at the Tavern. We really enjoy it - it's such a relaxing, enjoyable experience. The servers and staff are all so friendly and accommodating. And, of course, the food is consistently fresh and delicious. Thanks to the Lark Creek group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great friendly wait person.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Great friendly wait person. Beautiful restaurant. Good menu and nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can count Lark Creek
    Kath
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Tavern on Lark Creeks has a very appealing ambiance. The Bar area is very vibrant and offers dining too. It you would like a little less activity ask for a corner in either of the other rooms. I started with a lemon drop and the blue cheese souffle which is killer. My husband says he will have three of those time. The salad compliments the small souffle. It is very subtle and flavorful at he same time. I had the evening special a single cut pork chop with a very complimentary spicy,,,,,but not too spicy sauce. It was excellent. My husband had the hamburger and a martini. That's about as good as it gets. The server was very, very helpful and kind. She was being shadowed by a new server who was very, very attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish this was in my neighborhood!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    I love the Tavern at Lark Creek, have been there a few times and it always feels relaxed yet attentive to me there. I love the food, and the ambiance is just right. Wish I lived closer, but it's worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Marv
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    As I have heard before, service is up and down,it took us twenty min to get our drinks, we expressed out thoughts to the server, about the service, food was very good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food, service and the
    Patty
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    The food, service and the restuarant setting were generally pleasant. The main issue we had was that it took a long time for the food to arrive at the table. Also, I needed to go ask for the check. We had a fairly large party, 8 people, but still we waited too long for the food. One of our party had to leave soon and we had to ask that the food be brought out for her as soon as possible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Tavern at Lark Creek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    I first heard of Bradley Ogden when he worked at Campton Place and continued to read about him and his career. Having been on holiday on the Pt. Reyes Peninsula I thought we should celebrate my son's birthday at the Tavern at Lark Creek on the way home to Los Angeles. Everything was excellent! The Blue Cheese Souffle appetizer was divine, light and flavorful. The Eggs Benedict on biscuits, one with ham and the other, salmon, were delicious. My grandaughter ordered French Toast covered with a variety of red fruit.. She thought there were too many pieces but ate all of them. My trout with capers was moist, cooked perfectly Loved the Famosa drink. If we lived in the San Francisco area we would return often to this outstanding restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champagne and martini was
    Susie
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Champagne and martini was not cold enough and latte was not hot enough...............food was great! Outdoor dining was a delight!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome addition to Newport!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    LC brings a chef driven menu to Newport. Great tasting ceviche and wood grilled steaks. Creative cocktail list as well. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tavern at Lark Creek
    Jack
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Friendly, effficient, warm atmosphere. Varied menu with tempting specials. Located amid a redwood grove in downtown Larkspur. A nice little town in which to walk off a bit of overindulgence. A bit noisy, which makes it a great place for a small dinner party. Reommended for fine food, informal surrondings and friendly service in a great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    The Tavern at Lark Creek is truly a wonderful dining experience. A place I have wanted to dine at for a very long time. The location and ambiance are amazing. The food is delicious with beautiful presentation. The portions are on the smaller side. Since menu prices are high, this is only a place that can be visited celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I live in the city but spend a lot of time in Marin and had been wanting to try Lark Creek for brunch for awhile. My boyfriend and I finally did this weekend and it definitely did not disappoint! We sat outside on the back deck which was lovely. I had a veggie scramble, he had the eggs Benedict, and we shared a pastry basket. Everything was delicious! And the portions were very generous. We are big brunch goers in the city and Lark Creek Tavern might be our new favorite! My boyfriend said the eggs Benedict was one of the best he's ever had, and that's saying a lot :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Pleasure to Dine Here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The Tavern at Lark Creek is consistently great. Whether it be the staff or the food, we always leave happy. It really is a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Except for the high noise
    Luvs2dinequietly
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Except for the high noise level, all six of us enjoyed the relaxed comfortable dining experience. The rainbow trout and halibut were delicious -- soft, moist, and tasty, cooked just right. The one thing which bothered us was the high level of noise. We could barely hear the persons sitting across the table. If the restaurant can control the noise level, it would have been a much better dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.