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The Lark - Santa Barbara
The Lark - Santa Barbara
  • Address:
    131 Anacapa St. Suite A
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Santa Barbara
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Lark - Santa Barbara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelarksb.com
  • Phone: (805) 284-0370
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    Late Night Bar Menu available
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jason Paluska
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact our Special Events Director at 805.284.0370 or email at mkremzar@thelarksb.com

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking available or use nearby street parking. Substantial parking is available at the Santa Barbara train station, just a block away.
A word from The Lark - Santa Barbara
The Lark pays homage to the history of California train travel and tributes the treasured and long gone Santa Barbara Fish Market, built in the 1920’s as a commercial fish processing plant, shipping their seafood products throughout the state by rail. With an imaginative yet approachable menu created by the gifted Jason Paluska, The Lark celebrates everything found around Santa Barbara County – wineries, farms, ocean and natural beauty. The stunning design strives to connect to the past and the future, using discovered objects from the past and blending them with modern, urban and industrial materials to spectacular effect. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This place is a must if you're in the Santa Barbara area! Great food that is meant to be shared. The Charcuterie board is phenomenal!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had the best dining experience. Waiter was very knowable about the food and how it is served. Made some great suggestions. Items on the menu are meant to be shared. Food and it's presentation are amazing. Our only regret, we should have gone another night."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We loved this cool, funky neighborhood gem! We ordered 2 small plates & one entree which was plenty for 2. The pork shank entree is not to be missed....utterly amazing!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We were expecting a fabulous dining experience on our last evening in Santa Barbara since the restaurant was recommended by a local we met. We were very disappointed! We read many positive reviews but we were not impressed. We read service was impeccable. We were warmly greeted and given an outdoor table as we requested. After that our waiter service was ho-hum. The crispy brussel sprouts were good but way too many on the plate! The house made pimento cheese was excellent. The duck liver mousse had too many competing flavors and we could not taste the duck liver. Crispy smoked pork belly only fair. Crab gnocchi was mushy with uncomplimentary flavors. Chef does not need to recreate the wheel. Overall too many competing flavors."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Staff so knowledgeable thank you Thalia. pork incredible, little gems and diver scallops great"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had an incredible first visit to Lark. Love the family style presentation. The food was truly fresh, delicious, with complex pairing of ingredients and the best of the season. It was perfect to try dishes to share. The waiter was warm and knowledgeable. Each dish was brought out by different wait staff describing the ingredients and answering questions. Excellent waitstaff! Food is fresh, interesting, all delicious with many flavors that intrigued us. Also, amazing wine and beer selection as well as a novel take on classic cocktails. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite local restaurants. I brought special out of town guests this week. As always, great, energetic staff. New items on the menu which is always lovely. Fantastic flavors, tastes, presentations. Make a reservation and go, you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I'm a local and I eat here 2-3 times a month. The food is outstanding, and the chefs change up the menu every season so there are new things to try. Generous portions that are great for sharing, the brussel sprouts of all things are my #1 fave item on the menu. The space itself is very cool, modern but still comfortable, like the kind of hot spot you'd find in a city like San Francisco or Montreal."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had such an excellent dining experience at The Lark. We were in Santa Barbara for a week and this was our one special night out without the kids, and it did not disappoint. Every dish was interesting without being fussy. When there was a miscommunication (we thought we ordered one steak dish and they brought a different one), the manager came right over and apologized and got us the correct dish. They were intent on making us happy. The ambiance is great, fun, warm, stylish. Can't say enough good things!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Read about this place online and found it to be awesome. We were a table of 4, sat on the patio and Had a great time. Our server was totally professional with lots of personality. Kitchen nailed it on every dish. We will be back..."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in SB, awesome food and staff in a great location."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "From start to finish outstanding servers were so helpful and knowledge can't wait to return. Very hot crowd!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "One of the best meals my wife and I have had in Santa Barbara. We visited from San Diego for the weekend, and as self proclaimed "foodies" this is the exact type of food, drinks and restaurant my wife and I always wanted Santa Barbara to have. We ordered the scallops, crab gnocchi, pork belly and brussel sprouts, all of which were fantastic. I plan on coming back here very soon. Make sure to try the pizza next door too at Lucky Penny for lunch. They have some of the best coffee and pizzas I have found in SB."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The Lark is my favorite spot....for everything! I simply love each dish that is made - a delight indeed. I have been going here for 1 year and it has not changed a beat in quality, creativity, freshness: all in a very alive scene. I love you Lark!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food and fun dinner for 4 - food is served and meant to be shared and allowed the table to try a number of dishes. Desserts were outstanding, big fan of the ice cream sandwich. Entrance to the restaurant was very inviting valet to table."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The waiter recommended one entree for us to share between the 3 of us. We ordered 3. The portions of steak and seafood (octopus & scallops) were so incredibly small and they just placed it around the plate to make it look presentable. The food was just not up to par with what I expected. I don't understand what the hype is about and I was quite frankly disappointed. We left hungry and went elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great patio dining. The goose liver bruschetta was wonderful--fascinating flavors. Forget the beet salad. Our courses came too quickly (especially the early ones) so we felt inundated rather than able to savor each dish. It was the first time we'd eaten with four people, so perhaps that was part of the problem. The crab ravioli was very expensive for the little dish and not noteworthy. Our dessert order was taken and served without an offer of coffee. We had to ask for it. We'll be back, but may approach things differently by ordering individually rather than as a group."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Server was delightful just took too much attention and too much emphasis on the restaurant s theme of " family style." Server was Very interruptive of an engaging evening with a friend. Had painful disruption in my gastrointestinals all evening-don't recommend starting a meal with popcorn and a pile of Brussel sprouts. Although very tastey- better eaten, respectively, solo and with a meal."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Fun, friendly and cool, on our first night in Santa Barbara we felt we were eating with and like the locals. Some fantastic food, a few dishes were nothing special, but some were knockout and in a setting like this with great staff and a good vibe, who cares! I'd be back in a shot."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Very hip and friendly. Food was upscale and modern. Scallops were delicious and pork shank was to die for."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Hard to find balance of flavor and texture when there are too many ingredients in dishes. Food looked like over ambitious attempt executed by excited young chefs which resulted in flawed presentation. Not a fan of deconstructing food particularly when you're splitting dishes with your table. Explanation of ingredients by waitstaff upon presentation of dishes is pretentious and interrupts conversation. Our waiter was a standout however. Truly knowledgable and professional while being personable and friendly. Carefully chosen wine list, excellent choices available by the glass. Good people watching. The hip new place to see and be seen."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The Lark is a burst of goodness every time! The careful attention to the food, the service is allllllllways good! Or should I say great...because it is! I love you Lark!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Every dish was beautiful--color, texture, and arrangement. We were four, including a 9 year old who loves seafood. We had oysters, octopus, scallops, wedge salad, broccolini, and the house-speciality, brussel sprouts. Simall plates are family style, perfect to share. Tastes were spicy, sweet, salty, etc., sometimes in the same dish. The 9 year old gives the restaurant 5 stars, especially for the spicy popcorn served instead of bread. The adults say 4 stars because although everything was tasty, we thought everything but the oysters overly complicated and overly described. Our waitress was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, wonderful service, wonderful vibe. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We loved The Lark! The atmosphere is vibrant and energetic and the outdoor dining was very fun! The tables are close to one another and we enjoyed visiting with the couple who sat next to us! Be careful how much food you order because the portions are big and we definitely over-ordered! The roasted chicken was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was our first experience. It came with high recommendations but we have lowered our review. Premium placed on plating overwhelmed flavor and content. Service was knowledgeable but condescending and chaotic. I'd rather go to Super Rica."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had heard wonderful things about The Lark. It is a very cool setting! Nice outdoor and indoor seating. The drinks were delicious. A little pricy, but very yummy! I loved the brussel sprouts! The rest of our food was only so so. Our octopus had a very bitter weird taste, but the staff was amazing and took it off the bill. I worked in the restaurant business for 20 years and these guys are pros in customer service! A+++! Although we had a miss on the food this time, I think it was just poor timing and perhaps poor menu choice. If you don't mind spending a little extra $$ for the ambiance, it is a very nice setting!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Just when you thought after a year at your favorite restaurant, (The Lark is mine),things would be the same. Well there not. The Lark keeps getting better! Yes. They keep stepping it up with new additions to the menu, which already rocks. And the cocktails are the best creations with fresh ingredients. The pleasure keeps going and going at The Lark."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The Lark is the best spot in town....for everything! I should know, I go there soooooooooooooooooooooo many times! But here's the deal, why wouldn't you go to the Lark so many times? It's the best! Get in your car now and go there! You will understand later why you had such a great time. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I know the word is way over used..but this place was. Awesome. Professional and attentive staff..to every detail..very creative and flavor able food. The must have dish is there dun gets crab/gnocchi..its a bit spicy and mixes great flavors together. It is a seasonal dish so get it while you can. Oh, almost forgot..they have a cool wine bar in the back with a patio..doesn't get any better. .to party after dinner. A really hip place."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "i'd suggest more servers and less "hosts/hostesses" standing around the already crowded entry area. made a RSVP 2 months in advance and asked for a booth that was available at the same time our table was and i asked for it but was quickly dismissed that it was reserved. well the funny thing is i went to the front and asked how i can "reserve" a table and she said they don't do that. so either the woman who sat us was lying or, i'll refrain from the word i want to use here... the food was just alright considering the price point. probably would go back to the bar for drinks, but the food could be better. DO NOT ORDER the crab gnocchi as it's more like a ceviche, flavorless with a hint of minced crab. waste."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at the Lark. I took 3 friends with me to celebrate my friend's birthday. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Larks. Everything was incredible. The food was fantastic as well as the service. We found a gem and we will be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "If I had only one choice of where to go it is The Lark. Clearly, this is the place of places in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for our anniversary-we were treated so well-the service was absolutely incredible. The team service approach allowed us to be served promptly. Each staff member, including the bartender, was incredibly knowledgable about the menu items. The staff was friendly. The dishes are generally in smaller portions and are designed to be shared. Food was fresh, delicious, brought at the right time, and had unique flavors. It was expensive but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A perfect evening. Beet salad, hangar steak, dessert were memorable. Gnocchi with crab a 7/10. Service and ambiance ideal. Will go here whenever in SB. Freshest seasonal ingredients. We are picky and Lark impressed us. They accommodate food allergies as well without sacrificing integrity of dish. Very reasonably priced too. We liked the family/tapas style. Let us try 4 very unique flavorful dishes. Definitely for those who appreciate creative cooking and are willing to be adventurous with food. Not for the steak and potatoes. This chef is exciting and offers dishes with ingredients one would not expect . Lots of big tables for groups, parties etc. Side patio for quieter intimate dining. Need reservations. Service exceptional"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We spent three nights in Santa Barbara to celebrate our anniversary. The Lark was highly recommended. The building itself is quite cool. Our meal started with a wonderful note wishing us a happy anniversary and two glasses of champagne. Nice touch! They serve food family style and recommended ordering three or four small plates or a couple of large platters. We ended up ordering a bunch of stuff as it all looked so good: brussel sprouts (awesome!), deviled eggs (good, not great), tomato panzanella salad (out of this world!), pork belly (yum), scallops (more please!), and crab gnocchi (delish). The portions were all pretty generous, especially the salad. We were so full we didn't even have room for dessert (which is VERY unusual LOL). GO!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We love Lark and always find that every time we go back we like them even more!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The only complaint I would have is there could have been some ice in the water."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great place! Knowledgable and friendly server with good suggestions for wine and food. Crusty Brussels sprouts, asparagus salad and sea scallops all divine. Went next door after dinner to their wine shop - Les Marchand and bought several bottles. Nice space indoors and on patio. Near the beach and plenty of parking."
    Dined on 7/13/2014