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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful meal, wonderful service, wonderful vibe. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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
  • "Had high hopes and was not disappointed. From the time we arrived until the valet brought the car around at the end of the evening, everything was spectacular."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Amazing food! Every dish was incredible, with such a unique variety of flavors. The service was a little slow but our server was delightful, energetic and knowledgable when she was there. It was a bit loud and hard to hear eachother as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "For my 50th birthday we went with some friends to The Lark. It was the best dining experience I've had in Santa Barbara in a long time. The food was absolutely fabulous and the service was great! Love the shared dinning concept. We had the brusselsprouts, heirloom tomato salad, crab and nocchi, and the fish platter. Every dish was stellar. The only "ding" I would give it was the wine list which I found to be quite overpriced."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The Lark IS the spot for "everything" (and I mean everything) good, great and exceptional. Go there!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I love dining out and do it often. While we both seek to embrace the whole experience, he is more particular about food and I about ambiance. Lark keeps us both very happy all the time and the staff is very friendly. The time I came with two girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. They had a birthday note on the table and treated us to an incredible dessert. Love this place!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We've eaten here twice in one week-it is that good. Servers are very knowledgeable, if not somewhat interruptive. All the veggies are uniquely prepared, the platters are meant to share, the desserts varied and a good, reasonable size after a huge amount of food. I recommend going early to avoid a long wait. Parking valet is a must. Younger crowd as the evening advanced."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "After having such an amazing experience the first evening of our SB trip, we decided nothing could compare so we came back the next night. Best meal in the LA area yet!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Dining at this restaurant was one of the highlights of our trip to Santa Barbara and it did not disappoint! The food was incredible with great beer and wine selections. There were many choices on the menu to please any appetite or palate, all of which were beautifully served and delicious. The patio was also dog friendly! Huge bonus for our experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Lark was recommended by the manager of a winery tasting room in Santa Barbara. We shared four small plates (Duck Liver Mousse, Crispy Smoked Pork Belly, Grilled Octopus and Dungeness Crab & Gnocchi). The server paced the meal well and arranged the order to perfection. The wine list had some unusual options. It was fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Yes. Every single time The Lark is perfection-right down to the silver ware. The Lark is THE gem of Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From the creative cocktails, knowledgeable wait staff, inventive food all the way to the delicious desserts, The Lark does not disappoint. The brussel sprout starter is a must. Honestly, there was not a single thing our group of 4 ordered that wasn't great. Pavlova and ice cream sandwich desserts are perfect."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Share your plates with your loved ones! Was very impressed with the brussels sprouts and devil's eggs appetizers. Enjoyed the lemon custard and gloried s'more. Also ordered the pork loin which was delicious and large portion. Scallops entree was okay...I've had better. I didn't feel the flavors went well with the fruit it was paired with."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "One of the best gourmet experiences. Amazing choices and tastes !! From the appetizers to the desert! Service was spectacular as well!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food is outstanding, and the service was amazing! We felt very pampered. We appreciated all the outdoor heaters and fire pits that kept us comfortable while dining outside."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Stellar is more like it. And the food and service matches. I can't think of any place I rather be than The Lark."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food, creative and delicious. Service, Excellent from every employee. One suggestion, the wine list is loaded with imported wines no one ever heard of, loading it with CA wines would be a much better idea. Wine is an area that makes it easy to buy American, especially with the superior quality of CA wines. GREAT POPCORN!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Delicious and plenty of time between courses so that we could enjoy each item that came out of the kitchen. We have reservations for August 18th. Looking forward to the evening and what food we may find delightful."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I found this place via yelp and it had a great rating and nice pictures so we decided to try this.. Maybe this place could be good as a bar? but not as a restaurant for sure. Our tea tasted cheap and bad, salad was really oily and not fresh. we couldn't even finish our dish and left early to go to other restaurant..Me and my friend had been trying different restaurants every day for a week, but this was the worst place out of 10 restaurants we tried. If this place is just a bar and food was not their main thing, I could understand it better. I should remember that never trust yelp review and ratings.. I learned the lesson here I guess."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Make a reservation and get to the area about two hours early. GOOD THING. They took us right at Friday night at 8:15, our reservation time. But, There are about 10 places with in spitting distance where you'll have a good time, move around, have fun and enjoy yourselves, wine taste, play guitars, and then the Lark will top off the evening. Perfect. Probably Not kid friendly. Food great, hip scene, quietly noisey, and a lot to look at. (Myself) A UCSB gaucho gives this an A+ for locals and tourists. That is my review. Rich."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was varied and interesting, generally savory. They recommend sharing family style, which we did and it let us sample more items. The cocktails were also good interesting mixes. Four stars is a good review from me."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Lark goes all the way in excellence! Every time. The service, the food is simply my favorite. Thank you Lark!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "After having eaten at The Lark about a half dozen times, I've learned to pay attention to the description of the dishes and ask to have certain items eliminated or substituted, due to dietary restrictions. I have found the staff to be very gracious and accommodative in such requests. Even when such changes are made, the dishes remain as delicious as ever. The vibe in The Lark is energetic and makes going there all-around fun."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The only part of the dinner we enjoyed was the branzino. The rest of the food was either tasteless or way too peppery."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Lark is a great addition to our Santa Barbara dining experience. I love the atmosphere and the food. We shared olives, deviled eggs, beet salad and the chicken platter. Everything we tasted was well prepared with interesting flavors. The wait staff was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Come here for the crowd, ambience, and decor. But if you're looking for superlative food matching their prices, go elsewhere. Their flank steak dish contained 1/3 of a steak presented as 4 slices of meat (billed as an entree and appetizer size) I've had better deviled eggs at potlucks but the winner was the grilled vegetables dish (mostly zucchini) advertised in the menu as a ratatouille platter. Understand the chefs attempt at finding an exciting name for the dishes but I find it annoying when the names are actually misleading. Ratattouille is not a wood board with grilled vegetables arranged on top, that's grilled vegetables. Dishes presentation was really good, although our waiters managed to mess them up in a couple of occasions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great menu variety. Food was all well prepared.....we had the Hanger steak and diver scallops. Dungeoness crab gnocchi was 86'd unfortunately. Service staff very knowledgeable and efficient. Meal was paced very well. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014