Lark

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940 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Chef John Sundstrom’s Lark, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier, artisan-focused restaurants. Lark works with local artisans, farmers, and foragers to serve the best of each season. We have two dining rooms which offer different ambiance but the same menu. Our ground floor dining room is classically elegant, featuring white linen tablecloths and plush banquettes. The Lark mezzanine is spacious with a rustic, elemental decor, tucked up into the rafters of our historic building. Please check both this page and the Lark Mezzanine page to see the full selection of tables offered on a specific evening. We encourage you to give us a call at 206-323-5275 if you're having trouble finding a table, our hosts are happy to help. Parties of 6 or more will be seated at 6:00 pm or 8:30 pm, please call to make those reservations.
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EP
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lark consistently serves outstanding dishes, sourced locally and presented beautifully. I typically order their seafood dishes, and am always impressed. Save room for dessert!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Completely mediocre

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r
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lark never fails to please. Great owners/chef; great, creative food paired with comfort staples. Consistent quality and service. One of my favorites.

SF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a very positive dining experience. Attentive and timely service and absolutely delicious food and drinks. Pleasant, quiet setting. The only complaint I can make is that our side dish was forgotten so then delayed, but it certainly won't put me off going back!

f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a very small and cozy environment with a romantic setting. The food is delicious and the portions are not too big. A perfect place for a date :-)

GH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Server was great. Food was good but not exceptional. Might have been an off night.

WH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we are longtime area residents, this was our first meal at Lark. We brought a “foodie” who was visiting from New Orleans (works in the industry there). We were all delighted with our meals, shared plates, etc. The menu offered more choices than we expected; drinks, wine options all good. It was altogether a very nice evening at Lark.

DC
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another perfect meal. Lettuce salad had wonderful house pickled chioggia beets ( big enough for 2.) Followed by the half serving of perfectly executed meat pasta. Had room for apple tartin and decaf. Nice wines too: a Gruner and Nebbiolo .

FM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Pedestrian. Hard to enjoy what can be done better in my own kitchen.

MB
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason Lark has been around as long as it has. Lovely atmosphere. Great service. Delicious food. All the ingredients for a wonderful evening.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with amazing food. Not one thing I would change

KF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only request would be for more veggies on the menu, and at least 2-3 with simpler low-fat preparation.

BR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! From the server who was so knowledgeable and friendly to the incredible wild boar trotolle - this restaurant went FAR above expectations. Oh and the blue velvet fabric on the benches and chairs is photo ready! I cannot recommend this place enough!

G
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very overrated. Unimaginative food that anyone could prepare at home. Not a chef restaurant, more like a bistro.

MC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our server -- polite and effective and personable -- just the right amount of personal attention and professional deference.

NS
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Lark for the first time. Three of us, sharing starters, pasta, and mains.

We each enjoyed each bite, which is as high as our reactions can go. The starters (crudo, fried oysters) were fresh, well-prepared and properly seasoned. The pastas (cannelloni and veg carbonara) were excellent, particularly the tenderness and texture of the cannelloni. We shared two mains (roasted salmon and pork belly) which were also really well prepared. We skipped dessert given the depth of our food orders.

As for libations, we enjoyed a rosé Laurent Perrier bubbles and a great 2004 Mersault, which was off-list and offered after a couple other Chablis and Mersault choices were OOS.

Overall, an excellent experience. Enough fun mixed with professional service and great cooking. Highly recommend.

WP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and the staff was wonderful.
thanks
Willard and Kathy

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately both the bar and the kitchen were extremely slow and we spent the long evening waiting for each thing we ordered. It was literally a 3 hour dinner due to delays at every step, from cocktails to dessert.

LC
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food, easy to have a coversation

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nearly all of the dishes we ordered were delicious. Highlights were seared tuna and a salmon special appetizer, cannelloni (fabulous!), and lemon cheesecake (to die for). The dishes that were somewhat disappointing were the green beans in an overpoweringly acidic tomato sauce, the braised octopus, and the almond cake (really dry). We would definitely go back to Lark. Service was great/lovely.

o
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall over priced. Service was a plus. The reception and greeting at the front desk was pretty awful. With few words and without a smile we were showed our table and the menu was put on the table. Before we were able to take a seat, the person from the front desk was gone back and starring on his tablet for the rest of the evening. The food was just okay, but for sure not worth the price asked.

b
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lark is a superb restaurant. The best on Capitol Hill Seattle by far. Great food, cordial respectful service and not too loud!!!

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Mediocre experience at highest cost with bad service.

OT
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A really nice evening. Great wine list. I had the duck leg, my spouse had the salmon. Excellent. Nice atmosphere. Service by M'Lissa was attentive and friendly. High recommendation.

TF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Lark was solid but didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. Perhaps a victim of high expectations. The food was good to very good, but not stellar. Pasta dishes were standouts, both the wild boar ragu and the smoked mushroom carbonara were outstanding. Appetizers were fine - a unique take on gazpacho but flavorless octopus. A shared main course of pork belly was well prepared but nothing special. Dessert too was only mediocre. So overall, the food was average. Service was also quite slow, pleasant, but just too slow. I'm glad to have tried Lark, but with so many other great restaurants in Seattle, I doubt I'll be back.

J
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gastronomic adventure, with most attentive service and exquisite provenance.

AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate Seattle visit.

HM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food took forever to come out. Maybe 45 min. Got a free desert out of it, but still was beyond reasonable for their prices

a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We only thought a third of the dishes we ordered were at the standard they should be for the price and type of restaurant. Service was good but we still wouldn’t go again.

HF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Lark! Always look forward to dining here. We ate in the restaurant (as opposed to the mezzanine) and had a delightful dinner. Service, food and atmosphere were great as usual!

JK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent meal. The food was exceptional, as was the service. Highly recommended.

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Elegant restaurant. Eclectic menu but not everything works. Chicken pate was a disappointment as buckwheat pancake. Duck was ok but no ! mark. Deserts were the best but probably not enough to make up for expensive but not that great other dishes.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service at every step. Really pleased with the food and recommendations. Nice spot for a night out.

s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely special occasion dinner. The noise level was louder than I like, but not as bad as some others (Ethan Stowell restaurants!).

D
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Very classic, excellent service, delicious food!!!! We absolutely loved it!!!!

l
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Lark was memorable: excellent food, very welcoming and attentive service, lovely dining room. We had two specials that evening, a delicious tomato salad and perfectly cooked albacore. We certainly will go back.

JY
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hanger steak was AMAZING! Great atmosphere ❤️

i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining was an excellent experience. One if the best dinners I’ve ever had. Worth coming to Seattle !!!

G
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here at least once a year when in Seattle, over many years, always a favorite, we even have our favorite table

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