Lark

4.6
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958 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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Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Incorrect order and poor service.

Shocked at the arrogance of the staff. Seemed our visit was an inconvenience. Only worsened when the special we ordered was incorrectly placed and to make matters worse they ran out of the originally ordered item. “We are sorry we messed up your order, we are now out of fish but we have plenty of meat options for you....”.

Too many choices of great food in Seattle to bother visiting here again.

AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the creative and also comfort-food style here. Our waitress was incredibly well educated on the menu and helped us understand each intricate part of our meal - especially helpful for my vegetarian husband!

H
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved eating at Lark. The food was delicious and the ambiance was nice and warm. The place is decorated quite well, and we really enjoyed sitting there. Our waiter was also quite helpful with our needs and preferences, and we really enjoyed eating there.

The one minus in our opinion was that you do not get a lot of food. I don't mind food being pricey, or that you emphasize quality, but the fact that I actually ordered a *burger* at the comedy club we visited afterwards says a lot. Regardless, not a deal breaker IMHO.

Would visit again.

KG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service could not have been better. The owner was warm and accommodating when we asked to move and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. The food was executed with fine technique and care. A lovely restaurant for any occasion or none at all.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Wonderful service. Perfect anniversary dinner. We will be back- long before our next anniversary!

AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a fine upscale restaurant, but nothing special in the Seattle scene. It's average, not great, not bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

LL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite meal in Seattle thus far! We will definitely be going back.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

This was the fourth time I’ve been to Lark for dinner and I have to say this will be the last time! I don’t know if they have undergone new management since the last time I was there but I have to say the only thing that was the same was the location.
I was out with a group of friends to enjoy the evening and despite the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty, service was slow we were seated by the door which was cold we asked to be moved they moved us over one table again next to the door. Had to eat dinner with our coats on. Bottom line was the food wasn’t good. Barely palatable... I could have had better at a Sizzler... I took one of the pork chops home with me as a leftover, the next day I cut it open and discovered that it was raw, yes raw. please see the photo underneath. Raw pork.
I will never go back to Lark !!

SA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good food, pleasant service ! Plus a quiet place where we could discuss without need for megaphones ...

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Fantastic black kale salad and the Pommes de terre are always a knockout.

AV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It has been a while since we visited. On this time, the flavors did not strike as well as before. The oysters and cheese plate were excellent. (Why are crackers extra when cheese is ordered?) The mains did not quite hit as well. The rigatoni was the best of the three. Cannelloni were very heavy with sauce. Pork belly bbq a bit too sweet for taste. Wine was a PNW Grenache - outstanding.

c
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner, able to converse easily with my dinner companion,.will be back.

b
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu, especially appetizers. Duck was delicious.

F
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was impeccable, even recognizing a look on my face when I incredulously realized the beautiful bottle of Meursault was corked. We tried to drink it not wanting to believe it was corked but our server caught that my face reflected that the first sip wasn't right. She graciously took it back and brought us another bottle that was perfect, not corked. That started a lovely evening of fabulous hamachi crudo, cheese then entrees. Was not particularly pleased with the Bison. It arrived relatively cold and was chewy but after the wine issue, I didn't feel comfortable sending my dish back. Nonetheless, it was a lovely evening and my guests meal as exceptionally yummy. Will definitely be back. Thank you Lark!

A
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was mostly very good, but a few items in the plates were below average. The dessert I had was underwhelming. Our services could have been better though. Our waters went empty for a while and he Alamo’s threw the dessert menus on our table without saying a word to us.

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Expensive and can’t get over that there was a $6 charge for bread! It’s included on the east coast which is where we are visiting from.

EP
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I had a wonderful experience at Lark. The food was outstanding, the service was amazing, and our overall experience was well worth it. If you’re looking for a high end restaurant with great ambiance, outstanding food, and knowledgeable servers, Lark is the place for you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Completely mediocre

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r
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

WH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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

MB
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, easy to have a coversation

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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