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About Permanently Closed - Lark Creek Walnut Creek
This restaurant is permanently closed. Lark Creek Walnut Creek is located in historic downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere is light and airy, with American country charm, sidewalk seating, an exhibition kitchen, and the new Oakville Room seating up to 36 guests for private functions. The changing menu includes seasonal Contemporary American fare featuring traditional and updated recipes. Housemade desserts; local and regional wines.
Lark Creek Walnut Creek features American wines, including offerings on tap, by the glass and in half-bottles, with local and regional producers featured. Full bar; fresh fruit and fountain beverages.
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
Mount Diablo Blvd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available on the street and in the convenient public parking structure above the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lark Creek Walnut Creek - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
There are 6 of us who, for several years, have gone to Lark Creek in July for the 1/2 price wine and wonderful food. We were amazed that the wine prices were outrageous now on the wine list. The waitress said, 'Well, it will be half price." We knew that but for a $33 bottle of Rombauer Chardonnay to be $89 on their wine list is unconscionable. We may not return.
Reserved a table for lunch to celebrate my friend's birthday, was pleasantly surprised by the personalized menu and nice booth location. The service was just right--attentive, responsive, light touch--my tea glass never got below half-empty. Very nice atmosphere and good food. Now I'm shocked to read online that the restaurant has closed today with no announcement! The place was full yesterday, a Thursday, and generally seems to be when I walk by. What's going on?
Food was wonderful. Service was horrible. Luckily you go to a restaurant for great food and you'll have that here. Do not order your 2 year old a peanut butter and jelly sandwich though. It was the sloppiest sandwich for even an adult to try and eat with enough french fries to feed four adults.
Love the location, ambiance, and setting with indoor and outdoor seating. Food is always great. Usually have very good service, but on Saturday service was not great despite not looking completely full. Had entrée before my glass of wine finally arrived, and had to remind waitress twice for a beer my husband ordered which also came after entrée arrived. We would have had another round but didn't want to wait indefinitely again.
We totally enjoyed our evening at Lark Creek in Walnut Creek, CA There were many food and wine options and we found the half priced wine an opportunity to try a wine we were not familiar with. It was a quiet Wednesday, allowing us to talk comfortably.
We will visit again soon.
"Lark Creek" (and sister restaurant "Yankee Pier" in nearby village of Lafayette) are my favorite go-to places when entertaining out-of-town guests. Such was the case again this time. Very good. Although, I must say the chicken in the curry chicken soup was so overcooked and dry as to be inedible. Never mind, I just pushed it aside and enjoyed the delicious broth. Mussels were excellent as always. My guest enjoyed her Reuben sandwich, and we both drank heartily of Jose's impeccable Bloody Marys.
I always enjoy the restaurant, unfortunately your list of positives don't really capture it. Location is convenient, plenty of parking. Food, service, ambience, wine selection, cocktaiols are all very good. Only negative is the lack of any vegetarian options. I told the server I was vegetarian, what were my choices, and the answer was the grilled vegetarian sandwich. The end. It's a good sandwich, but I don't want to avoid repeat visits to Lark Creek because I can only depend on having one choice.
We arrived early for our reservation, but we were seating immediately by friendly, courteous staff. We were offered drinks and the opportunity to order appetizers even before the rest of our party arrived. The service was excellent!
Our food was delicious and there was plenty of it! The farmer's market omelet has fresh spinach, yummy cheeses, and tender shrimp. Everyone in our group loved their food. We were celebrating a birthday and our waiter brought out a coconut bar cake with a candle on it for us to enjoy. She even sang along with us!
I've been to Lark Creek before, and while the service and food has always been good, they really excelled this time. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks!
My two guests and I had a wonderful birthday celebration. Our table was where requested, with a Happy Birthday menu waiting at the table. Our server Liam made helpful menu suggestions and provided efficient service along with other staff members. Our celebratory lunch was outstanding.
Lark Creek Walnut Creek seems to have potential. It has nice ambiance, the location is perfect, and the service is great to boot. But it is majorly lacking in the food department. The food is just not delicious. The food is passable, but nothing I want to spend money on. I ordered the halibut, but it was so dry, bone dry. I replaced it with the salmon and it was just okay. The dish wasn't composed well, the bottom of the plate was zucchini and onions sautéed in tomato sauce and on top was the salmon portion. That was it, and the flavors didn't go well together. Other entrees ordered in my group were the fried chicken dinner which was flavorless, and the paella which was meh, no crispy rice or anything special. We also ordered the calamari as an appetizer, which was fine, best part of the meal. I wouldn't go back to this restaurant. The food isn't worth it.
After 30-plus visits in the last 20 years, Lark Creek finally failed to come close to expectations. To be fair there was a Walnut Creek wine tasting event that night and Lark Creek had an outside booth that was active. Inside was fairly quiet though, maybe half full. Despite this, the service was fragmented and very slow, so much so we skipped dessert which we had intentionally left room for. It was also extraordinarily hot in the restaurant. It was a hot day, but we consciously chose Lark Creek out of the many Walnut Creek choices because we believed that they would certainly have an adequate HVAC system.
Father's Day. We've been here many times and always a great experience. Not this time! Wait staff was perfunctory, food was mediocre. They had a special brunch menu for Father's Day but the food seemed slapped together. Maybe it was too busy for them to manage. I expect more from them, I was disappointed.
We have frequented Lark Creek many times over the years. It has always been well staffed and we have enjoyed our meals. Just last week, I had a lovely lunch with my mother-see my previous review.
However, this visit was disturbing. It was Father's Day. The host station was staffed by a female teenager, dressed in a shred of fabric, which I suppose she thought was appropriate for being the fist point of contact. That, and she was covered in tattoos. Not a good look. It was not appropriate, and the management should be embarrassed.
When we arrived, 5 minutes before our reservation, 12 noon, I informed her that we needed a table rather than a booth because my mother has a seated walker. She said that she could seat us, but it would be closer to our reservation time, maybe a 10-15 minutes wait...Umm, we were pretty much on the dot. I reminded her of our reservation time-she had to check the computer again. Obviously out of her league. I spotted a vacant 4 top for our party of 3. She informed me with a very matter of fact: "That section is not open"...it was surrounded by full tables. Not the right answer. I told her that I wanted to speak with the manager. She then told me again that that table was unavailable and there was "nothing she could do". Again, not the right answer. The response should have been, I will try my best to get you seated as soon as possible. This would have made me feel like a valued customer and that she was trying. Then, a tall blonde woman appeared at the host station. She asked if she could help me...I asked if she was the manager-nope! Turns out she was just the loud mouthed bartender-again, totally inappropriate. Finally, I meet the manager. He is pleasant; however, completely in the weeds. In the end we get the 4 top because of some lame explanation that they just had a cancellation. This restaurant needs a tune-up. P.S. The teenaged hostess is not qualified, looks or otherwise, for her current position-
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