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About 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.

131 Anacapa St. Suite A
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Late Night Bar Menu available
CLOSED MONDAY

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 284-0370

Website:
http://www.thelarksb.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.

Executive Chef:
Jason Paluska

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact our Private Event Manager at 805-705-8895 or email Aran Klingensmith at aran@acmehospitality.com

The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (49)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (42)
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Fit for Foodies (42)
Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (38)
Fun (34)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Hot Spot (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Authentic (21)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Seasonal (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Cozy (11)
Organic (10)
Tapas (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Healthy (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Another unique, delicious fabulous dinner. Always a great experience. Every plate that comes out is a work of art and tastes amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great meal out to celebrate a birthday during a long weekend getaway. All of the food was delicious but the short ribs were amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s dinner at our favorite place!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful atmospherewith inventive and delicious food

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved it. Great unique menu. Just delicious and lovely.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Not only was the food amazing, but the staff had a deep understanding of the menu. We continue to come back for the amazing food and experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

This is the good stuff right here!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went for dinner and were impressed. They encourage sharing which I love because everything we had was fantastic so we both got to sample all the flavours.
The beet carpaccio, the oysters with satsuma granita, the pork belly and the fritters.
We can’t wait to go again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were excited to try this place. We were a little disappointed in our server, too hip maybe. He didn’t really check in much and he was hard to hear because of the noise level. We enjoyed the beef checks, but they were very rich. Not always a bad thing but for us a little too much. We think this is a great place for the younger hipster crowd!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We are here for the SB Film Fest. Also visited & ate here last year. I have to say - overrated. We were placed (although we had reservations) in the "confessional." My husband was literally wedged next to an antique confessional booth. The food was simply over the top, and I feel this is a restaurant that is known for the famous people who come here and not the food. A miss.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The indoor dining area was so loud I could not enjoy a conversation with my husband during dinner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

If you want entrees make sure to order items from the end of the menu. Our server only explained to us that the menu is more of a family style, but never told us that most of the menu was appetizer size. Also, some of the dishes were underwhelming so we are unsure why this place was rated so highly.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was well prepared, and service was not hurried. We really appreciated our server “Bill”, he suggested we dine family style to enjoy more flavors and enjoy each dish together. We will be back.
I would suggest the Brussels sprouts to start out the meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our fourth visit to The Lark and have always had a brilliant experience both from the food and the atmosphere.

This time things were perhaps not quite as good as before even though there were some exceptional dishes. Unfortunately one course was VERY slow in arriving so much so we asked for it to be removed from the bill which they did very politely and professionally.

Still a great overall experience and an interesting and diverse menu. Just maybe lost a bit of it’s early brilliance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fabulous food and ambiance!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Hands down one of the best meals I have had. The appetizer popcorn was incredible. All together, the food was so creative and each bite held it’s own flavor. I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Nathan was our waiter. He was gracious when we asked to switch tables. He knew the menu very well. He and other wait staff were professional and friendly. Food was delicious. Enjoyed Local wines and great cocktails.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our experience at The Lark was wonderful. The atmosphere is exceptionally well done both on the patio and inside. The service was very good but a little fast but it was a Friday night. Each course was innovative and extremely well prepared. We especially enjoyed the main course of roast chicken in cast iron pan. It is one of our favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. We look forward to going back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 1, 2018

While we loved certain items on the menu, we didn’t feel excited about some of the entrees. The confit of Duck Wings seemed disjointed from the rest of the menu and it was an ok dish. It didn’t fit with the farm to table concept. We missed a good beef dish on the menu and the dessert selection was not very good.

The service was a bit off, they brought out one dish for while the three of us waited a good ten minutes before the rest came out. The busboy tried to remove the empty dish intended for the eaten duck wings.

Despite a couple of bad dishes, we enjoyed the evening very much though the menu didn’t quite measure up to the last visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was ok. A bit over hyped. Too much experimentation in the menu with some ingredients that just didn't go together.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Cody was knowledgeable and welcoming server. The food was innovative and exceeded expectations. A wonderful evening! Thank you!

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 (London)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Total punt going to the lark but had a stunning stunning meal .Quite simply my take home memory from Santa Barbara . Menu really unusual combination of flavours and textures but boy did it work . Friendly helpful staff explained the menu and their ethos

Would love to go back but tad far from Edinburgh !!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a drink at the bar first. Very friendly bartenders. Really good experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We love this place and the family style dining experience. It has a great vibe, wonderful staff, and the food is wonderful. We have only been on Friday and Saturday nights. We need to plan ahead and make reservations way ahead of time if we want a popular time. We have eaten inside and outside, and both were great. Although sitting outside under the heater and right by the fireplace was a little warm for me.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Disappointing. Food not balanced (over the top). Server was great.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Just to let you know, if you make a reservation...they don’t assign you a table, they just make sur you have a place to eat somewhere on the property! So, if it’s pouring rain or freezing cold, there’s a chance you’re outside with umbrella or heater, or sharing the “commute table” inside....because we complaint about it, the service was really bad...oh and if you order a plate with 3 pieces of scallop for exemple and you’re 4, they said just add one, but the 4th one will be naked, no side risotto and wrap in prosciutto????

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was a busy place on Thursday evening. The design and cozyness of this restaurant feels great. The firepit burning outside gave warmth to the atmosphere. It is an energetic, busy, trendy restuarant. The food was so healthy and delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Organic, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I would highly recommend The Lark! It is beautiful both on the outside and inside. The moment we stepped into the restaurant it was very nice. The hostess was very patient even though my partner asked to be moved several times due to the temperature, she gets cold very easily. We never felt rushed in the least. Our server Bill was outstanding, helpful, patient, and very professional!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

WOW! What an incredible restaurant. My boyfriend and I went to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and we were treated so well. They made us a card, brought out champagne, and also gave us a box of popcorn to take home! The food was so delicious and we were so pleased and amazed! Thank you!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

service off tonite.....slow service of wine and one of the courses...unusual....and it was not vry busy.....odd.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The Lark was recommended by almost everyone we consulted and online reviews. They were all very accurate. The food was unique and incredible. Our server was ver friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs. We were there with guests from out of town and they were equally impressed with everything about The Lark. It is a bit pricey, but so is every good restaurant in Santa Barbara, and The Lark is the best one we have been to so far.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Smaller courses were good but we didn’t enjoy the platters we ordered

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I love all the local flavors and ingredients I get when I dine at the Lark. I am willing to try things I have never heard of (or conversely, things I am familiar with and don't normally like) because every dish is so wonderful at the Lark.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was my daughters 21st birthday - the staff took great care of us and ensured that it was a memorable and special experience. The server was great at explaining how much to order "not to much just the right amount"

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overpriced menu choices.
Good Presentation but the entrée and appetizers were lost on me - simple food done well is worth it - my impression of this restaurant was complex food done pretty well and overcharged.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had a great meal! Everything was so tasty. And we liked the different mix of flavors in all the dishes. The ambiance was great and our waiter, Don, was extremely helpful and attentive to our needs.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The Lark is warm and inviting. It creates an environment that welcomes all.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food outstanding
Waitperson terrific
Receptionist. Rude
Crowd diversified
I think ypur darling young girls at check on should be re taught how to greet and please people without sorry ypu can’t have a quiet booth they are all taken. ( at 530)
Exceptions must be made for older people (80s) many have hearing lose and a booth is easier to hear by
We are talking 2 people. Bending the rules a bit when a person comes in at the earlier hour when the booths are empty and when they leave 2 are still empty isn’t a crime

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (México)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious vegetarian dishes

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