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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (70)
Fit for Foodies (68)
Local Ingredients (63)
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Good for a Date (60)
Great for Outdoor Dining (59)
Special Occasion (54)
Fun (47)
Hot Spot (47)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Authentic (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Romantic (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Casual (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Seasonal (22)
Healthy (21)
People Watching (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (16)
Tapas (15)
Organic (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Business Meals (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Great Beer (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

BEST brussel sprouts I've ever had. The progression of the meal was lovely. The ambience was perfect. Such warm, warm light. Compliments to the Chef and staff for a lovely evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic experience! Our server Jaz was amazing, she was super helpful and bubbly. The food was outstanding as well. I would highly recommend checking it out.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ambiance especially outdoors next to the fireplaces

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place is amazing. The food is delicious, the Brussel sprouts are heaven sent, service is great, and they have fantastic ambiance. I don't think you can go wrong

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was poor. Entire meal (3 separate plates including wine) was ordered and bill paid in under 1 hour. We told out waitress we would have another glass of wine with the main course and she never came back. Just a bunch of people rushing plates in and taking them away. Never did get a second glass of wine.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic! Love the entire meal and experience! Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful - would book again! Great food and service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Recommended by a friend for an enjoyable meal and it lived up the recommendation. Had the 1/2 chicken for two and it was excellent. The apple fritters were outstanding. Would return again.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food and service. Farm to table at it's best.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wow - what a great experience! We were visiting (5 nights) and this was our last night, because earlier we could not get a table reserved as it was very busy. We decided to go there because of reviews and it sounded like something special. It definitely is something special. We can warmly recommend it. The location has great charm, the interior is matching the history but very fresh. The service (Bill - you were great!) was outstanding and the food delicious. We'd go there again and will recommend it to our friends. Don't miss it while you're in SB!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This is our 6th or more visit on a Sunday evening. Although the food was very good, our particular server must have been on another planet that evening, made mistakes and was very slow. The idea of this restaurant has always been to share the various entries. We ordered two glasses of Pinot (only 1 is offered by the glass), the Wedge Salad to be followed by the Salmon and then follow with the Ribs. The salad arrived timely and we shared it, but before we were really finished with it BOTH main entries arrived together! That was first error. How to eat and share two hot entries at the same time was not pleasant and not our order. Before finishing the entries we ordered an additional single glass of wine (in the small carafe) which we could share and pour on our own. Took quite a while to get that. Later on we ordered the amazing desert (apple fritter with ice cream scoop) and another glass (carafe) of wine. Took quite a while, but when the dessert arrived , no wine and I had to ask another waiter "where is the wine we ordered at least 10 minutes earlier". Finally it arrived, but again late and not timely for enjoying with the dessert. And this is an expensive restaurant. Summary: 1 Salad, 2 entries and 4 glasses of wine = $167 PLUS tip which was suggested @20% to be $31 or grand total of $198 for no table clothes and slow service with numerous mistakes. Sorry, but there are other places to spend this kind of money with a real restaurant setting (table cloths) and good professional servers. Will probably return one day, but I'll be very sure each request is fully understood.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This restaurant came highly recommended. We really liked the family style dining, and with a big group, we were able to try almost half the menu which was great. One thing that could have vastly improved our dining experience is more lighting. We sat outside, and yes, the dim lighting is very romantic if you're on a date, but it was a bit tough to split the family style dishes when we couldn't really see what we were splitting, and at least for me, seeing my food is part of enjoying it. It did get really cold when the table next to us turned off their heater. Overall, we enjoyed it there and the staff were friendly.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to the Lark several times. This time we wanted to bring our friends who were visiting from out of town so we made our reservation a couple weeks in advance on open table.

When we arrived, after waiting several minutes we were seated at the very back corner table outside. We weren't given an option of outside or inside.

In the past our servers have been very friendly and attentive - part of what makes dining at the Lark a great experience. This time our server seemed a little frosty and barely spoke to us. We hardly saw her throughout the night.

The food was excellent as usual. But on the whole all of us were disappointed with the atmosphere. Definitely not up to par with all of our other visits to the Lark.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

food was absolutely awesome - super fresh ingredients, presentation, and taste. Same with service - servers worked in harmony so food was delivered fast, genuinely friendly, and very professional. Atmosphere was warm, cosy, but with the energy and crowd of a trendy hotspot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Unique and tasty flavors. Nice ambiance. Knowledgeable waiter in regards to gluten free options.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We totally appreciated that our waitress told us not to order too much - which we had done the last time we dined. Delicious and beautiful!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and service. Follow their lead on how many dishes to order. The Brussels sprouts and the chicken are a must.

Tags: Live Sports, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Organic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Possibly one of the best restaurants I've been to. Always busy. The food is impeccably prepared. I had the roast chicken in the iron pot and it was delicious. It came with an array of greens, root vegetables and Chanterelle mushrooms in a pomegranate broth. We also enjoyed a Japanese fish dish and the scallion cornbread. Sadly, we didn't have room for dessert, but next time we will. Portions are big and meant to be shared. Take a few people with you and try everything!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Loved our dinner , our meal was creative and yummy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food, beautifully presented. Menu changes regularly I would suggest checking before going. Sometimes everything sounds great, sometimes I’m not sure what I would order and
I’m a rather adventurous eater.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food here is great, however our evening was quite mediocre due to the service and organization of the restaurant. I made the reservation for a Saturday night about a month in advance, and when we got there (on time) we had to wait 20 minutes for our table. The table we received was available when we arrived (we all noticed it), and it was also probably the worst table in the restaurant. It was significantly tilted, our candle wasn't lit, it was close to the clamor of the entrance and door, and the door never closes, so my mom was cold the whole evening. They didn't replenish our popcorn or really pay much attention to anything. I've received better service at the community table. For having a reservation and arriving on time, they really couldn't have done worse for us. The food was overall quite good, but left dinner feeling irritated and put-off. This is the first online review I've written for a restaurant in my life. I'm that bothered by the experience. Probably won't be back for a long time.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

everything was great but unfortunately our server forgot to give us our boxed left-overs (which was a lot of food)

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 (Cambridge)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fabulous 21st birthday celebration!! I'd say one of the best meals we've ever had in our lives--everything beautifully cooked and presented, one amazing dish after another. We were a party of eight, so ordered and tasted a broad variety of entrees. So many layers of flavour and seasoning to discover. Even the brussel sprouts were a revelation! The outdoor ambience at night with fire pit and candlelight was magical. An unforgettable experience not to be missed!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Brussels sprouts a must get. We couldn’t eat them fast enough. Pimiento toast spicy but so good and I can’t do spice. Delish. Beef carpaccio was good but not our fave. Duck mousse was great. Apple fritters so yummy! Waitress was great! Great ambiance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Enjoyable experience. Nice bartenders. Interesting food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was wonderful and the food great. We were outside on the back wall. It was a little to dark to see the great food we were eating, a few more candles or a little more light would of been helpful. That was the reason for one less then perfect which I think was just our table area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing, amazing amazing! Great food, great atmosphere, great service, great drinks- this place checks all my boxes and is our new favorite place to eat out in Santa Barbara! We will return many times! Many interesting combos on the menu- you want to try every dish. And everything looked -and tasted - amazing!we just moved here and they made us feel totally welcome.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Healthy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and cocktails were delicious. The ambiance is lovely. We were, though, disappointed in a few things. First--the service. After going out of her way to ask us about allergies and preferences, our server completely forgot to request "no cheese" on cheese-optional items despite our asking specifically for no cheese. It would not have been a big deal if she had not made such a big deal of it herself. We also thought the proportions were far smaller than we expected given the price. We are all for sharing but the serving size relative to price was ridiculous. It would have been a much better experience for two people rather than six people. None of us left feeling satisfied despite ordering a lot of food and incurring a large bill.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent food, and service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and read really great reviews about The Lark. We were not disappointed!!! We were greeted with a celebratory glass of champagne with a congratulations note written on a postcard. Such lovely service and attention to detail. We will definitely tell our friends about this great venue and hope to be back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very accommodating and great food. Highly recommend

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Organic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The Lark is always a treat. Imaginative dishes, well prepared and presented, make dining here memorable. Never disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wasn’t as great as I expected. Food was just okay. Service was lackluster.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I just loved everything. Great food. Great wine. Fantastic low key service.
Will definitely go back for more!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic all around!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious and unique food and beverages. Lovely setting, especially outside. However, our experience was ruined by our server. He was morose and not helpful. Our last entrée arrived about 25 minutes after all the others and we had to inquire if it was forgotten. We even had to refill our own wine glasses as the server never once offered to do that. We were shocked. It's a pretty high end restaurant. I am hoping he just did not feel well. I noticed the servers at the other tables were very attentive and very pleasant. It was also a 60th birthday for 3 of our guests and the hostess put a card on the table indicating this. The server never acknowledged the birthdays or offered a dessert/candle - we did not expect a free one, just some little festive touch would have been nice and was expected.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We're still talking about how great the food was!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Unbelievably interesting and savory food fantastic wait service clever explanations food can be a little on the spicy side

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What an incredible experience! We sat outside on nicely lit, cozy patio under a toasty heater. Our waiter was very informative, describing all of his favorite dishes in detail and any ones we had a question about. I had a fabulous negroni with a starter of the crispy brussels sprouts. We shared the Duck Liver Mousse and the Lamb Shoulder Confit - incredible! The plates are brought family style so you actually share your meal with your dining partner. That filled us up with no room for dessert, sadly. We would definitely eat here again and again!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was AWFUL! Food mediocre. Very disappointing

Tags: Organic
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