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The Lark - Santa Barbara

4.6
1909 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Late Night Bar Menu available
CLOSED MONDAY
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Phone number
(805) 284-0370
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Paluska
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Neighborhood
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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.
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Public transit
Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.
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Special events & promotions
Contact our Private Event Manager at 805-705-8895 or email Aran Klingensmith at aran@acmehospitality.com
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
What 1909 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.6
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We loved our dinner at the Lark. We had been two years ago and loved the vibe, so we gave it another try and we all thought it was delicious, even better than our first time. Our server McKenzie was super fun and the whole evening went very smoothly. We look forward to going back. We had a nice assortment of shared plates and ended with the sensational chicken. Great stuff!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were disappointed with the food. We shared the green pea hummus appetizer, the baby wedges salad and the halibut. All three courses were over-salted. The beautiful piece of halibut was sadly overcooked. Each course was beautifully presented, with lovely fresh ingredients, but not prepared with finesse. Only the dessert course, lemon fritters with blueberry ice cream was outstanding.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

A beautiful space. Lovely outdoors. The hostess and waitstaff were nice. But the drinks took forever to come. The food was so-so. They try to be super funky California trendy and the result was oysters that tasted like salty water, a vegetable plate that was super acidic/vinegary and an undercooked mackrell that was garnished over a green sauce that looked like an alien had thrown up.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Oh my gosh, one of the best meals I have ever had. Excellent service, too. Absolutely order the wedge salad which is a massive improvement on an already good thing! Green pea hummus, the scallops and the banana pudding completed a fantastic meal for two. Make a reservation now!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. My taste buds were overwhelmed with happiness from the first bowl of popcorn to the last bight of dessert. Can not recommend this enough.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was very good but the service left something to be desired . Our waiter had a bad attitude and made us feel like it was a chore to serve us . It was as if he’d rather be anywhere else than where he was . Shame as the food was good

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Tasty and a little noisy, it was a great evening!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

All the food was fantastic. We did have a scallop dish which was really good, but the sauce on the scallops tasted like a cheap BBQ sauce. Everything else on the dish was perfect including the cooking of the scallops, but they need to change up that sauce. All our other dishes were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We are always happy when we dine at the Lark. Great vibe and good service. Bar orders were a tad slow however. Waiter gave us great recommendations for dinner. Halibut was heavenly also the pasta dish was divine. Thomas ,the manager,made sure we were happy..We go back as often as we can.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was my second time going to the Lark and it didn’t disappoint. The service is wonderful and both times impressed how much the server knew about wine choices. I was comparing two that were close to $100 a bottle and she suggest a delicious Bottle that was $30 less! The food was perfectly cooked and seasoned just right. A great meal on their beautiful patio. Can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best waitress - Taylor. Phenomenal food!!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I’m on vacation with my husband, and we came up from Brasil to spend some time in NY and California. When we got to Santa Barbara I booked a table for dinner at the Lark, hoping the food would be amazing, since I had read so many good reviews. We got there after an awesome blues concert just around the corner. Asked the waitress for suggestions, first snack was OK, “hummus” then, I ordered a platter to share, we weren’t that hungry, she said it was small and usually people would order 3 or more plates there, and suggested a pasta. So when the pasta came, cold, it was a total disappointment! It tasted like nothing.... after that we had scallops with risotto, big plate that would have been enough for both of us that night. Food was so salty we couldn’t really taste anything. Food was awful!! Definitely the worse experience we had in California. And we are not a picky couple, we enjoy different kinds of food. So, don’t recommend that restaurant!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and great ambiance overall. Hostess was slightly rude. After letting her know when we arrived that we had a reservation, she let us know that our table was being prepared. We ended up waiting for almost 20 min as we watched 4 other parties get sat who walked in after us. Finally had to go say something to hostess again and she then asked if we wanted inside or outside. So what “table” was being prepared when we first checked in? Other than that, wonderful food and service. Great dinner overall!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was creative and delicious...plates are to share....we enjoyed everything we ordered....the crispy brussel sprouts, house made agnolotti and the slow cooked lamb ribs.
Service was attentive and friendly. We dined on the outdoor patio which was a little more intimate and quieter than the indoor eating area.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Ended up going there twice during our week in Santa Barbara... fantastic food, services and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was the opposite of gross. Delicious. Half chicken skillet was plenty of for two people. Broccolini was very good too.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience for some out of towners.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Absolutely loved this place!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great place for family or a date. Don't forget to order the Brussel sprouts and the half roasted chicken. An impressive wine list, and amazing deserts. Love the popcorn on the table for noshing. Second time there didn't disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was great. Very hip venue with great food. Very happening!!!! Love the decor as well as the food. There is a cookbook too!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Amazing food and service! We had the Easter Specials and all were excellent. Probably the best local fresh asparagus I ever had with truffle butter and poached egg.
The duck confit was crispy and perfectly cooked. Dessert lemon fritters with blueberry ice cream out of this world.
Waiter super nice and recommended the right amount of food. Thanks

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Amazing restaurant with creative menu and attention to detail.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved the vibe of this place. All about the sharing so you have to be into that. Cocktails interesting and delish. Best cauliflower veggie cous cous entree ever. Would definitely go back. You need a reservation!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The tables were quite cramped for my taste so you felt as though you were competing for conversation space with other diners beside you. Service was great but knowing to put the lime on the dish, or that the lamb was going to be rather spicy would have been good to know on the front end. Food was great though and the open kitchen is fun to watch in action. I would recommend for early drinks or for a group/party, but not as much if looking for a easy going date night.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Went with hubby for dinner. “Crispy Brussels sprouts,” a signature dish, was not crispy at all. But the pork belly appetizer and pan fried half chicken were excellent.

I personally did not dare for the ambiance. There’s more outside seating than inside, which may be fine when the weather is warm. The first table we were shown looked like one seat was inside a recycled telephone booth. I didn’t like it so we waited for another table which was outside by a fireplace.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The concept at The Lark is that most, if not all, items will be shared, and to that end they have created a menu full of delicious and very interesting concoctions that are fun to divvy up with a group. The only drawback, in my opinion, is that most of the offerings are either too big not to share or they are so intensely flavored that one wouldn’t want more than a couple of bites of most of them; many items are too salty or too spicy, again in my opinion. The service was stellar, however!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Lively fun place@

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Still our very favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara!

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The timing was off, but very tasty

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Amazing food!! ❤️❤️

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was great! One criticism: the menu doesn’t mention how spicy some of the dishes are... We ordered two spicy dishes and my mouth was on fire. I can handle spicy foods so I can imagine how spicy it would be for folks with a lower tolerance.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Service was quite lacking — everything took forever, even requests for salt and pepper, and there was no accommodation made despite the exceptionally long wait for the chicken order.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Bill our server was top notch. Let him guide you through the courses and wine menu of local pinot noir. Do not miss the wings.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Lark does not disappoint. Excellent service and outstanding food. High $ but worth it for a special occasion. We definitely will return.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Lark was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint! The brussel sprouts ermagherd!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Cheese plate was good but very sweet. Found out it is actually offered as a dessert also. The BEST wedge salad that my husband & I have ever eaten & had a bunch of them. And it was gorgeous too! Good atmosphere & service.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I ate at the bar. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the food menu as well as the drinks and it was a slower night so he doubled as my waiter. Both bartenders were exceptionally friendly and I had a great time talking with them. I have a dairy allergy which was very easily accommodated by the kitchen so my choices were not at all limited. They can tailor nearly any dish to your dietary needs. I would highly recommend The Lark to foodies, people with food allergies and intolerances, and really anyone looking to experience original, eclectic cuisine with staff that has a consummate understanding of the ingredients that go into their dishes.

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We got "Larked".... Was told by all we asked that the Lark was "the place to dine" in Santa Barbara and it didn't deliver at all. The server was robotic in her delivery, the food was crazy spicy and many errors were made in the food prep. Every rationale was "the Chef" prefers it this way and "sorry your food was so spicy.. do you need milk.." Overall, it was literally one of the worst meals ever and I was personally embarrassed as we had friends with us from out of state. If you like spicy food and ok service for premium pricing, this place is for you. However, if you value other items, stay far away.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The food was delicious and the wait staff delightful. We can't wait to go back!

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