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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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, American
Hours of Operation:
5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Late Night Bar Menu available
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking available or use nearby street parking. Substantial parking is available at the Santa Barbara train station, just a block away.
Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.
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 email@example.com
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
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
The food presentation and taste is very good.. The duck wings were tasty and filling. The persimmons cauliflower couscous was refreshing. Brussels Sprouts are very good. Unfortunately, the pairing of the two fell short as in we received the couscous 30minutes after arrival of the wings which was so disappointing. The male server was unapologetic and coolly dismissive. After initial drinks were served, another 15minites before our order was taken, after server was waived down. It was my BF’s bday and no ackowledgement was noted, not even a happy Birthday. Basically food is super yummy, but server was like eating at a typical weho restaurant. Just bland and not worth the hype of Lark. But the server did get all peppy when he presented the bill. So transparent. Last night went to Juniper and Ivy in San Diego and the food and service was absolutely astounding. Skip Lark and head to J&I for an overall excellent experience.
The food never disappoints if you like to experiment with food. Oysters, beet carpaccio, lamb shoulder, hand cut pappardelle and apple fritters for desert. YUM!! It was a lot of food for the two of us. So we brought some home. If you like Smokey Scotch you will the the cocktail called “The Penicillin “. This is a must stop for us whenever we get to Santa Barbara.
I heard about The Lark a while ago and have been super excited ever since to take my husband there. However, our waitress “Mel” was extremely rude to my husband throughout our entire dining time. She had the worst attitude towards him and was constantly inappropriate every time she interacted with him. Needless to say we canceled our drinks and grabbed our check and left 20 min into our reservation. It was bittersweet that we heard such great things about The Lark and when we finally went, we were met with an extremely unprofessional waitress.
We were a group of six friends getting together for a holiday meal.
We started with the cheeseboard, which was delightful. The Garden Of Little Gems 'Wedge' took the wedge salad to a fresh place with the house-smoked blue cheese and herbs. Even the bacon was not usual. The Porchetta di Testa was delicious. We would have had the beef ribs, but they were out. We had half a chicken with delicious crispy skin. I didn't eat the pappardelle (carbs!), but it was the one dish that the rest of the group found lackluster.
I marked them down for ambiance because we were seated in a back room that seemed suited to banquets, and we had to walk through the kitchen to get to it. If we'd been outside or in the main dining room, I'd have rated it differently.
Until this meal, I hadn't been impressed with a Santa Barbara restaurant since Julienne closed. Most serve decent food, but rarely change their menus and cycle through the same specials. (I'm looking at you Ca'Dario and Opal.) I haven't been to Lark enough to know how often they change their menu, but the meal we had was full of imaginative flavors and ingredients.
Nice place for a quick drop in, but everything was just a bit off. The door was left open on a cold evening and we all had to wear jackets during our meals. The server was sweet, but somehow the timing was off. The meals had beautiful presentation but flavor was somehow lacking. All in all nice, but not for dinner.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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