The Lark - Santa Barbara

4.6
2057 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
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New Mexico
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

Food was good but a bit hard to follow what the chef was trying to achieve. Pairings were too different on the palate and menu didn’t flow if this place is for sharing.

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MP
Central Coast
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

The food was just great! One of the best truffle spaghetti I have ever eaten. I really recommend this restaurant.

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SC
1.0
Dined 3 days ago

Too Expensive for an ordinary dinner. half bottle of wine and Only three scallops shared by 2 persons !! A grilled jalapeno plate and burratta with tomatoes coasted 112 dollars. !!! The maid asked without shame for tips ! We don’t recommend. We’re french and gourmet !

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JR
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We decided to have a mid-week treat and made reservation at The Lark. As usual, the unique tastes of each dish delighted. The crispy Brussel Sprouts are always a favorite so we tried the wedge salad for the first time and yum! Then even though the pork chop platter was a little large, we went for it and were rewarded with an amazing meld of flavors.

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OT
New Orleans
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Everything served was spectacular. Highly recommend.

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OT
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

Food was a little too over the top with pairings. Could be simplified to better the overall taste.

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HM
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

I love the Lark. It is my favorite restaurant in SB but for some reason that night our food came very late we had to follow up twice especially for the main dish. Other than the late food arrival everything was great.

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AC
Central Coast
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

Food was fabulous as always....and just a great atmosphere is you like urban energy. Great for group get together, or friends night out.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Most delicious meal! Every bite was amazing! When we arrived they had a hand signed card with an anniversary wish and complementary champagne. Nice touch.

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NF
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Food and service were great!! Everything we heard about the restaurant was as expected. 10 out of 10!!

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SP
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was delicious...especially the Brussels sprouts. Atmosphere was fun and lively. If you are only visiting Santa Barbara for a short time, make sure you stop by the Lark!

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OT
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

✨AMAZING✨ on every level. The food is exceptional!!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

You must have the brussels sprouts! A fantastic restaurant. I can't wait to go back.

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Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Another stunning meal. Every time we come to Santa Barbara we make a point of coming to the Lark and every time it is just fabulous. This was no exception.

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UM
London
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Heard fantastic things about The Lark, so decided to give it a try. While very good, I thought the restaurant was a bit over-hyped. First, the good. Ingredients were fresh, the dishes had unique and innovative twists and the decor was very cool. The chicken and pork chop main dishes in particular were outstanding. Next, the less good. Service was a bit slow and on the pretentious side of acceptable. Noise levels were loud enough that my party practically had to scream to be heard. Finally, some of the innovative twists didn’t quite come off in my opinion...some dishes felt more like ‘test kitchen’ than ‘ready for prime time’. That said, it’s definitely worth a try...just don’t expect something quite as amazing as the reviews would lead you to believe.

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OT
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

The patio setting is lovely and our server was great. It was our friend's Birthday and they brought out a nice dessert for him. Unfortunately, my scallops were overcooked and my paloma was okay.

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

The food is great the service was attentive! The lamb belly was Awesome! I will definitely visit again when I am in town

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OT
Seattle
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Lamb belly was incredible!!

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RM
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Incredible!!! We could not believe how absolutely delicious and gorgeous... each and every dish we ordered, even with the many demands of one vegetarian and one with countless food allergies. Honestly amongst the top five meals I’ve ever had in my life. The atmosphere was so perfect, fonky decor, comfortable music, wait staff... filled the eyes with beauty, and were gracious, knowledgeable and efficient to boot.
Can’t wait to return! Yum!!!

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New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

We were there on a busy weekend night, and the experience was disappointing. The staff looked very uninterested in taking care of us. It took a long time to get seated, then a long wait before someone came to take our order and the food also was slow to come. The dishes are rather imaginative, but the execution was unimpressive. In any case, the food was not worth the hassle and our party had no desire to linger or look at the dessert menu after the main dish.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

We got there 15 mins late. They seated us in 10 mins. Vert helpful.

Thanks!

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a
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Will absolutely return here! What a great atmosphere and delicious food. Service was also excellent.

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TD
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Extraordinary combinations of ingredients. Each bite was something to savor!

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b
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve spent the 4th in SB. This place didn’t disappoint. Awesome to watch the fireworks from the back patio, too!

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San Francisco
2.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Service was unreliable amd very spotty. The staff is completely out of sync. Not certain how you can mess up a chicken liver mousse ... But it was a complete disaster from both a taste and presentation.

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j
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Lark never disappoints. So, so good. We were here on the 4th of July and Bill was our waiter and he had a trainee. They were awesome. We used to be in the biz and owned a small high end restaurant. Lark is above and beyond. Keep up the good work!!

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JN
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Best restaurant we ate at while visiting town. Lamb Belly main course and Roasted half chicken were both killer. The Burrata appetizer was also great. Wait staff was really good but they need bus boys to clear dishes. Overall a must see while in SB.

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OT
Denver
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Fantastic!

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AH
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

We went here for our 9th wedding anniversary which I noted on my OT reservation. They were so kind to us-- seated us promptly and wishing us a happy anniversary. They left a note on our table also wishing us happy anniversary and the waitress brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne. The waitress was great at helping us gauge how much food to order since its all shared plates. Everything was delicious. The restaurant is beautiful as well. A great night for sure!

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K
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Excellent food. Something happened in the kitchen that held up our main course, the sea bass for over an hour. The waitress was clearly embarrassed, but didn’t communicate well. They ended up comping us for it and were very apologetic. It was very delicious and worth the wait, especially when it was free!

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K
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

This was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. We went for a special occasion but I would recommend for any evening out. The food was interesting, seasonal, perfectly cooked and overall absolutely delicious. Each dish had something unique to offer and was presented beautifully. Highly recommend.

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Boise
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Just plain loved it. Didn't know what to expect. For sure, We'll be back.

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Been here several times while visiting Santa Barbara. Great Place and Great Food !!!!

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OT
Orange County
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

The food, the drinks, and the staff are world class.

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g
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

My husband and I had the most perfect first wedding anniversary dinner here and are itching to drive back from LA for our next meal!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Highly recommend, especially for the beautiful produce and presentation. There wasn’t a dish I didn’t love.

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MH
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Our waitress recommended us to share the entrees. We were four people 3 guys and one female. We ordered several appetizers that were tasty. Waitress said 2 entrees would be enough but we went ahead and ordered 3 - that was not enough. I ordered the tagliatelle pasta which was $29 plus another $15 for shaved summer truffle the portion was way too small and was really enough for one person and not good for sharing. The guys ordered Grilled Hanger Steak which was cut into small pieces, again enough for one person for $38 and we ordered the Pork Chop which was very dry for $31. Bottle of wine and bottled water and our bill for 4 was $350 and we were still hungry. Best thing we ate that night was the Brussel Sprouts for $12! Probably will not return. Way too pricey for what we ate.

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AV
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Nice restaurant, nice atmosphere but slightly overpriced for some dishes but certain dishes are worth it.

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LL
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. We loved the unique ambiance and enjoyed a delicious meal all the way through! We started with the crispy brussels sprouts with medjool dates, sesame and lime, and a summer garden salad - likely a seasonal dish, super fresh and light. We shared the cast iron chicken as a main dish and both loved the flavors. Chose the espresso ice cream sandwich for dessert, yum, yum, yum. The service was also superb. It was a perfect date night out -- zero complaints! We will return to the Lark again soon!

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ML
Houston
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

We had an amazing dinner! Would definitely return!

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