The Lark - Santa Barbara
5:00 p.m. - Closing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Late Night Bar Menu available
Even with a reservation we had to wait an hour and multiple parties with the same number of people that were there after we had checked in were seated before us by the hostess. I'm not sure if the hostess had a bias towards fair skinned groups or because the reservation was under a Spanish name and our entire party didn't consist of fair skinned people but it sure seemed that way as we watched many of those groups go by. I've been to this restaurant before and had a great experience but this time it just felt like it reeked of many of the biases in our political climate these days.
Great dinner—really loved the unique offerings on the menu and the food was really just outstanding. The seating was a little tight—we were a table of two seated REALLY close to fellow diners, but I think if you are a larger party, it’s not the same issue. The scallops were perfection. Get them!
My Daughter & I went here based on the reviews. We were not disappointed!!! The food was delicious! Yummy popcorn. We liked it so much that we came back after going to a show to have the Lemon Fritter dessert. Jillian was our waitress - she is awesome!
great food. Interesting cocktails. I really wanted to like this place as so many people had recommended it. However the service was terrible. We had booked a table but were kept waiting. Then we were literally shoved into a corner of the building - really use the space for something other than tables - I had to climb over other diners and move our table to get to my seat. Our server Ariel was more than a little frosty. She clearly didn’t want to be there. We got our drinks after two of our dishes - plates were thrown in front of us. The ‘charm’ was only switched on when the bill came and she remembered about level of Service being linked to tip...sorry but that was too little too late.
Food was average, although fun atmosphere, in general disappointed!
OUTSTANDING! DELICIOUS! GOOD FOOD! GOOD LOCATION. GOOD SERVICE
We had really good food - pasta appetizer and trout dish were enough for two of us to share. Highly recommend this restaurant!!
Food and cocktails, service, and ambiance were all fantastic. The house made tagliatelle pasta and suckling pig porchetta toast were our favorites! So so good.
A SB favorite for sure. Been here 3 or 4 times now. I'd say the flavors are pretty complex - no traditional combinations here. I enjoy the almost experimental feel to the food. Service is impeccable.
The food and drinks were delicious! We went back a second time to get the toast with burrata.... so good.
Too Loud and trendy. Although we had a reservation, we weren’t seated till ten minutes after our time, even though others who came in afterwards were seated first. Our server though was excellent.
Best dinner ever, cocktails and entrees were stellar only to be outdone by desert ... yum !
Great atmosphere, tasty sharing plates and great cocktails!
Thanks to you
Very unique dishes with layers of flavors. Great for sharing so you can try lots of different things!
Birthday dinner for my boyfriend- the lark was awesome! Beautiful decor, super nice staff and delicious food. Portions are huge and a great price. Cocktails are clever and yummy as well
Although the food we received was quite enjoyable, we didn't get our main course. Waitress said that they had brought them to a different table. I really wouldn't have minded that much, but 1) the table next to use had the exact same problem and 2) once the waitress dropped off the check, she never returned. After about 10 min, I finally went and tracked someone down.
Seems like they're trying to drive higher efficiency by having different folks on the floor take care of different steps of the workflow. However, seems like pieces are falling through the cracks. That said, our appetizers were quite yummy and interesting.
Amazing restaurant. It’s a sharing approach so dishes are bought one or two at a time and placed in the middle of the table.
Works out as quite small portions - lots of little, absolutely exquisite bites.
Modern cooking. Freshest ingredients. Great service
Terrible food and grossly overpriced. Would not return nor recommend it.
Our party of 6 increased to 8 and then to 10, but they were so nice about it and very accommodating. Service was super as was the foods drinks and atmosphere. Highly recommend this place! Too bad for me I live out of town!
Fantastic service, excellent seasonal farm-to-table food, great cocktails and interesting wine list
Order the Brussels sprouts and pasta you will love it!!!! Great food and service. It’s in a super cute area called the funk zone to go out for wine or beer post dinner.
Fabulous food and great atmosphere
Bill was amazing!
Overall this place is a treat to dine at. I mentioned it was our anniversary and we were treated to a glass of champagne and a nice note. We love eating here every time.
We really enjoyed the food and had a fantastic waiter. He was very attentive and had pleasant vibe.
We were celebrating our 38th anniversary and the staff made us feel very special. Our waitperson was helpful in explaining the menu and in guiding a neophyte in how to order a cocktail. She even took a great picture of us. And the food was spectacular! When they brought us a complimentary bit of bubbly, we both cried, we were so moved. Wonderful experience! Wonderful food! Wonderful people!
We were told mixed reviews but decided to see for ourselves. The food was horrible as warned and over priced. We were disappointed and couldn’t even finish without gagging. The service was stellar! Awesome people but poor product
We love The Lark and go there every time we are in town. It’s actually where we had dinner the night we got engaged. This trip was slightly disappointing as we had a couple of dishes that were only ok. Normally their food is incredible so this is in way a bad review. The food was still good. Just not mind blowing like it has always been in the past.
Good ambiance, average food but very poor service. Our waiter seemed disinterested in our needs. We had to repeatedly ask for things.Maybe, he was having a bad night.
My husband and I were visiting our son in LA, and we decided to spend the weekend in Santa Barbara. We saw the great reviews of the Lark online and figured we had to try it. It was a good decision. The food was excellent (the tagliatelle was decadent and my husband and I loved the squash and farrow), the service was impeccable, and the location was fun and lively. I highly, highly recommend this spot.
The food is always delicious; I have eaten at The Lark many times. The service is great, and the ambiance is perfect. You won’t be disappointed.
For my birthday my boyfriend said he would take me to any restaurant in town. The choice was easy.
Excellent Don’t miss this experience!! This restaurant may end up with a star and be no longer
In your Price Range
This is not food but art !
Traveling down the coast of California last week, we stumbled upon the Lark during our stopover in Santa Barbara...and I'm still dreaming about the place. My boyfriend and I agreed that it was one of the best, if not the best, meal we've ever had (Matador Room in Miami was the previous contender). Sitting outside on the patio, we shared a bottle of wine and the four family-style dishes that were served at just the right pace. His favorite was the Australian Wagyu Shortrib and mine was the Cast Iron Sonoma Chicken. If only Boston was a little closer, I think we would eat there once a week. Luckily, I bought the cookbook (signed by the chef!) and hope to create even a meager replication of the meal that is still talked about as one of our favorite parts of our trip.
Fantastic food, service and location. Everything is easily shareable, so you can try a variety of items. The charcuteries are amazing!
Hostess not friendly
Poor service from waitstaff- not attentive during our dinner. Enjoyed the tagliatelle, but other dishes were underwhelming.
We had a very bad experience at Lark. It was our first anniversary dinner and while it was acknowledged with a postcard, there was nothing done during the dinner to make us feel special. Food was good but the server seemed to forget to pour us our (purchased) bottle of wine for our meal. We would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Amazing service and food. Great ambiance and a wonderful time.