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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

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (85)
Creative Cuisine (82)
Local Ingredients (75)
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Good for a Date (71)
Special Occasion (67)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
Fun (57)
Hot Spot (52)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for Groups (37)
Romantic (35)
Authentic (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Casual (29)
Seasonal (27)
Healthy (25)
Bar Seating (23)
People Watching (23)
Cozy (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Tapas (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Organic (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Great Beer (10)
Late-night Find (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Spicy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

Enjoyable experience. Nice bartenders. Interesting food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

Great atmosphere, excellent food, and service

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic all around!

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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was AWFUL! Food mediocre. Very disappointing

Tags: Organic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The lack of service and superiority complex of our waiter ( Bill) left us perplexed as to the interest of dining at Lark. Too many great places for this to be highly rated. However..... very nice ambiance

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Disappointed with the food. Trying to combine too many flavors in one dish. The chicken was dry. Not very good.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A bustling popular restaurant that makes you feel at home and feeds you spectacular modern American cuisine food.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Made a reservation and was seated immediately. Ambiance is great and inviting. Cocktails were delicious and appropriately priced.
Ordered the spicy duck wings and brussel sprouts which were phenomenal. The sprouts are a MUST for everyone, even if you don't normally care for brussel sprouts. Also ordered the broccoli and blood orange salad and the tomato salad, both were light and tasty. Ended the meal with the lamb confit which was good but I wouldn't order it again. The dessert menu wasn't thrilling so we passed on it.
My one complaint is the speed of the food delivery. It was rapid fire items until I asked the waitress to hold the next two plates (we had three plates on the table and hadn't even touched one of them yet). And a few minutes later a food server came over with the next plate which I told her we weren't ready for and the waitress was supposed to stop the plates. The other tables around me were also full of plates which had yet to be touched. So be clear with the waitress if you want a slower meal and/or don't order everything at once (though I was told I should and that the kitchen would "stagger the dishes appropriately").

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was a different setting than I expected. This restaurant's menus are more like Tapas. We still enjoyed their meals. The food presentations were very good. Their portions of each menu were a lot smaller than other tapas restaurants looking at how much costing for each menu.
This restaurant would be fun place for just getting together with friends for small appetizers and drinks.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Stumbled upon The Lark by accident but will make the trip from LA specifically to dine there again. Brussels sprouts and lamb confit outstanding! Crab dish needs some refinement - but ambiance, wine list, service all bang on.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We loved our meal. The tomato salad was unexpectedly wonderful and we loved the scallop platter too. The hamachi crudo was overpowered by a habanero so we wouldn't recommend that dish. But the waiter was excellent and the vibe was fun and friendly.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent place: inside pretty loud so try for an outside seat.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Found the cost high. Ate at another high end close by restaurant same food level, but better value. $15 for 1 glass of wine - high. Other restaurant got our business 3 times during a 5 day stay.

Service was amazing - great attentive staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Not for those with a gentle palate! The food here is very creative, interesting and very good. BUT - IT'S SPICY! Almost everything on the menu has chiles or peppers in it. Inventive combinations and excellent preparation, but 4 out of the 5 dishes that we got were spicy.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was unique and delicious. Generous portions. Very nice ambiance. Somewhat pricy, but would definitely go again. Excellent service.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food is really flavorful and well-prepared. The portions in most appetizers/snacks and entrees will easily feed two and the menu is designed to share. We split the Cast Iron Chicken (crisp, delicious skin) and the steak and took home enough left overs for dinner the next night! Both were delicious. The standout, though, was the Brussels sprouts. Fabulous.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

New parents weekend away

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Delicious food and creative combinations. We tried: California spin on pimento cheese - pimento toast app very good. Wedge salad made with baby hearts of romaine, chunky bacon pieces, pecans, really delicious blue cheese crumbles and excellent vinegrette to go with ( recommmed this!). Lakes version of ribs with sweet tea bbq. Yummy! Great place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our dinner here was very sub par. The food was just ok. The heirloom tomatoes and the cornbread were very good but the hamachi crudo was not great and neither was the carbonara which the server raves about. We asked the server to take a photo as we were celebrating a birthday and she told us to hold on and came back to do it only 30 minutes later when we had our food. She was not very attentive to us and honestly didn’t do much.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The evening began beautifully with a warm welcome and birthday well wishes. Drinks were very good. It is a family style dining experience so good portions can be split two ways easily. Salad arrived and was very good until the moment I saw a strand of hair just beneath my wife’s fork as she was about to take her next bite. Our server apologized profusely but the damage was already. The main course arrived and with exception to the portion of scallops was very good

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Huge portions, nice menu, tasty food.
Some of the dishes have more flavors going on than needed. The diver scallops themselves were delish, but the accoutrements and their ingredients were a bit overpowering and complex for the delicacy of a scallop.
Definitely plan on sharing an entree like the ribs.
I liked the wedge salad a lot, but my husband didn't like how it was deconstructed.
Overall, very good though.
Noise level is high.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic! Best service in town. Informative about the food, but not overly intrusive throughout dinner.

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