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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lark - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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