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The Lark

131 Anacapa St, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1860
+1 805-284-0370
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
131 Anacapa St, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1860
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The only thing holding back The Lark from getting a rating of Excellent is the timing of the delivery of dishes! My wife and I had a 6:30pm reservation, our table was ready and we were seated promptly. A basket of bread was delivered and...More

Thank braddavis0602
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and i finally made it here! The food was amazing, and the service was great! We didn't have a reservation on a Saturday night, but we weee able to sit at the community table right away and it was great! No complaints. The...More

Thank Terri A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lark seems to be resting on its early laurels. The most recent visit was very average. The prices are high for what you get, but use to be creative and worth the price. Now it seems just so so. It is still difficult to...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a fan of restaurants that are overpriced, have menus that are different just to be different, and require valet parking. If you don't mind these things, then The Lark may be your kind of place. The food is OK, the service OK, but...More

Thank oyabunkuma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently spent 30 days in Santa Barbara and had the opportunity to dine at The Lark multiple times. From tables for two, four, or seven, the restaurant delivered every time! Wonderful service and atmosphere is matched by their food which is an eclectic mix to...More

Thank Randall P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to dine at someplace really special to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and again The Lark provided the perfect setting for us...and this time our son Joseph drove up from L.A. to share the experience with us. Chef Jason offered an almost entirely new...More

Thank Ira L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You definitely need a reservation to get into this super trendy restaurant. Felt that unless you were dressed extremely stylishly, you got some odd looks from the staff. We had a reservation at 6.45 but didn't get seated until 7. Tables are quite close together,...More

Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Great atmosphere, menu, service, and value. The food was very good - depth, texture, etc... We had the quail and froi gras. Great combinations of flavors, temperature, and presentation.

Thank GrinchSFBayArea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend from SB recommended The Lark. Very cool place. Food was excellent, albeit pricey. Three marvelous deep diver scallops for $36-with lots of veggies. Tables are so close, that we were seated in a bar like environment. Service was superb. I would go there...More

Thank rob s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not joking. The food was INCREDIBLE. I came here for a business dinner with 6 very different eaters, and we all found at least one dish we were each obsessed with. We made a reservation and were seated at a great table outside. Our...More

Thank TravelingPalina
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Susan S
January 31, 2017|
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Response from Salvador H | Reviewed this property |
Casual yet people tend to dress up. I was there wearing a soccer jersey.
January 28, 2017|
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Martha P
July 11, 2015|
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Response from JSandCO | Property representative |
It's probably best to share one platter for two.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Anacapa St, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1860
  • Public Transportation: Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at The Lark. No driving required.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-284-0370
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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.
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