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“Very good food, value, but very noisy!”
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The Tavern at Lark Creek
Price range: $31 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Baltimore
Description: The Tavern at Lark Creek represents the next chapter in the life of the historic, circa 1888 Victorian Murphy House; a Larkspur landmark. Designed to appeal to diners looking for value, fun and great ambiance, The Tavern at Lark Creek seeks to capture the more casual feel diners look for today. High-backed cherry chairs and period oak tables surround a grand Carrera marble-topped table beneath a giant skylight, providing lots of great seating options for parties both large and small in the main dining room. Oak tables fill the cozy bar, which offers artisanal cocktails and wines from our proprietary tap system. The wood oven has been renewed, along with the garden. A dramatic lighted display case in the entryway welcomes diners. Chef Aaron Wright and Culinary Director Adrian Hoffman’s menu focuses on value, while remaining true to farm-to-table sensibilities.
Reviewed December 27, 2010

This restaurant offers excellent value, with all main courses under $20. A fixed-price menu of $30 was particularly good value .Our party of 5 had different dishes and all were very pleased. Mine was the rib roast...terrific. My wife had the flat iron steak and we all had to taste it ; again, terrific! Chicken/pasta, rare tuna, crab/pasta were all good.
Starters and dessert were mostly in the $8-$9 range and good.
Service was prompt and efficient. The wine list was short with rapidly escalating prices, but the lower end had god values.
The only negative was the extreme noise , which made talk very difficult. The ceiling is low over the tables and there isa wooden floor, both of which seemed to amplify the sound. We went to a restaurant recently that had dropped carpeted panels on the ceiling, which made a huge difference to a potentially noisy atmosphere.

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Reviewed May 9, 2010

I wish I had looked at the other reviews before booking this for a Mother's Day dinner.
The food was mostly a miss. The signature artichoke dip was cold, and frankly inferior to the packaged stuff you can buy in any supermarket. About half of the entrees were good, half not, and also half cold. The trout and rockfish were the good ones. The Children's menu items are a joke. The kid's pasta was 12 (12!--we counted) pieces of rigatoni and the burger was smaller than at White Castle

But that would simply mean a mediocre restaurant. The service was awful; amongst the worst I've ever seen. We arrived early as it was the only available reservation. When we got there a total of 6 tables were in use. Despite this it took:
- 15 minutes for drinks (a bottle of champagne)
- 15 more minutes for appetizers,
- and the real killer--more than an additional hour for dinner.
Completely unacceptable. Especially with kids, who were so hungry they were at the point of tears. And then the 12 pieces of pasta. The waitress, who was solicitous, said they'd being some more. 20 minutes later the "more" still hadn't showed up. We gave up, paid, and left. Nobody appeared to care that we were dissatisfied.

Don't know what's going on, but the combination of management, wait staff, and kitchen do not appear to be up to it. Go somewhere else. Picco is right around the corner and id just much, much better

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Reviewed September 25, 2009

My husband and I used to love this restaurant, but not anymore. The quality of the food was down, the service surly and NOISE LEVEL WAS DEAFENING. They are now known as The Tavern at Lark Creek. We watched group after group asking to be reseated, once for noise that I could overhear barely (they were at the next table). When will restaurant owners understand that with no fabric anywhere in the place, except an area rug under 1/3 of the dining room, that noise just bounces off the hard surfaces.

They also have a wood fed oven in the main room and every time they opened it, we were flooded with the smell.

Finally, it took forever to get our food and the waitress had attitude.

My recommendation; don't bother, there are many better places in Marin.

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Reviewed November 21, 2008

Love the food and the staff is great as well.

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Reviewed August 24, 2008

Again, can't beat anything Bradly Ogden when it comes to classic Californian.

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