The Lark

Cuisine: American, California, Local Specialty

Price Range: $$

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For a date night that's almost guaranteed to be a success, head to The Lark for a chef-driven menu and great ambience. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, but you should sit outside for the best...  Read More


  • Romantic Dining: "Make a reservation online and indicate any special occasions when you do. You will often get a special touch during your meal, like a handwritten welcome note or special birthday dessert."
  • Best Restaurants for Fall: "Dine al fresco without worrying about getting chilly. The Lark has a heated patio and piles of cozy blankets for guests."
  • Best Restaurants for Spring: "While you're waiting for a table, pop out back to Les Marchands - a chic wine bar - to wet your whistle."
  • Farm to Table, Outdoor Dining, Homestyle: "If you want to sit outside, reserve a table online in advance. The Lark is usually packed, even on a Tuesday night."
  • Downtown Santa Barbara's Best Restaurants: "Plan to arrive early or stay late and pop through the hallway to Les Marchands, an attached wine bar that feels like a place all the cool kids hangout."
  • Best Restaurants: "While you're waiting for a table, pop out back to Les Marchands - a chic wine bar - and wet your whistle."
  • Best for Romantic Dining Because: Great drinks and an impressive menu made for sharing makes The Lark a chic dinner date destination in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone.
  • Recommended as Best Restaurants for Fall Because: The Lark's menu changes with the season, highlighting the freshest local ingredients.
  • Recommended as Best Restaurants for Spring Because: The Lark's menu changes frequently within every season. Spring dishes include burrata with Ojai pixie tangerines, creamy artichoke risotto and local strawberries with goat cheese.
  • Best for Farm to Table Because: The Lark restaurant is a foodie find for travelers looking to experience the flavors of the California Central Coast.
  • Best for Downtown Santa Barbara's Best Restaurants Because: The Lark opened in 2013 and the wait for a table has only gotten longer since - a testament to their delicious and ever-changing menu.
  • Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The Lark has a varied menu that's made to share, served in a chic atmosphere in the center of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone.
  • Best for Outdoor Dining Because: Chilly? Snuggle into one of The Lark's soft blankets - offered to all patio guests- while enjoying a gourmet meal.
  • Best for Homestyle Because: Meals here are served homestyle - large portions ideal for sharing - and you'll wish your mom's cooking tasted this good (sorry, Mom).

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