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Restaurant Review: The Lark
updated: Apr 19, 2014, 12:00 PM

By Lauren Bray

The Lark
131 Anacapa Street
Avg. Price: $15 per plate
Rating: [3/3 eds]

The Lark is a new'ish farm to table restaurant that opened up in the Funk Zone last year. Named for the Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran through town from 1910 -1968, the large bar/restaurant is located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building. A focal point of The Lark's cuisine is their use of locally sourced and responsibly grown ingredients.

This was my first time sitting down in The Lark for their full dining experience. We arrived on Friday night and it was packed, good thing we made a dinner reservation a week in advance. The inside d├ęcor was absolutely beautiful; it looked like a designer HGTV project with a lot of reclaimed wood and custom industrial finishes.

We were seated inside and must have seen over 30 different employees bustling around the restaurant. You can guarantee our service was fantastic. Our waitress described the menu as family style dining with most items being smaller portions to share, meaning that it's best to order a bunch of different things to try. This is important information so you know what to expect before arriving. The Lark seems to want their patrons to sit back and really enjoy their food without feeling rushed. With recommendations from our waitress, below is what we ordered.

Drinks: Off-menu margarita on the rocks and a Bear Republic Churchill Pale brewed in Sonoma County.

Starter: Deviled Eggs with crispy pancetta, jalapeno, smoked paprika, and chive. The pancetta offers a different salty flavor to the egg mixture, it's much better than a typical picnic deviled egg.

From the Farm: Lane Farms Organic Lettuces with dungeness crab, avocado vinaigrette, roasted pistachio, meyer lemon, and chervil. I love how a local farm is in the title of this salad.

From the Ocean: Citrus Cured Scottish Salmon with house-made black pepper creme fraiche, yuzu, dill, pickled shallot, and brioche. This item is my absolute favorite. We created small sandwiches layering the salmon an creme fraiche on the brioche bread, it was absolutely mouthwatering. I would go back just for the creme fraiche.

Grilled New York Steak Platter with asparagus, herbed quinoa, cauliflower & bone marrow puree, and chimichurri. Since we were still hungry we decided to go for the steak platter that had more food. This was a perfect ending to a lovely meal.

The Lark is perfect for foodies looking to try a lot of different items and dudes looking to impress a lady. Since the price range can be quite expensive for a full meal, I suggest going with a large group of friends to test out a variety of dishes as appetizers. Keep in mind that the weekend is really busy during peak hours so be sure to call in advance for a reservation.

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Lauren is a member of the Dedicated Staff and will be dreaming of The Lark's house-made creme fraiche.


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