Lark

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925 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Chef John Sundstrom’s Lark, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier, artisan-focused restaurants. Lark works with local artisans, farmers, and foragers to serve the best of each season. We have two dining rooms which offer different ambiance but the same menu. Our ground floor dining room is classically elegant, featuring white linen tablecloths and plush banquettes. The Lark mezzanine is spacious with a rustic, elemental decor, tucked up into the rafters of our historic building. Please check both this page and the Lark Mezzanine page to see the full selection of tables offered on a specific evening. We encourage you to give us a call at 206-323-5275 if you're having trouble finding a table, our hosts are happy to help. Parties of 6 or more will be seated at 6:00 pm or 8:30 pm, please call to make those reservations.
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San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at the Lark for the first time. Three of us, sharing starters, pasta, and mains.

We each enjoyed each bite, which is as high as our reactions can go. The starters (crudo, fried oysters) were fresh, well-prepared and properly seasoned. The pastas (cannelloni and veg carbonara) were excellent, particularly the tenderness and texture of the cannelloni. We shared two mains (roasted salmon and pork belly) which were also really well prepared. We skipped dessert given the depth of our food orders.

As for libations, we enjoyed a rosé Laurent Perrier bubbles and a great 2004 Mersault, which was off-list and offered after a couple other Chablis and Mersault choices were OOS.

Overall, an excellent experience. Enough fun mixed with professional service and great cooking. Highly recommend.

WP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal and the staff was wonderful.
thanks
Willard and Kathy

J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Unfortunately both the bar and the kitchen were extremely slow and we spent the long evening waiting for each thing we ordered. It was literally a 3 hour dinner due to delays at every step, from cocktails to dessert.

LC
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food, easy to have a coversation

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nearly all of the dishes we ordered were delicious. Highlights were seared tuna and a salmon special appetizer, cannelloni (fabulous!), and lemon cheesecake (to die for). The dishes that were somewhat disappointing were the green beans in an overpoweringly acidic tomato sauce, the braised octopus, and the almond cake (really dry). We would definitely go back to Lark. Service was great/lovely.

o
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall over priced. Service was a plus. The reception and greeting at the front desk was pretty awful. With few words and without a smile we were showed our table and the menu was put on the table. Before we were able to take a seat, the person from the front desk was gone back and starring on his tablet for the rest of the evening. The food was just okay, but for sure not worth the price asked.

b
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lark is a superb restaurant. The best on Capitol Hill Seattle by far. Great food, cordial respectful service and not too loud!!!

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Mediocre experience at highest cost with bad service.

OT
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A really nice evening. Great wine list. I had the duck leg, my spouse had the salmon. Excellent. Nice atmosphere. Service by M'Lissa was attentive and friendly. High recommendation.

TF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waitress!

SR
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Lark was solid but didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. Perhaps a victim of high expectations. The food was good to very good, but not stellar. Pasta dishes were standouts, both the wild boar ragu and the smoked mushroom carbonara were outstanding. Appetizers were fine - a unique take on gazpacho but flavorless octopus. A shared main course of pork belly was well prepared but nothing special. Dessert too was only mediocre. So overall, the food was average. Service was also quite slow, pleasant, but just too slow. I'm glad to have tried Lark, but with so many other great restaurants in Seattle, I doubt I'll be back.

J
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A gastronomic adventure, with most attentive service and exquisite provenance.

AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrate Seattle visit.

HM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food took forever to come out. Maybe 45 min. Got a free desert out of it, but still was beyond reasonable for their prices

a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We only thought a third of the dishes we ordered were at the standard they should be for the price and type of restaurant. Service was good but we still wouldn’t go again.

HF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Lark! Always look forward to dining here. We ate in the restaurant (as opposed to the mezzanine) and had a delightful dinner. Service, food and atmosphere were great as usual!

JK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an excellent meal. The food was exceptional, as was the service. Highly recommended.

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Elegant restaurant. Eclectic menu but not everything works. Chicken pate was a disappointment as buckwheat pancake. Duck was ok but no ! mark. Deserts were the best but probably not enough to make up for expensive but not that great other dishes.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb service at every step. Really pleased with the food and recommendations. Nice spot for a night out.

s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely special occasion dinner. The noise level was louder than I like, but not as bad as some others (Ethan Stowell restaurants!).

D
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Very classic, excellent service, delicious food!!!! We absolutely loved it!!!!

l
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner at Lark was memorable: excellent food, very welcoming and attentive service, lovely dining room. We had two specials that evening, a delicious tomato salad and perfectly cooked albacore. We certainly will go back.

JY
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The hanger steak was AMAZING! Great atmosphere ❤️

i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining was an excellent experience. One if the best dinners I’ve ever had. Worth coming to Seattle !!!

G
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We eat here at least once a year when in Seattle, over many years, always a favorite, we even have our favorite table

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible Dining experience from start(cocktails) to finish( decadent desert)!
Our BEST meal in Seattle!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dining experience - sorry it took us so long to try this seattle gem.

PD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always lovely to visit Lark. Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff well versed on the wine list. The staff member directed us to a small wine producer from Italy we would have overlooked.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A great first dinner on our US vacation....very friendly welcome and delicious food...the pasta with boar ragú and pangrattato was sensational. Plus a great bottle of local Viognier and a well-made cocktail.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were so happy and impressed that Lark accommodated a significant change in our party’s size at the last minute! The staff was extremely gracious and the food was extremely delicious! Such a wonderful culinary experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing birthday dinner. Waitress was very nice and answered every question my group and I had in regards to the menu. Above and beyond experience.

JO
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service and ambiance.

h
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner and felt well taken care of. We shared a vegetarian meal and loved how many options there were for us. The mushroom "carbonara" was the best! Thank you!

R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lark was one of our best dining experiences in Seattle! The menu was made up of creative dishes, and each dish was well executed! Ingredients were fresh, tastes balanced, and portions appropriate. Cocktails were also creative and excellent...be sure to try the Smoke on the Water drink! We highly recommend Lark to anyone who considers him/herself a foodie, and also to anyone who just plain enjoys great food!

TR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of, if not the best, restaurants in Seattle. Food and service are amazing. Mostly small plates for sharing.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Best restaurant experience in Seattle. Each dish was made to perfection and they weren’t easy dishes either. Local ingredients, great menu, excellent wine choices (not so on the beer!).

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service. Unusual flavor combinations which were absolutely delicious!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, service, food

P
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service so so. Meal took forever to come.

b
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a beautiful room and atmosphere.47 years ago I went to SU right across the street and there was nothing like this in the area. We were back for a reunion of the heart and had a wonderful meal The strawberry gazpacho was delicious I had the Black Cod and my wife had the Salmon both well prepared a medium rare.I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a romantic delicious night out. I have the Lark cookbook now I am going to have to go home and blow the dust off the cover and work on some of their recipes

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