Lark

4.5
792 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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MQ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and overall service was fantastic. Rough start, when we arrived the front of house seemed a little out of sorts. Despite having a reservation that was made weeks ago it felt like we surprised the staff. Two tables were hurriedly pushed together near the door to accommodate our group of four, would have thought they would have been more prepared for a reservation. The server was fantastic after the initial confusion and the food we delicious! Table had the Pork Rillettes, Foie Gras, hanger steak, gniochi, and wild boar pasta... everything was amazing! Desert was the Tarte Tatin and Meyer Lemon Sorbet... we will be back, such an great restaurant!

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AJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great night with delicious food and impeccable service. Highly recommend!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, this place always fits the bill for flattering lighting and intimate conversation. Servers are pleasant and attentive but not intrusive. Food is divine but approachable. A real favorite and a true date night spot in the old fashioned sense.

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SE
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lark. Always wonder for date night, special occasion or business celebration. John and Kelly run an amazing gem of a restaurant. We can’t be more positive about the food, ambiance and overall experience. You should go just make sure we can book a table too!

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B
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects.

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D
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lark will not disappoint! First class food and servers make the entire experience flawless. A terrific wine list, and creative and class cocktails grace the beverage menu. Chef's specials keep the menu fresh and seasonal.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

There were good and bad things and I'm hoping it was just an off night for this place.
First the bad...
I ordered the entree sized pasta with boar Ragu at $30.
- it came out lukewarm.
- the waitress didn't check back for over 10 minutes
- it was similar in size to what a child's portion might be. Pasta is cheap, be a little more generous!
- the pasta ( at $30!) was not hand made, it was the dried stuff you get at the store
- the sauce was bland tasting, similar to what you would make at home with canned tomatoes and ground meat.
Now the Good stuff...
- the very kind waitress comped both our meals (my friend ordered the same thing)
- everything else was delicious
-the place is lovely with a great ambiance, wait staff were friendly and pleasant.

I guess I would just suggest, don't order pasta here. Save that for another place that specializes in it. Other than that, just a lovely place.

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ET
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had scallops (“nothing special”), fried cod on a bed of greasy rice/mushrooms (ok, nothing special), and a cheeseburger (“delicious”). Steak tartar was good. Gnocchi was tasty. Service was perfect. I researched high quality restaurants and chose Lark. Disappointed.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lark is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Excellent, interesting, but not show-offy food. Fabulous service. A place where the customer, not the chef, is at the center of the experience. It's a restaurant for grown-ups. Being able to carry on a conversation with your dining partner is a rare treat these days. I don't come here often but always come back!

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RU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lark is a gem consistently outstanding!!!! One of the very best restaurants in Seattle!!!!

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M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I had the scallops and they were wonderful, cooked just right. My husband had the burger and was definitely not disappointed. Our friend had the duck leg which she said was fabulous. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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KP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was pleasant and comfortable. Service was great and professional. Food was delicious and unique.
Overall, we are satisfied and hopefully to visit back soon.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just awesome, as always. Keep up the great work!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is off the chats amazing, go

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Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Lark on the recommendation of the principals at FareStart. In a word magical. I felt comforted and enticed simultaneously. The team there should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Chris took care of me as I ate as a single at the Bar and the experience was awesome. kudos to the Lark team. I’ll be back.

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d
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good way to enjoy dinner with my husband. Love our server. Hate the parking issue.

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P
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional, and i'll be back for the gnocchi asap.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Year’s Eve Experience. They did a prix fixe four course dinner that made eating here on New Years more expensive than a usual dinner here.

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SS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always the best! The lighting in the dining room is way too bright, otherwise always a treat.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner! Cozy room, excellent service and delicious menu. We loved our time here!

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t know what to expect - was given this dinner as a gift. Took my wife and two adult children, and we were all very impresssed with the quality, care and service. It’s evident a lot of love goes into the menu, ambience and overall experience. Thanks to all.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The server was sick which made it uncomfortable

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b
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

i was not in the mood for a large entree and so i ordered their hamburger. My wife ordered a starter rather then an entree, and my son ordered the duck as a main. there was a delay in our meal, so our waitress kindly brought a snack of salted nuts. when my hamburger arrived, i picked it up and immediately felt my fingers sink into a very soggy bun. ugh. there was a very bitter taste combination of red onion and greens on the top of the meat that i had to remove because of the taste. i couldn't pick the burger up due to the bottom bun being so soggy, so i placed the burger on the top bun and ate it with a knife and fork.
i should have had the hanger steak i guess. very disappointing.

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N
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurants can maintain the highest quality for years and years. This is one of those places. Every time my family and I eat here it feels special. Every time. I don't think I can say that about many other restaurants in town.

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BH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous meal at Lark. Exceptional seasonal cuisine, refined but not fussy : Amazing Hamachi crudo, and venison, really loved the quail preparation. We will be back again and again!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seared foie gras is just perfect! Steak tartare omg! The portions are just super small. It’s a very cozy decorated restaurant. The service is very good as well! I will still go back and even recommend this restaurant in special occasions.

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EW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scrumptious food elegantly presented and a warm, easy environment and service

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W
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This restaurant needs more than two Sous Chefs on a busy night! The owner/ chef just came into the kitchen to pick up some food to go. He needs to pay a bid more attention on the Quality and presentation
We dined there with out of town guests after the symphony last Sunday and where greeted by a host, with shirt hanging out of his pants, than came the unprofessional looking waiter to take our order. Drinks took 15 minutes, appetizers came rather quick and they were okay. Entree’s for our whole table arrived warm, not hot. Sitting to long, before being picked up. Crispy greens next to my wife’s steak were greasy and unseasoned, steak was under cooked and tuff . Quail, tuff and cold. Scallops crispy and very brown on the outside, over cooked. Gnocchi were good, but cold. As a retired European Executive Chef I expected more from a Restaurant of this caliber with a great chef/owner.

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HH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom’s birthday

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BH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tastes heavenly. We love everything they make. And the staff is delightful. It’s a real treat

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AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent! The waitress was not friendly. Actually she seemed arrogant. Parking is difficult to find. I would still return to this restaurant for excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great, staff was super knowledgeable and attentive, ambiance is great. Loved it and will be back!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, friendly service that was attentive and executed fabulously.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat at Lark, we come away feeling like we just celebrated a special occasion--even if it's just a Tuesday night. Always delicious. Always memorable.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The truffle chips were amazing!

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P
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lark never ceases to amaze us with the quality and variety of their menu!
Service is always impeccable!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 4

I'll start with the wines. The by-the-glass pinots and cabs were not remarkable. We rejected all of them and finally settled on a Saint Emilion Bordeaux, which was fine. You'd think a Seattle restaurant would have a reasonable pinot or cab. We ordered the duck and it was excellent. If we that was all we had, I would have rated them much higher. We also ordered the pear-and-spinach salad. After I was almost done, I had not even tasted the pear. My wife pointed out to me that the razor-thin shavings on the salad was pear. I think it is false advertising! When I order a pear salad, I want to pear weight, not pear garnish! We also ordered the squash. I love squash. This was very artistic, but cold and tough. We sent it back and it returned cold and tough. The waitress, who was charming, took it off our bill and said that they had taken it off the menu for the rest of the evening. We had come with high expectations. We left disappointed.

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JC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the wines by the glass, the cocktail menu, and easily and accurately described dishes on the menu. And she was very pleasant.

I love the ambiance. It's nice that they have velvet soft seats, white table cloths, and in general it has more of a luxurious, sophisticated décor than the sparse modern hard surface décor you see at so many restaurants today. It's also quieter than many restaurants, at least from around 7-8 PM during the first half of our dinner, which I really appreciate. Restaurants are just too noisy these days. Eventually they cranked up the volume on the music a bit so it got louder, which was unfortunate.

Food was very good. It's fancy gourmet food, so you have to be in the mood for beautiful visuals and some unusual ingredients.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The people who work at Lark are delightful and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. They made the dining experience enjoyable. The flavors in the foods are excellent and care has certainly gone into the food preparation. We had a table near the door to the outside and being winter, was unpleasant to feel the cold draft everytime someone went in or out of the restaurant. The lighting could be warmer in tone & brighter - with the high ceilings at night it felt more like dining in a dimly lit warehouse rather than at an intimate table for two (contrasting spot lights on each table or focused lamps on the tables could help).

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous ambiance, matched only by the delicious food and honest service. We will be back

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