Lark

4.6
831 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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wonderful meal.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We had high expectations for Lark which may be a reason we were disappointed.

Ambiance:
We went for my fiancé’s birthday and I had requested a booth or nice table and we were put in a squished table where our chairs were bumping the tables behind us

Food:
We started off with the bread which I would not recommend it was a cold dense wheat bread which was hard to eat. Our starter courses were fine, but for dinner my fiancé got the crispy duck and I got the burger and neither of those impressed us. We also both agreed that the food was salty.

Noise level:
Because you’re so close to others, and it’s a big cavernous room noise level is high, at least where we were.

Overall would give three stars - it was a fun experience but not someplace that stands out to me as fantastic.

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CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Spring Tasting menu had great options!

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RR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We got seated upstairs which does not have the same ambiance as the main level. No fish of the day offering. Waitress disappeared for long stretches. For a $40 corkage fee I expect something more than 3 wine glasses and a small first pour to taste. She didn't seem to know that the cork needs to be pulled slowly from a 15 year old cabernet. She jerked it out and it broke in half, obviously. Didn't offer to decant. We ended up doing our own refills.

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M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the mussels for an appetizer which were excellent, but could use more bread for soaking up the amazing sauce.
My husband and I both had the halibut that was cooked perfectly.
We will be back!

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DH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Vibe. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, fantastic dining experience

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AF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

I had a post Bday celebration and wanted to change atmosphere and try something new. Lark was supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Seattle. However, after dining over there, I must say this place is overrated. I was greeted by an unfriendly hostess, which didn't want to give a nice table even though we made a reservation in advance and arrived earlier. After negotiating with her manager, she gave in. The waitress forgot to bring bread and wasn't pleasant either. The food was great, we had octopus, pasta and duck, finished with a nice pineapple desert - really gourmet food and very well presented. However, the overall décor and ambiance are not exactly what we expected. The management should do a better job decorating this place from both inside and outside, put some light on, because it was getting darker and they still didn't have light on...- everything to make this place more lively and cheerful and of course, remind their personnel of smiles and being more friendly.

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KT
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the past, eating dinner at Lark has been our "event" for the evening. However, this time we met friends at Lark before attending a nearby theater performance. There were four of us. Two of us ordered the Octopus La Plancha with Bomba rice. This is a pleasantly smoky dish with a little bit of spice. The octopus was tender and juicy. I think it is on the menu a lot, perhaps all the time. The field green salad was a nice light compliment to the octopus dish. The small bowl of chowder was delicious and very rich. It was substantial enough that I did not have room for dessert after eating the chowder and the octopus. The mussels, ordered as a main, came in a large cast iron casserole with a side of grilled bread. It would have been nice to have a bit more grilled bread to mop up the delicious buttery broth. The fourth main was a special for the evening, scallops. At this point I cannot remember how they were prepared, but they looked delicious and our friend relished every bite.

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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is never short of exceptional here, even after years and years of patronage. What I miss about the previous iteration is the warm, friendly service. While the current service is professional, it always feels a bit distant and disconnected since moving to this restaurant space.

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H
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to lurk after a bit of confusing parking! Once that was accomplished all went well. Our server was informative and patient. The food is very unique and different in that they were not variations of typical dishes they were altogether new dishes... which is what we like! We stayed at our table for about 2 hours and had a great time. I would definitely recommend this place for a quiet dinner

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was quite impressed by the variety of the menu and the superb presentation of the food. The Pinot Noir was spectacular, and pleasantly generous; not skimpy like most area restaurants. The wait staff was courteous and prompt, but not intrusive. And the salad and main dish (duck) were truly superb.

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w
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in a booth, although there was just the two of us, such a nice start to the evening. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and his dessert came with a candle. Low key and sweet. Our server was particularly good - nice, helpful, knew when to come over, offered good suggestions for what to order. It was easy to hear each other even though the restaurant was full, so it felt lively even without all the noise.

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service. Lots of yummy menu choices. We had the steak tartare (superb), foie gras terrine (decent but not great), squid ink pasta with crab (amazing) and duck confit (delicious). Cocktails were not great but wine was nice and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was outstanding with wonderful suggestions for cocktails and wine oairings. Cannot remember server’s name. Female with red hair, cut in a bob, just longer than chin length. She was outstanding.

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MC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut special was excellent. Waitstaff was amazing. Special place with great ambience.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite Seattle restaurant! The food is divine and the service is impeccable.

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrible parking situation. General outside area seedy

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Each bite was well seasoned and delicious.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The woman that answered the phone was rude curt and inviting. I like this restaurant but the staff taking calls need to take a lesson in customer service

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was great and our service was amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Quaint atmosphere apps where very small and overpriced. The Halibut entrée was excellent. The service was not good Karissa was not engaging pompous and unfriendly. Definitely not a repeat for me

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Overrated not creative food expensive small portions all entrees served lukewarm even though the place was not busy

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JN
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Lark to celebrate my husband's birthday with his brother and date. We were seated in a corner booth where we could have privacy for our celebration, and although we were tucked away, our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Each dish we ordered was delicious, and the pacing of the meal was perfect with no long waits or awkward pauses. Finally, my brother-in-law's girlfriend could not find a cocktail she liked on the menu, and our server suggested that the bartender could make her a drink suited to her personal tastes. After consulting with her, the bartender made not one, but two cocktails that she raved about and that she said paired nicely with the dishes we were served. It meant a lot to my husband that he got a memorable meal, but also that his guests were treated well too. Thank you, Lark, for a fine birthday dinner!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My wife’s squid no pasta was cold, her hamachi appetizer was over-seasoned with coriander. My daughters gnocchi and my Arctic char were delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will want to go there for all your celebrations. The food was sublime.

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r
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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FE
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hamachi crudo was fresh and wonderful. It was served with shaved fennel. We also had the venison and it was the perfect medium rare. It was served with a delicious Yorkshire Pudding. The food is classic yet inventive. Pure perfection.

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CR
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this new location, I think even better than their original offerings. Great service, atmosphere and food. Venison best I have ever had, octopus perfect and pork belly luscious! Highly recommended.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to be a lot better. The prices, food quality, isn't as good as it used to be. And Seattle, you think you're a food place but you're not. And it's not really that close. The fact that Lark is rated so highly really makes the case that Seattle does not know food.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef rib special offered on Sunday and Monday nights made us wish that every night was a Sunday or Monday. We walked out on Cloud 9 and wanted to immediately plan our return. Pure enjoyment.

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TL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lark to celebrate retirement. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and engaging. We really enjoyed everything that we ordered: burata as starter, squid ink spaghetti and fish of the day (Alaskan salmon)! Brown sugar cake and quince tartine for dessert. Happy that Lark focuses on locally sourced.

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PK
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - best meal in a long time and I eat out a lot on business. I normally would not order venison but waitress recommended and it was incredible. The foie gras appetizer out of this world. Great service. Will go back.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drinks without being unnecessarily overpriced. Excellent service and pleasant atmosphere. Not too crowded or too loud. Pretty much perfect.

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DG
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

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MQ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great post Valentines meal here. The service was unparalleled - genuinely friendly, helpful, professional. I decided after ordering a cocktail that I was more feeling their wine list ( which is a perfect blend of local and overseas labels), and they removed the drink from our bill. The food was amazing - we had their cheese plate and muscles (outstanding), their pork belly and burger main courses (unbelievable) and a special chocolate hazelnut panna cotta (super). Great atmosphere with the dangling cafe lights and rustically elegant decor. Would definitely rec'.

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z
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was truly fabulous; simple and refined and super fresh, like in Europe. We had a 5:30 reservation for four and to our surprise when we got up to leave it was 9:30! Loved our time there. It was so very relaxing. My only hiccup which I will bring to the attention of the restaurant is this. I brought two bottles of a French Biodynamic champagne because I have allergies. We ordered the beef rib for two and felt like a beautiful Chateuneuf du Pape to accompany it. The red was superb. Upon check out we were of course charged $30 corkage fee for both of my bottles which I would have sucked up had we not ordered the CDP for $100.00! I think that the restaurant should have removed at least one of our corkage fees. We dined for hours and enjoyed from their menu and wine list. Our server (both), one early and one who joined us a bit later on were both fabulous and exhibited true professionalism.. I would have said something about the corkage at the time but we were so relaxed that I did not want to spoil the moment.

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