Head to Santa Barbara's Funk Zone for vintage vibes and family-style fare.
An extensive wine list, craft cocktail menu, and creative approach to wining-and-dining set the scene for your next dinner party, family gathering, or boozey BFF filled bash. The outgoing staff members are ready to collaborate to create the celebration of the century.
The Lark is Santa Barbara’s premier dining destination featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients that celebrate the abundant bounty available on the Central Coast. The Lark is located two blocks from the beach in the heart of the Funk Zone art district, home to numerous galleries, surf shops and the ever-popular Urban Wine Trail. The Lark’s urban industrial style integrates vintage and repurposed materials in to a sophisticated yet casual environment making it the perfect place for an intimate dinner party or a festive cocktail reception.
Our menus are served family-style creating a convivial ambiance perfect for bringing your group closer together. Handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine list, highlighting Santa Barbara County vintners and artisan winemakers from afar, compliment Chef Jason Paluska’s creations.
The Pullman Room private event space hosts up to 55 people for a seated dinner and 80 people for standing reception. The Lark restaurant hosts 130-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant space and is available for guest buyouts.
Our sister businesses, Les Marchands Wine Bar and the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, also offer unique private event venues that can be booked separately or combined with The Lark for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
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Estimated Price Per Head
from $25 to $150
Depending on event, additional furniture/dishware/glassware/heaters/tenting rentals may be necessary. A 21% service charge will be added to all contracts along with local taxes. Minimums are determined on an individual event basis.
Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Licensed Server Is Required
The Lark and its sister businesses are the most exciting collection of venues in Santa Barbara today. Call us today to discuss creative ideas on how to make your event spectacular.
Ample Parking Onsite
The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is a 130 seat full-service restaurant located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building. Situated in the heart of the Funk Zone, a vibrant arts district and home to local surf shops, galleries and the popular Urban Wine Trail, The Lark brings the entire Santa Barbara community together to celebrate our unique place.
Our vision was to create an environment that captivates a wide audience and brings them together in an exceptional space. Doug Washington, owner of the acclaimed Town Hall and Salt House restaurants in San Francisco, was able to do just that by designing the interior and exterior space with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility. Original lighting, handmade furniture and a 24-seat live-edge communal table stacked on vintage radiators create a space that is warm yet exciting.
Standout Venue Features:
The Lark's Pullman Private Dining Room has an open kitchen that allows for chef instruction, guest participation or just a view of culinary arts in action.
The Lark's beautiful patio is heated and includes warm firepits for outdoor seating in any season or inclimate weather. The patio is a spectacular outdoor event venue for intimate parties. Extra Perks:
The Lark can provide linen, silverware, glassware and plateware for some events so please inquire.
Awards & Notables
SB Seasons: Not Your Father's Santa Barbara: A Look At The Move Toward New Urbanism
Donna Polizzi: Santa Barbara's Funk Zone Draws A Crowd From Throughout Central Coast
SB Life & Style: Santa Barbara Women Making Waves
California Dreaming: Tales From Our Correspondent
Santa Barbara: Five Divine Spots to Dine (or Lunch)
37 Things A Man's Gotta Do This Summer: Daytrips and Weekends
Thrillist: The 23 Best Damn Places To Drink In Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Life & Style: The Lark
The Lark Santa Barbara:
Set in the heart of the Funk Zone, where art, surf & craft wine & beer mingle, The Lark is Santa Barbara’s premier dining destination featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients that celebrate the abundant bounty available on the Central Coast.
- View: The best seats in the house are from the communal table - the perfect place to meet friends old and new, or inside our 110-year-old confessional shipped over from France - every seat is a seat you won't forget.
- Max Capacity: 130 dining room plus 55 seating private dining room
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Pullman - Private Dining Room:
The Lark's Pullman Private Dining Room is named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968. Private dining environment was created to captivate all audiences, young & young at heart, bringing all together in this memorable private space.
- View: The best part of the Pullman Private Dining Room is the open kitchen which provides guests with private, up-close-and-personal seating and view of the Chef in action.
- Max Capacity: 55 seated; 80 standing reception
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
50 Best Travel Finds of 2014 from Around the World
Best Restaurant Concept from traveler.com
Gayot’s 2014 Best Romantic Restaurants Santa Barbara
Gayot’s 2015 Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Food in the Santa Barbara Area
Gayot’s Best Santa Barbara Outdoor Seating
The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards - Funk Zone Epicenter Award: The Lark
10 Best Romantic Dining in Santa Barbara, USA Today
2014 Best New Restaurant – Santa Barbara NewsPress
2014 Best Funk Zone Hot Spot – Santa Barbara Independent
2013 and 2014 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America, Open Table
2014 and 2015 Diner’s Choice Award, Open Table
2015 Destination Award “Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate”, Visit Santa Barbara
2014 and 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Finalist, Sherry Villanueva
2015 “Innovator of the Year”, Sherry Villanueva, National Association of Women Owned Businesses
2015 Table of Life Honoree, Sherry Villanueva, Santa Barbara FoodBank Bars & Lounges:
The Lark bar has been listed as one of "the 23 best damn places to drink in Santa Barbara." Our craft cocktails are made fresh, from scratch using the finest, local artisan spirits and housemade mixers with seasonal fruits and vegetables. One of our signature cocktails is The Lark Mule made from crop cucumber infused vodka, yellow chartreuse and gingerbeer, or try the Industry Sour made with Fernet, green chartreuse, lime, egg white and bitters.
Our sister business Les Marchands features fine wines from local artisan winemakers as well as vintners from around the world. Everything from Santa Barbara County wines to Champagnes from Europe. Les Marchands has received numerous accolades since opening in 2013 from LA Times, Departures, Wine Enthusiast, Imbibe, and Thrillist.
Santa Barbara Wine Collective member partners of wines are from Santa Barbara County, each with their own unique style from the local terroir of the Central Coast. Partners are Babcock Winery, Ca' del Grevino Winery, Fess Parker Winery, Notary Public Wines, and The Paring Winery.
The Pullman Private Dining Room, when utilized, has access to an unlimited number of options from The Lark, Les Marchands and Santa Barbara Wine Collective.
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