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Lark - 94 Reviews - 926 12th Ave, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 323-5275


926 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5275
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Lark - Seattle, WA
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I enjoy foie gras and I am so happy that they continue to serve the wonderful dish. I praise the owner for not backing down to bizzaro PETA insane folks and continuing to make won...


I would have given this restaurant one more star, except nearly everything we ordered was oversalted, and the duck leg was so salty I could only eat half of it. The other characte...

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Yummy Food not for kids 4/27/2012

Came here as a family with out toddler and although we enjoyed the food the place isn't really setup to accommodate children. The flavors were bold with good meat, cheese, and vegi dishes (we liked the Fava beans). On service we didn't get good vibes toward our toddler even though at the time the place wasn't that crowded and he behaved fine. more

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Finally as good as all the hype 10/3/2006

I have to admit that the first time I went to Lark I was sorely disappointed. The best thing I had all night was the cheese plate, and I left feeling unsatisfied. My most recent experience, however, has more than redeemed Lark in my eyes. My boyfriend and I went in and had course after course of wonderfully prepared dishes -- all of which looked, smelled and tasted exquisite. I enjoyed every bite and would go back again and again if my budget allowed. I would reccomend Lark as a great place to go with a date, a family member, a loved one, or anyone else. The noise levels can get a little duanting when they are busy, since there is little to muffle the noise, but if you can get past that, it is definitely worth a visit. more

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Need more vegetable + salad dishes 7/31/2006

We have been to Lark a number of times over the past few years - they really cook some wonderful food, I love the small plates - but they need to add more green vegetables. The only green vegetable offered the other night was broccoli - how about some fresh summer green beans or summer squash - not to mention pea vines. I really would have enjoyed a salad, too - but there were not any salads offered. The tarte tatin is wonderful for desert. more

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Lark. It's the Bees Knees. You have to go. Enough Said. 7/19/2006

Excellent food. Perfect small portions vs the lardy over-bloated portions most restaurants serve. Lots of small taste bursts of exquisite cuisine. Ambience is great - if I could build a cabin in the San Juans - this is how it would be. Just go, you won't be sad. Bonus: like most decent Seattle restaurants, they finally have Hendricks gin. more

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On a Lark...We Ate There 5/12/2006

Lark is another Seattle "small plate" restaurant, ala Pair and Harvest Vine. Unlike those places, however, their menu is more diverse. I enjoyed my meal and will definitely go back. Lark doesn't take reservations for parties of less than 6, so we went early to make sure we could get a table. Arriving before 6 we were the first people there. The servers were understandably very attentive - and they continued to be so with every table. They knew the menu in detail. They knew the wine list in detail. They recommended pairings. The menu is quite diverse. It is broken down into sections, including cheese, veggies, sausages and foi gras, fish, and meat. We chose something from every section and were not disappointed. We selected 3 cheeses that worked very well together, and a very good mozarella and onion dish that was subtle but flavorful. Yellowtail carpacio was outstanding - not too fishy, and the shaved fennel was a great complement. We had a duck leg that was smokey and crispy. The hit of the meal was a farro (like bulgar) with marscapone and onion. For dessert we had a rhubarb cobbler with a gingerbread crust that was really tasty. Ginger and rhubarb is a good combo. And an interesting creamsicle made with mayer lime juice. The Lark space is great. Distressed hardwood floors, highback wood benches in the booths. It's light enough to see what you're eating but not too bright. The one thing we noticed is that the noise level didn't increase as the crowd grew. The one caution is around timing. Per above they don't take reservations for parties of less than 6. The place fills up around 6:30 or 7 pm. There is a very small waiting area. If you like small plates and variety go check out Lark. more

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Really super for a one-word restaurant! 5/7/2006

There's Crush, Crave, Cave, Dave: the crowd of one-word named restaurants in Seattle. Trendy to the hilt. And, then there's Lark. The ambience is calm with a subtle touch of hip. The restaurant is inside an old, not huge building that looks to be from the early 20th century. They have stripped out the inside to the 2x4s holding up the roof and added some paneling, a few curtains, some really interesting paintings. The crowd is casual/chic, to coin a cliche. The staff is courteous, helpful and knowledgable. The wine-by-the-glass list is not huge but seemed to have pretty good basics. Dinner is served tapas-style, and yes, it can add up. The server recommended 2 dishes per person, but I think you can get by with 3 dishes for 2 people and that way you have room for the cheese course or dessert (or both). We were too full for the cheeses, but did try the rhubarb crisp, which was Amazing: not too sweet, and served with real cream. Oh dear, I talked about the dessert and did not describe the dinner. We ordered: the morels/pasta plate (divine, earthy, very fresh), the scallop tartar (which had a wee bit too much fennel for our taste), the striped bass (divine grilled with a touch of butter and shallots) and the quail (perfectly served with watercress). Portion sizes were appropriate. Parking is free if you score a street spot after 6pm. Location is on 12th across from Seattle U. This is, by far, my favorite restaurant in Seattle. more

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Too costly for what you get 3/18/2006

This place is stark in its ambiance, and is like going for sushi or tapas: sneaky expensive. Very tasty, but microscopic portions. more

Love the small plates 3/8/2006

I have to highly recommend Lark. I am so tired of big plate places and feeling stuffed when you walked out of a restaurant. This place has a great atmosphere and the food is excellent. I would highly recommend the scallops, the yellow tail carpaccio and the ribs were amazing. Also for dessert order the pine apple camel dessert!! more

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Solid good food 2/17/2006

I've only been to Lark once, but I have to admit I was impressed by the new "in" eating spot in town thats been the talk of the foodies in Seattle. We started with a cheese coarse of three cheeses- all were excellent- served at the correct temperature and the honey comb went well with the goat/sheep based cheeses. We tried a fish dish, which was good, but not spectacular. However, the crispy duck was amazing, you must try it if is on the menu. We also tried the special- an escargot tart with potatoes, bacon and caramelized onions. The escargot was a bit tough, however everything else was perfect- a flaky, rich buttery puff pastry. Lastly, I ordered the pear tart tatin- perfect. My friend loves the lemon parfait. more

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Fabulous everything 10/25/2005

I always love going to Lark. I love everything about it. Almost. I love the service, the drinks are perfect, the food is incredible, the room is beautiful. Everything is so great, except it's a pain in the neck to park. The only thing I can remember when I'm leaving is whatever I just ate so that I can order it again next time. The walk to the car gives me more time to think about why I don't go more often. more

Not worth the hype 9/9/2005

I won't lie--the food here is delicious and wonderfully prepared and presented. However, I felt like I was transported back to the 80's when you were supposed to be impressed by the teeny tiny portions coupled with high prices. The prices are frankly, ridiculous. One of the apetizers is a sampler "trio" of cheeses that provide literally one mouthful of cheese per type. The price tag on this? $11. Also, it is a tapas-style restaurant, so each dish is meant to be shared and I'm sorry, you can't share ONE short rib. more

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Awesome food, laid back hip, worth all the local press 9/8/2005

Everything on Lark's menu is absolutely delicious, fairly expensive (but not Canlis-ridiculously expensive), and it's hip but not in the Crush "we're so design conscious that it's uncomfortable to sit everywhere" kind of way but instead in a stark-but-refined kind of way. And the tall ceilings, exposed wood, and big curtains (like Zoe, but with more wood on the floors and ceilings) look sufficiently cosmopolitan but still distinctly Northwest, so your NYC friend will be reminded more of a Gramercy park boite than a stereotypically west-coast vegan co-op. If the wild boar is still on the menu, order 2 and package up one to go for me. You'll get out of there for under $40 p/p if you don't order 4 cosmos. Make a reservation - the waits can be brutal on the weekend. more

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Solid but unspectacular 2/15/2005

If you've been reading lately, you may be detecting a theme in my restaurant reviews: after listening with interest to the growing buzz for a new place, I go with high expectations, only to find that there's another good-but-not-great restaurant on the local scene. True to form, my recent visit to Lark was preceded by much local gushing - in both ink and conversation - about this "perfect jewel" of a restaurant with "incredible food" and the "ultimate see & be-seen" crowd. Last Saturday I went with a mixed group - two who had been before (and raved), and two who hoped to get a taste of the "best new restaurant in Seattle." Our collective review: while many aspects of the experience were, indeed, of very high quality, nothing - food, service, or atmosphere - delivered the "wow!" that the breathless local coverage had led us to expect. We anticipated the 'no reservations' policy - one couple held a spot in the very pleasant bar at 1200, two blocks north on 12th, while the other put our name in for the hour wait. The restaurant called promptly at the appointed time, and we were shown to a table in the center of the dining room. The physical space at Lark proved to be much warmer and more inviting than I had expected - all the talk of extraordinary style had led me to expect (or more accurately, to dread) a much glossier and high-polish room than the simple off-white walls, flowing divider curtains and original wooden trusswork that greeted us upon arrival. In keeping with the 'small plates' approach of the menu, we ordered widely and to share, including cheeses, vegetarian, cured meat and fresh meat dishes (not to mention dessert). Nothing we ordered was a disappointment, and several dishes were quite good (most notably a nice paring of Salumi soprasatta with cured figs, and a cubed polenta saturated with a pork broth). Of the two desserts, the puff-pastry Tate Tatin was more satisfying than the slightly crumbly flourless chocolate tart. Throughout the meal, the service was polite and efficient, with just enough personality and humor to add warmth to the experience without intruding. So, you ask, what *didn't* you like? The answer is, "nothing at all", but that's not enough to move Lark from 'good' into the much-harder-to-attain category of 'great restaurant'. It's definitely good, even very good, for Seattle - and it deserves the warm reception it's received. But we can and should expect more from our city of nearly 2 million souls. Seattle is packed with clever, creative people, and with patrons of the culinary arts with sufficient discernment and disposable income to support more than one (Mistral) truly extraordinary restaurant. While I welcome the opportunity to celebrate all that Lark is doing well, I know that we should ask for more. more
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  • The Scene
    Part Zen retreat, part ski lodge, this Capitol Hill bistro is elegantly stark, with tall ceilings, white-shaded windows and dark-wood furnishings. A gauzy S-shaped curtain...

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  • Hours:

    Tuesday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central Seattle, Minor, Central