About The Lark

 

Located in a historic 1920s fish processing plant, The Lark pays homage to California’s train travel heritage and the Funk Zone’s industrial past. A shared dining experience featuring local and seasonal ingredients that celebrate the bounty of the Central Coast’s best farmers, ranchers, fisherman and winemakers. The Lark’s menu is imaginative yet approachable with dishes made entirely from scratch. The Lark offers a full bar with modern handcrafted cocktails made from artisan spirits and seasonal produce, local craft beers and an award-winning wine list of local and Old World wines.

Executive Chef, Jason Paluska

 

Jason Paluska has been committed to the culinary arts for the past two decades, working in highly regarded San Francisco restaurants such as Town Hall, Salt House, and RN74. Jason hails from Tomball, Texas, where he developed a passion for bold but balanced flavors. A graduate of the University of Houston’s School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and the Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco, Jason has a keen understanding of both front and back of house operations.

Lunden Desmond, General Manager

 

As General Manager of Acme Hospitality’s flagship restaurant, The Lark, Lunden brings an experienced perspective on farm to table dining, sustainability, and leadership culture. She earned degrees in Environmental Studies from the University of San Francisco and a Masters Degree in Integrative Health and Coaching. During her studies she fostered a passion for hospitality while cultivating genuine relationships and celebrating community through food and beverage; she worked her way through every restaurant position ultimately into management. Lunden and her partner moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 from San Francisco, when she joined The Lark team as a Front of House Manager, she became General Manager in 2018.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

 

2019 The Michelin Plate – Michelin Guide

2017 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence

2017 Wine Enthusiast America’s Best Wine Restaurants

2014, 2015, 2016 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America – Open Table

2015, 2016 Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

2016 Readers’ Choice Best Food – Santa Barbara News Press

2016 Wine Enthusiast 100 Top Restaurants – “Not To Be Missed”

2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Best of Santa Barbara®, Best Service – Santa Barbara Independent

2015 Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Food in the Santa Barbara Area – Gayot’s

2014 Best Romantic Restaurants Santa Barbara – Gayot’s

50 Best Travel Finds of 2014 from Around the World for Best Restaurant Concept from traveler.com

Best Santa Barbara Outdoor Seating – Gayot’s

2014 Fifth Annual Foodie Awards- Funk Zone Epicenter: The Lark, Santa Barbara Independent

10 Best Romantic Dining in Santa Barbara – USA Today

2014 Best New Restaurant – Santa Barbara News Press

2014 Best Funk Zone Hot Spot – Santa Barbara Independent

 

For more information or reservations, visit thelarksb.com

131 Anacapa St., Ste. A | Santa Barbara, California 93101 | 805-284-0370
Tuesday – Sunday 5pm to 10pm

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