The Funk Zone is a hot, happening area of town with a creative jumble of artist studios and galleries, shops, wine tasting rooms, a surf museum, a distillery, and a sprinkling of intriguing restaurants. One of the newer culinary additions is The Lark, located in a redesigned historic fish market building. The furnishings are reclaimed and repurposed and the food is über-local and fresh. Plunk yourself down at a wooden booth (with benches built from church pews) or table, or at the giant communal table near the buzzing bar. Outdoor seating around firepits is comfortable year round, thanks to heaters and blankets. Chef Jason Paluska's menu is designed for sharing. The menu changes seasonally, but look for starters such as charcuterie and cheese boards and deviled eggs with zippy jalapeño and crispy pancetta. Shareable platters are happy marriages of textures and flavors: Try the whole grilled branzino with Spanish chorizo, spiced chickpeas, artichokes, and grilled fennel, or the roasted chicken with smashed Yukon gold potatoes, smoked cipollini, bacon, and pea tendrils. Reservations are a must. Valet parking is available and three public lots are within a short walk.
Santa Barbara› Restaurant
131 Anacapa St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Tues–Sun 5–10pm, bar only 10pm–midnight Phone 805/284-0370 Prices
Main courses $17–$38Cuisine Type Californian Web site The Lark
Map131 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara
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