Why did we dine here? – Lark Creek Blue takes the place of the seafood oriented Yankee Pier at Santana Row in San Jose. Run by the same restaurant group, they still maintain the seafood emphasis (Monterey Bay Seafood watch) but with a more contemporary look. Lots of wood, communal tables, jazzy music. They are located across the street from Left Bank.
Insider Tip – Snag a table outside
Cuisine – Steakhouse, Seafood
Location – Santana Row, San Jose
Opened – 2012
Service – Lark Creek Blue had very good service with a knowledgeable waitress and lots of helpers keeping things going.
Verdict – Lark Creek Blue impressed us with some very good food in a beautiful space. Santana Row remains a fun upscale destination to visit for shopping and dining.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Lark Creek Blue Signature Dishes – Oysters, Petrale Sole, Lobster Spaghetti, butterscotch pudding
Lark Creek Blue’s Menu features a wide variety of dishes. Lots of starters, entrees and appetizers. The emphasis is on seafood and meats. Several options for vegetarians.
Lark Creek Blue Food Picks:
Mojito ($6 at brunch) lime, mint, sugar, soda was tall, strong and best of all cheap!
House Barrel-Aged Manhattan ($13.50) – negroni, Boulevardier, El Presidente are some serious drinks. You can see their barrels by the oyster showcase.
Oysters kumamoto ($2-4 each, 11-$22 for 6), shigoku, kusshi, hama hama were all freshy and hit the mark. Ginger tobiko and champagne granita sauces worked well with this shellfish. You can choose 2 sauces from the 5 offered.
New England Clam Chowder ($7.50) bacon, thyme, cream, dill drop biscuit is a must try at any seafood joint. Lots of ingredients with a more watery base.
Ahi Tuna Tartare ($15) horseradish, sweet soy, cashew crackers, sesame aioli is highly recommended. Their version looks great and goes down fast.
brioche french toast ($11) 4 thick sliced brioche slices, spiced apple compote, whipped cream, candied almonds, vermont maple syrup (vegetarian) was stellar. A great brunch dish with high quality bread and a nice balance of decadent whip cream and fruit.
Local Petrale Sole ($19.50) pan-roasted sole, sauteed spinach, shoestring fries, capers, parsley is a signature dish we had to try. Cooked just right, clearly the chef knows how to handle fish here. Nice caper sauce. Super thin fries.
maine lobster spaghetti “arrabiata” roasted half lobster, tomato, calabrese chilies, basil ($29.50) is also a must order. A large half a lobster with al dente thin pasta (dry not freshly made) accompanying it.
Local Asparagus ($5.50) was fresh and good.
butterscotch pudding ($7) chantilly cream, salted caramel sauce, wedding cookie is stellar. A must order that tastes rich and velvetty!
strawberry rhubarb crisp, vanilla ice cream ($8) takes a while but comes to you hot out of the oven. A good sized crisp that wasn’t too sweet.
lemon meringue pie ($8) lemon curd, housemade meringue is also very good. A large slice of pie with very light meringue.
lark creek ice cream sandwich ($7.50) chocolate brownie cookie, candied almonds, vanilla ice cream is better than Cream. No line too. Very tall, thick, and hard to bite.
Peach Sorbet ($7) is fine but the above desserts outshine it.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Spanish Octopus a la plancha ($15) arugula, chickpeas, olive tapanade was ok. The octopus was outnumbered significantly but still proved to be decent.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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