Lark Creek Blue Restaurant Review, San Jose

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Lark Creek Blue

378 Santana Row

San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 244-1244

Lark Creek Blue Website

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Lark Creek Blue Santana Row exterior decor

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.

Website Lark Creek Blue Menu

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row raw oysters

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row Clam Chowder

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row Ahi Tuna

Ahi Tuna Tartare ($15) horseradish, sweet soy, cashew crackers, sesame aioli is highly recommended. Their version looks great and goes down fast.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row French Toast

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row Filet of Sole

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.

Lark Cree Blue Santana Row Lobster Pasta

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row butterscotch pudding

butterscotch pudding ($7) chantilly cream, salted caramel sauce, wedding cookie is stellar. A must order that tastes rich and velvetty!

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row Rhubarb crisp

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.

Lark Creek Blue Santana Row lemon meringue

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)
None

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Lark Creek Blue Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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