Lark flies pretty under the radar, so is an easy bet for last-minute group reservations. They consider themselves Cali-Mediterranean which seems off geographically but tastes right. The charcuterie board and truffle fries are good places to start, but the Lark burger (with a lamb and beef pattie) with burrata is the ultimate grand finale. Lark is also only a block from Market St. so it’s a great spot to eat before going out in the Castro.
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