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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster” (566 reviews)
“crab cakes” (81 reviews)
“prawns” (28 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful, established restaurant at the base of the pier elevated enough to provide a great view of the ferris wheel and ocean beyond. Fantastic waiter (best we had of our vacation) who was knowledgable, attentive (put not pushy), anticipated our needs (specifically with my son)...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location by the Pier, fantastic and friendly service and amazing lobster roll! We had to share all our order: corn chowder, grilled octopus, mussels and the lovely lovely lobster roll and we still came out very very full.. o ya, plus two beers. Would...More

Thank Lena H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great View and that's what you're paying for. Food is good but pricey but you can't get a better location!

Thank billegee123
Reviewed 1 week ago

While certainly not an inexpensive place to dine (think lobster at a minimum of $35 and up to $65 per pound) the food is good quality and the menu has a nice variety. Restaurant can get noisy when full, and by all means avoid a...More

Thank serenity1631
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a perfect winter day in Santa Monica, The Lobster is the perfect place for lunch, overlooking the Boardwalk and Santa Monica Pier. We were held up in typical coast traffic, but they kindly held our reservation for us. The menu is, not surprisingly, replete...More

Thank John N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a tasteful early dinner to enjoy our lobster with the beautiful sunset... we enjoyed only the former because there was very foggy and not able to see even the Pier (and of course not the Ocean...) - bit disappointed but...More

Thank xeaglex21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great view as all seats overlook the Santa Monica Pier and the ocean. Extensive wine menu, good beer menu, full bar. Had the Shrimp Cocktail. Large shrimp, good cocktail sauce. Had the soup, very good and a big portion. The wife had crab cakes and...More

Thank 412stevew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The table on North/West side of the restaurant is the best table in the house. The view is of the ocean with the pier in front of the water and to the north is Palisades Park. The view is fabulous!!! Now to the food. I...More

Thank Jeane141
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been in the area a lot and always drive by this restaurant so decided to finally try it. Don’t be deceived by the tacky exterior as the inside is very nice and the service is excellent. The 3 lb grilled lobster was perfect albeit...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Near the entrance to Santa Monica Pier. Halibut should be moist and succulent. This wasn't. Overcooked. Overpriced at $37. The truffle fries- no discernible taste of truffle. Crab Enchiladas for $23 their only merit they were cheaper. The only saving graces I can see are...More

Thank Frank M
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thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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22 August 2017|
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Response from harborbabe | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I am just getting back to you, we've been traveling. Ask for window table, get on Google and inquire what time the sunset will be on that day in Santa Monica, CA to zero in on the time. Definitely make a... More
23 May 2016|
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Response from Shuuz | Reviewed this property |
They have valet parking. The Lobster validates for parking for a significant discount.
stacey m
13 April 2016|
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Response from SunshineGirlDB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! Go to their website & it is there under menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
    (Colorado Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-9294
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