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The Lobster

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Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
+1 310-458-9294
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Pitt Meadows, BC
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221 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were pampered. Loved the service we received from beginning to end. Our appies were: Deep Fried Oysters - Perfectly done and Crab Cake - Perfectly done. Entrees: 1.5lb Steamed Lobster - Great; New York Steak - Perfectly done, Free Range Chicken - Absolutely great and Shellfish and Black Chitarra Pasta - AWESOME! Reservation is highly recommended.

Thank mjbcmjbc
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had the grilled whole lobster. It was done perfectly. The place is very crowded, but it is work it. And yes, the staff is great.

Thank Cynthia H
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Traveling through Santa Monica we decided to stop in and have a cocktail on our way to reservations at another restaurant. From the start the staff ignored us. Took about 20 minutes just to get a drink. Atmosphere was beautiful and so we, briefly, considered staying for dinner and canceling out other reservation. But we couldn't get anyone to pay... More 

Thank Leslie T
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My son and I enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch at a table looking out over the ocean. Good variety of options including non-seafood dishes. Friendly, prompt service.

Thank Debbie T
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in the area but has never had the chance of going there. And this time it was a pleasant surprise! Staff is so nice and food is super! Seared crab cakes were amazing! And the caviar is the beat I have tasted in a long time! Will be back again and again!

Thank Amy J
Berkeley, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There's a pretty small bar area, but the host saw us looking around for some seats and quickly came to our rescue and coordinated a table for us. A short wait and then we had a great waitress who was very friendly and helpful. The drinks are on the pricey side, but given its location right near the pier it's... More 

Thank Erin N
Victoria, Canada
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here on a recommendation and for the view. We both had the scallops and they were very well cooked, nice and large, and the dish was tasty. It was not overwhelming, or worth the price.

Thank jgair
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful meal at The Lobster. The food is worth the wait, as it was packed the day I went. The views are beautiful, see if you can get a table by the window. Mine was closer to the kitchen even with a reservation and it was a bit noisey. Even if you aren't a lobster fan, you... More 

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pasadena ca
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My parents have been going there for my Mom's birthday dinner for the last 5 years. They made a reservation at 5:30 pm on 5/10/17. When they arrived they were told there were no tables near the windows. When they asked if they could sit near the window they were told the tables were reserved. Although they were told over... More 

Thank jazz398
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I made an online booking about 4 months ago and was invited to make any special requests (which I did). So having done that we arrived in Santa Monica a few days early, so i called in to say hello and check on my booking. I was told that any special requests were at their discretion, the manager decided on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a 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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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