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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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Santa Monica, California
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93 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although it's by the Santa Monica Pier the Lobster has some of the best views of the sunset in Santa Monica. The seafood quality is great and they have a good wine selection. Can be pricier so it's good for special occasions.

Thank Justravelin86
Burbank, California
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165 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The location of the place appears to influence the ratings. While it was an ok visit, both food and service were obviously ok. It was good, but nothing outstanding or extraordinary. Real great view, if you're seated at the window. Restaurant experience average, service staff was friendly, but at times lacked attention.

Thank David S
Nederland, Co
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The location is ideal as it is right on the beach and beginning of the Pier. Which makes it a great place for dinner in the tourist district. Overall, this isn't a place you would eat at on the regular basis unless money is of no concern. That being said, It's a great place if your looking to treat yourself... More 

Thank Airaddict
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Didn't light the world on fire but great service and an awesome location and views make up for it. At the beginning of santa monica pier.

Thank Richard N
New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting Los Angeles and made a dinner reservation to celebrate my best friend's birthday. Our server made excellent recommendations. We loved everything we ordered: spiny lobster and caesar salad along with two sides. The service was excellent. There is a charge for valet parking and you need to get your ticket validated by the restaurant for a discounted... More 

Thank Ash M
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for dinner at the lobster, the views at night are not really so great.. The food was quite average and the service all right. Expensive for what it is.

1 Thank My B
Toronto, Canada
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270 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at The Lobster with a big group celebrating a special event, so I had no say in the choice of restaurant. As a vegetarian, I was concerned about what kind of meal I would get at a restaurant famous for its seafood. In the end, all I can say is: it was fantastic! The location on the pier... More 

Thank jameskul
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in with no lunch reservation. Great menu options and the meal was superb. Good service and friendly staff

Thank leesh0rt
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in Santa Monica next to the pier, this restaurant offers a good variety of fish dishes (yellowfin tuna, white bass and obviously lobster). I tasted the yellofin tuna.... delicious! Great the wines list! And finally the desserts: very good. To be noted that prices are a little bit higher than the average. In the end I surely recommend this... More 

Thank Marco C
Montgomery, Texas
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91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Typically speaking, in my experience, restaurants that you find huddled around the entrance to iconic locations like the Santa Monica Pier tend to either by schlocky or ridiculously over-priced for the product received. Thankfully the Lobster proved to be neither. First off, the location right at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier makes it ridiculously convenient and offers some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
American, Seafood, Soups
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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, 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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  • 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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