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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The only place I know of that serves margaritas straight up, and it makes a world of difference. Their lobster roll is awesome (as expected), calamari super fresh and with just the right amount of fresh batter, and do not miss the truffle fries, they...More

Thank Vitamin_Sea2008
Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth every penny. We had a lovely dinner, early ish and delicious. The setting sun as we oystered ourselves and then a beautiful lobster and my lovely Halibut. We were very pleased by the wonderful care and delicious food. I'm a local and have been...More

Thank LaSenora8484
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After being seated window-side overlooking the Pier, we turned our evening over to Waiter Extrordinaire Patrick Ney who led us on a seafood foodie tour that was exceptional! A shellfish fest of oysters and clams that included New Zealand scallops that were "out-of-this world". All...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

traveling over from the UK on our goad trip we booked this restaurant based solely on its location and trip advisor reviews We weren't disappointed, it was a great experience From front of house to management the restaurant staff are so friendly and polite The...More

Thank ricmarknic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The view is fabulous, the food is great and the service very attentive.

Thank DragonLady90292
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went a few times staff really friend .Great place to people watch with a cocktail in your hand .Would recommend this place 10 /10

Thank Kinkin123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view over the pier and great service. All the food was fine and the atmosphere relaxed and chilled.

Thank ian583
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for my last meal in LA before leaving. Host was great, funny and got us seated quickly without a reservation. The restaurant is located right by the Santa Monica pier and offers wonderful beach views. Waiter was awesome and helpful and the manager...More

Thank M_Tucker28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oysters were the Best we have ever eaten!! The sampler had oysters from British Columbia, New Zealand, Virginia & New York-all awesome. We had TWO sampler platters. The Lobster was steamed to perfection. Customers were taking pictures for other tables. Our waiter, Timothy-who had...More

Thank rob s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lobster is situated right on the ocean and on a hot summer's day it is very nice to sit here and have lunch but I find it always smells fishy and the food is so-so.

Thank MakeMyBed
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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, 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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