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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” (582 reviews)
“crab cakes” (82 reviews)
“prawns” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My partner and I were a bit hesitant at first to go to The Lobster as we did not think we were appropriately dressed. Luckily it didn't seem to matter! (being mid-week and at lunch may have also had something to do with this). We...More

Thank J M
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you want a nice meal with great viwe this is the spot. Staff was very nice. The seafood was great and the price was a amazing surprise. Our table was booked via opentable and we ask for a window table, and was there. Perfect...More

Thank Jorge R
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a reservation, which you MUST have, especially on a weekend (I did mine through OpenTable) and were seated immediately, unfortunately it was on a two-topper next to basically a frat party of 8 (very close quarters). Our server was right on the spot...More

Thank thereKarengoes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is right across from the pier and is well situated and very nice. We had lobster salads and lobster rolls, with crab cakes and salads and everyone enjoyed their meals. Facilities had high ceilings and fabulous views.

Thank MarnyCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago

When in Santa Monica you have to go here. Iconic spot for watching the sun go down. Food tastes great, great wine list reasonably priced and great atmosphere

Thank maxwell88_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were in Santa Monica from out of town. Everything was packed and we decided to stumble into The Lobster for dinner one night. It was pricey but we decided to splurge. We ended up having to wait about 20 minutes for...More

Thank Ivy S M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Resturant is located at the top of Santa Monica pier so if your looking for a higher end location this may be the place for you. Parking, validated but still $12 for 3 hours. You can have lunch and a walk on the pier before...More

Thank Jo Ann S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lobster is like a local bar in one of the most touristy areas on Earth! Friendly and welcoming staff (our waitress Kay was awesome) with a beautiful view of the pier and beach from an all glass restaurant. It was obvious that there were...More

Thank BobBinDallas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very attentive service, tasty food, ideal location and a good selection of item. Loved my experience here at the Lobster. It has a wonderful setting and the menu had great variety. The amount of food is somewhat overwhelming and the sizes of Lobster is substantial...More

Thank Marc G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view, menu changes daily. I loved the Ahi Tuna. Everything we had was excellent, very good wine list, super friendly staff

Thank Amanda C
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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, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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