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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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Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 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 1 week ago

My goodness this place was good! We had Oysters for an appetizer=wonderful, Drinks= very good,. Lobster, Filet, spinach, carrots= sumptuous! Service=top notch. Cheese cake=was different, but so good! I can not say enough about this place! Expensive but worth every dime!!

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to so many restaurants in my life, I have lost count. The Lobster is definitely in my top 5. Great food, excellent service, beautiful atmosphere. I am so impressed. They made our 25th wedding anniversary very special. Thanks to the staff, especially...More

Thank Vinny C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely meal here, with a beautiful view over the pier. The service was wonderful very attentive. Would highly recommend for a seafood meal.

Thank shayleaeq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was okay. Busing Staff hovers over you just waiting to clear table so they can turn it over. Lobster poorly done and not worth the price. Only redeeming quality was the view at sunset. Get a drink at the bar and move on. Tourist...More

Thank dubose87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't overly impressed with service. The beautiful lady at front was lovely, they just needed another 20 of her and our experience would have been 10/10. The man that took us to our table hmmm not overly outgoing and didn't seem to want to...More

Thank Belinda1968
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic way to round off our Californian adventure. Food was fantastic, the wine was fantastic and the staff great. It is expensive but worth it as a special treat and a meal at sunset you won't forget!

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is great with nice views of the ocean. The ambiance is enjoyable. The seating is comfortable. There are good views from any seat. There were four of us. We each had a lobster dish. Some had the lobster roll and others had the...More

Thank SCB951
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went here for our 20th anniversary dinner and were NOT disappointed! The service was top notch as was the food. Depends on where you sit you can have a nice view of the beach or Santa Monica Pier and if you're...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrating my birthday in Santa Monica, I chose The Lobster for a special lunch. The food, service and view are all first-rate. A lobster salad and a glass of Sancerre combined to create a memorable meal. It’s a tad pricey, and worth it!

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on our first visit to California in 2004 so on our return we couldn't resist going again. It is expensive but for a special occasion well worth it. We had another superb meal here and if we ever return to Santa Monica...More

Thank Neep
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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
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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