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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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Philadelphia, PA
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015 via mobile

The food and drinks are absolutely fantastic, but are made even better by the views. As an east-coaster, I felt like it was a true California experience. Service was great and you are right at the pier, so you can walk off all of the good food you ate. Definitely go if you have the chance!!

Thank eat2much83
Calgary, Canada
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

We here with friends who had been here before, Lobster, Hallibut, crab cakes and salmon all delicious and good helpings, and beautiful wine to wash down the sunset, the only thing l could say was my plate was too hot when brought with my food on it!!! a lovely place to go and definitely book as the place is crowded,... More 

Thank Jennifer M
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

Well worth the hype. Great view, service was incredible. Even the host paid extra attention to people waiting for tables at the bar. When we told our server we were driving the Pacific Coast hughway, he sat down with us and drew a map with places he would recommend we stop at. We stopped at most and he did not... More 

Thank Alicia
Houston, Texas
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111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

Have visited here a couple of times. Tight dining area. Noise level quite high. Service is great. Food arrives VERY expeditiously.

Thank ANN S
Washington, DC
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

With a terrific wine list and meals made to perfection, The Lobster is a nice place to have a conversation and enjoy a repast. The conversation part is very important because too many restaurants are so loud that parties must shout at each other. The food was superb, and the location by the Santa Monica Pier is fantastic.

Thank DCPeople
Denver, Colorado
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

I always have high expectations for pricey reataurants. The Lobster delivered. We had a window table for the Santa Monica sunset. Get there early for that although the whole restaurant had a great view. Our server - Mike - was phenomenal. Outstanding. Food was terrific. Servers always paid attention to the details. 10 min before sunset all the blinds were... More 

Thank BigD_Denver
Woodstock, Connecticut
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

Searched for a restaurant with a view,,and good food. Not always easy,,,but The Lobster hit the mark. Reservation for 645pm in order to view sunset.and seated right on time on a busy Fri night. Great view of Santa Monica Bay,,,the pier and lovely sunset. Professional waitstaff,,,FRESH seafood.....moderate noise level.. Excellent experience...nice ending to weekling CA coast tour!

Thank kathleen f
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

Right on the pier and in the middle of tourist-land, this is one of those rare places that is actually delicious with a nice wine list and a great staff. It is a tad pricey, but not crazy for LA. Might I recommend the crab enchiladas, the scallops with pork belly and crab cakes.

Thank tylskie
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

BRING YOUR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS HERE FOR DINNER OR LUNCH! We were here for a business group dinner and had a TERRIFIC meal. The restaurant accommodated our group (which included several midwesterners and easterners for whom the view of the CA beach was a wonderful cap to a productive and positive meeting) with a custom menu and a table... More 

Thank Luv2GoExplorin
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

I cannot even count how many times I have been to The Lobster. I started coming during AFM in November and now try to visit whenever I am in Santa Monica. I love the ambiance. It is just so convivial and comfortable and great for business or personal. It is not quiet and intimate if you want that. The service... 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
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?

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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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