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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” (629 reviews)
“crab cakes” (90 reviews)
“shellfish” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ate here while on a trip to the LA area. Views of Santa Monica Pier are excellent. Food is good and service was great. A bit pricey but would go again.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank johndwilliams
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is located near the famous pier on Ocean Avenue. From the windows of the restaurant overlooking the ocean. Expensive, but the seafood is of excellent quality and perfectly cooked.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Andriy32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really nice. Great atmosphere and view. The food was absolutely delicious. The steak and lobster was cooked perfectly. Vegetables fresh and very tasty. Really enjoyed the carrots and Swiss chard. It’s definitely pricey, as two dinners and two cocktails was $250. A...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jentster
Reviewed 1 week ago

there is nothing wrong with the food. i had a lobster salad, with too little lobster for the money and crab linguine with too little crab for the money. Yes it is tasty, but you are paying for a cool location adjacent to the pier....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tommytraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a tough time choosing from the great entrees offered on this great menu. Everything sounded wonderful - and it was! Members of our party sampled a variety of different lobster preparations, the seared tuna, halibut and a crab pasta dish. We added the Brussels...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jammaco
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you don’t have a reservation you may not get a table to take advantage of the great views, but we like stopping in for a drink. I’ve eaten at the Lobster a few times, and I must say I can’t even comment on the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank LisaJeyDavis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and value. The atmosphere was great as we sat near a window and got to view the roller coast from our dinner table. The oyster sampler was delicious. My steamed lobster was cooked to perfection. The dessert of chocolate pudding was a good...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Bob C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perched near the entry of the Santa Monica Pier, The Lobster is a handy spot. In winter, the shades are down during lunch on sunny days, which cuts off the otherwise lovely views. While busy, we did not have a long wait without a reservation....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank waterandmore
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was recommended to us when we wanted to go to a restaurant on the famed Santa Monica Pier - it's right at the beginning of the pier - spectacular views of the sunset. It is an expensive restaurant but you get what you pay...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank everly23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For our last dinner in the USA flying home the following day to Australia, we picked The Lobster several months in advance. Warmly greeted upon arrival we were shown to our table overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, which is truly a spectacle at night. There...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank SunnyCoastDiner
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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August 21, 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
May 23, 2016|
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Response from irishsalsa | Reviewed this property |
We always use their valet there. We'll worth it for the convenience.
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April 12, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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