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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%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (595 reviews)
“crab cakes” (83 reviews)
“shellfish” (23 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant is located next to the entrance to Santa Monica Pier / Beach. When we visited it was a very hot day and very busy in the area, if you want a cool air conditioned seafood restaurant with nice views of the pier /...More

Thank Sallndmark
Reviewed yesterday

We ate dinner here after our first full day in Santa Monica. The view was gorgeous! Sadly, it was cloudy out the night we ate here but you could still see the pier lit up and it was still gorgeous. The food was good, I...More

Thank ah0wland
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Being from Puerto Rico, I'm not easily impressed with seafood restaurants. But Santa Monica's The Lobster is a must try! The oyster sampler was great. But you MUST try their Charred Octopus appetizer... delicious!! Of course you have to have their lobster... specifically the American...More

Thank Fernando V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Good location. Next to the entrance to the Santa Monica Beach. Nice view which can overlook the beach and the ferry wheel. Food and service are not exceptional. And it's also pricy. I've been there twice and the perception is quite consistent. Not worth it.

Thank Rachel-from-PLUTO
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an outstanding waiter..very knowledgeable about every item on menu...rather pricey...worth the price...well prepared..beautiful presentation...most enjoyable experience

Thank hcohn31
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food was great, atmosphere wonderful. Highly recommend. The only complaint is our server wasn’t very attentive. We weren’t drinking and had kids, might have made him think we weren’t the effort. Still had a lovely time.

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Start with drinks and perhaps a shrimp cocktail. All is delicious. Extra points for a view of Santa Monica pier, the beach and throngs of people. Attentive service by an engaging waitstaff Well done.

Thank Paul E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty, pricey, and worth every penny... especially if you’re trying to impress an out-of-town guest. From the mountain views to the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel- the ocean and the skies - a lovely place for fresh seafood dining in the heart of Santa Monica.

Thank dgb03
Reviewed 1 week ago

At the beginning of the boardwalk, Lobster has a fine view of both the sea and the beach. Our group of four had assorted items, all of which we found good and reasonably-priced (in the mid-twenties) considering the location. Drinks, though, were premium-priced, and a...More

Thank MannyG2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked 2 weeks in advance through OpenTable. We sat right up front. Its a great view of the beach and Pier. We ordered a plate of mixed oysters freshly open and cold, which is always good. My teen ordered a crab cake, which she...More

Thank Nancy B
Santa Monica
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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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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, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 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
  • E-mail
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