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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” (604 reviews)
“crab cakes” (84 reviews)
“prawns” (30 reviews)
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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

Honestly the food and service were good and I would hardily recommend the place but the prices were insane. My wife was drinking $27/glass wine. A peppercorn steak was $54. etc. I had appetizers with a beer and the aforementioned wine followed by dinner. My...More

Thank B_Asalone
Reviewed 4 days ago

Been a while since I ate there, but as a local, thought I should give it a shot now that there are SO many non-local restaurants in SM. Was greeted warmly and sat down. HOLY SMOKES, the prices sure went up. But it's got the...More

Thank 946russ
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place overlooks the Pier. It's a really nice view. Service was very good. Thanks Frankie for a great job. Best thing I tasted was the Crispy Calamari & Prawns. Nice touch with the fennel and anchovy stuffed olives. Were from the east coast so...More

Thank Chalie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two things stand out here - the corner location on the SM Pier and the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround diners. It is an open air vibe with the hustle and bustle of the pier all around you. The food and drinks are very good and...More

Thank lovetravel888
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my daughter and son in law there, great atmosphere, view and food but $700 for dinner was out of control :(

Thank perringnicky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little bit of luxury for us restaurant has nice views over Santa Monica pier. Food was lovely service was great. Expensive but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself x

Thank Kaye D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful meal, service, views. Looked this up on TripAdvisor as we were walking around Santa Monica Pier, got the last semi-early time. Make a reservation and ask to be by the windows if possible. The sunset was spectacular. It was perfect, we wanted a nice...More

Thank tigerlilykelly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was over in LA for a few days and with my dad who had mentioned this place and said we must try it. On a visit down to the pier we decided for lunch to go in here. We managed to get a lovely...More

Thank char100290
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great lunch here. Overlooks Pacific Ocean from the hill above Santa Monica Beach. Greeted and served by a friendly and experienced server. Margaritas were great. Oysters and Shrimp Cocktail were very fresh and flavorful. We had shell fish and squid ink pasta,...More

Thank Aruba2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We reserved a table in advance, but still needed to wait ca 10 minutes. Great fresh lobster from the grill and nice selection of starters. Good wine list. Nice service. A little bit overpriced.

Thank Michael N
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Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
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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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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
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