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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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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 2 weeks ago

The obscenely high cost of food and drinks here must be rooted in the cost of doing business. The dining pace is modern and relatively clean. It features spectacular views of the ocean from almost every table. Speaking of tables, the ones against the windows...More

Thank Stan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pre booked here based on guide book recommendations. Wasn't disappointed. Service great, seated by window over looking the pier, saw sunset across the Pacific Ocean. Wonderful food- lobster of course, salmon, crab cakes and half a chicken. Oh and a fab chocolate dessert to share...More

Thank JJJG2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Views are good, location is perfect. Food was very good. Super expensive though $100 lobster. great for a special occasion.

3  Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just too expensive for what it is. Average service and they will put the bill on the table as soon as you finish, without asking. I would not go again. At the reception, even with a réservation they do as they would be full and...More

2  Thank enriquecerezo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for dinner. The recommendation is the Alaska king crab. Super delicious. The view on the ocean is priceless.

1  Thank Viajanos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many times I have chosen a restaurant in a killer location only to be disappointed because the food quality was below par. The Lobster has incredible views for sunset, but didn't stop there on the experience. The food was terrific and the service from...More

Thank Mark Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We waited to reserve late so only had 930 reservations but the food was so worth it. it was great food and would definitely go back again if ever in Santa Monica!

1  Thank amy F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had few appetizers that were really great ! Clam chowder with the clams and shells still in the soup ?! Actually was great ! Clams cooked perfect and not rubbery or grainy Crab cake was good as well! Great service as well as valet parking

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went for Happy hour- drinks were overpriced and a very poor selection. Food was sooo expensive and very small portions. Service was awesome and the views were spectacular

Thank Erin W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So amazing. Gorgeous scenery of the pier and ocean. Great staff. And very luxurious! Had an amazing night

Thank sarahjanayy
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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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
12 April 2016|
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Response from SunshineGirlDB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! Go to their website & it is there under menus.
12 September 2015|
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Response from roselovesfood | Reviewed this property |
I just visited last week. Went for a nice sunset dinner with three other people and out service was amazing. The waiter who helped us was glistening from the sunset heat (having to wear long sleeved collared shirt) so I... More
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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
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids
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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