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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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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

This is an upscale venue and prices to match. Lobster for three and drinks cost us $500. The food is good to be sure and it’s location overlooking the Pacific at SM pier is very nice. A place to see and be seen one would...More

Thank WE273
Reviewed May 31, 2018

My wife and I came here for dinner and it was one of our best meals while on vacation. The Ahi Tuna was delicious and the poached Lobster was also great. The nighttime view of Santa Monica Pier was great also.

Thank Philip M
TheLobster_SM, Guest Relations Manager at The Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for posting this review and we're so glad you and your wife visited us on your vacation!

Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

This is a great restaurant but you pay the price for the location and view. Our waiter (Michael) was awesome, he made the meal an even better experience. I had the lobster roll and it was very good but again not worth $28. Our lunch...More

Thank kevinwcheryl
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Food was ok, not really worth the money, the view was spectacular but the drinks and service were poor, very very poor

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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

We came based on a recommendation from a friend. Very friendly service. Food served at a slower speed which was great and unusual. Didn’t feel rushed. Bread came after we had our started which was odd. Tasty food , not the best I’ve ever eaten....More

Thank Goldilocks1982
Reviewed May 25, 2018

Our family recently enjoyed lunch at The Lobster and had a wonderful experience. The decor is very relaxed and inviting with lots of natural light and a great view to the Santa Monica pier. Their menu has a great variety from which to choose a...More

Thank WaterGirl55
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is right at the pier. I always come back to here because the food is great, the staff is great and amazing sunsets. I have eaten in the bar area and restaurant and I have never been disappointed

Thank karen6886
Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

First the positives. Great location, beautiful view, great staff. Unfortunately, these could not make up for the exceptionally average and very expensive food. Highlight of the night was the grilled octopus starter. Corn and lobster chowder was under seasoned and boring. For mains the grilled...More

Thank SusanWellington
Reviewed May 20, 2018

The lobster is very well situated on Santa Monica pier. As a result it is a tourist trap. It's a nice venue, and the staff were friendly. However the food was very average. We had the lobster, which was at best ok. The main issue...More

Thank David R
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Worse dinner we had in Santa Monica. Very expensive. Got the 3 pound grilled lobster. Very scrawny. Hardly any meat at all.

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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
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Response from Shuuz | Reviewed this property |
They have valet parking. The Lobster validates for parking for a significant discount.
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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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
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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