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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” (611 reviews)
“crab cakes” (87 reviews)
“shellfish” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 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 October 8, 2018 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 October 6, 2018 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 October 4, 2018 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 October 2, 2018

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 October 2, 2018 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 September 30, 2018 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 September 29, 2018 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 209michaeln
Reviewed September 28, 2018

What a great restaurant! The food was wonderful, the service was efficient and friendly, the atmosphere was lovely, with a beautiful view of the Pacific and the Santa Monica Pier. I can't recommend this restaurant in more glowing terms. If you are in the LA...More

Thank Pris N
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

We walked the beach in the morning and then stopped here for lunch just 2 blocks from the sand. We were seated right away and had a nice ocean view. The server had worked there for several years, was kind and friendly and knew the...More

Thank paulacF5467LI
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

I was walking the tourist sites along Santa Monica Pier and stumbled on this gem. I sat at the bar for quick drinks and and appetizer and had the best service and conversation with the bartender. She was so personable and made some recommendations of...More

Thank sharberryr
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.
stacey m
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, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, 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
  • E-mail
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