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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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Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We ended our honeymoon with a layover in LA. My wife chose The Lobster for our dinner there. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed, because I know Santa Monica fairly well, and that there are endless varieties of restaurants to be had. While all that...More

Thank Jimmy L
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Had to find some CA spiny lobster while in season... pulled from the ocean nearby... and The Lobster always does a good job with their grilled variety... yummo. Paired with grilled octopus, crab cakes, salad, local beer and market fresh crisp for dessert. Good beach...More

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Drink at the bar whilst waiting for a table and served by friendly knowledgeable barman, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc didn’t disappoint either. Meal itself was absolutely lovely went with the octopus which was so tender and really well presented - not always easy with octopus!...More

Thank Deetime10
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here on the way to the pier. Ordered the steak and lobster tail. Asked for medium rare, but steak came out to be at least medium well. Lobster was acceptable not wow. Fries were delicious. Not a lot of variety of seafood or...More

Thank skiski833
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Visiting from QLD Australia, the gentleman whom looked after us, high five, you rock. It was our first meal in LA and the best. My husband is still annoyed he did not have the 'recommended' grilled lobster. Hands down best mean I've ever had. Thank...More

Thank Keijomakjes
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Restaurant is located at the beginning of the pier. It is divided in two parts: bar/food and restaurant. I ate in bar/food area. Nice staff. Moderate prices for California.

Thank JMR34Madrid
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

I congratulate you for the excellent food and the service is first with pleasure I would return to eat at you restaurant.

Thank Alexander F
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Despite its location overlooking Santa Monica pier, this place oozes sophistication. There is a bar area for more relaxed dining, and a dining room for formality. We liked it so much we returned the following night! The oysters were first class, so we had 18...More

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Toured LA post cruise with cousins. Everyone mentioned the Lobster as a dinner venue.. We reserved a table and ubered up from marina del rey ritz. Did not know that the pier basically shuts down early..We did get a window table with an annoying light...More

Thank pard76
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We went one night for dinner and one for just happy hour. The views, people watching and sunsets are spectacular. Happy food and drinks are amazing. Highly recommend the shrimp cocktail and lobster roll. If you stay for dinner, the lobster was blah. Caesar salad...More

Thank Teresa L
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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21 August 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
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.
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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, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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