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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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Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

We went here to try the lobster but thought it was over priced for what it was. Instead we opted for fish dishes which were very nice and well presented. The view was really nice overlooking the pier. Tables are quite close together and not...More

Thank mouse037
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Highly recommended for seafood dinner. My wife loved lobster oyster and giant scallops here. Service is great. And we walked to pier after the dinner. Parking is not easy to fine and suggest do not park along the beach, where is normally full and entrance/exit...More

Thank swiithome
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Our attempt to eat at this place ended in disaster. We were given a table which was very cramped and in a very noisy, and poorly lit area, and after a few minutes, my wife was subjected to dripping water from the ceiling. With this...More

Thank Flowingfast
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

I have been coming here for 10 years. And it is always consistently wonderful. The exquisite view is matched by the delicious menu. Always fresh and perfectly delicious. The staff is incredible. I particularly like that it's not a big corporate establishment like everything else...More

Thank CatMart
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Great food and great view. Can get kind of crowded during peak hours, but it's worth the wait. Great place to watch a sunset over dinner!

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Obviously we order Lobster, fresh products and good taste. The staff was very friendly. And you will have the best view of Santa Monica beach. Just note that is a little expensive restaurant however after having your meal you won't regret.

Thank eapelaez80
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Well, I'm not sure if 2 visits in about 2 year span allows me to say never, but technically it is proper. This restaurant has a great location & great decor. I enjoyed large windows with nice views of the pier. Outdoor sitting area right...More

Thank adamf855
Reviewed 12 October 2015

This was our second visit to The Lobster and was even better than the first. The location is perfect with a great view of the beach and pier. We had a drink on arrival at the bar whilst waiting for our table which was a...More

3  Thank UKBlonde007
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

A lovely oasis in a slightly honky-tonk area. Wonderful views of the ocean and beach while dining on decent seafood. Excellent service and hospitality.

Thank JeffreyGL48
Reviewed 10 October 2015

I ate here with 2 friends. The location is lovely, with a great view of Santa Monica beach and Santa Monica Pier. The atmosphere is fun and busy. Our meals were good. We enjoyed shrimps, lobster and fish. I would eat here again.

Thank KiwiMum14
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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