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Lobster Shop

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
+1 253-759-2165
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (36 reviews)
“seafood” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were huge fans of the quaint homey Dash Point Lobster Shop so were skeptical about the larger Ruston Way restaurant. But we finally decided we needed to give it a chance. And it was an amazing dining experience! We lucked out with a window...More

Thank narfishi
Reviewed 1 week ago

A favorite on the harbor with lobster bisque that I have yet to find any to compare. Reservations are a must for a window seat.

Thank Kathy B
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review! The Lobster Bisque is definitely a favorite! :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lobster Shop is an excellent choice for dining on Ruston Way. We have never been disappointed. Good happy hour too!

Thank Alessandra W
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Alessandra! We always love hearing from happy guests!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lobster Shop is my first choice for dinning on the water front. The Twilight Menu is a great deal with dynamite selections Eat in the bar at happy hour and you can make up a very tasty, inexpensive meal from the happy hour menu....More

1  Thank J1037VQjoer
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for such a thoughtful and lovely review! We love providing a great experience for our guests.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great evening at the Lobster Shop! Started in the Lounge with HH Silver City Brew and a Manhattan with REAL cherry from Oregon Dinner was meant to be Early Bird menu, but after looking at the Chefs Selections our minds were changed. Salads were grilled...More

Thank Dani K
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Happy belated birthday Dani! Thank you for spending it with us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our "go-to" place for special occasions. The twilight menu (early supper) is also very reasonably priced to get an appetizer, killer entre and dessert. When the weather is nice, the outside seating is just awesome.

Thank Keith S
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review, Keith! We love our loyal locals!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the outside dining. Of course the lobster is amazing they have different sizes to select from

Thank Lorna N
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Lorna! Happy belated birthday!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food, stupendous situation and lovely staff. Recommend the wild salmon, lobster and the Key Lime pie. Coffee not the best!

Thank WizardWeeze
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the 5-star review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to have dinner with family, friends or colleagues! Awesome view of the Sound, and the food was excellent! A lil' bit pricey, but it worth every penny...Enjoy!

Thank R2_Ramirez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided earlier in the day to take advantage of Lobster Shop's Twilight specials. We called ahead to make reservations (suggested but not required). Upon arrival we ere seated almost immediately at a table with an excellent view of the Sound. Our waiter - Steven...More

Thank Joe D
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One of our party had steak and it was very good - tender and cooked perfectly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-759-2165
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