The Lobster Shop South is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner or a celebratory feast, as so many of the other reviewers (such as "mellen2000us") have noted. I will have no trouble visiting the restaurant again. But, in my opinion, the food itself is not quite up to the very high standard one expects at such a prestigious venue.
Let's look at the restaurant itself. The location, just west of downtown on Ruston Way, is easy to get to and they have lots of parking. The building is modern, handsome and capacious, and I particularly liked the giant aquarium with exotic fish paddling around. The biggest attraction for the restaurant is the huge deck over the water, looking roughly northward towards Seattle. The busy Tacoma harbor is always entertaining, and watching the seals, birds, planes and boats is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon or an evening. This is "big sky" country, and we were thrilled to watch the Space Station zoom overhead, crossing west-to-east, from the Olympics Mountains until it ducked behind Mt. Rainier.
Unhappily, the food does not quite live up to the great ambiance. Our party of four certainly enjoyed our dinners; no doubt about that. But the food is basically average, maybe above average, but not exceptional. My halibut was a bit over-cooked and therefore a little dry. The seared ahi tuna simply lacked any particular flavor or excitement. My buddy ordered the salmon and it was "nice." The best part of the dinner was when the crab cakes arrived; we absolutely enjoyed them — they were terrific.
Dinner for four, with adult beverages and tip, was just over $230, which I think it a tiny bit high for meals without lots of flavor.
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