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“Convenient Location and Great Views, But the Food Is Just OK”
Review of Lobster Shop

Lobster Shop
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Ranked #2 of 774 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed 14 August 2017

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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Thank PilotMike2009
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We expected a more kitchy chowder house and found a lovely & elegant (for the surrounding area) dining spot on the water. Perfectly cooked fresh halibut in a dreamy lemon cream sauce. The only "odd" thing was that they put it on top of the garlic mashed potatoes? Anyway, from cocktails thru dessert it was an evening to remember. Not to mention we had the Silver Cloud shuttle to taxi us back to our room.

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Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We were here for our Anniversary and as usual had a wonderful evening. Starting with our cocktail at the bar with exceptionally talented bartenders and the lovely meal. First let me compliment our waitress Honor she was knowledgeable, capable and a pleasure.
Our meals were spot on as usual,from the calamari steak strips to fish and chips and the halibut Oscar with brown butter mashed potatoes and lobster claws through dessert. Wonderful atmosphere and views.

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Thank mellen2000us
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to the Lobster Shop and my husband and I came here for a lunch date. We started with the Lobster Dip, calamari, and shrimp with their signature cocktail. The coco margarita was delicious and strong. For our entrees, my husband ordered the 3 piece halibut and I had the lobster bisque and salad. It was amazing. We ended with desert and drinks. Everything was amazing, we ate on the patio and had a wonder time. Pros: location, food, and ambience. Cons: its kind of pricey but worth it. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Shay M
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Had a family dinner for five from granddaughter to grandparents and had excellent table inside with killer view to north of Sound. All had seafood from salmon, to scallops, to lobster tail to fish & chips. Brought one bottle of wine and ordered another which was very nice chard. Salads were ample to share and wonderful desserts all highlighted by excellent service from our server Justice.

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Thank john B
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