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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
310-458-9294
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Ranked #24 of 567 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
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Perth, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Not a cheap treat but well worth it! The Californian spine lobster was awesome and the sea urchin was not bad either. It all went down very nicely with some local bubbles!

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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We wanted to go somewhere special on our last night so booked here, it was hectic and too noisy we couldn't even have a conversation . food was average we had a lot better for a lot less and I got whacked in the head by a busy waiter. Was not impressed for what we paid......

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I went there specifically for the lobster. The lobster was excellent. To make it easier on patrons, The Lobster notches a lobster so it is easier to remove the shell. The potatoes and vegetable (I cannot remember what it was, because I was so busy enjoying lobster) were okay. Dessert was great. The Chocolate Pudding was excellent, but the bread... More

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Los Angeles, California
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300 reviews 300 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

So this location at the top of the Santa Monica Pier is great, I remember when it was a small corner shack growing up as a kid locally. The food is good, place is packed with locals and tourists alike, seating is a little cramped, but to be expected. The service is lacking. I didn't expect much here, and was... More

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Youngstown, Ohio
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72 reviews 72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

For our last dinner in Santa Monica, we chose The Lobster, and it was fabulous! Our waitress, Amy, was very knowledgeable, attentive, and helpful. The appetizers - oyster sampler, crab cake, and shrimp cocktail were all delicious, and the poached lobster dinner was out of this world! One had apple crisp for dessert, and one had handmade ice cream, both... More

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Agoura, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My first visit to The Lobster. We had a table by the window with a lovely view of Santa Monica/Malibu. The waiter was very helpful and always there but not intrusive. I had a shrimp salad without the crab and it was delicious and more than I could eat. One person had the Carrot Soup and it was delicious. Lovely... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

After reading some of the reviews about it being a tourist trap I wasn't excited about having dinner there however, my friend who is local made the reservation and we met there. If you can score a window seat hopefully you will see a beautiful sunset like we did, but even if you're not at the window I believe you... More

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Santa Monica, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I've been to The Lobster several times. It enjoys a fantastic location at the mouth of the Santa Monica pier and offers amazing, panoramic views of the ocean and Santa Monica mountains. It feels upscale and in fact on one occasion Sting was dining at the next table. I have returned several times to get the curried lobster, a dish... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Food was great and you cannot beat the views. Make sure to get your ticket stamped for the valet. Order the lobster and have them add crab on top. Delicious!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Beautiful place.Service was top notch and food was great.We would have loved a window view as requested when we booked weeks earlier but understand this can't always happen. We were a family of 2 adults and 3 kids and would say it's probably more suited to couples.Amazing place none the less.

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