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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
310-458-9294
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Ranked #18 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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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Los Angeles
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We each had a glass of Pinot Noir and shared appetizers while watching people stream on and off the Santa Monica Pier. Good food and good service here and a small but adequate outdoor seating area.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Wow..this restaurant is a must!!!! Great view, great lobster and the soft shell crab sandwich is so awesome.

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Santa Monica, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Call ahead, especially for a weekend visit during the peak summer hours. Put on a shirt with buttons and get your hair tight. The Lobster is a great place to have an elevated dining experience. The location couldn't be more right. It right at the top of the hill overlooking the Santa Monica pier and the Pacific Wheel. Stunning views... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went to The Lobster to celebrate our daughter's birthday with a late lunch. All of Santa Monica was abuzz on a Sunday afternoon - the city was packed with tourists. Glad we had reservations although they did have room for some walk-ins. We had a spectacular window side table with a 180 degree view of the Pacific with the Santa... More

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Chappaqua, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Lively restaurant with great views and lobster. Makes you feel as if you're on the East coast. excellent service as well

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Copenhagen
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118 reviews 118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went here for dinner on 4th of July. With a seaview location right beside the entrance to Santa Monica Pier, this seemed to be a hugely popular restaurant. However, our 7.30 reservation held up and we were treated with excellent service even though the servers were VERY busy that night. The mainly seafood based menu is definetely above average,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Food fine, waiting staff good. Just make sure you don't pay until you finish your bottle of wine or you will be asked to leave. We had dinner and a bottle of wine and received the bill. Paid immediately. We were asked to leave when we still had wine left in the bottle because we hadn't purchased anything in two... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Went there with our two little daughters. Amazing food. Good service. Great view. We got a reservation for about 3pm. We had a table right by the window but it was passed lunch time - I remember going there once during lunch time and it was harder to get a table with a view. Nonetheless, the food is excellent. Best... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place is is absolutely beautiful. The panoramic view of the Santa Monica pier is just perfect apart from the food of course which is equally delicious. I happened to go to the lobster with a friend who had been wanting to take me t heir even since i reached CA hence, we splurged here. This restaurant is a little... More

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Manila, Philippines
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was the last day of our vacation and dinner here was a good way to wrap it up. Good food, good view, good service! A bit pricey though but the overall experience makes up for it. Definitely a good date place :)

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