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The Lobster

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Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
310-458-9294
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 400
    Excellent
  • 273
    Very good
  • 90
    Average
  • 41
    Poor
  • 28
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice location, a bit rushed service

My colleagues and I took the opportunity to explore Santa Monica (after fighting horrific traffic) and its lovely pier. The restaurant, especially at those tables ocean facing, has an incredible view and the atmosphere seemed upbeat with a few families mixed in with mostly a post-work... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
a_bvoyageurs
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Pittsburgh, PA
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My colleagues and I took the opportunity to explore Santa Monica (after fighting horrific traffic) and its lovely pier. The restaurant, especially at those tables ocean facing, has an incredible view and the atmosphere seemed upbeat with a few families mixed in with mostly a post-work, professional crowd. I had the baked halibut which was well prepared and presented. At... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We walked in this restaurant by chance quite late about 8 PM.It is on your right just at the Pier entrance. We were welcomed very warm by the staff. The menu was similar to all the fish restaurants. We chose Lobster and oysters. The wine list was also interesting. There were many local people that proves the popularity of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went there a couple of times within our few days visit in the area and the second time we came back purely because of the prawn starter!! What a sauce, compliments to the chef again! The place is great with lovely views and atmosphere and cocktail and wine selection is also great! Not cheap but it was worth it!!... More 

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Lakewood, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The view is amazing! Every time I go this place is crowded and the parking is horrible, but if you eat the food and view the atmosphere you'll know why...This restaurant is centrally located to everything you could possibly want to do in LA. You have the beach which is literately steps away, you have the pier with dozens of... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you like seafood, nice view and good atmosphere this is the place. Just at the entrance of Santa Monica Pier and good for a drink/snack at bar or a proper lunch or dinner, this is the place. Casual but elegant.

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Santa Monica, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good, cordial service; good food, good cocktails in a great setting. A bit noisy and chaotic, but that comes with the territory. Great location and view.

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

At the front of the Santa Monica pier, the location is fantastic, but the food is much better. Three days later and I am still full. Our waiter, Brian, did a great job helping us with the menu and meal selection. I had clam chowder - which was by far the best clam chowder I have ever eaten - and... More 

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Lancaster, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Maine lobster was absolutely wonderful. The service was friendly and attentive. The tastiest part was having the leftover claws cold at my house the next day, dipped in my homemade thousand island horseradish sauce.

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Westminster, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We took a little mini vacation to Southern California , while in Santa Monica we were told to go to the lobster, we decided to try it out and were glad that we did. The food was beyond amazing. The service was top-notch. The view was amazing as we sat there looking out the window at the Santa Monica pier.... More 

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Mississippi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Had salmon. Wife had scallops. Both dishes were very good. Excellent service. Located on Ocean Blvd at start of Santa Monica Pier. Would recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
    (Colorado Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-458-9294

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?