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The Lobster

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 103
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  • 47
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
After the carnival atmosphere of the Pier this was a great respit

Reservations were made in advance and we had great view seating. Michael, our waiter was great and the staff was welcoming. There is always some trepidation when you go to what for sure is a tourist spot, but in this instance service and food was great. The seating as others have mentioned can be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Byron R
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Laguna Beach, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent service combined with first rate food and a fab view over the pier - v comfortable with a 7 & 10 year old

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Los Angeles, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I had a gift card for this place so I took my girlfriend out for Sunday brunch. We absolutely fell in love with the service. One of the managers Lynn came by the table and asked us how everything tasted. I was impressed seeing as how it was extremely busy when we arrived. I had the pork-belly and shrimp poorboy... More 

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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We loved our family night out. We were celebrating the last night in Santa Monica. The restaurant did a great job and the food was excellent. Highlight of our trip.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I surprised my fiancé with her parents and family right after proposing to her with a fabulous seafood and lobster dinner. We ordered a freshly caught 6lb lobster and tons of other food and drinks. I am not very fond of lobster, but must say it was fresh and beyond delicious. The ambiance and atmosphere at the restaurant is energetic... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Food was average. Staff were great but we felt they were pressuring us to move through our meal quickly to leave the table for the next couple. View is outstanding, but overall feel was very touristy.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Super location above tunnel where Hwy 1 becomes I-10, with amazing coastal ocean views. Window table is what you want. Expensive, so reserve it for special occasions or impressing a special person. You do get what you pay for in great seafood & one-of-a-kind Pacific views...

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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The best location in town. Situated on Ocean, just at the start of the famous Santa Monica pier, the Lobster offers a breath taking view of Santa Monica bay area overlooking the pier and all the way to Malibu. Great service by knowledgeable friendly staff. Excellent food, seafood exceptional, interesting wine list.

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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Reservations were made in advance and we had great view seating. Michael, our waiter was great and the staff was welcoming. There is always some trepidation when you go to what for sure is a tourist spot, but in this instance service and food was great. The seating as others have mentioned can be tight but at our table not... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went here to celebrate our anniversary and we were glad that we did. We wanted a perfect evening and reserved a table in advance. The restaurant had recently reopened and you could sense that business was blooming here. Later in the evening we got our table with a beautiful view over the beach and it looked amazing! We ordered... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant was simply amazing, I recently went. I had the Mary Mac's chicken with spinach and mashed potatoes it was great ! Also the view of the pier was so nice.

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Additional Information about The Lobster

Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Phone Number: 310-458-9294
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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