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The Lobster

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
American, Chowder, Seafood
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Very good food and amazing ocean views

The lobster is a great place for lunch, dinner or drinks at sunset. Get their early for a spot. The view is unbeatable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Santa Monica, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Santa Monica, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The lobster is a great place for lunch, dinner or drinks at sunset. Get their early for a spot. The view is unbeatable.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent, the views are amazing, the staff is fantastic and all fingers point to the awesome GM, Jack Dinicola. Nobody runs a better restaurant in all of LA.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a trendy place to eat that you pretty much need to book to go to. The meal was divine, we had scallops and pork belly. The whole plate went together perfectly. The flavours were well balanced. Truly one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The view of the sunset isn't bad either!

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Delicious codling with coconut rice and roasted kumquats. Hubby had the filet mignon with a lobster tail. I had the oatmeal and berry crumble, served hot with vanilla ice cream. Husband had a fudgy chocolate cake with ice cream.

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Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I love this place! Great, friendly service, the best view from a restaurant in Santa Monica and OF COURSE the food is done excellently from their Happy Hours to their salads, and appetizers to their fresh seafood specials to their great wine selection and cocktails, you really can't go wrong bringing yourself or anybody here. It will not disappoint.

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Hong Kong, China
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155 reviews 155 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We flew into LAX yesterday from Hong Kong and having arrived at our Hotel near the Santa Monica Pier, fancied a light dinner. We picked the Lobster based on its reviews and were not disappointed. We walked to the restaurant from our hotel and arriving without a reservation, we were seated almost immediately. The place was very busy and quite... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What a great experience than to eat seafood and view Santa Monica Pier and beach. The Oysters "Naked Cowboys" are always the best, but we also tried the other Oysters. Just beware that the Horse Radish can be a little potent and kill the taste of the Oyster. We also ordered the Clam apetiser and enjoyed. For our mains we... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were ignored when stepping in the door, and the service just got worse. The presentation of the food was awful and lacked any kind of culinary passion. At the end of the night, the waiter held the dessert menu upside down to ask if we were interested in any desserrt items. (No thanks!) I wished we had chosen a... More 

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Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We requested a window table, and received confirmation but upon arriving at the restaurant, where the hostess was training and did not acknowledge us in the least, they attempted to seat us in the middle of the place. My girlfriend didn't allow that and we got a table where we requested. Appetizers were very good - oyster sampler and Uni.... More 

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Top Contributor
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16 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

we saw this restaurant in the trip advisor. booked a online reservation while we were siting in santa monica pier. would recommend the same. Else, waiting would have been for a long time. The place was full. noisy . but the ambience was filled with fun. every table there was life and noise. Looked like everyone comes to celebrate here.... More 

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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, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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