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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Ranked #21 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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691 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was a 5 star in every way! The ocean view from all angels was amazing whilst the menu has a wide range of fish dishes which are delicious and different to most restaurants in this area. The staff could not do more to help and give you the best experience possible. It is a very busy and lively... More

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Boston, MA
17 reviews 17 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

You can't beat the Lobsters location right at the top of the Santa Monica Pier! We came for Happy Happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon. You have the choice of sitting inside or outside - both have great beach and sunset views. The service was very friendly, drinks were good and the happy hour options enough to satisfy not only... More

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Bonita, CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Exceptional location, view, food, wine and service at 5 star prices, as you would expect in Santa Monica. Ask your server for the "specials" and go with it. You'll need to book reservation early or go off hours. The bar is the way to go if you just want to stop by.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The lobster here is out of this world.. If you order it, the waiter will put a bib around your neck so that the mess doesn't get onto you !! Again a nice and pleasant atmosphere, good service with care and attention. A place i would also recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Amazing! Had dinner here 2 nights in a row! First night we decided on trying several appetizers: Crispy Calamari & Prawns, Fried Oysters and St and shared an entree of the Shellfish and Black Linguini. I couldn't help but notice what a neighboring table had ordered...Grilled Lobster! Looked so good! Well, the next night we were trying to decide where... More

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Rimini, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were in honeymoon... Great boiled and roasted lobster, good wine, amazing view on Santa Monica Pier!!! I love this place!!!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Maybe it's me but I just didn't feel this place. We were in the area celebrating our anniversary and the concierge at our hotel suggested we eat here. I'd told him about the anniversary part and that we needed great food in a nice atmosphere. Not being familiar with the area we took his suggestion. The food was good, I... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went on a week night in September and it was still crowded. Good thing we had a reservation. It was hard to hear inside, very noisy. Parking lot is small and difficult to navigate. We had a seafood pasta and it was full of fresh scallops, shrimp, calimari and even baby octopus. It was expensive, but very fresh seafood.... More

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Sierra Madre, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were rated very nicely by all of the staff, top to bottom. We had reservations, and since they were running a little late, they offered a table by the door. We decided to wait for a better table and had a drink in the bar. The table they finally gave us was the smallest table for two I have... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Really enjoyed our lunch without a reservation. It was fine for us because we needed a respite from the sun but lunch took over two hours. Very busy. Great view of beach and pier.

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