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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Ranked #17 of 553 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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79% Recommend
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Manassas, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived at The Lobster by chance and there was no wait as it was almost closing, the hostess was very nice and led us to our table which was sandwiched inches from the other tables, not a place to go if you want quiet, romance, or personal space. I must say though, if seated by the window it would... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Took some clients here and had a great meal. They have an incredible menu, if you are a seafood lover. Highly recommend restaurant. Only downside was that the parking was full, other than that it was great.

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Santa Monica, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Most romantic place to dine at sunset while overlooking the lights of the famous Santa Monica Pier. Excellent seafood and wine selection

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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Food is very well prepared. Try the mussels as an appetizer. Depending on your seating your view ranges from awesome to not so good, however, I go for the food.

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We made a reservation about 6 weeks in advance, based on my son's recommendation. The food was very fresh and service was very good. The location is great, because it is right at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, so you have a great view of it from the restaurant no matter where you are sitting. We had the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Being from Colorado I was really looking forward to fresh seafood. Long missed since moving from the east coast. When we arrived to Santa Monica one of the first places we came across was The Lobster. Perfectly located at the end of the pier. I called to inquire about reservations a few hours before the dinner rush and was told... More

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Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Took my husband to lunch today with his parents. It was perfect. Food was great. Service was fantastic. The waiter overheard us casually discussing his birthday, so he brought a happy birthday cake with ice cream with candle after we ate. Very nice. You CANNOT beat the view in LA... well, I guess the Huntley (previous review) may have a... More

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Livermore, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Every thing was great! Service. Food. Staff. Atmosphere. The view of the ocean was fantastic at dusk.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

If your looking for a great cocktail spot and delicious seafood this is your place. Hands down best sunset view of Malibu and the Santa Monica Boardwalk Ferris wheel . So fab! But this is a hard core seafood place. Not for seafood haters!

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West Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a very good early evening dinner at the Lobster before heading to the Santa Monica pier. Made reservations on OpenTable, and when we arrived, we were quickly seated at a window seat with a great view of the Santa Monica Pier and the ocean. We started off with lobster & shrimp corn dogs and oysters. Both were delicious... More

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