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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Ranked #30 of 577 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Santa Monica
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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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Santa Monica, California
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The reason I give this 4 stars is because of the price. I mean come on people! You can charge for a view but this is def 'open up a vein' territory. I am a local and we hit the happy hour. You can get fish and chips for 10 bucks and a drink and look out at the sunset... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Lobster has the best food and view on the pier...but, it is the only legitimate restaurant on the Pier. We went there, had a wonderful table on the glass and enjoyed the time thoroughly. They are proud of their food (a/k/a high prices for the quality) and the wine list is limited. But, overly, it was a great experience... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is my second time to the restaurant. Great food, great seafood. Enjoy the ambiance and view of ocean and pier. I will visit again.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Excellent food, but at inflated prices. Our meal for four comprising starters for two of us, lobster main course for all four, sweet for two of us and one bottle of wine set us back over $600. If you wish to indulge yourself then this is the place!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Although we had a fantastic table at the window, the service and the food were just "good". For the price, I thought to food and presentation would have been better. Service was a bit rushed and a tad arrogant (the waiter was a little put off that we did not choose one of the big lobster dinners). We had our... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very bad service. It takes too long to be seated even if you have reservation. And it also takes too long to be served. There is nothing special about the food. I expected much more. It's very expensive regarding what they offer. I don't recommend!

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Nice location on Santa monica pier and wonderful meal. Nice wine, great seafood and beef choices. We split a GREAT crab and greens salad.

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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We booked our Christmas Eve dinner at the Lobster and were not disappointed. We've been there before as there is a lovely view across the pier and it's spectacular at sunset. The food this time was even better, excellent and very memorable. We shared an octopus starter which was unusual (in a good way) and very enjoyable. The salmon main... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We visited Santa Monica Pier on 1/2/2015. It is crowded due to people travelling over new year. We just saw the restaurant and thought it is great location to overview the pier and beach. The front desk immediately take our reservation and we waited for about 20 mins which is surprising fast consider the occasion. We initially sit in a... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We went to the Lobster restaurant on a Monday evening. We had a table of eight. Our table had no view and was located at the rear of the restaurant. Unfortunately the food was average but the price was high. I don't mind paying for a quality meal but the grilled lobster was anything but the best I have had,... More 

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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
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, Seafood

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