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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 - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 107
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  • 47
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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great location

located right at the tip of the Santa Monica Pier it has a great view of the Pacific Ocean. The food is delicious- great seafood and excellent service- a must if you visit Santa Monica

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Diane S
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Needham, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Needham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

located right at the tip of the Santa Monica Pier it has a great view of the Pacific Ocean. The food is delicious- great seafood and excellent service- a must if you visit Santa Monica

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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent dinner, service and view! While it was certainly higher priced, we liked everything we ordered.

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Booked this restaurant on the basis if good trip advisor reviews, to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary whilst on holiday in Santa Monica. We were fortunate enough to have a window table with fantastic ocean views, The food was top notch, with fantastic lobster! Service - amazing, Not much else to say, just go and have a great time!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Yes, this is an expensive restaurant and one would be disappointed if 1 or 2 of the dishes were flawed, but we ordered 4 and all were perfect with no exceptions, which makes this an excellent choice for seafood.

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Graham, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Lobster offers a fantastic view of the beach in a comfortable setting. We sampled the oysters, lobster cocktail and calamari. All selections we good but nothing life changing. Irish oysters were the highlight of the meal. Waitstaff here is wonderful!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I visited this resturant two years ago and thought the food was unbelievable. I couldn't have rated the food higher. As the saying goes nothing is as good the second time round. I had the crab for my entree, it was so over powerd with honey you couldnt taste the crab. For my main I had scallop and porkbelly. The... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Lobster for four in the most beautiful location overlooking Santa Monica beach plus wine and deserts totalled $680 but it was worth it!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've been coming to The Lobster for years for a for our special occasion dinners. For promotion they used to send birthday meal discounts (think it was $50-100), which was reduced to one entree with purchase to now nothing other than a birthday card. Guess times are tough. However, we got used to coming here for birthdays. Fish is fresh... More 

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Roseto, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Margarita-type beverage, served in a martini glass, was chilled on arrival to table; however, it quickly warmed and lost its essence. The Alaskan Halibut and salmon were prepared to perfection! The halibut dish was marvelous. The Salmon was covered in a BBQ sauce that was tasty; however there was way too much sauce. If I hadn't removed half of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This restaurant served up unbeatable sunset views and unbelievably succulent lobster. This was hands-down the very best meal my wife and I have shared together! The service, atmosphere and dining options are second to none!

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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: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions
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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Staying in Santa Monica

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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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