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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Ranked #19 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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80% Recommend
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Bangalore, India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place is is absolutely beautiful. The panoramic view of the Santa Monica pier is just perfect apart from the food of course which is equally delicious. I happened to go to the lobster with a friend who had been wanting to take me t heir even since i reached CA hence, we splurged here. This restaurant is a little... More

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Manila, Philippines
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It was the last day of our vacation and dinner here was a good way to wrap it up. Good food, good view, good service! A bit pricey though but the overall experience makes up for it. Definitely a good date place :)

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Wiltshire - UK
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

5 star fish restaurant - huge portions though - the vie of Santa Konica beach and pier is just stunning. Put this place on your foodie bucket list...

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Eugene, Oregon
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Definitely pricey, but you are rewarded with sweeping views of the pier and the Santa Monica coastline. My husband and I ate here for dinner at sunset and it was beautiful. I would recommend having a reservation and planning ahead on parking, especially in the summer. The service was was what you would expect from a restaurant at that price... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Positive: - that is the right place if you like the lobsters!!! - very delicious and large portions; - large menu choice; - nice restaurant concierge, who take care of us without a booking in advance. Thanx again! Ok: - bit pricy, but food is really good; - pretty good service; - nice Santa Monica pierce view if you get... More

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Ellsworth Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I the fillet and 1/2 lobster. They prepared the steak perfect and the lobster was excellent. Beautiful place and scenery. A must if you're in the area.

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Melbourne, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

After smelling the deliciousness for days from our hotel room, we decided to try it out. We lashed out and had the lobster, not cheap, but delicious, and HUGE, we also had the halibut which was delicious. Our daughter had the linguini with butter and shrimp. It was gorgeous too. Service was good but not superb. A few things had... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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146 reviews 146 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The restaurant has a great atmosphere - is located in front of the pier, and all that we had was delicious, specially the lobster. My dish was a salmon but I didn't enjoy as the starter - octopus. But all of my friends ordered spaghetti with lobster and enjoyed. In my opinion the waitress was hushing us, so we could... More

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Miranda, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went there one night for dinner didn't book so we had to wait for a short period, so book if you dont like waiting. Good food, drinks a little expensive and be prepared for the tip we were shocked at the $73 USD tip for someone who really didn't do too much for us and kept forgetting to bring... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Stumbled across this restaurant after trying to park as near to the pier as possible and if you eat at the Lobster you get a reduction in the parking lot with valet service. Front of house young lady lovely, very friendly,polite and professional. Had a lovely window table overlooking entrance to the pier. Service good and attentive for drinks and... More

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