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The Lobster

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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An excellent choice for a Sunset Dinner

The View is without peer if you enjoy both the scenery and people watching. The service was flawless even the tap water was good tasting, perfectly chilled and constantly refilled before I needed to ask. The food was superb tasting, however in some cases the portions were with skimpy. Given the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Frederick T
Los Angeles, United States
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Los Angeles, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The View is without peer if you enjoy both the scenery and people watching. The service was flawless even the tap water was good tasting, perfectly chilled and constantly refilled before I needed to ask. The food was superb tasting, however in some cases the portions were with skimpy. Given the high cost of each dish the bill was $242... More 

Thank Frederick T
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a good seafood and steak restaurant at the base of the Santa Monica pier. It has good views and valet parking. Reservations would be advisable.

Thank Samuel M
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most amazing views, service and food.Thank you for giving me the real Santa Monica experience which i will always remember. Highly recommend.

Thank Sam W
Mountain View
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place! amazing views, especially at sunset! The service there is always top notch, and the food always stands on it's own. Recommend this for couples, business meetings, or simply a tourist wanting to experience great food and views. The scallops, and king salmon were mouth watering and delicious!

Thank Terri M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although very crowded we were seated promptly. You might expect this just to be a tourist spot but it is actually a very good restaurant. The food is fresh and the service top notch. It is on the expensively side.

Thank Peter S
Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 9 eating at the lobster in novmeber 2015. The food was very good but the service was really bad. The waitor forgot to bring hte wine to some of the guests. He also forgot to bring the tea that one of us ordered at the end of the dinner. On top of this the waitor... More 

Thank Astrid P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with a group while attending a meeting in Santa Monica. As a New Englander, I found it amusing to be going to a restaurant called The Lobster in California, and given the location, I expected it to be a tourist trap. While I didn't order lobster, everyone else who ordered lobster raved about their meals. I had... More 

Thank betsy1224
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Lobster. Our waitress Donna was probably the most professional waitress I have ever come across. She knew every little detail about a dish and its ingredients. We had lobster and scallops, which both were delicious. Since we did not have any alcohol the prices were not bad either. It was our second visit... More 

Thank AnaG2011
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to this restaurant once a year for the past 10 years at least and the staff are absolutely amazing. They greet me warmly and like an old friend making me feel totally at home and welcome. The service is excellent, the dishes varied, tasty and well presented and of course the lobster is king. When I... More 

Thank Jalex07216
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this restaurant on based on previous reviews and we were not disappointed. Our waiter was informative regarding the menu in all respects. The spinney lobster was excellent and the haddock was to die for. It was busy but we had a great table for 2 overlooking the pier and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended.

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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
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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