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Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
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Ranked #14 of 656 restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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113 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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Inlet, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There are a string of restaurants on Ruston Way. We picked the Lobster Shop because it came first after a visit to Point Defiance Park. What a good decision! The decor is modern with great views. The service is attentive and the food first rate. We shared delicious local oysters and two salads with warm seafood and with dungeness crab.... More

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University Place, WA
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I've been to Lobster Shop South many times over the years. My favorite time to visit is for happy hour, on the deck or in the bar. Consistently great service, love the Happy Hour menu ( and prices!). My favorite foods: steamed mussels in curry sauce w/sweet potato fries, their signature green salad ( w/bleu cheese, candied walnuts, granny smith... More

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Puget Sound
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My wife is a seafood lover, but I typically only eat fish when it's been battered and deep fried. This time out our server convinced me to try the Macadamia Crusted Baked Halibut and it was delectable. The rice and asparagus sides were nothing spectacular, but a good accompaniment to the fish since you don't want to overpower it. Service... More

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Tacoma, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We dined here recently with some friends that came into town and wanted some good seafood. The setting right on the bay is gorgeous. The hostess was very friendly and the service was excellent. We wanted to love this place. Unfortunately we didn't. We felt that the food was way over-piced for the quality. We did like the Sampler Platter... More

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Tacoma, Washington, USA
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

With great views of Commencement Bay and the Cascades, this gem lives up to It's billing! Our party of six had A diverse sampling of their extensive seafood selection and Everyone felt their entrées were some of the best ever. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

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Mercer Island, WA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Four of us had a nice dinner on the patio overlooking the bay. We watched an otter cavorting, and could see Mt. Rainier quite clearly. The calamari was excellent (and that is from someone who generally does not like calamari; the other three insisted on having it.) I forget what each of us ordered, but it was all very good.... More

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Lakewood, WA USA
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Our first date was dinner at the Lobster Shop. We return every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We always order the lobster and never order it anywhere else because it is far and away the best we have ever had. As a bonus, the service and staff are always excelent.

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Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Lobster Shop is on the Tacoma waterfront. We go for the "Twilight Menu" many times as it is such a good value. The burch is fantastic if you are really hungry...on special days make sure you have a reservation. The restaurant is right over the water and is fun to go to when there is a storm out of... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I love coming here for the Twilight Menu. The timing just fits perfectly with my work schedule. The entree choices are varied enough that it doesn't get boring. They have a different happy hour/deck menu featuring some specialties. We particularly enjoyed the calamari! The hand-shaken margarita was also very good. We will continue to return here often!

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Newport, OR
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149 reviews 149 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Prior to 6pm they offer what they call their Twilight Menu which includes a selection of appetizers, main courses and desserts from their main menu for $20. If you order the same items after 6pm it would cost you approx. $35. So throw in the great view, great service and really good food you can't go wrong.

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