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Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
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Ranked #9 of 659 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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121 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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Palm Bay, Florida
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456 reviews 456 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The day was sunny and clear and the view was simply outstanding. Their crabmeat sandwich was outstanding as was their clam chowder soup.

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Pac NW
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I'm torn on the rating. The bar and bartenders are fantastic. The atmosphere is lovely. The food, however, is way overpriced for the quality. The steak I had was almost inedible. I probably wouldn't go back unless my friends choose it.

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Way out on the far side of Tacoma the Lobster Shop (not a shop at all), is a well appointed and very good restaurant. The food was presented beautifully, it was delicious, the setting was knock-out, the on-tap beer was good. No complaints, just delight.

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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If your a lobster head, come on down. I had to have a doggie bag to bring home my un-eaten leftover lobster. But hey, I got to I before the dog. A wonderful restaurant with fantastic foods. Order what you like it's all good! Highly recommended! ~David

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Phoenix, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited this gem with our Washington friends. Couples night out! The food was excellent and our wine matched up well with our selections. The location is great being right next to the water. Our service was average but this did not affect our overall experience as it was about our time with friends. The food was excellent although pricey even... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lobster Shop has one heck of a beautiful restaurant. Unfortunately, they act like they know that and it'll serve them well. The view, the property, wow. Awesome. Everything else, mediocre at best. Seriously, I am lucky to spend a lot of my year touring some great restaurants, and this is not one of them. Despite the multimillion dollar investment in... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you like fish, you will walk out of this restaurant LOVING fish. Amazing flavor, fresh, prepared perfectly. Every time I go here I always walk out amazed at how wonderful the food is. Service is great as well. Good atmosphere right on the water.

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Westminster, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I came here by myself I was given a great corner booth where I could watch the sunset. I ordered the Maine Lobster which tasted great. The food came out in a timely manner and my server Josh did a great job. The restaurant was very beautiful and clean. Maybe next time I am back in town I will come... More

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Inlet, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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