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Lobster Shop South

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4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
2537592165
Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointed...

This restaurant has been a go-to for date night for us for several years, but not after our experience last night. The service was slow in the bar. The dinner reminded me of the Applebee's low-cal lunch menu. The fish was dry and the rice and broccoli plain and certainly no better than what I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Kathleen C
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Sumner, Washington
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sumner, Washington
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has been a go-to for date night for us for several years, but not after our experience last night. The service was slow in the bar. The dinner reminded me of the Applebee's low-cal lunch menu. The fish was dry and the rice and broccoli plain and certainly no better than what I could make at home. For... More 

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Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent place...we had not been for a long while. Great table in the corner with windows on both sides overlooking the water. Great view of Mt. Rainier while it was still light outside. Food was great. Sampler appetizer platter was excellent. Wife liked the stuff mahi mahi. Daughter loved the clam linguine. i had the crab cakes that were a... More 

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Nipomo, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I live near the ocean in CA so have high standards of seafood restaurants. This place has the view (water and Rainier), fabulous waitress/bartender and excellent food and drinks. I had a lemon drop, my friend had something our waitress suggested - a lemon meringue pie martini and both were so good. The calamari appetizer was the best calamari I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

On a two day getaway with my husband, we had a real desire for seafood. The waitstaff was horrible, the food good but very, very small portions.

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Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

No really. This is one of the best brunches I have ever had. From seafood to anything you can imagine... They have it. On days like Mother's Day, etc, have a reservation. If it is not a holiday you should not need a reservation. Their dinner is also delicious, try the lemon meringue pie martini it is to die for.

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washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Decided to give The Lobster Shop another try. Have been going there since its existence and food and service has gone down hill in the past years. Big mistake, food terrible, service just as bad. sure miss the lobster shop at dash point. won't be going back anytime soon...

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Tacoma, Washington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This restaurant has been around for quite a while. It remains a go to place for a very good lunch or dinner with excellent atmosphere and view. It is very inviting if you want a place that is quiet and you can actually talk with those at the same table and no need to shout to be heard. The service... More 

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Olympia, Washington
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The menu has a nice variety of choices. Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their meals. The service was professional. Lots of tables along the window with great views. Outdoor patio is large as well. Worth a visit.

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Grapeview, Washington
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205 reviews 205 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We enjoyed lunch sitting at a window overlooking the water on a sunny day in winter. The food was very good...my crab cakes were full of crab and my wife loved her lobster bisque. The wine was a nice sized glass for the price. Our waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions of entrees. The only reason not to give... More 

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London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Great view, good service, excellent crab cakes. But we had issues with Lobster linguini which had an overpowering flavour of smokey bacon and cream in the sauce. Disappointing!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: 2537592165

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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