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Lobster Shop South

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4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
2537592165
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 10
    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
We've been going here for years

great view, good food, good service. What could be better than sitting on a deck over the Puget Sound on a lovely summer day? And if it's a bit chilly, they turn on the heaters. :) The food here is good year round, though, not just in the summer. Unfortunately, they aren't as consistent as one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
gardengumby
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Tacoma, Washington
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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171 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Graham, Washington, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We have been here a couple of times. The food is always excellent, the view is beautiful, family friendly, and the service is exceptional. I have always had a great dinning experience here and would recommend it to anyone. Especially for special occasions.

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Seattle
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171 reviews 171 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Lobster Shop is all about the view of Puget Sound ... plus a little about the food. Yes, the seafood here is pretty good, although my swordfish was overcooked, meaning it was real dry. The server was efficient, not too friendly, but very attentive. The prices were a bit high given the portion served, but again the quality was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Bill over 2 bills for two. That's a drink each, wine, starter and dinner. Oysters on half shell, excellent. Presentation great. Ordered seafood Trio. Lobster, salmon, shrimp, mashed potatoes, broccoli. Meal arrived Luke warm. Dipping butter starting to solidify. Salmon overdone. Lobster cold. Sending back to overcook seemed beyond reason. Ate cold dinner. Only warm food was the shrimp buried... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was an anniversary dinner. 24 years ago we had our first date at the Lobster Shop. We have been loyal but tonight we are divorcing from the lobster shop. Thee year ago we quit going to brunch there because of poor quality. Now, after an $80 dinner (no drinks) we quit on dinner too. My linguini was oily noodles... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My husband and I received a gift card to this restaurant so we decided to try it. Immediately we noticed the prices were quite high, at least compared to Anthony's, and we typically go there for seafood. We looked around and wondered why people would spend so much when they could have really good food elsewhere for less. We discovered... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

great view, good food, good service. What could be better than sitting on a deck over the Puget Sound on a lovely summer day? And if it's a bit chilly, they turn on the heaters. :) The food here is good year round, though, not just in the summer. Unfortunately, they aren't as consistent as one would like, but still... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Yes, I said twice a day. Super happy hour cocktails and food menu. Regular menu is even better but why spend more when this food is to die for! Fresh, and fabulous. Gorgeous view of the sound. Romantic and calming. Highly recommend the Clam chowder with sherry and cracked pepper. Calamari is huge and so tasty. I can't wait to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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330 reviews 330 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We arrived on time, having made our reservation online, but we were still asked to take a seat and wait. After about 10 mins the woman at front of house yelled out our surname without looking up (even though it was a small waiting area and no one but us waiting)- like a roll call. We obliged and followed her... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

While the view is spectacular the food is mediocre. Service was good. Presentation was good. We had brought clients from China and we're stick in a back corner even though I told them it was an important business meeting. Not aye they listened to that part. I will be sure to enigmatic that part when I make a future reservation... More 

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Sumner, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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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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