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Lobster Shop South

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4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
2537592165
Today
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
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 24
    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
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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166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Tacoma, Washington
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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
Top Contributor
327 reviews 327 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
124 reviews 124 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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