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Lobster Shop South

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4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
2537592165
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 26
    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
Consistently great food, service and view!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2014
juleshomewa
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University Place, WA
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Inlet, New York
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
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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