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“Funny, everything here is awesome except the lobster... Go figure.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Lobster
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Santa Monica)
310-458-9294
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Ranked #25 of 514 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
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“Funny, everything here is awesome except the lobster... Go figure.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2007

Funny, everything here is awesome except the lobster... Go figure.

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“Good food, great location over looking the Santa Monica Pier, but can get touristy!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2007

Good food, great location over looking the Santa Monica Pier, but can get touristy!

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“Great View! Excellent Food! Above Average Service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

If you are in the Santa Monica area, you MUST eat here! Not only are the views incredible, the food is amazing!

My husband and I stopped in for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. We had the lobster cocktail to start and it was fresh and light.

I had the crabcakes and he had the scallops. Both were excellent!

I highly recommed this restaurant. Make reservations at night though! This place fills up fast!!

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“Beautiful setting, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2007

We dropped in just for a drink but the ambience and the view were so good we decided to stay for dinner. We had to wait 50 minutes but it was totally worth it. On a Wednesday night the place was packed but we still had a great view of the pier and the ocean from our table. Clam chowder was excellent and the crab cake the best I have ever eaten. My partner had garlic chicken and loved it. Desserts looked sumtuous but we were too full to try them out. Service was professional and courteous and given that this was Santa Monica our bill of just over $100 for two with a bottle of wine seemed entirely reasonable.

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“Great Food, Great Views, Rude Blonde”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2007

Let me start by saying, a gentleman at the reception desk a week prior was the best, along with the food. He was more than helpful and we decided to make reservations there because of how wonderful he was.
So we celebrated my Birthday there! We were greeted nicely and the food was well worth the price. However, our blonde with clear glasses waitress was more than a mouth full. She had a comment that was outright RUDE to fit her personality. While eating, she sent a gentleman take our plates.
Now, the crab cake and stuffed fillet was wonderful and the atmosphere was most enjoyable at sunset. We will probably return but stay in the bar rather than make reservations. We will request not to have the blonde (first name begins in S).

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