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“Lobster. Enough said.” 4 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 #24 of 594 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Lobster. Enough said.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We used Open Table to get a last minute early-ish reservation and came in around right before the sun set. It turned out to be perfect. We had an oyester sampler - 2 of 4 different kinds they served which was delicious and also the grilled Spiny Californian and Maine steamed lobster with a nice bottle of Savignon Blanc. I still think Maine lobster rules, but the spiny lobster was interesting and worth getting.
The view was beautiful and the service excellent. Micheal was our server but the host was also great -- he gave us a really nice table. It was a special meal. A little pricey, but worth it for the experience and definitely romantic.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Morristown, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Solid seafood ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Really enjoyed the lobster at this restaurant on the pier. Was invited here as part of friend's weekend wedding plans. Would go back again on our next trip to Santa Monica.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“The food was soooo good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was sooo good, but it was pricy. I would recommend people to go there and try it at least once if vising Santa Monica.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nice view, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stopped in for a quick bloody mary and a cup of coffee while visiting the pier. Pretty spendy for a bloody mary, but the service was great, the view was unbeatable, and the kids were able to sit in the bar area which was convenient.....plus the waiter didn't charge for their sodas. We would come back for a sip or a meal.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisiana
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great service and great view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

My niece has wanted to go here for a long time so when visiting from Louisiana this weekend we decided to try lunch. View is spectacular even though it was a little overcast, we started with crab cake. Small but delicious. I had the percale sole and Katie had the crab enchilada. Both were served hot and had just enough flavor, sauce and spices to make them delicious. I had the French Savignon Blanc by the glass. Can't remember name. Wine list is impressive for A beach place. I would recommend if you want to see the Pier activity And a nice view of the beach. Valet parking 7.00 with validation

Visited October 2013
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