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“Beautiful, excellent menu choices” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lobster Shop South

Lobster Shop South
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
2537592165
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Ranked #9 of 596 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful, excellent menu choices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This restaurant is lovely and their seafood choices are excellent. Would love if the chef shared his blue cheese dressing, the best I have ever had. It is pricey but the shrimp, lobster tail, and salmon were perfect. We actually shared one dinner and added a salad. There is plenty of parking out front but I am guessing that it fills up quickly. The Lobster Shop is beyond the cluster of restaurants you will first notice as you are driving down Ruston Way.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Great food and service, beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The food here was delicious and the service was top-notch, but the best thing about this restaurant is that you get a view of Puget Sound from where ever you're seated. I give it only 4 stars instead of 5 because two people in our party complained the food was too salty, but my dish was fantastic. Portions are pretty generous so skip the appetizer if you want dessert.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Olympia, WA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A Tacoma standard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We've been here many times over the past years and this year we came with a group of friends for a Christmas lunch; a group of 6. We were seated promptly at a window table and the service throughout was excellent. Our appetizers of calamari and crab dip were fast and well prepared. Two of our group had martinis and they were very generous. My New Zealand Cabernet was very good. Our entre's were as expected and the home made ice cream desert was beyond good. I'd go back just for the chocolate chip ice cream. The Lobster Shop is consistently good and reliable. Can't be beat.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ely, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“They run out of desserts EARLY !! Don't procrastinate.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

We went there 12-22-13. Made a reservation, and that's highly recommended. Great views. Ask for a booth 'cause they stuck us at a small table for two that was cramped. We kept getting knocked by the chairs at each table behind us. Great tasting food. Quality crab legs. Our waiter wasn't very attentive. Seemed new / disorganized. But another waitress working around our section seemed great so we just got a bad draw on servers, but for that respectable of a restaurant, there should be no excuse. ...... BUT -- our big complaint was them running out of desserts and not replacing them. Please note that our reservation was at 11:45 A.M., and they serve until 2:30 P.M. There's no excuse to run out of strawberries, creme brulee, etc. at 12:30 or so when you're open for 2 more hours. We shouldn't have to put together a "dessert plate" and set it aside for after the meal. ....... All 'n all, it's a pretty good brunch. It leaves a little bit to be desired, but we'll give it another chance. Everybody is entitled to an off day.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Yelm, Washington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Very good food, nice variety on the menu, great desserts to choose from, and an outstanding view if you choose to sit outside, the view of the Sound is absolutely lovely.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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