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The Lobster

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
310-458-9294
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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265 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate here with a reservation. Staff was very friendly. Food was good too. No 'haute cuisine' or any great surprises, but very good crabcakes and sashimi. Kids meals were also good. A bit outdated interior, but then again the location is almost perfect, right at the pier.

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california
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225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Located right by the famous Santa Monica pier with lots of water and pier views. Lots of open space and glass everywhere permitting great vistas. Food is pretty good but not special. It's crowded and expenses with its own parking

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Destin, Florida
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Every time we visit Santa Monica we go to The Lobster. It's always busy with a great location at the Pier looking at the water. Beautiful sunsets! Every meal we've had has been great and service has always been good. Every time we go it reminds me of how important it is to be real - to be yourself. There... More 

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Thank destin5762
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Incredible location, magnificent sunsets over the Pacific. Great ambience. Terrific food and good selection. Service was friendly and efficient. Reservations are a must.

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Thank RandyfromSM
LosAngeles
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Lobster feels familar to the fish houses I've enjoyed growing up on the East coast. The quality of the food is excellent, the service is relaxed and it is a bit pricey. However, I like the location, the relaxed vibe and the food so although a weekly haunt I do enjoy dining their on occasion.

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Thank PorterHouse09
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best view for drinks and dinner in Santa Monica. The bartenders are great and very helpful The service and food is second to none. From the moment you walk in until you leave you will feel well taken care of. The truffle fries are fantastic and their brunch is amazing.

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San Antonio, TX
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123 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a terrific time at The Lobster, from the hosts to our server to the view and to the food. Given its location just off the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, one might expect what some call a “tourist trap.” While obviously popular with tourists, The Lobster does not play down to the crowd. It offers a very... More 

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Coto de Caza, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great view, ok food, pricey and service needs to be improved. Hostess was the best part of the visit. She was a complete joy.

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Pisa, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good seafood and lobster, not 5 stars only because we had to wait a long time sitting at the table. A bit pricy, but ok. I would go back.

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London, Canada
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perfect view over the ocean and the pier. Lovely seafood choices and a good wine selection. Super busy, but waitstaff incredibly helpful. We enjoyed every aspect of being there. My lobster was smashing and we had a great time....would go again!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
    (Colorado Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-458-9294

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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