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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here with family in May. We had to wait at the bar for a table - I had a mimosa which was delicious. We were then seated at the window with a great view over Santa Monica pier and the pacific beyond. The food...More

Thank bebe280199
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great place, service was excellent from the get go. Great table with a lovely view of the pier. Menu explained in detail, service was charming, friendly and professional. We decided on steak and lobster and wanted to share both dishes, we were astonished...More

Thank blackcornish1964
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked here for a nice night out while enjoying the pier after dinner. We were seated promptly and drinks were served. Wait staff was very cordial and friendly offering many suggestions. Order taken, appetizers served. Meals arrived hot and delicious. Only complaint would be...More

Thank Troy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was quite full but I was impressed by how efficient the teams were. The service was fast. I ordered the lobster and it was the best choice ever. However, keep in mind that the restaurant is on the pricey side but it is...More

Thank Mimo M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an upscale venue and prices to match. Lobster for three and drinks cost us $500. The food is good to be sure and it’s location overlooking the Pacific at SM pier is very nice. A place to see and be seen one would...More

Thank WE273
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I came here for dinner and it was one of our best meals while on vacation. The Ahi Tuna was delicious and the poached Lobster was also great. The nighttime view of Santa Monica Pier was great also.

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great restaurant but you pay the price for the location and view. Our waiter (Michael) was awesome, he made the meal an even better experience. I had the lobster roll and it was very good but again not worth $28. Our lunch...More

Thank kevinwcheryl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was ok, not really worth the money, the view was spectacular but the drinks and service were poor, very very poor

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came based on a recommendation from a friend. Very friendly service. Food served at a slower speed which was great and unusual. Didn’t feel rushed. Bread came after we had our started which was odd. Tasty food , not the best I’ve ever eaten....More

Thank Goldilocks1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family recently enjoyed lunch at The Lobster and had a wonderful experience. The decor is very relaxed and inviting with lots of natural light and a great view to the Santa Monica pier. Their menu has a great variety from which to choose a...More

Thank WaterGirl55
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
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August 21, 2017|
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Response from harborbabe | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I am just getting back to you, we've been traveling. Ask for window table, get on Google and inquire what time the sunset will be on that day in Santa Monica, CA to zero in on the time. Definitely make a... More
May 23, 2016|
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Response from Shuuz | Reviewed this property |
They have valet parking. The Lobster validates for parking for a significant discount.
stacey m
April 12, 2016|
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Response from SunshineGirlDB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! Go to their website & it is there under menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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: +1 310-458-9294
  • E-mail
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