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The Lobster

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
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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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We sit in the middle of the dock area, a great view at the sunset, but if we can sit at the window it would be greater. the oyster sample plate is a great dish if you never had different oyster at the same time before. the waiter is very kind to introduce different oyster taste.

Thank ppjj8
Los Angeles
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's about the location. The food is what you'd expect. Fine and overpriced. We had an amazing table. Center. Window. Great view. Wow, etc., ... until the sun came beating in - blinding us. So, you can't win them all. Catch a sunset next time.

Thank lillywillis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My first night in Santa Monica watched an amazing Sunset finished off the night w a meal that will never be forgotten. The service was very helpful,friendly, accommodating. I would go back! Must see if only for lunch..

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked in after being told they were fully booked , however save seats at bar . We were only at bar a few minutes before being moved to a fabulous table with a terrific view and withe great wait staff. The highlight was of course the Lobster grilled and perfect . Would highly recommend.

Thank Michelle B
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place for seafood. Good fresh oysters and 3 pounds lobster are within his recommendation .excellent and tasty. Beautiful location overlooking the beach and the pier. Will definitely come back

Thank Omce
Orlando, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the Lobster for lunch. Great location with beautiful view of the ocean. The food was good, we all had the lobster roll. It had plenty of lobster and just the right amount of dressing. All in all a wonderful place for lunch.

Thank Kathy m
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the Lobster over many years since Allyson Thurber was in residence as the amazing Chef. Again, the setting and atmosphere are incredible but the price of food and wines here are beyond any true value based on the location and reputation alone. The high pricing actually prevented more than one visit, we would normally dine at least... More 

Thank Richard S
Long Island, New York
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked this place a couple months in advance in order to get a table by the window for our anniversary. They delivered. The hostess wished us a happy anniversary right away and delivered on the table. Our waiter also knew it was our anniversary and talked with us for a while. I got the fresh lobster and my gf... More 

Thank Mariel D
Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being located by the Santa Monica pier one might think this may be a mediocre restaurant that caters to tourists. But you'd be way off the mark. This is a truly excellent seafood restaurant. The food and service are great, and the ambience, looking out over the ocean is magnificent. Highly recommended.

Thank wasthat4us
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17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get the oysters sampler and steam lobster will be a nice dinner meal and walk to the pier after that.. Price not v cheap but the seafood is fresh!!! It's lively as there are many diners here in groups or couples.

Thank 179rachely

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
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: 310-458-9294

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Staying in Santa Monica

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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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