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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.)
+1 310-458-9294
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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Watford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked via open table for late lunch before catching a flight. The crab was delicious. Views of the coast line spectacular. Our server Marcel was attentive and helpful. Just a shame about the pretentious front of house staff. Otherwise the venue is perfect.

Thank Anita F
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106 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Situated at the entrance to the pier this is a popular place to eat but having not made any arrangements for dinner one evening on our visit ti Santa Monica we tried to get in. We were told there was a minimum 45 minute wait for a table but that we could have a drink at the bar while we... More 

Thank whiskers51
Nashville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Lobster is a hidden gem sitting right on the Pacific Ocean. The lobster is, of course, their specialty but all the other food is first quality and well prepared. A great place for a romantic evening. Parking is very limited so always use the valet.

Thank JMasonNashville
Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited The Lobster on recommendation from TA and it was a fantastic lunch. The best crab cakes I think I've ever had and we also had a lobster roll and a couple local beers which were great. The view was nice but I kinda missed having an option to dine outside. Service was great.

Thank Becky D
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful setting. Our waiter Nate was great at what he does and took great care of us. I also whitnesswd the manager and other waiters interacting with numerous tables as well as ours. Great wine list. The food was cooked to perfection. What a fun date night. I imagine a wonderful place for lunch just off the pier... More 

Thank Mallard9
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been to The Lobster for lunch, dinner and drinks. My most recent visit was for drinks and apps with a friend. We had a great time. We ordered margaritas and oysters. The waitress helped us pick out the type of oysters we liked and the bartender accommodated our special request by muddling jalapenos into our drinks. The staff... More 

Thank FunGirl613
Williamsburg, Virginia
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a busy time near the Santa Monica pier The Lobster provided a relaxing lunch venue with excellent friendly service. The Lobster roll met expectation and the view was a delight. Wonderful way to share family time.

Thank Marie W
San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the highlight meal of our trip to LA. Basically every table has a view, and it is perfectly situated to see the pier and beach. The food was excellent and the waitstaff was top notch. A great experience overall.

Thank WRHouser
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited The Lobster for the first time on January 21,2017; I had the spiney lobster and it was delicious! The side were wonderful and the service above and beyond. I would highly recommend the Lobster.

Thank yedmond
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been coming here for over 10 years and it's still one of our favorite places. It's romantic, it's great to bring out of towners and the bar seems to always be crowded.

Thank Soparvan

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
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