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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Long Beach
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My company recently went to the lobster for the best experience ever. Fantastic, friendly service. Very attentive. Very good food. Of course the lobster but even the burger is amazing. And the view!!!! You just have to see it. It would be a great spot for a romantic dinner at sunset.

Thank Ronald M
Oak Brook, Illinois, United States
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the second time visiting this restaurant for lunch. It was an easy walk from my hotel, Loew's Santa Monica. Steps away from the beach and Santa Monica Pier. The restaurant has great windows for an open, airy feel and a perfect view of the ocean. I had the crab cakes this trip and they did not disappoint. The... More 

Thank Krista M
Santa Monica, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lunch or dinner at the Lobster is always good, but can be crowded and you may not get the table with the great view. The best seat/ table at the Lobster is in the bar and the outdoor bar patio. The views include the beach all the way to Malibu, great sunsets and the crowds walking down the Santa Monica... More 

Thank JimRich90402
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great location looking out on Santa Monica pier,it's pricey but well worth the money.Service is fantastic and the ambience is great,tables close together everybody packed in.If in Santa Monica and you like fish then push the boat out!

Thank Phil J
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to dine here as we had a fabulous day on Santa Monica pier. The views from this restaurant is amazing especially at sunset and the seafood is lovely!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Second visit - got oysters the first time and whole lobster the second. The lobster was good but will get crab, fish or oysters next time. Staff are nice and provide good customer service.

Thank Lisa B
Melbourne, Australia
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179 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Go here. The view is great, the food is divine and the staff are brilliant. Not the cheapest of options but nice things do cost money and the food here is more than nice. I had the Halibut and it blew my mind, the GF had pasta and loved it. The wine is amazing and if you can pull your... More 

Thank H0bbits_travels
Irvine, California
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203 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lobster has loads of lobster, raw bar, ocean fish, wine list (and even a burger for the ocean-challenged) in a gorgeous setting overlooking the beach and the Santa Monica pier. Food excellently prepared and attentively served; plenty of window tables, and that always precious commodity - parking! Pricey, but worth it considering the faire and location.

Thank eheyman
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best setting in Santa Monica to watch the sunset right on the edge of the pier and beach, enjoy a drink, meal or both, wonderful seafood menu.

Thank Patrick K. L
Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined there the 1st night, food was good but was looking for something more elegant. Great views of the pier.

Thank MrBsAide

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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