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The Lobster

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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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked on open table for Sunday night and we weren't disappointed. The food was delicious and the wait staff were fantastic. Would highly recommend even if just for the great views over the pier.

Thank Siobhan1311
Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place any time of the year. It is right on the beach next to the pier in Santa Monica. It started as a little hole in the wall and wow what a gold mine it is now. Please make sure you call ahead. It's not easy to get in but it is soooo worth the effort... More 

Thank judysinger
Colts Neck, New Jersey
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in to the lobster yesterday. We only stayed for drinks but what a great place to relax your feet after a lot of walking. Bartenders quickly take your order. And you can watch all the people coming and going on and off the pier.

Thank Karen M
Adelaide, Australia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a busy restaurant but service was still fabulous. We all enjoyed our meals which were of a high standard. I suggest you book this busy restaurant or be prepared to wait.

Thank Margnisbet23
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to The Lobster. No one in our party ordered Lobster but all the fish we ordered was delicious. We had an order of Calamari, Halibut, Salmon, and salads and desserts. Everything was good and the view was great too.

Thank NyCindy
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite restaurants! The Lobster salad is the best, with Bibb lettuce. The view is by far one of the finest. The wait staff is fantastic! It is so beautiful to go at sunset hour to see the sun go down over the pier. You will be happy to dine there!

Thank EileenTom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was amazing, we tried a lobster roll, a full lobster and the seafood pasta. Everything was delicious especially the truffle parmesan fries. Our waiter Michael was so friendly and funny and made the experience even more enjoyable. Only negative was the hostess who seated a casually dressed young couple at the table next to ours and was quite... More 

Thank pepsmonster
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food, ambience, and location were ideal for our anniversary. The food was marginal but the menu was extensive. Great place for couples!

Thank Twainna
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our last lunch on this trip to the US certainty was a very special one indeed having the views, service and quality meals we throughly enjoyed at The Lobster at the beginning of Santa Monica Pier. Although everything was exceptional, the two equal standouts were the Maine Lobster and the truffle fries - UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS!! My shellfish pasta was scrumptious,... More 

Thank AnthonyTsoutsa
Coconut grove FL
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very busy, very professionally run restaurant. This was close to our hotel so a perfect place to walk to since there is no parking. We tried to make a reservation,but were told they were booked. We decided to stop on our way and saw that they could fit us in because we were only 2 people. We... More 

Thank junebug829

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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, Gluten Free
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, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, 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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  • 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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