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Lobster Shop

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
+1 253-759-2165
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (47 reviews)
“lobster” (57 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went for Sunday brunch. Made reservations two weeks in advance. Seafood was fresh (Dungeness crab legs, shrimp, salmon, steamer clams, oyster shooters, etc.). Omelet station, waffle station, carving station. A bit pricey, but everything was tasty. The buffet line was not too busy (no...More

Thank TropicGirl36
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We compared several of the restaurants that are lined up along this road by the water. The Lobster Shop is one of the most expensive if not the most expensive and their lunch menu is not much cheaper than dinner. The food was good though,...More

Thank hcmjkm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our go-to favorite restaurant on Tacoma’s waterfront. Food is always delicious, great service and the views are stunning. The early bird specials are a great way to go. We have also enjoyed the brunch, really great!

Thank calandtinacarpenter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came for a graduation lunch but have also just dropped in for happy hour dates. Entrees have all been hits in my experience. Single best calamari I’ve ever had.

Thank Brandon H
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a good variety for a Sunday Brunch. Salads, fruit, veggies, seafood, eggs, potatoes, soups, meat, and various other dishes as well as an omelet & waffle station. A good assortment of dessert with a chocolate fountain. Great View from any seat. My only...More

Thank Jan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wrote a fairly glowing review of this restaurant earlier this year after returning for the first time in more than a decade. Unfortunately, our two visits since then have been a huge disappointment. A few months ago, we had a Friday evening dinner at...More

1  Thank RoseCityTraveler626
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The grilled lobster is FANTASTIC!! The clam linguine has a little grit in the dish-big No No! The dessert menu did not have ANY dessert with nuts-for shame! Great view and food was good overall.

Thank MVFoodie10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were celebrating my daughter's 31st birthday on June 21st. She had oysters on the half shell for an appetizer. We did not eat any. The next day she had diarrhea and vomitting. We weren't sure if it might be the stomach flu and so...More

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sunday is the ideal time to visit the Lobster Roll. The buffet was fantastic. Items included salads, giant prawns, smoked salmon, omelet bar, HUGE crab legs and desserts galore. We sat outside and enjoyed overlooking Puget Sound and had a great view of Mt. Rainer....More

Thank denise23892018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We don't get over to this side of town often but if we have family or friends visiting we always go to the lobster shop. Outstanding seafood and great service always!!

Thank 2tonslab
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August 4, 2017|
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Response from PJB892 | Reviewed this property |
One of our party had steak and it was very good - tender and cooked perfectly.
March 7, 2017|
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Lots of polo shirts and button downs with khaki's or jeans for the guys, casual tanks and tops with shorts, skirts or jeans for the ladies during the day. Evenings are the same except for folks who are having a special... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-759-2165
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