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“Great Lobster”
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The Lobster
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Ranked #8 of 682 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Lobster”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

I would go back there again, as the service and quality was perfect.Good food good Service and reasonable price

Visited January 2013
Thank Adrian B
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Anchorage, Alaska
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Had a wonderful dinner at this this perfectly located restaurant. Beautiful view of the Santa Monica Pier, outstanding service and great food! Well worth the $!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Tami T
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143 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Just Stop Reading this AND GO!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Second time we have been to the Lobster. We were in the neighborhood two years ago to watch and Oregon Ducks Football rally when they were at the Rose Bowl (and WON!) we came back to town for a mini vacation and decided to see the sunset and have some dinner.
Service was outstanding and the food was good. I had a steak and the wife had steelhead. Both good, a touch over cooked, but not worth sending back. Worth going just for a drink and see the sunset!
Stop read this and Go!

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Thank West-Morry
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New York
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great food. Spotty service. Spectacular view”
Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

The Lobster is at the base of Santa Monica pier so the view is unbeatable. Not only do you get to watch the water, you also get to see the steady parade of oddballs in the pier area - highly entertaining. It's pricey - $20+ sandwiches - but the food is good and plentiful. The lobster roll and the clam chowder are their standard bearers and are definite must-orders. Don't order lobster though - way too expensive and is flown in from back east. Wait until you're the east coast to get your lobster. Service is very spotty. You'll get a handsome "out of work actor" type for your waiter who knows the menu well and appears attentive but after you order you won't see him again. Food takes well over 1/2 hour to arrive. And they don't even bring it all together. Four of us ordered the clam chowder but they only brought 2 of them - 15 minutes later they brought the other 2 ... Of course the first two were cold by then. Definitely recommended for the experience and decent food but be prepared to spend well over 2 hours there - don't go if you're in a hurry!

Thank maggiesmagic
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Iowa City, Iowa
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Top 5 restaurants in LA”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I just love the Lobster for so many reasons. I have eaten dinner here twice and came multiple times for drinks/happy hour. My favorite meal here was the Gnocci - but I haven't had a bad meal. Love the food, the service, the location and the view- it cannot be beat. Make a reservation as they get busy on the weekends. They have valet parking as well which is fabulous - you can even leave your car overnight if you drink a little too much :)

  • Visited March 2012
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