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“Great Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Lobster

The Lobster
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Ranked #6 of 676 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
Sarnia, Canada
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

The seafood and service were fantastic! The view was the main reason for our visiting here and unfortunately we were seated overlooking the road. Granted on the other side of the road was the beach but I was still slightly disappointed. But again the food was fantastic!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Santa Rosa
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Just passing through town on a tour. The bus stopped at Santa Monica pier with plenty of time to have lunch. Asked a local electrician who was working outside one of the greasy spoons on the pier itself for a restaurant recommendation. He pointed up Colorado Avenue and told us about The Lobster "just at the top of the hill". That was a pretty tough hike for an old-timer but the experience turned out to be worth the effort. We got there just before noon. GM Jack DiNicola was very gracious to us and our waiter Timothy's service was more than excellent. The restaurant was getting crowded but the kitchen produced our meals quickly. The food was a little pricey but well prepared and delicious. The beer and wine menu provided us with plenty of options.... The staff, glasses, silverware, and all else were clean and spotless. Will definitely return the next time we're in town.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Gary C
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Culver City, California
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent meal and view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Although this restaurant gets very crowded, being that loads of tourists as well as locals go there, the seafood is well-prepared; I've never had a bad meal there. The food has always been delicious (and I'm quite critical). The lobster is their specialty, and I've never been disappointed in its preparation and taste. Service, though the place was crowded, was still good. Good choice of wines.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Carol T
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great seafood and view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

This is such a good place in Santa Monica for seafood. Just off Santa Monica pier it has fantastic sunset views as well. I had the Jumbo shrimp cocktail followed by cod special. Partner had scallops special - all delicious. The staff are friendly and informative about the menu, wines etc! Not cheap but worth a visit.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not happy”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Party of 3 on a Friday night. Place was packed but we were able to get a table after a 30 minute wait. Excellent wines by the glass. For dinner we ordered lobster salad, lobster ravioli & roasted chicken. Salad was inedible - very acidic dressing, destroyed the lobster. Ravioli was great. Roasted chicken had multiple hairs (maybe extensions). Waitress was nowhere to be found. I called over to host & explained. They did not charge us for those items and offered a free dessert but we passed.

  • Visited September 2013
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