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“Well worth the wait!”
Review of The Lobster

The Lobster
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Ranked #10 of 696 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado Ave.
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sometimes you know that the food is not the main attraction. Perhaps it's a bit of history or the view that pulls you in. Perhaps it's the need to go because you are here and when you return home you don't want people saying what a great place you missed. You know you'll overpay, but you really don't care.

That, in a nutshell, is The Lobster.

Just to be clear, the food is very good. However, with the possible exception of the Grilled American Lobster, see the attached picture, the food is not extraordinary. The grilled octopus appetizer was fine, but nothing special. You can get much better at a good Greek restaurant. This is the same for almost all of the food we ordered, the New England Clam Chowder, the Burrata Cheese, the Pan Seared Crab Cakes etc. Everything more than acceptable, nothing extraordinary.

The premium price you are paying is for the privilege of being in a wonderfully historic restaurant with amazing views of Santa Monica Pier and beach. When we were there as the sun set the sky turned an unbelievable mix of reds and pinks and purples. Honestly, the view is worth the price of admission alone, at least at sunset.

I read the other reviews about the wait time, even with reservations. It's all true. We had 7:45 reservations for a party of 8 and were seated about 45 minutes late. We really didn't mind that much because it was just a great place to be (and normally I am not laid back about this). It's just that people don't want to leave and as a result the timing of the turn of the table can be precarious. So you need to be prepared for this. If you are one of those people who absolutely can not relax and enjoy with a drink the time spent waiting for a table, other restaurants may be better for you.

The one food item that I believe may well be worth the price (and the price is expensive) is the Grilled American Lobster. It's huge and since you pay by the pound it's correspondingly expensive. But if, like me, you will be here only once, go for it.

The service, by the way, was outstanding. Our waitress was patient (we were drinking a bit too much and patience on her part was a great asset), funny and informative. The service was a great enhancement of the experience.

So, go understanding exactly what you are getting. Be relaxed, expect a wait, have a drink or two or three, enjoy the food and the view and the plain, simple fun of just being here.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We thought that the food was excellent, the wine list was notable, and the atmosphere to be vibrant... very busy and loud, with seating almost too close together. We rate them a "5" because they are who they profess to be:)

We would suggest holding out for a table near the windows for the scenic view of the Santa Monica Pier area.

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Thank forteiii
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a cute place, right at the pier! The food was superb. We had teens with us and asked for virgin pina coladas and margaritas for all - the flavor and presentation were out of this world! The food was likewise, beyond praise! One quick tip: if you are not one of the lucky few to get a window table, ask the waiters to sit and serve you at the bar tables - they have the best panoramic view with very fast service.

Thank UberWorldly
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had a reservation but had to wait 45 min for our table it was a Monday night. We were told to wait at the bar area trying to order drinks however the bartender seemed to be only interested in serving the ppl that we're sitting @ the bar. When we were finally being seated the waitress tells us to follow her then she disappears for 10 min ?? The only positive I can say is the waiter we had was lovely , he spoke to my husband about wine ( he knew his wine) however I was not impressed with the small portions of food, very overpriced & on top of that the gratuity was already on the bill at $45 are they allowed to include that on the bill? I thought its up to us, I'm certainly happy to tip but I believe a tip is what you think is worthy anyway we paid it and left $375 I don't mind paying but definitely would not go again? Food was ok but not worth the price .

Thank tanandshane
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

We each had a glass of Pinot Noir and shared appetizers while watching people stream on and off the Santa Monica Pier. Good food and good service here and a small but adequate outdoor seating area.

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Thank TakeTheHighRoad
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