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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent seafood restaurant on Santa Monica Pier. Elegant without being pompous, it offers classic American seafood dishes. Service is impeccable. The view is great, especially at sunset.

Thank diplomaticablog
Reviewed 4 days ago

Everything about this restaurant was perfect for someone who was having the most horrible time at the Shore Hotel due to all sorts of problems there with management and the terrible level of service for the price we were paying. While anything to get out...More

Thank 411travelerworldwide
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location on Ocean Ave. right next to the famous Santa Monica Pier sign. View overlooks the beach & Pier. Service was exceptional, as was the food! It is called The Lobster, so don’t miss a lobster dish. They have lobster soups, salads, aps &...More

Thank knightline
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only stopped for their Happy hour - lots of fried items - views are good - bar packed - wasn’t one of my favorite spots

Thank amynjim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grilled lobster is the best ever! At $36-$38 per pound and around 3 pounds, to me, it is worth every dollar! I don't even venture to try lobster at my local restaurants anymore since having this lobster. I only try lobster if I am...More

Thank tecarr555
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to enjoy amazing and fresh seafood while enjoying an incredible view with friends, then this is the place for you. The service was top notch, food was delicious, and the sunset during our meal topped off a great dinner. Really glad we...More

Thank Gregory L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a colleague here for dinner and it was off the charts. I had the Crispy Calamari & Prawns appetizer which came with anchovy stuffed olives and cans with garlic anchovy aioli and sweet chili dipping sauces. It was cooked just right and the sauces...More

Thank dino758
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A special place at the end of the pier. Great food for all with a tremendous setting. You might see a movie star. Don't miss it--we always dine here when in the area.

Thank Ellie1704
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The latest incarnation of the Lobster, located by the entrance tot eh Santa Monica Pier, is an upscale fine seafood dining spot. Great views of not only the pier but the Pacific Ocean coastline beyond Malibu. The menu is dominated by seafood and lobster. Great...More

Thank L R D
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

I went to The Lobster with a work colleague and his wife when we were in town for a work conference. We went on the spur of the moment on a Wednesday night after visiting the Santa Monica pier and they were full, but had...More

Thank Jennifer R
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
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21 August 2017|
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Response from harborbabe | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I am just getting back to you, we've been traveling. Ask for window table, get on Google and inquire what time the sunset will be on that day in Santa Monica, CA to zero in on the time. Definitely make a... More
23 May 2016|
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Response from Shuuz | Reviewed this property |
They have valet parking. The Lobster validates for parking for a significant discount.
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12 April 2016|
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Response from SunshineGirlDB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! Go to their website & it is there under menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
    (Colorado Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-9294
  • E-mail
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