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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%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (614 reviews)
“crab cakes” (87 reviews)
“shellfish” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30 Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I stopped in for a quick bit as was starving and craving seafood, but had a dinner planned in a few hours so would need to be a small bite. My wife and I shared a plate of fish and chips as well as a...More

1  Thank Arctic2Islands
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best meal I ate in Santa Monica. Great fresh fish with an ever changing menu and their cocktails are fun. Staff are courteous and helpful and happy to give advice on their dishes. Try and book a table by the window which will offer...More

1  Thank highgategal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

L.A. is not known for lobster but this place checks all the boxes to make it worth lunch st least. Go for the great location on the Santa Monica Pier over the ocran. Perched in the heatt of the Sophisticated beach city of Santa Monica...More

Thank Jpresskin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband LOVES lobster. He orders it when he can wherever we go. Every entree we tried was absolutely delicious. The spiny lobster was sweet and perfectly cooked, grilled with herb butter. The halibut with the shrimp chorizo was delicious, but not filling if you...More

Thank Truefoodie21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located right off the Santa Monica pier, this restaurant was remarkable for good service and great food. It was busy - even in the middle of the afternoon but bar seating was available. Nice views and refreshing after a warm day at the pier.

Thank Curious446526
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I finished out our long weekend in Santa Monica at the Lobster. We had been once before years ago and enjoyed it, but it was far better this time. We had a great table by the window looking at the ferris wheel...More

Thank GernBlan
The L, Guest Relations Manager at The Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this review and we're so happy you had a Perfect Final Evening! We look forward to having you return.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely only for the view was this place worth a visit but the service was poor, the choices were soooooo expensive. I spent $103 on a roasted chicken and 3 shrimp cocktail. The waitress seemed annoyed with any questions and condescending in some way. The...More

Thank jillzam78
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling with friends, we were excited to see Santa Monica, tired and hungry. We saw The Lobster at the Pier Restaurant and decided to just go there as it was easy Valet parking right at the waterfront. The restaurant was quite nice, the view would...More

Thank PLJensen
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had requested to sit by the window. There were empty seats, but I was told those were reserves. I had reserved, so why ere those people better than me? Food was good. Pricey but you are paying for the view

Thank joanalessandrini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner for 5 was pretty decent. Spiny Lobster, American lobster octopus, crab cake, chowder, seafood pasta,with sides of roasted brussel sprouts, Lobster mash potato, asparagus spears and dessert to round it off. The food was good the service was great and the company even better....More

Thank tonymF7470KC
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 irishsalsa | Reviewed this property |
We always use their valet there. We'll worth it for the convenience.
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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
Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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