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The Lobster


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Location and contact


½ Dz $21.0
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Wellfleet Oysters, Cape Cod, MA
Oyster Sampler
2 of each of the above
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
American Lobster Cocktail
Chilled Shellfish Platter (For Two)
6 oysters, 4 Mexican white shrimp, ½ dungeness crab, 6 black mussels & half of a 1 ½ lb. Maine lobster
Peruvian Scallops
Leche de tigre, avocado & crushed cancha
Hawaiian Kampachi Poke
Kiwi, radish & black beer ponzu
Brioche Toast Points, Egg, Parsley, Shallots & Crème Fraiche
Siberian Osetra (Bulgaria)
Smaller eggs, dark brown, firm texture & earthy
Golden Imperial Osetra (Russia)
Incredible "Gold" Color, Buttery Flavor
Steamed Black Mussels
Piedmontese pepper paste, preserved lemon, vermouth butter & grilled bread
Dungeness Crab Cake
Remoulade, wild arugula salad & lemon
Charred Octopus
Piquillo, edamame hummus, pee wee potatoes, pickled baby fennel & black garlic aioli
Crispy Calamari & Prawns
Fennel, anchovy-stuffed olives, garlic anchovy aioli, ponzu & sweet chili sauce
Lobster & Corn Chowder with Smoked Bacon
Heirloom potatoes & wild fennel-lobster oil
Caesar Salad
Little gem lettuce with shaved kohlrabi, herbed croutons & parmesan
Wild Arugula Salad
Wild arugula, minted cucumber, watermelon, cracked olive, whipped feta & sumac
American Lobster Salad
Avocado, little gem lettuce, citrus vinaigrette & crispy leeks
Dungeness Crab & Shrimp 'Louie'
Little gem lettuce, egg, radish, avocado, cucumber, olive & tomato
Rutiz Farms Bloomsdale Spinach Pappardelle Pasta
Sautéed mixed mushrooms, crushed pine nuts & parmesan
Shellfish & Black Chitarra Pasta
House made pasta, black mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab & calamari with garlic, tomatoes, basil & chili flakes
Dungeness Crab Enchiladas
Three cheeses & spicy caesar salad
Barramundi Fish & Chips
Firestone beer batter, pickled cucumber & remoulade
Alaskan Halibut
Honeynut squash, Manilla clams, shrimp chorizo, garbanzo beans & harissa aioli
Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna
Dungeness crab fried rice, smoked fish floss & green mango salsa
Braised New Zealand Salmon
Pumpkin seed dukkah, brown butter celery root, brussels sprouts, raisin verjus & caper oil
Grilled Day Boat Scallops
Green lentils, mustard greens, guanciale & mushroom crema
Seared Crab Cakes
Avocado puree with arugula, oven dried tomatoes & shaved fennel salad
Roasted Free Range Half Mary's Chicken
Chive whipped potatoes, sautéed swiss chard & pan sauce
per pound60.0
Steamed Alaskan Golden King Crab
Lemon & drawn butter
Chilled Dungeness (½ Crab)
Lemon & sweet mustard
per pound60.0
Grilled CA Spiny Lobster
Fresh herbs, lemon & garlic butter
per pound36.0
Steamed American Lobster
Green beans & Weiser Farms heirloom potatoes & drawn butter
per pound38.0
Grilled American Lobster
Fresh herbs, lemon & garlic butter
Available until 3pm
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Burger
Avocado, mustard frill & kimchi mayo
8 Oz. Signature Blend Cheeseburger
Certified angus beef, house steak sauce, crisp onion strings, pickle, bacon jam with truffle fries
Pachamama Farms Porchett
Salsa verde, arugula & parmesan salad
Lobster Roll
Little gem, Japanese mayo & a toasted butter roll with fries & pickled cucumber
Roasted Weiser Farms Heirloom Potatoes
Sautéed Maitake Mushrooms
Gloria's Blue Lake Green Beans
Grilled Green Farms Asparagus
Yukon Mashed Potatoes
Truffle Parmesan Fries
Lobster Mashed Potatoes
US$31 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Seafood, Soups
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Dined here with fellow business associates on a recent trip. We chose this Santa Monica spot for its acclaimed seafood and really enjoyed it. Started with some oysters that were very fresh and perfectly dressed. Enjoyed the fried seafood sampler that was also tasty, crisp...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Mark C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Restaurant is in a good location, effectively on the walkway to the pier. I had the king crab legs, which were good, but not the best I’ve had at various other places. My girlfriend had a filet steak, which she said was not a patch...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank SMc7
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Dropped the kids at Universal Studios, this place was only 20 minutes away and quite the treat. The express lunch was spot on, Caesar w/lobster chowder and a small lobster roll. All yum. Lots of folks getting grilled fresh lobster and audibly raving. Go for...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank VeryWellTraveledGuy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing view of Santa Monica Pier entrance- could not have a better people watching seat. Great unoaked chardonnay for $6 a glass and seafood appetizers. I think to pricy for me for dinner but definitely would return for happy hour and people watching.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Fearlessmsla
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch at the lobster. Table by the window with a gorgeous view. Service was outstanding!! The food was great but it is really expensive. We had a $360 lunch for 4 people and no we didn’t get the lobster. Calamari app...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank lngi224
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We closed out our vacation week in LA at The Lobster - we were glad we did!!! We were drawn in by the location, perched atop the pier in Santa Monica with a glorious view of the mighty Pacific. We were concerned that it would...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank NHJimmy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view at the Lobster restaurant is amazing. The seafood we ordered was excellent. The waitress was very friendly and very knowledgeable.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank mxm01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner in the bar. The wait staff and host were very knowledgeable kind and attenative. The bar was festive and had a good variety of draft and bottle beers. I had the spine lobster for $65 per pound. I ordered a 3 pound...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Climber706595
The L, Guest Relations Manager at The Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again. And we agree, the truffle fries are tasty!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After searching for a view restaurant in the area I decided to make reservations at The Lobster while visiting family in the area. We were seated at a table several rows from the window. I asked if we could wait for a window table and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Lori M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my third time at this restaurant and I’ve always had a great meal with wonderful views of the pier and the sunset. There is an excellent vibe and the wait staff is highly professional.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Judy H
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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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