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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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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 3 weeks ago

Resturant is located at the top of Santa Monica pier so if your looking for a higher end location this may be the place for you. Parking, validated but still $12 for 3 hours. You can have lunch and a walk on the pier before...More

Thank Jo Ann S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lobster is like a local bar in one of the most touristy areas on Earth! Friendly and welcoming staff (our waitress Kay was awesome) with a beautiful view of the pier and beach from an all glass restaurant. It was obvious that there were...More

Thank BobBinDallas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very attentive service, tasty food, ideal location and a good selection of item. Loved my experience here at the Lobster. It has a wonderful setting and the menu had great variety. The amount of food is somewhat overwhelming and the sizes of Lobster is substantial...More

Thank Marc G
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing view, menu changes daily. I loved the Ahi Tuna. Everything we had was excellent, very good wine list, super friendly staff

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 17 March 2018

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 16 March 2018

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 4 March 2018

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 3 March 2018 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 3 March 2018

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 3 March 2018 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
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.
stacey m
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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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