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Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
+1 253-759-2165
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (34 reviews)
“seafood” (45 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We made reservations for 8pm, but got there way too early. We asked to be seated earlier if a bar table opened up. Within 30 minutes we were seated with one of the best views at a table outside.

Thank Aj101710
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I visited The Lobster Shop a few days ago with my family, while in Tacoma for my daughter's graduation. Located on the waterfront, or actually on the water, it has a perfect view of the Puget Sound. The food was fantastic, and beyond our already...More

Thank John Christian Ø
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Met family there for dinner. We had drinks at the bar after arriving early. The lady bartender made our drinks to perfection. Our dinners were delicious and the scenery was great.

Thank Pravin S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The food was really great. Right on the water, we coould see all the way to Seattle. Worth a visit. Also enjoyed the drive up to see a bit more of Tacoma.

Thank ttp620
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service. The Lobster Bisque, Maine Lobster and Ginger Crusted King Salmon were our favorites.

Thank sgstarner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food (hello, lobster bisque!), great view. Take your mom, take your grandpa, but if you're under fifty, go to a more "with it" place for your big event dinner. Full disclosure: I'm over fifty and I find it a bit stodgy, so judge for...More

1  Thank PNWTrav
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lobster Shop South, right on the Tacoma Waterfront, offers a quiet, romantic space with a water view, and a wide variety of glorious fresh seafood offerings. Their desserts are fabulous, too!

Thank 588wilmagw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful lunch at this restaurant. Oysters on the half shell were fresh and tasty. The lunch combo of lobster bisque and 1/2 of shrimp po'boy was great too. Service was attentive.

Thank 93,611
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious with excellent service and view that is best in town! Variety of cocktails. The Lindon Mule was on point and got the seafood variety with lobster prawns salmon potatoes and broccoli

Thank Morgan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location is good. Our server was good. Food was a big disappointment. I had a salmon dinner which was on their monthly special. It was floating in grease. My sister had salmon dinner from the main menu and her dinner was very greasy as...More

Thank Kathy H
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What is the attire here? Would I feel out of place in jeans and a polo? Thanks!
8 March 2017|
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Response from Joe D | Reviewed this property |
During the summer you can get buy on the deck with a polo and jeans, but inside you at least want to wear office casual. That's not to say you won't get served, but if you want to blend in ratchet it up a notch
Special date night - is this the kind of place where a lady can dress up a bit and feel like she had an elegant evening?
30 September 2016|
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Response from Virginia C | Reviewed this property |
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prices on menu
29 December 2014|
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Response from Sandy B | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others. Lobster Shop is mid high in price but the food it serves is high quality and consistently the service and food is great. In the summer time I love to go early, sit on their deck and order happy hour... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5315
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-759-2165
  • E-mail