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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 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

You should go here for the view not the fod or the service which are both good but not great. this place attracts a lot of tourists.

Thank rj100032655
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This might be one of the best meals i ever had. We started off with oysters and champagne and it was as fresh as the ocean just outside the window. The Lobster is situated just above the famous pier in santa monica and the wiev...More

Thank Henrik K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for lunch on a busy, sunny, warm Saturday. We had a perfect table overlooking the beach and the food was all excellent. My lobster salad was just what I wanted. Fabulous parmesan fries. Not inexpensive, but worth it for the location and...More

Thank AYL038
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view at this restaurant is amazing. We were there after dark and all the lights of the pier were great. Very busy but good service. Very fresh seafood.

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good restaurant for seafood. They also have good cocktails. I didn't like the bloody mary but the mojitos were great! It is situated right by the pier and therefore has a lovely view of the ocean. The food was fine.

Thank Anne P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Upscale food in a beautiful setting. Lots of excellent seafood choices. Good service and good choice of wines, cocktails and coffees

Thank Maggie A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Lobster is a Santa Monica landmark, located next to the famed Santa Monica sign at the entrance to the pier. It’s non descript from the exterior, but very ritzy inside, with nice views of the ocean and pier. The menu is extensive, with emphasis...More

Thank bobalcorn5
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Wonderful, established restaurant at the base of the pier elevated enough to provide a great view of the ferris wheel and ocean beyond. Fantastic waiter (best we had of our vacation) who was knowledgable, attentive (put not pushy), anticipated our needs (specifically with my son)...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Great location by the Pier, fantastic and friendly service and amazing lobster roll! We had to share all our order: corn chowder, grilled octopus, mussels and the lovely lovely lobster roll and we still came out very very full.. o ya, plus two beers. Would...More

Thank Lena H
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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22 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
24 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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13 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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