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The Lobster

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
+1 310-458-9294
Today
11:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lobster salad and crab salad were generous portions, and really healthy and delicious, a couple of mojitos finished it off nicely. Service was up to standard, no issues at all.

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Thank George S
Maryland
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Last minute reservation for my family of eight did not phase anyone at this restaurant. Our table was comfortable and provided night views of the Santa Monica ferris wheel lights and pier. The menu was diverse and we all loved our choices. Our waitress was superb, answered all questions and willingly made sure meals fit any allergies. Although prices are... More 

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Perth, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were offered a great table with a lovely view. The food was very good and the lobster was the best. Expensive but worth it.

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Thank Yenny2013
Richardson, Texas
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved the view of the ocean from our table. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. The lobster was outstanding!!

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Rockville, Maryland
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With a view like the one from The Lobster, it would be easy to coast on the location -- but our dinner at The Lobster was outstanding. The seafood was cooked to perfection (not overcooked), service was friendly and efficient, and all of our appetizers were delicious. The view from the restaurant of Santa Monica Pier actually worried me, because... More 

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Thank Peter P
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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993 reviews
528 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing view on the ocean. Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Delicious seafood dishes. Price is high but really deserve

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Thank Abdulmoez-Tahmaz
Santa Monica, California
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here on a Wednesday night and it was very busy (a very good sign), The food was very tasty, indeed delicious. I had the Roasted Free Range Half Mary’s Chicken. And have no complaints. The meat was tender and the accompanying mashed potato and vegetables were delightful. As good as the food was, the service was even better.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Meal,service,quality and quantity were outstanding.Waitress was full of knowledge on where and what to see.

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sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great overall experience! From the delicious cocktails, to the garlic butter lobster and the chocolate pudding desert. Everything lived up to expectation! Definitely worth the price. Ask for a table by the window. Gorgeous view of Santa Monica pier in the evening. We had a fantastic time.

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Thank melt09
Erie, PA
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119 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being this is the first time my wife and I have visited LA area we wanted to see the ocean on a beautiful day in January. We landed in Santa Monica along with thousands of other tourists. Anyways we looked in advance to make a reservation atThe Lobster. We had a great meal with a spectacular view of the beach... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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