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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
+1 310-458-9294
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (512 reviews)
“crab cakes” (73 reviews)
“prawns” (29 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of those places where everything is good. Facilities, parking, friendliness, food and location. The specialty is sea food in particular the Lobster (very good). Not being my habit, I have to leave a word for the extraordinary sympathy of With Amy (the waitress we...More

Thank Carlos C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We a a wonderful lunch on a Saturday afternoon after taking the train from Union Station to Santa Monica. We were seated right away. Not next to the window but we still had good views. We ordered Bloody Mary's that were oh so good!! Be...More

Thank JenJen1865
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is one of my favorites , a place to be and grab a bite, don't miss the wine list is superb! Try the Albariño Martín Codax has been by the glass years and never disappoints it is excelente!!!

Thank Mariola V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi travelling solo I did get a little frustrated when told I couldn't have a window table but was offered a table in the middle of the restaurant or at the bar. What made it worse is the that window tables sat w=empty the whole...More

2  Thank fiona_shilton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Classy restaurant, great friendly service, from the bar tenders to the servers. Situated right on the entrance to the Santa Monica pier, known for their lobsters. I had the most amazing New Zealand king salmon on a bed of couscous, cooked to perfection. My friends...More

Thank Ronwol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner there and found it to be wonderful. We had the steak and fish. Our waiter was excellent. Give it a go if your down for fine cuisine. Try the pink oysters natural they are great.

Thank Greg R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was great our waiter was the Bomb we tried as meny dishes as we could and they were all fantastic and so was the white wine. Now it's a bit on the high price side but if you can swing it, it is...More

1  Thank Ray G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was very good. The view was panoramic and very pretty. Do not order the crab cakes unless you like them fried. This was a disappointment as I thought they were pan seared. The Ceasar salad was sub par as it came out all...More

Thank striegs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we have been coming to the lobster since it was an unprepossessing shack with very good seafood at reasonable prices. now it is a sophisticated restaurant with killer views of land and sea, wonderful sunsets, still very good seafood at not so reasonable prices but...More

1  Thank dl5490
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came for Mother's Day, booked for 12:30, were seated promptly at what I consider the best table: a corner with bay windows on the right hand side so that we could both rejoice of the view while eating. We are usually fast eaters but...More

Thank TravelingCat22
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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Where is the best place to park?
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.
stacey m
Do you have a children's menu ?
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.
I have read some disturbing and very common reviews about terrible service. Do you ever reply or attempt to rectify these situation of disappointment?
13 September 2015|
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Response from roselovesfood | Reviewed this property |
I just visited last week. Went for a nice sunset dinner with three other people and out service was amazing. The waiter who helped us was glistening from the sunset heat (having to wear long sleeved collared shirt) so I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, 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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