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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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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

parking lot situation was a mess.. they ONLY do valet said they would park here In lot as we see the dude drive our car off the lot.. wouldn't let us sit by window, over priced .food was ok . staff was friendly enough but...More

1  Thank Tami C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Birthday celebration and requested seating with a view for reservations on a Saturday at 11:30am. Due to our arrival with a party of 4 at the above time, the restaurant was not crowed so we were able to received seating with a view. The menu...More

Thank C8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is nothing you can say bad about this place...great food, service, view, etc., etc. etc....Definitely on the high side but well worth every penny. From the appetizer prawns (sauce for dipping was life changing) to the sashimi (yellowtail & salmon) then onto entrees of...More

1  Thank kalasko
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food especially lobster and also very tasty clam chowder👍😀😀😀😀and the service is good 👌

Thank marco y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed an excellent dinner at The Lobster. We were seated by the window ~ it was a lovely, sunny Saturday evening in June, so the view was amazing. The service was impeccable, our waiter was attentive and charming. Cocktails were well done. My husband had...More

Thank harborbabe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at The Lobster! We started with the fried oysters! Then we had some kind of lobster and shrimp pasta and lobster! They make their own pasta, and you could really tell. Everything was delicious! Our server Sigornie was phenomenal! Thank...More

Thank DesiMay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having requested a window table with beach and SM Pier views for 4 by phone, we were told the reservation staff would note are request. Arriving for our 6:30 table, we were seated in a booth as far as possible from a window table, while...More

1  Thank Randy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I love seafood and views and this restaurant combines both impeccably. We have dined at The Lobster several times, and our most recent experience confirms our thoughts that the standard of food and service continues to be great. Timely, informed, friendly wait...More

Thank Barclay1974
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately only had a couple of bottles of wine here while we conversed as the sun sank slowly into the blue Pacific. We did not eat this time but have in the past and back then it had delicious food. Many many people enjoying the...More

Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose The Lobster for my birthday lunch while visiting Santa Monica from New Orleans and chose the perfect place. The lobster salad + a glass of rosé + an amazing view = Birthday Bliss! The ambience, service and food were wonderful. We will go...More

Thank Susan M
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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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
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.
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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