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The Lobster

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Santa Monica
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1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212 (Colorado Ave.)
+1 310-458-9294
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent location, fantastic service, lovely decor. Interesting menu, all our meals were really good, tasty, sides, everything. Good drinks too. Expensive, but excellent.

Thank John C
Los Angeles
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86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a dinner here last night, just on time for sunset. The fried oysters to start with were fabulous. The halibut very tasty but just a minute or so overcooked. Raspberry sorbet delicious but a big portion, bets to share. The service absolutely wonderful. Everything is done and you don't even notice. The view of the sunset worth all the... More 

Thank LAVict0ria
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good vibe really busy beautiful sunset and the food was really good would Definitely recommend a visit

Thank mrsposh
Chanute, Kansas
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129 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My daughter and I arrived for a late lunch at The Lobster, after being recommended by the hotel we were staying at in Santa Monica. The restaurant has a classic California feel to it, and the views were exceptional. There is a great wine list, with several domestic and foreign choices by the glass. Of the many seafood choices on... More 

Thank Mrchanute
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54 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Delicious lobster with dipping butter. Ordered three sides: roasted potatoes, spinach and roasted sweet carrots. Wonderful meal. Quite pricey, but the view of the sunset was fabulous.

Thank Marina L
Guam, Mariana Islands
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I honestly didn't expect to get great food and great service at this popular tourist location at Santa Monica pier. How can you not miss it it is right there at the entrance of the pier. If you want good food there's not really much choices on the pier because they're all fast food. The minute you step inside, you... More 

Thank Norma D
Ranburne, Alabama
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant is next to water with great views. The food was excellent. Our waiter and other staff were efficient and informative.

Thank 112Debbie1962
Santa Monica, California
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fabulous location for ocean-viewing while dining, with knowledgeable staff to help you through the menu and extensive wine list. Nothing is inexpensive, but the preparation of food and drink is spectacular. Some may not eat fish or seafood. For them, I say go elsewhere. There are other things on the menu, but it would be a shame to miss the... More 

Thank Cos39
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We made our reservation on Open Table and requested an ocean view. We arrived 25 minutes early and apologized and offered to sit in the bar if our table wasn't ready. It wasn't. Initially we were impressed with the the friendliness and service from the bartenders. As our reservation time approached we asked the hosts for an update and were... More 

Thank William P
Pitt Meadows, BC
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225 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pampered. Loved the service we received from beginning to end. Our appies were: Deep Fried Oysters - Perfectly done and Crab Cake - Perfectly done. Entrees: 1.5lb Steamed Lobster - Great; New York Steak - Perfectly done, Free Range Chicken - Absolutely great and Shellfish and Black Chitarra Pasta - AWESOME! Reservation is highly recommended.

Thank mjbcmjbc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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