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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%
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“lobster” (532 reviews)
“crab cakes” (77 reviews)
“prawns” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Solo dinner. I ordered an appetizer of Octopus that was an explosion of flavors and then some good oysters. Eventually the desert was delicious. Nothing to say about the service, everything was as I expect from a high-end restaurant. I will definitely have to come...More

Thank Enrico M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with a group of nine people. Service was awful. Waited over an hour for our food and when we complained to the manager he tried to blame the table for not ordering all the appetizers at the same time which wasn't true. I had...More

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food was quite good, once received. Jerry the waiter forgot to enter in our appetizer, which apparently delayed our dinner. No one apologized, though manager comped some food. Terrible for a pricy place.

Thank drmarkbg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely spot and views here, great food with friendly staff (Sigorney was fab). Accommodating chef and overall a really nice lunch!

Thank Essextravellots
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Lobster was a major disappointment. The people who had lobsters liked it - but my tuna was nothing special. The service was attrocious. The waiter forgot to put in our appetizer order and it caused our dinner to take well over an hour. It's...More

Thank Louise A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good lobster roll and warm chocolate pudding. Nice bright scenery at lunch time. Conveniently located to Santa Monica Pier.

Thank DanChicago
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best restaurant I've ever had the pleasure of dining in!!! Not only are the views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Pier excellent the food was UHMazing!!!!!!! The best fried oysters I have ever had and I traditionally like raw oysters. My Yellowfin...More

Thank mzzshawny
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told the view was incredible and it was. The food was excellent. The clam chowder fabulous. The seafood pasta was exceptional. Great service.

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at the bar on a Saturday afternoon. The Lobster had great ocean views and is located at the end of the Santa Monica Pier. I had a lobster roll that came with a large side of shoestring fries and a small cucumber...More

Thank RZTR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my second visit. Creative, fun, convenient, etc. Good value for LA prices. I had the crab Louis salad - perfect. The other parties had the traditional omelet, the crab cake benedict, and the clam chowder. The crab cake benedict was a a bit...More

Thank Ludgatecircus15
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 112Debbie1962 | Reviewed this property |
Look on a calendar for sunset. The restaurant is a great place to see sunset. I did not see any tables outside. It is very cool on the Pacific Ocean at night so a table outside would be cold. We made reservations the day... 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.
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.
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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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