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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A special place at the end of the pier. Great food for all with a tremendous setting. You might see a movie star. Don't miss it--we always dine here when in the area.

Thank Ellie1704
Reviewed 2 days ago

The latest incarnation of the Lobster, located by the entrance tot eh Santa Monica Pier, is an upscale fine seafood dining spot. Great views of not only the pier but the Pacific Ocean coastline beyond Malibu. The menu is dominated by seafood and lobster. Great...More

Thank L R D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to The Lobster with a work colleague and his wife when we were in town for a work conference. We went on the spur of the moment on a Wednesday night after visiting the Santa Monica pier and they were full, but had...More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 1 week ago

You should go here for the view not the fod or the service which are both good but not great. this place attracts a lot of tourists.

Thank rj100032655
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This might be one of the best meals i ever had. We started off with oysters and champagne and it was as fresh as the ocean just outside the window. The Lobster is situated just above the famous pier in santa monica and the wiev...More

Thank Henrik K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for lunch on a busy, sunny, warm Saturday. We had a perfect table overlooking the beach and the food was all excellent. My lobster salad was just what I wanted. Fabulous parmesan fries. Not inexpensive, but worth it for the location and...More

Thank AYL038
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view at this restaurant is amazing. We were there after dark and all the lights of the pier were great. Very busy but good service. Very fresh seafood.

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good restaurant for seafood. They also have good cocktails. I didn't like the bloody mary but the mojitos were great! It is situated right by the pier and therefore has a lovely view of the ocean. The food was fine.

Thank Anne P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Upscale food in a beautiful setting. Lots of excellent seafood choices. Good service and good choice of wines, cocktails and coffees

Thank Maggie A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Lobster is a Santa Monica landmark, located next to the famed Santa Monica sign at the entrance to the pier. It’s non descript from the exterior, but very ritzy inside, with nice views of the ocean and pier. The menu is extensive, with emphasis...More

Thank bobalcorn5
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 harborbabe | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I am just getting back to you, we've been traveling. Ask for window table, get on Google and inquire what time the sunset will be on that day in Santa Monica, CA to zero in on the time. Definitely make a... 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.
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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
Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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