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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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Opens in 30 min
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Went on Sunday after visiting the Santa Monica Pier for dinner. Reservations were at 5 and glad we made them, because it quickly got filled. We started with half of raw oysters and steamed mussels with a Stella and a Sauvignon Blanc. For the main...More

Thank Vanessa954
Reviewed 4 days ago

I booked the private room at The Lobster to host an event for 30 people. Everything was perfect! The food and service were outstanding. A great time was had by all. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a great meal, a unique...More

Thank 521sheah
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Lobster is located on Ocean Avenue, a short walk from the Lowes hotel. We ordered the calamari app, the 18 ounce rib-eye, the crab cake platter and a dinner sized salad with cold shrimp. The rib-eye was tasty and tender. The crab cakes were...More

Thank TempleBob
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a local, and I love to go to the Lobster for great sea food and to watch the activity on the pier and the sunset.

Thank William B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and amazing views. Went for dinner before sunset and had dynamite views of the sun setting. Try the chicken if you’re not a seafood person. It’s delicious.

Thank Oland S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make no mistake, this will challenge the average checkbook! But you will remember it fondly. Drinks (Raspberry Mojito

Thank Rigel54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great attentive staff, outstanding menu, amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu, and the Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier.

Thank ZweihundeBumsen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is the awesome!! From the fantastic service, to the wine and food; I cannot fault this place. Yum Yum Yum! Will def make this my regular when in LA! 👍

Thank Genevieve M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is delicious, the cocktails are amazing, and the prices are insane. I will say, there are reasonably-priced options, but never tell kids they can "order anything they want."

Thank bethannkw
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ended our honeymoon with a layover in LA. My wife chose The Lobster for our dinner there. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed, because I know Santa Monica fairly well, and that there are endless varieties of restaurants to be had. While all that...More

Thank Jimmy L
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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Questions & Answers
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.
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, 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
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