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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family recently enjoyed lunch at The Lobster and had a wonderful experience. The decor is very relaxed and inviting with lots of natural light and a great view to the Santa Monica pier. Their menu has a great variety from which to choose a...More

Thank WaterGirl55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is right at the pier. I always come back to here because the food is great, the staff is great and amazing sunsets. I have eaten in the bar area and restaurant and I have never been disappointed

Thank karen6886
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First the positives. Great location, beautiful view, great staff. Unfortunately, these could not make up for the exceptionally average and very expensive food. Highlight of the night was the grilled octopus starter. Corn and lobster chowder was under seasoned and boring. For mains the grilled...More

Thank SusanWellington
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lobster is very well situated on Santa Monica pier. As a result it is a tourist trap. It's a nice venue, and the staff were friendly. However the food was very average. We had the lobster, which was at best ok. The main issue...More

Thank David R
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Worse dinner we had in Santa Monica. Very expensive. Got the 3 pound grilled lobster. Very scrawny. Hardly any meat at all.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

The place to go for the best view of Santa Monica pier and the beach. A perfect place to go for a pre dinner cocktail and then transition to dinner to enjoy the sunset. If you want Lobster, this is the place. I had the...More

Thank Julia C
Reviewed 12 May 2018

It sits at the head of the Pier so affords wonderful views of the Pier, the Ocean and (of course) the amazing sunset view. Service was great. The price is not expensive and the seafood is very good. Big Entrée portions. Very romantic setting

Thank 749David
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

I was visiting a friend from high school who has lived in California for over 20 years for the first time. We drove down the coast and stayed in Santa Monica before I flew out of LAX. We enjoyed a window table overlooking the Santa...More

Thank rrj12089
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

My wife and I finally settled on The Lobster for a seafood. The hostess initially wanted to seat us indoors, but it was too warm although the glass walls allowed a wonderful view. She said there was no outdoor seating so we asked to be...More

Thank DrT4709
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

The Lobster is located at the beginning of the Santa Monica Pier. The big glass windows afford views of the beach and the pier. Although pricey, the food is very good and fresh. We had the crab cake appetizer, the scallops and pasta with shellfish...More

Thank she31
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.
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
USD 31 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
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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