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The Lobster

Certificate of Excellence
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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Melbourne, Australia
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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

What a great experience than to eat seafood and view Santa Monica Pier and beach. The Oysters "Naked Cowboys" are always the best, but we also tried the other Oysters. Just beware that the Horse Radish can be a little potent and kill the taste of the Oyster. We also ordered the Clam apetiser and enjoyed. For our mains we... More 

Thank cowboyjojo
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

We were ignored when stepping in the door, and the service just got worse. The presentation of the food was awful and lacked any kind of culinary passion. At the end of the night, the waiter held the dessert menu upside down to ask if we were interested in any desserrt items. (No thanks!) I wished we had chosen a... More 

2 Thank JoyJoyEA
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

We requested a window table, and received confirmation but upon arriving at the restaurant, where the hostess was training and did not acknowledge us in the least, they attempted to seat us in the middle of the place. My girlfriend didn't allow that and we got a table where we requested. Appetizers were very good - oyster sampler and Uni.... More 

3 Thank Dewable
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94 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

we saw this restaurant in the trip advisor. booked a online reservation while we were siting in santa monica pier. would recommend the same. Else, waiting would have been for a long time. The place was full. noisy . but the ambience was filled with fun. every table there was life and noise. Looked like everyone comes to celebrate here.... More 

1 Thank sanmallya
Miami, Florida
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

The Lobster is a fantastic restaurant by the Santa Monica Pier. The highlights: ocean view is spectacular especially at sunset, great service, best lobster in town. The atmosphere is adult, elegant yet casual. Valet parking available.

Thank J R
Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

The service was great. The grilled lobster is the best I've ever had, including the appetizer and desert. Would recommend to anyone that visits Santa Monica.

1 Thank AVMFjr
County Dublin, Ireland
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

Lovely restaurant on the pier! We had a great dinner, good service and nice atmosphere. This restaurant is right by the pier and a short walk from the beach. The food was very good, great spot to grab a bite!

Thank Pamela C
Duncan, Canada
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141 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

If you want a greeat seafood dinner with good service and great view, this is the place for you. The menu offers something for everyone. The service is very good and the view is amazing. You look out over the pier and as the sun sets the colored lights come on giving you a spetacular view while you enjoy an... More 

Thank DT1254
Brisbane, Australia
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85 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

jumped in for happy hour and decided to stay for dinner. had the seafood platter for two which was fresh and provided good value for money

Thank ColinAJA
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

I don't get good seafood often living in NM but when I go to a costal area that is what we seek out. The night we went the staff was on top of there game and gave amazing service. My wife and I were there with our two small children and we all left satisfied. The kitchen was fast with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
American, Seafood, Soups
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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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