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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 26 February 2016 via mobile

Went today and food was good but v found a hair inside the bread v were having and when pointed out v got a complementary ice cream and was disappointed for not having enough apologies from the management as if it's normal thing.👎🏻

1  Thank Imran A
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Online reservation was a breeze. Staff greeted us with classic Southern California ease and quickly made us feel at home. Restaraunt is located overlooking the Santa Monica pier. I asked to be seated with a window view and the manager quickly made arrangements to have...More

Thank Randall M
Reviewed 25 February 2016

The restaurant has a stunning view - especially at sunset. The food is pretty good overall (I've been there several times and always seem to go for clam and mussel dishes). The only real draw back is the noise level and its a little pricey....More

Thank theaterloversanta
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

After so many years of enjoying nearby faves, and walking past The Lobster thinking it just looked too touristy, we decided to believe the great reviews and have lunch. Yes the food is über-fresh, farmers market friendly, none better to be found, truffle-parmesan fries to...More

Thank Jbaxterking
Reviewed 18 February 2016

This seafood restaurant at the beginning of the Santa Monica Pier has an elegant upstairs dining room and bar with views over the pier and the beach. We were a family group that included a two year old and she was accommodated graciously. The atmosphere...More

Thank LondonPetunia
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Great food, great service, great view! Love their crab cakes and most of all their dishes. They are located on the ocean side in Sta Monica, right next to the pier, in a very touristic location, but frequented by locals.

Thank sheilafajl
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

We wished we had been hungry when we stopped here because the menu looked amazing! We had mojitos and margaritas and they were great. The view was great for people watching and a view of the beach. The manager stopped and talked to us for...More

Thank CrystalAnn56
Reviewed 16 February 2016

My usual experience with great view is that the food is only average. This is NOT the case with The Lobster. Our oysters, lobster roll sandwich, and sashimi were wonderful. Our server was delightful, and it was fun to watch everyone on the Santa Monica...More

Thank junebugclaremont
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Cold in here for dinner during the week and was very well looked after by our waiter who was called Chris There is an extensive seafood menu but lobster is a mess though it is a little bit pricey The staff are very good the...More

Thank Teesdalepark
Reviewed 15 February 2016

My friends introduced me to the Lobster. Time permitting, we go there before I fly off to London from LAX. It is the perfect location to say 'good-bye' to CA. You have an uninterrupted view of the beach and Santa Monica pier. The food is...More

Thank irishsalsa
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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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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