Lobster Shop South
Lobster Shop South

Lobster Shop South

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lobstershop.com/
  • Phone: 2537592165
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

    Easter Sunday: all day buffet 8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Juan Olivares
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two excellent rooms for private parties. Each room can hold up to 40 persons, great for company or family functions. Rooms are available most days and nights of the week. Please call us directly for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: Ann Marie Myers (253) 759-2165x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.
A word from Lobster Shop South
Welcome to the Lobster Shop South, located on Ruston Way on the waterfront in Tacoma.

The Lobster Shop restaurants have been operating since 1977, offering some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite seafood dishes.

The restaurant sits over the waters of Commencement Bay, offering breathtaking views of both Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range.
During the summer months the restaurant offers outdoor dining and with a dock available for boaters, makes for an excellent day getaway.

The Lobster Shop has always been the place where the South Sound loves to celebrate; whether a birthday, anniversary or promotion you just can't beat the atmosphere.

Annually rated by the well known Zagat Survey, the Lobster Shop takes a great deal of pride in making sure that every experience is a memorable one. We look forward to serving you soon.

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Lobster Shop South reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (129)special occasion (119)great for outdoor dining (90)romantic (65)fit for foodies (40)great for brunch (38)good for groups (36)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (26)notable wine list (22)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (8)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Ruston Way Dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Sunset dinning on Ruston Way. GREAT water view with very good service. Food was well prepared and delivered in a pleasing fashion. For a Friday night at 7:30 it was not crowded. Appetizer, drinks, salads, main course and deserts ran $210 for 3 persons. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happydiner
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We always consider going to the Lobster Shop for any kind of occasion because we've always had excellent service, wonderful views, and outstanding food every time we've been there. The wine list and bar have extensive selections to satisfy almost any request. Our server Justin actually listened to our requests to take our time and savor the ambiance and food by keeping the timing slower and not feeling the least bit rushed. It's a great location to spend ones 53rd wedding anniversary!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A metal tray meal
    Piwhole
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    They could have served the potatoes and broccolini on a metal tray and it would have been copacetic. Worst spuds and vegetable I've ever had there, steam table potatoes and cool broccolini, and we've been going to The Lobster Shop for 30 years or so. I've had better 10 oz Australian lobster there so who knows, time of year, handling, cooking??? Our anniversary is the 15th, but that falls on a Monday this year so I wanted to make certain that our options for lobster was optimal, so we went to dinner on the Friday before. Won't bother with that calculation again. Service was a little slow to get started but attentive enough from then on. We'll probably look for another place for the next "special occassion".
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great view, great food
    ladiesnightout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    An excellent evening with out of town guests. all our food was great, and the view is one of the best in Tacoma
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over done
    Bowty
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at the Lobster Shop. The scenery and water views were great. The service was good, but the meal itself was over cooked. We had the lobster tails and the turned out to be rubber. I don't think we'll be returning especially for the price you pay for your meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely View, Food OK
    MellyBVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Beautiful setting right on the water. Décor is modern and fresh. Waiter was attentive; but busy. When dinner arrived my husband's halibut and mine were room temperature at best. Clearly sat at the pass too long and continued to cook under the lights, so the fish was over cooked. My son's dinner was better; he had the cedar plank sampler, but it too wasn't that hot. He ate it anyway. Waiter was very apologetic and offered to heat up or re-fire. We opted for re-fire. Came out pretty quickly and was cooked nicely. At the end of the night he offered us coupons for free appetizers on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for brunch!
    jndndmVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lobser Shop has an outrageous Sunday brunch. Satisfied the appetites of my two sons and husband! Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you want a great brunch buffet
    duckie2551
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went on Sunday to celebrate my hubby's birthday. We made a reservation through Open Table, and our table was ready when we walked in with a beautiful view of the Sound. The food was outstanding. Made-to-order omelets and eggs benedict (not in a warming tray). Good selection at the carving station. Yummy small bite desserts. And cold shrimp, crab legs, salmon and oyster shots. Wonderful cheese tray and salad bar selections. Everything made with highest quality standards. Good value for the price paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should worth more points
    Nightout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner. Prices were shown as 30 or less but many items were well above this. Our final bill for two was above $150.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    Choicemeal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have enjoyed the Lobster Shop for years. It is one of our favorite places to eat and enjoy the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view, well prepared food
    artichoke777
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to the Lobster Shop for dinner and were not disappointed. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and decided to have a drink at the bar while we waited. Our table was available after about ten minutes, and they transferred our tab, drinks, and appetizer order to our server. We were sat at a table right in front of the window, and the view here is amazing. The calamari appetizer was perfectly fried, not chewy, although we wished the sauce came on the side (rather than underneath the tower of calamari). My boyfriend ordered the filet and I ordered scallops. Both were well prepared, although my boyfriend's vegetables were undercooked. Our server was really prompt and didn't overdo it. We would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    happydiners
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    After being a bit disappointed the last couple of times we had been for brunch, we were very pleasantly surprised at the expanded selection of dishes being presented. My husband was particularly thrilled to see the lox and bagels were back, as well as a couple more favorites. As this is our very favorite place to dine and bring guests in Tacoma, and as long time patrons, we were very happy the improvements!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ordered from the twilight menu. The choices were great and the food was outstanding. The ambiance, view and service was top notch. Pricing was very reasonable for the quality and portions. We will go again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    HalYes
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For no particular reason, we had not been to the Lobster Shop for about 20 years. Decided to take my wife to dinner for her birthday. We found the total experience to be outstanding. The salmon was superb and the service excellent. We will certainly return more frequently.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FIRST EXPERIENCE
    WINEDIVA
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    HAD A WONDERFUL FIRST EXPERIENCE HERE FOR MY WIFES BIRTHDAY LUNCH!!! THE WAITER RECOMMENDED THE SHRIMP PO-BOY AND I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER! YUMMY....... MY WIFE HAD A STEAK WHICH WAS DELICIOUS ALSO. THE WAITER WAS FANTASTIC, THE SERVICE PROMPT, AND WE THROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR TIME THERE. I CANT WAIT TO COME BACK!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    gearhaes
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lobster Shop South always a great experience. I've been coming to this restaurant for special occasions for over 15 years. From my high school graduation, return home from college to visit with the family, to now causal dinning with friends. The food is always made the way you order, tastes fresh and never pre-made. A great bargain is the Twilight hour before 5:30p.m. a 3 course meal for $21. But beyond the food is the ambiance and view of the puget sound and Mount rainier are incredible. The waitstaff and hostess are always nice and polite. Its always a treat to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kathryn Alves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was amazing. Our server josh was terrific. We had an absolutely wonderful experience. Thank you so very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was very disappointing - the food was laid out in a very strange fashion - the tartar and cocktail sauce was after the salads - melted butter next to the clam chowder. Several platters were empty and we had to ask them to be filled. The muffins and cookies looked like they had come from Costco. The wait staff is very nice and attentive. Would not go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    shreveclan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had an enjoyable evening, the food was excellent and our waiter was awesome. He killed a bee that had crawled up the window inside the restaurant. The only issue I had was the flies, I kind of get the fact there is seafood being served and the doors are being opened but they were annoying. Will that stop us from going back....NO.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant was clean and well maintained. The staff was very welcoming. The food was very good. Price range was moderate.would go again if I lived near, or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sit outside
    Dolphinali
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We sat outside and the view of Mt. Ranier was spectacular! The Halubut topped with Dungeness crab special was very good and the peach cobbler dessert was yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • discriminodineVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    12 of us ate here and everyone left happy; the variety of options was extensive; there were early bird lower priced options and some inventive sauces/toppings for fish. Desserts were also delightful; quantities were also ample and the wine list was generous; the service was quite good for a large party function; all around an excellent choice
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our entire exoerience was terrific. We got held up in traffic and couldn't make our reservation time...called and the gal was very accommodating and just advanced the time. We dined on the balcony and it was awesome! Our waiter was delightful and the food was 5 Star. We definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of our favorite places! We love seafood so this is perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    2forfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The atmosphere, service and food were all fabulous. I would recommend the brunch to anyone for a special occasion. It was our 10th anniversary! The only complaint we had was that some of the hot food was not hot enough, otherwise it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to find it sunny and warm enough to dine outside. It was raining at our house when we left for dinner. The food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    calamari is the best in all of Washington...food is always excellent...service is great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous service View
    hungrygirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The water view & great service made this a wonderful birthday celebration. Two of the three dinners were excellent. The cod fish fry was not up to standards with the parmesan potatoes tasting like they had been sitting in a warming drawer & the fish strong & chewy. When the staff asked if something was wrong with the dinner, I told them the issues. They quickly offered another meal which I did not take. Without a word they took the dinner off the bill & we paid for just the salad I did enjoy. They were very discrete & handled it well. Our wait person was excellent...fun, sweet, & professional. We will return & this time I will order what mom ordered, the fried shrimp. They were delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall experience
    DinnerGroup
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The setting is beautiful. We were in a small group and everyone was over 60-years of age. The seating was comfortable with nice views. The service and food were very good. It was the noise from adjacent groups that made conversation difficult for our table. We would have talked longer but it was challenging being heard, so we departed after a delicious meal and ended up talking for another half hour in the parking lot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Shop South missing the mark
    SKOVVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our experience for a Tuesday evening was less than expected based on previous visits. Our waiter was slammed, billed us incorrectly and the wrong food was brought to our table. The bartender ran out of agave for one of their signature drinks and the substitute was less than par. The amount of time to get a second round of drinks was almost too late before we decided to leave. Not a great experience this time, will look for other experiences somewhere else in Tacoma next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Celebration
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've been going to the Lobster Shop for many, many years. The menu offers a large variety of seafood, and the view is breathtaking. The food at the Lobster Shop is good--I like it--I don't love it. In my opinion, the food tends to be lacking a little something that would make it fabulous. I have high expectations for expensive restaurants and would like the price of the food to match the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good experience
    eatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good food, beautiful view sitting outside, nice decor inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • impress your out of town guests
    tigger
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our "go to" place when we want to take someone to very special place for seafood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSuzanne1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A good brunch with a great water view, pleasant waitstaff, and reasonable price. The best flourless chocolate cake! This is one of our favorite places to take our out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exquisite service and food
    olydiners
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Joshua, our server, was very attentive and had a great sense of humor. We ate outside to enjoy a gorgeous view of the bay right on the water. When I got chilly, with a simple request, the umbrellas came down and the warm and toasty heat lamps came on. Everything was delicious. Here are the highlights: The lobster bisque soup, as an appetizer, was amazing. If you have room for dessert and you love chocolate the flourless chocolate cake is a must have.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOBSTER AND MORE
    Libby
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A group of eight celebrated three birthdays and had a wonderful time. Food, service, and our wait staff were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience.
    nrbseattle
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We visited Lobster Shop South on a Friday night at 7:30pm. We originally had 7:15 reservations however traffic was horrible so we called to let them know and they were very friendly. It wasn't an issue and they continued to hold the reservation for us. The staff was very friendly which is always extremely important to us. The food was good (and that's all). I had the Sea Bass and my wife had the Halibut fish & chips. The Sea Bass had good flavoring but it wasn't very memorable. The Halibut Fish & Chips was pretty good and we would probably order it if we dine again. I would have liked to try the Halibut Oscar and would order that next time. Overall it was a good experience and the views are excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Crablegs
    Roxi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    They may be known for their lobster but I chose the crablegs . . . . delightful! and the desserts were yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    greatfood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was my wife's birthday and this restaurant is always high on our list to eat at. Just a great time at a place that holds a lot of memories.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome service and food
    BandB
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Been here a few times, of you're in the area and wanna take ur wife to a nice night out Go there, if you're like me and never could find the time with the hectic life of being a parent and traveling professional, this is an awesome place to leave the kids with the neighbors and take the wife to a nice night, I highly encourage it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.