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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Lobster Shop South reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (142)special occasion (125)great for outdoor dining (102)romantic (65)great for brunch (44)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (39)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (22)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Always a Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    On the spur of the moment my wife and I decided we wanted a waterfront restaurant on a hot summer night, and had a wonderful dinner in a beautiful setting. The calamari was exceptional, and both of us had halibit dishes which were well prepared. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We'll definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place and food
    Olychick
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had reservations, but the parking lot was gridlocked with cars parking for waterfront activities NOT the restaurant. It was frustrating & made us late for our reservation. Had a bit of a wait, with others being seated before us, who had walked in without a reservation. I asked for an outdoor table, but when we finally were shown to our table, it was indoors. They did move us outdoors when I asked again. Our server was charming & knowledgeable and made good recommendations on food & wine. Shared lobster bruschetta, which was great. We both had the scallop dinner; it was delicious. While not a very authentic tasting risotto, the wild mushroom one accompanying the scallops was quite tasty. I'll return! All in all, a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MDK66
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, service and view of sound. Would definitely come there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    cdseattle
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love this restaurant! We can't get there very often, but when we do, we always enjoy it so much. Generally we go in the summer so we can sit on the deck, but the views are great no matter where you sit. The Happy Hour/Early Dinners offer excellent selections and reasonable pricing. The food is so tasty! We splurged this time and ordered dessert to celebrate a birthday. It was worth the splurge! We will be back and will recommend to friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great time
    ssdalo25
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    very enjoyable experience. great food, and the service was excellent. Loved the décor and the day we went the view was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I went to the Lobster Shop for our annual anniversary dinner. Any time we have gone to the Lobster Shop we have never been disappointed. Our meals were excellent. Our server (Josh) did an excellent job. If there was anything that might put a damper on the experience was the four people seated next to us that kept taking pictures and talking loudly in a language wasn't English.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twilight Special Dinner
    notfrequentdiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Wonderful anniversary dinner. Good salmon and service. Great scenery and ambiance outside and over the water. Nice and quiet on west end of outside deck. A special and favorite place.
    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.
  • can't beat the deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is moderately priced for such a great brunch. Awesome view, especially if you sit outside. The food is great and the service top notch. I highly recommend you take out-of-towners if you can.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is excellent
    enjoygoodviews
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We go for the Twilight Dinner Menu and always have excellent food and service. You cannot beat the price and the quality if you don't mind being an early diner which works great for us. The menu has a great selection to choose from and have tried several different entrees and always enjoy them all. Walk away happy every time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    jndndmVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came here for our anniversary, always a good choice. The food here is better than others on the waterfront, the brunch is astounding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank You!
    DudleyDoRight
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We always celebrate our Special Day (Birthday/Anniversary) here... and it's always the BEST. All the way around: service, atmosphere, view, and the food is wonderful! We'll be back next year...same time, same station!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeDee
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is the place for us to go for our anniversary dinner. We have been married 23 years and although we have not spent every year here, it is always fabulous! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Took a bit to get seated even though we had reservations. just a busy time of year. We got a great table looking on the water. Food came out timely and was fresh out of the oven. Definitely would come here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy but not... perfect!
    Aristide
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    One of the primary attraction is the location as one of very few upper end restaurants on Ruston way, the scenery is magic (table near window or outside). The food is of good quality but on the expensive side. The wine list is almost entirely domestic and... overpriced! Specifically the crab cakes appetizers (or main course) are stunning, the fish (sea bass, swordfish, in this particular case) was good with an innovative presentation and accompaniments but with a couple of minor issues (fish could have been more moist, avocado more ripe). The desserts are classics but well done. As mentioned before the wine choices are limited (for the type of restaurant this place aspires to be) and too pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely love this place!
    lor898
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Lobster Shop offers a fantastic dining experience. It is a beautiful restaurant and offers stunning views from inside and out on the patio. Wonderful, fresh food, great service, and friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MLBS62
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Lobster Shop celebrating my birthday. Everything was fantastic from the time we arrived to the time we left. One of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.