Fantastic food and scenery
The Lobster is one of the highlights of Santa Monica - we came back for our second visit during our holiday for the UK and weren't disappointed. The food and service is truly world class, the posh pork chop was fantastic and would highly recommend. The lunch menu from last time was very good and would recommend the special fries. In short it's a must see.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very annoying thing is you are given a menu (this has happened twice now) and both times I wanted something under only available til 3pm. Of course i asked and was told no. Not good customer service in my opinion. Have different menus. But really the main question is why be so ridiculous.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got a great booth, but after
Got a great booth, but after moving tables. The original table I requested was a window, but not avail. Didnt find this out until after I got there. Not restaurants fault. In past through open table I've requested tables. But, find out after fact they aren't avail. But, booth I was out in was amazing and good too. Great, friendly waiter.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lives up to expectations
Our fourth visit - cannot resist. The freshest and most delicious seafood in the best location in Santa Monica. The dinner is better than the lunch. Book a window table.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed everything about this
Enjoyed everything about this experience, 100%, great food, great view, great service, outstanding!
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
The management and staff are fantastic. They take good care of you if you give them time to prepare a good table.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although it's a bit expensive, the food, service and the view of the setting sun was well worth it the price. Yes, we went for a special occasion (our 21st anniversary), but we go there every few months when we are celebrating absolutely nothing.
It's a great classy restaurant.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always fabulous! Love the
Always fabulous! Love the lobster and all the staff.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to the Lobster
We have been to the Lobster for many special occasions. The food is very good. The service is excellent. The view of the Pacific, the pier is awesome.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, view, nice people
We came here for our anniversary, and my boyfriend proposed here! The staff was just so nice and gave us a seat by the window with a lovely view of the sunset. The food was great, he had the scallops which were huge and super tender, with the largest chunks of bacon I'd ever seen. I had the housemade lobster ravioli, which was buttery and delicious. At dessert he asked our server to take a picture of us, then proceeded to pull out a ring box and got down on one knee, it was so sweet, and the whole restaurant applauded after I said yes! What a magical night. I have to say I didn't really eat much of the dessert after that but it looked amazing. Thanks again to The Lobster staff for contributing to such a happy occasion.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites for special occasions - too distant from home for regular visits. Pity! Love the food, location and view. Parking is pretty steep, and the stacked parking makes for long waits to retrieve your vehicle. Very popular at lunchtime on weekends, so food "delivery" can take a half hour to an hour from ordering. Drinks are very good, but quite expensive.... but I uess the "rent" is pretty high here. Waitstaff are good, courteous and attentive. Management does a very good job.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT FOOD, NICE WAITER,TIGHT SPACE
We picked the restaurant according to yelp review. The view was as great as others said. We planned for a 5:45 sitting so that we could see the sunset. The food was pretty good, all the seafood was fresh. We had oyster, Maine Lobster, scallops, etc. The calamari's breading was so so, a little blend. The only one complaint we had was the seating space was too tight. We never had another restaurant that had so little space between the tables. And because all the customers were so close to each other, the noise level was also very high. The waiter was nice. He was patient to give us time to review the menu before we could make up our mind.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but worth it!
Not my first time at The Lobster, but definitely not going to be my last.
The food is exceptional. Great jumbo shrimp cocktails, excellent filet
mignon, superb lobster with garlic butter for dipping, and an outstanding
white fish with Spanish chorizo. Everything was delicious. Our waiter, although
busy, made the time to check on our enjoyment of our food several times. He
was funny, attentive, and knowledgeable about the wines and the food.
Overall, a wonderful dining experience. Oh, and did I mention we had a spectacular
view of the sunset over Santa Monica Beach?!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at The Lobster is very good. The view is beautiful and the staff could not have been nicer. Everyone tried to please - from the choice of table to the choice of wine. My only negative comment is that the noise level is high and there are a lot of tables crammed close to each other. However, we return every year for special celebrations and always enjoy ourselves.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were great
Food and service were great and our dinner was finishing up when one of the most beautiful sunsets occurred on the santa monica beach
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff here are first class
I had dinner here with three friends on Sep 23, 2013 and thought the view, food, and service were all exceptional. I would highly recommend it.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great views
Just to be clear: I think The Lobster is outstanding not because it serves Michelin-starred food but because it has a wonderful, varied menu of dishes, made with fresh ingredients and care, at prices that for the area and the quality are quite reasonable. The lobster salad is a great light lunch, with lots of fresh lobster, and the scallops on faro a delicious, more substantial option, but there are many choices. The view from most of the dining room is terrific, over Santa Monica beach and the pier, and the bartenders do a very nice job with drinks. I never miss a visit when I'm in LA.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to restaurant expecting to break up with my partner. Instead, the crisp, elegant ambience and oceanic view kept us in a civilized, connected space. I'm not saying the Lobster will save your relationship but it won't hurt it. Weapons down. Hearts up.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Food & Service
Have eaten here many times in years past but this meal was noticeably on a higher level. The food and exceptional service were everything you'd hope for and want out of a dining experience. We had lobster both grilled and steamed, the best new england style chowder we've ever tasted and a perfect chardonnay suggested by our patient and deeply knowledgeable waiter. Even the green beans were delicious!
It can be pricey at The Lobster but you get your money's worth + the pacific ocean. And they've raised their game in the kitchen compared to past years. Highly recommended and if you're a fan of new england chowder, you gotta try this light and delicious 'California' twist on a seafood favorite. For dessert, go for the "Farmers' Market Crisp."
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and fantastic location,
Great food and fantastic location, but the usual ambience was upset by a large wedding party that evening, with people up and talking to each other a lot and therefore we often could not enjoy the view. The din of conversation was louder than I would like.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again, great fish!
This is one of the best places for fresh fish in the LA area. We were a little disappointed that we were seated so far from the window overlooking the pier and beach, but the food made up for it.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a view
Great place to people watch and dine on excellent food. Superior service and delicious food.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
ALWAYS A WINNER
The food is excellent. The view is spectacular. The service is friendly. You'll feel special and upper class. It's my go to spot for first dates, holidays and birthday surprises. It never lets me down. The food is always delicious.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy dining at The
Always enjoy dining at The Lobster. The sauteed blue prawn appetizer is amazing and be sure so save some bread to dip in the sauce. My kids always come and they enjoy it too. They change their desserts seasonally and I especially love it when they have the Panna Cotta.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time back in a year. Seafood was as fresh and delicious as I remembered. Very helpful staff. Great wine selection. Stunning views. Convenient valet paring (a must near the pier). This restaurant is still great.
10/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food, Great Service!
The lobster roll is fantastic! Our server Vicki was even greater! Would definitely come back again and again.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visitors? A "must do."
Appetizers and desserts were exceptional as was the service. We both had broiled lobster. Excellent but one was very difficult to extract meat even with expert assistance of server. The steak portions were too large for us to opt for surf and turf this time. Next time will order filet with half a steamed lobster and not risk a struggle with a rebellious crustacean.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love us some Vicki
David sat us at a window table with Vicki and the evening just kept getting better and better.Outstanding food, great staff, a treat every time.We sat with Timothy in August for my friends birthday and she is still talking about it . When ever we leave Las Vegas we always come to the Lobster.Hope to see you before years end.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a Special Occasion
Loved the atmosphere, very upbeat. It is a great spot for celebrating a special occasion. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. We were there to celebrate my sister's PhD commencements. Even though none of us ordered dessert, our waiter brought a cake for her in honor of the occasion Very thoughtful of him.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Location
Being right on the pier is a major plus for this seafood regular. The lights and crowds add to the better than average food. The fish is fresh and was able to accommodate a food issue with ease. . Best to make a reservation or look to wait hours.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got there right at noon
We got there right at noon on a weekday for lunch and got an amazing table right by the window overlooking the pier. By the time we left an hour later it was pretty noisy and tables had filled up. The Dungeness Crab/Shrimp Louie Salad was huge and filled with lots of meat.
Yummy food - great view. I will definitely go again.
A little "pricey" but worth it.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food w/ a view -- can be had
Five of us dined @ lunch on a Saturday and enjoyed it immensely. The architecture and view are stunning. Our waiter and the staff were exceedingly professional, and the chef was very personable and had great recommendations.
Everything we ate tasted fresh from the sea and was extremely well prepared with excellent pairings of the accompaniments. The burrata was melt-in-your-mouth creamy and flavorful and came with an amazing light pesto. The seared scallops with the Kurobuta pork belly and roasted winter vegetable medley was a delicious pairing. The king crab leg special was a hearty portion and was so succulent ... like they were just steamed in the boat and brought it in.
We look forward to coming back for dinner soon.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was attentive & knowledgable. The food was to die for. The view breath taking. I don't know whatelse to say, sensational.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Views but expensive
The Lobster enjoys fantastic sunset views over the Santa Monica pier. We had booked in advance and our request for an ocean front table was honored. The salmon and Mahi Mahi fish we ordered were good, but not outstanding. We paid over 100$ (no alcohol), which is rather expensive (they include a 15% gratuity in the bill), but the views, service and ambience made it worth it for a once-in a while dining experience
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
5 stars all around. Food and service were both excellent. Leah was our waitress and did a great job. I started with the grilled octopus. It was second only to the octopus that I had in Mallorca. My wife had the "special" grilled Baramundi and I had the Lobster on a French Roll. It was a little pricey but worth it.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Seems to be a very touristy
Seems to be a very touristy location, at corner of Santa Monica pier, but found the food to be very good and our waiter, Mark, a joy
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for a Whale
Beautiful scenery and most excellent wait service next to the window with the Santa Monica Pier in full view. Early reservation with OpenTable fit us in a position that we kind of wondered if we were celebrities. Waiter was helpful for describing that spiny lobster, much meatier than the traditional lobster. Nice choice! Bowl of clam chowder was filling AND tasty. Will need to return soon. Meal was enough for a whale! Thanks to Willy the Whale for the recommendation from down the street at Shutters on the Beach.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
We got what we expected!!
Great food, great view, top notch. Prices are high but you know this going in, great for a special occasion.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was Fantastic But.....
Valets were not very helpful. Barely said a word when we drove up or when we left. No instructions about where to leave the car. I guess the "Validated" parking fee of $7.00 must mean they don't have to care. I always thought a validation meant the restaraunt covered the parking when you spend $250.00 on a dinner for 2.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a very delicious dish
It was the restaurant where was very popular. I think that a reservation is necessary beforehand to go to this restaurant.
The main dish of this is a lobster. The lobster dish of this restaurant is worth eating by all means.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fairly expensive but who cares.
Fairly expensive but who cares. Everything is a class act. As California s it gets... and tasty, too. 10 stars.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our finest meals in LA
Perfect meal, ambiance & service! Highly recommend!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seafood Goodness with a view
The service was impeccable. We were there at an off time of day, so they were very accommodating giving us the table we wanted. The grilled lobster made my taste buds sing. Delicious. My spouse loved her Barramundi. The view pass the pier and out to the ocean was lovely. We stayed to watch the sun slink down under the horizon, ending another beautiful LA day. Sunset, grilled lobster, champagne and a beautiful woman- today was a good day.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great all around!
View was spectacular! Seafood was great. Service was very good, wished the waiter would have identified the oyster sampler when it was delivered so you knew what areas the oysters were from, the list was on the menu, but not oysters not labeled on the platter as some other nice restaurants will do.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Im always treated like royalty when I dine at The Lobster. The excellent tasting and high quality food is always complemented by the professional wait staff...and the view over the SM Pier and the Pacific is unequalled in Santa Monica.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
All staff offered excellent service and provide excellent suggestions on wine and dinner selections.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
REMEMBER TO ASK THE PRICE
REMEMBER TO ASK THE PRICE FOR THE LOBSTER SPECIAL.
I WAS SCHOCKED AT THE INDIVIDUAL PRICE ON THE BILL.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner with a View
Husband took me to The Lobster for my birthday. When we arrived, they immediately seated us at a window seat for the amazing view of the Santa Monica pier. Our waiter took our drink order right away (their raspberry martinis are super!) and bread with pesto was given to us. I ordered crab cakes and my husband ordered clam chowder as appetizer. Crab cakes were delicious! Husband said soup was really good too! For my entree I ordered poached lobster which was really good. My husband had the scallops which he said were just okay. We were too full for dessert, but they brought ice cream with a candle, which was very sweet. Our bill came to $185 with tip so this is definitely a special occasion restaurant.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seafood at it´s best
Quality proofs best in standard dishes. Chowder! The very best clamchowder we ever had in our life between Caribic and US Westcoast. Grilled lobster! Better than ever for the last 40 years in the Bahamas. Anything else necessary?
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh seafood, well prepared,
Fresh seafood, well prepared, and the helpful staff makes for a great dining experience!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM