First time experienceI wanted to have lunch by the ocean on my birthday, which is why I choose The Lobster. It lived up to my expectations. While the service was a little slower than expected for lunchtime, everything else was great. The view of the pier and the ocean was spectacular. The Caesar salad and crab cakes were delicious. The service was friendly. I will be back!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day BrunchThe Lobster - while in quite the touristy hot spot of the Santa Monica pier has got things down pat. While they were very busy - we were taken to our table exactly on time - the service was great and the food was visually appealing and tasted wonderful.
Will have to go back during a non-special occasion day for a dinner or lunch.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA good time was had by all......The Lobster for lunch was perfect as usual. Service great, food good, drinks fun. Not too crowded which surprised me. Couldn't
have had a better lunch.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat table by the window!Our table with requested window seating was ready when we arrived. Specialties were explained very well by our server, however, the service of our meal and drinks were too slow come to the table but overall it will not stop us from a return visit with more friends. The food was excellent! Enjoyed watching the sun setting from our view....nice!!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGoodnessWe celebrated our anniversary and the staff was helpful in everyway. Hospitality was great along with the service. The entree was excellent and filling. We were also given a complementary desert as well. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Thankyou for your service!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMUnforgetableI had reservations about having dinner here as the location screams "tourist trap". I couldn't have been more wrong. The management has managed to take a tourist location and create a beautiful restaurant with first rate food, without the tourist tax on the menu. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. We had the seafood platter for two that was a meal in itself. Our waitress Natalie was a true gem. She made our evening one that we will not soon forget. Thank you Loster, and Natalie.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband received a birthdayMy husband received a birthday notice via email, so we redeemed it for his birthday. I couldn't get a table at sunset, only 5:45 or 9. We opted to go earlier, and watched the sunset on the pier.
Dinner was great. We had the special thai falvored fish appetizer, which was great. The hamachi we also ordered was just ok, by comparison. we also had the special fish entree on a bed of red quiona, snap peas, leeks and horseradish yougurt, also quite tasty. I had the thai cocktail, which was different and good, and my husband had the mojitos, for which he paid the price the next morning.
Our waiter, who I blieve we had before was great.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst class seafood restaurantFirst class seafood restaurant which we would highly recommend. It compares well with Sheekey,s which is our favourite fish restaurant in London.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love the Lobster. PerfectWe love the Lobster. Perfect location. This time the entrees were wonderful but the calamari appetizer was overcooked and tough.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOur party of 5 enjoyed a windowOur party of 5 enjoyed a window table with terrific ocean view. Main complaint is the noise level which is very high. Forget about having conversations where one can hear much of what your friends/family are saying!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely view, great food, andLovely view, great food, and most of all great service. Our waiter made the night. He was super friendly and had great suggestions.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and Great ViewsThe Lobster is a nice restaurant with exceptional views of the ocean. It's perfect for a special occasion. The wait staff is attentive and extremely polite, which added to our already enjoyable experience. The only challenging part was the noise level rose quickly as more patrons entered the restaurant, which is to be expected. It became difficult for hear one another, and ended up raising our voices to hear one another.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMA very crowded, popular placeA very crowded, popular place and it's easy to see why. Right at Santa Monica pier overlooking the water, very nice food, and Leah provided great service.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were celebrating our son'sWe were celebrating our son's engagement with him and our future daughter-in-law. We did mention that fact to our waiter and he brought a sweet desert with a candle at the end of the meal.
Also, I had requested a "quiet" table, if possible, and we were accommodated with a booth which was as quiet as the space allowed.
We arrived on time and were seated immediately at the time of our reservation (12:45 PM Sunday noon). Our waiter indicated that a tour group of 70 people had JUST arrived before us. In spite of that potential problem, there was absolutely no delay in our receiving our food orders; the restaurant obviously had ramped up their wait staff to accommodate the group.
Our food was all delicious. A lovely experience.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, the food and serviceAs always, the food and service was delicious. We had a bit of a wait, even tho we had a reservation, before we were seated, and since we were a group of 8, it was a bit awkward to stand around waiting. But, once we were seated, our waitress and other servers were attentive and perfect.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, too fastThe food is excellent, and the wine list is two pages of small print, a pretty good selection overall. I gave the service an "outstanding" because it was attentive and prompt, the waiter was personable without being too familiar and quite knowledgeable about the menu items (content and prep)that we asked about. I rated the ambiance only three because we thought the pace of the meal was a bit too quick, not rushed, but almost. We ordered a bottle of wine plus an appetizer in addition to our entrees, and from the time we were seated until we were walking out the door was exactly 60 minutes. One thing we found perhaps a bit odd was that there were only men servers and bus staff, no women in sight that were employed there except the hostess.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were surprised to be assessedWe were surprised to be assessed a $7 parking fee after validation. It would be good for the parking attendant to inform the customer of the fee in addition to the validation. One assumes at least 2 hours of free parking for dining there.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service and excellentExcellent service and excellent food. I brought friends from out of town here and was not disappointed. The staff was very friendly and the food was phenomenal. We got there early to enjoy a few happy hour cocktails before being seated for dinner. The view is incredible. I will definitely be coming here again.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place!We had a great time there with my wife! We were celebrating her birth day.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWilling to accommodate myWilling to accommodate my group when it grew by two. Great views from many places in the dining room. Excellent food. People said that there drinks were good too. Spinach pasta, a Spanish fish dish , and crab cakes were great. Caesar salad was one of the best I have had.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe highlight of our two dayThe highlight of our two day stay in Santa Monica was lunch at The Lobster! Had a great window seat with a view of the pier. Steak & fries + 1/2 lobster was amazingly delicious! Manila Clam Chowder was the best I have ever eaten. Can't wait to return.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMDespite its silly name, theDespite its silly name, the food at this long-timer still delivers. Quality is still excellent and service very professional. Price isn't cheap but you can see the quality in the food.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service. Food wasExcellent service. Food was outstanding with a nice variety from which to choose. Mid-expensive but worth it due to the quality of the food.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe met 8 years ago on a 1stWe met 8 years ago on a 1st date... We go back every year for anniversary dinner celebration of our time together. It's got amazing scenery, food and energy. Love the view.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMI always enjoy The Lobster.I always enjoy The Lobster. The food is good. My server was wonderful. She had an energetic and engaging personality. She checked on us just enough and even though we had a table near a busy walking space,it wasn't too bad. The parking should be lower, in light of what you may spend at lunch or dinner and the parking attendant only takes cash, which was almost a problem, if it hadn't been for my client and me pulling our dollars together.3/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing service. AppreciateAmazing service. Appreciate that when visiting a place that's on the beach.2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMconsistently good spot atconsistently good spot at an A+ location. Service was excellent; food is pretty good but not always as good as the rest of the experience1/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my third visiting.This is my third visiting. Everything is perfect especially boiled whole lobster. I love this restaurant.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM