The Lobster
The Lobster

The Lobster

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelobster.com/
  • Phone: (310) 458-9294
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm; Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Collin Crannell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday up to 50 people. Wednesday and Thursday up to 30 people. Friday and Saturday up to 22 people. Complete buyout of restaurant seven days a week.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurel Rosen 3104589294

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colorado Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot adjacent to restaurant two blocks away on the east side.
A word from The Lobster
The elevated restaurant has glass on three sides with a cantilevered, open-air deck that affords a 180° panoramic view of the Pacific and Palisades Park.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Lobster reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (161)special occasion (128)fit for foodies (95)romantic (74)great for lunch (71)hot spot (59)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (50)notable wine list (40)vibrant bar scene (37)great for brunch (32)great for outdoor dining (19)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (9)Show More
  • Brunch with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The Lobster is our "go to" place when friends come to LA. This time it was just my husband and me celebrating his birthday. The calamari and prawns appetizer is our favorite. It comes with a variety of dips. We gave a 4 for food this time because the crab and arugula salad, although fresh and delicious, had so much arugula in comparison to the other ingredients. Every time before we would have given a 5. Our server was very helpful and assisted with allergy concerns. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall it was good but a bit over priced
    Foodiefootie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    A busy restaurant. Lobster was great. We had the grilled American lobster in 3lbs. The mussels and clams were popular as I could see everyone was ordering it but it just tasted ok. The sides were not as good as we expected. Overall experience was average. The staff was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crab & Shrimp Louie in Los Angeles!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Don't even think of going anywhere else for a beautiful, relaxed lunch of fresh seafood salads, fresh sour dough bread and special desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special Occasions Must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I came to The Lobster for a work dinner. The service was excellent and views were fantastic of the Santa Monica pier and Ocean Ave. Everyone in my party loved their food. I would highly recommend the restaurant for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has Never Failed
    Awesomeness
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Although there was a mis-communication between the hostess and the server and it took about 15 to get a waiter, ( which has never happend) he certainly made up for it with his great customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Checker1
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great Food! The perfect place for Lobster Lovers!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening for a birthday dinner
    drr62
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Took my daughter there for her birthday and we had a great time. Meal and service were great and as we had arrived earlier than our reservation time, they seated us within a few minutes after we arrived. Would go again as the place has local charm and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Fare and Experience
    ShaHussain
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    When we arrived we were whisked to a table which didn't have a view of the pier, in fact we were hidden in a corner next to where the waiters huddle in between serving. I had the shrimp cocktail to start, this dish was tasteless. for main we ordered the seafood linguine in black squid ink tagliatele pasta. This was also a dissapoinment, lack of flavour and kick. It had all the ingredients but just put together in a hurry. It took less around 10 minutes for the appetisers to arrive and less than 5 for the main courses. We then prececed to order desert and this arrvies in 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Yes, we timed the last course:) The whole experience lasted just over an hour for 3 courses - very poor standard!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view and food
    Local
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Santa Monica natives, my friend decided to celebrate her 50 th birthday here . ocean and pier view were great.The blue cheese salad was split for us and amazing!! 2 of us had lobsters and 1 had salmon. Everything was great, except for when the bill came! We were shocked to see our $463 bill. I had anticipated $300 range. We read on the menu $40 lobster, it meant per pound? It didn't state that, atleast I never saw it? embarrassed, I inquired, server said he told us it was per pound, something I never heard either nor did my friends? The menu should state "ask," or leave number off the menu. B day desert was also charged, just rude, Especially after our inquiry.$9.00 for your chocolate birthday desert?Maybe our 60th will be at Bubba Gump.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Again!
    GdelpasaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Always a treasure, and pleasant to come back to. Great views, pleasant service staff, great greetings at the door. Plus the salads and oysters are great with a lovely white wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You cannot go wrong with this one
    carnivore24
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is a fantastic restaurant on every single aspect. I would definitely come back for casual or special events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the location, abiance and food
    Travelor
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Really good food and location. Staff really friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must when in Santa Monica
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    With superb views over Santa Monica Pier and the ocean, delicious food especially for overs of seafood and attentive service this is a must for dinner when you are in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean Dining
    JP11
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The Lobster provides a great seafood dinner with a great view of the Santa Monica pier, the ocean and the coast line. The service is top notch with great food and a good wine list. You won't be disappointed with the view or the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    JMac6
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were greeted by the hostess we actually arrived 15 minutes early and they went ahead and sat us down right away. Hostess was great she had had great vibes. We then were seated it did take about 10 minutes for a server to come over and ask us if we needed our drinks. We then finally got our drinks and the server who brought us our drink wasn't our actual server. It seemed as if our server had to many guests seated. We then got our appetizer (Calamari & Prawns) which came out pretty quick. We then enjoyed that then we were helped by our actual server and placed our entrees. The shellfish black linguine pasta was sooo delicious! Overall was great just wished our server was a little more attentive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Seat in the house
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We reserved a window seat, we had a great waiter, ordered the Bar-b-que Salmon and the California spineless lobster, Lobster mashed potatoes, 2 Cesar salads and everything was delicious food. Order the house wine which was delicious as well. Our bill for a 2 party was $224.00 including the tip.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Time
    CGoldie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wonderful Staff, beautiful view and amazing food!!!! Everyone that we encountered was very friendly and went out of their way to make the evening lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hz90404
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The grilled lobster was a bit pricey but delicious. The crab cakes were great as well. probbaly the best i have ever had; all crab meat, no fillers like many other places. I will definitely be back to try other dishes on the menu. And you cannot beat the view . . . I highly recommend the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous view, too expensive
    MojoVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Drop dead stunning view, good quality food but extremely overpriced. You are definitely paying for the view. Be prepared to pay an additional $7 for parking, even with validation. Great spot for a special occasion. Too expensive for an ordinary night out to dinner (even for a foodie like myself) as there are plenty of other local seafood restaurants in the neighborhood who offer great food with a much lower priced menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place but tight seating..
    luv4allfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall a great dining experience in terms of food quality and service however the tables are packed in like sardines so holding a private conversation is impossible. Go for the wonderful views and great food just be prepared to sit on top of your neighbors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great at sunset
    daniferro
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We booked a table so we could watch the sunset. Unfortunately we did not eat the lobster, but its presentation was fantastic. The service was impecable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We got there early to catch sunset. Got the best table there for a view of the pier and beach. Oyster sample, lobster salad, seafood pasta - all very fresh tasting. Our waiter knew we were in no hurry and served us accordingly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our three kids bought dinner here as a gift for us for our 30th Anniversary and it was a wonderful night! From the time we arrived, everyone wished us a happy anniversary and made our evening so special. We started in the bat and I wasn't sure what to order. The bartender suggested a mojito, so I afreed. When we were at our table, he came over to make sure I was happy with the drink. That is service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Lobster
    Marcia
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We came for a special occasion and to have a lobster dinner. We were taken to table with a great view and service was good. The boiled lobster was good but not great. The side dishes were OK and were left on the plate. A dessert was complimentary which was very nice but tasted just OK and not worth eating. We ordered off the dessert menu. The chocolate pudding was very good but the bread pudding wasn't. Our overall experience was very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    luv4food
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have visited Santa Monica Pier many of times and I have always wanted to go here. My mom was with me and it was her birthday so I took a stab the day before on a reservation. We got one for sunset and man can I say it was soectacular! The waiter, the lobster, the cheesecake mousse, and of course the wine was terrific all the way around! I could not be happier and I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Lobster
    GaleVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great meal. Had the chilled seafood platter and it was well worth the price. The clam chowder is unique and like no other I've ever had. Simply wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    DesertTraveler2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I took two business associates visiting from out of the country. The Lobster never fails to impress with the view and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood and nice views
    Bebehoff
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time dining and went on a recommendation from a friend. We decided on a late afternoon lunch and the place was busy. Food was wonderful and the wait staff were friendly. We shared several dishes, including the lobster salad which was lite but had generous portion of sweet lobster! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the service level
    Torontofoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The staff treated us like royalty from the time we got there until the time we left.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious location
    jnntt
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Most of the time when a restaurant has a view like this one, the food quality has a lot to be desired. The Lobster is both delicious and they have turned sunset into an event. Impeccable service and delicious eats. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent food, superior service, great sunset view of the Pacific. Will visit again next time in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning views, delicious food
    CityGal
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I took our two young daughters for lunch here last weekend on our lady day of vacay in the area. Our host and waiter were friendly and accommodating. Our waiter assisted with wine and food recommendations. Our eldest daughter chose her meal from their children's menu (shrimp and potato purée) – which she loved. My husband and I shared the oyster sampler to start. He ordered the Lobster Roll and I had the seared sea scallops for our mains. Everything was delicious! And, the views from the restaurant are stunning! I'd highly recommend The Lobster to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VISTA STUPENDA
    gaetanor6
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ottimo ristorante . Cibo buono e vista stupenda. L'aragosta un po' cara ma neanche molto. La vista e' forse una delle piu' belle di Santa Monica. Lo consiglio. Ottimo anche il salmone Vino un po' caro.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's great
    becominghousetrained
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I always enjoy my meals at Lobster. The food is great and the service very very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food With a Great View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I've been to The Lobster many times and am increasingly impressed with the food. This time we had the crab cakes, which were superb. I couldn't finish mine and my friend ate only half of hers, so small eaters might consider the appetizer portion. The salad (Little Gems) was great, as were the raw clams. My only complaint was that the service wasn't as attentive as it might have been, possibly because our table was so hard to access. It would be great if the tables were spaced further apart--the close proximity makes the experience louder, warmer and more uncomfortable than it should be. But I'm sure that would never happen, as it would cut into the restaurant's profits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    chefpalisades
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is a great restaurant we go to for special occasions. Excellent +++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!
    eat4fun
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our two Lobsters were cooked to perfection! Service was attentive but not overdone = very important! Entire staff is friendly, not stuffy for an upscale restaurant. My two sisters hadn't dined here before this day and look forward to a repeat. A memorable and enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jude
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We always enjoy thE LOBSTER Restaurant. The steamed lobster and the Lobster roll are the best around and my husband always orders the crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for 87 yo Mom's birthday
    ShellGame
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have visited The Lobster every year or so for the past 10+/- years and I am pleased to say every time it was a great experience. Mom likes the scallops and while some might like the pork belly addition we think they stand on their own. I had the crab cakes and a great kale/vegetable salad. Both delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    Solomonkey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were looking for good seafood and we found exactly what we wanted and much more! Everything was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.