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The Lobster
The Lobster

The Lobster Details

  • 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: American, Seafood
  • 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 (310) 458-9294

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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Requested a "perfect table" and we got it! Service was not quite up to par..she never brought the white wine bottle chiller holder. And, desserts arrived a bit delayed. Otherwise, food was great."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great service from very attentive waiter, but very little lobster in the lobster salad."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Quite a scenic view. The apps were delicious, but we were disappointed in our lobsters. Not only was most of the lobster over-cooked, it turned out to be extremely expensive for what little edible portion was offered."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We got there 1/2 hour late due to traffic! The manager said if we could wait 25 minutes, he would fit us in. He did fit us in in 25 minutes, so that was good. Since the restaurant is close to the SM pier, a lot of people were hanging around, I think, to use the bathroom. Since the bar was full we waited outside with all the Pier people which were kind of strange. The food was good, the service was decent and the view was spectacular. It was a Sunday night and busy, so I take that into account. I will go back and give it another try. We have been there once before and it was excellent. What is great about the restaurant is the location and that is what is also bad because you have the SM pier hanger-outers."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Perfect place to watch the sunset. Food is always consistent and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I went to the Lobster with a friend from our of town and we had a great experience. The servers were super friendly and attentive and the food was yummy, but slightly pricey. My only complaint was that the calamari was over-breaded/fried."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We wanted to splurge on a nice lobster dinner on our vacation and we paid for a nice lobster dinner but the broiled lobster that I got was a fluffy consistency. Almost like moose. Very strange. Not worth the money."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Only objection to our visit was the cost of parking, after spending $60 for lunch for two,having to pay $7.00 for parking doesn't make sense?"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Lobster and food fine; greeted well; nice view. But little charm or authenticity to service delivery albeit professional. Just didn't love it ... Sorry ... But it is what it is... Ok"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The restaurant offers a beautiful location with an amazing view. The service is attentive and the food is good. Why four stars then: the price. Whereas the restaurant is good, the prices are higher then other similar restaurants. But then, they do have an amazing view and are located in a tourist area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Lobster was excellent but it wasn't clear that it was charged by the pound. Still, it was worth it as it was the best lobster I've had yet. I would forgo the mashed potatoes, however, as they were a bit gummy. The faro side was delish as was the calamari appetizer."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The service is amazing, food is phenomenal, and the view is beautiful. I love it. I will def come back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We love The Lobster for all of the reasons above. We have always had impeccible service and meals and this time we finally got a window table!!! Birthdays are special!!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was our third time and it was our 39 anniversary we couldn't think of a better place. The food the service and they comped our dessert"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant is almost too crowded. People and tables are shoved in like cattle. There is no amiance and the waiters are just rushing around trying to serve everyone."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Sitting at the end of the Santa Monica Pier, overlooking the ocean, the festivities, how could you not enjoy dining here. Food has always been excellent, wine excellent and have never had bad service. Always on my places to recommend."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "From the panoramic view of the pacific to the top notch faire and impeccable service, the Lobster continues to be a dining destination that's top notch. Whether you are enjoying a special occasion or entertaining guests from out of town or simply want a delicious meal, the Lobster will not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Delightfully surprised to find upscale high end dining at the top of the Santa Monica Pier. Oysters were excellent, seared scallops were perfectly done, service was professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommend for seafood foodies!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "After my recommending taking a visitor from England here to some neighbors last week - and they all went for dinner and loved it - I too took a little party to lunch to celebrate an old friend's birthday. It was absolutely wonderful, from the booking and their accommodating us with a perfect window view, to all the food ordered, and the flexibility of the wait staff in accommodating the birthday woman's substitutions! We will definitely be back and always have The Lobster on a "must go" place for all visitors to L.A. as well. The quintessential experience, with the food and impeccable service to back it up!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were given a wonderful table next to the windows overlooking the Santa Monica Pier--couldn't have been a better location at sunset! The food was excellent. The three of us ordered the same dinner: crab cakes , truffle fries,and roasted asparagus. We all agreed that it was delicious. I reluctantly withheld a perfect score for service because a couple of times we had to work to get our waiter's attention., but probably understandable considering the very full house."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Handled my chaotic family like pros...a no brainer to head back"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food is always delicious! Service is great. 5 stars!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I took two guests, one from Dallas and one from Hong Kong. They loved it and so did I."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We are Japanese group,mostly can't understand English. But,we could enjoy our lunch in a family way,as their service was so good! Of course,every dishes were grate tast!...oysters,salad,clam chowder,grilled lobster...so nice!! I felt a satisfaction completely,but one regret. I couldn't have any dessert and coffee because I was full(;^_^A"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We were celebrating 2 birthdays so I requested a window table. They seated us at a great location. The management and the wait staff could have not been more accommodating and gracious. Food was excellent. The oysters outstanding. We were a party of 6 and everyone ordered something different. Not one complaint. Each meal was served to perfection."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "3 hairs in shrimp cocktail ( rest took off bill), Louie salad loaded with mayo"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We came here on a recommendation from the front desk at the Beverly Hills. Spot on. Although mainly a seafood restaurant - as it would be given it's location - I chose their New York steak which was cooked to perfection and as tasty as any I've had in years. My partner had halibut and reported it to be just as well cooked. We started with oysters and sashimi, also excellent and watched the sunset as we dined. Thoroughly endorsed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "As usual, the Lobster did not disappoint! The food, service, and view make going there a real treat!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for a date, and it was fantastic! Timothy was our server, and upon our return to The Lobster, we'll ask for him again. He was polite, courteous, and very professional. Thank you for the experience, and I look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Studied the reviews and took a chance. Had a great dinner for Father's day. It was a tight squeeze in the dining room but the staff were so accommodating and were seated quickly. Family of five sat at the corner windows with the view of the pier and the street corner. Kids were hungry and bread dish came so quickly after we were seated. Oyster sampler was delicious and enjoyed the condiments. Fried oysters were good with a good kick of spiciness. Ordered Angus filet mignon with whole lobster, 'black' pasta, crab cakes entree, grilled salmon, and halibut. All were delicious except maybe the halibut was more on the sweet side which were not used to. Overall, a great place to go to experience Santa Monica. Afterwards, head to the pier."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was Father's Day so the place was filled. We had a late reservation, but decided to come about 1/2 hour earlier for a cocktail. They had a table and sat us right away. The waiter was great, very knowledgeable. The menu had changed and I was not crazy about it. I was expecting to order my favorite entree, but it was gone. That was a big letdown. Anyway, we all had a lovely meal with a lovely view."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've gone to the Lobster several times over the past few years, the food quality and service have diminished significantly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been dining at the Lobster for years. Every experience is ALWAYS consistent and wonderful. The food is always fantastic and the service professional. From the moment you walk in to the time you leave we are so well taken care of. It is truly one of my favorite dining spots in LA. Thank you for another memorable meal and Father's Day experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "In the last 5 years, this place has gone downhill. Even after I felt that the service and food had gone downhill, I came back to give it another chance and unfortunately, it hasn't gotten better. It's not exactly a "bad" experience, but not worth the wait, the difficulty in getting a reservation, the expense for parking, and the price of entrees."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We appreciate the great service whether we reserve in advance or walk in by chance. Love the clam shower, lobster roll and the steamed lobster. We have had good desserts too, when we've had room. Also like the halibut this last time. Interesting preparation."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The dinner was amazing. It was really loud so it was hard to hold a conversation but the view was amazing and the good was great."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food and service are exceptional, not to mention the gorgeous view! Raw bar, Hamachi sashimi, Black linguini with Shellfish, Scallops... are all amazing. Spiny lobster is their signature but on the pricey side."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We recently dined at your restaurant for an early dinner....the service from the hostess to the waitress was wonderful. The food however was mediocre at best. My appetizer (lobster cocktail) was not appealing at all. The lobster was pale and limp and quite frankly I was not comfortable eating it. Turns out there was NO flavor at all...it was quite awful to be blunt. Our main course was excellent (Scallops and clam chowder) Lastly the drinks from the bar were very weak, in fact I heard another table complaining about it. For the price, I was really disappointed. Not sure what if anything you can do, but thought you should know. (we dine out a lot)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Shrimp Louie far exceded our expectations, loaded with fresh shrimp and REAL dungeoness crabmeat. .....and many wonderful things The portion was HUGE and delicious and our waiter was a doll. Cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was as good as the last time we were here. They really squeeze the tables in, so you have no choice but to be friendly with you dinner neighbor. Otherwise a great view, and great food. We went appetizers to dessert for two with wine and Lobster and spent over $300, so plan accordingly. We will return when in the area!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014