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About Permanently Closed - City Lobster & Steakhouse

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Choose from an elegant selection of surf and turf menu items at city lobster & steakhouse in Manhattan.

The club-like atmosphere at city lobster & steakhouse makes it a good choice for celebrations. Choose from many seafood dishes, such as the raw bar, oysters, ceviche, tuna tartare and crab and lobster salad. For main courses, get crab cakes, cioppino, scallops and miso glazed Chilean sea bass. When it comes to the turf side of the menu, city lobster & steakhouse has filet mignon certified angus, strip steak and more. It has a full bar, as well as many classic desserts.

121 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday. 11:30am-11:00pm. Fri - Saturday 11:30am-12:00am. Sun Open until 11:00pm


JOIN US FOR OUR 3-COURSE PRE-FIXED LUNCH FOR ONLY $27.50 AND DINNER FOR ONLY $38.50 AVAILABLE DAILY.

Cross Street:
On 49th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 354-1717

Website:
http://www.citylobster.com/

Public Transit:
N/R to 49th Street
F/V/B/D to 50th Street/Rockefeller Center

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

City Lobster & Steakhouse - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.7

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (2685)
Fit for Foodies (2468)
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Great for Lunch (1934)
Neighborhood Gem (1421)
Romantic (1193)
Notable Wine List (928)
Vibrant Bar Scene (678)
Hot Spot (662)
Kid-friendly (513)
Great for Brunch (458)
Late-night Find (448)
Scenic View (224)
Great for Outdoor Dining (87)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
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Good for a Date (11)
Casual (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Our party of 4 had dinner, pre-theatre, this past Saturday night. We were greeted warmly and our waiter gave us just the right amount of attention, even though we arrived early and one of our party was a bit late. The oysters were delicious as was the lobster salad, topped off with delightful sorbets. For us, the perfect meal. Kudos to our waiter for his attentiveness to a dairy allergy among us! We plan to return again and again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2016

We had dinner prior to attend the theater. As always, it was fabulous. We decided to try something new and opted for the Seafood Tower. What a great choice. Everything was fresh and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

I was going to eat at Benihana but then I remembered I wanted to try this place since I've walked past it a few times. Staff was exceptionally nice and our server made me feel like I was worth a billion bucks. The food was beyond tasteful, full of flavor and vibrant colors; the angry lobster was a great recommendation by our server (whose name I didn't catch). If there was a downside to this great restaurant it would be that it's far more than what meets the eye. I expected the place to be a lot more fancy, and play classical music. I guess to lighten the scene and not intimidate anyone they've kept some casualty. I give this place a 10/10. It really made my 26 birthday one to remember.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

We had the the Prix-fixe dinner before going to a show. We were greeted by a friendly staff and seated immediately. Our waiter was very helpful and the service was great. The food was delicious and the portions were generous without being wasteful. Overall, our experience was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2016

The food is good, the service is respectful of your time, prices are fair, and the noise level allows for a good business conversation. I need nothing more from a lunch spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2016

I absolutely love this place. Could never eat a plain lobster again after having this one I had the angry lobster it was fabulous

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2016

This is a nice restaurant, located in a great area of downtown New York. It is close to 5th Ave, Central Park and Radio City.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Staff taking napkins and plates before people finished.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2016

THE PRE FIXE MENU IS NON EXISTENT. THEY SHOW YOU, BUT ITS NOT WHAT THEY BILL YOU AT THE END. WATCH THE TAB :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Our waiter gave us fine service and the food was delicious as always. It was our fifth time
at City Lobster and we'll be sure to return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2016

Had the angry lobster, it was fantastic. Happy wasn't worth going early for,stick to dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 17, 2016

We have been to City Lobster and Steak several times and always enjoy it. They have a very nice bar to enjoy a cocktail before sitting down to a good dinner. I had the Alaskan King Crab this time and it was perfectly prepared and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2016

I have had lunches and dinners several times at this restaurant, and it has always been a good experience.

This time I was disappointed.
The food was ordinary, we had grilled lobsters, french fries and sautéed spinach.
We left both side dishes almost untouched.

The waiter was totally over pushing/overselling.
He also made me uncomfortable trying to push my guest to order larger, more, extra...

I found it very expensive for what it was, at this price level you expect something out of the ordinary.
USD 230.- for 2 lobsters and 2 sides, a glass of wine and a beer.

However, as always a great and warm and smiling welcome by the ladies at the welcome desk and the manager.

I may give this restaurant a second chance, but not for a while...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2016

I had a lunch with my colleague. I selected pre-fix lunch menu with special entree ($10 extra). Clam chowder was very tasty and the best that I've ever had for a long time. I ordered monk fish with mushroom risotto as entree. The fish had a good flavor and risotto was not so heavy. I finished with key lime pie as a dessert. I enjoyed an excellent meal!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2016

In the land of big steak houses City Lobster is always dependable. The noise level is never overpowering so you can hear your dining companions without yelling or straining to hear. The selection is always good, the daily specials delicious.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 8, 2016

The angry lobster was excellent. The crab cake was also great. The server was very nice and knowledgable. I did think it was crazy to pay $2 extra for stuffed olives in a martini. Outside of that everything was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2016

I have been here 5 times over the years and the food is consistently good and fresh so when i am in a pinch this becomes my 'go to' restaurant when i want to be sure to avoid disasters.
I always know what to expect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

While I appreciate the fact that waiters are working to make money, this place bordered on being forceful when it came to being upsold from the bottled water in the beginning to the after dinner drinks at the end. The steak was OK, as was the lobster, but the price was steep for the meal we received. The offering and price structure make you question why you did not just pick a real steak house in the first place.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

This was my second time at City Steak and Lobster and it was every bit as good as the first time. Our server, Kevin, was amusing without being annoying and knew his stuff about the food. The prix fixe menu was a great deal. The only regret I had was allowing our server to suggest a wine without knowing the price first. It was a fabulous bottle of wine but clocked in at $92 a bottle so it should have been good. Having said that, we ordered a second bottle! (The wine bill was higher than the dinner bill). Nice white tablecloths, clean restrooms, great menu-- will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2016

I have been to City Lobster several times and each time they give me a new reason to come back. If your a seafood lover, you must try the Fisherman's Catch. The sweet savory taste of the lobster, clams, mussels and squid over the perfectly cooled pasta will have you begging for more. Oh and I could I forget the Garlic Toast that rest on top of the amazing dish. You will not regret trying this restaurant. Sit by the window and people watch as you dine. You will LOVE it! Kudos to the Chef as well as the staff. I give it 10 stars out of 5. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2016

On business looking for a decent steakhouse. On a busy night, this place was the only one without a wait. Food was decent...nothing to complain about, but it wasn't necessarily top-notch. Service was outstanding. Very attentive, with quick delivery of all food items. If you can't get in a better steakhouse, this place is a competent replacement.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Ordered steak, medium-rare, came out medium well. Clam chowder had way too much thyme, tasted moldy. Bearnaise Sauce tasted like Knorrs powdered hollandaise, no tarragon. Waiter was professional but had no personality, expressionless. Wish we went to Oceana across the street.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2016

I usually love every dish I get at this restaurant however, this weekend I tried the scallops with the lobster risotto. Skip this one. The scallops were delicious but the risotto wasn't risotto at all. The rice was underdone, it was watery, and there was no lobster flavor at all. There were a couple of small pieces of lobster but it seemed more like a mushroom 'risotto' that they threw some lobster meat in. That's why I couldn't give it 5 stars for food. However, our waiter quickly apologized when I complained and gave me a substitute with not issues. They are so serious about making their customers happy that the manager brought me my replacement dish! That was this only issue I had with the food. Everything else was to die for! The crab & Shrimp dumplings were awesome, my mother's Chilean sea bass was marvelous and, as I said earlier, the scallops were delicious. And don't leave without trying the Crème Brule cheesecake - it's like heaven on a plate!!

So as this is titled - the service is always great at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

This was a very nice restaurant. It wasn't very fancy. A bit expensive for the amount of food received.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Dressed up Applebee's

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Food was great. Service was a little slow. Give yourself time if going to a show

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2016

The clam chowder was a great surprise, it was a good sized bowl and very hearty. The lobster rolls were ok and not worth the $26 price. The best value was the kid's menu which included fish and chips

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2016

My friend and I had lunch here prior to a theater matinee. We had reservations, were seated promptly and the service was better than last time. We both had the shrimp with risotto and we both liked it. My risotto had lobster in it though my companion's did not. My friend especially enjoyed the bread basket. For dessert my companion had the house made profiteroles, vanilla bean ice cream with a dense Belgium expresso chocolate sauce. She thought it was very good. I had the cheesecake which was also good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2016

City Lobster is a totally reliable and wonderful place for lunch or dinner or a mid afternoon stop for a beer and a dozen oysters. service is always great. food is always great. and very important, the noise level is quite low, enabling good conversation. even the music was great - Sinatra and similar. Thank you, City Lobster for another great outing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2016

The fixed-price menu was very attractive, albeit confusing. They listed a 1-1/4 lb. lobster and a 2 lb. lobster. The 2 lb. lobster included a $24 upcharge on the $42 fixed price menu. That begs the question, "Why is there a 2 lb. lobster listed at all on the Fixed Price menu? That isn't a fixed price at all!"

The lobster was excellent. But, probably not 50% better than the 1-1/4 lb. lobster.

Lastly, my calamari was overcooked and chewy. Everyone else's appetizer appeared to be fine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

This is a very good seafood restaurant near the theater district. I had the scallops with lobster risotto and it was very nicely done. Service is very good, menu is extensive, desserts are fun. Nice wines as well. We arrived earlier than our reservation, but were able to be seated promptly and we were at the theater in plenty of time. I'm from the east coast and can be a bit of pain on my seafood, so you can trust me when I say they do a very good job here. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

This was convenient to the theater we were going to for Saturday matinee and we had a delightful lunch. The oysters were excellent and I would eat their deluxe seafood Cobb again. Really a good find. The service was superior.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Did the prefix menu for 42 a person and got one Side...bill was 200 because it broke prefix...food was OK...not worth it

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

We have dined here several times and enjoyed every meal .
I can't remember our waiters name ,but he was from Serbia.
Very attentive and a pleasure to talk to.
My only complaint is why offer a price fix menu with supplement pricing?
After pricing out my meal , it was more affordable to order off the standard menu .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

I booked the restaurant because I wanted a seafood meal to celebrate a milestone birthday with my husband. Because of the fact that it is a seafood restaurant with high prices, I thought the restaurant was fancier than it is, (I thought we would have to check our coats...) It is a basic bar/steak place, nothing fancy about the environment. It wasn't too loud, which was great. The Prix Fixe menu seemed like the best deal as far as pricing. The lobster bisque was delicious. The "angry" lobster was also very tasty and there was a lot of it. I ordered the crabcakes, and there were only two and some corn. I was still hungry, but couldn't afford to order anything else. We had the pecan pie for dessert, and that was very good. There were 3 errors during our meal, which is a lot: the waiter got our drinks wrong, they brought us the wrong dessert, and they forgot to bring us coffee and just brought the check.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

the bar area was freezing - the bartender was well aware - we tried moving - it was freezing everywhere by the bar

the food just wasn't good
they messed up out order
lobster mashed potatoes, sound yum - but not
the raw bar was fine - cant really mess that up ...
cesar salad - not good
miso glazed fish - cod i think - also not good

sooo many options in the area! don't choose this one

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 4, 2016

very good find! The food was delicious, we ordered the filet mignon and definitely enjoyed it! The staff was friendly and very helpful!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Went to a Broadway show and was looking for a good place to eat and found it. City Lobster & Steakhouse was great ! looking forward to Surf and turf next time. Waiter was nice and pleasant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Waiter seemed like he would rather be anywhere else but waiting on us, and my $44 steak was overpriced by about $43. All things considered, our $200 diner should have cost us about $50. Drinks were OK, won't go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2016

I was very impressed with the service that city lobster offered myself and my guest. I had a last minute birthday dinner for a good friend. One simple phone call to John, the general manager, and all about my special requests were met.
Beyond that, city lobster has never failed to deliver fresh delicious seafood with an extraordinary gift for flavors. The Lobster Roll was fresh, bright, creamy and on the most delicious roll I have ever tasted!
The service is just exquisite and the attention to detail in the service is admirable!
Kudos to John and his team!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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