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Permanently Closed - City Lobster & Steakhouse

3.9
3749 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
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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.
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Phone number
(212) 354-1717
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
On 49th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
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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
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

This was my first visit to this well know restaurant. Although we chose off of the lunch menu, the dinner menu looked excellent. We were not rushed and the food was delicious. We look forward to dining there again in the not too distant future.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

My boyfriend and I went to City Lobster and Steak for our 5th anniversary on Friday February 26.. We had reservations for 9pm but were stuck in a a bit of traffic.. We called the restaurant to change our reservation to 9:30pm just to be on the safe side.. The hostess was very accommodating and understanding, she changed our reservation without any issues.. Once we made it inside we were warming greeted and told Happy Anniversary as soon as we gave the hostess our name (it's the little things that count).. We were seated immediately and offered glasses of Rose on the house since it was a special occasion (😁).. The atmosphere was bright with really soft music playing in the background.. I loved it because my boyfriend and I really just wanted a calm dinner and conversation.. We ordered the shrimp and crab dumplings as well as a Caesar salad for our starters.. The salad was huge! Lol the dumplings were quite tasty and soft.. For our main course my BF ordered the strip steak, mashed potatoes ( the meal came with spinach but he dislikes spinach so we were able to substitute it for broccoli) I ordered the Alaskan crab legs sautéed in garlic and butter as well as mashed potatoes.. The food was absolutely delicious!! And the portions were very big! We barely made it through half of hour meal.. We also ordered a couple drinks.. One Patron margarita and a Patron sour.. The drinks were very well made.. Once we wrapped our meal we were offered a complementary dessert.. One thing I love is dessert but I normally don't get one because I feel like it's just my greed lol.. We ordered the strawberries and cream, a light ending to our meal.. I must say this was one of the most pleasurably evenings my boyfriend and I have had in a very long time. As we left everyone in the restaurant sent us well wishes towards our anniversary.. I would definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2016

Good food. Good service. Would recommend!!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2016

The sea bass and scallops dinners that we were served with excellently prepared. Service was friendly and efficient. Attention was paid to our need to watch the time in order to catch a show. The music was a bit loud, classic Italian (a little over the top for us), and included commercials! Otherwise a great meal.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2016

Great locations, wonderful staff, not cheap but good spot for a romantic dinner date.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

It was freezing cold, lack of heat was disturbing. Butter was too cold to spread. Alarms were going off and the hostess made no attempt to put me at ease until questioning her.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Over the valentines weekend in New York it was one of the coldest winter temperature felt like -20 and this restaurant had no heat. Besides that the service wasn't great after we got our food the waiter came to our table maybe once.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

On top of it being one of the coldest days of the year outside, they were having a heating problem in the restaurant. They said when I came in that the problem had been identified and things would be working quickly. But it was freezing in there. And, yes, these things happen, but a complimentary dessert or glass of wine would have gone a long way for customer service. The host and hostess were fully bundled up, trudging around the restaurant in heavy coats and boots.

My cioppino was pretty bad. The sauce was so concentrated, it tasted old. The shellfish did not taste fresh. I had to ask the waiter (I think his name was Jason - he was very good) to crack the lobster claw, because it was so soft, and he had only a little better luck - as he squeezed, the claw just "smooshed" and liquid poured out the bottom. He did finally get it open, and the meat was tough and not flavorful.

After all the cracking and handling of the shelled items covered in sauce, a damp towel or hand wipe would have been very welcome.

I will say the rolls were very good. But I've had my one visit to City and won't be back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The waiter reccomended some dishes so I followed his advice. Our meal was excellent. The cheesecake with the brûlée topping was just outstanding.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Booked a Saturday evening table during Restaurant Week and found a mixed experience. Ambiance is great and my Restaurant Week prix fix meal was excellent; my husband's regular-menu steak was so-so and rather tough. Service was slow despite few customers that evening. We won't return.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Really enjoyed the food - on the pricey side, but generous portions and excellent quality so overall the value was good. Wine was also on the expensive side - expect to pay at least $38 for a bottle.

Overall a great restaurant in a very good location, for a decent meal out for a special occasion.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2016

I was visiting NYC and was looking for a good seafood restaurant. I had a $200 gift card from a dear friend with Open Table. We booked this restaurant. We made a reservation in plenty of time. When we got there, they sat us in the COLDEST part of the restaurant. It was weird because we were the only ones in that section. We asked to be moved and we were moved by the kitchen, I am not sure if it was because we were black or what, the restaurant was wide open there were not a lot of people there.
I ordered the lobster and for such a fancy expensive restaurant, I had to actually fight with the Lobster myself. In the past for such a nice restaurant there are usually slits in the Lobster to make it easier to open. I also was not given a bib or anything at all. It was an awful experience and not worth $267.00 that I spent at that restaurant, if I could do it all over again, I would not go and will never go there again.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Delicious, juicy, nice size lobsters prepared in various tasty ways! The "Angry", with its garlicy, spicy butter juice, is my favorite and keeps me coming back! I also enjoyed their beignets appeitzer, which they featured for Valentine's Day and which I hope they add to their menu as a permanent dish! Great spot for special occasion or for a guaranteed satisfying delicious meal!

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The heat in the restaurant was not turned on-it was freezing! This unfortunately ruined our Valentines dinner. They should have informed guests with reservations prior to arriving that the heat was broken on a day when the temp outside was in the single digits. Even their staff was working in gloves and scarves. OSHA would likely not approve.

Despite the good food, the frigid temperature in the restaurant was unacceptable. They should close until the hvac system is fixed. It is not fair to their staff or guests. Unfortunately we will likely not return.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

It was a great time. The food and staff were fantastic.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Having grown up in Massachusetts, I'm kind of a seafood snob. City Lobster did not disappoint. I recommend the cioppino if you don't mind getting a little messy. It's got plenty of fish, shellfish, crab legs and even a lobster claw in the shell on top of delicious linguine. Don't order it on a date, tho! The crusted salmon is also delicious with a nice sauce and served over hearty asparagus. They didn't have bibs or handi wipes which was a little inconvenient but a small critique at most. Also, the chocolate ganache cake was surprisingly flavorful and enough for two to split as it's crazy rich. Yum. If you have a big appetite, order an additional side for dinner; I recommend a starch such as mashed potatoes or fries. Overall a very positive experience. A tad on the pricey side but worth the money.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2016

Lobster is so so, but steak is great

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2016

The lobsters should be split. No one wants to wrestle with a lobster unless you're eating outdoors at a picnic. Also on the prix fixe menu it was listed as $24.00 additional charge for a 2# lobster steamed, broiled or Angry. When the bill arrived we were charged 2 up charges one for the 2# acceptable and an additional up charge for Angry, even though the menu listed the up charge for 2# steamed, broiled or Angry. Felt ripped off. Our waiter was only waiting on us and one other table but did very little to actually service the table and left the empty shells on the table throughout the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

The food, drinks and dessert were all on point. It was my husband's birthday and he had a ball.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

We made reservations at the last minute and a table was ready for us when we arrived. Our waiter was prompt and asked if we had a show or other plans scheduled which we appreciated. We started with oysters and ordered the scallops with lobster risotto and the lobster salad for our entrees. The seafood was excellent - fresh and perfectly cooked. They also had a good variety of wines by the glass. We finished the meal with plenty of time to spare. Although it was a little pricey, it was worth it - good service, great seafood, convenient pre-theater location.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

One of my favorite seafood restaurants in the city! Can't go wrong!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

I had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant during NYC Restaurant week! The food was awesome. My date and I were seated in the dining area which had a classic look and comfy feel. However, we are both sports fans and requested to be seated in the bar/lounge area so that we could catch the Knicks game. Soft music still filled the atmosphere which still allowed us to enjoy an intimate dinner all while being able to watch the Knicks take on the Grizzlies!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

We happened to be staying across the street from this restaurant. We were very pleased with the atmosphere and with the food. The menu was extensive. The service was very good also.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Danny was awesome! He was very attentive and gave us great suggestions to choose from off the menu. Food came out pretty quick and everyone at the table was satisfied!

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2016

The lobster roll was awful. A place with lobster in its name should be able to make a good lobster roll

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2016

Food and wait staff were great.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2016

I was disappointed in that although I am partially handicapped and use a cane I was taken to a table at the far end of restaurant even though there were only 2 other parties seated with the rest of the many tables vacant when I entered. Additionally, the Shrimp/Crab Meat Cobb Salad was not as good as previous times. The salad was smaller with more lettuce and just small bits of crab meat and shrimp unlike before.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2016

The food was very delicious and it arrived hot. I have no complaints about this place and would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2016

We enjoyed the restaurant week menu plus, and each course had many choices. What
we selected was excellent, and I had t he best fish and chips I've ever had.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2016

Restaurant week -menu -horrible service. No spoon no fork. Very slow . Food ok with extra surcharge. Not enough staff.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2016

Nothing special, the food was ok but really nothing special. I really like crab cakes and heard it was very good here, maybe I came with too high of an expectation, they were ok but I've had better. If your gonna try the place out, I'd recommend doing it during restaurant week makes the price more reasonable for the quality of food you're getting.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2016

Overall the experience was good. We were fortunate to be in New York during restaurant week so definitely wanted to try lobster. What was unexpected was the supplemental charges on the lobster selection and steak from the pre fixe menu. We also had tickets to see a show and it was time to leave and asked the waiter for the check and our desserts. Check came but no desserts, we told the waiter and he apologized but didn't offer to wrap desserts to take or accommodate for not getting out desserts. We did not make a fuss because we were already running late for our show.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2016

We arrived at 4:00 so prix fixed lunch menu it available. Since it was restaurant week, a special 3 course dinner menu was available for $38. While that price is very acceptable, almost any entree had s supplement of at least $10. Ranging to 2$24 or more, leaving a very limited selection. A salad was offered as your appetizer selection and a classic house salad really should have been include as a 4th course, making this s more viable restaurant week special. While food was good, not great( crab cakes were very salty although mostly crab)you were very limited in choices which was disappointing. I would have even preferred a lobster roll without the extra supplement.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2016

My husband and I went here before a show on a Sunday afternoon. We were given a small table for two while there were many comfortable booths available. When I asked our server if we could move to a booth, the hostess moved us to another small table. After that, many parties or two were given booths.
The food was good, not great. I had the "Angry Lobster" which is a signature dish. The lobster was tender but the breading on top was greasy.
There was not a cocktail menu, or any signature drinks. And considering the size of the bar, I thought there should be one.
Overall, I don't think I would recommend this restaurant. The service could have been aloooot better considering the food is just "good."
With much competition in the area, they really need to up their game and cater more to their customers.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2016

Visited here during Restaurant Week here in NYC and it was good. The food was absolutely delicious and well cooked. Everything tasted great! The actual menu outside of restaurant week is a bit pricey, but its a really great place to dine. Would definitely revisit in the future.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2016

Crab cake was delicious! Probably the best I've ever had. We got a nice large round table/booth which made the experience great for a group. Would go back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

I was early and had to wait a short while

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

Went for dinner at this place on Saturday while in NYC, and everything from the food, atmosphere and wine was spectacular!

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

City Lobster and Steak has excellent seafood. The $38 "pre fixe" menu is a joke; Half the dinner items on the list have "surcharges". Surcharges vary from $10 to $24.00.

Our waiter kept messing up our order and forgot to order our dessert.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

The location and layout were wonderful. The bartender and staff were wonderful. The food was just O.K.......nothing to write "home" about. oops....my husband told me that his Iceberg Bleu salad was excellent, though. Other than that, the rest of the meal was average. Here's something I found somewhat strange.....My fish was underseasoned and I asked for salt and pepper......the server proceeded to bring out the kitchen container.....I thought it was a joke, but when I asked him he told me that is what they are told to bring out. Sorry if the chefs "feathers" were ruffled......your food was underseasoned though....

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