Lobster Shop South

4.6
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Welcome to Lobster Shop, located on Ruston Way on the waterfront in Tacoma.

The Lobster Shop restaurants have been operating since 1977, offering some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite seafood dishes.

The restaurant sits over the waters of Commencement Bay, offering breathtaking views of both Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range.
During the summer months the restaurant offers outdoor dining and with a dock available for boaters, makes for an excellent day getaway.

Lobster Shop has always been the place where the South Sound loves to celebrate; whether a birthday, anniversary or promotion you just can't beat the atmosphere.

Annually rated by the well known Zagat Survey, Lobster Shop takes a great deal of pride in making sure that every experience is a memorable one. We look forward to serving you soon.

What 2926 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MayH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio with a breathtaking view of Mt Ranier. The device was well and the food yummy. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience.

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Terrypickyeater
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to Lobster shop for years. Quality has always been good. Service always good. View outstanding. That's why we keep coming back.
I was nervous with covid Lobster shop might close. I'm glad they're still open.

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JeffW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best service and we were running late, and they were able to work us right in. The food was amazing we had 4 different dinners and everyone was impressed with the food. We will start going here more, can not find better service and food.

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vipErinS
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual.

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vipDebbie
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for a hungry foodie. The Prawn Aglio is a must try....sauce to die for!

JB
JanB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did not disappoint. Excellent food combined with superior service!

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AaronR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view. They did a great job with the COVID restrictions too.

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vipLizW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Had such a great experience all around!

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MaureenT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone enjoyed their meal- service was great, beautiful restaurant!

KH
KatherineH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every regard

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BenT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible. I had family visiting from out of state and they claimed it was perhaps one of the best meals they ever had. Everything regarding COVID precautions was clearly explained. The meal was great and we had a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at a window right by the water. Our waitress was very attentive. Food was fresh and cooked to order. Hostesses were pleasant and friendly. Great date night!!

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KenF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner. The food is always fresh, hot, and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience for my wife’s birthday dinner.

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vipIlovehawaii
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful lunch great selection. Very impressed with the portions and sometimes when you order something with lobster you maybe see a tad but we got a lovely selection. We didn’t have a great of service as last time. We went about 3 weeks ago and had such wonderful service it made us want to return. This time was rather aloof never got checked on etc. like the soup was quite cold but no one ever came back to check on us. I know it’s hard right now.

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CraigR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was fantastic and the food was delicious! Thank you so much for making our 22nd Wedding Anniversary that much more memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful. The service was great. The food and drinks were delicious. Would definitely recommend the lavender lemon drop. Can’t wait to go again!

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JayM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had the Carbonara. It had definitely set a bit and was way overcooked. The lobster on top was very dry and chewy. My wife had the salmon which was fattier than normal but otherwise okay. The quinoa mixture wasn’t bad, just wasn’t very good and did not pair well with the salmon. The chowder and lobster bisque we had were very good. The blackberry cobbler was quite good as well. Service and ambiance was very nice as usual but for $171 I would have expected better quality food. The food quality and presentation just seemed rushed. We have been there several times and have always raved about the quality. Unfortunately this time was a misstep.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just want to thank you for such a lovely evening while taking our Mother (84) and our Son (37) out for Birthday dinner. They have celebrated there Birthday, 9/13, together every year and you made it so special this year. The crab, prawns, salmon was cooked to perfection. And the desserts were amazing. Thanks again for helping us create this memory, especially during these difficult times with COVID. Linda Buetow

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Colin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and creative cocktails. I would recommend the seafood sampler platter as starter.

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BradJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We were greeted and seated right away. Scallops and Halibut were excellent.

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AEEB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very slow service, wasn’t happy with the staff, the food was ok but not for the price. I excepted way more for what I was paying..

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ChampagneCharlie
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the server was very friendly and efficient. I go there every year for my birthday and I think they are getting better every year!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Shop did an exceptional job maintaining safety and health code regulations due to Covid. Will absolutely go back!! Service was top-notch! The food as always is first-rate as was the wine selection and cocktails!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time out since, well...everything was very good, with exception of the potato dish served with our filets. Very bland, and unremarkable. Our server (Justin) was very attentive, and left us with a very favorable impression. We love the Lobster Shop, and we’ll be back again soon!

MC
MarileeC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great lunch for our granddaughters birthday. The appetizer platter was perfect for sharing. The Cedar Planked Salmon was beyond delicious and my husband inhaled the scallop special. Our server was very good and the seating was spacious.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried outdoor dinning. Muse and quiet. Great to show off to our out of town guests.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Friend from Minnesota in town visiting.

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cikeithia
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and environment! Friendly staff! Looking forward to our next dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice meal seated outside on the terrace. Our server Honor W. was so nice. We wanted to enjoy the sunny day & have our drinks first, then appetizer before meal. She didn’t rush us like some places try to. Our Lobster dip w/bread definitely delicious. Husband ordered the 3/4 pound crab leg dinner & it was a huge leg of crab. Big chunks of crab meat, easy too eat as they split the shell down the middle for you. My crab Louie salad was loaded with huge chunks of crab. They also have someone that comes out & completely cleans the tables with sanitizers after a party leaves.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The Lobster Carbonara was delicious, a must try. The Lobster Bisque was also just as good.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely friendly and very informative with the menu!

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DonnaZ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat the view from the Lobster Shop. The staff was very careful to observe current safety standards.

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PeggyE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather was perfect and we were able to sit outside. The waiter was wonderful and there was no hurry for us at all to leave. Will come back.

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vipjackson
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

W love the Lobster Shop. Good, service and location is awesome.

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MikeAx
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating out at a restaurant during this time of COVID, so using OpenTable to make a reservation was easy, arrived about 5 minutes before to check-in. At that time we asked if we could sit outside on the patio, they were happy to accommodate that request, only needed to wait another 5 minutes to make it happen. We waited out front to give space and were quickly found and taken to our table. Hand sanitizing spots in convenient locations, tables spaced out and we felt very comfortable. Staff were friendly and food was great.

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andyr
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were cooked perfectly just melted in your mouth. Lobster was perfect.

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vipLocalLookingforClassics
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our family of five sat on the outdoor pier/patio for lunch on a beautiful day. My husband and I celebrated 14 years. The seafood was fresh but our waiter goofed on my order and mixed up our bill with another table. That said, we had a great experience and the everyone enjoyed the food.

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dinner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justice our server was excellent and the food was A+ - Great view

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RoxanneA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were visiting from AZ. We had 3.5 hours time to use up for lunch. We chose Lobster Shop. Service was Really Good and Leah was perfect in allowing our dragged out slow pace meal. Food was good ( Halibut was a bit dry). Timing from the kitchen was perfect and presentation was beautiful. Variety and Options were many, Excellent selections for lunch hour. Would we do it again? In a heart beat!

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Lobster Shop South is rated 4.6 stars by 2926 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.