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About Lobster Shop South

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.

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Easter Sunday: all day buffet 8:30am - 6:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 759-2165

Website:
http://www.lobstershop.com/

Parking Details:
The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.

Executive Chef:
Juan Olivares

Private Party Facilities:
We have two excellent rooms for private parties. Each room can hold up to 40 persons, great for company or family functions. Rooms are available most days and nights of the week. Please call us directly for additional information.

Private Party Contact:
Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lobster Shop South Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (82)
Waterfront (80)
Special Occasion (58)
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Good for a Date (54)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Worth the Drive (47)
Great for Outdoor Dining (45)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Romantic (40)
Great for Lunch (28)
Casual (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Great for Brunch (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Business Meals (15)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (8)
Authentic (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

We have never been disappointed with our food choices. Everything is delicious, especially the lobster bisque.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Quality was subpar. Rushed so they can turn tables. Do not recommend

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good, as usual. Been going to this resaurants for many years and have not had a bad meal or service

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Staff was friendly and service by all was exceptional. We had a wonderful window table in the corner. Our meal very good, cooked to perfection. We most Certainly will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our food was cooked perfectly. The waiter was fast and helpful..total package there. The view was beautiful. We had the chance for daytime and nighttime view. So lucky. The prices are very high but otherwise perfect.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Made it early for our 6:45 reservation and were seated quickly and early 😀. Our waitress was top notch, attentive and all our food was served quickly and with suggestions that didn’t feel like an “upsell”.
We started with a prawn cocktail and lobster bisque a with a big of Sherry (try it), my husband tried to lick the bowl clean he liked it so much!! For me I️ must say the cocktail sauce had the right amount of spice and flavor.
Dinner was the crab cakes which should be noted were Beautiful and not all filler!! I️ had the lobster tail with a lightly dressed arugula salad. There were potatoes there also but it was unnecessary. The lobster tail serving was large and prepared well. Sweet and yummy.
We finished with a decaf cappuccino and shared a piece of peanut butter pie (waitress recommended) the peanut butter filling was delish and the whip cream yummy, the only unnecessary thing was the chocolate and caramel syrup which just took away from the yummy pie!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an early dinner here before attending a concert at the Tacoma Dome. We had a table right next to the window and the view was gorgeous. The food was amazing! Everything we tried was incredible. We had a variety of starters and entrees and everyone tasted everything. I booked this online without any personal recommendations so was hoping it would be good. We had a really wonderful experience and will definitely be returning when we’re in Tacoma again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Tapas
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My mother, her husband and I were having a long awaited Saturday afternoon lunch. The service was brisk, yet unobtrusive. We were not rushed nor hovered over. The food was amazing. All three of us cleaned our plates (which is unusual for the other two). The bread that came with the meal was the perfect Italian style. The only problems were that they had a hard time finding me some black tea. We will go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Came here for birthday celebration and it far exceeded my expectations!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Tina, the bartender was great! She made great dinner recommendations.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was an amazing night! My friends had a wonderful time

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a party of 10 including 2 children. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their meal. We also enjoyed the waterfront view. The service was great too.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food, service, ambiance. Wil definitely go again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We are from Auburn and went here for Restaurant week and it was so worth it! Everything was fresh and portion sizes and huge. Service and ambience were excellent. Highly recommend this place!

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Server did an outstanding job, she explained all options to us, made recommendations, gave us ample time to make our choices. Further, she was very attentive throughout our visit and refilled our beverages without interruption.
Our meal was outstanding and enjoyed by all.
One of our favorite places to dine in Tacoma.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food, beautiful restaurant and spectacular view!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

A great place to celebrate a birthday or any special occasion!!

Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food and service was amazing. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and efficient. We will definitely be visiting The Lobster Shop again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service and food was excellent. Had a wonderful waitress!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. We shared crab cake, NY steak, crab, salmon and lobster. Service was timely and not overbearing. Food was delicious. Will definitely go back

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had a great experience!! Donna was our waitress and she gave us a very personal touch, picked out our first cocktail and it was very delicious! We are new to the area and celebrated our anniversary there, we will absolutely be back :)

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was great my only complaint would be $14.95 for Lobster stuffed mushrooms would be a good price IF they gave you more than 3 small mushrooms, not even enough for 2 people to get a Small Taste. They were good just not enough for the money

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Incredible food and service! The buffet brunch is incredible.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

For a first experience, the Brunch at Lobster Shop was awesome! The food was spectacular, and there was something for everyone - from healthy to naughty choices! Also, the atmosphere, service and views get high marks too. We are definitely coming back for Brunch again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was my first to this restaurant (my wife's 3rd time) and what she raved about was every bit what she said. We did Sunday brunch and very well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was alright. There wasn't anything special about it. The dessert was disappointing. We did wait a noticeably long time for the food. We did wait for a while to have our table cleared and dessert menus brought. The creme brulee was awful.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

It's a special place for us,ANNIVERARY, birthdays, Valentine day

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Took friends from Hawaii and Virginia here on a Saturday evening; it worked out great and they appreciated the water view. We were there early so were able to take advantage of their sunset special, which was delicious. Our wait person was very nice. If you come on Saturday, I highly recommend you have early reservations (like before 6 pm), because they got very crowded as the evening progressed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

When you want the best you go to the best. Thank you

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The scenery was beautiful and the food was delicious. My relatives who accompanied me were very, very pleased with their meals. And the dessert (flourless chocolate cake) was fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a nice quiet evening with friends. Wait staff was attentive and pleasant.
Food was better than average. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary during their Twilight Special time of the day with an early dinner, a great deal and great food and the service was tremendous. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Menu not as good as before and cost up. If going to charge more have items that are worth the price. Sat at a table under roof leak with no apologies or to be moved. Should not sit ten people in a booth setting. Service poor as one server with all big parties. Very disappointed with this trip to celebrate birthday.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Incredible Sunday Brunch! We had a window table overlooking the water. Amazing choices of absolutely delicious food! The chocolate fountain for dipping strawberries and other desserts we're out of this world!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The wait service is usually much better. This time was fair. There seemed to be a lack of interest but my Date thought he was great. She tipped him very well. Oh well.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were there for my wife's birthday and had a nice meal for a moderate price. Steve did a great job serving us. We'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great agilo prawns on twilight dinner. Great view of the water.
Only problem was the front desk who told our brother that we hadn’t arrived. We sat waiting for him 20 minutes until he took the initiative to come in the dining and look for us. (We had gone to look for him but he waited outside so we didn’t see him in the lobby.) Not a great start.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was delicious but with a pricey tag, especially on Sunday. So expect to spend $$$ here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I've been to the Lobster Shop many times and have never been disappointed. Great food and great service make for an enjoyable experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We took our son to celebrate his birthday- with his traditional birthday food- lobster. We went for an early dinner (around 5) and the hostess was already a bit frazzled. We started with fried calamari- which was very good. We ordered our salads, entrees and desert from the 'twilight' menu, as well as two cocktails.
My son ordered the 'surf and turf', with a small lobster tail and medium rare steak. He reported the lobster was still cold in the middle, and the steak was brown all the way through. Overall, the food was okay, but not worth $175 for 3 people.
This might be a good place for drinks and appetizers, but we won't be back for dinner.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee
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