Lobster Shop South

4.5
2133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Northwest
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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
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Phone number
(253) 759-2165
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Olivares
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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.
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Private party contact
Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165
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Parking details
The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.
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
What 2133 People Are Saying
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H
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’ve only been for brunch, but both times it was a great experience all around!

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KM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating our anniversary. We ordered steamed clams - several didn’t open and could not be consumed. Next came Lobster Bisque- it was mediocre. We’ve had better. Main course was halibut which was terrible because it was so salty. We advised our server to let the chef know. We ordered a crab cake add on to share which was flavored too heavily with some unidentifiable seasoning that killed any hint of crab. We also ordered a 12 oz. Maine lobster tail to share which was the best part of the meal. It was good. Our server surprised us with ice cream with a candle in it for our anniversary which was very thoughtful. No complaints on service, just the food.

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KJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner although our lobster was rather on the lukewarm side......not so much that we opted to send it back, however. Our waitress Thyna was great. Nice personality and very attentive!

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t
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free crab cakes are really good

Gluten free flourless chocolate cake was amazing

Lobster cooked to perfection

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VC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner accompanied by great service. The restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation and the view was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dianne, our server took excellent care of us. It was
a special birthday celebration for my partner!

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (seafood tastes not overpowered by garlic and sauces). Very accommodating staff. Very enjoyable experience.

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MT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Was there to celebrate my anniversary. Ordered:

Drinks: blueberry lemondrop was very good. The pomegranate mojito was horrible. All you can taste is the alcohol and no pomegranate juice;
Appetizer: Ahi Tuna (appetizer) which was really good;
Entree: 12 oz Maine lobster, wasn't that great. Lacked flavor therefore you have to really drenched it in their butter. Thought this was what their known for hence the name "Lobster Shop"I had better elsewhere.

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l
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed in the service and some of the food. They messed up our reservation, the server was inattentive (3 requests to get the mediocre bread), and they did not have some standard seafood items. Shrimp Cocktail "oh we're out of that." Fresh raw oysters "oh we don't have any and it's not the season (wrong, September is an R month and they're fine). Friends liked their Maine lobster but when they asked for additional butter, it came cold. Our crab cakes were small and looked frozen and shaped from a round cutter. The server seemed overwhelmed and began making excuses "I burned my hand..." We were embarrassed because these were college friend who are well-traveled foodies, wine lovers and cooks. We wanted to show them one of Tacoma's few good restaurants, having been there many times. We are done.

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H
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating our 57th wedding anniversary. We wanted a restaurant that had a great menu, including a twilight menu option, a good selecton of wines and mixed drinks, a super view of the Puget Sound znd Mt Rainier, with a quiet ambiance for intimate conversation. The Lobster Shop on Rustin Way met all of our expectations!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service will definitely be back to experience the rest of the menu

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n
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were two flies flying around our table and all the other tables around us. I went to a diner once and that happened and I never went back. The food was good, the service was great but this restaurant is too expensive to share my food with flies. Also, the shortcake part of the strawberry shortcake was dry and inedible.

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GA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Buffet with great views of Commencement Bay!

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SW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary at Lobster Shop and loved it (as always). This was our first time dining in the main restaurant area — we normally join for an early Happy Hour in the bar. Our server, Named Honor, did a fantastic job recommending food choices and was very attentive the entirety of our meal.

We would highly recommend this spot for casual afternoons with a breathtaking view of the Bay or for celebrating any special occasion!

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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have had since moving to the area.

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l
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

always a great place to meet friends. the service was great, and it's quiet enough to have real conversation. spectacular view and the food was good.

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CC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding, everything was delicious and Bethany our waitress was amazing and took extremely good care of us. The manager even put on the WSU football game so we could see it from our table. I really enjoyed our meal and you can absolutely count on me to recommend the Lobster Shop to my friends. You will see us again real soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a nice dinner for mutt write and I. We had a nice dinner and the place was comfy and quiet at the time. The waitress was very attentive and the food was in good time and look/taste delicious.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband loved his salmon but I was very disappointed with my prawns. They arrived only luke-warm. After awhile we were able to get our waitress's attention and she took the plate back and it was replaced with prawns and mashed potatoes that were warm enough, however the flavor was lacking: both were quite bland.
We will be back because we love the setting, but I'll be sure and order something else.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. Our waiter Sean B was exceptional.

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C
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had just returned from a long trip and wanted to have a nice dinner. We were able to get reservations. The food was really good. It's a seafood restaurant. The fish was fresh, cooked as I like it, with a lovely presentation and excellent sides.

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had out of town company and we had a very nice lunch.

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TE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were so well thought out and amazing. Lobster crouching and lobster stuffed mushrooms amazing looking and scrumptious
And the ahi tuna appetizer was some of the best I've had

Lobster main was cooked perfect.
Potatoes were so good
Alaska King crab was cooked perfect and amazing

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PL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sadly, the Libster Shop either lost their chef, kitchen team, or management simply doesn’t care.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very few diners. We were seated quickly. Waitress was attentive. There were two flies at our table throughout the meal. The food wasn't very good.

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v
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I came here for a celebration. The cocktails were good, the view was perfect, but the food was solo for the price. If I drop 200$ on a meal, it should be perfect. The lobster tasted frozen and thawed. I come from New England. It was one of the worst lobsters I have ever had. If you call yourself the lobster shop, you had better master the lobster. The salmon was great though. I would not come back.

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was pleased we were given a window seat for our table of five, as I requested for a special birthday dinner. Our waiter was friendly and professional. Did not smile much, but that was okay. The food was delicious and my only complaint was that after ordering dessert, we waited a very long time for it to arrive. We really did not want it, once we finally got it. I actually got up and walked to the entrance of the restaurant in search of our waiter to inquire about the dessert. My family did not want me to, but I am stubborn. My family thought I was being unreasonable. So, maybe it was just me? Over all, yes I will return again as the food was very good, and the dinner itself arrived in an expected amount of time. I was a waitress in college, so I know the drain and toll it takes on you. I did appreciate our waiters professional attitude.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was stellar and the view excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant on a day when Rainier is visible.

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AR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to The Lobster Shop, and the second time I was able to take advantage of "Twilight Dining" menus. This option, available before 6:00 p.m., allows the diner to choose either two or three items from a limited menu including starters, entrée and dessert. My friend had lobster bisque for a starter and I had the specialty salad. We both had cedar-planked salmon, which melted in our mouths! And crème brulee for dessert can't be beat. The food is always perfect, the service is impeccable, and the view from the location just makes me happy. It's not the cheapest place to eat but it's worth every penny.

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E
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful waterfront dining experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We stopped in after an afternoon at the zoo. We just had soup and salad. Our server treated us as if we had ordered from the top of the menu. The food was excellent! Will definitely recommend to friends and family. It was a bit cool to eat outside, but we were seated at a table with a great water view inside.

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KR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took my mother-in-law to The Lobster Shop for her birthday this year. We hadn't been for many years, but fondly remember the lobster bisque, which is still amazing (don't forget the sherry on top!) We were seated at a window table and our waiter was pleasant, accommodating and friendly. Our meals were all very good - my fish was seasoned to perfection. I would recommend The Lobster Shop and we will be back.

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always one of the go-to spots for an occasion, or just a good meal. This was a Sunday dinner with friends... better during the week, IMO.

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MW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the lobster shop, we go at least 2-5times a year. Food is always excellent as are the drinks. Been for mother's day, friends brunch, dates with my guy. Every time it has been a great experience.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been going there for at least 20 years. The Lobster Shop never fails to please no matter the season or the occasion.

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EA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Though my daughter and I were seated on time based on our reservation, we sat for 20-25 minute in the middle of the upper part of the restaurant before anyone noticed us. We watched two waiters help the tables around us and did not stop to interact. We were literally starting to leave when finally someone acknowledged us. Overall we felt like an after-thought and very low on the priority list.

I'm sure it's not the norm, but it was embarrassing and frustrating. We even had a couple at a nearby table ask us what was going on and agreed with our thought of leaving. Pretty embarrassing!

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there to celebrate our 45th anniversary. Our server, "Justin" was excellent: great attitude and full knowledge of the menu. We will definitely return!!!

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GF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love going here, it is always so beautiful to sit and observe the waterfront view. Meal was good, although my wife ordered her steak medium and it was not even pink. My mom had requested mashed potatoes and got French fries instead. The waitress was attentive otherwise and met our needs well.

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F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the seafood, (great lobster quesadilla, salmon and crab legs), the tasty Ceasar salad (which many places can't get right), the attentive bar and restaurant service and pretty setting on the water. Only critique would be the lobster bisque tasted like there was no lobster in it (nor was any seen as in some places) and they had no Earl Grey tea. Still would recommend this place as the overall food and experience was very nice.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant!

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