Lobster Shop South

4.8
3227 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

(*Please Note: Due to excessive heat warning, Lobster Shop will be closed Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28. We apologize for the inconvenience.) 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3227 people are saying
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luvtoeat
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant wasn't crowded, and we were seated right away when we arrived. The table was next to the window, so we could watch the boats and such on the water. Food was great, and the waiter was excellent. He made the experience more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was excellent. The food was delicious, service was great. The view was relaxing. We’ll be back!!

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ThomasN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Lobster Shop for our anniversary dinner. Everything was wonderful, we were even entertained by a pod of Orcas going by. Morgan was our server and she was very helpful with the menu and attentive throughout the evening. She even brought us a free fudge sundae for our anniversary celebration. All in all it was a great evening and we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most amazing crab cake ever! I highly recommend the peanut butter pie!!!!!

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RU1997
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kyle W was an awesome server really highlighting this dinner. Thanks for the blue cheese olive dirty martini. Food was good and pitched right down the middle. An enjoyable anniversary dinner. Thanks!

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ScrubbyDuck
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent service. We always enjoy the Lobster Shop and will definitely be back.

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Katiesun
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was quick, friendly, attentive. Food was delicious (bread, dipping sauce, crab cake, warm seafood salad and lobster melt, cinnamon apricot rum ice cream - all excellent). Views were gorgeous (even saw two porpoises passing by). Atmosphere was peaceful. It was a treat to be there, absolutely delightful.

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PennyT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and perfect view of the marina. Always enjoyable!

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TimothyB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server Joanna was exceptionally fantastic. Very professional and patient. Joanna knew how to customize my experience and it was effortless

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KIMBERLYR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had never ate here before. It was well worth the money. Great food and drinks. We enjoyed everything.

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MaryK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Shop never disappoints! The food is always good, the service friendly, but not intrusive. The prices are on the high end, but when you can sit down to dinner with a friend or family and be face-to-face with Mr. Rainier, it is worth a bit extra.

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ChristineInRealLife81875
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you have a chance to eat here make sure you do it when it’s warm if you are getting a window placement.

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JettaF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT food and service. A little pricey but well worth it.

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SandyS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the view were exceptional.

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CynthiaP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and a view that can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The views were gorgeous. Food was very good. Jodi, our server, was personable, knowledgeable, and attentive. All of her recommendations were on point. The wine menu seems to be WA focused and good. We had a great time.

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Mikey
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alaskan Halibut is amazing. Also got the side crab cake which was melt in your mouth delicious.

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SunnyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here's my explanation:
My wife and I booked an anniversary dinner, and it was a wonderful experience, all told, but...
I must confess sticker-shock when I saw the menu: 1) Lobster Shop no longer offers "sunset dinner" specials we'd enjoyed in the past, though many waterfront places have continued these, 2) the menu was much more limited than I remember, and 3) items that were offered were much more expensive than I'd seen here– the steak and lobster combo was $80, at least 30% more than I recall.
To be fair, our previous dinners here were pre-COVID, and I am sure that accounts for the change. I know most restaurants have made similar changes, but these seemed somewhat more than others we've experienced.
Having said all that, we ordered anyway, and the food was absolutely excellent, as was the service. We had a lovely anniversary dinner. Sadly, at these prices, it may be another year before we can afford such a splurge. That's the sad part of post-COVID, for restaurants and customers– those of us who used to dine out more regularly have multiple reasons for thinking twice about doing so.

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vipDavid
Montana
59 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Lobster Shop has a very nice atmosphere and overall good food. At the same time one needs to take into consideration the menu featured on the website is not up to date. I was disappointed to see a more limited menu in person after being seated for a lunch reservation. It would be nice to know in advance what menu selections really exist.
Service was very attentive although I asked for a cup of the lobster bisque as opposed to a whole bowl. The server said she could accommodate with a cup. I failed to pay attention (my BAD) to the fact I was charged for the bowl and not a cup. Shame on the server too!

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CindyF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our visit to the Lobster Shop was nice and the view is lovely there. Our service was really exceptional and the food was very good.

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vipPammaWamma
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The LOBSTER SHOP is FABULOUS!! I used to go to their Dash Point restaurant, which we've been told has now closed. I started going there in the early 80's with my ex and we'd go every yr for our anniversary. Now, with husband #2 we just tried the Tacoma site last night, and it's as good as I remember all those years ago... 5 star. Our server named HONOR was so wonderful as well! It's HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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TandD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our visiting parents from Ohio there for their 51st Anniversary (was also our 1st time) and everything was phenomenal.

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Outside
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Requested a table on the outside, but was told it was to damp out there so we'd have to dine inside (which is not really safe yet). Five minutes later we watched a couple of women get seated out there: very disappointed since it is the end of Summer and dining outside will be difficult in the next couple of seasons.

Best crab cake I've ever had; unfortunately, the served one crab cake for two people (very strange, never have seen that).

Wonderful table service. I've never left a $40 tip before but she was worth it.

Lobster was very good. Lobster Carbonara was very good too. Combo Louie Salad was very good (blue cheese dressing was wonderful)

Peanut Butter Pie was carried out for desert later in the evening: we would never order that a second time. It tasted like someone tried to make pudding pie: very squishy and was semi melted by the time we got home. Suggest they replace it with Mud Pie (which cannot be carried out) or cheesecake.

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TaninaB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the waitress was amazing. Will forsure be back again.

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SheriS
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our servers Ashley was great! Knowledgeable of the menu and beverage options. Very friendly and attentive.

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ShantellC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks are very good, it is pricey, so it’s not a weekly date restaurant but maybe once a month for us. We’ve been here a few times and will return in the future. The only con is they run out of something every time we’ve gone, they come back and let us know and we have to pick something else. So have a first choice, and a back up choice.

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LisaM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Beautiful view.

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OlyJames
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in a booth on the deck to enjoy perfect weather. Our server was a joy. Personality plus. The 10 oz lobster tail was done perfectly. The strawberry rhubarb crumble was a delight.

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LyleU
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was an excellent server and took great care in making sure our dining experience exceeded expectations.

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Shirley
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the Lobster Shop! The menu and food was spot on. We had a birthday girl with us, who was given a special treat with dessert!

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viprichelle
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good service was kinda slow but all in all good :)

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant because no matter what i order, or what time of the year i go, it is consistently good.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time visiting The Lobster Shop, and found the food good, but the salmon was not “wild”; the ambience was very good. Overall, a nice dinner, but not on our return to list.

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CLZL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

35th Wedding Anniversary

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TiaS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, even with our current situation they are not out of any product. Beautiful scenery with excellent service.

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H2omeyer1
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables have great views. Our waiter was attentive but not overly so. And the food was great— we’ll definitely be back.

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stan
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the deck for date night. Nice quiet with a pretty view. Had a couple speciality drinks, tasty and worth the price, which wasn’t bad. Enjoyed the lobster bisque, only some lobster pieces added in would’ve made it better. Ordered calamari steak strips, excellent, lobster artichoke dip, very good, and lobster crostini excellent too. Never made it to a main course. We were both very happy with everything. Service was also excellent! We will be back.

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Robin
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sitting on the outdoor patio is always fabulous. This time they tucked us in at a corner inside window booth . Flies everywhere inside our corner. Kind of gross.

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EricC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food selection was great, and food quality was amazing! Been a long time since I've had such a good meal from any restaurant.

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Lobster Shop South is rated 4.8 stars by 3227 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.