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Lobster Shop South

4.6
4.6
3484 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (253) 759-2165

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rena Bailey

  • 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. (Due due to COVID restrictions, all private dining is currently suspended).

  • Private party contact

    Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,484 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Best Service

  • Tacoma

    Best Ambiance

  • Tacoma

    Notable Wine List

  • Tacoma

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tacoma

    Scenic View

  • Tacoma

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Our waiter Sean was fabulous.
  2. AK

    AnnK

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband had the spiny lobster and it was great. I had the scallops and they were ok. I would say that they had too much grease between bacon topping and butter. Also the risotto was kinda gluey
  3. RC

    RCarter

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing from the service to the food. Cannot wait to go back.
  4. e

    eng1sh

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Outstanding service. Loved it from start to finished.
  5. BK

    BethK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The variety flavors and dishes is wonderful for anyone not trying to call attention to their specific dietary needs. Thank you!!
  6. R

    Roseann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our early dinner reservation! The food was very good. A little pricy but very tasty!
  7. RL

    ReneeL

    Seattle

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service never disappoint!
  8. TL

    ThomasL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Halibut fish and chips were great, service from Kourtney was excellent. Hadn’t been to the Lobster Shop in years, will return soon.
  9. KG

    KarenG

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High school friends meeting up before our reunion
  10. NS

    NavSwo

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location; great service; great food. Can't ask for much better than that. Our wait staff, Jodie (sp?), was extremely gracious, friendly, and knowledgeable. Nice to see that at least one restaurant in Tacoma still has an experienced and well-trained trained staff.
  11. n

    nancylee

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Tyena-Tina, went out of her way to help in any way possible. It was a great lunch with friends because of her. Nancy
  12. A

    Alisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the servers were so nice! They gave us a wonderful spot with a great view outside.
  13. MC

    MarcC

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very limited menu from years past. Great service. Lobster bisque, chowder and crab Louie were good.
  14. NS

    NancyS

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our last night in WA. I made reservations online. We had a quiet corner table looking out over the water. My Reisling was a better one than I usually order. We had shrimp pasta and king crab legs. Our choices were perfect and delicious. Shanna, our waitress, made our evening even more enjoyable. The peach dessert was the best.
  15. n

    nwwanderer

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of seafood choices. The sampler appetizer was terrific. We had lobster, salmon, halibut and scallop main courses, all prepared and presented well. A bit pricey (expected), but excellent. Wine choices were also top notch.
  16. PE

    PeggyE

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lobster Shop on the waterfront in Tacoma, WA has the best ambiance whether you sit inside or outside. The service is great as well.
  17. CR

    ChelseaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Kyle made our whole experience so much better!
  18. DM

    DanielM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Leah out server was outstanding. I think that was her name. Very impressed with her. Food expensive but delicious. View amazing.
  20. DS

    DianeS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot with a gorgeous view. Service was excellent and food very tasty. We ordered the ceviche appetizer, lobster carbonara and the cremini chicken and all were delicious. Pricing is high so I would save this restaurant for special occasions.
  21. LA

    LouAnnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband's 70th Birthday with friends. We had a delightful time! The food was wonderful, the wait staff was amazing, and the ambience, perfect. We will definitely celebrate other milestones at the Lobster Shop. Thank you!!!
  22. JW

    JessicaW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Our steak and salmon came out raw... had to wait for a second plate for AWHILE. Paid 110.00 for 2 meals and an appetizer. We had WATER!
  23. SM

    SueM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! The ceviche’ was delicious. Service was excellent. You have to have the lobster. Why else would you be there?
  24. p

    pastahog

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dined outdoors, great venue. Server, was great. Only negative was the greeter who managed the seating, and was our first impression, wore a sour look. She seemed to not want to be there, and this was reinforced on other encounters, trips to restroom, with her during our visit. She should not be the first face of the restaurant that customers see.
  25. SE

    StephaniE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for our anniversary dinner! The lobster was fantastic!
  26. l

    localrestaurantlover

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great table on the patio. Morgan our server is The Best. Professional, friendly and helpful. This is our favorite restaurant for lunch when we are in Tacoma.
  27. b

    barbd

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food …. Service … and beautiful sunny day …. Doesn’t get any better than that !!! Will definitely go back again
  28. M

    Mike

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice experience.....especially great when the sun is out and we're enjoying our meal on the deck. Quality of food and service always meets expectations, a main reason we treat out of town friends to this special place. Thank you all!
  29. B

    Baron

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful Birthday celebration lunch at the Lobster Shop. Great service, good and a view to die for. Just perfect. Thank you Lobster Shop for making things Special.
  30. CP

    ChristyP

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there on 8/21/2022. The service was SO SLOW, we couldn't believe it! This was the 2 nd time that we have been there for dinner just this month. It has been my very favorite restaurant ever since you opened that location and before in Brown's Point. Your bartender you had working on that evening should be fired, period. His drinks were horrible and not at all up to your usual standards. Also, he was SO SLOW. (It was not busy when we were there.) The waiter could hardly be bothered to serve us. We even had to ask for the breadbasket. I ordered my salmon well done and it came to the table almost raw. None of your usual outstanding waitpersons were there, instead, the ones that were there were obviously not happy, and the quality of the service bore that out. I realize that food prices are so much higher now but even though you have raised your prices, the quality and the amount that you now serve has declined. We will find another restaurant to go to next time when we want seafood and great drinks.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We usually have a good experience here and for the most part yesterday was good. I felt like rhythm was off though; took a long time to get drinks and food, the time between salad and entrees was too long and when our entree showed up my plate was very hot (long time in the window?) so my steak was over done to a medium/medium well. I ordered medium rare. Wife wasn't very impressed with her salmon and left about half on the plate. Generally speaking it was still a good experience. We sat outside which may explain the slower service. Still, I expect for a couple of hundred bucks, dinner should be spot on. We aren't giving up on the lobster shop just yet though, we enjoy the atmosphere and have really liked most of the menu items we've ordered.. this happened to be our anniversary dinner. We'll see how they do next time.
  32. PM

    PugMama

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner here to celebrate our anniversary. Was able to sit outside on the deck where it was pleasant. Our server was excellent and happy to accommodate our special requests. My only complaint is that my entree needed a little more garlic (Agilo e olio), but other than that, everything was excellent. Prices are a little on the high side, but given how things are and the rent the owners must have to pay with being on the waterfront it is understandable. Also, they include a 1.5% service charge that is passed through to the kitchen staff. While some might be put off by the mandatory charge, it is only 1.5%, which on a $100 tab equals a little more than $1.50. That's not worth complaining about.
  33. v

    vegasfoodie

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Seems like it’s under new management. Everything went downhill.
  34. AT

    AdrianT

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    OK, but a real bunch of amateurs. I made the reservation on OT and then called the morning of to make sure that we would be able to have a table outside on the deck and the woman I spoke with assured me it would not be a problem but then upon arrival they told me it was going to be an hour+ wait for an outdoor table. Food is tasty, but not at a level I would consider “Gourmet”. Will probably not return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall very good. Parking was available and close. Felt “rushed” by servers in bar and restaurant even though many tables were open when we arrived, and even more when we left.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and Leah was wonderful! She was so helpful and made our experience that much more amazing!
  37. K

    Kimbo

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lobster Shop has been our special place for decades-last night's reunion with out-of-town friends was the BEST ever!
  38. J

    Jerry53

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster Shop is one of our go to restaurants as the food quality & service are well worth the money. We've been going there for years & have never been disappointed.
  39. D

    Dorrie

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We travel from the Midwest to the Seattle/Tacoma area occasionally and we always make sure we have this restaurant on our agenda. Food, service and ambience are always excellent.
  40. M

    Momonthego

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a beautiful lunch on the deck. Great service, good food and a time of reunion with high school friend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lobster Shop South is rated 4.6 stars by 3484 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Northwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rena Bailey

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (253) 759-2165

  • 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. (Due due to COVID restrictions, all private dining is currently suspended).

  • Private party contact

    Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165

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