Lobster Shop South

4.7
2964 Reviews
$30 and under
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 2964 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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StephenM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful ambiance

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vipJayaf
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are always great, complementing the food and the ambience.

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SusanK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lobster-centric meal, and since it was Restaurant Rally week, treated ourselves to an appetizer and starter salads in addition to our entrees. Everything was delicious, and our server was a real professional, checking back frequently and making sure we had everything we needed. He truly helped make this a pleasant and special occasion, and got a tip that represented the 30% discount we had received for the Restaurant Rally program.

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KeithD
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impossible to beat The Lobster Shop for great food and outstanding service.

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Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Good atmosphere. Lobster was rubbery, calamary was like frozen fish sticks, but the dip was good. Great waitress!

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LyndaR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and setting. So glad we were able to get in before the shut down! Can’t wait to go again!

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HeidiD
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Our server Honor was awesome. Very polite and attentive. Ordered the filet but had to be sent back because it was undercooked. They fixed it no issues. Overall flavor of plate was bland. Had a side crab leg which was delicious! If I were to go back based strictly on service, absolutely... but the food wasn't all that great for the price in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday. Our server, Cedra, was very personable, friendly, and gave us great service—checked on us often enough to not be a bother but enough to provide great service. We were very happy to have her as a server and would highly recommend her and the Lobster Shop South. It was a great day—weather, view, ambiance and food.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, our server was wonderful. She was very attentive and had lots of recommendations for entree choices.

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DJandCJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our server and the food was delicious and beautifully plated.

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Muppet
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great meal . Service was very good indeed. Unfortunately there were very few patrons the night we booked. It was a shame

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WearyBusinessTraveller
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the views are better during the daytime, even at night it is peaceful. Food is fantastic-especially the lobster bisque.

Prices are moderate but a good value for such a high quality restaurant.

Will definitely come back.

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EleanorH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Celebrated our Anniversary. Food and service amazing.

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localrestaurantlover
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely waterside table. This was our first indoor dining experience during the pandemic.
It appeared the restraint staff had taken every effort to keep us safe.
Our food was excellent. Our server professional and pleasant.
The lobster shop is my favorite Tacoma restaurant.

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Frank
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect 54th Anniversary complemented with servings of 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old Port. What to do for our 55th.
Frank and Karen

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Lobster Shop was awesome! Jodi was the best and we loved the food. My personal fav was calamari, which was highly recommended by Jodi. Drinks were great! Awesome place to celebrate my GF b-day. We will be back!

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LisaC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent COVID protocol, food and service. We were promptly and warmly greeted by the hostess, she kept distancing while taking us to the table, and thanked us on our way out. She happily accommodated my request for an out of heavy traffic table, and asked if we were happy with the one she had for us. Cocktails well-made and served promptly. The lobster and King crab were both cooked perfectly, were fresh and flavorful. . Our waiter was the only one serving our table, minimizing the exposure risk which was appreciated. He was friendly and efficient without being intrusive. Overall a great dining experience.

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MarianneP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One simple word. - Perfect.
Nices people spoiled us from beginning to end.
Perfect amount of food that tasted, well... perfect!
Well worth the money.

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JamesW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Service was excellent! Both the lobster and steak were done very well.

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monad
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The taste of the food was a lot different then I was expecting. I thought I was going for the food but paid more for the beautiful views

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JasonS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lobster and filet were perfect! Sides were okay but not great. Service was Excellent! Very friendly, knowledgable, and timely. Will definitely eat here again!

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vipNotgoingback
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The background music was way too loud and the food was overpriced and did not taste good.
Our server was great.

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sophisticate015
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at the Lobster Shop. Excellent food, great service and good value. Nice atmosphere.

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vipKTac
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch - originally going to get it to go but the staff and atmosphere were so friendly stayed and had a delicious meal. Food was delicious and service attentive to what we wanted to experience.

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MaueWowie
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Okay, so first off this place is definitely not in the "$30 and under" category unless you're limiting yourself to water and an appetizer. Even the cheapest entree that includes some protein clocks in at close to $30. If you're eating dinner and planning to leave a tip, your meal for one is not going to be less than $30.

A more realistic representation of pricing: dishes are a-la-carte and portion sizes are not especially large, so you're likely to want to get one or two items from the secondary menu categories in addition to your entree. It's fancy, so you're probably going to get a drink, too. Most entrees were like $35 to $50. Getting chicken? Expect $25-$30. I'd venture to guess that the average person drops $45 on their entree, with pricier combos pushing $100. Add in a drink (~$12), a starter (~$17), a soup, salad, or dessert (~$10), and you're probably going to spend $75+ per person. It's good food, and I'm not saying it's not worth the price, but it's a $30 meal the way that McDonald's is $1 meal if you order off the dollar menu.

That said, the atmosphere was nice and the food was consistently quite good. This is a great venue for special occasions. Mixed drinks were so-so -- I'd recommend well drinks or wine. I arrived too late to take advantage of the view (the windows reflect the interior when it's dark out), so keep that in mind if you're planning dinner here, especially in the drearier parts of the year. Service was serviceable, but not amazing.

In summary, this is a great choice for fresh seafood and a solid one for dinner along most dimensions, provided you're happy to splurge on it.

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vkjr
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent, service was flawless and of course you can't beat the view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Our dinner was very good but it was so very cold in the restaurant that we couldn’t enjoy ourselves. We normally
Linger and have several drinks but we were so miserable that we just scarfed down our food and left.

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vipRobert
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice work by the entire staff. The restaurant was clean, food was very good and the service was amazing. Diane was our server and she made our night memorable.

We will be back for sure!

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Foodie
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food tasted ok, not great. Got grilled Mahi Mahi stuffed with crab. The fish was cooked perfectly but tasted no crab, only too much cream cheese. The broccolini was delicious. The lobster bisque was good but it would have been nice to have a little whole lobster in/on top of the bowl to round it out. The clam chowder was also good but a tad salty. The caesar salad was so overdressed that the lettuce seemed wilted.
We arrived at 7:45 and were told that the kitchen closed at 8:00 so we had to order quickly. Service was fast but felt rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From gentleman who sat us was so delightful, he had us laughing from the moment we walked in.The service was amazing, he was very attentive, he’s timing on serving our appetizer to the lobster bisque and our entree was on point. The food is amazing, the lobster bisque we highly recommend, lobster carbonara was perfection and the Maine lobster was 100!

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EateryGirl
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always!

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IV34
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was superb. The whole restaurant was very clean and very well arranged according to Covid19 standards. My only suggestion would be to wipe down door handles and stair rails very frequently. We had such an enjoyable time which we needed in this difficult time. Thank You!

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BamBam66
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First real outing with clients and this was an amazing place! Staff and quality were fantastic and we all felt very safe.

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MonaB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding!
Would recommend updating your web site which still lists the twilight menu. We chose the restaurant based on that availability given it was a group meeting after work. We understand that it is challenging with Covid and understand the decision to not offer a twilight menu; it just would have been better to be knowledgeable about that prior to arrival.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was also amazing. The lobster dip itself is worth going back for. Thank You!

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EmmaB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the water and the city lights. The atmosphere is relaxing and sophisticated. The food is absolutely outstanding! Every dish we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was fabulous as well!
Will be back very soon and highly recommend it!

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MichaelL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and customer service at the Lobster Shop. Our families favorite

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MayH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
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 on September 28, 2020
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 on September 27, 2020
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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Lobster Shop South is rated 4.7 stars by 2964 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.