Lobster Shop South

4.7
3059 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

(*Please Note: Due to current WA state COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum party size allowed for either indoor or outdoor seating is 6 people.) 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 3059 people are saying
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Kate
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside over the water on a warm evening which was lovely. I requested outside seating in the reservation, and the hostess was able to accommodate.

The scallops were fresh and cooked to melt in the mouth. The salmon was also perfection. The lobster appetizer was more generous than we expected. Our waiter, Justin, checked in but didn't interrupt us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bridal shower

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Spok
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little pricey, but you are right on the water. Depending on which way you are seated, you can see Mt. Rainier, or watch the boats. The music was a little loud and upbeat, so it's not as relaxing as it could be. The food is good and our waiter Justin was awesome.

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VegasforRod
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food surpassed our expectations. Our server, Jody, was outstanding. Very polite, attentive and professional.

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ChrisR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good but the today's calimari was out of this world. Our waiter was the very best. Staff in general always cheerful, polite and helpful. The Lobster Shop is without a doubt our favorite restaurant in the Puget Sound.

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, Shawn our server was amazing, and the bar even made my visiting DC friend a 'Rose Kennedy' cocktail to special order! The views! they went out of their way to roll out a ramp for my scooter and make sure we were taken care of....I will recommend this restaurant to all of my friends!

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Jerry
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambience
One of my favorite restaurants

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Phiilgurl
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and excellent food. Water view... outstanding.

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mchoi485
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great view! Everything was great great!!

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JohnathanG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time for my anniversary. It was absolutely gorgeous with a wonderful staff. Great view and fantastic food.

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GingerB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had the halibut. I thought it was on the small side for size and considering the price but there were 2 hairs in it!! And definitely not mine. They brought me another one and it was very good, but again on the small side, 2" x 2". I would have thought they would compensate with free desert, but no. My friend got the chicken with a mushroom sauce and it was huge and delicious. But chicken is a lot cheaper than halibut. The calamari was yummy! And oh the lobster bisque was delicious! Our waitress was very good and attentive! Still gave a generous tip. I will go back. Hopefully, no more hairs. 😀

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vipAndy
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, seating on deck, great views of Puget Sound. Tasty food with great selections available.

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Mauiman
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful location and views. Food was very good but a bit overpriced in my opinion. Sat out on the patio/deck and it was a spectacular way to spend a late afternoon into early evening. Ample parking - which is why we LOVE Tacoma versus crazy Seattle. The drinks, desserts and bread and dip were also all very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back. Just bring a big wallet.

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vipstevens
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipBarryB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Mother’s Day. It was a beautiful day and the view was beautiful. The drinks were good, appetizers also very good, and atmosphere was very pleasant. We all ordered the special on the recommendation of our waiter, halibut with the meat from a lobster claw. All four dishes were dry and the meat from the lobster claw was sparse. Overall, very disappointing.

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ChristinaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Calamari was great. Got meal and my "medium" steak was completely done with no red. Waitress tried to help by getting me another steak, but this next steak was raw and unedible. This was brought to her attention and she just apologized. That was it. Very disappointed. Have had good visits to this location in the past, especially when the buffet has happened, like on Mother's day. Very disappointed.

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StaceyL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service has always been great! The location is wonderful and sitting out on the deck just makes it that much better. Me and my family travel about an hour to go eat there.

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AnnikaD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. Food and service was good. The view is outstanding.

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vipSusanG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable birthday dinner with delicious food, spectacular view, and excellent service. Best waterfront restaurant in Tacoma.

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PastorEricJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Shop is one our favorite restaurants in Tacoma. They have what might be the best crab cakes in the Pacific Northwest. The food is well-prepared and presented. A+

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NicoleG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. Our waitress was so friendly and nice. She always made sure our cups were filled and asked if we needed anything. The food was excellent, cooked perfectly and served nice and hot. I especially love at the end of our meal they brought us a complimentary ice cream with 2 spoons to celebrate. We will absolutely come back.

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Naks
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner! The food was good, the view is to die for and we had the most spectacular service I've EVER had. Diane treated us like royalty. She made sure we had everything we needed, she had some great recommendations and she was so fun. To top thing off our birthday boy got a delicious birthday dessert. We will be back. Thanks for a great evening.

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vipkealamama
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat in the Seattle/Tacoma area. We had great friends visiting from out of state so we brought them here. It’s always a little nerve-wracking to talk up a place up and then bring friends... but this

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Scott
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and wonderful food quality. Halibut and lobster both prepared perfectly, not over grilled, and served piping hot! The lobster quesadilla starter was fabulous! We’ll be back soon!

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Accorn55
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful drinks Marionberry Mojito was delish! Calamari fabulous and a warm seafood salad generous with prawns, scallops, salmon etc
Husband’s lobster sandwich was great too!
Too full for dessert but they brought us one anyway because of the occasion. HUGE snow white gull landed right outside of our window seat and entertained us. Server was attentive but not overly.
Spacing was comfortable.

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vipnancylee
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect afternoon. Good food with a special friend celebrating my birthday. Tina was a great waitress!

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GailH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Cedar plank salmon and calamari were delicious. Nice variety cocktail menu

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Onefirs
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at LS and most impressed. Lovely place. Short wait, but we arrived 15 mins early. Server was wonderful and attentive and knowledgeable about food and wine. Friend very pleased with her chicken and I certainly enjoyed the Shrimp Fry (huge shrimp and done perfectly), although the fries were a bit on the soggy side. Will be visiting again.

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BrittanyM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant, great wine selection.

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Suzanne
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely setting to take an out-of-town guest with a menu including a variety of options.

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locals
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy an evening out with friends to dine at the Lobster Shop. The food is good, the service, excellent and the entire experience most pleasing.

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vipKatherineH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always —so great to be back after all this time. I had forgotten just how exquisite the sauces, smells, overall presentation and quality of the food was and so it was a real treat to be back once again. Not to mention the views — and especially every one of the wait staff there.
Cannot wait to go back again this next weekend. Truly a jewel relatively hidden on Commencement Bay.

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HR33
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal. Excellent service. We had an enjoyable time.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant. First time here and the service and food couldn’t have been any better.

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PeggyB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining area was neat & clean, tables were socially distanced. Wait staff was pleasant, very attentive. Remains one of my favorite restaurants!

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madmax4212
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood with a waterfront view. Service was excellent as well

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, service is always great! Food is yummy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waitress we have ever had. We dine out often and have owned our own restaurant and the waitress who served us that night was the best of the best.

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Lulu
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Shop South is one of our favorite dining places. Food is consistently great. Very nice atmosphere both inside and outside dining. Excellent service with knowledgeable staff. Great value for your dollar.

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Lobster Shop South is rated 4.7 stars by 3059 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.