Lobster Shop South
(*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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
rich lobster stock, sweet vermouth, cream
Seafood Sampler Platter
lobster dip, calamari, tempura prawns, toasted baguette
maine lobster tail, sherry, garlic, shallots, lobster cream sauce, bacon, sweet peas, cracked black pepper, linguine
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.
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.
The food surpassed our expectations. Our server, Jody, was outstanding. Very polite, attentive and professional.
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.
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!
Excellent service, food and ambience
One of my favorite restaurants
Great wait staff and excellent food. Water view... outstanding.
Great food! Great view! Everything was great great!!
Came here for the first time for my anniversary. It was absolutely gorgeous with a wonderful staff. Great view and fantastic food.
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. 😀
Attentive service, seating on deck, great views of Puget Sound. Tasty food with great selections available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Service and food was outstanding!
Great experience. Food and service was good. The view is outstanding.
A memorable birthday dinner with delicious food, spectacular view, and excellent service. Best waterfront restaurant in Tacoma.
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+
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
A perfect afternoon. Good food with a special friend celebrating my birthday. Tina was a great waitress!
Great food and service! Cedar plank salmon and calamari were delicious. Nice variety cocktail menu
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.
Perfect date night restaurant, great wine selection.
A lovely setting to take an out-of-town guest with a menu including a variety of options.
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.
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.
Very enjoyable meal. Excellent service. We had an enjoyable time.
Love everything about this restaurant. First time here and the service and food couldn’t have been any better.
Dining area was neat & clean, tables were socially distanced. Wait staff was pleasant, very attentive. Remains one of my favorite restaurants!
Amazing seafood with a waterfront view. Service was excellent as well
Amazing view, service is always great! Food is yummy
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.
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.
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.