Lobster Shop South

4.7
3256 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 3256 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
34 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service from Ana.

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vipLisaS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening at the Lobster Shop. Great table. Great service. Our only complaint is that the Caesar salad had way too much dressing. I know I can order it on the side but I like it tossed in. Otherwise, it was a perfect meal.

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corey
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I have been going here for 30 years and we have never had bad service or a poor meal please take this to heart and keep it up.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved it perfect place to celebrate something special! Everything my husband and I ordered was amazing. From drinks to food, overall 10/10. Highly recommend the lobster dip for an app. Our server was on top of all our requests and quick to make them happen. Overall great place to be and have a special meal together at!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a good experience warm atmosphere

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Derb
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was especially friendly and nice. Beautiful view from our window table. Wonderful choices on the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The crab cakes were excellent and so were the salads! However the rest of the food was not great — the mashed potatoes were very blah and the seafood combination plate was rather tasteless.

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vipkellia
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers and dinner was great!! Would recommend the salmon!!

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RoyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was not good. The chowder was soured to the point they disposed of what they had already prepared. The chicken was very dry. The steak was tough and flavorless. The cooked greens were too oily and the iced tea was watered down. We will not go back to this restaurant.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Food is delicious, service is excellent.

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vipteamrbrl
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, service and food were all amazing!

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TomS
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and welcoming. Service was efficient and delivered at the right pace. Food and drinks were prepared to our liking. A very nice dinner experience in one of Tacoma's finest restaurants.

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CristineO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and cocktails were fantastic!

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AnitaW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and service. We were disappointed they no longer have their early bird dinner special, however.

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RobertF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch here in mid November and had a table right next to a window. We ordered calamari strips, lobster bisque and the warm salad. All were delicious. Our server was very attentive. We also notice how thoroughly eating areas and chairs were cleaned.

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vipnancylee
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I had requested a waterside booth with view. I'm always seated on booth beside the
deck. There were 2 open there but our hostess insisted we couldn't sit there and she sat us in the west corner (where it was very breezy- for 80 year olds)
I've never argued with a hostess so we got off to a bad start; however, our
waitress, Sophia, was fantastic!!! As was our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Client meal
Always great

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vipStephenM
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
Service ambiance and cuisine are the best

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! The service is always excellent!

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JaymeG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food portions have gotten a bit smaller but the quality and taste make it worth it!
Appetizer portions were perfect, however. Our service was fantastic!

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TomR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to the staff for helping us celebrate our anniversary. And the food was excellent, as expected

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

My Fiancé and I have been dinning at the Lobster Shop for special occasions for about 3years now. Ive always ordered the Alaskan King crab and it was not available fir my 45th bday. That was very disappointing, however I will make sure I check the menu from now on incase this happens again. The environment itself and the great service never ends.

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Jessicaf
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

This place is super cute and the service was great. The bread and oil dip and the appetizers were really good. The main courses were mediocre at best. I've had better food at the ram for a fraction of the cost. Which was a huge bummer. I wish I could say I would give it another shot in the future, but for the price we will not return for anything more than happy hour drinks in the summer..

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AmandaA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the service to the food!! So glad we choose the Lobster Shop to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

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DaveR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very personable and engaging. The food was very good. Over all it was a good evening. We will dine here again. Thank

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in five years. Service was great and the work of the kitchen was fantastic. Best King Salmon I have ever eaten.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great personable wait staff. Food was very good. Prices a little high but probably on par w/that same kind of restaurant anywhere in the area. NEED more gluten free options. Like their chowder, bread & pasta

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DarrellT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The price was a bit high.

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pirategurl
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Shop is one of my most favorite, "nice" meal out places. The service is perfect...friendly, professional, knowledgeable. The food is delicious..I recommend the Lobster bisque of course with the drizzle of sherry and also the Lobster carbonara..the prices are on the high side I suppose but we'll worth it...beautiful waterfront setting, excellent service and fantastic food. This is a place to go for a special celebration or romantic date. Don't bring your Littles here....please! They will not enjoy it and neither will the other people around you if your kids are bored. Get a sitter and enjoy!!

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ANGELAL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't believe I've never eaten here and have lived in WA since 1999. The food is exquisite, expensive but worth every penny. The service, top notch. The atmosphere 👌 😍 🙌.

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john
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our eighth anniversary. Beautiful window view. Excellent service! Excellent food!

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EleanorH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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AmieP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went during lunch hour to celebrate a birthday. Waitress was wonderful and atmosphere was great minus the two flies flying around our table. Overall great service and food was wonderful and the birthday girl got a treat with candle to blow out!

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vipKatherineH
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always with wait staff very helpful and courteous. Always treat to visit here!

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NotKaren
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. We've decided to make this our new go-to place for celebrations.

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JayM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good.
The view is amazing and the service is precise without feeling overbearing.
Had the crab and shrimp Louie and it was exactly what you would expect.
Lobster quesadilla for an appetizer and my guest had the bisque

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lindat
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently wonderful experience from the staff to the food to the location. A step above most places in Tacoma! It's so relaxing to be on the Sound and to see the mountains while enjoying a well-planned, well-prepared and beautifully-served meal.

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vipSeattleGastronome
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I have been going to the Lobster Shop for several years. It is always and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend the Lobster Bisque.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, salmon and lobster wonderful and burnt cream to die for
Small portions
Soup/salad not included

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MartyJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

FAQs

Lobster Shop South is rated 4.7 stars by 3256 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.