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Lobster Shop South

4.5
4.5
3383 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 38 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 3,383 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

  • Tacoma

    Best Ambiance

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  1. LW

    LauraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most wonderful table outside with a full view of the bay and the mountain! The food was exceptional (get the scallops you won’t be disappointed) and our server Justice was the best!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute perfection ! From drinks to food and service . Thanks to your whole team !
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Hair in food. Not worth $60 an entree if there is hair in dish. View is amazing
  4. VD

    VandD

    Seattle

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the server was attendtive.
  5. PC

    PrdCdn

    Portland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Named The Lobster Shop, lobster options were pretty limited. And most lobster options come smothered in cheese, so you cannot taste the lobster. I had the lobster melt, that was smoking cheese and artichokes, often tough pieces I had to remove. Given this is an expensive place, I expected better food and food choices.
  6. TG

    TacomaGuy

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants, but I won't go back on a nice day ever again because there can be no parking available within a mile (or more).
  7. SH

    SusanH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice server - Diannne. Thank you. We will be back.
  8. SS

    SteveS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It took 15 minutes from being seated to get greeted by a Server and given water, etc. We actually contemplated leaving before someone finally came over to acknowledge us. Luckily our Server made up for it by being very pleasant and going out of her way to try and make it right. Once she knew we started out poorly she was very attentive and personable. The food was just good, not great or memorable. Tiger prawns were huge but pretty chewy. The salmon was excellent. The lobster tail was not great, but wasn’t horrible. At $65 for the seafood trio, I expected it to be better than it was. My wife’s prawn pasta was pretty good w/ a slight spicy kick that worked well. The named cocktails on their beverage menu were expensive and small. Not worth $15 each for sure. The setting is very nice. Right on the water with great views and a fun outdoor seating deck. I’d consider this a good place to visit with out of town guests or for a business meal, etc. We really only came here because we had a gift card. For an almost $200 special occasion meal, It surely doesn’t make my rotation of great places to dine around town. Without the great setting and the Server saving the experience, I would have left completely unsatisfied. Because of those two things, the place gets gets a barely passing grade.
  9. SD

    StephenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a celebratory meal. Food was excellent as was the view from the restaurant.
  10. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The online reservation form always asks if it is a special occasion, but the wait staff never acknowledges it. Why ask?
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We sat outside to enjoy the beautiful view. Upon sitting we noticed it smelled like someone was smoking around us. A few minutes later the manager came out and “reminded us” smoking was not allowed. Then he realized he assumed it was my table smoking and came back to apologize but it still didn’t sit right with us and it was not a great way to start our dinner. We ordered our food and the appetizers were good but when it came to our main course it was just eh. The sides that were supposed to come with my lobster tail (potatoes and asparagus) were replaced with rice and broccoli. The rice was cold, crunchy, and inedible. We spoke to the server, and he said since it was the end of the night he couldn’t replace it because they didn’t have the potatoes and asparagus anymore, which was fine because I had ordered a salad too. Therefore all I ate was my lobster tail from my main course, which was nothing special. The server was amazing and very apologetic. He gave us free dessert to go and removed $10 for the inedible rice. Overall the service from our waiter was amazing. But the restaurant shouldn’t offer 2030 reservations if they aren’t going to be prepared with adequate food. The food was overpriced for what I received. But the views were amazing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress..Erika
  13. N

    Nicky

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner here last night. The food and the service were excellent. I can’t eat cheese and this is the first time that I can order a pasta dish without asking to substitute the sauce for olive oil. We saw Mt. Rainier so that was the bonus. Definitely to come back here when we are back in town.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the foodnis incredible. Don't miss the lobster dip!!
  15. FW

    FredW

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We wanted a seafood feast for Father’s Day dinner. Boy did we score with The Lobster Shop. Everything was so good. One mishap with a medium rare steak that was more medium well. But the server took it back and brought back a steak done medium rare to perfection. Honestly we could have just filled up on appetizers. Just an overall fantastic experience for our Father’s Day Feast!
  16. SS

    SandyS

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little noisy but the restaurant was full. The food was delicious and the server was very helpful.
  17. PT

    PennyT

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience dining at the Lobster Shop. The food was excellent and our server Honor was top notch. It's always pleasant to sit by the window and view the Puget Sound. We plan to return soon.
  18. J

    Jaaaaaaaazz

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Faaaaavorite spot. ❤️❤️❤️
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & food. Very generous portions. Loved the view.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good but little expensive ~^^
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end this place was wonderful. Food, service, view, ambiance, everything was top tier. I would go back here for every special occasion ever. Not cheap but you are absolutely paying for a quality product and there was not a moment that wasn’t absolutely worth every penny.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was stellar! A little spendy for what you get, but it’s to be expected these days.
  23. R

    Rickw

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall the experience was very good!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have loved going to lobster shop for many many years. However, our first time since covid and the prices have found through the roof!! I do have to say our food was amazing so I guess I get what u pay for! CS was amazing!!!!
  25. CB

    CarrieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was amazing as always. Very clean. Staff friendly!! Thank you for a wonderful experience. Our out of town guests were impressed!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Service
  27. BM

    BenM

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Lobster Shop use to be my absolute favorite please to eat. The food was always great, they had amazing calamari and crab cakes, everything was cooked perfectly and the service was fantastic. It was the one place I consistently would recommend as a must go, for those asking for recommendations. It was the go to for date night, business dinners, family and friends from out of town. we would always bring them to the Lobster Shop. The value for the quality of food and service received was unmatched is my opinion. We visited Lobster shop this past Saturday and were excited to be back, but upon entering we noticed the vibe was different. We were greeted, but not with the usual bright smile and energy we normally felt. We were seated and started looking over the menu, we saw some of the normal items we would expect, but some signature items were missing. We chalked it up to season and maybe some supply availability. We ordered a few drinks and an order of calamari, drinks came and then the appetizer. We were surprised the normal large steaks we expected were now little rings and tentacles. We called the server over and were informed that they had changed and this is what they now served. As we started eating we immediately noticed the flavor was gone, honestly it reminded me of something I would get at Applebee's. We continued on and ordered dinner, filet (medium rare) w/main lobster tail, crab cake and lobster bisque. The steak was medium at best and the rest of the food was lacking the bold flavors we have come to expect. We called the server back over trying to figure out what was different; we learned they were under new ownership. It all made sense now. Sadly what use to be an amazing place to go has now turned in to another run of the mill seafood house that I can find anywhere. The value and quality is gone and so is our desire to return.
  28. B

    Byron

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Been dining here for over 20yrs and last 2 visits have been disappointing. Service is always good and continues as well. The chef/cooking changes have gone down hill. The normally super rich double drawn butter to dip your Lobster tail in is now gone. The viscosity is simply very thin butter which is typical of other restaurants. They rarely have the treasured sweet Australian tails anymore. The Maine Lobster tails are just OK. We find the Lobster Shop no longer exceptional. Wine list is ok......... we always bring our own Cellar wines and pay the $20 corkage which is reasonable. Now just an average store with average product. We personally would pay more for an exceptional chef experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The place is wonderfully located and nicely appointed. Our server, Kyle, did an outstanding job. Did not over, did not interfere, just did his job to perfection. The food, starting with the crab cakes, was excellent. Well done, well presented, wonderful flavors. Very pleased with our special event. Will return for another special event.
  30. a

    ajh777

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Perfect place for special lobster lunch! Would have appreciated if could have substituted potatoes for additional non-starch veggie option rather than just more asparagus. Otherwise it was perfect. Waitress was fun.
  31. MJ

    MarkJ

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    When you book a meal at Lobster Shop South, you expect everything to be top notch and without a doubt, to be error free. This booking was a good onr with one exception. Seating was on time and our server was on the spot. Drinks ordered and delivered with no delay. They were excellent. I had "The Usual" and DW had a White Russian. Apps ordered and were also delivered very quickly. DW's chowder was truly excellent. However, my Seared Tuna was a big disappointment. The presentation itself was pleasing. The "slaw" under the tuna was also very good. But the rust of the tuna was soggy . The black and white sesame seeds had no pop. The tuna itself was tasteless and seemed old. As if it had been seared a day or two earlier and just sliced for presentation. The freshness just wasn't there. Our mains, however, were both wonderful. As was desert and coffee. Staff were all excellent and well motivated and trained. We do recommend Lobster Shop South in Tacoma. The overall experience was fine.
  32. LS

    LynnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an absolute great experience. The food was outstanding and so were the drinks.
  33. l

    localrestaurantlover

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch on the deck, celebrating my friends birthday Our server Morgan is top notch. The tiger prawns and chips were outstanding.
  34. TN

    TerryN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good selection of seafood options, I chose several appetizers in lieu of entree all were generous portions, so I was maxed at the end of it :) server was pleasant and genuine
  35. T

    Tammy57

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Pricy for dinner but, always excellent food great service. Tonight was a little slower then usual for food delivery. Can’t wait to be on the outside deck to enjoy summer!!
  36. DR

    DouglasR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and the food was outstanding.
  37. RR

    RuthR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing lunch, an outside table to be close to the water. Food and service EXCELLENT
  38. TP

    TrierP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was amazing! Server was nice and helpful
  39. KK

    KristyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I, and my entire family, have been customers since the Lobster Shop opened. We have gone to the "other" LS many years ago, however it can't hold a candle to Ruston Way. I must admit, the only reason I did not order the Lobster Bisque yesterday is that it was NOT hot when served. My sister-in-Law did order the bowl of L.B. & it was "steaming". Bravo. After working in customer service in many careers, L.S. people are extremely hospitable; everyone! Thank you for a very enjoyable time. Kristy J. Kernen, Lakewood
  40. AJ

    AshJones

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such amazing food! Will continue to dine here again and again! And the ambience is so cozy and perfect 💕

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 4.5 stars by 3383 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 38 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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