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About Lobster Shop South

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.

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Easter Sunday: all day buffet 8:30am - 6:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 759-2165

Website:
http://www.lobstershop.com/

Parking Details:
The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.

Executive Chef:
Juan Olivares

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.

Private Party Contact:
Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lobster Shop South Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Waterfront (61)
Scenic View (56)
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Good for a Date (54)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Romantic (41)
Worth the Drive (33)
Cozy (28)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Business Meals (22)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Authentic (11)
Fun (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Same menu as a year ago. Nothing really stood out as something new and different to try. Drink list and desserts had way more selection and variety then the dinner menu.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food is very good. However disappointed in the Lobster Bisque. Use to have chunks of lobster now none.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

The best crab cakes. The service was slow and we had to ask for bread several times but everyone was friendly.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Our dinner was outstanding! Fillet Mignon cooked perfectly as ordered and paired well with the lobster tail. She had crab stuffed halibut which was delicious. And that peanut butter pie! All that with great and friendly service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

On the water, greatest service and perfect for special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Valentine's day dinner! Excellent service and great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Made reservations 3 weeks in advance and got a 6 person table in the kids and family area for the 4 of us with peekaboo view. Very hard to conduct a quite conversation intermingled with all the larger groups. Scallops were undercooked and needed to be re-cooked. Disappointing experience.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Boyfriend and I had Valentine's day dinner here and everything was wonderful. Food was delicious and the wait staff was friendly and inviting. Would defiantly recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was great. Thought the quality had went down but this meal was excellent

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

We went to celebrate Valentine's Day. The atmosphere is very nice. The food and the service were very good. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was good..small servings..Very slow getting our main course out! Great seating with a view though.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food and the service was the best that we have encountered at this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This place has become my husbands and my go to restaurant for any celebration . The food is consistently excellent.
The blueberry lemon drop is amazing and the service is always excellent.
The Lobster Shop makes me happy on all levels.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the twilight dinners. Great choices , wonderful food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Lobster Shop has become our "go to" place for special occasions. It's got a great view of the water and a warm ambiance. On this occasion my wife and I wanted to experience a romantic Sunday Brunch just prior to Valentine's Day. We were seated at a cozy booth by the window and our waitress told us to expect more chocolate deserts because of Valentine's Day--she wasn't kidding. My wife especially loved the sea food and I loved the variety of choices. We also like to come here for lunch. (They have a bread and pesto dip appetizer that is to die for.) Valentine's Day: mission accomplished!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was quite tasteless, flat, bland, and requires considerably more seasoning. The cocktails tasted synthetic, unpleasant. We were quite disappointed and felt the cost for the meal and drinks was excessive given the lackluster taste of the food and beverages. We are not likely to come for another meal here.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As celebrities we appreciated that no one bothered us as we ate. The service was fantastic!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Early Valentine’s Day dinner for two next to the window looking out st the lights around the bay. Server was excellent, Halibut was excellent. All topped off wit with the best peanut butter pie I have ever had.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first time dining @ The Lobster Shop; we went for our Date Night. On my reservation, I had requested a window seat, but we didn't get seated at one. It actually wasn't needed, the restaurant has beautiful views anywhere you sit. Excellent waiter - we tried the steak, lobster & salmon, food was average. Ambiance was perfect.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our Valentine’s Day dinner.We got a really small booth by the bar. The people above us were drunk and loud. So not very romantic. My husbands lobster was not cooked all the way and was stringy and mostly not edible. The waiter hardly ever came back to check on us to send it back. The creme brûlée was yummy though. Not the best special occasion date. Very disappointed.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As always, Lobster Shop was super. One of our very favorites places. Super service, food and ambiance. Gluten free options abound for those like us with gluten sensitivities. Great drinks, food and wine.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Quiet! Rare today to be in a restaurant where you can hear each other. Lovely service. No “awesome, good choice, are you still working on that?” Just excellent wait people.
Excellent seafood, beautifully presented. The warm seafood salad was a special treat. And the salmon tacos! Thank you!

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Birthday celebration. Delicious meal and wonderful service. We are repeat diners and recommend to our friends.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lobster Shop is one of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. The menu is varied, the food tasty and the waiters attentive.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The seafood was very good and our server (Honor - that's really her name) was excellent. Go early and take advantage of the Twilight menu. You'll get more than enough to eat and save yourself some money over the regular menu.

A couple of slight knocks:

Their background music selection was awful. Fortunately, it was at a tolerable sound level so it could be kind of ignored. But, it's a nice restaurant. They could do much better.

Also, the person checking people in was a bit snooty and not for any apparent reason. I suspect she's been there a while but a little customer service training might be useful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food, service, & ambiance were superb !!! Many thanks, my favorite restaurant down in the water..

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Enjoyed Twilight Dinner. Great food at a great price. An enjoyable evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We loved our dinner great table, wonderful view. The food was very good and our waiter knew his job well. We had not been her for along time because we no longer work in town (retired) it was worth the drive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The best dish we had was the lobster bisque. The rest was meh, and it was expensive.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were surprised by the Sunday Brunch when we arrived. It had the normal breakfast fare, eggs, bacon, sausage, yogurt, etc. but then we saw the all you can eat clams, mussels, crab, shrimp and prime rib. All the food was delicious. Our server was very nice, but had bad timing picking up dirty plates, refilling drinks, etc. I think she was covering too many tables.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I haven’t been here in nearly a yr. I’ve been away. But I loved coming for brunch. Big sweet crab legs and wonderful choices. I have to say I was disappointed this past Sunday. The crab legs were not As i remembered. They were small and extremely salty. They did not taste fresh. The lobster tasted like a salty brown butter sauce. Fortunately there were other things on the brunch bar but it felt like a buffet I could have gotten anywhere. Not worth the bill.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific dining experience from the moment we walked in the door. Nice ambiance, attentive and professional service, and fresh, perfectly prepared seafood. No hesitation in recommending this restaurant, especially for a special occasion dinner.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had the crab cakes. They were ok but had no cake whatsoever which sounds good but isn't could have used the texture

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our first visit to the Lobster Shop South. The food and service were excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

great food at a fair price the service was great the people friendly the food fantastic the view is great

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waitress Donna provided excellent and attentive service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with family at a beautiful and relaxing setting. Thank you for such good service and outstanding meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Overall great experience. Just a quick suggestion, for reservations with a request mentioned in the reservation -- if the request could be communicated to the wait-staff that ends up assigned to the table so it can be taken care of if possible, that would be above and beyond



Thank you for the great experience as always!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food is getting cheapened up. Not as much out, what is isn’t as fresh looking. The man that was at the carving station was so rude. Also, the workers look sloppy, and unkempt.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were very happy with our dinners. We had 3 children under 10. All went well

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