Lobster Shop South

4.7
3279 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 3279 people are saying
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JuliAnne
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner at The Lobster Shop! Great service (Sean!), amazing food, beautiful presentation, and lovely views.

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KitaP
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner, perfect service. I will be going back soon!

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vipMichaelT
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our two favorite restaurants in Tacoma.
Enjoyed the food and service is always very good.

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Tony
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Your employees are all very helpful. I hope you are paying them well. my only complaint is, $250.00 is a little pit pricy for 2 people.
Thanks
Tony

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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KarenH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food! Service excellent! Pricey but worth it. You have to have lobster. But any choice you make from seafood to chicken or steak always perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, GREAT SERVICE!

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MargaretP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

So wonderful that the Lobster Shop is back in business. The same upscale restaurant with high quality food. Am comparing this to other upscale places not restaurants at large.

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BonnieR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place and food. Would be great to go again when it’s light out to see the water.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster was wonderful. Staff was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with excellent service. Very accommodating to ensure a perfect experience.

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NickB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lobster shop is a wonderful place with great views, service and food. Highly recommend.

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Sarah
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening. Food was delicious; service was excellent.

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Alison
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful way to spend my afternoon. Food and service Excellent.

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viprichelle
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was not as good as usual and we took friends there a very disappointing evening:( the salmon was kinda fishy and not done enough and way to much butter was used it was drowning in it .

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Tonysgirl
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to enjoy your New Years eve with your love one! Food and service was AMAZING as always!

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Marg
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the waiter respectful of our desire to relax before ordering, and it felt safe. Not as many people as I anticipated on New Year’s Eve. Imagine the snow had an impact but enough to make it feel festive.

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AndyP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible dining experience for the wife’s birthday…..excellent service and the food was beyond scrumptious….👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great view! Great service!

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PamelaH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch and the wait staff was wonderful!

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RICHARDC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything we ate was awesome and our waitress was outstanding

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JoshuaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Lobster Shop is a beautiful to dine, but my wife and I weren’t pleased by the quality of the food during our last visit. The meats were delicious but the sides and appetizer were either undercook or burnt.

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MichelleP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for seating us early. Thank you for great food and service. This is our second time celebrating Christmas Eve here and it was delicious. We really appreciate the sanitation of our table and just a beautiful overall experience.

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MizzuzMoto
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great wait staff but the food was mediocre at best. Everything was over salted, especially the lobster bisque and the lobster carbonara. Portions were good sized. There are better seafood restaurants out there that are less expensive. The ambiance does not make up for the price of the food.

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Linny
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Prime rib was ok not great. Too much grizzle fat for such a small piece. The host said he would be right with us because he was training a new hostess. Fortunately another hostess came along after a few minutes to check us in. Our waitress was awesome! The ambience was very festive and the wait staff were all wearing festive wear for the holiday.

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Elana
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve lunch was the third time I’ve experienced Lobster Shop, and I have always been impressed. This time the extra crowdedness and closeness of tables was a little worrying because of covid, but it was a holiday meal, so to be expected. Our party of four ordered lobster tail, butternut squash ravioli with pistachio pesto, salmon linguini, and chicken Marsala, followed by grand marnier cheesecake, and everything was superb. The cocktails and Caesar salad were outstanding. The servers were friendly and professional. This restaurant has become one of my favorites in the south Sound area. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Crab and Shrimp Louie Salad. Very well put together, and more than I could eat. Place was busy, but not overly noisy. Beautiful view next to the window. Service was attentive, but not overdone. Great lunch. Will return!

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RobinS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and service. Lobster shop never disappoints

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AlbertoG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our 42nd anniversary. The food is great of course & the service is first class. Thank you Saydea.

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vipKristenS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son chose this restaurant for his birthday dinner because he loves the lobster bisque. We had a wonderful dinner, service was excellent and food was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal!

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Ruffie
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our daughters birthday and we were greeted warmly and given a very nice table for the occasion. Our service was fantastic as was the food.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Based on a reservation we were promptly seated and server was excellent.

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RebeccaS
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wide range of food, appies, beverages and dessert. All was excellent, and the service was, too.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding--very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food is good.
By the way--this restaurant is not called Lobster Shop South anymore. It's Lobster Shop Commencement Bay.

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GaryA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable lunch, seated near window with a view of the seals swimming by, the beautiful ducks and other birds. What a wonderful view with great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really delicious meal with an awesome server! Don’t live in the area but it was by far the best dinner we had while visiting the Tacoma area.

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LorriU
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honor was our waitress, she was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious. The little Oysters were the perfect start. I had the New York strip & 5 oz Maine lobster tail. Steak not very flavorful, but fine. The lobster really good. Mike got the cedar plank 3. Salmon, lobster & shrimp. It was all good. Lemon Drop martini’s very good!

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VanessaP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! A little spendy but well worth it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super friendly and very helpful; he checked in just the perfect amount! We also had a great window view and the drinks/food came out timely and were all beautifully presented. A fabulous dining experience (we were there for lunch) and the holiday ambiance was great too! Would definitely go back!!

FAQs

Lobster Shop South is rated 4.7 stars by 3279 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.