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Lobster Shop South

4.7
4.7
3562 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


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 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 3,562 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Seafood

  • Tacoma

    Best Overall

  • Tacoma

    Best Service

  • Tacoma

    Best Ambiance

  • Tacoma

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  • Tacoma

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but portions are small for the price. Ex. I got the king crab legs for $75. Instead of getting 2 legs like the menu says, I got one leg cut in 2 pieces.
  2. TD

    TomD

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Although we've dined & enjoyed The Lobster Shop South for many years, the kitchen staff let us down on 2023 New Year's eve. Overall the food was underwhelming. I had the King Salmon but the butternut squash was served cold. I asked the waitress if it was supposed to be cold, she said no & took the plate to the kitchen, then returned saying the chef yelled at her and replied the squash was supposed to be cold & returned the plate to me as it was. My wife had the oven roasted sturgeon. We both tasted it & neither of us liked it. She didn't take another bite. The wait staff recommended the sturgeon to us but it wasn't very good. After approx. 10 min. the waitress returned with a scoop of warm butternut squash on a small bread plate for me. By that time my salmon was also cold. Our bill was $317 including tip. For the price, we expected delicious seafood and side dishes that complimented the meal. Unfortunately, our expectations weren't met & ruined our New Year's dining experience.
  3. M

    Marg

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Would wait for remodel to be completed before visiting this restaurant. Felt as if they were using up odds and end but we are still playing premium prices. I sent back my Crimini Mushroom Chicken. It has always been one of my favorite entrees. Not this time.
  4. PT

    PaulT

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Lobster Shop several times and it has been outstanding every time. We are looking forward to our next visit.
  5. DT

    DaveTrochim37

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS THE BEST!!
  6. TG

    TerryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Service was the best I've ever had. The food was the best I've ever had. We tried somethings new to us and it was not a disappointment. They did not rush us which was a nice service.
  7. GF

    GeorgeF

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service; a perfect New Year's Eve lunch!
  8. CW

    CatherineW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service. Honor, our server, was fabulous. Too noisy with big parties on either side of us.
  9. PS

    PeteS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reliable as always. Amazing wait staff, food was great even though the kitchen was impacted by the King tide. We'll be anxious to visit once the remodel is completed.
  10. S

    Ski2sky

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster Shop is always great! If you need lobster this is the place to go.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    View and surrounding area was beautiful. Ordered chicken dis, potatoes were cold and way too much gravy. Sent back twice. Scallops were tough and cold again.
  12. MW

    MichelleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and customer service was excellent. Me and my family will be coming back
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve dinner
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mom said the veg was always under cooked. I get the blanching but even my asparagus were not edible. Mom substituted brocolini and it still was too raw. I left most of asparagus other than my tips. Please consider a minute longer in blanching at least.
  15. JB

    JaniceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As usual the Lobster Shop was outstanding. Christmas Eve lunch wasn’t crowded, the tables were nicely separated, and the service was excellent. One of my party splurged on the roast sturgeon, and all of us who took a bite agreed it was superb. Another had the vegetable pomodoro and crab cake, also good. Two of us ordered prawns in linguini, the first dish I’ve had there that wasn’t up to their usual standard: too lightly sauced and the large prawns were meaty and slightly tough. I still think this is among the very top tier of restaurants in Tacoma, maybe the best when you consider ambience and ease of parking. It is closing for renovations from Jan 3 till April 30, so hope it comes back better than ever.
  16. R

    Rbh1sg

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The extra space afforded each table made our Christmas dinner a far more intimate experience for opening gifts and small talk of family events! Our waitress was top notch, knowledgeable on all aspects of dinner and making our experience perfect! The salmon was amazing, so juicy and succulent! The crab cakes are always the best in Tacoma and so enjoyable!
  17. FK

    FloydK

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    staff was very good in all areas!!It was so cold not one patron took off their winter coats.My wife had to warm her hands all through our dining on the tealight on the table.
  18. NP

    NancyP

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Though the restaurant was not full, many parties were noisy, which caused our table some peace.
  19. k

    kimt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Restaurant was very cold. Most patrons eating with jackets on inside. Know that pandemic hit restaurants hard, but tired of the mediocre excuses for lack of service. You pay good money to dine here, expect better treatment. Will not return soon. The value just wasn’t there.
  20. HH

    HappyHour

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Their prices have exceeded our budget. We will stick to happy hour.
  21. MG

    MelissaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Love the view. Was a great evening.
  22. NY

    NYLynnie

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner and got to watch the boat parade! The sturgeon was amazing, definitely try it if you've not had it before.
  23. KP

    KarlaP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were superb, coupled with the lighted boat parade, it was a wonderful experience
  24. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent. The staff was friendly and pro active. Noise was a little high but expected on a Friday night. Parking was very difficult.
  25. m

    mbtacoma

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We’ve been to The Lobster Shop many times over the years. Food is good. Service is great. But WOW… prices have skyrocketed recently. We’ll continue to go, but definitely not often.
  26. GA

    GaryA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I were greeted by a very nice and helpful waitress. We asked for her recommendation and were not disappointed. We have eaten there over the years and have always enjoyed the food, service and view.
  27. SC

    SusanC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed when I meet friends at the lobster shop. Server was top notch and food delicious.
  28. ST

    SueT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Salmon Sliders are great, but preferred them better last time -slightly overdone this time. Lobster melt was great too. Really nice staff.
  29. C

    Camps

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely delicious food!! Everything was very good! only thing i didn't like was the bathroom toilet handle leaked when flushing and the sink faucet was cold water, like very cold and the bathroom it self was cold. outside of that everything else was fantastic! I will go there again!
  30. MK

    MarK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful attentive service. Food was incredible and the setting lovely.
  31. S

    Scott

    Seattle

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, wonderfully delicious food, beautiful evening!
  32. MT

    MikeT

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vanessa was an outstanding server. We enjoyed our dinner very much. Thank you.
  33. SC

    SamC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner, with excellent service and food! Superb!
  34. A

    Aurora

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good service. Beautiful view of the water. The ceviche and cocktails weren't that good. Everything else that we've ordered was really nice.
  35. SC

    SandiC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We like the restaurant look a lot and got window seating. Food & drink was presented well and very good. We enjoyed it and will go again.
  36. KH

    KatherineH

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual. Staff, ambience, gourmet food and view all superb! Thank you for this wonderful experience!
  37. JM

    JMCLRC

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and very attentive service. Even a nice sundae to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Food well prepared and appropriate size portions. Highly recommend!
  38. RS

    ReneS

    Seattle

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely wonderful and the service was exceptional. Truly something to enjoy!!!
  39. C

    Cherie

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ruston Way Lobster Shop Restaurant is definitely the best restaurant in the multi city area! All tables have a wonderful view of the water, the food is always delicious & in the summer there’s a lot of seating on the covered outdoor deck!
  40. CH

    ChristiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my daughters 21st Birthday. The people, service, food & atmosphere, was ABSOLUTELY what we were looking for!! Had an Amazing experience!!

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 4.7 stars by 3562 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


Google Map for Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 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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