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Lobster Shop South

4.6
1832 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion (63)
  • Waterfront (61)
  • Good for a Date (54)
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Northwest
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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
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Phone number
(253) 759-2165
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Olivares
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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.
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Private party contact
Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.
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
What 1832 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Love2eat (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was not very good and the waiter seamed like he didn’t want to be there

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great Service, Food, Price & beautiful location 😀

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good service and great food. Best Filet I ever had. Perfectly cooked.

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MichelleLee13 (Seattle)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Hadn’t been to the Lobster Shop in years and we were disappointed this visit. The food was just so so and definitely not as good as we have had on previous visits. Our Lobster Tail was tough....and we were soooo looking forward to melt in your mouth Lobster. We ordered Steamed Clams for our appetizer and they also were also on the tough side and very under seasoned.

Clam Chowder was the best thing we had at our dinner. The Caesar Salad was just ok too and I also remembered this was so delicious before. Maybe they were having an off night but we probably won’t be back for a long time.

Lights are way too bright in the restaurant we felt like we were sitting under a spotlight. Sorry Lobster Shop but this wasn’t worth the $200 we spent for a nice dinner for two.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

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PatS 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 6 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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BudandJudyB (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 6 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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PaulH (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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ChrisCrafts (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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Steven (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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JenniferD (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  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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WilliamB (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the twilight dinners. Great choices , wonderful food.

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RobertC (Seattle)
5.0  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!

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DougN (Seattle)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  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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Alyssa (Seattle)
4.0  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.

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Shele (Seattle)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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EDS2 (Seattle)
5.0  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.

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ClutchCargo (Seattle)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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