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Lobster Shop South

4.6
1893 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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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 1893 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Our server was a Rachel she really went out of her way to celebrate our anniversary excellent attitude and demeanor definitely going back again soon

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I have loved this restaurant and the original Lobster Shop since I first moved to Tacoma in 1973. some of the best seafood in town. Wonderful in the fall and winter, even better in the summer.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The Lobster Shop remains one of my favorite spots on the Ruston Way Waterfront because of the beautiful setting, delicious food, and excellent service. My mother and I were there for Tacoma Restaurant Week 2018 and ordered from the Fixed Price Lunch Menu. Food was cooked to perfection and included local favorites like prawns, salmon, lobster, mussels, chocolate cupcake and Salted Caramel Ice cream. My lunch was a seafood stew topped with rice and herbs. The Thai flavors in the sauce blended welland complimented the fish . My favorite appetizer is the Lobster Bisque but the Beet Salad was also tasty. Our attentive server arranged for my mother to have a "sugar free" dessert of a large strawberry rose and orange wedges. He subbed for the Chocolate Cupcake and by the time I finished my three course meal, I could barely walk out of the restaurant. The view of Tacoma's waterway is beautiful. The staff does a great job of making customers feel like guests. A special treat. I highly recommend it and I plan to return for Happy Hour!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We have NEVER been disappointed in the Lobster Shop

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

We waited so long before they serve the food and they gave a different or food subtitute without telling us.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was good and friendly but not very knowledgeable about their list of beverages or ingredients in meals. The décor was nice and was upgraded since our last visit. Views were beautiful on the sound even though rainy and cold. In nice weather the outdoor deck would be fun to go and have cocktails. Food was good but not outstanding. I had the Lobster tail it was a bit over cooked and my husband had the steak and lobster tail... and for the price it should be outstanding. Not exciting but not disappointing. We were there for our anniversary and spent $200 for 2 of us and were not offered any free desert ect.. which you pretty get even at Red Robin. Was disappointed over that.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a "go-to" place for our special occasions - birthdays, anniversaries, etc - and other times when a nice friendly open scenic seafood place is just the place to be!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I came for the first time to The Lobster Shop to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It was the best meal I’ve EVER had! Lobster dip is crazy-delicious! Lobster tails were so tender. It was nothing short of ammazing! Before we ended our evening, we made reservations for Sunday brunch. We can’t wait to come back. Love, love, LOVE!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great food, great views of Commencement Bay, and good service. Dinner with a friend on a Monday night during restaurant week allowed us to try new seasonal dishes. I had the seafood curry and it was filled with mussels, clams, salmon and prawns all in a flavorful curry sauce. A bowl of lobster bisque and a chocolate cupcake for dessert sent me home full and happy. I would recommend the Lobster Shop for a casual Monday dinner or for a special occasion. My family and friends make this a regular stop in our restaurant rotation.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was a celebration dinner with my daughter and son-in-law. They both served our country in the US Marine Corp and just got out to pursue new careers. They are also expecting their first child, so we celebrated. The bread and dip was very good. We ordered chicken, steak and prawns. The salads were crisp and delicious. The chicken was very juicy and the gravy divine. The steak was medium well and melted in my mouth. The prawns were cooked to perfection. For dessert we had crème brule, gluten free chocolate cake and our waiter brought a celebration sundae. Everything was absolutely wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I've always appreciated Lobster Shop - Ruston Way for its stunning views, ambiance and service. It's one of the few restaurants with a controlled noise level that allows for intimate conversation. However, I avoided them for a couple of years because their menu seemed tired and limited. How delightful my recent visit was! I found new creativity and variety in their menu options, and a renewed emphasis on quality. The food was delicious, well-presented, and prepared to order. I'll be back for future lunches with dear friends and business associates.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Awkward beginning to Restaurant Week. Brought the wrong salad. Ran out of entree. Switched desserts too. Coffee was lukewarm. Sigh. How does the Lobster Shop run out of lobster?

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was fantastic for brunch and every time I go the service is excellent. There is one gal that works the front desk that shouldn't be at the front desk, she's phony and grumpy, not the spot for her.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our go-to place for Sunday brunch. It never fails to impress. Always a great variety of very fresh seafood along with the brunch favorites; cook-to-order omelets, prime rib and waffles!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Never a disappointment and everything is always very good, fast & pleasant service. My favorite place to go in my local area. Always recommend to everyone!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a beautiful view of the water from our window table. Service was great. Nice main course dishes and even divided our split entrees. The peanut butter pie was to die for!!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

this is one of my favorite places to go to in Tacoma. i love the view and food. however, the front desk should be more warm , friendly and approachable.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place for a special occasion. Waterfront dining is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing food, polite staff! The view was breathtaking.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was excellent, the atmosphere and view were great but the food was not as good as I expected. I had the New York steak and my wife had the 12 oz. Maine Lobster. My steak was done to order (rare) but was not very tender and needed to be seasoned. My wife's lobster also lacked flavor even when dipped in their butter sauce. Conversely, the potatoes and vegetables were very flavorful. We had an appetizer called Lobster Dip that was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was a wonderful birthday celebration. The lobster was amazing. Thank you for making this visit special. We will be back. 😘

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely Easter weekend dinner on a very busy night. Good value on the early menu. Sat next to the window and had an Easter surprise of eggs and Momma goose.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great location with good food. Staff were able to accommodate our seating request allowing us to enjoy the wonderful view while dining.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We always love coming to the Lobster Shop South for a memorable evening and again, they did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fantastic service from Tina and the food was delicious. We’d gone to the Green Turtle in Gig Harbor the weekend before in hopes of having a great seafood dinner. Everything Green Turtle lacked (service, food quality and flavor) the Lobster Shop had in abundance. We’ll be happy to come back in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great menu choices for everyone in your party. Fabulous service from the moment we stepped into the restaurant. Great food, tasty beverages. We left with happy tummies and wonderful memories.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with another couple and had a corner window seat that was spectacular. The waiter Justin, was polite and efficient. He even brought us complimentary ice cream sundaes. The grilled Maine lobster served over mashed potatoes with arugula on the side was great! Our favorite seafood restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Lobster Shop never disappoints. Food is always great, not to mention the superb service we had while celebrating my son's bday. It's a wonderful place to relax, laugh and ultimately create beautiful moments with your family and friends.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Loved the variety of foods offered at Brunch and the service was outstanding. The only issue we had was the eggs benedict. The eggs were over poached, and more hard boiled, which was a bit disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were in town for the weekend about 2 hours from home. I would drive that far for this brunch...it was the best brunch ever!!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Been there many times. Bacon and sausage were cold but tasty. They have always made me eggs over easy at the omelette station but they said it needed to be made in the kitchen. No problem except it took a long time. Tasted great. Bloody Mary was excellent. No special handling of my wife’s birthday. Great view

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious seafood!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

friendly and efficient service with great tasting food

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our meal was exceptional, beginning from our Sampler Appetizer and drinks, Red Wine Flight for myself and French 75 cocktail for my husband, all the way to our desserts. I also slurped down half a dozen raw oysters, I could easily have eaten a couple dozen more with the special cocktail sauce and mignonette provided.

Husband’s entree was Crab Stuffed Halibut, I had the Cioppino which was perfectly cooked, the seafood was tender, the sauce delicious, served with rice. For dessert we had the Apple Cranberry Crisp and Peanut Butter Pie. And whatever the olive oil dip served with warm bread is, I intended to ask if I could order some to go, it is that delicious. I even soaked the leftover bread in the dip and took it home with my other leftovers, I was not leaving any in the bowl to be wasted.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Really great place to go for any occasion. Very friendly staff and great food. Can be a little spendy

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Enjoyed the wonderful view, nice service and good food.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Every seat is a great seat there. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was excellent. Looking forward to taking family back there for special events.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Celebrating our 20th anniversary. Our waitress was exceptional. We had the lobster artichoke appetizer, it was okay. It was not hot and too salty. My husband had the lamb chop special and he absolutely loved it. I had the salmon and it was served with wild rice and brocolini. I thought the salmon was okay, really lacked seasoning. I’m sure that had we complained the waitress would have made things right. We chose not to

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I love this place and the food. I am happy every time i go. This time, we came for my husbands birthday and it was as on point as usual. Our waitress was fun and even took a pic with my husband while he blew out his birthday candles on his ice cream sunday!!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was our children’s 13th Birthday and they did not do anything special. However, Honor said Happy Birthday , and it was appreciated.

Our server, Honor, was very attentive and had a cool name.

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