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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (65)
Special Occasion (58)
Scenic View (57)
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Good for a Date (50)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Romantic (34)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Casual (21)
Business Meals (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Cozy (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (10)
Fun (10)
Healthy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Seasonal (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Was very nice overall. I had the planked salmon only came with rice and a few pieces of asparagus and was pretty spendy for what was on my plate. It was good don't get me wrong but if it wasn't for the bread I would not have had enough. For the price it would have been nice to have a salad that didn't cost extra. I would go again.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

We were seated within minutes of arriving at the Lobster Shop. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

We love the food here. Second time in about a month. This time the service was a bit off. Mistakes on orders as well as our drinks sat empty after the first round. We all would have liked another drink but it was never offered.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The view was wonderful as well as the food.
All the staff was professional yet personable.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The Lobster Shop is ideal for a special occasion because the food and service is always top notch. Happy hour is also fun.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Best brunch on the waterfront! Location, experience and food were all worth the price. Definitely one of my featured recommendations.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The best service and the most delicious food. Such a nice evening, cannot wait to visit again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Most always great service. Chefs are fabulous! Love the lobster shop signature salad and
Lobster bisque. love Stacey in the bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a special meal with my son as he lives overseas so we don't get to see him very often. The food was good not great; the service below par as we had a window table in the corner. The young ladies were very nice however we felt somewhat forgotten. We have been here many times before so expected the same experience. I attribute it to being one of the last party's of the evening.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our server was helpful and prompt. The crab cakes were the best I have ever enjoyed- full of Dungeness crab. It was our 33rd Wedding anniversary and it was so nice to be at a restaurant that was quiet enough to talk without having to shout. View was very nice, even though it was dark.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was bland.
Linguini with lobster. Lobster was flavorless. No parmigiani offered.
The raw oysters had too much of a metallic flavor. Too small also for the price.
Oysters rockefeller were tiny.

The waitress should have explained the tiny metallic flavored oyster situation or they should have just taken them off the menu.

Company was great. Food was awful

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Taylor was very attentive and expected our every need. The waterfront table on a calm day was spectacular! Will definitely return!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch. Not disappointed! Not a WOW either. Service was excellent. Thank you Justice for taking such good care of us!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our server was very friendly and tuned into making our evening pleasant and enjoyable. The food was very good. We enjoy the Twilight Menu for a reasonable price. Overall, we had a very nice experience.

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I like the service. Food was ok. Disappointed on the 4 pieces of prawn. ( Large shrimp ) 8.00 was a bit too pricey..
But service was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great view. Their choice of background music was a little strange - rock and roll oldies. My coffee was cold when it was served but a new cup arrived nice and hot. My friend and I enjoyed our lunch and will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waitress was very friendly and made us feel real comfortable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This has become my husband and my favorite restaurant the happy hour menu is great. I had the best lobster in years ther for my birthday. I am looking forward to eating their to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love the Sunday buffet at the Lobster Shop.
The service and selection is top notch.
Can’t imagine how it could be any better.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had dinner with my family. Atmosphere was excellent. It was not loud. We had the best service! Great food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Met my brother to thank him, as a holiday gift. My husband and I arrived early, during Happy Hour. We toasted the New Year with a Champagne Cocktail. Then the four of us were seated at a table with a city view. I enjoyed the beautifully decorated holiday tree in the entry and the decorated wreaths around the picture windows. Even on this gray day, we enjoyed the activity on the water and the city lights. Twilight menu. We selected the "three" items to get dessert. Each of our entrees were delicious. My starter was Lobster Bisque. Great with a drizzle of Sherry. Wild salmon with rice pilaf and broccolini. Creme Brûlée for dessert. Others had the Shrimp Louie and the Prawn entree with Caesar Salad. Other desserts were a generous serving of Lemon Sorbet and a Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with whipped cream. Atmosphere is formal. Got noisier as it got later. Server was excellent but we lost her attention as the place filled up. There was an issue with a bright street lamp that she was slow to respond to. Overall, friendly and efficient staff from hostess to bar server to waitperson. Food was served hot and cooked perfectly. My salmon was fork tender and moist, yet fully cooked. A nice evening and a special treat for all four of us.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was great and so was the atmosphere. Our server, Taylor, was a wonderful young man - very helpful and personable.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The table by the window was perfect. The hot fresh bread came out and one little container of olive oil and pesto. For 6 of us we really needed 2 of each. I asked for more oil but no more bread was brought out. I had the anglio prawns. A bit disappointing this time. Odd taste. The signature salad was very good. Service was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance. Server was pleasant but did not anticipate needs...refills, checking on food satisfaction, etc. Two diners had meals with French fries which were very overdone and just small pieces of potatoes....for a restaurant of this caliber this should not happen. Have dined in this restaurant many times since it’s opening and are usually very satisfied.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Perfect. Great seafood Louie.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wife had the lobster, can't go wrong. I had the scallops, abit undercooked, and sorry, but can't compare to Stanleys & Seaforts scallops. Waitress seemed to be somewhat lost at times, I mean LOST, we left the bill & money without her any where to be found, and while walking out we still did not find her.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Beautiful evening celebrating a dear friendship. Fabulous service and great food. We closed the place down (at 10pm on a Monday!) and the staff waited patiently for us to finish with no pressure. Our waiter was very friendly and sweet.

All in all a gorgeous evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Nice Sunday night dinner, always enjoy the vibe. Lobster Duo was a nice mix. Egg Nog ice cream was a treat!

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Went here for our anniversary. Staff was awesome. Helped get flowers prepared and on the table waiting for us. The food was amazing. I had the planked salmon which was flaky and melted in my mouth. All my wife could talk about was how wonderful the prawns were. It was an absolute delight to dine here. The price was below what I expected for a restaurant of this caliber and the service above expectation. Serge was amazing and helpful. They were pretty busy that night but we still felt like we got all the attention we needed. If you want to amaze your friends or impress that special someone, this is the place! Thank you Lobster Shop for a wonderful experience!

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. Made reservations which worked out just fine. Was very pleased with the friendliness of the entire staff. However, we were disappointed with the brunch meal itself. The hot breakfast items were not up to par. The omelet I had requested was more like scrambled eggs with stuff inside. My daughter ordered an eggs benedict and the egg was well done and the sauce had no lemon taste at all. But, I must say the prime rib roast was done just right and very tender and tasty. All that said, we will not do brunch again because it was over priced for what we got. We most likely will return to the Lobster Shop for their dinner menu etc.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were a little disappointed this time. We had been to the Lobster Shop before and rated it 5 stars, but this time we had to send back our orange juice because it tasted strange, the poached egg on the eggs benedict was hard, the coffee was luke warm, the bacon wasn't crisp, the hash browns were under done. But, the prime rib was excellent and all the seafood was great. I'll definitely go back but I'll try other brunches in the area to compare.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were four for Sunday brunch. Food and service was outstanding. Very good choice in Tacoma for brunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lilliwallops oysters plump, tastey, excellent. Shrimp cocktail also great. Crab-stuffed halibut excellent. Clam linguine disappointing; few clams & bland sauce. Very nicev service. Will go back

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

When we first arrived they had the holiday boats passing by which was beautiful we were celebrating 3 birthdays but in the middle of dinner a group of people were sitted across from us and were so loud we could not hear ourselves talk it was very disrupted for us

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It was great and my husband enjoyed his birthday dinner

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. Great view, atmosphere, service and food. The signature salad is perfect. Seafood is always good but I also appreciate the prime rib dip. Only criticism is the creme brûlée seemed somewhat loose.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Staff was excellent along with menu and great tasting food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great time!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Went to dinner with a friend last night. We split the Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad and the Scallops, and Lobster. The Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops were encrusted with macadamia nuts, and was accompanied by wild mushroom risotto. We added on a Maine Lobster Tail that was cooked just right, not rubbery at all. This waterview restaurant is great for couples, family’s, large groups. Plenty of parking on site. Great seafood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant for years. While it's still enjoyable, the seafood fresh, and the view and brunches amazing, the quality of dinner dishes and service is not what it used to be. The waiters are great. Unfortunately the owners/managers seem to have done away with much of the staff who assist the waiters pouring water, busing tables, etc. which overburdens the waiters and frustrates guests.

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