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Lobster Shop South

4.6
4.6
3448 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

8:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 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 3,448 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Best Service

  • Tacoma

    Best Ambiance

  • Tacoma

    Notable Wine List

  • Tacoma

    Scenic View

  • Tacoma

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great as always. Prices have gone way up, but still enjoyed the evening
  2. LB

    LBRK

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have great food, drink, & service here, this is one of our favorite restaurants for a special occasion!
  3. CH

    CristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both my husband and and I thought this was definitely worth the drive. Parking was tricky, but we figured it out. We ate outside by the water and that was perfect. It was a little spending, but you do need to treat yourself now and then.
  4. LH

    LivinHolm

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We used to go to Lobster Shop when it was located on Browns Point in Tacoma. We went a few times for our anniversary dinners in the earlier years. It is our 25th wedding anniversary so we thought we'd check out the Lobster Shop on Ruston Way in Tacoma, hoping for a great time like before. I was so disappointed, the table was great on the deck, but I had asked for rose petals on the table on our special requests, due to our anniversary, but there weren't any. We hardly ever saw our server, Vanessa. And people who were seated long after us were getting their meals, our server was MIA for a while so we couldn't ask where our food was. We ordered our dinner at 5:01, according to our receipt, but didn't get our meal until 5:50. Yes, the bread with pesto dipping sauce was very good, but we wanted our dinner! When we did get it, it wasn't as great as it used to be. The location was fine, but we won't be back. So disappointing!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and ambiance, as always, but I was disappointed in the quality of the fish in the fish and chips we ordered. I am OK with using cod instead of halibut, but I would expect thicker, nicer, fresh cuts of fish from the lobster shop. In addition, I would prefer batter over the breading. Unfortunately, I have noticed a change in quality since the new owners took over.
  6. H

    Hulagirl

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a wonderful night out. Couldn't be better
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was great!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Our server did a fantastic job, the food was excellent, and the view was great, as always. Especially love the berry salad and yummy scallops! Thanks also to the bar for adding cucumbers to our cocktails! Highly recommend!
  9. C

    Cinderfunknrella

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The server was great and the food was tasty!
  10. m

    maegwin

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can never go wrong with the Maine Lobster. Magnifique!
  11. GL

    GreggL

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    entee portions are now much smaller than previous visits.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with incredible views.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  14. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual everything was perfect! A perfectly sunny day with family and good food.
  15. CP

    ChristyP

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant was very warm, by the time we left we were very uncomfortable. The service was slower than usual even though we were there early, and the restaurant was not full. We always get their wonderful beet salad but this time the beets were scarce - had to ask for beets to be put in the salad! This has always been our very favorite restaurant, we have been coming here for years but yesterday, although the food was good, it just wasn't up to its normal high standard. We will definitely come back and eat there again because I'm hoping this was just a one-time thing.
  16. L

    Liza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and customer service was above exceptional and we had an amzing, relaxed dinner! Listening to the water hit the dock and the chatter around us was very welcoming!
  17. DL

    DavidL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as usual. Highly recommend it. ❤️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
  18. j

    janeg

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Disappointing. 8 ounce Maine Lobster was actually quite small, very dry, overcooked, and crispy on one end, which I cut off. Obviously it sat under a heat lamp for a long time. Plating was poor, and the food arrived cool. Melted dipping "butter" (?) was unrecognizable. Bread and dessert were fantastic! Service was absolutely excellent as was the view.
  19. SW

    SandraW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The young man seating people needs to learn to keep his hands away from his nose and/or nose ring while working in public! It's not very hygienic.
  20. C

    Chris

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lobster entree and shrimp appetizer were over cooked making them rubbery in texture. Other than that everything else was nice
  21. JP

    JillianP

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner here! The food itself was delicious. We had the lobster dip, lobster carbonara, and scallops, and all dishes were great! For dessert we got the peanut butter pie and chocolate cake. Again delicious, and the peanut butter pie was probably the best I’ve ever had! Our server was Leah and she was awesome! Super sweet and went above and beyond to make my birthday dinner with my mom a special one! We will definitely be back!!
  22. LR

    LynnR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, I believe her name was Sophie, was awesome!
  23. ER

    EdwardR

    Oklahoma City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service Excellent food Excellent atmosphere Excellent location Free parking They give you everything you could ask for Why go anywhere else. The best seafood and steaks in Tacoma.
  24. J

    Jackson

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    We ordered both lobster types and would not order them again. They miss quoted the Australian lobster which was $80 they did take $25 off when questioned about it. It would be a while before we go back and next time would not order lobster.
  25. M

    Mazen

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice dinner and were seated with my family outside, we enjoyed the excellent views. The services were fantastic from the front with respectable staff and showed us to the table as we arrived separately. The waiter was professional and respectful and told us all options of a variety of foods and specials they had and answered all our questions and they were cleaning the table always and changing plated exactly like you eating in 5 stars restaurant, really awsome experience, we recommend this restaurant highly Dr Dahan
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food service and a view to die for! Was the perfect place to have a birthday celebration on the outdoor deck. Service was stellar !
  27. MK

    MariusK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Asked for outdoor seating , when I got there the host asked if I prefer outside or inside and I said outdoor , then they sat us at a table inside.
  28. GC

    GingerC

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought a friend who was visiting from California. We enjoyed the lunch, beautiful view , actually all of it.
  29. G

    Gemma

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day, delicious food and great service
  30. FM

    FoodMaven

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at a waterside table and enjoyed the food and the view. The service was excellent! It is expensive but it was a birthday so it was acceptable.
  31. DT

    DavidT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, but my lobster was a little overcooked. Still was good. Atmosphere was excellent, right on the waterfront.
  32. C

    Cheeseball

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service from Adrian was great! Sat on the deck with a great view and tables were spaced at a comfortable distance. Lobster carbonara was tasty and pace of service was excellent. Only negative was that fish n chips described as beer battered in the menu, but they were prepared with panko. Had my wife known that she would have ordered something else. If you like panko crust the fish was good. Absolutely outstanding clam chowder. We'll be back.
  33. JS

    JulieS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. The weather was gorgeous, and the view was outstanding. The waiter was attentive, but not annoying. The food was very good. Most of the menu items were pricey, but there are a few dishes that are reasonable. All-in-all it was a wonderful experience, and we will definitely come back again. The lobster bisque was wonderful, but very rich. The blackened salmon tacos were outstanding. The fish and chips were also wonderful.
  34. SR

    SRJ1

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Time to stop, pause, reinvent and rediscover the past of the Lobster Shop. The Lobster shop North and and South of old were better in a lot of aspects. Our meal on 7/23/22. My sons pasta tasted of uncooked off wine and no seasoning, his shrimp was rubbery in the Aglio and mine in the Cedar plank trio, my other sons steak blue in the NY strip, the brocclini not cooked, the Maine lobster overseasoned and undercooked. My wifes Lobster bisque was underwhelming, the bacon marmalade was burnt and the scallops small. When the best thing in the meal is the compound butter and garlic mashed potatoes, it's time to look at how things are executed and served and talent in the kitchen. In 42 years of going to the lobster shop this is 2 bad meals in a row, last was mother's day rhis year and then my wife's 50th Birthday. This was the place where we had our 1st dinner date many years ago and the quality of the food is not the same. The technical details of a great meal with the current chefs elude the diner. I will not be returning nor recommending to friends or family. Hopefully these items will be addressed and the Lobster shop can return to greatness.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, fantastic food and classy service.
  36. B

    Britt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I have been to the LobsterShop several times and it always has been great and last night was probably the worst experience especially the food it is not the same as it used to be. Hopefully they step it up because they used to be so good!
  37. E

    Erik

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Another great business dinner at the Lobster Shop on Ruston.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a special family birthday dinner at LSS last week. Second visit within week. We chose as Wanted a great view with great food and service! We appreciate that it has an amazing view but obviously takes pride in providing this without packing in diners and tables. Our server Jasmine made our meal perfect!
  39. W

    Woodinvilledad

    Portland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant in great location. Both soups are to die for. They provide bread with a super yummy verde dipping sauce, which you can also purchase. Highly recommend
  40. AB

    AlohilaniB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing but honestly wish there were bigger portion sizes? Idk. Also drinks are pretty pricey but that’s what you pay for fancy. Service was very slow that’s the only unfortunate part.

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 4.6 stars by 3448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tacoma

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 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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