The Lobster

4.5
3701 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Sitting high on a bluff where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, The Lobster is an internationally recognized seafood and fine dining establishment. As a landmark restaurant with nearly a century of quality service, The Lobster specializes in Maine and California spiny lobsters, in addition to entrees composed of fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

The Lobster is a popular destination for Los Angeles locals, visitors, families and groups looking for the ideal place to enjoy casual fine dining while celebrating special moments in true California style. We invite you to relax, take in the stunning ocean views from our beautifully appointed, glass-walled dining room, and enjoy an unparalleled seafood dining experience.

After many years of successful business, The Lobster has become a Santa Monica institution, serving as a cornerstone and internationally recognized landmark adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Bar Menu available Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 458-9294
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Govind Armstrong
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Private party facilities
We have several different private rooms.
Our private terrace seats up to 53 people.
Our inside dining room seats up to 100 people.
We have full buy-outs for seating up to 150 and 220 standing cocktail reception.
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Private party contact
Lynne Thomas: (310) 458-9294
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colorado Ave.
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Parking details
$10-$12 with validation for 3 hours and then $15 after that.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3701 People Are Saying
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food
4.6
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

We spent the afternoon at the pier and chose The Lobster for dinner. We both had the Butter Poached Lobster which was amazing. Started off with mussels, also delicious. Amazing view, great service. Would definitely recommend and come again.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Oysters and lobster roll stood out and were good, everything else was average. Waitress was sweet but overwhelmed. Didn’t write orders down so forgot things constantly. Forgot drinks, forgot refills, forgot requests so we had to ask at least twice (if not more) for things. This put a dampener on the experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was great ! Lobster was great but a little pricey , but very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Can’t be beat for seafood options and people watching from high tops near the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
Staff is friendly and very professional.
Awesome location.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular lobster, excellent waiter (he even cracked my lobster for me because my hand has arthritis). Couldn't have e asked for a better experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

While the food was indeed to die for, what made my experience the best was my waiter Mike. Very joyful, full of energy and good recommendations, i really enjoyed the service most

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the service was outstanding. Franky our waiter was very helpful with our meal choices. Would definitely reccomend and will go back if i can.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Food was great! Great people watching and ocean view.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Consistent and delicious! Service is always stellar and with Chef Goran, the menu has new and exciting additions! The lobster salad on little gem lettuce is a winner as was the seafood pasta dish, whose name I cannot recall. It was filled with seafood, just enough pasta and plenty of flavor! But the standout of the evening had to be the chocolate pave dessert that was truly incredible! If you're a chocolate lover, this sublime creation of flourless chocolate, ethereal mocha zabaglione and crunchy honeycomb candy isn't to be missed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I have been to the Lobster before but nit fir some time. I was taking some friends who live in Santa Monica as a special thank you dinner. We got a table by the window so we could see the view. The menu was fresh and seasonal. And our waiter, I think his name was Taylor, could not have been nicer, funnier, more on the ball and totally contributed to a fantastic evening over all. I have to go back more often!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our waiter made great recommendations and we followed his advice. He was attentive but not over bearing. Everything we ordered was cooked well and came out of the kitchen quickly. Food quality is very good but the you are paying more for the location and the view.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We did not get our window table for a 6:00 resv. And we were early. Plus there were empty window tables. The lady seating said it wasn't her decision and would check on it but never got back to us. The food was excellent, the service also was excellent. Very noisy and got really noisy as the night wore on.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Very close to Santa Monica Beach
lobsters are quit good but not suprising

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Outstanding seafood. We had lobster, scallops, prawns, crab and calamari. It was all excellent. It’s pricey but worth it. I highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

My third visit to The Lobster and the third time ordering the grilled lobster,

This time we had a 3lb lobster each, IMO you can't go wrong with the grilled lobster dish.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Views are phenomenal. I ordered the day boat scallops and was a bit disappointed. The flavor profile was bland.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was average at best. The butter poached lobster serve red w lobster mash and Swiss chard had little buttery flavoring on the lobster...tasted more like hot water and took on the taste of the Swiss chard. Quite disappointing especially since this was my birthday dinner. Not really sure where the mushrooms fit in either. However, the service and view were EXCELLENT!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Great food and service

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The grilled lobster with melted butter is totally amazing, probably the best I have had in
a very long time! The caesar salad is excellent as well as the warm chocolate soufflé with ice cream and mint! The service is very good, our waiter was so helpful with the choice of wine
and hot towels, etc....and he had a wonderful sense of humor.... The Ocean view is beautiful!
it is very $$$, but absolutely a memorable experience. Would highly recommend this restaurant,
and if you can afford the lobster go for it :) DG

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

I have asked for a table next to a window (I booked two months before - a table of 2) and when we arrived they told us it was impossible (even if there were at least two empty tables of 2 next to a window). I had to insist to get the right place, and explain my story to 4 different people. Then I have also asked about candles as it was for my boyfriend’s birthday and no one came with that so I let it go. The waiter was very nice but the general service does not match with the prices of the restaurant (I had a 500$ bill for 2). Positive point : we had the best lobsters of our lives !

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

This is my second visit. My first visit was in early June to join out of town family who made the reservation. I rarely dine at upscale restaurants because my food budget doesn't justify the money spent for a generally disappointing experience. Delightfully, The Lobster exceeded my expectations. The service was very good, the food was delicious and plentiful, and well worth the price paid. When another (different) out of town family member was in Los Angeles and wanted to join me for dinner Sunday evening, I immediately chose The Lobster. The second visit reaffirmed what a good choice it was. From the moment we arrived, it again felt warm and welcoming and from the hostess to the wait staff to the parking staff, everyone was friendly, efficient and caring. I can hardly wait for another occasion to go back. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Amazing! I can’t wait to go back

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Ordered 2 1/2 lobster shared 1/2 with my husband. When it was served there was hardly any lobster in the shell. Not much to eat.
Definitely not worth what it cost.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The Lobster was fantastic! I called ahead and they gave us a table by the window, so we could watch the sunset. Our waiter Frank was fabulous. He had a great personality and his recommendations were right on! Oh yeah, the food was fantastic too!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Amazing food. A bit expensive it worth if you dont go too often. Great service and video view.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was great. What else would you want to eat but lobster. We had the steamed version, not sure what the grilled would be like so we went with what we knew. Size and price vary depending on what they have available. Expensive, but worth the money.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Best seafood around ,beachfront views right next to the santa monica pier .great mojitos and nice fresh lobster is the best

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

店員さんの対応はフレンドリーでとても良いが料理が出てくるのがとても遅い。
忙しい時間帯だったからしょうがないのかもしれない。
子連れに優しく、ハイチェアはもちろんキッズメニューや塗り絵などもあった。

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Excellent all around, as usual! Love the shrimp/ crab Louie salad!!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We went to this place two weeks before and were really looking forward to it on our last night in Santa Monica. The shellfish for two we had on both occasions. The second time seemed lacking and when the waitress was asked about the inclusions in the meal we were this was normal. We knew it wasn’t. So a little disappointing but it was mainly the waitress who treated us with disdain. We are an older couple but both professors and not fools. We were treated as such but I suppose if you aren’t potential connections to an acting career then you don’t matter. Such a shame as a lovely venue and our first meal there was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Good food, but very loud from the crowd.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Our 2nd time this year. A wonderful dining experience. Chef Govind is amazing. We loved the Seafood Black Ink Pasta and topped it off with a 1/2 lobster. The charred octopus is delicious. Service was excellent and attentive. During summer months, allow for traffic, took us 20 minutes to go 4 blocks.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was NOT good. Way over priced and wasn't even tasty! Our original waiter and the servers were great. Very friendly, very attentive. The waiter that took over was hardly around and didn't pay much attention to us. If we're spending over $250 for 3 people, they should know the basics like fill our water glass if it's empty. Won't be going back....ever!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I love this place and have brought several friends here for their birthdays. My only criticism is every time I make my reservation and request a window table, I never get one. I have reserved as much as a month in advance. What does it take to get a table by a window???
I’d really like to know.
Thank you,
Susan Moor

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Spectacular.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The grilled lobster was amazing!!! Equally amazing, tender, and well seasoned was the filet. We were impressed and pleased with our entire experience!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Ratings were all high - BUT what a disappointment!
Nice place and vibrant, service was very good and views very good....unfortunately, we ordered the 3 1/2 grilled lobster and it was very chewy, not flavor-able at all...my white chard (Russian River Valley) was excellent but my wife's 'extra' dirty martini wasn't ....after two attempts!
We love lobster and cooked it at home, ate many from Maine, had great Brazilian and New Zealand lobster too....all have been fantastic.
This place should have been a 'no-brainer' for expectations -but in the end ...what a disappointment!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Nice staff, nice dinner,nice view,
Excellent.
Id like to come again

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Had friends in from Japan who wanted to try US Maine Lobster. It is my go to place. They LOVED it!!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Way too expensive. $540 for 3 people. We were promised a table by the window when we made a reservation but got seated at a table in the middle. They were very un accommodating. We will never go back.

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