The Lobster

4.5
3883 reviews
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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.
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Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to the area after many years and to reunite with an old friend. The wait wait was more than we appreciated despite our reservation time but I have to say that the lobster was excellent! The house made pasta was better than expected and the drinks were spot on. Definitely worth the while.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner at The Lobster. Go there right before sunset to have a great view of the ocean and later the pier Ferris wheel when it gets dark.

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks and seafood and great location by Santa Monica pier 👍

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of this meal was fabulous. From the ambience to the service (shout out to Mike) to the impeccably prepared food, we felt like royalty. M

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MS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend and his wife for his birthday dinner. Everything was great. Food was delicious! Service was attentive without hoovering. VERY EXPENSIVE! With appetizers, drinks, dinner, tip, expect to pay $150 per person.

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4
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall good food Waiter was pushy and inattentive

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MJ
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our very favorite date night restaurants and has the best seafood around. I had a wonder appetizer of really fresh and delicious oysters. My enter was delicious seasoned lobster done to perfection. My husband had salmon so fresh and flavorful. Always a special treat to go to the lobster. The service is A1!

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J
London
47 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice evening with my husband,, excellent food & service

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Will be sure to return when next in LA!

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m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service and great ambience. Food was great and the wine recommendation was greatly appreciated. Had dinner with wife and daughter and next time back in Santa Monica we will definitely return.

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MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood excellent, waitress Jackie and Bartender were very attentive and martinis outstanding, great view of ocean and beach

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and efficient with a lovely view of the pier - always expecting great, always just a cut below

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V
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Saturday, Jan 5th, my husband and I celebrated his birthday at
#thelobstersm . The food was delicious and the service was impeccable! Our server, Natalie was so attentive to our desires and was so very sweet. A special thank you to our #family #govindarmstrong for making sure we received the VIP treatment😍 Itwas wonderful to have the Chef send over the delicious entree’s. All of the selections were amazing! It was nice to have Matt and Chris stop by our table and visit with us. Our first time experience at #thelobstersm was wonderful and we look forward to our next reservation and sharing our wonderful experience with family and friends!
Vanessa and Larry Wood

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was nice to meet my friend Hutch Dano who recommended the restaurant. had a chance to chat and enjoy great food without any issues. Was fun and had a wonderful time - Glad he recommended this place for lunch

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was pretty good. I wouldnt say fantasic though. Way better than restaurant across the street, red o, that place was not good.
Here.. Service was njce.
Butter poached lobster tastes pretty poor. It was over 60$ but not tender at all, it was very starchy.
Californian lobster was 60/pound, we had 3pounder, so very expensive but it tasted the best.
We had grilled main lobster, it was not as good as the cali one. Cocktail was Meh.
Pineapple upside down cake was good, chocolate pave was good, cheesecake was Not good. It was more like cream cheese got solidified a bit..
We liked the server and prompt service people.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, very near to Santa Monica Pier, delicious food, grilled lobster with crab rice. Even being New year, we were very well served by the employee Jaqueline excellent service and friendliness. Super recommended.

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CK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always greasy and consistent
Service is exceptional

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to get Lobster and a great staff

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve Dinner

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FL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here countless times and the Grilled American Lobster is absolutely the BEST! You can't go wrong with anything in the menu ... everything is cooked to perfection!

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LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the Lobster on New Years Eve for at least 10 years. Absolutley stunning sunset views, service is impeccable and food is delish. A little pricey but a good choice for a special occasion..

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The bus boys were the highlight of our dinner. The food was very good.

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JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful delicious food with views of the pier. We had crab cakes, jambalaya and truffle Parmesan fries. We were very pleased with the food, staff, ambiance and value for the quality of the meal.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New year holiday

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DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Can’t go wrong sitting by the window overlooking the pier at sunset. Great food, especially the brussel sprouts. My biggest gripe isn’t the food, but the $12 valet parking. A meal this price should include parking. Everything else was solid.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This place is very expensive and food quality is average.

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HO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap, but worth it. The service was incredible

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D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was beautiful and our server Sigourney was attentive.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! We go there to celebrate special occasions and without fail, the service & food remain exceptional.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Waited an hour for a tuna burger, shrimp cocktail, and crab cake. Asked our server if they could raise the shade at our table just a little bit, which they did. Not even one minute later the woman behind us asked her server for the manager to put it back down. I heard him say someone might have asked it to he raised. At that moment I replied” we did.” We were completely ignored. I guess she was more important than us.

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

The maitre’d at the front desk was extremely rude, which set a poor tone for the dining experience. The appetizers were quite prompt but the main was slow to arrive. The food was well presented and overall, very nice.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible but the food was good, albeit a bit expensive for what you actually receive. The restaurant is worth a visit for it's ambiance and proximity to the waterfront.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I found this place online and decided to try it out since they had great reviews. I was extremely pleased to agree that the reviews are very accurate and the place was an absolutely delight! Food, service and location was fantastic. A little on the pricey side however it was worth it.

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c
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot for both regular meals and special occasions.. great and kind service, good food and good valet parking. Many tourists love but also good for us regular Angelenos.

Thank you especially for care for my forgotten item and pick up.. a very good staff!!

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BL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great service and food. Stunning location

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice big lobsters cooked well. Service left a little lacking and we were seated right next to a noisy table even though there were many others available. Our waitress was friendly but another staff members brought our plate of mixed oysters without identifying them (which he should have). Also, my water glass was empty for the entire meal.

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in Santa Monica for awhile before trying The Lobster. I assumed since it was right by the pier, it was probably an overpriced and mediocre tourist place. That was my mistake, it is an excellent restaurant, both innovative and consistent. Not cheap, but fairly priced for the location and quality. Last Sunday my boyfriend and I took my Dad for a celebration lunch. Everything we ordered was great, in particular we enjoyed the lobster corn chowder, arugula salad, yellowfin tuna with crab fried rice, day boat scallops, and strawberry cheesecake. I have eaten here many times over the years, and never been disappointed. The service is as great as the food.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good quality food but on the expensive side.

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LF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steamed lobster and A very creative octopus as a starter. My husband loved his ouster’s and had the unique and very expensive grilled lobster (with no claws). He loved it (but my steamed was better;). Very nice staff and environment. A pricy choice but also one of the best dinners we ever had.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The "Famous" Mojito was plain. The menu said there were crushed berries in it but there were not.

My wife and I got the Chitarra Pasta. Hers was extremely spicy to the point where she couldn't eat it and mine was bland with zero spice at all.

The Lobster and Corn Chowder was also very bland.

Cool place. Great Service. Disappointed with the foods/drinks.

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