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.
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00 pm
Bar Menu available Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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.
Great experience! Even though it is on the busy pier the food is great and not touristy like you would expect from the location. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the sunset.
Absolutely amazing service and food. Highly recommend.
We were visiting from Australia and if ever we come back again we'll be booking in for dinner again at the lobster.
First time visitor. Referred to The Lobster by a friend. Amazing food. Had the Crab Cake as well as the Lobster cocktail as an appetizer. My wife and I shared the Yellowfin Tuna with the crab fried rice. That rice is addictive! And the side of Truffle Parmesan fries are on par with our favourite version of that from Prohibition below the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.
A great wine list and cocktails.
Highly recommend visiting.
Reservations are a must!
Once again superb in every way. Nice table, relaxed service and fabulous food. Good value for money
Small family gathering while in Southern California
I wish I remembered my servers name it was on Valentine’s Day he served me a black dude with braids and my girl friend an Asian women we got the 2.5 pound lobster asparagus two alcoholic drinks lobster potatoes and lobster fried rice we sat near the window.He was funny he made us comfortable and just had our backs throughout the night.I never write reviews but I’ll be sure to come back hoping he’d be our server again thank u-Larnell
A great experience, been to the lobster last Four years running always consistently amazing,
Loved it! Stunning food and location. Highly recommend it!
Best customer service from reception, service staff. The view is great. The tables never feel cramped and crowded. Wait staff is welcoming. In LA, where too many hot restaurants let you know the minute you've sat down, they want to empty your pockets and get you off that table in 45 minutes, it's just great to have a lovely place with good food that actually qualifies as being in the hospitality business.
I enjoyed everything about the experience here, but it was very expensive as were all the other places in Santa Monica.
Had an excellent experience at The Lobster. Had to wait a little for the table. But well worth it. Food was extraordinary. Service was excellent. And the experience was amazing.
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.
Very disappointed! We use to go there several years ago regularly.
The food was delicious and the ambience was classy but had a beachy flair. First of all we had to wait a half hour past our reservation to get our table. The restaurant was packed with a
very casual and noisy clientele. Nothing like the upscale, sophisticated crowd that use to frequent there.
After we were seated the waiter finally came by to take our drink order and we didn’t see him again anytime soon. Eventually we ordered and proceeded to wait again an exorbitant amount of time until it came.
When we finally got our food it was average at best. I would not recommend The Lobster and don’t intend to go back.
The service was it attentive but not overbearing. The food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.
Great steaks and seafood and great location by Santa Monica pier 👍
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
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.
Overall good food Waiter was pushy and inattentive
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!
Very nice evening with my husband,, excellent food & service
Great food, excellent service. Will be sure to return when next in LA!
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.
Seafood excellent, waitress Jackie and Bartender were very attentive and martinis outstanding, great view of ocean and beach
Pleasant and efficient with a lovely view of the pier - always expecting great, always just a cut below
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
Our favorite. Every time we're in the area, we always dine here. Excellent service, excellent food.
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
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.
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.
The food here is always greasy and consistent
Service is exceptional
Best place to get Lobster and a great staff
New Years Eve Dinner
Been here countless times and the Grilled American Lobster is absolutely the BEST! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu ... everything is cooked to perfection!
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..
The bus boys were the highlight of our dinner. The food was very good.
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.
New year holiday
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.
This place is very expensive and food quality is average.