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The Lobster

4.3
4.3
3527 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00 pm Bar Menu available Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-9294

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Govind Armstrong

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Lynne Thomas: (310) 458-9294

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Colorado Ave.

  • Parking details

    $10-$12 with validation for 3 hours and then $15 after that.<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,527 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on August 30, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    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.
  2. MK

    MichelleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  3. TD

    TroyD

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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!
  4. RW

    RobW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again superb in every way. Nice table, relaxed service and fabulous food. Good value for money
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Small family gathering while in Southern California
  6. l

    larnellc

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  7. t

    telboy

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great experience, been to the lobster last Four years running always consistently amazing,
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved it! Stunning food and location. Highly recommend it!
  9. AP

    AmyP

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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.
  10. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I enjoyed everything about the experience here, but it was very expensive as were all the other places in Santa Monica.
  11. AK

    AnthonyK

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  12. I

    Irvinite

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  13. C

    Cece

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    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.
  14. DZ

    DeanZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was it attentive but not overbearing. The food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  16. SB

    ScottB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great steaks and seafood and great location by Santa Monica pier 👍
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  18. MS

    MarcS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. 4

    4mytwocents

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall good food Waiter was pushy and inattentive
  20. MJ

    MJD2inPDR

    Los Angeles

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  21. J

    Jack

    Hertfordshire

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice evening with my husband,, excellent food & service
  22. BF

    BrianF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service. Will be sure to return when next in LA!
  23. m

    michaell

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  24. MB

    MBL1

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood excellent, waitress Jackie and Bartender were very attentive and martinis outstanding, great view of ocean and beach
  25. t

    teddy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pleasant and efficient with a lovely view of the pier - always expecting great, always just a cut below
  26. V

    Vanessaw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  27. D

    Denver

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite. Every time we're in the area, we always dine here. Excellent service, excellent food.
  28. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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
  29. k

    kyliek

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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.
  30. C

    Cilmara23

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  31. CK

    CherylK

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always greasy and consistent Service is exceptional
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to get Lobster and a great staff
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve Dinner
  34. FL

    FoodLover

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  35. LR

    LauraR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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..
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The bus boys were the highlight of our dinner. The food was very good.
  37. JM

    JerryM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    New year holiday
  39. DT

    DamianT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  40. K

    Khattak

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    This place is very expensive and food quality is average.

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The Lobster is rated 4.3 stars by 3527 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colorado Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00 pm Bar Menu available Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    $10-$12 with validation for 3 hours and then $15 after that.<br />

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Govind Armstrong

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-9294

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Lynne Thomas: (310) 458-9294

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