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About The Lobster

The elevated restaurant has glass on three sides with a cantilevered, open-air deck that affords a 180° panoramic view of the Pacific and Palisades Park.

1602 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday– Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm;
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-10pm (brunch)

Cross Street:
Colorado Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(310) 458-9294

Website:
http://www.thelobster.com/

Parking Details:
$10 with validation for 3 hours and then $15 after that.

Executive Chef:
Collin Crannell

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

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

The Lobster Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (90)
Scenic View (88)
Good for a Date (71)
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Special Occasion (70)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Romantic (46)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Fun (31)
Bar Seating (30)
People Watching (28)
Notable Wine List (28)
Hot Spot (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Business Meals (24)
Casual (20)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Authentic (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Healthy (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Cozy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

景色もよくて立地条件よく料理も素晴らしかった。

ただ、イスとテーブルの幅が狭いです。

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Our server Marcelle was very very good and also the crew that helps him. Made us feel very welcomed and at home. Genuine service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. Any excuse and we are there. Six of us and four were celebrating late and early birthdays. We had a variety of lunch dishes and everyone was happy. New on the menu is the corn lobster chowder. Yum! I had their hamburger and a strange thing to order but it was great. Good French fries. The fish and chips is really enough for two but order your own if you don’t want to share the french fries. They brought out four birthday treats and they were delicious. The waiter couldn’t have been more attentive.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

The experience was outstanding and unforgettable. I was there celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday and everyone made her feel special and wished her a happy birthday. Our server Natalie played a big role in making our night out memorable. She had a smile the whole time, would help out with all our questions, and looked like she enjoyed working there which made us enjoy being there. Everything about the restaurant was excellent like the food, the vibe, and especially the service. I would recommend it to everyone and would definitely go back in the future.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

カリフォルニアのオイスターは抜群でした。もう一皿追加オーダーしていましました。
ロブスターは、スパーシーグリルとスティームを食べました。私達はスパーシーの方が美味しかったです。今まで食べたことがないロブスターの味で、とても美味しかったです。

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I had a request to watch tne Monday night football game If possible. They delivered and were really attentive. Great customer service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service. Honored written requests on my reservation to the letter. Food ok and way overpriced. And $12 to valet park. Go for lunch for the view. Go across the street to Del Friscos for food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything about this dinner was perfect! We ended our honeymoon here and couldn’t have had a better meal or better service. Chris was our waiter and offered the best suggestions! It was pricey but surely a treat and food that you just don’t get all the time! We had Dungeness crab and California spiny lobster! Absolutely wonderful!!!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful sunset, amazing food, friendly service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food!! You cannot go wrong with the grilled spiney lobster!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

l visited twice in one week. The waitstaff were attentive, knowledgable and kindly worked with our group's budget restrictions. Fantastic meal and very pleasurable dining experience. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing service friendly and courteous! They really went out of their way to make it a special event for us. The restaurant is aptly named for its succulent and tasty lobster but items like the corn chowder and Caesar salad complimented the dinner perfectly! What a great. Expensive but highly recommended for any and all occasions!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a wonderful experience! Stayed at JW Marriott just down the street so very convenient. Natalie was the best!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic meal with our son & his wife now residents of LA. A great place to celebrate, whether dining or enjoying happy hour with snacks. Chris was a great server & very helpful. We will be back next time we are in LA from London for sure!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Thank you for seating us by the window as requested. I didn't like my salmon. Just too sweet for me. Otherwise, all is was great!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I will never eat at The Lobster again.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good as was service. We sat and talked a long time and did not feel rushed at all.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We all had fish - it was amazing. Fresh and tasty prepared in interesting ways - unique combination of flavors that were excellent. Great service too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very nice view, good food, AC too cold, expensive, excellent service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was excellent, comes with a price tag, as expected. Great view of the pier at sunset.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Food was amazing as always but missed my carrot soup:)
Thank you for accommodating my request for a window seat. Watching the sunset was fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was 5 star and the cuisine was 5 star; very personable spot on service and a truly delicious meal! Came down from Alaska to enjoy a World Series game and a friend recommended The Lobster; so glad we followed through with the recommendation. Noise level was loud so at first a little disheartening for a date night but again the meal and service made up for it.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very enjoyable as always.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good food reasonably priced for LA metro area views outstanding

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 (London)·Dined on October 25, 2017

great restaurant... the best lobster i've ever eaten

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great service. Waitress was very helpful and patient explaining the dishes. Everything tasted great. Great view of sunset.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Amazing! Jason, the GM is wonderful and really went out of his way to greet & accommodate us. Our server, Jared, was also great. He knew the menu and wines very well & offered great suggestions. The food was delicious as usual and of course the view overlooking the sunset on the ocean is something you can't beat. This is hands down my favorite restaurant in LA.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

For a few years I've had occasion to visit Los Angeles once or twice a year on business. Each time I try to work in a meal at The Lobster. I have never been disappointed! The combination of good food, flawless service and amazing sunset views is unmatched!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had such a great time at the Lobster! Was recommended by a friend who lives in the area. We were visiting from Missoula, MT. Food was spectacular, location amazing, drinks were SO good, and our server Brock was incredibly helpful and friendly. Great for our last night out in Santa Monica eating fresh seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely venue in a beautiful location. Good food wine and service enjoyed with great view of stunning sunset.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food, view and service by Michael was incredible. Mike is a very fine tuned server. Set the perfect pace for our dinner, very approachable, clean cut and professional. We were visiting from Vegas and Mike made this a memorable experience.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The shellfish platter was great, the lobster roll was terrible, the chicken gyro was bad too. The service was great though.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Not sure what the criteria is to request a table near the window facing the ocean? I have dined here many times and have requested the same view every time but myself and my family are always seated at a table in the back by the kitchen ... the exact same table every time to be honest. We also arrived early and was told we still had to wait for our table. While waiting, we watched in horror as a random family came in and asked if they could be accommodated as walk-ins. They were immediately escorted to the dining room for seating. But wait, it gets worse. The valet parking when validated was $12 but when I arrived at the valet stand to retrieve my car, the attendant wanted $15 instead. Happy Birthday to us! Will never darken The Lobster's door again. I will also alert friends, co-workers, and family of this misadventure. Tisk, tisk, tisk!!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant. The service was excellent and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Definitely the best place for lobster!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Decent food and nice sea view!

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great evening, fantastic service and high standard of food!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great service. The manager let us sit before our party was complete because we brought my elderly mother who was on a cane.
Best chicken at a seafood restaurant

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We can’t believe we had to pay to park our car as well as an extra dollar for putting on a credit card
Our bill was over 250 dollars
It was good . Appetizers were skimpy though

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our experience was A+. It truly made our first time in LA a memorable one. We’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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