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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

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (77)
Scenic View (71)
Special Occasion (63)
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Good for a Date (62)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Romantic (47)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Fun (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
People Watching (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Business Meals (20)
Casual (19)
Authentic (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Healthy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience! Excellent service, great view...we had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service and food was excellent.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

This was one situation in which the restaurant looked very good on the internet and was so much better in reality. The wait staff is superb and the food excellent. The location is fabulous and I would recommend that diners going during the last daylight hours of the day to appreciate the view.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great dining experience at The Lobster. The lobster roll is the best we’ve ever had.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Recently dined to celebrate my mom's birthday and we had absolutely the best time, the best food and the best service! The staff is exceptional and made sure we were fully taken care of! I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Absolutely fabulous As Always! Our favorite spot at the pier.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Ambiance and view can’t be beat. Made a reservation at the last moment and still got a great table by the window. Food and service first rate.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was really good and the waitress was great! We got a complementary dessert because of our special occasion. It was really pricy though, and the drinks were expensive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Over priced, there is basically zero outside seating for a place right by the beach, the service was average, and everything on the menu is overpriced, $7 for a Pacifico, $8 for a 11oz Guinness as a example, also the inside didn’t have AC running, so we sat outside which only had about 6 bar seats, which is the only “outside” seating.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome food great views!!!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Lobster located near the ocean, so You can see the Santa Monica beach, the ocean, and palm trees. We celebrated 3 years together anniversary there and The Lobster employees give us a small surprise - ice cream with homemade strawberry jam. We ordered a seasonal California lobster with grilled asparagus, oysters and black pasta with seafood. Everything was perfectly cooked and our waiter Marcel (sorry for misspelling) treated us as a high-level person. Thank you for experience and we will definitely return in near future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent location, great View, attractive Restaurant and Bar, and tremendous staff- very attentive professional and friendly. The food was good but not exceptional especially for the price. So I believe you are paying a high premium for the ambience, but I suppose that should be expected.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had an incredible experience at The Lobster. The food and service were incredible. It is on the pricier side so recommend you come not looking at prices.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My husband and I went here for a date night. We live in Orange County and were spending the weekend in Santa Barbara on a whim. I found "The Lobster" on Mapquest and read the reviews on yelp. It was walking distance from our hotel so we thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. Our server, Mike, was excellent. It is so unusual to have someone who really seems to enjoy their job anymore. He could not have been more attentive or friendly. My husband had the steamed lobster and I had king crab legs. Both were off the charts amazing. I would say the lobster is the best either of us have ever had. We had a table seat right next to the window to enjoy a view of the Santa Monica pier and an unbelievable sunset. Just all around a wonderful dining experience. We will be back for sure someday.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place with a view of the pier. Food is really good and the service was perfect. I have eaten here several times and it has always been outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Terrific restaurant, especially for seafood lovers. The sea urchin is positively to die for! Great wine list, excellent apps and sides, superb mains like spiny lobster and halibut, very good wine list with some unusual choices (not just the usual suspects). Impeccable service, take your breath away view, nice ambiance. The only thing about this restaurant that isn't perfect is that there really aren't any low cost options; you're going to spend $50 for a meal at the very least. But I recommend splurging and enjoying this little slice of heaven!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Visited here and had a wonderful birthday lunch. The service and the food were great. I had the lobster roll and it was very tatsy and substantial. My bf ordered some fresh and delicious oysters, along with some shrimp. We really enjoyed our visit and would go back in a heartbeat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

great food and great service. we had the spiny lobster and bone-in rib eye. Marcel was our server and made this a special dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place is great! The menu is outstanding and difficult to choose from because it all looked so good. I ordered the American lobster and had it grilled and it was the best one I've ever eaten. My husband got the prawns, kalimari and octopus for an app with the king crab legs for an entreé and ate every bit of it. Beautiful setting over looking the ocean and Santa Monica pier. Can't ask for a better experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Cozy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The oysters, lobster, and service were excellent. Good cocktails and wine list one of my favorite
Los Angeles seafood restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Decent cuisine with great service! Lobster was very fresh and properly prepared. The lobster chowder was prepared with very fresh corn. Excellent quality Maine Lobster and experienced chefs and dining room staff. I will return!

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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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The view is the best!

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