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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (66)
Waterfront (65)
Special Occasion (60)
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Good for a Date (52)
Romantic (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
People Watching (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Fun (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Casual (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Authentic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

I have enjoyed The Lobster for many years. Whether sitting in the Bar area watching sports and viewing the local ambience or having an excellent dining experience inside the restaurant. Service, food (Lobster Crab Bisque), drinks and scenery, all are top notch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was my girlfriend's birthday. We just wanted to have a good dinner but unfortunately service was horrible. They got our orders but I had to repeat my wine order 4 times. We could get our drinks after almost finish the dinner. Manager came and told us that waitress forgot our order. And wines were gonna be on house that manager said. But they charged me end of the night. I was so angry but I didn't wanna ruin our night and I didn't wanna disturb other people and just left. Good restaurant, delicious food, nice view but unfortunately horrible service!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. Would go back if someone else is paying :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Came here on the recommendation of others and was not disappointed. From when we arrived we were greeted warmly and enthusiastically by Jen the Hostess. Once at our table the fantastic service and experience continued with our waiter Jarrod and manager Matt who ensured that our experience was top notch!

Our meals were delicious, the oysters and calamari were fresh and delicious. And the grilled lobster was amazing, extremely tender and full of flavour!

Overall highly recommend. Thank you to the crew of Jen, Jarrod and especially Matt.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was TERRIBLE!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

What a fantastic place! We came here for a special evening after it being recommended to us by our hotel concierge. We were worried about it being touristy but we were pleasantly surprised that it was not. Watch the sunset on the beach and make a reservation for 15 mins past the actual sunset and enjoy the stunning colors from the wraparound windows for at least another 30 mins more. We ordered pasta and king crab legs and both were excellent. I was pretty full after and my rule for desert is only if they have something I LOVE will I order desert. And they did. I ordered the berry cobbler and it was so good I came back alone the following night for not one, but two. (LOL). Both our servers were excellent, for dinner we had a gentleman who just had a baby boy (sorry I forgot his name!) and for my dessert I had a sweet brunette who was serving on the patio, I felt like she was my best friend. I’d go back again anytime.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our waiter was great and the food was wonderful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent as usual! Amazing fresh Lobster while enjoying the sunset.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

First time at The Lobster and we loved it. Every person we encountered was welcoming and helpful. The food is delicious and memorable.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Any dish including seafood is simply amazing. Just stay away from red meat based plates as they're overpriced and don't taste well

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome location, amazing view, beautiful sunset. Great ambience and delicious food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The matre d' (a female who wore a sweater tied around her waist) was rude and obnoxious and we complained to the manager and nothing happened. It pretty much ruined our experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. We had a great table in a corner, with a view of the peer, which was beautiful in the evening. From our martinis, to California lobster tail, to desert, everything was Excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Walking distance from hotel- but overpriced!! Our meal was close to $300 for a family of 4 (we have 2 small children)

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food and beautiful view. Pricey but worth it!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I will start with good part. The lobster and steak are high quality and perfectly cooked. Our waitress was so warm and attended to details. The dining experience was superb.

The receptionist was probably one of the worst I’ve had, especially for a restaurant at the Lobster’s level. When we got there, she kept talking to her colleague for a minute without even looking at us. No smile. No welcome. Just coldly ask my name then leave us waiting for more than 5 minutes. She never talked to us again after that. Not a word. No eye contact. Her colleague led us to the table. When we left, she was by herself at the reception. Again no smile no thank you and no goodbye. Just watching at her screen. So bizarre.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The view at sundown is amazing. Food was delicious and service was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I am always impressed by the Lobster. The staff are professional, helpful, and friendly. My reservation was for 1.15, but they got me seated 30 minutes early, for which I was very grateful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very expensive!!! 3 time more expensive than any restaurant around.We had to wait 40 min to free our table ,even if the reservation was made months ago. Food is delicious .

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Magnificent place for a dinner of New Year's Eve the staff is at the top and cooks too

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing place, fantastic view, spetacular food and a friendly reception. Unforgetable dinner at the News Year Eve Event.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The lobster roll was awesome....so New England. Gerard provided excellent service, competent with great sense of humor. Sitting at the bar is always an experience. A great spot for people watching...the Baratta was excellent. Lobster mashed had less chunks, the lobster corn chowder is delish and plentiful, enough to share. The New Years eve crowd at lunch were so excited to be in LA...added extra volume. We'll be back!!! Happy New Year

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a great lunch at The Lobster after a morning visiting the pier. The grilled lobster is not to be missed. We ordered a very large one for the table with parm fries and cauliflower. Cauliflower dish was a refreshing surprise. Aaron our waiter was excellent in making recommendations and providing over the top service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food but very expensive

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Absolutely exceptional!! Loved the food, scenery, and overall atmosphere!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I saw other reviews about this being tourist trap, but my experience was completely to the contrary. We had a 6:00 pm reservation. We we seated quickly at a window seat overlooking the pier, beautiful spot. Our waiter, Mike, was so friendly and professional. He and the other table assistant were wonderful , refilled our tea three times, two sets of hot towels, collected lobster shells, helped with the bibs, better then the Cut or Fig restaurant by far. The grilled lobster was superb, Overall a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great view and food. Staff is very nice and accommodating.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have been going to The Lobster for years...always excellent food! Beautiful view most of the year but always a delicious meal!!!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I love this place I use to go when I was a little girl and now it’s turned up beautiful I love the ambiance the view is amazing and our waiter was so good and polite

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great services, good food, reasonable price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My father is very finicky with food and prefers to eat at native restaurants. However he loved the lobster chowder. We received our meals very quickly. The service was impeccable. Our server, Sigourney, was lovely and extremely patient with my father who has a very dry sense of humor. I am a vegetarian and frankly, I eat a lot of salads. The wild arugula salad is by far the best salad I have ever had. I loved each ingredient and the flavors worked well together.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everybody from the host to the server (Aaron) were great! A great restaurant for amazingly fresh seafood, large wine menu and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Try the Calamari and dip it in the vinaigrette sauce and the king salmon. All great! We will definitely be back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful view. Trifecta.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Totally enjoyable dining experience beginning with wonderful upbeat server and ending with a delicious meal. Fish and Chips were a real surprise.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I cannot say enough about our server, Michael W, who was one of the best servers I have ever had. He was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and attentive. We had a nice view at what must have been the worst possible view from anywhere in the restaurant. I was impressed with even the Lobster Corn Chowder, which was hearty and filling. It was a little pricier than I thought... Open Table listed as a $$$, and I felt like it was a bit closer to $$$$. Maybe that's just because we had lobster ;) I was in town from Chicago and taking a friend for a "goodbye" meal. We will definitely make it a point to visit gain in the future! I hope Michael is there when we do!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent location and great food. Extensive seafood menu .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My husband and I have been to The Lobster for many special occasions. We are both seafood lovers and really enjoy the sweeping view of Santa Monica Bay. The ambiance is lively and you can go either dressed up or in shorts.

The service is always friendly, attentive, and professional. The seafood choices are interesting, abundant, and always fresh. The food is well-prepared and some dishes really make you tingle, but there are times when it falls just short of exciting.

Overall, it is a neighborhood gem that shouldn't be missed.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Hot Spot, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Waterfront, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Impeccable service (attentive and efficient, without being intrusive).
Delicious food (try the tuna, the bisque, and of course the lobster).
Waterfront view (come for the sunset, stay for the lights on the pier).

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food, service, convenience to Santa Monica shopping and pier was amazing. Love this restuarant and would def go back again. Service on all levels was over the top. Thank you for making my BIG birthday so special.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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