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The Lobster

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • Snow I.
    "Try diver scallop and of course grilled lobster!"(7 Tips)
    Karey S.
    "Great food!! Great view of the water and the Santa Monica Pier!!!"(3 Tips)
    TravelsinTaste.com
    "Wonderful seafood with a beautiful view and great happy hour!"(25 Tips)
    Felix T.
    "get the shellfish linguine or the lobster roll."(5 Tips)
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  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LeeNovember 18, 2014
    Great collection of wines. The lobster cocktail has a much better value for money than the whole lobster. Amazing food, prime location and great location for sunset, but a little experience.
  • Glarence Z.
    Glarence ZhaoJanuary 30
    Grilled lobster was good but not as fantastic I thought it would be, oysters were fresh, clam chowder and crab cakes were well made so I recommend all the above
  • Adam A.
    Adam AshleyAugust 23, 2014
    Amazing views, amazing atmosphere, and good food. Kinda touristy. But, it's Santa Monica so if course it's a tourist heaven. Side note: this place was featured on Keeping up with the Kardashians
  • Rachael F.
    Rachael FaughtMay 29, 2013
    6" lobster roll on happy hour menu for $12. Sounds steep but HEAPS of lobster piled on top! Delicious homemade pickled cucumbers on side. Yum. Cocktails are strong & good HH variety.
  • Kroki
    KrokiAugust 30
    Great choice, propose lobsters cooked in deferent ways. Cool interior, great view. Good for a big companies and for dates.
  • Jose
    JoseJune 12, 2013
    A table by the window is the way to go. The Soft Shell Crab, and Scallops w/ Pork Belly are terrific but it's all a out the delish lobster. Amazing!
  • Justine  E.
    Justine  EzarikFebruary 21, 2013
    The clam chowder is legit. There are actual clams. ACTUAL CLAMS IN THEIR LITTLE CLAM SHELL!!! FREAKED ME OUT BUT TASTED LIKE A FRESH OCEAN!
  • Rayshawn W.
    This is a salad I recommend that comes with a delicious lemon vinaigrette to go along with the Dungeness crab meat.
  • Nevah A.
    Nevah AssangMarch 25, 2014
    Amazing maitre'd and front desk staff! Definitely try to secure a table near the window. Excellent seafood and delicious wines!!!
  • Maya F.
    Maya FrommerJuly 11, 2014
    Bar seats are first come first served, the outdoor ones are better than inside the restaurant! Heat lamps and great view of the beach.
  • Narine
    NarineMay 1
    Truffle fries, calamari, lobster.... All stellar! Sambuka for a drink with dessert, all this with amazing views of the pacific!
  • Felix T.
    Felix TsangNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get the shellfish linguine or the lobster roll. hands down best things on the menu. omg the truffle oil fries!! to die for.
  • Rayshawn W.
    The grilled lobster is steep in price but well worth the cost. Lots of lobster meat.
  • Social E.
    Social Espionage, LLCMarch 22, 2011
    while it might seem touristy to dine here - it is actually a very fun & gourmet (bordering on romantic place) order the Lobster - I mean it's not called the Steak now is it?
  • Ilona
    IlonaAugust 6, 2013
    Roasted half chicken = delicious! Caesar salad comes with anchovies even though they aren't mentioned in the menu's description...
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateJuly 23, 2013
    Excellent crab cakes. With a great view of the Santa Monica Pier and beach.
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonApril 8, 2014
    Time your dinner so that sunset is right around desert. The shades on the windows automatically open and you'll be in for a treat!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJanuary 19, 2015
    Fresh seafood, amazing views. Beware this place comes packed with tourists due to proximity to the pier.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DohertyJune 29, 2011
    Get a good bottle of wine and let the seafood keep coming as the sun goes down. The scallops were pretty legit, rich and buttery.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RaybuckMay 31, 2011
    Great views of the pier. Make a Rez so you can sit by the windows!!! See pix of the clam chowder ... Delicious
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliDecember 17, 2013
    The place is fantastic ,actobos and grilled lobster is delicious , didn't like the lobster roll
  • Tatiana Z.
    Tatiana ZakharchevaAugust 14, 2013
    Good view. Very nice tomato soup and clams, but too spicy.
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁January 3, 2015
    Marvellous seafood. Loved the great scenic view situated at Santa Monica Pier.
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth BennettMarch 16, 2010
    One of my favorites. The staff is amazing and the best times are had at the bar on a Friday night with Dave & Danny behind the bar. Try the spiny lobster! Read more
  • David H.
    David HuertaAugust 21
    Try the clamp chowder and the grilled lobster. It is expensive, but it worth
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HurtadoJune 5, 2013
    Great place! Love the food! Very crowded seating. Great view
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElizabethAugust 21, 2014
    The food is amazing and the view is breath-taking. This isn't dining on a budget though.
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaAugust 12, 2014
    If you've been to Burger&Lobster in London, you won't be impressed with lobster dishes...
  • Snow I.
    Snow IMay 15, 2012
    Great view and food! Try diver scallop and of course grilled lobster!
  • Taylan K.
    The wine list is limited....a tourist restaurant on the beach, it's better than most...
  • Ana V.
    Ana VitikSeptember 3, 2014
    They usually have vegan soup :) and they are good at excluding cheese from the dishes :)
  • Athene K.
    Athene KimFebruary 11, 2012
    Try the clam chower. There are actual whole clams in there. Very delicious.
  • Rosa G.
    Rosa GarciaNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best seat..any place at the bar. The bartenders there are the BEST! love them.
  • Alison P.
    Alison PuFebruary 2, 2011
    Clam chowder has actual clams still in the shell!! Really good. I also got the seafood pasta. Yum
  • Karey S.
    Karey SmithMarch 9, 2014
    Great food!! Great view of the water and the Santa Monica Pier!!!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 12, 2010
    The customers arrive in waves, just like the surf outside. By the time guests get to the table, they want their food now. And the kitchen gives it to them. Read more
  • Yomna T.
    Yomna TariqJanuary 25, 2015
    Food and view were great, service was a bit slow. Try the crab cakes
  • Theresa A.
    Theresa ArnoldOctober 8, 2010
    Have the lobster corn dogs! If you ask nicely, they'll make them for you even when it's outside happy hour.
  • S Y.
    S Yusop2 weeks ago
    Delicious seafood! Highly recommended and nice view, too.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WoodAugust 26, 2013
    Try Bents Manhattan's! Oh and the lobster is good too....
  • Allen W.
    Allen WolpertJanuary 21, 2013
    The view at sunset from a window table.
  • David A.
    David AllardyceOctober 19, 2013
    Very enjoyable meal - though tables perhaps a little close to one another.
  • Osama N.
    Osama NasrAugust 20, 2015
    The Sea Bass is simply magnificent 👌🏻
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BrunskillJuly 24, 2013
    Vegan? Get the vegetable linguini w/o Parmesan :-)
  • Allen W.
    Allen WolpertJanuary 21, 2013
    Clams and mussels with a great view.
  • Aleksander P.
    Aleksander POctober 30, 2014
    Nice lobsters for reasonable prices
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJune 8, 2013
    Wouldn't recommend if you're not a big fan of seafood. I had a half chicken that was good, but certainly not worth the price. Seafood was good according to the rest of my table.
  • TravelsinTaste.com
    TravelsinTaste.comJune 13, 2010
    Wonderful seafood with a beautiful view and great happy hour!
  • Connie C.
    Great bar spot for hanging outdoors.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YuJanuary 30, 2012
    The clam is as good as the one at Watergrill, if not better.
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