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The Lobster

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
  • 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)
    "Wonderful seafood with a beautiful view and great happy hour!"(28 Tips)
    Felix T.
    "get the shellfish linguine or the lobster roll."(5 Tips)
116 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • lobster
  • santa monica pier
  • clams
  • oysters
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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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 20, 2016
    This is a salad I recommend that comes with a delicious lemon vinaigrette to go along with the Dungeness crab meat.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Narine
    NarineMay 1, 2016
    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.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 20, 2016
    The grilled lobster is steep in price but well worth the cost. Lots of lobster meat.
  • Ilona
    IlonaAugust 6, 2013
    Roasted half chicken = delicious! Caesar salad comes with anchovies even though they aren't mentioned in the menu's description...
  • 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?
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateJuly 23, 2013
    Excellent crab cakes. With a great view of the Santa Monica Pier and beach.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJanuary 19, 2015
    Fresh seafood, amazing views. Beware this place comes packed with tourists due to proximity to the pier.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁January 3, 2015
    Marvellous seafood. Loved the great scenic view situated at Santa Monica Pier.
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliDecember 17, 2013
    The place is fantastic ,actobos and grilled lobster is delicious , didn't like the lobster roll
  • 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
  • Tatiana Z.
    Tatiana ZakharchevaAugust 14, 2013
    Good view. Very nice tomato soup and clams, but too spicy.
  • 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, 2016
    Try the clamp chowder and the grilled lobster. It is expensive, but it worth
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElizabethAugust 21, 2014
    The food is amazing and the view is breath-taking. This isn't dining on a budget though.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HurtadoJune 5, 2013
    Great place! Love the food! Very crowded seating. Great view
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaAugust 12, 2014
    If you've been to Burger&Lobster in London, you won't be impressed with lobster dishes...
  • Ana V.
    Ana VitikSeptember 3, 2014
    They usually have vegan soup :) and they are good at excluding cheese from the dishes :)
  • Snow I.
    Snow IMay 15, 2012
    Great view and food! Try diver scallop and of course grilled lobster!
  • Taylan K.
    Taylan KagbaJune 15, 2016
    The wine list is limited....a tourist restaurant on the beach, it's better than most...
  • Karey S.
    Karey SmithMarch 9, 2014
    Great food!! Great view of the water and the Santa Monica Pier!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Yomna T.
    Yomna TariqJanuary 25, 2015
    Food and view were great, service was a bit slow. Try the crab cakes
  • S Y.
    S YusopNovember 22, 2016
    Delicious seafood! Highly recommended and nice view, too.
  • 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
  • Erik W.
    Erik WoodAugust 26, 2013
    Try Bents Manhattan's! Oh and the lobster is good too....
  • David A.
    David AllardyceOctober 19, 2013
    Very enjoyable meal - though tables perhaps a little close to one another.
  • Allen W.
    Allen WolpertJanuary 21, 2013
    The view at sunset from a window table.
  • Osama N.
    Osama NasrAugust 20, 2015
    The Sea Bass is simply magnificent 👌🏻
  • 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.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BrunskillJuly 24, 2013
    Vegan? Get the vegetable linguini w/o Parmesan :-)
  • Aleksander P.
    Aleksander POctober 30, 2014
    Nice lobsters for reasonable prices
  • Allen W.
    Allen WolpertJanuary 21, 2013
    Clams and mussels with a great view.
  • Dema A.
    Dema AlissaDecember 15, 2016
    Amazing view and good food 👍🏼
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJune 12, 2016
    Great bar spot for hanging outdoors.
  • Mert S.
    Mert SaracogluJanuary 5, 2015
    Istakoz muthis!!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
    TravelsinTaste.comJune 13, 2010
    Wonderful seafood with a beautiful view and great happy hour!
  • Megan K.
    Megan KelleyJuly 3, 2013
    Love the oysters on a half shell and the lobster!
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YuJanuary 30, 2012
    The clam is as good as the one at Watergrill, if not better.
  • Kira S.
    Kira SimonsMay 6, 2013
    Lobster alternative: highly recommend the Steelhead!
  • AbdulMouhsen A.
    AbdulMouhsen Al-MadaniNovember 25, 2014
    I don't known why but the California lobster doesn't taste as good as the Maine lobsters
  • Mai A.
    Mai ALsaqa'abyDecember 15, 2016
    Great food with a fantastic view 👍🏻❤️
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa Michaud NishanAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing food and view. You must eat here....
  • Steven B.
    Steven BealFebruary 13, 2013
    Ask for the "special" house Cabernet. It's off the chains.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SAugust 16, 2014
    Great place for happy hour drinks with a view
  • Olga Z.
    Olga ZaytsevaJuly 12, 2013
    Lobster was very delicious! And not expensive! But service was not good..(
  • Emanuele G.
    Emanuele GiacomettiJuly 19, 2014
    The grilled lobster is simply delicious!!
  • Erica G.
    Erica GutierrezJune 6, 2013
    Bar fills up fast. Happy hour ends at 6:30pm.
  • Kristine H.
    Kristine HallingstadAugust 5, 2013
    Great Heirloom Tomato soup. Share a bowl for lunch appetizer.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BonesJuly 18, 2011
    Great place to eat, drink and watch the sun set.
  • Trevor H.
    The view is spectacular and lobster mighty fine!
  • DearGenevieve
    DearGenevieveJune 12, 2010
    The Surf & Turf is delicious!! Also try the Nutella ice cream sandwich for dessert.
  • Ted G.
    Ted GoochDecember 19, 2016
    Great view. Awesome staff
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoOctober 17, 2016
    Real swanky looking place. Nice bartenders.
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BrunoJune 13, 2011
    Pretty obvious, but the lobster is great.
  • ValleyChica
    ValleyChicaOctober 12, 2009
    Order the Lobster Ravioli and make a reservation for dinner around the time of sunset for the most beautiful view.
  • Thuraya
    ThurayaNovember 22, 2012
    Order Lobster Salad and Crab Cakes
  • Matt A.
    Matt AngelesJuly 15, 2013
    Amazing food, great service, nice atmosphere.
  • Ati K.
    Ati KeyNovember 25, 2015
    Yummy seafood.
  • Elliot M.
    Elliot MathieuAugust 16, 2011
    Have oyster for desert, you won't be desapointed...
  • Tina H.
    Tina HahnMarch 24, 2013
    Get a table in the bar area.
  • Rurie B.
    Rurie BAugust 26, 2013
    The lobster is just sooooo yummy 😍
  • David H.
    David HuertaAugust 21, 2016
    Clamp Chowder & Grilled Lobster
  • Your Neighborhood Studio
    Your Neighborhood StudioNovember 15, 2010
    The Lemon Torte dessert is AMAZING!
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NathanMarch 13, 2010
    The Lobster is just the best all around!!! Sunsets are the best!!!
  • Jose
    JoseJune 12, 2013
    2.5 lb lobster did not disappoint @TheLobsterSM
  • Tim M.
    Tim M.February 13, 2011
    Ask for Patrick as your server. Best server ever!
  • Vinci P.
    Vinci PeláezSeptember 15, 2015
    Obviously you have to try the Lobster.
  • Larisa G.
    Very overpriced but decent food--make a reservation if you want a good table.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Chef Nyesha Arrington eats here on her nights off. She loves the Oyster sampler. Read more
  • Robb J.
    Robb JamesApril 10, 2013
    Absolutely crazy awesome!
  • Giuly
    GiulyAugust 31, 2013
    The food is very tasty
  • Emily C.
    Emily ClareDecember 21, 2013
    The view from here is amazing!
  • Salman S.
    Salman SAAugust 26, 2016
  • Teresa
    TeresaAugust 20, 2013
    Tasty lobster roll!
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FoxAugust 12, 2011
    Crab cakes are delectable.
  • G
    GAugust 5, 2010
    Spinny lobster is something to be eaten before you die. Only in season for 2 months
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NApril 22, 2012
    $20 free meal. Happy birthday me!
  • M W.
    M WolpertJanuary 21, 2013
    Muscles and clams were outrageous.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KellyAugust 12, 2010
    Great happy hour! Amazing view!
  • Mac
    MacAugust 10, 2013
    Try the Lobster!!!!
  • Tricia M.
    Tricia M.June 29, 2011
    Final four finalists for the Voice ate here tonight
  • Heloisa C.
    Heloisa CarvalhalApril 26, 2015
    The best place!!!
  • Sidney H.
    Sidney HarrisonOctober 5, 2013
    Southern Sweet Tea!
  • Jim M.
    Jim McginnisJanuary 30, 2010
    Great Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 M-F. Mojitos!
  • Suzan A.
    Suzan AbdullahAugust 1, 2014
    👍 more than a good taste
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SJuly 19, 2013
    Nice view of the ocean!
  • Elena M.
    Elena MadlenaJuly 4, 2015
    Очень вкусные и лобстер, и мидии, и креветки. Если взять все по одной порции, пиво и лимонад,то получится 230 $
  • Quique G.
    Quique GermanosNovember 9, 2016
    Recomiendo la ensalada de langosta y la pasta de la casa con mejillones y camarones
  • Svetlana K.
    Svetlana KuchaevaOctober 15, 2016
    Заведение с очень красивым видом и вкусной едой :)
  • claudio s.
    claudio sepulvedaNovember 10, 2016
    La langosta grillada está deliciosa!
  • Харисович I.
    Очень вкусные лобстеры, особенно по-американски!
  • نوره
    نورهAugust 21, 2016
    Great view 👍🏼
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