Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

★★★★☆
  • 301 Santa Monica Pier Building 9

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-393-0458

About Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Traditional American Restaurants
  • Seafood Restaurants
Details
  • $$
  • Carry Out
  • Date Spot
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Group Dining
  • Late Night Dining
  • Local Favorite
  • Lunch Spot
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Parties
  • View Dining
  • Waterfront Dining
  • Casual Date Spot
Hours
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Su 11am-10pm (Breakfast offered Saturday & Sunday 8am to 10am)
Year Established
  • 1996
Keywords
  • Shrimp
  • Family
  • Fun
  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Gump
  • Movies
  • Happy Hour
  • Burgers
  • Salads
  • Ribs

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Named after a movie. You can get all kinds of shrimp here! Bring a date for dinner the pier and a stroll afterwards.

3
★★★★★

Named after a movie. You can get all kinds of shrimp here! Bring a date for dinner the pier and a stroll afterwards.

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low on flavor, high on price. Not worth the wait.

3
★★★★★

low on flavor, high on price. Not worth the wait.

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I love this bubba gump it's a place were you can have a great time with friend's & family & the girl's that work there are hot:)

3
★★★★★

I love this bubba gump it's a place were you can have a great time with friend's & family & the girl's that work there are hot:)

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What a cool place. A restaurant based on Forrest Gump? So fun. Turned out the food was pretty good too.

4
★★★★☆

What a cool place. A restaurant based on Forrest Gump? So fun. Turned out the food was pretty good too.

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This place has a very nice atmosphere about it.. the seafood was good maybe not the best I've had but it was good and I would'nt hesitate to go there again.. very good place to take the kids.. although I will say the waiter was rather odd?? Mr. Roboto?? which is probably why I remember this place because of the odd things taking place between the wait staff.. fun place..

2
★★★★★

This place has a very nice atmosphere about it.. the seafood was good maybe not the best I've had but it was good and I would'nt hesitate to go there again.. very good place to take the kids.. although I will say the waiter was rather odd?? Mr. Roboto?? which is probably why I remember this place because of the odd things taking place between the wait staff.. fun place..

Pros: Dining on the pier, its a fun place for kids, wait staff is young energetic and very odd??

Cons: prices are on high side but I expect that from a restaurant on the pier or any tourist area..

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Very good place. We were seated near a window and were able to see a gorgeous sunset as we ate dinner. I took my Staff there and between us we had a little bit of everything - steak, seafood, salads. Everything was good and the service was very fast and friendly. My friends and employees said they will be coming back and I agree. - I recommend getting there a half hour before Sunset and requesting a window seat in advance for a beautiful dinner.

"If love means wishing everyone a better world, I can honestly say I love just about everyone."
- Chris Aable "What is Self-Evolution?"

2
★★★★★

Very good place. We were seated near a window and were able to see a gorgeous sunset as we ate dinner. I took my Staff there and between us we had a little bit of everything - steak, seafood, salads. Everything was good and the service was very fast and friendly. My friends and employees said they will be coming back and I agree. - I recommend getting there a half hour before Sunset and requesting a window seat in advance for a beautiful dinner.

"If love means wishing everyone a better world, I can honestly say I love just about everyone."
- Chris Aable "What is Self-Evolution?"

Pros: Great prices, very good food, beautiful view - very convienient to Santa Monica Peer.

Cons: A bit too touristy and noisey, but the view makes up for it.

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There are very few sit-down dining options on the Pier, and we've seen Bubba Gump outlets stabilize in many places over the years, so Bubba Gump it was. The noisy and touristy atmosphere was expected, as were the relative high prices and annoying concept of paying $10 for a drink so you can keep the tacky glass that you'll never be able to get home without breaking. However, the quality of the food was pleasantly surprising.

We were promptly seated next to a window on the beach level, our panoramic view of the ocean interrupted by the public shower and all that implies. (Try to get a second floor seat if possible.) The music blared loudly from the speaker just over our heads; it could not be turned down, according to our server.

From a menu several pages long and heavily focused on fried offerings, we finally selected an appetizer portion of "hush pups" and a pot of steamed shellfish. The pups arrived quickly; mouth-size fried bites of traditional cornmeal batter augmented by chunks of fish, bits of parmesan cheese, and snips of green onion. They were really quite good, and the accompanying mayonnaise-based remoulade sauce was outstanding.

Our shared entree arrived in a rustic (battered) aluminum pot filled with reasonable portions of crab, shrimp, mussels and clams and a bit of the steaming broth. The seafood was well cooked (tender, neither tough nor soggy) and well seasoned, and definitely enough for two lighter diners who'd shared an appetizer as well. The seafood was served with a slab of buttery garlic toast, a decent cole slaw, and standard-issue french fries. We ordered an extra side Caesar salad to have enough veggies; it had too much of a flavorful dressing, but was crunchy and fresh.

We passed on dessert; choosing instead to enjoy a margarita, declining the upsell offer to purchase the plastic margarita shaker for "only $5 extra." The margarita was still presented in a shaker and yielded three glasses of a pretty good beverage.

Our complete tab was $50 for two sharing a meal, appetizer, side salad and margarita. That wasn't bad. However, with most menu items running from $15 to $22 and drinks averaging $8 each, you could easily spend $40+ per person if you don't share, and there goes the value. For that much a person, there are many better options to be found off the beach.

Overall, the experience was better than expected, and definitely better/cleaner than the overpriced burger-and-dog and funnel cake stands elsewhere along the pier.

Bubba Gump may be, on the surface, a gimmicky theme restaurant, but the food isn't bad at all.

3
★★★☆☆

There are very few sit-down dining options on the Pier, and we've seen Bubba Gump outlets stabilize in many places over the years, so Bubba Gump it was. The noisy and touristy atmosphere was expected, as were the relative high prices and annoying concept of paying $10 for a drink so you can keep the tacky glass that you'll never be able to get home without breaking. However, the quality of the food was pleasantly surprising.

We were promptly seated next to a window on the beach level, our panoramic view of the ocean interrupted by the public shower and all that implies. (Try to get a second floor seat if possible.) The music blared loudly from the speaker just over our heads; it could not be turned down, according to our server.

From a menu several pages long and heavily focused on fried offerings, we finally selected an appetizer portion of "hush pups" and a pot of steamed shellfish. The pups arrived quickly; mouth-size fried bites of traditional cornmeal batter augmented by chunks of fish, bits of parmesan cheese, and snips of green onion. They were really quite good, and the accompanying mayonnaise-based remoulade sauce was outstanding.

Our shared entree arrived in a rustic (battered) aluminum pot filled with reasonable portions of crab, shrimp, mussels and clams and a bit of the steaming broth. The seafood was well cooked (tender, neither tough nor soggy) and well seasoned, and definitely enough for two lighter diners who'd shared an appetizer as well. The seafood was served with a slab of buttery garlic toast, a decent cole slaw, and standard-issue french fries. We ordered an extra side Caesar salad to have enough veggies; it had too much of a flavorful dressing, but was crunchy and fresh.

We passed on dessert; choosing instead to enjoy a margarita, declining the upsell offer to purchase the plastic margarita shaker for "only $5 extra." The margarita was still presented in a shaker and yielded three glasses of a pretty good beverage.

Our complete tab was $50 for two sharing a meal, appetizer, side salad and margarita. That wasn't bad. However, with most menu items running from $15 to $22 and drinks averaging $8 each, you could easily spend $40+ per person if you don't share, and there goes the value. For that much a person, there are many better options to be found off the beach.

Overall, the experience was better than expected, and definitely better/cleaner than the overpriced burger-and-dog and funnel cake stands elsewhere along the pier.

Bubba Gump may be, on the surface, a gimmicky theme restaurant, but the food isn't bad at all.

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Bubba Gump is one of very few sit-down dining options on the Pier. Expect a noisy and touristy atmosphere, relatively high prices, and the annoying push to pay $10 for a drink which includes a tacky glass. But, you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.

We were promptly seated next to a window on the beach level, our panoramic view of the ocean interrupted by the public shower and all that implies. (Try to get a second floor seat if possible.) The music blared loudly from the speaker just over our heads; it apparently could not be turned down.

From a menu heavily focused on fried offerings, we selected an appetizer of "hush pups" and entree of steamed shellfish. The pups arrived quickly; mouth-size fried bites of traditional cornmeal batter filled with chunks of fish, bits of parmesan cheese, and snips of green onion. Great remoulade sauce! Our shared entree arrived in a battered aluminum pan filled with reasonable portions of crab, shrimp, mussels and clams and a bit of the steaming broth. The seafood was tender and well seasoned, and definitely enough for two lighter diners who'd shared an appetizer. It came with a slab of buttery garlic toast, a decent cole slaw, and standard-issue french fries. The extra side Caesar had too much of a flavorful dressing, but was crunchy and fresh.

We passed on dessert; choosing instead to enjoy a margarita, declining the upsell offer to purchase the plastic margarita shaker.

$50 wasn't bad for two sharing a meal, appetizer, salad and margarita. But, with most menu items at $15-$22 and drinks averaging $8, you could easily spend $40+ per person, and there goes the value. For that much, there are many better options to be found off the beach.

Overall, the experience was better than expected, and definitely better/cleaner than the overpriced burger-and-dog and funnel cake stands elsewhere along the pier. Bubba Gump may be, on the surface, a gimmicky theme restaurant, but the food isn't bad at all.

1
★★★☆☆

Bubba Gump is one of very few sit-down dining options on the Pier. Expect a noisy and touristy atmosphere, relatively high prices, and the annoying push to pay $10 for a drink which includes a tacky glass. But, you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.

We were promptly seated next to a window on the beach level, our panoramic view of the ocean interrupted by the public shower and all that implies. (Try to get a second floor seat if possible.) The music blared loudly from the speaker just over our heads; it apparently could not be turned down.

From a menu heavily focused on fried offerings, we selected an appetizer of "hush pups" and entree of steamed shellfish. The pups arrived quickly; mouth-size fried bites of traditional cornmeal batter filled with chunks of fish, bits of parmesan cheese, and snips of green onion. Great remoulade sauce! Our shared entree arrived in a battered aluminum pan filled with reasonable portions of crab, shrimp, mussels and clams and a bit of the steaming broth. The seafood was tender and well seasoned, and definitely enough for two lighter diners who'd shared an appetizer. It came with a slab of buttery garlic toast, a decent cole slaw, and standard-issue french fries. The extra side Caesar had too much of a flavorful dressing, but was crunchy and fresh.

We passed on dessert; choosing instead to enjoy a margarita, declining the upsell offer to purchase the plastic margarita shaker.

$50 wasn't bad for two sharing a meal, appetizer, salad and margarita. But, with most menu items at $15-$22 and drinks averaging $8, you could easily spend $40+ per person, and there goes the value. For that much, there are many better options to be found off the beach.

Overall, the experience was better than expected, and definitely better/cleaner than the overpriced burger-and-dog and funnel cake stands elsewhere along the pier. Bubba Gump may be, on the surface, a gimmicky theme restaurant, but the food isn't bad at all.

Pros: Food better than expected, decent service

Cons: Expensive pier parking, loud

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On 7/28/08 I took my Aunt and 11 yr. daughter there for the scenery and something a little different since she was visiting from a small town in Tx. I couldn't be more sorry. I have been to many of the Bubba chains but this was the absolute worst. My waiter phoned it in. Completely not there. As my food was severed a dirty wet used straw fell onto the table with my food the waiter just left it there. As he served another table a part of the magarita shaker fell to the floor he said he would get another, I watched he didn't. He handed her back the same one off the floor!. Needless to say I felt my waiter couldn't be trusted with my credit card number and I had to be cash at this point. I actually spoke to an assistant mgr. waiting on a call from the mgr. it's only been a week. Unless you have a need to be treated poorly and stomach made of lead go elswhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

On 7/28/08 I took my Aunt and 11 yr. daughter there for the scenery and something a little different since she was visiting from a small town in Tx. I couldn't be more sorry. I have been to many of the Bubba chains but this was the absolute worst. My waiter phoned it in. Completely not there. As my food was severed a dirty wet used straw fell onto the table with my food the waiter just left it there. As he served another table a part of the magarita shaker fell to the floor he said he would get another, I watched he didn't. He handed her back the same one off the floor!. Needless to say I felt my waiter couldn't be trusted with my credit card number and I had to be cash at this point. I actually spoke to an assistant mgr. waiting on a call from the mgr. it's only been a week. Unless you have a need to be treated poorly and stomach made of lead go elswhere.

Pros: location

Cons: service, cleanliness

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If you love the movie, you'll fall in love with this restaurant, Based on the movie Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co. Is one of my Favorite Places to eat when I'm in the Santa Monica pier. Try the run across America sampler, and the shrimp scampi is delish. There's something for the whole family..

5
★★★★★

If you love the movie, you'll fall in love with this restaurant, Based on the movie Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co. Is one of my Favorite Places to eat when I'm in the Santa Monica pier. Try the run across America sampler, and the shrimp scampi is delish. There's something for the whole family..

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This is my favorite restaurants! I loved the move and I love their food. It is a fun place to take the family and pig out on seafood! Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump's!

PROs- good food, family fun, coconut shrimp
CONs- kind of pricey, always crowded

5
★★★★★

This is my favorite restaurants! I loved the move and I love their food. It is a fun place to take the family and pig out on seafood! Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump's!

PROs- good food, family fun, coconut shrimp
CONs- kind of pricey, always crowded

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Went here for breakfast on a Saturday and it was suprisely good. I got a scrabble and my boyfriend got an omelette and we both enjoyed our food. Skip the OJ though b/c it cost $3 for a small glass. Its a good place to take out of town guests and enjoy the scenery of the Santa Monica pier.

2
★★★★☆

Went here for breakfast on a Saturday and it was suprisely good. I got a scrabble and my boyfriend got an omelette and we both enjoyed our food. Skip the OJ though b/c it cost $3 for a small glass. Its a good place to take out of town guests and enjoy the scenery of the Santa Monica pier.

Pros: Good breakfast, great view

Cons: OJ expensive

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As much as I'd love to say I enjoyed this particular restaurant, I could only do so if I wanted to tell you a big bold-faced lie. Let me state right now that I'm a fan of seafood, shrimp, Tom Hanks, movies, Santa Monica, restaurants, restaurants based on movies, and segments of movies that have clever ways of utilizing cgi like those in Forest Gump. Also, I had eaten at other Bubba Gump restaurants in California and had the best experiences. I was hoping to relive a fun experience at the one in Santa Monica, but that whole effort floundered due to inattentive staff and manager, sloppiness, and the continuous testing of my patience.
It was my girlfriend's birthday and so I chose to treat her and her two relatives out to dinner at Bubba Gump in Santa Monica. First off, the waiting time was ridiculous. Now, I understand that one has to expect to wait a while to get a table at a place like Bubba Gump, but what really made me wonder about the wait was the amount of empty tables and booths that were available when my party and I were finally called in. Plus, it didn't look like they really had a shortage of waiters since I saw several of them standing around and talking to each other. When we were seated, we noticed the table hadn't been cleaned. There were still bits of debris left over from the previous diner. Thinking that I didn't want to let that ruin this special night, I brushed off the surface with my arm. When it came to service, I had to almost call out a search party equipped with bullhorns in order to find or flag down our waitress. That little cute attention sign they allow you to display on that bucket did nothing. I kept telling myself that maybe the waitress was swamped with a ton of customers on the other side. But she proved me wrong when she attended a group of people next to us who came 30 minutes after us. Not only did she take their orders and chit-chat with them about anything under the sun, but she served them their food before us.

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★☆☆☆☆

As much as I'd love to say I enjoyed this particular restaurant, I could only do so if I wanted to tell you a big bold-faced lie. Let me state right now that I'm a fan of seafood, shrimp, Tom Hanks, movies, Santa Monica, restaurants, restaurants based on movies, and segments of movies that have clever ways of utilizing cgi like those in Forest Gump. Also, I had eaten at other Bubba Gump restaurants in California and had the best experiences. I was hoping to relive a fun experience at the one in Santa Monica, but that whole effort floundered due to inattentive staff and manager, sloppiness, and the continuous testing of my patience.
It was my girlfriend's birthday and so I chose to treat her and her two relatives out to dinner at Bubba Gump in Santa Monica. First off, the waiting time was ridiculous. Now, I understand that one has to expect to wait a while to get a table at a place like Bubba Gump, but what really made me wonder about the wait was the amount of empty tables and booths that were available when my party and I were finally called in. Plus, it didn't look like they really had a shortage of waiters since I saw several of them standing around and talking to each other. When we were seated, we noticed the table hadn't been cleaned. There were still bits of debris left over from the previous diner. Thinking that I didn't want to let that ruin this special night, I brushed off the surface with my arm. When it came to service, I had to almost call out a search party equipped with bullhorns in order to find or flag down our waitress. That little cute attention sign they allow you to display on that bucket did nothing. I kept telling myself that maybe the waitress was swamped with a ton of customers on the other side. But she proved me wrong when she attended a group of people next to us who came 30 minutes after us. Not only did she take their orders and chit-chat with them about anything under the sun, but she served them their food before us.

Pros: I got to rest my feet after waiting an hour outside.

Cons: Waitress barely existed, manager nearly scalded a child, table unclean

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The food is terrible. My boyfriend and I went and got two shrimp dishes (figured this was the way to go since it is supposed to be their specialty) and drinks. The shrimp was over-cooked (chewy) and far from fresh. We couldn?t eat any of our dinners. This is probably the first time ever we left drinks but even the drinks were bad! The server was nice enough but we were a bit surprised that she said nothing when she took our dinners away and clearly saw that we ate nothing. She didn?t ask if there was a problem. I guess some people go here with their kids for fun. Maybe most of their business comes from tourists (it?s a very touristy area) because it can?t be from repeat customers.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food is terrible. My boyfriend and I went and got two shrimp dishes (figured this was the way to go since it is supposed to be their specialty) and drinks. The shrimp was over-cooked (chewy) and far from fresh. We couldn?t eat any of our dinners. This is probably the first time ever we left drinks but even the drinks were bad! The server was nice enough but we were a bit surprised that she said nothing when she took our dinners away and clearly saw that we ate nothing. She didn?t ask if there was a problem. I guess some people go here with their kids for fun. Maybe most of their business comes from tourists (it?s a very touristy area) because it can?t be from repeat customers.

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Food was good, wait staff was entertaining, and atmosphere was unique. A must if you're a Forrest Gump fan. I went on a Saturday night the first weekend it opened and it was very busy. The waiter was slow. They might provided better service now that they have been open for a while.

2
★★★★☆

Food was good, wait staff was entertaining, and atmosphere was unique. A must if you're a Forrest Gump fan. I went on a Saturday night the first weekend it opened and it was very busy. The waiter was slow. They might provided better service now that they have been open for a while.

Pros: great food, good fun

Cons: service was slow

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Typical chain restaurant. But the service was really good. I liked that you got to play trivia games with the waiters. A lot of time went into keeping the dining experience entertaining. From the signs for wheter or not you want your waiter to come and the light up glass with my drink that I got to take home. The food was okay, cocoanut and scampi pretty tasty.

2
★★★★☆

Typical chain restaurant. But the service was really good. I liked that you got to play trivia games with the waiters. A lot of time went into keeping the dining experience entertaining. From the signs for wheter or not you want your waiter to come and the light up glass with my drink that I got to take home. The food was okay, cocoanut and scampi pretty tasty.

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We were there during baseball playoffs so the bar area was loud. However, the sun setting over the water totally made up for that. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the prices were reasonable. Yummy seafood!

2
★★★★☆

We were there during baseball playoffs so the bar area was loud. However, the sun setting over the water totally made up for that. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the prices were reasonable. Yummy seafood!

Pros: Seafood, View

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Message from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Since 1996, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has been entertaining guests with a charming down-home style that’s a hit with eaters around the globe.

Our menu offers a number of items for the shrimp lover in all of us. Boasting creative seafood dishes inspired straight from the movie Forrest Gump and a fun family atmosphere, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will have you running to the nearest location you can find!

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